A dvd cover is basically a small version of a movie poster, because it needs to advertise the movie and entice the audience just like the larger posters do. There are often unbreakable cliche’ you need to follow, but there is also a lot of space for creativity.

If you need inspiration,  check out A Movie Poster a Day

I am including some articles and resources for you, that I hope you will find inspirational for your own project. Enjoy!

• Let’s start with some over-used cliches in movie posters
• In this article, Fast Company discusses the Psychology Behing Movie Posters
• Movie posters, like anything else, seems to follow fads. This is an interesting article discussing one big trend of 2012: the faceless poster. It is an interesting read, but be warned that the author is using a language that may offend the most delicate of you.
• This article from designerdepot.com discussed the 7 elements of a great movie poster.
• This is a great collection of typographic posters.
Here you will see many famous movies’ posters re-imagined by different designers.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 11.50.14 AMEffective presentation skills are difficult to achieve, but fundamental to have. This is why we practice in our critiques.

This article  (please excuse the profanity) has 11 great tips about what NOT to do in a client’s presentation.

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Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 10.34.20 AMI have found this very interesting article that talks about some of the most important things to know when designing. Even if it is written for non-designers, I think it is a wonderful reminder for all of us.

Read the full article on Design School.

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Despite all the great advances in Content Aware technologies, there are still many occasions in which some manual cloning is required. We are all familiar with the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tool. Today we also saw how Vanishing Point filter can be invaluable when cloning in perspective.

Smashing magazine has published a handy guide on cloning, highlighting the different tools and their usage. It is a couple of years old, so it may not include the latest features, but it is still a very useful primer. You can find the article here.

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To create an effective portfolio, you want your project to look as real as possible. Placing your artwork in a nice Photoshop file goes a long way. You can create your own template files, but there are many resources out there, some free and some paid. I am listing a few, but feel free to find your favorite source.

Free/Cheap psd files:
Freebiesbug (mainly digital)
graphicdesignjunction collection
Behance curated collection

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The Bezier Game is a fun way to practice using the pen tool. Warning: it is not as easy as you think, but it can be quite addictive!


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Michael Beirut is a giant in the field of Graphic Design. He is a past AIGA medalist and a partner at Pentagram. His work is inspirational and groundbreaking.

He is the designer behind the famous Design Counts Postcard that launched the AIGA campaign to change and standardize election ballots after the disastrous 2000 election, which familiarized all of us with terms like “pregnant and hanging chads” and butterfly ballots (look it up if you don’t know what I am talking about).

Paperspecs  published an interview with Michael Beirut, in which he discusses his career and shares some tips with new designers. What really caught my attention is the beginning quote about what makes you a successful designer:

“If you read a lot and you’re genuinely curious about the world, you’ll go far in this profession because there simply aren’t that many people who are able to combine graphic design talent with genuine curiosity about the world.”

The interview was edited by Will Sherwood, author of an interesting blog called: Will Sherwhood’s Success Secrets and Tips.

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talentInspirationI have heard many times from young creatives and students that all you need to be successful in this business is inspiration combined with creativity. If this is the case, we are all doomed; you will not be creative and inspired 24/7 and sometimes you will have to design a logo for a company that sells wheel for supermarket moving shelves (true story): how can you do a great job, despite the lack of inspiration? Two words: work ethic! In this article from Brain Pickings you can read an excerpt from a letter from the great composer Pete Ilich Tchaikovsky on this topic. There is also a short video from a more contemporary artist:Jack White from the White Stripes.

Remember, work ethic will be your best friend when inspiration plays hard to get.

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Channels are immensely important in Photoshop, and they will help you achieve more in less time. They are, however, very intimidating. We will be using, and learning about channel the whole class, so it is important to understand them well. Check out this article, published by tricky-photoshop.com for a quick primer.

What is Channels in Photoshop and how to use it | TrickyPhotoshop


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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 2.36.46 PMBigstock.com is another great source of hi-res images you can use in your personal and commercial projects. They offer subscription services, and they are not too outrageously priced.

However, they do offer a free trial as well, for 7 or 14 days. That is 5 images per day for a week or two! The quality is excellent, and these images may come handy for your school projects. There is only one gotcha: to start your free subscription, you need to enter your credit card number. You will not be charged till the end of the trial, however, you need to be vigilant about cancelling before the end of the trial. It may be worth a try.

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