Javier Cantero
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Javier Cantero

sketching
Design Basics

When I studied the graphic design career in the year 1990, sketching was basic.  Computer use was almost nil and depended on our ability to turn those sketches and drawings in a dummy for our customer using more traditional means such as paste up, drawing and so on. Actually the process

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The Design Process
Design Basics

How can we establish whether a design meets its purpose? Usually we have a pretty good idea of this matter, but we always need to base our judgments, and the best way to achieve this is through an analysis; The Design Process. For example we want to design a logo. First

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Rhythm and Proportion
Design Basics

The rhythm and proportion are perfectly familiar ideas, however difficult to define, particularly in its relationship with design. The Webster’s Collegiate defines the proportion as the relation in magnitude, quantity or degree between each other, reason and rhythm as a movement characterized by regular recurrence, periodicity. Proportion is the relation between

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figure form contrast
Design Basics

The ability to create and evaluate effective figure ground tension is an essential skill for graphic designers. Also known as positive and negative space is at work in all facets of graphic design. First we have to understand how we perceive the form. Three-dimensional or two-dimensional objects posses a shape

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Golden Ratio in Design
Design Basics

Making a grid is the basis for any great design, is a way of organizing content on a page, using any combination of margins, and guides. There are different methods and proportions, the golden ratio it is probably the most famous and used in art; we will study it´s history

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efecto de explosion de luz en texto
Tutorials

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to see how to create a Colorful light burst text effect with very simple techniques. We are going learn how to use the blend if section of the layer style options. Step 1 Create new document a) Create a new document with a Black background b) Type

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realistic rain effect photoshop
Tutorials

A few years back I created a Rain Tutorial: Ronin but I wasn’t convinced with the final result and wanted to create a better-looking effect. After some research and using: noise, motion blur, custom brushes and blending modes we can create a realistic rain effect and the final result is surprisingly easy to

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Tutorials

Watching an episode of MythBusters I wanted to recreate a large explosion that appeared in the show. After experimenting I found a really simple technique but the final effect is great. Before We Get Started For this tutorial you are going to need 4 cloud photos and your main image. Cloud

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Quick Tips

[tweetmeme]A super fast method to add a healthy tan or warmth to a persons face is using a hue saturation adjustment layer.  ( image > Adjustments > hue/saturation).

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Quick Tips

[tweetmeme]With this tutorial we start our series of quick tips or minitutorials. In this one we will learn to make a series of equal selections that will be evenly spaced. Lets get started.

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