» Photoshop Tutorial: Halftone Background / Outline / Effect

You don’t need to use a cartoonish image as I have done in this post, for this example. Any image will do; it can be a realistic image. I worked on the following image at 72 ppi (pixels per inch, RGB mode).

You will need to have whatever image you want to use cut out from the background for this to work.

The end result should look something like this shark image below – a halftone pattern around or behind the shape:


Finished result: Shark drawing with Halftone outline / effect; Halftone effect created in Photoshop

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» Large Scale Design – Billboards etc (Tutorial Links)

Large Scale Design – Billboards etc (Tutorial Links)

I will update this post as I find new links. If you are a visitor to this blog and know of any good tutorials, please feel free to leave comments on this post with links to those. I  would appreciate it, and maybe any visitors to this blog would find it helpful.

I don’t have any experience in designing billboards – design, yes; I know how to use Photoshop and so on, but I’m not aware of the technical aspects involved in creating designs specifically for billboards (or other very large formats), and I’ve been seeing more and more graphic design job wanted ads asking for designers to create billboards as part of the job description.

The links to the tutorials:

Billboard Designing: Why design at higher resolution instead of the actual, lower print resolution?

Designing large scale projects—trade shows and billboards: beginner tips and tricks


So then, what size imagery is necessary? 

Well, they still need to be rather large in file size, but most request a file to be designed using anywhere from 100dpi-150dpi (depending on project/printer specs). This is the case for any image that is created using the pixel based design program, Adobe Photoshop.

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Boston Aquarium Brochure Design by K. Fairbanks

Boston Aquarium Brochure Design by K. Fairbanks

Media: InDesign (for page layout); Photoshop for graphics

Aquarium Brochure Design by K. Fairbanks

Aquarium Brochure Design by K. Fairbanks

All photos in brochure copyright New England Aquarium and respective copyright holders; used by permission.

Thank you to the people at the New England Aquarium for allowing me to use these photos.
Visit NEA at http://www.neaq.org/index.php

Food Store Flier Design by K. Fairbanks

Food store menu  / flier created by K. Fairbanks.

Media: Illustrator and InDesign page layout software. Click images to enlarge. 

Front / back and inside of flier:

Some imagery created in Illustrator; smaller graphic elements and text for menu (prices, products) created in InDesign page layout software.

Two spot colors (along with black) were used, along with tints of the two main spot colors, assuming that this fictional client could not afford a full, four color (process / CMYK) job.

Music Store Advertisement Created by K. Fairbanks

Music Store Advertisement by K. Fairbanks, created in InDesign and Photoshop. Click images to enlarge.

Photos courtesy of  The Music Store Inc. (http://musicstoreinc.com/), of Tulsa Oklahoma (photos used by permission).

The grey-colored backgrounds are not part of the  print ad design itself; they are included only to offer a visual separation from any colored backgrounds on which these images appear in any of my portfolio sites.