Make the most of your graphic assets

  • Software Illustrator and Photoshop CS3 or later
  • Time needed 4-5 hours
  • Skills
    -Create abstract vector blends
    -Apply grids to your work
    -Utilise Smart Objects and Layer Styles

We all know deadlines are challenging: not only do you have monetary issues to deal with, but also your precious time. That’s why establishing a practical, efficient workflow is essential in preventing your workload becoming unmanageable.

Like many creatives, I tend to use my downtime for experimentation and learning new skills. During this process I like to create my own library of graphic assets to accommodate my stock images, or indeed any other pieces of design shrapnel I have lying around that I can potentially repurpose in my work. Whether it’s vector experimentation in Illustrator, manipulation in Photoshop or tinkering around with a 3D application, if I make something interesting then I’ll categorise it and keep it in a folder for later repurposing. This technique can save a huge amount of time for those jobs when you might not have the luxury of creating everything from scratch.

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