Myths & Facts: Can I Use This Font for My Business?

Are you wondering if you can use a font or design element you recently downloaded for your business website or marketing materials? Even those who understand copyright issues pertaining to image use sometimes fail to understand that fonts and design elements are also copyrighted works - so let's review when and how you can use them for your business.

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Myths & Facts: Can I Use This Image for My Business?

By far, questions around the use of images and fonts are the ones I get asked the most by clients. I provide extensive information on this topic in client agreements and pre-work discussions, but I felt it was worth having a couple of blog posts that dispel the myths about what design elements can and can't be used for your business - and why. Today we'll focus on images and tomorrow I'll post about fonts and other design elements.

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Design Challenge Days 18 & 19: Text with Long Shadows and Line Gradients in Illustrator

It's the last day of May, and my May Design Challenge is finally done! I fell a bit short of my daily goal but I learned an incredible amount in a short period of time. Check out the final two tutorials I completed today, courtesy of one of my favorite design teachers, Teela Cunningham.

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Design Challenge Days 16 & 17: Brushed Steel + Chiseled Text Effects in Photoshop

Today I created brushed steel and chiseled text effects in Photoshop using two different tutorials. I aslo used what I've learned in past tutorials to tweak and improve my final image. My May Design Challenge is paying off!

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Design Challenge Day 15: Double Exposure Effect in Photoshop

If you haven't noticed, I'm a day behind (again). I am learning that May was perhaps not the wisest choice for a tutorial-a-day challenge. At any rate, while it's technically Day 16, here is Day 15's tutorial: creating a double exposure effect in Photoshop.

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