An interview with quickandeasy

Over the last 2 year I have spent many hours on a site called graphicriver a place for selling design templates of all sorts, it is a great place with many talented authors so I have decided to interview artists from the site and this is the first of many more to come. I hope this will help people understand how other designer work and what processes they go through.

1. How did you get started in the design industry, and what is your advice for people thinking of doing the same?

When I was about 14, I custom built a PC with a family friend who was a computer tech guy. I wanted the PC for gaming, so it had a strong graphics card and was fairly powerful. When finishing off the computer, my friend also installed the Adobe suite + things like Macromedia fireworks. I ended up playing around with Photoshop + Fireworks and found it incredibly cool (you know, writing your name and adding an embossed effect being the coolest thing you’ve ever seen) and it became my new hobby. I started spending a lot of time creating silly graphics for game forum signatures, my friend’s myspace accounts or MSN Messenger avatars and it simply grew from that. It was only about a year or two later after I’d discovered PSD Tuts and really improved my skills, that I started to think about maybe finding clients and entering the ‘industry’

2. What is your process for starting a new piece of work?

It varies on what I have in mind. I recently created a range of 3 Gangster themed flyer templates which beforehand I trawled the web looking for old 1940’s photographs of people and life back then. I analysed the images and applied what I could see to my work. It all depends on the project, sometimes I’ll just get on with it and ‘throw my paints at the canvas’, others I’ll refer to books or the web. You can see a video of me working & making it up as I go along shown below

Vixen Free Flyer Template : Flyerheroes.com/vixen from Adam McIntyre on Vimeo.

3. Do you have any favourite websites for finding design inspiration?

I tend to stick to the usual of DeviantArt, Behance & Creattica. Sometimes I wander around Ffffound, but that’s exactly it – I wander around, get lost and an hour later I can’t even remember what I was originally looking for. Specifically as an inspiration for my craft, i.e making flyer templates, I have a big folder on my computer and a folder in Chrome just FULL of bookmarks to interesting works. I also make regular flyer design inspiration posts on Flyer Heroes.

4. What do you think are the most important skills for a designer to have/develop?

The most important things for a designer to have are determination to consistently improve and the ability to take all criticisms of their work on board. Everyone develops their own style and their own way of doing things, but you should also have the ability to understand the fundamentals of design. It’s ok to be able to create super explosive, energy filled & high octane flyer or poster designs, but can you create a simple, basic, text based leaflet for a local shop or business, that doesn’t need in-your-face graphics? Understanding the importance of single core subjects like typography, contrast, colour palettes etc, is something that I am still taking a lot of time to improve and work on, as it’s something that’ll be key to your success much more than your ‘sick Photoshop skillz’.

5. What does your work area look like and what make it special to you?

My work area is wherever I choose to sit in the house. Either in my office, one of my lounges, dining room, bedroom… Ahhh I love having the freedom of a laptop.

6. What trends will emerge and be popular in 2012 in your opinion?

I really don’t know. In regards to the Micro-ISV market on places like Graphicriver, things will definitely become more competitive, the quality of your competition’s items will increase and it won’t be as easy as it once was to instantly start getting sales on your items.

7. When you are not designing what do you get up to?

I’ll be working on something, eating, watching films or working on something. Oh, did I say working on something?

8. Which piece of you work are you most proud of and why?

A3 Drinks Advertisement Poster Template. Clean, crisp, highly usable and selling really well. I recently designed a follow up to it, Drinks Advertisement Poster Template Vol. 2, which is also working it’s way through the sales. I’m also very proud of Flyer Heroes and our growing list of Free Flyer Templates. A blog I started a few months ago for my rejected flyer templates + it has surprisingly picked up it’s traffic and is beginning to gather a bit of traction here and there!

9. What do you do when get creative block and how do you overcome it?

Work on something else, take my mind off the project for an hour or day, browse the net looking for inspiration or refer to my growing collection f design related books. As we all know, creative block is just plain evil.

10. What are the current design goals you’re looking to achieve?

Personally, for 2012, my main goal is the sheer dedication to increasing my Graphicriver market share. I want to be in the top 50 Graphicriver Authors in the next 4 or 5 months. (currently #94) I also plan to create a crash course for new authors revealing some great techniques for jump starting your Graphicriver career. If you’d like to connect with me online, feel free to check out my personal website, QAE Design or find me designing free flyer templates over on FlyerHeroes! Thanks, Adam.

30 free simple gradient Layer Styles

Save time and money by using pre-built great looking styles in Photoshop! The pack come with a number of Gradient styles and colours and really help bring text to life. The layer styles are best used on dark backgrounds All the styles also come in large and small so should fit all needs

This is a set of 30 Photoshop styles, included is

1. set of clear HTML instructions

2. Psd file for the large preview including all layer styles

3. asl files with all the layer styles

This ASL file contains 30 Layer Styles created to use with buttons, forms, text, logos, icons and windows. These styles will help you create good compositions with dark and light color backgrounds with just one click.

Free website mock up pack photoshop

This set of Web mock ups is made for any version of Photoshop after cs4, it uses smart objects so all you have to do is to replace them with your own images and it will automatically put your images in the correct 3d position on the template. I have  provided two versions black and white. The mock ups are 2800px X 1800px and the smart objects are 1024px X 1600px you can resize to what ever size you like so very flexible. Clear HTML instructions are provided to make using the file easy.

Please just click the button below

Notepad Business Card Template

General Information – Standard sized business cards 3.5”x 2” – Print Ready – Bleed lines and guides are ready in the .psd files with image showing “safe area” “Bleed” and “trim marks” – None of the text files are rasterized which allows for simple customization

One font was used, please see bellow for the download details of the font. http://www.fontgrill.com/fonts/free/fg-ballpoint/fg-ballpoint.php

Files Included: Master Business card master file – High Resolution jpeg example files of each item – Print guide images explaining what all “safe area” “Bleed” and “trim marks” mean – Html instruction guide explained with images to make everything clear

If you need to have a custom logo created for your use on the business card you purchased from us, we will offer a great rate and work with you to give you a timely and pleasurable experience.

Transparent Designer Business Card Template

This Transparent, plastic, translucent Designer Business Card is a one of a kind exclusive to Graphicriver, just the thing if your looking for something a bit different with your business card

General Information – Standard sized business cards 3.5”x 2” – Print Ready – Bleed lines and guides are ready in the .psd files with image showing “safe area” “Bleed” and “trim marks” – None of the text files are rasterized which allows for simple customization

There was one font used on this business card from http://www.urbanfonts.com, please see bellow for the download details of the fonts. http://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/Decker.htm

1 Master Business card master file – High Resolution jpeg example files of each item – Print guide images explaining what all “safe area” “Bleed” and “trim marks” mean – Html instruction guide explained with images to make everything clear

If you need to have a custom logo created for your use on the business card you purchased from us, we will offer a great rate and work with you to give you a timely and pleasurable experience.

While measures have been taken to ensure successful and expected printed outcome, responsibility of final printed result lies solely with the customer.

A little introduction to me!

The purpose of this blog will be to inform people of great design assets available to use, some will be created by myself, some will be people work who I think really stand out. I will also try to find and share interesting works and inspirational materials to help designers out, or people just interested in looking at great work. I will also provide free materials for people to download such as layer styles, business card templates and much more.

I will tell you a little about my self below.

With 8 years experience in web, graphic and 3D, design, I maintain a healthy balance between useablilty and visual impact in all my work. I believe every project must be well planned and targeted to the right audience.

I have worked in the design industry with many different people and companies on various projects and as a result I have gained a great deal of unique and strong experiences in design. Some of the most important lessons I have learned would have to be the use of time management and always backing up. You never know what might happen!

I love my work and enjoy each new project as I get it. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you think I can be of service to you, or if you have any questions at all .