Category Archives: Graphic Design

Magic Wand Trick

A lot of times, I need to remove the background from an image in Photoshop as part of a layout.  Until recently, I was using Photoshop’s magic wand tool, which, as I’m sure anyone who’s familiar with Photoshop is aware, is kind of hit or miss.  Sometimes the result looks great… other times you end up with jagged edges or

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WPA Posters

At the Houston Antiques Roadshow, a woman came in with a remarkable collection of six colorful silkscreen posters from Illinois that were created during the late 1930s and early 1940s. One, from 1940, called “Democracy … A Challenge,” depicts Ms. Liberty’s hand holding a torch in front of a field of stars. Another, titled “A Work of American Art in

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Overlay Color

Fine artists have been using color overlay for hundreds of year or longer. Screenprinters began using color overlay in the early part of the 20th century when screenprinting was in it’s infancy. You may be surprised to learn that the image to the left is printed with only two spot colors of green ink, but has the appearance of being

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