Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer


41 Years Experience

Marbella, ES

Male, 58

I have been in the graphic design industry since 1981 working in London, Los Angeles & Spain. My career started in the traditional way on a drawing board, using Rotoring Pens, Magic Markers, Pantone Pens & Letraset working as a Designer/Visualiser/Artworker. My design career has taken me through the music, toy, t-shirt, packaging & print industry. I am now a freelance graphic designer (British) based in Spain with many clients worldwide using Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign on a Mac.

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Last Answer on September 13, 2021

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How often do you advertise?

Asked by Kiran Dean over 7 years ago

Never ...I don't need too. All my work comes via word of mouth and online social media. I belong to 2 networking groups which I attend every week. I do not think a graphic designer needs to advertise, especially nowadays ...your online portfolio should be enough ...just spread the word on online media for free.

wht r the qualifications requried to do graphics and animation

Asked by shiva about 7 years ago

As above answer

Hi I am working on my site and I am not a drawer at all so I found some photos that were not copy written to use on my homepage site. What I am trying to figure out is how to animate the photos I found. Like what software can I use to add motion

Asked by Nancy about 7 years ago

Hi Nancy, when you say animate that could mean many different things. But if you mean fade in and out of each other etc you can do that in photoshop using the timeline option ...also you can use the program After Effects. These are expensive programs if you do not already own them. I am sure there are free alternatives out there somewhere but not sure myself, you will need to do a google search.

What is the advantage to sending an image in a "stacked" format. I am attempting to have the image printed but the graphic designer sent me the file as "stacked".

Asked by Mark over 7 years ago

To be honest I have never heard of a 'Stacked Image' did a google earch on it and came up with this link... ...not sure if that is what you mean but this link seems to give you an answer.

What steps do you take when you create work that needs to be printed? I am creating an invitation through Photoshop but the graphics I usually create are only for web and print feels like a whole different beast. What criteria to you use for printers

Asked by Lucero over 7 years ago

Designers that work mainly on web make the same mistake all the time ...which is, when asked to do a print design they do it in RGB and low res ...because that is the spec they only know and always work in.

So when doing a print job (such as the invitation you want to do) make sure the document settings are CMYK (not RGB), 300dpi (not 72dpi) and if the design will bleed off the edge of the page allow for at least 3mm bleed (extra space off the edge of the design).

To be honest Photoshop is not the best tool for designing invitations etc. Photoshop should be used for web graphics, photos, image retouching etc. I always use InDesign for this and import any relevent photoshop images I need. Also any vector illustrations i need i do in Illustrator.

Hope this helps

My company is trying to sell a logo design, they have never done logo design and want to use my previous work with agencies as examples of work they did / could do. I told them no since they have no ownership to these logos? I was told I must. Do I ?

Asked by Oxford.Comma over 7 years ago

If you designed the logos while working for the company on a contract and they paid you a wage you do not own the logos. But if you designed them outside of that company they do not have any rights to use them to promote themselves. It is up to you to decide whether they can use them or not ...but deal with it in a sensible way as you do not want to lose your job. Good luck

Do employers care about diplomas over certificate when hiring a graphic designer?

Asked by Courtney about 7 years ago

When I see recruitment adverts for graphic designers I see that a lot are asking for at least 2 - 3 years experience and some kind of degree. So they do help ...but at the end of the day it is your portfolio and creativity that will get you the job. Before I was freelance all the jobs I had I was never asked for my diploma certificate (I did have one) ...but it was my portfilo that got me the job. Hope this helps.