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Contracts for Graphic Designers Who Hate Them

Contracts for Designers Who Hate Contracts

Every designer creates original work that is protected by copyright. Whether you’re creating logo designweb design or other types of graphic design, you should take the time to understand and protect your rights.

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10 Important Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Web Host

Like most things, making a decision on which web hosting company to choose can be tough. With all the companies out there each promising to have 99% uptime, unlimited resources, and knowledgeable support, there has to be a way to cut through the jargon and make an informed decision. Right?

dell server 10 Important Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Web Host
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This guide will help you make that decision by showing you how to compare apples to apples. By understanding what hosting companies mean by what they say, you’ll be able to decide which hosting company and package best suits your needs.
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New ‘Semi-Permanent’ Book

Design News about the new ‘Semi-Permanent’ book
by jellyhead

Purchase the new Semi-Permanent book via Paypal. As usual, it’s full of great art work submitted by people from all over the planet. Brought to you by

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Create Monster Character in Illustrator – Flying Bat Ghost

A tutorial on how to make a simple character using Adobe Illustrator
by spoon

Monster Character Series Part 1

I’m in a monster character illustration mood this month, after the creation of Frankenspoon I thought it would be cool to create a mini-series of tutorials on how to create a set of simple monster characters. Hopefully these will be easy enough to follow by Illustrator beginners, with mostly the basic tools and shapes being used.

Illustrator Monster Character

Part one of the series will cover the creation of this flying bat ghost type fellow, so to begin launch up Adobe Illustrator.


Draw a circle onto the artboard, (hold shift). Then with the Pen Tool add two additional anchor points to the path as shown. (Hover over the path and you will see a little plus sign appear on the pen-cursor icon, simply click to add a point)


With the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow) select and delete the lower most point of the circle, this will leave an unclosed path as shown above.


Back with the pen tool, click on the open end point on the bottom left of the circle to continue this path. Create a zig-zag line across to the opposite end point and complete the path. When hovering over the final end point you will notice an O appear on the cursor to indicate you are about to close the path by joining with this end point.

Use the Direct Selection Tool again to select all of the points on the lower half of the circle. Once selected nudge these downwards with the cursor key to extend the body of the character.


Select the circle tool again and draw two eyes with a black fill, creating these at different sizes gives the monster quirky characteristics.


A little skill with the Pen Tool is required next to draw a wing shape off the edge of the character’s body. Take some time to learn how the Bezier Curves affect the shape of the path. Once complete, fill the shape with black.


Instead of drawing another wing, copy and paste the one that has just been created and head to Object > Transform > Reflect. Choose the Vertical axis to mirror the wing, then position on the opposite side.


Select the main body, and thicken the stroke to give a definite outline. Click the little icon underneath to align the stroke to the outside of the shape.


Select the eyes, and add light grey strokes to the outside of these shapes.


A slight highlight on the wings can be made with the pen tool, zoom right in and follow the shape of the wing and fill this shape with a deep blue.


Back onto the body copy and paste in front (CTRL + F) the shape and change the black stroke to a thinner light grey outline, align this stroke to the inside.

Illustrator Monster Character

Your scary Flying Bat Ghost is complete.

The Return of a BitTorrent Legend: I Am aXXo

A article about a notorious torrent distributor. Anyone who ever swam the torrent sea will likely recognize the name
by Ernesto

During November last year it was reported that the popular DVD ripper aXXo had decided to take a break and stop releasing new material for a while. It now seems that he is back in business! A few hours ago aXXo uploaded his first movie in months. He chose “I Am Legend”.
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