June 7, 2012

Guest Post with Katie Price

Hello Everyone! I'm excited to be here to talk with you about one of my favorite things: graphic design. In college, I minored in fine art and quickly learned that having quality supplies makes a big difference. So today, I'd like to share with you what is in my graphic designer's toolbox.

1- MacBook Pro
My Macbook is where it all happens. It is powerful, beautiful, and portable. Do I think you have to have an Apple computer to do graphic design? No. But you do need a powerful computer. Running any of the Adobe Creative Suite programs will use a lot of memory. {And we aren't talking about the "500 gigs of harddrive" some of the cheapy computers come with. That is an entirely different kind of memory.}

2- Photoshop
Photoshop houses both my canvas and my tools. It is where the magic happens. If you are interested in trying your hand at graphic design, I would recommend first starting with the much less expensive Photoshop Elements to see if you like it.

3- Color Picker
You have probably seen the beautiful Design Seeds palettes floating around Pinterest. But how do you take those colors and use them in your designs? By having a color picker tool that reads the color & outputs it as a HEX value that you can use in Photoshop or on the web.

4- Google Web Fonts
Free is good. Google has a collection of fonts that are completely free for personal and commercial use. As a designer I can't just use any font out there, it has to be commercial use ok. GWF is helping to bridge that gap between beautiful fonts & free fonts.

5- Bamboo Tablet
The Bamboo Tablet allows me to sketch or draw straight into Photoshop or Illustrator. There is definitely a learning curve to getting familiar with using a digital canvas, but the tablet is extremely helpful when I am trying to make organic shapes or trace edges.

I hope that gave you a little peek into the tools I use everyday! Please come visit my blog where today Sheanna is giving away a special print!


  1. Love it! I think the Bamboo Tablet sounds really cool, I want to try that out sometime!

    1. You are welcome to! I got this one off of eBay & it came with a copy of photoshop Elements. So definitely look for package deals :)

  2. I wish I had graphic design talent! The most useful thing in that collage for me is the fonts. Hahaha! Still, I'm always inspired seeing the beautiful things created by you experts!

    1. We all have our talents. I wish I could sing like you! Now that would be awesome!

  3. I love the idea of the Bamboo tablet too. I'm going to have to ask Katie if it is possible to just use my iPad as an alternative...

    1. There are definitely sketch programs on the iPad that you can use with a stylus. You won't have the pressure control like a real tablet, but it should get the job done :)


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