Carolyn Prior

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Learning about graphic design is as easy as playing Solitaire with this card deck

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Using Physicality to Bring Your Characters (And Your Fiction) to Life

One of the most common challenges writers face in the character development process is conveying personalities (even those of side characters) in a …

Ultimate grammar cheat sheet

If the very mention of the word sends you running from your keyboard, you’re not alone.<p>Both native and non-native speakers find the quirks of the …

Public Relations

Behind the Scenes: Designing Your Book’s Interior | News for Authors

Nearly all books are still made of ink on paper, whether printed on a conventional offset press or the more recent digital presses. To paraphrase …

Step-by-Step Guide to the Interior Design Process for an Illustrated Novel | News for Authors

The process for an illustrated novel can vary based on the amount and intricacy of art and the schedule and complexity of the manuscript. View the …

How To Create Art And Make Cool Stuff In A Time Of Trouble

Right now, for me — and maybe for you — making art is like oral surgery on a rabid bear.It’s very difficult to just sit down, not look at the news, …

20 new tutorials for 2017 to improve your graphic design

However experienced and knowledgeable you get, you never stop learning – and great tutorials can teach you how to take advantage of new technologies, …

8 Good Books with Horrible Covers from BOOK RIOT

The cliche “don’t judge a book by its cover” never made sense to me. Ever since I was a kid, I would pick out the books I wanted to read by looking …

100 Must-Read, Best Books On Writing And The Writer's Life

If you’re a working or aspiring writer, you already likely know about the classic best books on writing–King’s <i>On Writing,</i> Strunk and White’s <i>Elements</i> …

3 Ways to Dodge and Burn

In today’s retouching video, I teach you three ways to Dodge and Burn. These are simple techniques and are ideal for beginners using Photoshop.The …

MagMaker’s Guide to the All-New Flipboard

Flipboard Magazines were created to give our community a place to collect stories, photos, video and audio in a beautiful, flippable format. With the addition of Compose, we supercharged your magazine’s voice by allowing text updates and the ability to upload your own photos. Now, with the launch …

This video series teaches you all the Photoshop basics for free

Popular YouTube channel TastyTuts, which specializes in graphic design and digital art tutorials, has published a free course titled 'The Complete …

Multicolored font compatibility to simplify graphics creation in Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is an industry standard for creating graphics — but creating fonts with multiple colors still requires going in and manually …

Typography

The graffiti kids: How an act of teenage rebellion sparked the Syrian war

At the start of it all, before the uprising and the civil war – and the refugee exodus and the terror and the hatred that have sprung from it – a 14-year-old boy stood giggling with a can of black spray paint, pointing it at the wall of his school in southern Syria.<p>Naief Abazid’s graffiti sparked a …

The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say.

Good news on National Book Lovers Day: A chapter a day might keep the Grim Reaper away — at least a little longer.<p>A recent study by Yale University researchers, published online in the journal Social Science & Medicine, concluded that “book readers experienced a 20 percent reduction in risk of …

Stephen King's No-Adverbs Rule Is Going Out Of Fashion

Grammar Popular Writing<p>Updated March 15, 2018 4922 Views 31 Comments<p>Share589<p>Tweet76<p>+18<p>Share72<p>Stumble4<p>Pin101<p>Shares 850<p>4.1/5 (10)<p>Stephen King’s dislike …

34 Riveting First Lines From Literature

While you may recognize “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” you might not recall some of literature’s other, equally gripping …

Hero Image Design Tips For Natural-Looking Website Layouts

The concept of a hero image isn't new to web design, although the term was coined somewhat recently. These hero images are basically banners often …

Valley of the Dolls: from reject to 30-million best-seller

Even by the standards of a cold rejection letter, the one Jacqueline Susann received from publishers Geis Associates in 1965 was brutal.<p>Her novel Valley of the Dolls was dismissed as "painfully dull, inept, clumsy, undisciplined, rambling and thoroughly amateurish". So how did such a poor book go …

Combining Typefaces: Free guide to great typography

Originally published by Five Simple Steps in 2013, my <i>Pocket Guide to Combining Typefaces</i> has sold thousands of copies, been used in college …

23 great places to download fonts for free

There are plenty of places to download typefaces on the web. But if budgets are tight, you can't always stretch to a pricey typeface. So where should …

A Guide to the Beautiful, Elaborate 'Jungle' of Script Typefaces

We live in a world of print typefaces. If you’re an iPhone user, you’re probably staring at San Francisco all day. If you use Android, it’s Roboto. …

Typography

Coach gives tutors and other freelancers tools to build an online business

If you’re a tutor looking to offer your services online, a startup called Coach aims to give you the tools you need.<p>CEO Spencer Fry created a similar platform, in some ways, when he co-founded CarbonMade, which offers designers and artists an easy way to showcase their portfolios online. He said …

Online Life

The Essential Guide To Helping You Become A Typography Expert

<b>Typography is an</b> important aspect in graphic design. It has the ability to communicate your feelings and tone.<p><b>Creative Market</b> has came up with a …

30 Best Websites to Learn Design and Development

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>Despreneur</i><i>.</i><p>Some of the benefits of online education are really focused on money, personal time management, pace …

Web Design

Nonfiction Writing Advice

People have asked me for advice on writing nonfiction online, so here are some tips:<b>1. Divide things into small chunks</b>Nobody likes walls of text. By …

How to Make Fictional People Do All the Work, Part 1 | Fantasy Literature: Fantasy and Science Fiction Book and Audiobook Reviews

<i>Welcome to another Expanded Universe column where I feature essays from authors and editors of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, as well as from</i> …

10 Websites To Help You Become Smarter

With so much information within easy reach, we should all strive to become a little smarter. Here are some sites that will help you with that goal.