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How I Make a Living as a Freelance Graphic Designer

How I Make a Living as a Freelance Graphic Designer

There are two ways I'm able to make a living as a freelance graphic designer, and that's what I'd like to share with you in this post. 1. Client Work Last year client work made up about 61% of my annual income. I design t-shirts – mainly for the music industry. That's...

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How I Make My Own Textures

How I Make My Own Textures

Creating custom Photoshop brushes and vector textures for your work can be a powerful way to add interest and depth to your designs. In the video above, I share how I created my one of a kind Rolled Ink Texture Collection. The Supplies Making your own textures can be...

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My Proudest Year Freelancing (2016 Year In Review)

What a year it has been! I’ve been a full-time freelance graphic designer for over 5 years now, and this is the first time I feel like I’m starting to figure things out. At the beginning of the year I made the daunting decision to go all in on t-shirt design. I...

T-Shirt Design FAQ: Do I Get Paid for Every Shirt Sold?

As a freelance graphic designer specializing in t-shirt design, I like to take on a lot of band merch projects. This has given me the awesome opportunity to work with bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Gavin DeGraw, Memphis May Fire, and so much more. When...

How to Use Type on a Path to Create a Badge in Illustrator

In this tutorial I share how to use the Type on a Path tool to create a vintage style badge in Adobe Illustrator. The basic use of this feature in Illustrator can help elevate your graphic design work. I personally use this tool in my own design work, whether it's for...

Freelance Job Sites: Are They Worth It For You?

Chances are you’ve heard of freelance job sites like Upwork, Elance, Freelancer, 99designs, Fiverr, and even Craigslist. And if you’re starting out or struggling at all with finding consistent work with your freelancing, then these sites are going to look very...

How To Stand Out Online as a Freelance Graphic Designer

Many designers out there are struggling hard on getting noticed – not knowing how to stand out, especially online in such a saturated market! How do you get clients to come to you instead of you having to chase after them? I’m going to cut straight to it: standing out...

How To Design T-Shirts People Actually Want To Wear

If you’re a graphic designer, I guarantee you’re going to have the opportunity to design a t-shirt. So, what makes a great design that people will actually want to wear? You could simply slap a company logo onto a t-shirt, but I want you to dig deeper. I want you to...