Time To Level Up Your Design Skills

Adaptistration GuyArtsHacker Ceci Dadisman posted an article on 1/16/2015 about how to take advantage of a great online service called Magic Mockups, which allows you create Smartphone, tablet, and laptop oriented mockups with your branding elements all without the need for Photoshop. It’s a great post and for those who do have Photoshop at their disposal, I posted a companion piece the following day which dives deeper into the world of premium mockups.

The article, Take Mockups To The Next Level With Premium Templates And Smart Objects, includes a step by step visual tutorial on how to use Photoshop Smart Objects along with providing resources for where you can pick up a wide variety of slick premium Photoshop mockup templates for as little as $5.00.

If you already have some Photoshop skills but using something like Smart Objects is just outside your skillset, then this is absolutely a must-read post. Moreover, once you see how much you can do with premium mockup templates, and how simple the learning curve is, you might find yourself motivated to jump on the Photoshop bandwagon.

Create Easy Mockups Take Mockups To The Next Level With Premium Templates And Smart Objects

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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