Seriously Guys....How do you create such cool looking graphics!?

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Sometimes, I see these graphics and I think, were you in art and computer science school for like 10 years!? How do you guys create such cool looking graphics! Is there some amazing software that reads you're mind and draws it up.....Where do I find something to design a logo?
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  • Profile picture of the author James Le
    I'm not an amazing designer, im average, but from what I've learnt, most designers use adobe photoshop to do their designs.

    And a great way to learn is by looking at tutorials online.. just google "photoshop tutorials"
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  • Profile picture of the author rawservices
    Lots of practice. I've been using all Adobe products for around 10-12 years.

    Also, what looks good to you doesn't look good to someone else. It's all relative hahah!

    -Ryan
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    • Profile picture of the author rvrabel2002
      Fair enough....I just see some review sites and wonder, how do they do that?! Like the graphics with the product your promoting, and the hot girl in the back ground, then the fancy "buy now" button on the bottom...it makes me feel so inferior! Im sure I'll figure it out one day...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Just go to an outsourcing site and hire someone to do it for you for $100. These days design has almost become a commodity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Online Bliss
    You might want to cut your teeth on Gimp which is free
    and then graduate to Photoshop.
    Like James has stated get videos tutorials first or you may become lost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin_Hutto
    Sometimes overly fancy sites dont convert as well... It really varies from niche to niche... You can get rally nice sites done for $500-$1000 turnkey. If you want the links to some top notch guys who will do the work in that range, send me a pm and i'll give you their info.
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  • Profile picture of the author bha
    Originally Posted by rvrabel2002 View Post

    Sometimes, I see these graphics and I think, were you in art and computer science school for like 10 years!? How do you guys create such cool looking graphics! Is there some amazing software that reads you're mind and draws it up.....Where do I find something to design a logo?
    Best investment I have made is lynda.com. I have learned a lot about graphics and design from this site. Only $25 per month and it pays for itself over and over again.
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  • Profile picture of the author joetheseo
    You need a better arsenal! A lot of the graphics you see are made by people, but some of them are just images that have been manipulated from a base image that they purchased.

    I personally have cool looking graphics stored in my computer (that I purchased of course) so I can use them at any time.

    Some Squeeze page packs come with pretty cool graphics.. As your journey continues you will perhaps come across some good looking stuff that you can save

    P.S. It helps that I've been working with Photoshop for years as well :-P
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Tiffany
    For those who dont want to splash for Photoshop them GIMP is very good. Creating great graphics is as much about being creative as knowing technically how to produce them. I dont know how to build great graphics, but there are plenty of people out there who do. I've seen some great graphics created for a friends site, I think he only paid around $50 for the logo.
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  • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
    Here's my advice...

    If you're planning on making a business out of design - then go for it, learn the skills and then make money from providing the services that people need.

    BUT, if you're not planning on building a design business - you could be wasting your time and money.

    Here's the logic...

    You spend a year learning PhotoShop, in order to design your own ecovers & review pages etc. You are only doing this to save yourself money (by not hiring a designer). But, you've spent hundreds of dollars on PhotoShop - further amounts on CoverActionPro and whatever you've spent on courses etc.

    All the while, you could have hired a designer - who would have created the page in a few days, and cost you maybe a hundred dollars... you've saved yourself a year, the cost of PhotoShop and CoverActionPro.

    With your extra year, you could have learned marketing skills - written countless ebooks and made profit.

    Spend time and money on things which will MAKE you money. So, if you think design will make you money, go for it... if not, save yourself the time.

    Kindest regards,
    Karl.

    P.S. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to learn, but working smarter and not harder is the way to faster earning.
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil D
      Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

      Here's my advice...

      If you're planning on making a business out of design - then go for it, learn the skills and then make money from providing the services that people need.

      BUT, if you're not planning on building a design business - you could be wasting your time and money.

      Here's the logic...

      You spend a year learning PhotoShop, in order to design your own ecovers & review pages etc. You are only doing this to save yourself money (by not hiring a designer). But, you've spent hundreds of dollars on PhotoShop - further amounts on CoverActionPro and whatever you've spent on courses etc.

      All the while, you could have hired a designer - who would have created the page in a few days, and cost you maybe a hundred dollars... you've saved yourself a year, the cost of PhotoShop and CoverActionPro.

      With your extra year, you could have learned marketing skills - written countless ebooks and made profit.

      Spend time and money on things which will MAKE you money. So, if you think design will make you money, go for it... if not, save yourself the time.

      Kindest regards,
      Karl.

      P.S. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to learn, but working smarter and not harder is the way to faster earning.
      Well said.

      Although there are tons of great tutorials on Youtube, to do just about everything with Photoshop, it does have a bit of a learning curve, plus you've obviously got to purchase it first - not cheap. Outsourcing would be a quicker and more cost effective solution.

      @rvrabel2002
      If you check out the WSO forum, you'll usually find someone passing out free graphics packages and stuff, which include "Buy now" "add to cart" buttons and other IM related graphics. I picked some up from there recently.
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    • Profile picture of the author Blase
      Originally Posted by KarlWarren View Post

      Here's my advice...

      If you're planning on making a business out of design - then go for it, learn the skills and then make money from providing the services that people need.

      BUT, if you're not planning on building a design business - you could be wasting your time and money.

      Here's the logic...

      You spend a year learning PhotoShop, in order to design your own ecovers & review pages etc. You are only doing this to save yourself money (by not hiring a designer). But, you've spent hundreds of dollars on PhotoShop - further amounts on CoverActionPro and whatever you've spent on courses etc.

      All the while, you could have hired a designer - who would have created the page in a few days, and cost you maybe a hundred dollars... you've saved yourself a year, the cost of PhotoShop and CoverActionPro.

      With your extra year, you could have learned marketing skills - written countless ebooks and made profit.

      Spend time and money on things which will MAKE you money. So, if you think design will make you money, go for it... if not, save yourself the time.

      Kindest regards,
      Karl.

      P.S. I'm not saying it's a bad idea to learn, but working smarter and not harder is the way to faster earning.

      AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

      Karl, you are very wise.
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  • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
    Seems like something which should be in a web dev forum. Unless you absolutely have to, don't learn how to design professional graphics. Outsource it!

    The amount of time it would take to learn this could be better spent building a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucas Adamski
    Most designers use Adobe Photoshop, it's the best program out there. To become really good in it you have to do a lot of experimenting on your own, there is no clear road with step-by-step instructions how to do 'awesome' graphics. Though, there are some great video trainings to learn basics of photoshop on lynda.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Bertil Jenner
    Outsource.

    It is very cheap and you will get it done faster and at a higher quality than with your own efforts.

    Internet marketing as you know has many elements. Copywriting, graphics, web design, article writing, SEO, PPC etc.

    Trying to be a master of all of them will detract you from your main purpose i.e Making Money!

    So I personally try to outsource everything and let people who know what they are doing do it. I could never be as good as them and nor do I want to be.

    Imagine the CEO of General Electric trying to master all of the departments that function under Genereal Electric, or even if Donald Trump tried to get an Architectural Degree, Structural Engineering Degree, Marketing Degree, Helicopter Licence, TV Director Qualifications, Golf Course Design Qualifications etc.

    If you are the CEO of your business, you are the "idea and action" person. That is all I would focus at being good at.

    Bertil J
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    • Profile picture of the author davemiz
      its skill, talent and a lot of training.

      oh and HOURS upon hours using photoshop.

      i went to a top design school for 3 years, in addition to having the talent.... regardless of the BS ppl here tell you, its NOT something anyone can just 'do'...

      then designing for response is a whole nother ballgame.

      focus on building your business, hire ppl who are good at what they do, that you aren't....
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  • Profile picture of the author rvrabel2002
    It seems like the overwhelming consensus is, when in doubt, outsource it! I completely agree with you guys, I would rather outsource that kind of thing. I am the type of person that would like to learn it so I could do it myself, but like many others said, I'll be spending all my time creating graphics.

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions!
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    • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
      I agree "Outsource" unless you business is graphics or unless you are an artist.

      I use photoshop and can manipulate pictures HOWEVER, I cannot take pictures an put them together in an artistic header. I don't have the atistic imagination to create a beutiful, well integrated graphics web creation.

      There is more to good looking websites than technical ability to use a program. If you have the money, outsource. If not use ready made templates and artwork. OR just keep a site very simple.
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    got to know from a warrior.

    myecovermaker.com helps us make free ecovers, software boxes, and everything

    cool stuff
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  • Profile picture of the author rakoom2002
    Just try and be creative. Adobe photoshop and illustrator kick butt. Download some custom brushes, they really help make a cool effect!
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    • Profile picture of the author pokerdawg
      Look at sites like www.TemplateMonster.com which sell lots of templates very cheap. Yo u need to know what to do with Photoshop to turn it into a site, but you can get a template for $65 and have a designer convert it to a site for another $100-$250 and have a site ready to go.

      All depends on what you need.

      I agree with all above - outsourcing is great - like having an employee just for that project. You can often get top tier designers (I know graphics guys at Disney and Pixar who freelance) for not a lot, and for something that is overwhelmingly hard for a "normal person" is a no-brainer for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    Originally Posted by rvrabel2002 View Post

    Sometimes, I see these graphics and I think, were you in art and computer science school for like 10 years!? How do you guys create such cool looking graphics! Is there some amazing software that reads you're mind and draws it up.....Where do I find something to design a logo?
    I outsource design for professional projects. Design is a real talent and deserves to be appreciated. Remember American Idol with those vast number of deluded wannabes who couldn't sing, and only a tiny fraction who actually could? The same principle applies to talent and skill in visual design.
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  • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
    The tool is only as good as the person using it.

    For me, it's all about finding all the right ingredients to get the point across clearly. The main message. Conceptualize first, then put the pieces together based on what the client wants.

    Will the finished product make money.. or not? If not, keep working til it does.

    Grant
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  • Profile picture of the author WebSolutionKey
    You can do the best graphic design works if you spend time to play around with the Adobe Creative Suit 4. This is the best!

    Great video tutorials are available on how to work on this software. Go to Lynda.com - Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers Creative Effects(Video Tutorials) [mininova]

    Hope this helps you! Good luck!!!


    Paul.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    I can do killer design in MS Paint. It just takes a LOT longer.

    Knowing how to translate what you've visualized in your mind into the steps in the editor to manipulate the image is the key. It's like building a house in a way. First you pour the foundation. Then you frame it. Then you do the mechanicals. Etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author iamchrisgreen
    I used to be a graphic designer, it's a whole skill unto itself that takes hours of learning. Not just the programms, but the theory, the typography... understanding colour, shape, style, texture ...

    Unfortunately, some have turned it into a commodity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Puddy
    eve if i was the best designer in the world, i still wouldnt do my designs and graphics...

    pay somone to do them for you
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    • Profile picture of the author Ehanson
      I taught myself using GIMP tutorials. Gimp is a great free alternative to Photoshop.

      Now, I'll second what Karl says about graphics. While cool graphics are nice they aren't the key factors to conversion. They're just one of the factors. You also need to have good copy, a great value, etc...

      In fact, too many graphics can distract customers and reduce overall sales. Use them wisely.
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  • Profile picture of the author rogersilen
    I use a cool little program called WebGraphics Creator.. Been really happy with it. Pretty versatile as well... of course it may seem limited in scope as compared to a full fledged Photoshop program but to do the basics I love It!!! You can get real creative as well when you start adding your own photos etc...

    Roger

    P.S. it's by a company called Digital River they are easy to find online....
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  • Profile picture of the author cma01
    I use Photoshop. It just takes practice to get the effects you want.
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