Welcome to Part Two of the ‘How to Make Money with Photoshop‘ series (you can check out Part One here!). This post is completely on time and not an entire year late, I assure you.
Last time I taught you how to use Photoshop (coupled with Illustration and Photography skills) to sell stock images on major websites. I’m happy to hear that some of you who followed my advice were able to make a buck or two! One of my referrals to Dreamstime has made over $500 selling stock! Congratulations!
Method Two: Graphic / Logo Design Contests
This time I’ll show you how to make money with your graphic skills by participating in Graphic Design Competitions. This has always been a rather touchy and controversial area – basically designers compete with one another creating graphics and/or logos for a single client. At the end of the contest, the client will choose just one entry to award a prize to, while the rest of the designers walk away with nothing. This is known as ‘Spec’ work (or ‘Speculation’) and tends to be frowned upon by the graphic design community. Etiquette can also take a beating in these types of situations – you may find that elements of your design are being copied by other individuals, so make sure you know how to protect your intellectual property.
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Think you could draw a Google Doodle?
Google is holding a competition where participants design a Google Doodle! The winner will receive $10,000 for university/college, a trip to the ‘Googleplex’, a laptop, and a t-shirt with their doodle. This contest is limited to students from K-12 and only those living in the United States. So if that applies to you, why not talk to your school administrators about signing up? Do it quick though, the deadline for registration is March 28/08 with the deadline for the actual doodle on April 12/08. 2-36th place finishes will also win a trip to the Googleplex!
In the meantime, why not check out these ten quick tips from the ultimate Google Doodler himself, Dennis Hwang?
- Make sure your design complements the shape of the letters in the Google logo, but don’t let that restrict your creativity.
- Experiment with different media to see which one works best for your design (you can even create your doodle on your PC).
- Don’t over-complicate your design – simpler images often have the most impact.
- Remember that your design could end up on the Google homepage, so imagine how it will look on screen.
- To find inspiration around the “What if…?” theme, try thinking about the future and how you would like it to differ from the present.
- Remember to use color well and think about how it interacts with a white background.
- Avoid commercial or copyrighted images.
- Think outside the box – try to create a doodle that’s different from your classmates and hasn’t been done before.
- Feel free to use the space behind and in front of the Google letters, but try to maintain your design’s overall balance.
- Have fun! “Doodle 4 Google” is all about creativity and enjoying designing fun things.
Ever want to use your design skills to make a difference?
The American Red Cross is holding a t-shirt designing contest. The winner will receive $1000, media attention, their designed featured on 600,000 shirts, and the knowledge that they’re doing a part in helping those in need!
This contest is open to anyone. The winning shirt will be given to youth volunteers (high schools and colleges) who donate blood as a thank you gift and to incite others to donate as well. The deadline for this contest is March 21, 2008 and winners will be announced on April 4, 2008.
So roll up those sleeves (hah!) and get cracking!
[Via You the Designer]
Some of you may remember last month when I posted about Photoshop Cafe’s $6300 Photoshop Contest.
Entrants had to design a video game cover based on a Photoshop Tool. Judging is broken down into overall impact, concept, and skill. Judging has finally begun and you can view all the finalists here! Make sure to vote for your favourite, since the People’s Choice Award will also be giving out prizes to the best designs as decided by YOU, the public!
Dodge and Burn is one of my favourites so far – which one do you fancy?
Ever design a character and wish you could bring it to life? Well, perhaps realizing it as a plastic or furry plush is the next best thing. Patch Together runs on contests. Submit a mock-up of a toy of your own design – if you get enough votes and the idea is feasible, you’ll be five-hundred bucks richer. Aside from that, you’ll also get a 5% commission on each of your toys that they sell. Pretty cool eh?
You have the choice of submitting concept art, a storyboard, or an animation for the flash inclined. The competition is ongoing (as I am sure they are in constant need of new products) and winners are decided by votes, page hits, and comments.
From those who brought you the Cereal Box Contest: Photoshop Cafe‘s 8th Annual Design Contest is underway, with a truckload of great prizes up for grabs! The grand prize includes Adobe products, as well as a tablet, books, and other great design software. Second and third place also have considerably awesome prizes, and even a bonus prize worth $150, which is nothing to sneeze at for having a bit of fun.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design a video game cover using a tool from Photoshop as the title of the game. Anyone can enter provided you use your own work, and scoring is done by a panel of three judges. If you want to give a shot at this, get your entries in soon! The contest ends at the end of this month at midnight of January 31/08. Good luck!
Head on after the break to see some early sweet picks from this year’s contest.
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