How-To: Pricing Your Design Service

Hi! My name is Dallas … I’ve noticed quite a few people asking how to price their services. For many freelancers just starting out, it’s a HUGE question. They see these well experienced designers charging hundreds per hour … thousands for logo and branding projects. On the flip side, they see people willing to do …


Quick guide to your first website

multiple devices showing generic web site

I often get asked what is needed to make a new website and it seems like every time I start rambling on with a list of things and prices. For someone who’s never done a website it probably seems a bit daunting really, just having 300 words thrown at them that don’t really make any …


Current Reads, Resources and Inspiration

Current Reads, Resources and Inspiration

  I was asked via Facebook for suggestions on reading and listening material. As I started collecting links and things I realized that I should probably make a new post about it. Here are my Current Reads, Resources and Inspiration. First off, I really like this weekly series by John McWade. It’s not software specific. He …


Working With Color

working with color

Well, the office is done … mostly … most of an entirely brand new computer, a new printer, bookshelf, desk … life is kind of back to normal. Our new house is coming along nicely due to Khristine’s hard work, though the girls ensure that it is always a mess and Karli’s decided that it’s …


Great Design Starts with Great Imagery

My old GE X400. Decent little camera for the price.

I love photography. I’ve enjoyed taking photographs since probably around High School/College time. I took a course at UVU (Then UVSC) called Digital Photography for Beginners. Which was amazing … I don’t recall if we were taught much about composition but, we did learn to use our cameras and it seems like one of the …


The 5 Elements of Great Graphic Design

Advertisement designed for Ogden's Superstore by Dallas Price (starburst compliments of Jennifer Dorgan) background vector art by Creative Outlet. Published in The Richfield Reaper 11/12/2014.

It’s been a while since I have posted, as the holiday season grows nearer other priorities keep getting in the way of writing a good post :(. So I did a bit of searching for something to post today and stumbled upon this great read by Kimming Yap just for fun I’ll add some images …


Isolating photos, the right way

Dallas Price - Isolating photos, the right way. Lion photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_five_game

Today I wanted to write about a common topic that many artists, designers and photographers seem to struggle with … Isolating photos. Quite often I see over-feathering, poorly drawn traces from using Photoshop’s lasso tools, jagged edges from the wand tool, and even missing appendages. The process that I use is a careful trace using …


Have fun with borders

I was looking through last weeks advertisement designs today and noticed a theme, each one has the main graphic or headline integrated into the border. Thus tying together the advertisement as well as making the main idea instantly absorbable for the reader. For Rotary International‘s “End Polio Now” trail ride I was going for almost a …


Create your own vector rope brush in Adobe Illustrator

create your own rope brush

This brush makes handy “western” style text, borders and other things (it’s actually quite versatile). I always forget to save them and end up rebuilding them every time, so today upon a social media request I thought I’d do a short tutorial of the process that I use to create a rope brush I usually …