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Presenting Free Slime Textures

Introducing the Slime Texture Pack, created by young creative BearCubSlimes. The eight free slime textures included in this pack are high-resolution photography of homemade slime, some of which are available on her shop on Etsy. These textures give photography or design work an extra edge, so download them and see what you can create with them today.

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For more awesome textures like these, head to our eCommerce site, the Arsenal.

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Download: Free Stock Vectors Guide & Freebies

Go Media’s vectors are known industry-wide as being the best of the best. We have thousands of these hand-crafted illustrations (all royalty-free) for you to use in your own design work. But not everyone knows how to work with them. So, if you need assistance using them, we’re here to help!

How to Collaborate with Your Fellow Designers for Maximum Results

How can you collaborate with other designers?

Here at Go Media, we hold an annual design conference called Weapons of Mass Creation Festival. Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a three-day art, design and music conference that features a diverse panel of dynamic speakers, invaluable workshops, and exciting interactive programs. It’s a must-attend event for professional and aspiring artists, designers and entrepreneurs. It’s a unique chance for attendees to derive inspiration through networking, learning and celebrating shared passions.

Two very special things happen at Weapons that allow for our attendees to forge strong relationships:
1. As a small, intimate, DIY event, we are able to build a strong sense of community. Our meetups and mixers are just, if not more important than any talk or workshop, as they get our attendees talking and building friendships that will last a lifetime.
2. Honest, down-to-earth, authentic, truth-tellers represent the WMC Fest family. We ask that anyone who speaks or shares their story comes to the stage with an open heart and is candid about their failures and successes. This makes the air ripe for an environment where we all are welcome to be open and honest.

When people feel safe enough to be themselves, to be vulnerable, open and share ideas, they may blossom in a way they might not in a normal work environment. In certain work environments, we are at times too anxious to share ideas for fear of failure or encouraged to hoard our ideas in hopes that we will get ahead of our coworkers.

Now that we’ve learned to be open and vulnerable, how can we collaborate for maximum results, even if we live miles away from one another?

Here are six ways we suggest connecting and collaborating with other designers now:

  1. Join our Private Facebook Group, We Are Weapons! This group is a safe place where we can meet up, exchange ideas and concepts and collaborate even though we can’t be at the same place at the same time. This is a safe place, so if you can’t be kind, please do not request an invite.
  2. Show your new contacts that you care and check in with them regularly. Don’t have a project to collaborate on just yet? Keep checking in with your new contact regularly to let them know you’re thinking about them. Make an effort to comment on their work on Instagram, send them an email check-in, pop a Christmas card in the mail for them. Put a Google event on your calendar if you need a reminder for this. It will pay off in dividends.
  3. Continue to provide information without asking anything in return. In keeping with the spirit of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, you’ll need to continue to stay vulnerable, however difficult that may be. In order to get value, you will need to provide value to others. In order to get others to open up, you may need to do so first. Spread this concept and the design community will thrive!
  4. Be encouraging of any ideas shared. The quickest way to discourage collaboration is to shut down an idea shared by a colleague. Nurture your relationship by being open to hearing any ideas, thoughts or concepts. Give your honest feedback and advice, but always be supportive of their willingness to share and be vulnerable with you.
  5. Be a connector. Take a step back for a moment and survey the scene. Collaboration is for everyone, so if you see an opportunity to connect one colleague with another colleague, do so. Providing opportunities for others makes collaboration a big win for everyone.
  6. Meetup and exchange ideas! Weapons of Mass Creation Fest happens every August, so come back, meet up with your friends and see how much you’ve progressed over the year. In the meantime, use Skype and Google Hangouts to connect online and strengthen those relationships further.
  7. Work on mini-projects together. Need a pick-me-up and bit of inspiration? Encourage collaboration by working on a mini-project with a colleague or friend. For example, you could work simultaneously on a 100-day project or something similar.

Until we meet again, we hope that the relationships you’ve built at a design conference like Weapons of Mass Creation Fest will serve you well and allow you to create some beautiful design together.

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Why You Should Attend a Design Conference

Why You Should Attend a Design Conference (like WMC Fest)

Hello current and future friends of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest,

If you have yet to hear of us, we are the premier art, design, and music conference in the Midwest. We welcome you to join us for this year’s festivities, August 18 – 20th in Lakewood, Ohio. Mahall’s, a west-side Cleveland landmark for bowling, good music, good times, and good fried chicken will be our host. If you love design, music and bowling – get ready to party with us!

Get your tickets here

If you need a little more convincing, here are some reasons we believe a design conference like ours should be in your future:

Why You Should Attend a Design Conference

Real Relationships

Conferences are the perfect place to meet like-minded people. While it’s often difficult to put yourself out there and attend an event, especially solo, it’s so well worth it. After all, there aren’t many opportunities to totally geek out with so many folks that love the same things you love, in one space, all at the very same time. It’s the ultimate time to bond, build friendships and find your tribe. When you come back the next year, it’s your opportunity to renew those friendships and it feels oh so nice. (*Hearts*) I’m biased, but there is something special about our own conference, Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, that brings our attendees close, quickly. Since we provide time for lunches, dinners, meet-ups and parties, there are many opportunities for folks to get to know one another on a personal level. And because the feel of the fest isn’t corporate, people let down their guards instantly. This results in friendships that have lasted since year one.

Direct Feedback

If you’re looking for feedback on your work or advice about building your business, get yourself to a design conference now! Next, attend as many of the talks, panels and workshops as you can and take notes! Attend meet-ups, hook up with fellow creatives for lunch and dinner. Head to the parties and not only talk, but truly listen.  Soak up all the information you can. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand during the Q and A’s and be brave enough to ask that speaker you admire the question you’re dying to have answered.

Up Your Game

Did you just create a new poster series, start a sticker subscription service or launch a new apparel line? Attending a design conference like Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a great way to get the visibility you’re looking for. You can do this by setting up a vendor booth, hooking each attendee up with promo items (by way of their swag bags), or simply working the room like a champ, all weekend long.

If you’re looking to be more visible as a public figure, put in the effort by showing up to as many design conferences as possible. Put yourself out there and show the design community that you’re a creative that “takes up space.” Make an effort to get to know the conference coordinator(s) and have conversations with them about possibly speaking at a future event. (In person if possible.) Show them you genuinely care about their event.

Battling Burnout

Most of us have faced some amount of burnout at some point in our careers. When you put your heart and soul into what you love to do, it seems inevitable. If you’ve experienced exhaustion as it relates to your creative career, attending a conference can help. The authentic conversations are really what have helped many of us pull through. At this year’s Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, we’ll even be holding a panel on this very topic, “How to Battle Creative Burnout.” So, there you go.

Paving Your Way

Design conferences are filled with talented, connected creatives that are more than willing to befriend you and help you become a better creative or entrepreneur. If you attend, take the time to form meaningful connections (face-to-face) and then, in turn, give back, opportunities will abound. You do, however, have to put in the work, so make sure you go in ready and willing to chat up speakers, vendors, attendees, and absolutely anyone who is willing to exchange in a conversation. In this creative environment, you never know what magic will come of it.

Kick in the Pants

Inspiration is an overused word, so we’ve decided to use “kick in the pants,” as a way to describe what Weapons of Mass Creation Fest does to us. The three days are so jam-packed with activity, friend-making, and just plain fun, that we come out on the other side a tad bit exhausted, but mostly motivated unlike ever before. We feel like we’ve gotten a big old kick in the pants to go achieve, pursue our path and ya know, dance like no one is watching.

So yeah, we’re pretty into design conferences for many reasons, which is why we started our own. We’d love to see you at Weapons of Mass Creation Fest this summer, so please make it a point to come, squeeze every ounce of content out of it and enjoy. Have any questions before you come? Please ask. Hope to see you there!

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Gifts for Graphic Designers 2017

Nine Items You Should Buy with Your Tax Refund this Year

Now that tax money is rolling in (with any hope) we’ve got our eyes on some items that will make our lives as creatives a lot easier. (And more fun.) Here is a round-up of items we’re thinking of purchasing with our tax refunds this year.

What do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comments section.

An interactive sketchpad
There’s nothing better than a traditional sketchpad for getting ideas down and drawings out. But interactive sketchpads are pretty darn cool, in that they can transition your notes to files that you can open in PS or Illustrator in the blink of an eye. Try the: Bamboo Wacom Slate.

Tickets to Weapons of Mass Creation Fest
Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, the premier design, art and music conference in the Midwest, is back for its eighth year! Come to see the ultimate WMC Fest experience, as we’re going back to our roots and celebrating the ideals our grassroots festival was founded upon. There will be TED-X style talks, interactive workshops and panels on topics like battling burnout and how to practice understanding, music, meet-ups, food trucks and bowling, too! Learn all about WMC Fest 8 and buy tickets here. Starting at $85 for the entire weekend.

A new desk set-up
The most people spend the majority of their time is at their desks – well, other than in bed, of course. So, it’s worth it to spend a few bucks to make it comfortable. Try the: Jarvis Standing Desk.

A legit flash drive
I don’t know about you, but I have 17 flash drives floating around my desk, each one on its last leg. It’s about time I grew up and treated myself one that won’t let me down. I have my eye on the: SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive.

Laptop backpack
I attempted, with all my might, to make it down to Creative South this year, but was unable due to several flight cancellations here in Cleveland. While I waited, I was shopping for a new laptop backpack that would have gone really well with my outfit. I feel like I deserve to buy this Mancro bag for myself, even though I don’t have any future travel plans. I think it will cheer me up, though it won’t replace the incredible time I missed.

Subscription to Go Media’s Arsenal
We’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest that you join our Arsenal Army and instantly access our entire product library for only $15 per month,  including all of our mockup templates, vectors, textures, tutorials, business resources and more. Learn more here.

A fun new keyboard
Anyone else geek out about keyboards? This is a perfect opportunity to grab one that feels great underneath your fingertips, like this Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard, that comes in several different colors and connects with up to three devices simultaneously.

A planner
Okay, I know I am a little late to the game on this, but I have just realized how badly I need a planner. I really miss having a to-do list to create, then check off. I found this pretty serious one by Erin Condren. Looks like I’m going on deep.

A donation to…(fill in the blank)
Whatever organization you feel needs help right now. Because the world needs it. Here are some ideas.

Download of the Day: 3 Free Photo Templates

Grab our 3 Free Photo Templates

Join us on Thursdays, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re releasing three photo templates for your use in any personal project. Enjoy!

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Download now: Go Media Freebie – Photo Templates

Check out the goods:

Download of the Day: 3 Free Photo Templates

Photo Template Freebie

In order to use your template:

  1. Open the Photoshop template in Photoshop
  2. File > Place your image into the “Your Artwork Here” layer
  3. You’re done!
How to Create a Rainbow Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Rainbow Effect in Photoshop (Freebie Included)

How to Create a Rainbow Effect in Photoshop

Hello Everybody!

It’s 2017 and this year, I don’t know about you, but I’m resolving to settle into my skin more than ever. This means saying “yes” to life more often, saying “no” when I’m really not feeling it and letting my true self come forward, even when I feel like I don’t fit in. I’m going to be myself fully. Unless I have the opportunity to be a unicorn. Then, I’m going to do that.

I’m really excited to announce that we’ve just released a very special texture pack called Glow. It gives you the opportunity to add very special rainbow effects to photos and designs, primarily colorful light leak and vintage effects that will breathe new life into or enhance what is already pretty darn cool. We’re providing you with 45 effects that we handcrafted here in house. We know you’ll love them.

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Curious to know how we created these ombre effects?

Well today is your lucky today, because we are going to create a special one just for this mini-tutorial. You can download it here >> Magical Rainbow Overlay

Now, onto how we made it.

STEP ONE:  Start a new document with a transparent background, sized 4235 x 2927. Select your color picker and choose your first color. Since we’re making a rainbow effect for this tutorial, we’re going to select a red tone #b62528. Using a large brush, simply paint your canvas to your liking. Try something a little different than ours! Don’t worry too much about perfection here.

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STEP TWO:  Next, head to FILTER > BLUR > GAUSSIAN BLUR. Choose a radius of 250 pixels. Press OK.

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STEP THREE: Shift + Ctrl + N to create a new layer. Drag this layer beneath your first layer. Use your color picker and select for our next layer (orange). Paint with the orange, then repeat the blurring process found in step two. You’ll want to make sure that you paint some orange beneath the red so that they overlap a bit.

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STEP FOUR: Repeat this entire process with yellow (#FFFF00), green (#008000), blue (#0000FF), indigo (#4b0082) and whichever colors that tickle your fancy, remembering to use a new layer for each color. (New layers should be added beneath older layers.)

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STEP FOUR: Select all of our layers, then right click on your mouse > Select > Merge Layers. If you plan on using this as a background in addition to an overlay, I would suggest adding a solid color background to your image as I’ve done below. (Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color)

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To finish up, merge those layers together and name your file.

STEP FIVE: Next, File > Place your image into your document. Drag your image beneath your overlay.

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STEP SIX: Now comes the fun part! Choose Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options (or the drop-down shortcut in your layers panel) and play with the options to get the effect you’re after. To get this effect, I chose  the Color Burn blending mode. You can also stack the textures atop one another to really get a unique look. Have fun with it!

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Download of the Day: Polaroid Photo Effect Template & How-To

Polaroid Photoshop Tutorial: Simplified!

Join us every Thursday, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re talking about how to get an authentic photoshop effect for your photos. To get this effect, you’ll need a photo, the Photoshop template we’ve created just for you, and a few moments to follow the steps you’ve provided for you. We promise it will be worth it!

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To get started, please download the Polaroid Effect Template. This template was created with resources we found on line including this awesome photo from akinna-stock on Deviant Art. Thanks Akinna!

The Download: Polaroid Photo Effect Template by Go Media

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STEP ONE: Open your template in PS. Make sure the “Place your Art Here” layer is selected. File > Place your photo into this layer. It will place your art into the mask like so.

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STEP TWO: If you’d like to add some vintage effects to your photo, let’s proceed. Right click on your photo > Rasterize Lazer.

Here are some tools you can use to age your photo. Feel free to play around with these in order to get the look you’re after >

The first: Head to Image > Adjustments > Hue and Saturation (Shortcut Ctrl + U) – now, under present, try selecting Sepia or Old Style

My photo using the "Old Style" preset

My photo using the “Old Style” preset

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STEP TWO: 

Try Filter > Texture > Grain – Experiment with adding grain here!

Here, I used an intensity of 7 and a contrast of 53
Here, I used an intensity of 7 and a contrast of 53

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STEP THREE:
Try to play with your curves. I suggest working with Red, Green, Blue, as well as your RGB setting separately. This will adjust your colors in order to give it the vintage effect you’re after.curves

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STEP FOUR: 

Try to play with your curves. I suggest working with Red, Green, Blue, as well as your RGB setting separately. This will adjust your colors in order to give it the vintage effect you’re after.brightness

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STEP FIVE: 

You can further mute the colors in your image by going to Image > Adjustments > Brightness. I chose a contrast of -20 to achieve this affect.final

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STEP SIX: 

Want to make some last minute color changes, head to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. Clip your Color Balance layer to your photo by selecting both layers then putting your cursor between the layers and right clicking to “Create Clipping Mask.” Use the RGB selections to achieve our final vintage look.

You’re done!

Here is my before and after.

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How to Create a Handwritten Font

How to Create Your Own Handwritten Font (in 30 minutes or less)

Cleveland Cavaliers Finals 2016 Designs

Inspiration of the Day: Cleveland Cavaliers Finals 2016 Designs

Located here in the heart of Cleveland, we can’t help but to be huge fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sunday, June 19th was a momentous day for our entire city. The curse was indeed reversed and we became the champions we were (kind of) patiently waiting to be. We’re still high on life over here and the following designs have us feeling even more so.

Found on Behance and Dribbble, shout-out to our fellow designers for their incredible talent. Note: header art by: Magdalena Orpych

Cleveland Cavaliers Finals 2016 Designs
2016 NBA Champions – Cleveland Cavaliers by Joe Caione
Cleveland Cavaliers Finals 2016 Designs
2016 NBA Finals Game 4 Matchup Graphic by Joe Caione
Cleveland Cavaliers Finals 2016 Designs
The Chosen One by Patrick Ellasos
Cleveland Cavaliers Finals 2016 Designs
Game 7 by Magdalena Orpych
JR Swish by Brady Patterson
JR Swish by Brady Patterson
Cleveland Cavaliers - NBA Champs by Fisher Adkins
Cleveland Cavaliers – NBA Champs by Fisher Adkins
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Cleveland Cavaliers by Tong
ESPN: NBA Finals illustration
ESPN: NBA Finals illustration by Oliver Barrett
Curse Reversed by Tom Johnson
Curse Reversed by Tom Johnson
Official NBA Project: Final Render by Gavin Campbell
Official NBA Project: Final Render by Gavin Campbell
LeBron James by Yann Dalon
LeBron James by Yann Dalon
Glory of the King by Henry Han
Glory of the King by Henry Han
LeBron Dunk by Dan Noakes
LeBron Dunk by Dan Noakes
LeBron James by Alessandro Pautasso
LeBron James by Alessandro Pautasso
Ohio Against the World by Brady Patterson
Ohio Against the World by Brady Patterson
New Cleveland Cavaliers by Tom Galmarini
New Cleveland Cavaliers by Tom Galmarini
LeBron James – Redeemed Nike Poster by Michael Bower
LeBron James – Redeemed Nike Poster by Michael Bower
Eastern Conference Champs by Joe Caione
Eastern Conference Champs by Joe Caione
The Return by Dave Szalay
The Return by Dave Szalay
Painting • Kyrie Irving • by Mattia Iurlano
Painting • Kyrie Irving • by Mattia Iurlano
NBA "All In For Cleveland" T-Shirt by Tak Wong
NBA “All In For Cleveland” T-Shirt by Tak Wong
There’s no place for two kings by Vladislav Lakshe
Complete Halftone Collection

If you’re halftone-obsessed, our new collection is for you.

Our Complete Halftone Collection

We’re not sure what’s dreamier than a halftone. The tiny dots that create a gradient-like effect can produce such remarkable results.

Here at the Arsenal, we have nine packs that will give you the effect you’re after without the effort. Download them all in this complete collection – originally $105 – now only $27!

Or, become a member of our graphic design subscription and get them all (plus the rest of our huge product library) for only $15 a month.

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complete halftone collection

complete halftone collection

complete halftone collection

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