About Angie Bowen

Angie Bowen is a freelance web & graphic designer and co-founder of Arbenting and Dead Wings Designs.

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Elements of an Awesome Artist Portfolio

Not long ago I did a post here on MyInkBlog calledElements of a Great Band Website which discussed the must-have elements that you should always include when designing a website for a band. The reason behind the post spawned from the fact that as a designer you never know who your next web client is going to be, and what kind of site they are going to require from you.

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All Around Grunge Photoshop Brushes

In homage of the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death we put together a new set of grunge brushes. This high resolution set of eight Photoshop brushes is available for use in any of your personal and commercial projects alike with no attribution necessary.

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Brainstorming Tips & Techniques for Bloggers

In this post we are going to take a look at the fine art of brainstorming. Analyzing the ways and means that some of us use to get those clouds rolling in, and the storms raging relentlessly inside our heads.

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Elements of a Great Band Website

As web designers, we never know what field our next client is gonna to come from, so we always have to be prepared to work in their niche, even if it is outside our proverbial design box, and therefore outside our comfort zone.

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How To Correctly Use Bevels & Drop Shadows in Photoshop

You read the advice on virtually every design blog populating the cyberspace landscape, and if you haven’t, you don’t read enough design blogs. Kidding, but seriously, people say it all the time, ‘If you want to be taken seriously as a designer, you cannot use the Bevel or Drop Shadow tools in Photoshop’.

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10 Free Grungy Spray Vectors

‘The time has come,’ Houle hath said, ‘to give more freebies away!’ So we had answered the call, with some grungy vector sprays.

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An Explanation of Photoshop Blend Modes

The definitions used here are from the Photoshop help files, with a few bits of added explanation where I saw fit to add them. The Blend Modes specified in the options bar control how pixels in two separate layers interact with and effect each other. It’s helpful to think in terms of the following colors when visualizing a blending mode’s effect:

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10 Free Hi-Res Waterlogged Maps Photoshop Brushes

It’s time once again for that collaborative effort between the Arbenting team and the infamous MIB! This time we wanted to do something a bit different for the Photoshop freebie than we usually do, so Angie struck brainstorming gold and mined through the web to unearth some old time royalty free map images to age and weather into a mighty fine brush pack.

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A Showcase of 3D Typography: Tutorials & Examples

First in the post, we are going to point you to a few different tutorials that will teach you how to do a variety of 3d typographical effects to incorporate into your work. Then we are going to show you some beautiful examples of 3D typography to inspire you into using your newly learned techniques.

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How to Create Your Own Photoshop Brushes

A lot of people don’t realize how easy it is to create your own photoshop brushes. If you find yourself drawing the same elements over and over you can save a lot of time by creating a brush of that particular element.

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10 Free High Resolution Red Rock Textures

In this special guest post, we wanted to bring some of that love of the red rocks to Andrew’s blog, and we feel we have been able to achieve that with this 10 pack of textures. So here is a MyInkBlog and Arbenting freebie for commercial and personal use alike, consisting of ten high resolution images for download and use throughout the design community.

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A Showcase of Popular Web Design Trends

I was wanting to put together a showcase that featured some design trends, and began to wonder which ones I felt would have longevity. I poured through the different rising and pervading trends, struggling to don my prognosticating perspective and choose a few that I just knew would be sticking around.

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