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Ian Pullen

I'm a graphic designer, web developer, photography enthusiast and writer with articles and images published in print and online.

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User Friendly Background Images For Your E-Commerce Site

By Ian Pullen / February 28, 2017

We’ve recently been helping out handmade business owner who’s been preparing their WordPress site for a relaunch. One thing that struck us when we first looked at the site with its new theme was the background image. Actually, it wasn’t so much the image that struck us as the time the image was taking to load. […]

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Horror Movie Inspired Halloween Graphic

By Ian Pullen / September 22, 2016

This will hopefully be quite a fun exercise, creating a striking Halloween themed graphic. I’ve been inspired by cheesy horror movie posters for this. We’ll be using BeFunky’s Photo Editor web app for this tutorial. While there’s nothing too complicated about this, there’s a few steps, so we’ll dive straight in. Create your document When […]

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Image Filled Text

By Ian Pullen / September 18, 2016

For this exercise, I’m going to share a simple technique for creating text that appears to filled with an image. This is quite a striking effect and is another way to add interest and combine text and imagery. We’re going to be turning to another free web app for this example, Pixlr Photo Editor. Pixlr […]

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Psychology of Color: Red Sale Graphic

By Ian Pullen / September 13, 2016

Have you noticed how graphics for sales almost always seem to heavily use the color red? You may not have consciously considered this, but I bet you have noticed now you think about it. It’s become a common convention. We could assume that it’s so often used because it’s become a visual shorthand for products […]

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Grandparents Day Graphic

By Ian Pullen / September 10, 2016

For this exercise, I’m focusing on Grandparents Day and looking at combining a photo with a typographic arrangement of a quote. This one isn’t a step by step tutorial showing each step. Instead I’ll explain some of my thought processes and share some tips to help you try something similar. While typography sits on a bedrock of […]

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Patriot Day Graphic Using BeFunky

By Ian Pullen / September 7, 2016

While not a federal holiday, this national day of mourning on September 11 each year is obviously an important day of rememberance for the United States. Whether your business overtly and publicly marks Patriot Day will be a personal decision. It may feel more natural for you to remember privately. If you’d like your business […]

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Using Canva to Create a Graphic with Text on Transparent Overlay

By Ian Pullen / September 5, 2016

For this first graphics challenge tutorial, we’re going to use a simple technique in Canva to add text over a transparent overlay. If you prefer to use a different web app of software installed on your computer, such as Photoshop Elements or GIMP, you can follow the steps, but will need to adapt the techniques […]

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What is WordPress and How to Get Started

By Ian Pullen / August 25, 2016

If you’re asking what is WordPress right now, and considering you’re reading this, the chances are that you are, read on. I’m going to quickly cover what WordPress is and why you need to use it. I’ll also share some thoughts on some of the important aspects of WordPress that you should give consideration to. […]