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Bionic Creative is a Singapore-based graphic design studio that caters to startups and SMEs.

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Sometimes along the way, you may have to touch-up, crop or tweak an image for a brochure, presentation or maybe even a website. Here are some really cool (and cost-free) applications that’ll help you with the image editing.

Picnik
An online app that is really quite versatile and very user-friendly. Add fonts to your pics, add special effects…Image editing will be a breeze

Gimp
Download this cross-platform program and install it on your computer. This program is the open-source version of Photoshop. Personally, I don’t think it’s as powerful, but it can really hold its own. This is great for some advanced image editing.

Enjoy, and please don’t forget to pass this goodie on!

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    Facebook is well-known for being a social network, but it can also be great for doing business. Personally, I’ve gotten a lot of leads from Facebook, as well as keeping in touch with my clients and supporters. If you’ve always wanted to give Facebook advertising a shot, then you’ll love getting $100 worth of Facebook advertisement credits on the house!

    Here’s how:

    1. You’ll need to get a Facebook account to start with, of course
    2. Make sure you’ve filled in this account with your business details
    3. Add the Visa Business Network (VBN) application
    4. You have to create a VBN profile in order to qualify for the $100 free credits
    5. After you’ve done that, you will receive an email at the address you registered with
    6. Follow the instructions, and voila, you can start creating your mad Facebook advertising campaign!

    Enjoy!

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    Because us seasoned designers would NEVER design something as unconscious as this:

    Nice one!

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    My 2 piles of shit theory

    There’s 2 piles of shit. One is a dollar, one is 50 cents.

    Which pile would you buy?

    Why not leave a comment and let me know 🙂

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    Most of us know that Google has Adwords and sponsored listings, but did you know that you have a FREE advertising opportunity on Google Maps?

    Just wanted to share this exciting tip with all of you 🙂

    I love reading blogs!

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    Shrinking those huge PDFs

    PDFs are common fare in our everyday work dealings, be it simple documents like whitepapers, reports, quotations, or invoices.

    Usually we don’t encounter any bandwidth difficulties with such documents, which are usually under 1MB and e-mail friendly. But what happens when you have a graphic-intensive PDF that you would like to send to your client or colleague for viewing?

    These documents may be 10MB and above – if you emailed it to your recipient, they might pull a long face or tell you off for clogging up their inbox.

    Here is our favourite way to put PDFs on an instant diet via Acrobat Professional 8.0 – without too much of image quality loss. (Note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Professional 5.0 at least)

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    Maintaining Client Relationships

    After about 2.5 years of starting Bionic Creative, here’s pretty much how my design business runs (I’m sure many of you will find yours similar):

    1. A dash of PR
    2. Marketing, lots of it
    3. Networking, lots of it
    4. Getting leads from the above
    5. Pitching to the prospects
    6. Negotiating (And sometimes…dealing with fish market kind of haggling)
    7. Sealing the deal
    8. Design and deliver
    9. Get paid (Duh.)
    10. Thanking the client
    11. Asking for a referral or more work

    I was pretty happy with this, and thought to myself, “Wow, I’ve really got it together!” So I carried on my merry way.

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    The Misconceptions About Public Relations

    Public Relations is not the same as Sales & Marketing. So why do so many people confuse the two?

    Probably because how intertwined they are and so many areas do actually overlap. But firstly let’s look at the definition of PR as defined by the PR Institute of Australia.

    “The deliberate, planned and sustained effort to establish and maintain a mutual understanding between and organization and it’s publics.”

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    This Takes the Cake…

    I was browsing through the Adobe forums and saw this post, asking for assistance:

    “sir , my name is sidharth, am a animation and graphics designing student, i am an indian. my problem is that we have started working on illustrator CS2,we switched to CS2 from CS, thus fortunately i Have both the CDs. which are pirated copies obtained at just aruond $1.00 (compared to ur currency),the problem is when i installed CS2 and uninstalled illustrator CS, it was working properly but i was not able to save files, i could only save them by installing illustrator CS,that is now i have both CS and CS2 in my PC. its only now i can save the files, not when i have only CS2 on my PC. can u get back to me at fruitloop@gmail.com (email address changed to protect the silly soul) with a solution to my problem?????????? “

    What can I say…Beyond duh.

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    Want to be a Freelance Designer?

    A favourite blog of mine about the freelancing life is FreelanceSwitch.com.

    Recently they came up with their own book chock full of tips, and advice on how to get started in the freelance business.

    How to be a Rockstar Freelancer

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