Ever Wanted to Script Adobe Illustrator? Here’s How

A script is a series of commands that tells Illustrator to perform one or more tasks. Adobe Illustrator CS5 supports scripts written in AppleScript, JavaScript or VBScript. Sample scripts are included in the Adobe Illustrator CS5 installer and get installed with the product. The latest available scripting documentation is provided below:…

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Creating Photoshop Brushes using Adobe Illustrator Objects

Creating Photoshop Brushes with Illustrator Shapes. Easy. Seamless workflow. Great results! In this sample I am using stars, circles and lines. You can use any shape desired to achieve the look you want to get. 1. With the Ellipse tool selected, create a perfect circle (best to draw from center: hold down the option/alt and…

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What happened to the Portable in PDF?

A huge selling point of PDF has always been that it is not limited to any one echo-system, making document exchange possible no matter the hardware or operating system being used. In this article Rowan Hanna looks at how the portability of PDF is being threatened by crippled-PDFs…

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Is EPUB a better e-book format than PDF?

With Apple’s recent release of iBooks 2 and a new application called iBooks Author, extra attention is being given to the EPUB file format, a free and open e-book standard by International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Rowan Hanna attempts to answer the question of whether it is a better format for e-books than PDF…

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10 indispensable InDesign type tips

Though you cannot control individual x-heights via InDesign, you can use the Character palette to read the necessary information to help you select a suitable font. If you’re using several typefaces in a text-heavy undertaking such as a newspaper or magazine spread, then think carefully about x-heights. Having a high x-height in the body font…

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Adobe Creative Cloud to Launch This Spring, Include Muse 1.0, More

When the Creative Cloud goes live this spring it will be accompanied by Creative Suite 6, Adobe Touch Apps, Muse 1.0 and a preview version of Adobe Edge. Adobe Edge is Adobe’s new HTML5 motion and interaction design tool that is bringing Flash-like animation to Websites and mobile apps using the latest capabilities of HTML,…

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Using InDesign to adapt plain text for EPUB

There was a chapter that I ultimately decided to leave out of “EPUB Straight to the Point” that I’ve been wanting to publish for a long time. It explains how to use GREP in InDesign to massage a plain text file so that it’s easier to format. It shows how to get rid of extra…

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Adobe: Here’s why Creative Cloud is worth $600 a year

Unimpressed by Adobe Systems’ Creative Cloud, its forthcoming $50-per-month subscription plan? Adobe wants to change your mind. The company offered some new details today to show people that the Creative Cloud plan gets people access to more than just the full Creative Suite (CS) Master Collection and tablet-oriented Touch programs. Specifically, according to Scott Morris,…

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