Using Nested Styles in InDesign CC

When it comes to type-formatting options, InDesign is the best. Follow along with this video and learn how to make your formatting and styling easier with nested styles. This lesson covers topics like Drop Caps and GREP styles…

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Useful InDesign Scripts And Plugins To Speed Up Your Work #InDesign

Many designers don’t realize how powerful InDesign can be, especially when expanded through plugins and scripts. So, we’ve put together a small collection to show a bit of what InDesign can do. More than anything, these will help you work through your documents and publications much faster, automating the repetitive parts, and freeing you to…

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My [Fleeting] Digital Life

Tell me if you can relate to this…The other day my dad and I were going through boxes of old photos. He actually lost a fair amount of family memorabilia in Hurricane Sandy — but there was still plenty to go through. Many photos I’ve never seen, including this one of my grandfather, whom I…

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Illustrator CS6 is 64bit: What does it mean?

With version CS6 (aka v.16) Adobe Illustrator is a 64bit application. But what exactly does that mean? Sometimes I think it’s like that SNL spoof of Verizon’s marketing around 4G LTE. Truth be told, a 64bit version of Illustrator means a lot. Not necessarily because of what 64bit actually *IS*, but really because of what…

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Illustrator CS6: A Closer Look at the New User Interface

In a previous post, I made mention of the 64bit work that was done in Illustrator CS6, and how that work required Adobe to jettison the existing user interface framework and move to an updated one. It sounds technical (and it is), but it’s worth taking a closer look at what this new user interface…

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Understanding Adobe Creative Cloud

There’s been a lot of controversy around Adobe’s move to Creative Cloud as well as their moving to a subscription-only product offering. This is obviously a major shift in approach for both, Adobe and their customers, so I thought I’d write a post to provide an angle at how to look at this move. A…

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How it’s made: Deke vs. Tom Cruise

Special effects, cutting-edge video recording techniques, and high-end video production aren’t just for blockbuster Hollywood films anymore. In the right hands, these tools can also help you learn better — which is especially helpful if you happen to work at a company that provides video-based training.Having been an author myself, teaching Illustrator through the years,…

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Illustrator CC and Kuler renew their vows

Years ago, Adobe introduced us to kuler (rhymes with “cooler”) — a website that allowed creatives to dream up and share combinations of color. The technology was part of what would ultimately become a new powerful color engine inside of Illustrator. At the time, Illustrator provided hooks to connect to kuler through a panel, allowing…

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