Pencil Tool in Illustrator CC

Jeff Witchel introduces the reinvented pencil tool in Illustrator CC. The pencil tool now includes fidelity options that allow for creating smoother, cleaner paths…

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Adios Script Pro

Alejandro Paul’s Adios is a technically intricate font bursting with advanced OpenType features. It’s easily my favorite advanced OpenType font. Inspired by lettering artist H. Wotzkow, not to mention contemporary tattoo art, Adios has a profusion of ornamental ascenders and descenders that allow extraordinary variety. The lowercase “h” alone offers 43 variants; the entire font…

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Victorian Engravings

www.Artzooks.com includes the Visual Language collection in its collection of premium clip art. Visual Language includes more than 1,000 extremely detailed illustrations from the early 1900s. Subject matter includes plants, fruits and flowers, animals and human anatomy, machines and equipment, picture frames, mountains and landscapes, maps, holiday figures, etc. The collection is worth a look,…

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Convert Fonts to Objects

If you need an entire font converted to vector or raster objects, check out FontPestle. This handy app ($4.99, Mac App Store) exports every character from an OpenType or TrueType font to individual objects in PDF, PNG, TIFF, or GIF formats. The app even includes 10 symbol fonts for you to convert as a starting…

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Attracting Friends with a Fabulous Facebook Design

At the top of every Facebook profile, you’ll find an area where you can add two images: one is a big horizontal image, called the Cover image; and one is a small, square image that overlaps the bottom-left corner of the bigger image, called the Profile picture. Facebook uses the word Timeline to refer to…

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Adobe InDesign and XML: A Reference Guide

The following notes might be helpful for those of you who are looking at doing a little more with XML in InDesign. They are by no means complete, and I’ll likely update this post in the near future, to make it more complete (originally published Feb. 2011, last updated April 2016). Mapping XML tags to InDesign…

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Amazing interior design and architecture resource

Have you ever wondered where interior designers go for inspiration and ideas? More than 70,000 of them rely on the Trade Only Design Library (TODL), a site that connects them with sellers of goods for residential and commercial interior design projects. For manufacturers, TODL is also a great resource, generating 4,000 targeted leads monthly. To…

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Adding Background Video to Wepage, Part 2

In part 2 of this tutorial, Tom Green uses Dreamweaver’s HTML5 video tools to add a background video to a webpage. He adds all of the necessary properties to the video tag and shows how to use Dreamweaver’s preview options to test the page in different browsers…

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Design Business Links 21 February 2014

Great content found by Pariah and shared to the design and creative communities on social media. Workshop: Hidden Income: How Designers Make Money Between Clients “In this webi­nar you will learn strate­gies and venues from which you can sup­ple­ment your… Keep reading Design Business Links 21 February 2014 on Pariah Burke Publishing & Design Consulting…

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How To Make An Effective Style Guide With Adobe Fireworks

I started with style guides like any other obsessive-compulsive designer: with the desire to make it simple to maintain and grow a design. Plus, knowing which component to use in a given situation is nice, too, right? Since making this a regular practice, I’ve found it’s been like having a nice combination of a CSS…

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Photoshop Smart Objects from Adobe Illustrator

Wanting to at a scribbled text effect to an image I looked to Adobe Illustrator. The great thing about Creative Suite and the Creative Cloud is that the applications work so seamlessly together. Here I create the text in illustrator and then bring it to Photoshop as a smart object, making it editable at any…

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Create a Geometric Maze Design in Photoshop

If you love creating abstract, visually awesome work in Photoshop, then this tutorial is for you. Learn how to create a surreal scene featuring a giant maze, constructed by 3D blocks. You’ll learn all kinds of techniques, such as working with perspective, applying texture and lighting and much more. Let’s get started shall we? What…

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Live Corners in Illustrator CC

This new option allows users to change the corners of an object by first selecting it with the direct selection tool and then using Illustrator’s new corner options. Tool settings include radius, corner type, and rounding. It is also possible to just select and adjust one corner…

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Smashing Book #4: Behind The Scenes

If you’re a graphic designer, you will often have to work with off-the-shelf material created by others — for instance, combining ready-to-use fonts with images from a photographer or stock website. Also, you’ll often have to follow the branding already developed by someone else. It’s OK; it’s a part of the job, and you shouldn’t…

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