DPS 2015 + UNC: Bringing Leadership Development Curriculum to Life

“Mobile is a critical part of our broader digital strategy. Being found in app stores and on mobile devices is going to become as important as being found in search engine results. We’ve been staking out these territories with our DPS apps and are an innovator within the highly-competitive business education market in this regard.”…

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DPS 2015 + Qantas: Delivering Engaging Content at Every Step of the Journey

“Our new app provides a great, cost-effective way to get the magazine in front of readers even when they’re not flying. In addition to broadening our distribution and improving ongoing engagement, it lets us leverage all of our great content – better for us, our advertisers, and most importantly our customers.” Dan Fischer, Manager, Direct…

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DPS 2015 Gives Publishers A Second Chance at a First Impression

In April of 2010 Apple introduced the iPad and magazine publishers around the world rejoiced, as it looked like the 10” tablet could greatly help stagnant sales and bring in new streams of revenue both in subscriptions and ad dollars. Digital publishing application development platforms, such as Adobe Digital Publishing Suite sprang up to help publishers…

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DPS 2015 + WoodWing: Enabling Engaging Storytelling on Mobile

WoodWing is a company known for its focus on efficiency in content creation with solutions that simplify multi-channel workflow publishing and digital asset management. Its latest offering, Inception, complements the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) and its article-based approach by enabling customers to easily create responsive HTML5 content for any channel, including tablet and…

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Preview and Inspect Websites on Actual Devices

Designing responsive sites for today’s multiple screens is just part of the workaday challenge. Viewing and testing the web content on actual devices is another often time-consuming, repetitive—yet totally necessary—struggle. The new Device Preview feature in Dreamweaver CC 2015 eliminates the struggle by providing direct, real-time mirroring to available devices. How much of a change…

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 135

It’s a beautiful day, and I’m struggling with the desire to go out and enjoy it vs. learn more about InDesign. What should I do? Both, of course! Grab your mobile device, sit out on a blanket, and read (or watch) these links: Want to give someone read-only access to some assets, such as images,…

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Flood your pictures

This free app/plug-in from Flaming Pear has been around for a while, but it is still one of my favorites that I go to over and over again. Go to http://www.flamingpear.com/download.html and download “Flood” once you have dragged it into your plug-in folder and restarted Photoshop, you will be able to add water to any image…

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Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a grimy text treatment utilizing Illustrator’s Blog brush, Live Paint, and a pen tablet. You can easily apply these techniques to other illustrates, type treatments and logos. Final Image Below is the final type treatment we be working towards. Tutorial Details Program : Adobe Illustrator…

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Change Default Fonts for New Documents

Looking through some of my past work, I noticed I used the font Myriad a lot. At first I wondered why, then I came to the realization, it might be because Myriad is the default font in Illustrator. After that, I changed my default font for new documents. It is really easy to do, so…

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Deke’s Techniques 436: Drawing an Orthogonal Box Tower in Illustrator

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke draws this orthogonal “box tower” in Illustrator, starting with nothing but the Line tool.I highly recommend this exercise for familiarizing yourself with Illustrator in a way that doesn’t actually require the ability to draw organic lines with your actual hand. (I love drawing with math; it makes…

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Photoshop For Kids: Fun Reflections!

What You’ll Be CreatingChildren frequently imagine mirrors to be something mysterious. “What if that isn’t really my reflection, but another person who looks just like me!?” It’s a fun and fascinating idea, that the reflected surface is really a window into an alternate existence. In this tutorial, that idea can be fully explored in a…

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Tip of the Week: Placing Images at a Specific Size

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 23, 2015. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the…

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Easy Access to InCopy Styles

One of the great benefits of the InCopy workflow, is the ability to apply Paragraph and Character styles to text when working in a story. One of the challenges when applying those styles however is that the list of styles can be quite lengthy especially once the story is assigned (connected) to an InDesign layout…

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Learn to Create an HDR Effect Using Luminosity Masks

This is an advanced level tutorial that will use some advanced techniques. This project will use luminosity masks in order to achieve a strong HDR effect and improve the overall look of our photo. If you’re a beginner, you will reap some benefits by reading this. (View This Tutorial)…

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Create an Isometric Pixel Art City Hall in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIf you have some basic experience and assets in isometric pixel art, you’ll eventually have to do some bigger, landmark buildings. So let’s get to it with a City Hall or government sort of building, with classic architecture and a dome and columns.You’ll need to have some experience with doing buildings. If…

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Create a Dark and Mysterious Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a dark and mysterious landscape using a range of photo manipulation techniques. You’ll learn how to combine different stock photos into a cohesive scene, create a misty atmosphere, adjust color, work with lighting and more. What you’ll be creatingWe’ll start this tutorial by creating a rocky…

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Create an HDR Effect Using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial we will use luminosity masks in order to achieve a strong HDR effect and improve the overall look of our photo. We will be using some advanced techniques but even if you’re beginner you will reap some benefits by reading this. Final Image As always, this is the final image that…

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Experts Weigh In – Who or what is your biggest design influence?

We all need to get a little inspiration from somewhere. Designers are constantly working to create work that is unique to them, but there’s no denying that outside influences sometimes sneak in. In fact, these influences often set one designer apart from another, helping them to define their own personal style. We caught up with…

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Cool Use for InDesign’s New Graphic Table Cells Feature

One of the great new features of InDesign CC 2015 is a new type of table cell called a “Graphic Cell.” To use this, just select any table cell and choose Table > Convert Cell to Graphic Cell. This command adds a graphic frame to the cell that is “stuck” to all four sides of…

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How to Create A Wood Grain Texture in Adobe Illustrator

Last up for Vectip’s Texture Week is wood grain. The steps for this technique are very similar to the previous Brushed Metal Texture tutorial. It uses the same Graphic Pen effect but stretched a little more. It also uses the Warp Tool and Twirl Tool. Also like the other texture tutorials, this technique is easy…

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