Create An Editable Stitched Label Type Treatment

If you found the previous Letterpress, Sketchy, and Metal type treatment tutorials useful, then you are going to like this Stitched Label Type tutorial. Like the previous tutorials, this one relies heavily on the Appearance panel, making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements. Final Image: Stitched…

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How to Create a Laser-Cut Self Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign

What You’ll Be CreatingThis tutorial is brought to you with thanks to Smartpress.com.Using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign I’ll show you how to create your own stunning laser-cut self mailer, which is going to give your marketing materials that extra professional edge. In this tutorial, suitable for beginner-to-intermediate readers, we’ll look at how to set up dielines…

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New Contest! The Riddle of the Inverted Arrows

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize! Here’s the scenario: There are several arrows in your layout with simple arrow heads on one end and solid circles on the other end. There’s just one problem: all the arrows are pointing the wrong…

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CSS vs SVG: Styling Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

This is the second article in a series of articles comparing some commonly-used CSS techniques to their SVG counterparts, showing the pros and cons of each, in an attempt to help you make a better decision as to which of these two to choose when solving common design problems on the web. In the previous…

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Soft Glow – Gaussian Blur Photoshop Quick Tip

Gaussian was a brilliant mathematician and developed an algorithm that works amazingly well for creating blurs. I would be happy to explain the algorithm, however 1. I don’t really have the space here and 2. I wouldn’t know where to start. What I do know is that for a very long time it was the…

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Creating a Compelling Photo Composite in Adobe Photoshop CC

Creating a compelling photo composite is as much about finding the right assets as it is about the process of blending them together. If you’re unable to capture your own assets, stock image sites are treasure chests for images, as well as inspiration. While hunting for the images used in this issue’s tutorial, I encountered…

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Best Marketplaces for Premium Photoshop Actions

Sometimes you need to create an effect in Photoshop but you rather buy something that will do it for you. There are a lot of Photoshop actions out there but where do you start? Here are the top websites for premium Photoshop actions. 1. Creative Market Creative Market is one of the newer marketplaces that have exploded…

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Topaz ReMask 5 – Special Discount Offer – Photoshop Pro Masking

We’ve got news for you! On Tuesday, August 25th Topaz will be releasing ReMask 5, an updated version of their masking software, complete with new features. As always, the update is free to anyone who already owns ReMask. And for those who don’t own it, ReMask 5 will be on sale ($20 off) from August…

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5 times your camera meter will be wrong

Camera metering systems are pretty amazing and I’m usually very happy for the evaluative metering systems in my cameras to figure out the exposure and leave me to get on with sorting the composition. But no matter how smart modern metering systems become, there are still times when they can get fooled, so here’s 5…

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Deke’s Techniques 445: Smooth Color Adjustments in Lab Mode

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke dispels the myth that using the Lab mode to adjust color is inherently destructive. In fact, he’ll show you how to correct the color of this ’70s-esque flower child:Sure, maybe the Groovy filter effect is what you want, but frankly, despite those perfectly applied blossoms in her…

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Tip of the Week: Where the Heck Are My Scripts?

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on August 20, 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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Photoshop”Gritty Gangster” Effect

This was one of those times when you see an image and just feel like you have to make something cool with it. I was actually on Fotolia.com looking for another image, but stumbled upon this one and was hit with an idea. I have seen this effect in many movie posters and, as you’ll…

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Create a Seamless Fantasy Floral Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

Have you wished to design a floral pattern to do your DIY sewing or home decoration projects, by your own hand? Or to sew a dress from fabric with an absolutely unique pattern? This tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful, flowing, fantasy floral pattern in Photoshop. (View This Tutorial)…

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Free InDesign Template of the Month: Tabbed Booklet

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This month it’s a template for a tabbed booklet, developed by James Wamser of Ripon Printers. This is great for something like a user manual, handbook, cookbook, or anything where you want to give users quick and easy access to well-organized…

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Photoshop Errors: How to Fix Brush Lag

So you’re trying to paint in Photoshop, but each stroke takes about a minute to load. And if this problem keeps up, there’s no way you can see an end to the project you’re working on.There are many things that can slow down your work in Photoshop. One of them is brush lag. Brush lag…

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How to Create a Compassionate Planet Earth Artwork in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create a colorful photo manipulation of the planet earth. You will learn how to composite different images in order to achieve a pleasant final effect. We will be using layer masks, smart objects and adjustment layers but I will provide a short explanation before using them so you should be…

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Positive and Negative Space in Illustrator| Design Tip of the Week

We all know that Illustrator is great for creating dynamic linework and wonderful shapes, but what about creating lines WITH shapes? You know, positive and negative space? Get what I’m saying? Picking up what I’m putting down? Smelling what I’m stepping in? If you’re still unsure, no problem.  I’ll walk you through it, and by…

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UX Basics: Great Online Resources

UX encompasses many disciplines and specialities, and it can seem overwhelming to figure out where to get started and learn the basics. UX education is also something that is in flux and evolving. Some specialised courses are emerging, and UX is increasingly becoming a key component of many digital media, web design and development educations…

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Compose a Fantasy Landscape Photo Manipulation

Have you ever tried to create a fantasy landscape combining different photos while blocked by the advanced techniques? This tutorial will show you the advanced techniques of blending, different techniques of adding lights to your scene with custom brushes and different Blending Modes, and how to work with layer styles to create a glow around…

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