Repurposing Projects in an InCopy Workflow

One of the questions that always seems to come up when I’m teaching or implementing an InCopy workflow, is how can users re-purpose projects. What they’re referring to, is the ability to take an existing project and save it as a starting point for another project. I know this sounds easy enough, we do it…

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Animate an Isometric Vector Island With Adobe After Effects and Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn a previous tutorial, we created an isometric island, and today we will animate key elements of that island. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to prepare the files and After Effects to animate. The purpose of this tutorial is to take an illustration and breathe some life into it by adding animation.I’ve prepared some files…

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Illustrator Tutorial: Create a CFL Light Bulb

Follow this tutorial and learn how to draw a CFL light bulb using Adobe Illustrator. The tutorial is composed of three main parts, creating the spiral lamp, creating the ballast housing and creating the screw base. You will start from the basic shapes and with the help of a few tools (Pen Tool, Direct Selection…

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 137

My goodness there’s a lot of great material for InDesign users out there this month! I’ve been out a-collectin’ and I think you’re going to like these articles and videos: Ilene Strizver has done it again: Here’s a terrific article about designing with lead-ins (like run-in heads, drop caps, first lines, and more) The folks at Canva…

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Deke’s Techniques 455: Islamic Design Part I, Flirting with Geometric Genius

Today Deke’s Techniques begins a multi-week journey from Tunisia to Amsterdam to London to Colorado to wherever you are, courtesy of Deke’s quest to replicate this 19th-century Arabic patterned stained glass window he came across in the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Of course, when Deke sees the painstaking geometry of this carved stucco piece, he…

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How to Create Your Own Fog Brushes in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial you will learn how you can easily create your own mist brushes using different filters and transformations. 1. Create a Basic Fog TextureStep 1Create a new document in Photoshop. Set its Width and Height to 5000 px and press OK.Step 2Grab the Paint Bucket Tool (G) and pick black (#000000). Fill the…

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New Course: Texture Crafting in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingHigh-quality textures are an integral part of creating digital artwork with depth, realism and visual interest. One of the best ways of adding believable detail to any digitally created element or illustration is to use good textures. But where do you get these textures? One of the best places is to develop them…

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Create Depth of Field Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create a depth of field effect using only some standard Photoshop filters. Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Estimated Completion Time: 40 minutes Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Resources Girls Step 1 Open the file “Girls” and duplicate the “Background”…

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Create a Double-Decker Bus Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be Creating In the following steps you will learn how to create a detailed illustration of a double-decker bus in Adobe Illustrator.For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create the main shape using several rectangles, basic vector shape building techniques and the Live Corners feature…

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The Importance of Color in UX

Messages of color Color is an incredibly powerful part of the designer’s arsenal, and of a user’s experience. With great power, comes great responsibility! Color has many cultural connotations. In Eastern culture, we can think of examples like gold being associated with prosperity and luxury. This means, for example, that the introduction of the gold…

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Applying Extreme Sharpening in Photoshop

Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers High Pass sharpening is sometimes called “extreme sharpening,” and that’s really a good description of what it is. Here, I’m going to show you how to apply it and how to control it afterward. Step One: Open a photo that needs some extreme sharpening, like this…

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Tip of the Week: Customizing Smart Guide Options

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 24, 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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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 28 September 2015

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. Create PDFs with e-Signature Fields in InDesign Create a seamless signing experience for forms and documents created using Adobe InDesign CC and… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 28 September 2015 on Pariah Burke…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Create a Custom Texture Brush

Got a Minute?In this entry for our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series we take a look at how to create your own custom texture brush in Photoshop. A Bit More DetailLearn more about Adobe Photoshop on Tuts+:Photoshop Tutorials for BeginnersMastering Light & Shadow in Adobe Photoshop free coursePhotoshop Essentials courseAdvanced Photoshop Techniques course60 seconds?!This is…

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Create This Magnificent Sniper Artwork in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a professional and beautiful poster. I will tell you the basic idea of creating a poster, interesting techniques and teach you by my example. I’ll tell you about a few filters of the new version of Photoshop and their capabilities, and show how to create a…

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How to create yourself a backdoor to downgrade OS X

In a few days Apple will release a new major version of OS X. This year it is OS X El Capitan and as in the last years with Yosemite and Mavericks the upgrade is free of charge and will be distributed via the Mac App Store. Though most of us are excited to try…

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Exploring OpenType Pro Fonts, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we looked at many useful features of OpenType fonts. Let’s complete our review of typographic gems by checking out the options for figures. OpenType Numerals One of OpenType’s many useful features is the ability to manage different styles of numerals within a single font. When you’re working with typefaces that offer both…

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Illustrator Special Effects: Vintage Badge Background

Retro and vintage logos are a hot trend these days, the Badge/Emblem Logo style is especially popular, and it’s no surprise why – they look great! ! In today’s tutorial, we’ll be learning how to create a retro badge background using Adobe Illustrator. So, let’s get started! 1. Create a blank document and set the…

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Win an Apple Watch in the DPS at MAX Sweepstakes

We’re counting down the days until Adobe MAX 2015! The event will be packed with engaging and educational sessions, labs and more to help you make the most of Adobe Digital Publishing Solution. This year’s “DPS at MAX Sweepstakes” gives you even more to look forward to. MAX attendees will have the chance each day to…

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Adobe Digital Publishing Solution and the Power of Automation

By David Schmidt, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager Digital Publishing Solution (DPS 2015) allows organizations to easily create beautiful mobile apps to distribute content to both internal and external users. These apps can be created by your marketing or creative teams. But to unlock the full enterprise value of DPS, you can integrate with other systems…

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