Deke’s Techniques 514: Turning a Logo into a Star in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke takes an "imaginary" logo (except it’s totally based on the former United Pixelworkers logo), and rotates it around in a star shape (like, uh, the United Pixelworkers used to do because they were awesome). For reference, there was once a company named United Pixelworkers that made…

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The Worst Designed Feature in InDesign

Everyone gets frustrated with InDesign sooner or later… even us! (And you know I truly love InDesign.) But a few features in this program go beyond just frustrating and enter a realm called “bang your head on the desk trying to figure out why Adobe did it this way.” Don’t get me wrong—I know no one on…

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How to Create a Wolverine Photo Manipulation With Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a Wolverine photo manipulation. We’ll go through a variety of photo manipulation techniques including blending, retouching, lots of painting, adjusting color, creating lighting effects, and more. Tutorial AssetsThe following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:Model Factory Hair Particles Metal 1. (Read more…)…

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Aesthetic Realism: Are We Entering A New Era in Design?

From Plato to da Vinci, simplicity has long been viewed as the essence of beauty. The idea that less is more has spread deeply into contemporary design, with popular products and interfaces favoring clean, minimal designs with specific user end goals. But at his talk at FITC Toronto last week, designer Mark Rigley wondered if…

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50 Shades of White

Trish Witkowski guides you through a blizzard of white paper choices. This article appeared in Issue 84 of InDesign Magazine. White paper is like poetry without words. It’s a blank canvas that comes in many shades, each with its own personality. As someone who has studied thousands of creative printed materials over the past two decades, I…

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One single feature in QuarkXPress 2016 is disruptive…

Please read this review of the pre-release version of QuarkXPress 2016: Why QuarkXPress 2016 will change my workflow for ever http://www.martinturner.org.uk/2016/04/18/why-quarkxpress-2016-will-change-my-workflow-for-ever/ Sounds pretty disruptive and is an excellent description why ONE SINGLE FEATURE might be so valuable in a workflow, that this alone is worth the upgrade. Your mileage might vary, however an interesting read…

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Zoom Shortcuts

Memorize these shortcuts to instantly jump to whatever magnification you need. The post Zoom Shortcuts appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Colossus: How to Turn Skin to Metal in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingAs our X-Men week continues, we honor everybody’s favorite Steel-Skinned Russian with a look at how to transform skin into metal in Photoshop.1. Prepare the Depth MapPiotr Rasputin, otherwise known as the super-strong, steel-skinned X-Man Colossus, is large and very well muscled. So an image of a very large, well-muscled male is…

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How to Make a Cinemagraph in Photoshop

A cinemagraph is a mix of still and moving image. The majority of the image is usually still while there’s one or more elements that have movement. Cinema graphs are very popular at the moment at are reasonably easy to complete inside Photoshop. The post How to Make a Cinemagraph in Photoshop appeared first on…

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Create an Abstract Portrait in Photoshop

On this tutorial we will create abstract photo artwork of a girl portrait with disintegration effect on it. We will learn to create disintegration effect in a handy and practical technique, adorn the photo with stunning lighning and then complete it with color adjustment. Throughout the tutorial, we will have fun to learn simple and…

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Illustrator Special Effects: Create a Rusty Metal Background

This short tutorial will show you how to create a rustic metal finish that can be used for a variety of purposes.We’ll examine how to create a unique look that can be used in backgrounds and detailed vector illustrations using only Adobe Illustrator. This is a great way to give the appearance of a metallic…

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How to Create a Set of X-Men Avatars in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingAre you waiting for the new X-Men: Apocalypse movie as much as I am? Let’s get ready together and follow this tutorial to create flat, faceless X-Men avatars! We’ll discover some useful tips and tricks and learn simple techniques, while using basic shapes, the Pathfinder panel, the Shape Builder Tool and Clipping…

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How to Create a Seder Plate for Passover in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingWhether or not you observe Passover, this is a great time to create and learn about the Seder plate and what it means during this Jewish holiday season. Celebrated this year from sunset on 22 April to 30 April (or nightfall of the 29th if you’re in Israel), Passover celebrates the story…

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New Course on Adobe Photoshop’s Smudge Tool

What You’ll Be CreatingThe Smudge Tool is one of the most powerful tools that Adobe Photoshop has to offer. In our new Coffee Break Course, How to Use Photoshop’s Smudge Tool for Digital Painting, digital artist Brian Lee will show you exactly how to use it. You’ll get a brief introduction to the tool and how to set it up…

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