Sweet and Sassy: How to Create Your Own Lollipop Vector

Who doesn’t love candy? Who can withstand that colored, delicious sweetness that makes your mouth water? Today I will show you how to create two delicious candy vectors and lollipop vectors using the basic tool and the Brush Strokes Panel. You will learn to create some basic shapes, spirals, create new brushes, and then edit them…

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Stay Focused: 5 Types of Content Specific Landing Pages that Convert

Content specific landing pages should be just that – web pages that focus on delivering specific messages to your audience to accomplish specific goals and grow conversions through calls to action. The specific functions of landing pages can cover everything from sales (lead generation) to informational newsrooms and beyond. Whereas, homepages tend to be general and…

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How to Create a Mountainous Matte Painting

Follow this tutorial to learn how to create this landscape matte painting! It will show you how to create our own mountain scene by arranging multiple stocks together and blending them correctly using layer masks and adjustment layers. You will also learn effective techniques for adding waterfalls and mist. (View This Tutorial)…

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How to Create a Stunning Winter Princess Artwork in Photoshop

Learn how to create this winter scene in Photoshop. You will learn how to blend photos and textures, create a cold blue photo effect, and more! Preview of Final Results Winter Photomanipulation Resources Lady – Anettfrozen Background 1 – Fenne-Stock Background 2 – Tumana-Stock Smoke – Autonoe Snow – Erykucciola-stock (Read more…)…

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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: How to Install Custom Brushes

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!How to Install and Load Brushes Whether you’re a designer or digital painter, the Brush Tool is a remarkable feature you should get to know. And with the option to create or download…

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Top 5 InDesign Template Tips

Anne-Marie Concepción shares her favorite tips for making awesome InDesign templates This article appeared in Issue 80 of InDesign Magazine. I’ve been producing layout files for my company and my clients for a couple decades now, and I can attest that starting with a workable template (as opposed to a blank page, or a copy of the…

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How to Create a Long Scrolling Background for a Website

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a flat-style super-long scrolling background for a website! What’s more, in a follow-up tutorial, you’ll have an opportunity to see it in action and to discover how to make it work! For this part of the tutorial, we’ll be using Adobe Illustrator, its basic…

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6 Tips to Speed Up InDesign

Sometimes, things just don’t run as smoothly or as quickly as we’d like. Even our ever-faithful companion, InDesign, is not free from frustrating slowdowns and inexplicable quirks. Some people are quick to jump on the “trash your preferences” bandwagon, but I almost never have to resort to that. If you’ve done some troubleshooting and are…

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How to Create a Floral Anchor Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, you’ll learn to create a floral anchor illustration in Adobe Illustrator. We will use simple forms, and you’ll learn how to move individual anchor points using the Direct Selection Tool, Warp Effects, and Warp Tool. We will also create a special brush to draw a rope. I hope that…

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Quick Tip: How to Create Pantone Colors in Your Designs

Creating spot colors to use on your print designs needn’t be a headache. This quick tip will show you how to create Pantone swatches quickly and easily, and how to share your Pantone palettes with other Adobe programs.1. Why Pantone?The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is an internationally recognized color reproduction system. A Pantone color can…

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Create a Striking Photo Manipulation of a Face Distorted in Space

In this tutorial we’ll create an awesome photo manipulation of a guy’s face being distorted in space and time. We’ll use lots of native Photoshop filters and some external textures. Both newbies and advanced Photoshop users will learn some useful things and tricks from this tutorial. Let’s begin! Final Results Tutorial Resources Man Looking in…

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Tip of the Week: Using Live Distribute

With this simple tip you can use the Live Distribute feature in InDesign to resize the space between selected objects. The post Tip of the Week: Using Live Distribute appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Create a Crazy Disco Effect with Adobe Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial we will create a crazy disco effect using some textures, blending modes and a touch of creativity. Let’s begin! Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate Resources Crazy Face Disco Lights Light…

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Illustrator in 60 Seconds: The Shape Builder Tool

Welcome to our Illustrator in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn an Illustrator skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!The Shape Builder ToolCreating shapes in Illustrator can sometimes become an unintuitive process, especially if you’re doing it using Pathfinder’s Shape Modes.Luckily for us, Adobe has come up with the Shape Builder Tool,…

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InDesign Template Essentials: Image and Art Object Styles

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This time, it’s a big batch of object styles for working with placed images and native InDesign artwork. The template contains almost 50 object styles for various uses, including text wraps and keylines, shadows and transparency effects, charts and graphs,…

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Surface Book Review

Is it possible to have a small laptop that’s also a tablet and can run Photoshop as well a desktop? Microsoft say yes, so I’m putting its Surface Book laptop to the test. The Microsoft Surface Book comes in several versions but it’s the i7 version with 16gb of RAM and an Nvidia GPU (graphics…

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How to Create a Landscape Matte Painting in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial we are going to learn how to create visual development concepts for animation using matte-painting techniques.ResearchThe best thing you can do while starting your new piece is research. This first step is vital and will pay off once you start creating your image. Mood research is what I personally focus…

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