How to Create a New York Stamp Icon Set in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn today’s tutorial, we’re going to pull out our architect hats and learn how to “build” our very own miniaturized set of New York’s most iconic buildings, using nothing more than the basic shapes and tools that we work with on a daily basis. So, assuming you’ve already refilled your coffee mug,…

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Camelot2: The Next Big Thing for Interactive PDF?

[A version of this article was originally published on LinkedIn.] If you’ve ever used InDesign to create a PDF for on-screen use, you’ve probably been frustrated by the limits of including interactivity: InDesign’s animation features don’t currently work in interactive PDF Video and audio is clunky and still require Adobe Flash to be installed for them…

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Tip of the Week: Adding Alt Text to Images With Object Export Options

This InDesign tip on adding alt text to images with object export options was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 16, 2017. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new tip, keyboard shortcut, and roundups of new articles, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll down to the bottom…

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Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Coffee Cup

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a cup of coffee using Adobe Illustrator CS6. We’ll use different shape tools, the gradient tool and some basic effects to achieve the final result. Hopefully, you will learn few handy tips along the way. Let’s get started! Open a New Document 1. Launch Illustrator and…

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The Photography Show 2017 Lighting Demos

The Photography Show (TPS) is the UK’s biggest and busiest photo event and last week I was lucky enough to be there for all four days. But I wasn’t there to shop, network and learn, I was there to teach. In all I did 17 talks, demos and live streams in four days, so TPS…

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How To Design A Rocket Icon In Adobe Fireworks

    Many people know that Fireworks is a great tool for web design, prototyping and UI design. But what about icon design? Icon design is a very specific skill that overlaps illustration, screen design and, of course, visual design. An icon designer needs to understand lighting, proportions and, most importantly, the context of the…

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Vibrancy Masking – How to Get Ultra Vibrant Photos in Photoshop

Learn how to do vibrancy masking in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to increase saturation with the Channel Mixer and then use Vibrancy masking to control whether you want it to affect the vibrant or non-vibrant areas. This technique works amazingly well for landscapes and it’s a great when you want to get the most intense…

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Controlling Line Breaks With Data Merge

One of the limitations of Data Merge is its ability to control line breaks within a field. What if you’re pulling data from a CSV file and want the content of one field to be split across a few lines? The most obvious workaround is to use a special character in your CSV file, then…

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Preflight video and “Enforcer” Scripts

Adobe InDesign has a magnificient feature that displays a list of prepress issues that may be present in artwork, and updates this in real-time. It is the live preflight feature, and it’s certainly not a new feature in Adobe InDesign. That said, considering some of the files that I receive that are considered to be…

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How to Create a Spring-Themed Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingA great actor once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party.” This is so true—we can all feel spring’s influence, especially if you are a visual artist. In a season full of colors and details, it’s almost impossible to stay uninspired. So let’s start this spring with a nice illustration…

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Scatter 3D Text By Letter in Photoshop

In this video I take the techniques from the last two videos and then ‘scatter’ the text, individually. Just for fun I also make the ground plane reflective too! Creating a 3D Ground Plane to Match an Image in Photoshop Create 3D Glass Text in Photoshop The post Scatter 3D Text By Letter in Photoshop…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 23 March 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. A Look Back: Adobe Type & 30 Years of Illustrator Sorry for the Delayed Response – The New Yorker Three Ways to… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 23 March 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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