Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 30 November 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. How Gender Influences Tech’s Ideal Employers How app developers and designers feel about the iPhone X—and the notch | Ars Technica A… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 30 November 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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Recosoft ships ID2Office 2018

Press Release Recosoft ships ID2Office 2018 – Convert InDesign files to Word, PowerPoint & Keynote formats   Osaka, Japan, November 30 2017 – Recosoft Corporation the creators of PDF conversion software and workflow automation plug-ins for Adobe® InDesign® has released ID2Office 2018 the latest version of its InDesign to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Apple Keynote conversion plug-in…

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InQuestion: Making a Diamond-shaped Text Frame

This article appeared in Issue 103 of InDesign Magazine. Q: I’m working on a layout that requires a diamond-shaped text frame. I’ve attempted to rotate a square frame, but it rotates the text as well. Is there a way to rotate the frame while keeping the text straight? A: There are actually two ways to accomplish this…

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How to Create a Geometric 3D Adobe Photoshop Brush With Cinema 4D

What You’ll Be CreatingLearn Cinema 4D quickly and easily by creating the complex Geometric Confusion Shape. Follow this tutorial step by step to create an abstract shape and use it as a Photoshop Brush.I wrote this tutorial based on my item on GraphicRiver. You can check the Geometric Confusion Brushes Set in my portfolio.1. How to…

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InDesign Template of the Month: Novel

Time for another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This month it’s a template for a novel. The template is in letter half format (5.5″ × 8.5″), and it comes with front matter, including a cover, table of contents, foreword, and title page. The fonts used are all available to…

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Deke’s Techniques 658: Automatically Converting Circles to Diamonds

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques episode, Deke turns discs into diamonds in Adobe Illustrator. That is, he uses the power of Illustrator’s Transform effect and some savvy selecting (and combining and ungrouping and…) in order to turn all the circles in this Windows-inspired diagram: Into diamonds, as the shapes appear on the Mac interface:…

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How to Create a Color Font With Adobe Illustrator and Fontself Maker

What You’ll Be CreatingCreating fonts has never been so fast, fun and easy as with Fontself, a powerful extension for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a color font.Fontself allows you to create a fully functional font with all the bells and whistles that most professional fonts have…

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Updating Data After Merging with and without XML in InDesign

Most data merge operations create the merged documents and then never update them again. Other projects, like point-of-sale signage, mailers, and a host of other VDP designs, need to be able to update, alter, and even completely replace the data… Keep reading Updating Data After Merging with and without XML in InDesign on Pariah Burke…

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Typography in 60 Seconds: What Is Kerning, Tracking, and Leading?

Make your text look great! Learn how to fix letter-spacing and more in this quick video.Typography in 60 Seconds: What Is Kerning, Tracking, and Leading?Designers are very detail oriented. We know the importance of space in design, especially when dealing with typography. And you can learn how to fine tune the spacing of your work…

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How to Create a Realistic Coin Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingThis tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s shapes and shape settings, along with its 3D tools and options, to create a 3D coin text effect. Let’s get started! This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver. Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the…

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Tip of the Week: Faster Print and PDF Output

This InDesign tip on faster print and PDF output was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 22, 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 of this page, enter your email…

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Quick Tip: How to Create a Denim Pattern in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingRealistic textures and patterns are easy to make in Photoshop. They’re perfect for text effects and help make shape layers stand out.Want that denim look yourself? Learn how to make a denim pattern in this quick tip!Get inspired with incredible patterns and more from Envato Market and Envato Elements. 1. How to…

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Create a Page-A-Day Calendar in InDesign

Pre-press specialist and scripting guru Kasyan Servetsky recently blogged about an issue that he had encountered on the Adobe User-to-User InDesign forums and provided an explanation of the solution. The original poster wanted to create a page-a-day type of calendar—with the month as a heading and a large digit for the date—and have the date…

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How to Draw a Winter Christmas Landscape With a Wooden Sign in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a winter vector Christmas background!If you want to skip the tutorial and just use this background with some other awesome elements, purchase the Winter Christmas Landscape with a Wooden Sign from GraphicRiver!Winter Christmas Landscape with…

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How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingIn this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing text effect inspired by the Grand Theft Auto video game. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time. The text effect shown above is the effect…

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Deke’s Techniques 656: Create a Concentric Ring Logo in Adobe Illustrator

Greetings from the lovely north California coast. We’re traveling with all three large boy-men and a small tree this week toward our Thanksgiving destination in Mendocino county, one of the loveliest, unspoiledest places in all of the loveliness that is my home state. Here’s the view from our current dining table at which I am…

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