How to Create a Map Icon

In today’s tutorial, we’re going to explore the process of creating a simple map icon, using some of Illustrator’s most basic shapes and tools. That being said, grab a cup of the freshly brewed coffee and let’s get started. Tutorial Details: Map Icon Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6 – CC 2016 Difficulty: Beginner Topics Covered: Design…

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Creating a Different Size Print PDF: A Workaround

Creating a print PDF from InDesign is easy: You just choose File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print) and pick a PDF preset. That will create a PDF file which you can view at 100% size in a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. But what if you want a copy of that…

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Tip of the Week: Making Find/Change Settings Stick

This InDesign tip on making Find/Change settings stick was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 14, 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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How to Create a Rainy Lake Scene in Photoshop

Photoshop has been one of the best tools for matte paintings and photo manipulations. This tutorial will show you how I created this dramatic lake scene and techniques you can use to create your own. Preview of Final Results Rainy Lake Scene Photoshop Tutorial Tutorial Resources Lake View– deviantart Moon image– deviantart Sky image– deviantart…

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Adobe Alternatives: Pixel Art Applications

Pixel art is often viewed as just a retro style of graphics made for the purpose of nostalgia; a throwback to the early days of video games. However to me, and many other lovers of pixel art, it’s the precision, intricacy and aesthetic born of meticulously placing each pixel onto a miniature stage that truly…

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A Fix For InDesign’s Email Hyperlink Problem

It’s simple to create an email hyperlink with InDesign, but did you ever notice that the format of the hyperlink is potentially problematic? The @ symbol in the email address is replaced with a hex code %40. For example, kenw@leadingswmaniacs.com becomes kenw%40leadingswmaniacs.com. Although these oddly-formatted email hyperlink addresses will work with some email apps, it would be…

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How to Make a GIF

What You’ll Be CreatingPhotoshop is very advanced software, but it has certain tools that even beginners can use easily to create stunning effects. For example, you don’t need special skills to create animated GIFs! In this tutorial I will show you how to create an animation of a wolf with glowing eyes, and this will teach…

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How to Create a Disc Cover in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a disc cover design in Adobe Photoshop. Final Image As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating: Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CC Estimated Completion Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate Resources Cover Image Disc Image Font Step 1 Create a 1000x…

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How to Create an Amazing Space Battle Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a sci fi artwork with spaceship, planets and galaxy. You’ll learn how to compose and manipulate some space elements together as well as blend them correctly and effectively. You can also learn to create some different kinds of lighting, work with group, use brush, masking and…

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Taming Advanced Color Palettes In Photoshop, Sketch And Affinity Designer

    Creating large, harmonious and uniform color palettes can be a challenge. Good intentions and confident plans can be abandoned when things get a little unwieldy. But you can equip yourself with some tools to manage the complexity. With the right techniques, large color palettes can be created, refined and refactored at will. Large…

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How to Create an Awesome See-Through Water Horse in Photoshop

Learn how to create a see-through water horse in Photoshop! The techniques we will use are fairly simple but I do my best to explain them in detail so you can use them on your future projects. Preview of Final Results Tutorial Resources Water Splash 1 Water Splash 2 Water Splash 3 Water Splash 4…

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Multiple Layer Styles in Photoshop

It use to be that if you wanted to add more than one Stroke, Drop Shadow, Gradient overlay and other Layer Effects that you’d have to convert the effects to layers of their own and add another effect. Thats all changed in Photoshop CC, adding multiple Layer Effects has become super easy, but there’s a…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 14 July 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. Dan Rhatigan on Variable Fonts and the Future of Typography Recap: Scaling design thinking in the enterprise How to write a proposal… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 14 July 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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How to Create a Nautical-Themed Logo in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn the following steps you will learn how to create a nautical vector logo in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create your own pattern brush. Next, you will learn how to create series of concentric circles and how to easily…

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New Course: Mastering Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingLogos are everywhere. A great logo design can give your website, product or business the right image and help people to recognise your brand instantly.In our new course, Mastering Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator, you’ll learn all the technical skills you need to start designing great logos yourself.What You’ll LearnThis course was…

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Premium Members: Tell Us Your Wishlist

Mike Rankin, our editor-in-chief, just sent out his quarterly newsletter, Premium News (we’re quite literal here) for Premium members of InDesignSecrets.com. You’re a Premium member if you or your company paid for a subscription to the site and so you reap all the benefits: the monthly InDesign Magazine (and access to 13 years of back…

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How to Create a Colorful Explosion Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Be CreatingThis tutorial will show you how to use a couple of colorful texture images, with a Photoshop action and some smoke and texture overlays, to create an easy, colorful explosion text effect. Let’s get started! Tutorial AssetsTwo of the items from today’s tutorial are available for free this month via Envato Elements. Landscape by DaemaineSandstorm…

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How to Create a Grunge, Vintage Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingIn the following steps you will learn how to create a grunge, vintage text effect in Adobe Illustrator. For starters, you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create a pretty basic pattern. Next, you’ll learn how to create a subtly textured background using a built-in pattern,…

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