Better Photoshop Techniques adds Augmented Reality…

To celebrate the arrival of Photoshop CS5, Better Photoshop Techniques magazine, created an exclusive augmented reality back cover for Issue 22. It’s cool really… Navigate to the Better Photoshop Techniques web-site, take your edition of the magazine, click the special viewer pop-up window, hold out your back-cover and smile for the camera! Augmented Reality (AR)…

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Vertical Type from Illustrator to InDesign

In my previous post I provided a solution for setting type vertically in InDesign. Illustrator in contrast to InDesign actually has a Vertical Type tool, and the close integration between the two applications means we can opt to set our type in Illustrator instead and bring it into InDesign as a graphic. Vertical Type in…

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Beautiful Illustrator Artworks By Artists Around The World

  Adobe Illustrator is a powerful software for illustrating that allows users to produce beautiful artwork, technical illustrations, and even graphics for both print and the web. Adobe Illustrator is a multipurpose vector illustration tool and its versatility makes it the most preferred choice among many professional artists and designers. In the past, we’ve published a…

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Photoshop: Where’s my scratch disk?

If you are an old time Photoshop user, you may remember that in past versions of Photoshop we had access to preferences setting that enabled us to select one or more drives as Scratch disk for Photoshop.  Photoshop uses this Scratch Disk space as Viritual Memory. Preferably the drive allocated wouldn’t be the same drive…

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Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator

  The tiger is one of the coolest animals in the earth. It’s a very powerful, dangerous, yet fascinating animal. In this tutorial, we will be drawing the tiger, but we will be doing it a little bit different. Instead of portraying the tiger as a savage and mean creature, I will teach you how to…

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EZ Does It. Really.

If you’ve ever had to silhouette a girl with windblown hair, you know what a challenge it can be to create the perfect mask. I’ve always used channels, duplicating the best one and using Levels, Curves and judicious handwork to create a mask. As long as the subject has some contrast with the background, there’s…

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Illustrator: Creating a swatch set from an image

Updated: 5-Jan-2010: Added Video Tutorial at end of transcript During our InDesign Trivia night at the Perth InDesign User Group in December, we had some fun with colours in InDesign. Here’s one of the scenario’s we used: So you’re working on a layout in InDesign, and although you know you can use the Eyedropper tool…

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Please DON’T put it on my tab.

======================================= Don’t you just love the tabbed document display in Creative Suite 4 applications? If you do, you’re in the minority, judging by the number of people who ask “How do I change that?” often followed by “What were they thinking?!” I can help a bit with the first question, but I can’t answer the…

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Build a Promotional iPhone App Website Wireframe in Fireworks

Wireframing is a useful part of the website design process. It’s great to separate out this planning stage and have your page positioning, spacing, layout, and other elements like text size and tone works out before you jump into Photoshop to add color, texture, images, and effects to polish off your design. Fireworks is a…

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Back-to-School With 40 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

  Learning is a process which continues throughout the life of an artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. Along the way, designers find the task of mastering Adobe Illustrator a large obstacle which requires practice and experience in using the vector-based application. Practice comes in the form of tutorials, which offer tips, tricks, and artistic styles from…

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Urban Art Tutorial in Photoshop and Illustrator

  Photoshop and Illustrator, as we’ve all come to realize, have revolutionized contemporary design and illustration, unleashing the creative potential of artists the world over. Through this tutorial, we’ll take you through process and technique, from sketch to Photoshop to Illustrator, so that you can learn skills to complement your ample creativity! As we go through…

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Photoshop: Quick Refine Soft-Edge Mask Tip

Modified: 13 September 2009 – Added “Note”. Super quick tip. A  practical example. I’ve been writing Technical Documentation the past weeks, and am processing an awful lot of screenshots. Sometimes they are kind of big and I really only want to focus on one part, but would love to see a fading edge and I…

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Simplest PDF creation with Acrobat

Sometimes, you just want to convert a file into a PDF document — fast. With Acrobat, the task can be as simple as right-clicking. While this doesn’t work with all file types, it is perfect for use with text files, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, HTML files, image files and various other file formats…

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Rotating PDF pages in Acrobat

When you compile a PDF from multiple sources, you might find that some of the pages are sideways or inverted when you try to view them on-screen. Never fear! Acrobat can be used to rotate individual pages within a PDF document…

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Convert and combine different files in Acrobat

One neat thing about PDF is its ability to represent content from disparate sources, such as images, formatted text content, spreadsheets and graphs — and that’s not even mentioning the multimedia or 3D options. In fact, it’s a simple matter to combine a collection of PDFs or other files into a single, self-contained PDF…

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50 Excellent 3D Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

  Adobe Illustrator is one of the best applications for making graphic artwork like logos, print designs and Web pages. As time goes on, more and more Illustrator techniques are introduced by talented designers and artists in the industry who achieve some of the best results on the Web. One hot trend nowadays is 3D effects…

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