Create an Emotional Autumn Scene Photo Manipulation

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create an emotional autumn scene. You’ll learn how to blend all stocks together to make a cohesive scene as well as retouch the model, create rain, work with groups and more. Final Image Tutorial Details Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5 (CS3+ versions will work as well) Estimated…

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Create a Fashion Mixed Media Portrait in Photoshop

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fashion mixed media artwork. You’ll learn how to work with abstract elements, create patterns and play with shapes and colors. Final Image Tutorial Details Program: Photoshop CS3 + Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours Difficulty: Intermediate Resources Model Flowers Abstract shapes Stars Sphere Splashes Step 1…

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Create the Abstract Photo Manipulation “Imperfection”

In this Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to create an emotional, abstract photo manipulation. You’ll learn how to combine abstract elements, work with groups, create depth of field and more. Final Image Tutorial Details Program: Photoshop CS3+ Estimated Completion Time: 90 minutes Difficulty: Intermediate Resources Model Splatter brushes Feather brushes Branch Rose petals Circles…

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Create a Beautiful Sunrise Landscape Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a beautiful sunrise landscape photo manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to combine different stocks to make a cohesive scene, blend and adjust color, work with lighting effects and more. Final Image Tutorial Details Program: Photoshop CS5 + Estimated Completion Time: 90 minutes Difficulty: Intermediate Resources…

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Create a Fantasy Fiery Portrait Photo-Manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy fiery portrait of a woman. You’ll learn how to use textures, add fire and create lighting effect. Final Image Resources Model Nebula Sparks Fires Step 1 Create a new document with size of 1000…

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Paper and Pencil

Last year I received a holiday gift – an iPad Mini (thanks Lynda and Bruce! – working at lynda.com is awesome). At around the same time, I made a decision to sketch and visualize my ideas more often. (Just as a point of reference, it had previously been my habit to do ALL my creative…

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2014 Illustrator Tool of the Year: Graph

In a shocking turn of events, this year’s Adobe Illustrator Tool of the Year prize was awarded to 9 tools. The Column Graph tool was chosen to officially represent the other winners, which include the Stacked Column Graph tool, the Bar Graph tool, the Stacked Bar Graph tool, the Line Graph tool, the Area Graph…

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My DIY iPhone Studio

Every so often, I need to take photos of products or objects — be it for documentation, something I want to post or sell online, or otherwise. I also wanted to experiment with stop-motion techniques. I was able to assemble a mini photo studio for almost zero cost.Here’s how I did it:1. I have an…

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Acrobat X Arrives

Adobe Systems has released the tenth version of the venerable Acrobat: Acrobat X (pronounced “ten,” not “ex”). Be prepared for culture shock: the interface is completely revamped. Not the “we moved some menu items around to keep you on your toes” you’ve seen in previous versions, but an utterly different environment. Like the “re-imagining” of…

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Negative Lookahead – GREP for Designers

This is the second in a series of blog-posts about GREP, written after speaking at the Perth InDesign User Group. My speaker notes are also available: What is GREP? (2.4Mb PDF download). In the previous post GREP was introduced, and we took a look at the Positive Lookahead. In this post we’ll review the Negative…

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How to Distribute and Collect PDF Forms

Forms are part of everything these days. PDF forms provide an easy workflow so that the data collected is complete and re-usable. Adobe Reader users can participate too with the Enable Usage Rights feature in Acrobat 8.Whether educators create worksheets and quizzes for the classroom or surveys and resource forms for the department, Acrobat enables…

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Acrobat X TouchUp Fixed on Mac

If you haven’t already, download the 10.1 update for Acrobat X on the Mac. Now you can use the TouchUp Object tool to edit images and vector content. Have no idea why this was broken when Acrobat X shipped (see my earlier post here). But it’s all better now. You may commence to fixing all…

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Positive Lookbehind – GREP for Designers

This is the third in a series of blog-posts about GREP, written after speaking at the Perth InDesign User Group. My speaker notes are also available: What is GREP? (2.4Mb PDF download). In the previous two posts I briefly introduced GREP, and we took a look at Positive Lookahead and Negative Lookahead. In this post…

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Adding Movies to PDF Lesson Packs

Integrating Rich Media with Adobe PDF documents provides educators and students with a seamless experience for using movies, Flash files, or audio files for learning. This media can be embedded in the document or streamed from a server making it a truly flexible medium for learning.These asset files and instructions can be downloaded along with…

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Negative Lookbehind – GREP for Designers

This is the fourth and final blog-posts in a series of posts on lookaheads and lookbehinds in GREP, written after speaking at the Perth InDesign User Group. My speaker notes are also available: What is GREP? (PDF download) (2.4Mb). In the previous three posts I briefly introduced GREP, and we took a look at Positive…

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Movies on Demand with PDF Lesson Packs

Movies and rich media do not have to be frozen in one location in a PDF-based activity. This episode shows how to reference a movie and then control it to play from anywhere in the file. Remember, media can be embedded in the document or streamed from a server making it a truly flexible medium…

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InDesign: Facing pages with odd-numbered left pages

Back in 2004 I wrote a tip for InDesign CS on how you could have the first page of your document be a left page AND have it start with page number 1. It’s hard to believe this is almost a decade ago… But a recent question on Facebook, made me think I should really…

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Creating PDF Worksheets from Scratch

Acrobat 8 has a new Create PDF from Blank Page feature that gives authors text creation and the ability to assemble a fully functional PDF for all types of activities. Students can then use this for quick note taking without ever needing to leave the Acrobat applicationAdobe Reader participants can comment, fill, save, and even…

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New InDesign Extension – Find/Change Attributes

The Find/Change Attributes extension allows you to load formatting attributes from selected text into InDesign’s Find/Change dialog box. That’s a handy feature to have for a range of production scenarios, but for me in particular it’s something I use a lot when cleaning up supplied InDesign files prior to EPUB conversion. Cari Jansen – Training,…

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