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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Custom stamps in Acrobat

By default, Adobe Acrobat allows users to place various standard stamps on your documents such as ‘Approved’, ‘Declined’ or ‘Accepted’. That said, you can also create your own custom stamps. Using this option, you can take a logo or other image from another application and turn it into a custom stamp. Once created, you can…

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Optimizing PDF documents in Acrobat

PDF is a great format for document delivery. With a little know-how, it allows you to send compact documents with the confidence that they will be faithfully displayed on your recipients’ systems. What you might not know is that Acrobat includes a ‘PDF Optimization’ feature that can reduce file sizes even further. It can be…

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60+ Amazing Poster and Advertisement Tutorials

  Everyone in the business world knows the importance of posters and ads in advertising for specific products. Posters are an integral part of advertising. An eye-catching, attractive poster that conveys a professional, compelling message about a product, service or event will invariably hold the user’s attention. In this article, we have collected a mixture of…

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Adobe Could Save Taxpayers Thousand$

I’m sure you’ve seen and heard the flap over the Air Force One NYC flyover photo-op. It may merit the creation of an entirely new word for “stupid.” But don’t you think it’s a great opportunity for a Photoshop ad?…

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Slash Prices, Not Filenames

I’m an advocate of neatly-trimmed filenames — I use InterCapsAsVisualSeparators  or underscores_as_physical_separators. You should avoid using the special characters that are often used to represent ?/@#$*&! profanity, not to be polite, but because some of these characters have special meaning to operating systems. For example, a period at the start of a filename drives it…

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Finding the Area of an Illustrator Object

Need to find the area of a selected object in Illustrator? Illustrator can’t do it on its own, but you’re in luck — there’s a free filter for Illustrator that will. Go to the Telegraphics website and download the free Path Area filter. Yes, free. It’s intended for CS2, but I found that it will…

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Editing document information and metadata

When you want to store a PDF document in an archive or simply provide more information, it is useful to update its document information or metadata. This includes things such as the author’s name, and keywords relating to the document’s content. Including appropriate metadata makes it that much easier to index your PDFs, and hence,…

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Scoop: ScoopCS34! (works with CS3 and CS4)

I’m happy to announce that Worker72a has updated the spiffy Scoop plug-in for Illustrator CS4. Scoop gathers up the necessary fonts and placed artwork for an Illustrator file so you have everything you need. It’s like InDesign’s Package feature, but for Illustrator. If you own Scoop for CS3, the upgrade to CS4 is a paltry…

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