Create a Sports Wallpaper with Splatter Effects

Learn to create this energetic and dynamic sport based wallpaper in Photoshop. You can learn how to put different elements like splatters, stains, particles, textures together and make it all look like one piece. Along the way it demonstrates non destructive image editing and manipulation techniques which are highly useful in day to day tasks…

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How to Create a Decorative Spring Floral Lettering Card in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be CreatingSpring has arrived! Let’s greet this amazing season with a beautiful lettering illustration. Of course, we’ll add some floral decorations, love, passion, and creativity! Today, you’ll learn how to create digital writing in Adobe Illustrator to make some elegant lettering with floral elements for our gentle, ornamental composition. Ideally, it would be…

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Convert your visitors into subscribers with OptinEngine

Building your email list is one of the most important things you can do as a website owner. It allows you to stay connected with your visitors and let them know about new content even if they don’t visit your site on a regular basis. A couple of months ago I installed a free email optin plugin called…

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Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 17 March 2017

The day’s best and most important design- and design business-focused articles, tutorials, and resources hand-picked by Pariah Burke. 10 free Photoshop brushes for painting skin and hair Adobe Semaphore Code Finally Cracked After 5 Years by High School Teacher The… Keep reading Today in Design – Top Articles RoundUp 17 March 2017 on Pariah Burke…

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InDesign User Interface mods with Startup Scripts

In Episode 16 of my Youtube videos, I briefly showed a startup script that added several options to the contextual menu that allowed a frame to fit a given size. But it’s not the only way I’ve modified my user interface, so this episode of “Must-Haves” is dedicated to scripts that make minor modifications to…

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Envato Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created by You, March 2017 Edition

Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by you, the Envato Tuts+ community! Every day, visitors like you take the time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design & Illustration section. Check out this set…

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Yes, they can hear us!

During the 2016 InDesignConference in Washington DC, there was an Adobe questions and answers session on the opening night, featuring Assistant Product Manager for Adobe InDesign, Mohammad Javed Ali. During this session, the Adobe team fielded questions from attendees ranging from specific anecdotal issues to feature requests. At the beginning of the session, Mohammad revealed…

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Data Merging into the same Text Frame

From time to time, I hear the question along the lines of “how to I get Data Merge to put the next records in the same textframe during an InDesign Data Merge?” Well, if you’re expecting to do this procedure in one step, you are going to be disappointed because there is no one-click, turnkey…

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Create 3D Glass Text in Photoshop

  Following on from my last post where I showed you to how to move text to an existing ground plane, in this video I make some glass effect 3D text. I also recorded a video for Photofocus, Creating a 3D Ground Plane to Match an Image in Photoshop   The post Create 3D Glass Text in…

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Preparation for Color Separation

In recent times, I have received several pieces of “finished art” supplied by clients where the sales representative has informed me that the printed material must be “on-brand” according to the client’s style guides. That should be the end of the story, but upon checking the finished art, it is clear that the artwork has…

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Data Merge PDF Export vs regular PDF Export

From time to time, I receive feedback on my Data Merge to Single Records script saying that – when exporting to PDF – spreads or hyperlinks won’t work. There is a reason for this and it has nothing to do with the script, but a behaviour (or bug) of how Data Merge exports to PDF…

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Better Infographics for Data Merge with Chartwell Bars

While speaking at the 2016 PEPCON in San Diego along with Co-presenter David Creamer on the topic of Data Publishing, I presented an older tip that allows shapes to change size based on numerical values that appear in Data Merge. The tip requires the Chartwell typeface, particularly the Chartwell bars font. I’d mentioned at the…

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Alternate ways to merge with Creative Cloud

Recently, I was contacted by Lance from Nova Printing in New York, concerning a technique I’d demonstrated but had not provided a tutorial for. The technique was one Mike Rankin had demonstrated with live type on a path (chapter 18 of InDesignSecrets Guide to Graphic FX). Lance was more interested in creating perspective text going…

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EAN-13s on a budget

From time to time, there will be a need for any designer to add an ISBN barcode or EAN-13 to artwork that is being created. Typically, the customer supplies the number by itself and the barcode is created from that number and placed into the artwork. The question is… how does that number turn into…

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Design a Seamless Pattern with Fresh Avocado in Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial, we will learn simple and effective ways of creating a flat-style avocado using simple geometric shapes. Then we’ll use the Pattern Tool of Adobe Illustrator to build a vivid and diverse seamless pattern, adding leaves and other generic elements. Let’s start! Tutorial Details: Program: Adobe Illustrator CS6-CC Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: Shape…

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Data Merge to Uniquely-Named INTERACTIVE PDFs

In this episode of Colecandoo, I’ll demonstrate several ways to data merge to uniquely named interactive PDFs. The first method uses the data merge to single records script that I released in 2015 and can be downloaded here. This demonstration features an InDesign file that is a survey for a package tour company. It contains…

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