Quark Releases QuarkXPress 9.2 with New EPUB Publishing Features

This free update for existing QuarkXPress 9 users adds 25+ new and enhanced features to make it easier than ever to create e-books and iPad apps. Please take time to read the accompanying documentation, ‘QuarkXPress 9.2 ReadMe’ and the updated guides for QuarkXPress 9 and App Studio. Highlights in QuarkXPress 9.2 include:…

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GuideGuide: Free Plugin For Dealing With Grids In Photoshop

This article is the fourth in our new series that introduces the latest, useful and freely available tools and techniques, developed and released by active members of the Web design community. The first article covered PrefixFree1; the second introduced Foundation2, a responsive framework; the third presented Sisyphus.js3, a library for Gmail-like client-side drafts. Today we…

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Building EBooks with InDesign – Forced Line Breaks

Updated 3-Jan-2012 / Postscript added One of the pitfalls of converting print publications to EBooks, is that designers often use forced line breaks (Shift+Return/Enter) in print-layouts to control where headings and even paragraph lines are broken. Doing so can cause problems when the same document is also converted to EPUB later on. Problems can occur…

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InDesign Creative & Fun Special Effects

Ever wanted to put pho­tographs inside text or cre­ate stamped or cutout text for your brochures? How about cre­at­ing cast shad­ows of text for fliers? Making your own hol­i­day cards or invi­ta­tions? Why not cre­ate a col­lage of images inside the shape of a jack-o-lantern, valen­tine, or any shape? In this online course you’ll learn…

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InDesign Productivity Secrets – 10 Techniques You Can’t Afford Not to Use

Presented by Mr. InDesign Efficiency him­self, author of the InTime InDesign Magazine col­umn and the books Mastering InDesign for Print Design & Production, The InDesignSecrets​.com Guide to What’s New in InDesign CS5 (And How to Use It), and oth­ers, and fre­quent speaker on InDesign pro­duc­tiv­ity at the InDesign Conference, the InDesign Seminar Tour, and other…

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Pariah Burke | Photoshop Creative & Fun Special Effects Workshops

In these 2-hour work­shops you’ll learn pow­er­ful spe­cial effect tech­niques you can employ in just a few steps in Photoshop to jazz up pho­tographs, fliers, brochures, signs, and any type of per­sonal or pro­fes­sional project. Among other things you will learn to: turn any photo into a Polaroid, type or paint in liq­uid, carve text…

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Secret Functions of Adobe Acrobat Pro X

We all use PDFs and Adobe Acrobat on a reg­u­lar basis—the mod­ern world couldn’t func­tion with­out PDFs. Still, despite the con­stant use, there are many fea­tures and almost mys­ti­cal pow­ers within Acrobat Pro that even the most expe­ri­enced users don’t know about. In this 2-hour ses­sion we’ll explore those hid­den gems and what they can…

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ePublishing Community Bulletin 9 December 2011

Share-worthy epublishing and digital publishing community news, tutorials, articles, resources, and miscellany I’ve run across. Eric Schmidt: ‘Android will be bigger than iOS’ [Overly optimistic? You judge] At which point, everyone in the audience probably went back to their iPads… Keep reading ePublishing Community Bulletin 9 December 2011 on Pariah Burke Publishing & Design Consulting…

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Awesome 3D Map Generator for Photoshop CS3+

Create your own 3D maps with only one click! Every shape is possible and delivers a professional result. Ideal for web graphics, infographics or presentations. Choose between three different directions (left, right or frontal). The tileable texture can be moved unlimited and the shadows and layers of earth are placed on single layers, so that…

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Mixing Up Illustration: Combining Analog And Digital Techniques

In the digital age, don’t forget to use your digits! Your hands are the original digital devices — Lynda Barry1 People often ask how I arrived at a finished illustration. Honestly, it’s different every time, but it always starts with a hand-drawn sketch. Sometimes, I paint it completely by hand; sometimes I’ll scan in a…

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Adobe Proto Review: Prototype Websites on Android Tablets & iPad

Pros: Adobe’s new Proto touch app wins points for being fun, easy to use, and for making you look cool and up on the latest trends when you’re with clients. Cons: Although Proto is great for creating wireframes for small sites, it’s not going to replace more professional tools, such OmniGraffle or Microsoft Visio…

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Save Big Photoshop Files 20X Faster with DisallowFlateCompressedPSD Plugin

Saving Photoshop files of size 1GB on up has long been a productivity-killing exercise, with really big files taking many minutes to save, because Photoshop has always insisted on doing single-threaded image compression when saving files. So it didn’t matter if you had a fast RAID capable of 1000 MB/sec— the Save ran at the…

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Software to Rate How Drastically Photos Are Retouched – NYTimes.com

“We’re just after truth in advertising and transparency,” Mr. Matlins said. “We’re not trying to demonize Photoshop or prevent creative people from using it. But if a person’s image is drastically altered, there should be a reminder that what you’re seeing is about as true as what you saw in ‘Avatar,’ ” the science-fiction movie…

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Should Retouched Photos Come With Warning Labels? – NYTimes.com

A Ralph Lauren ad, featuring a model with hips narrower than her head — so cartoonish, so grotesque, so right for Halloween — has become the latest focus of the already ongoing criticism of digitally altered fashion spreads, even though it ran only in Japan. Foes see such images as harming women by promoting a…

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