It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jason Groupp!

Photos by Peter HurleyHowdy folks! I hope you’re having a great summer! Here in NYC I feel like we’ve had a bit more rain than in the past, but all in all it’s been a very pleasant season, albeit a fast one! I feel like we were just celebrating Memorial Day, and now I’m suddenly...
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The InDesign Conference Returns to Seattle

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love delving into history and those who prefer to focus on the present and future. (Of course, I don’t really believe that there are only two kinds of people, but it is such a convenient saying.) My problem is that I am forever wanting...
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White lines and fat lines in PDF files

My good friend Von Glitschka posted the following tweet the other day:Hey @Adobe will you ever fix this preview bug? It's nearly a decade old now. My client: "Your pdfs make the “l” (el) look bold."— Von Glitschka (@Vonster) January 21, 2014Many people experience this issue, along with another good one -- seeing white lines...
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How to Recolor Complex Artwork in Illustrator

Back in version CS3, the fine folks at Adobe breathed new life into Illustrator -- the ability to choose and modify color like never before. Originally labeled "Live Color" (which made zero sense), these new color capabilities were handicapped by an incredibly complicated user interface.The other day, designer Keri Labuski posted a question in the...
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The Adobe Illustrator Story

Adobe recently released a short video (about 20 min) entitled The Adobe Illustrator Story, featuring interviews and insights with John Warnock and influential personalities throughout the years, including Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Russell Brown, and Luanne Seymour. I am lucky to count them among my friends (although I have yet to actually meet John Warnock).I...
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Unboxing and First Impressions: Adobe Ink and Slide

Yesterday, Adobe announced their newest additions to Creative Cloud, and at the same time, also announced that their much-anticipated stylus and digital ruler — formally known as projects Mighty and Napoleon — now known as Adobe Ink and Slide, are available.The event was streamed live over the internet, but was presented live in NYC, and...
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Illustrator Gets a Performance Boost (for some folks, anyway)

Everyone wants to go fast. Speed is everything. A while back, I posted an article with a collection of tips to help make Adobe Illustrator (and those who use it) perform at faster speeds. Continuing my use of totally awesome movies (I used Top Gun for the previous blog post), I'm relying on Keanu Reaves...
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Incredibly Colorful Art Marker Illustrations by Fudearashi

In the last decade or so, illustrators and designers have slowly adapted to digital workflows. Illustrators now compose, ink, and color their works on a computer. Not for artist, Fudearashi. The post Incredibly Colorful Art Marker Illustrations by Fudearashi appeared first on Design Instruct...
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Pop-Deco Vector Illustrations by Orlando Arocena

Orlando creates these incredible images with no gradient mesh, no tracing, and no plug-ins. Just good old-fashioned hard work and skill. The post Pop-Deco Vector Illustrations by Orlando Arocena appeared first on Design Instruct...
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Some Useful Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

Having cheat sheets readily at hand can make you a more productive designer because they can show you shortcuts that can make things easier to accomplish. The post Some Useful Cheat Sheets for Web Designers appeared first on Design Instruct...
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Some Quick Tuesday Stuff

Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast!...
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It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on...
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The Shadowland/Lightroom Development Story

Posted By Jeff Schewe The development of Adobe Lightroom, code named Shadowland, was not something Adobe started after Apple announced Aperture. The Shadowland project has been going on for years. How do I know that Adobe has been working on Shadowland for so long? Because that’s how long I’ve been working on it. Back in...
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Adobe Lightroom FAQ’s

Posted By PSN Editorial Staff Adobe has written a Lightroom FAQ. It answers, from Adobe’s point of view, some of the questions that are bound to surface regarding Adobe’s intentions regarding Adobe Lightroom Beta 1 and the development of the commercial release sometime later this year...
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Mark Hamburg’s Going Away Party

Posted By Jeff Schewe Mark Hamburg, founder of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and former architect of Photoshop is leaving Adobe for a post at Microsoft. Mark, who was the second engineer hired to work on Photoshop after Thomas Knoll, has been at Adobe for over 17 years. He joined Adobe in the fall of 1990–the year...
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A Recipe for Creating an Epic-Looking Shot

Above: Here’s the final image. Click on it so you can see it larger (it makes it much more epic). Now, you’ll notice I didn’t see “the” recipe — I said “a” recipe (because there are many), but this is one I use again and again, in lots of different situations, that’s surprisingly quick and easy to pull...
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OK, Are You Ready for a Really Cool Contest?

It’s called “Expose Yourself With Scott Kelby” (I didn’t name it. I would have named it “Get nudie-nude naked and naughty with DJ Scott-Scotty K and the fully clothed nudists” but they voted it down).Anyway, if you are picked as the winner, you win a Sony RX-100 Camera, so if you can get past the...
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BAM! How to Make Your Own 3D Vector Text in Adobe Illustrator

3D vector text can be a daunting undertaking when not using a program like Maya or SketchUp. However, using a simple bevel and extrude effect, gradients, and offset paths, you’ll find creating 3D vector text is actually an easy job. Tutorial Details: 3D Vector Text Effect Program: Adobe Illustrator CS-CC Difficulty: Intermediate Topics Covered: 3D Text,...
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