Why you should use Adobe Illustrator to create user interfaces

Novice designers always come up with a question about which application to use to create user interfaces. Most choose a bitmap editor such as Photoshop. However, I believe vector editors are better suited for this purpose, especially when it comes to such a powerful application as Adobe Illustrator. Why? Let’s talk about this in detail...
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Slimming PDF bookmarks with JavaScript

PDF bookmarks are a must for the usability and navigability of longer documents. When these bookmarks are created programmatically, they are based on a template created using a combination of user settings and the content of the source document or web page. Since not all such documents were created with PDF bookmarks in mind, cleaning...
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12 Courses, 2 Nuts and 7 Days Free at Lynda.com

Hi, Eric here with a slightly different post. I’m sending you off somewhere else! Today I’m offering you the chance to head off and get 7 days of free UNLIMITED ACCESS to all the courses at lynda.com. The post 12 Courses, 2 Nuts and 7 Days Free at Lynda.com appeared first on TipSquirrel...
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Adobe Reader and PDF security threats

In recent years PDF has gotten a bit of a reputation for being a risky format, with security alerts related to Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat, and by extension PDF, being issued with some frequency. Rowan Hanna reviews the recent history of PDF exploits...
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PDF Optimizer feature in Acrobat X Pro

Version X introduced a brand new user interface for Adobe Acrobat, but the absence of a menu for finding all the features in Acrobat meant that some features where harder to find than others. Find out where the PDF Optimizer feature now lives...
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Latest Photoshop CS6 Text and Photo Effects Tutorials

Along with the release of Adobe Photoshop CS6, many people especially graphic designers and/or digital artists switch or upgrade to it right away. It’s not just because they want to follow the trend, but it’s because they want to utilize the newest powerful feature and tool such as camera raw 7, liquify processing, background saving, content...
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Creating Dashed and Dotted Lines in Photoshop

The more I play around with Photoshop CS6, the more I like all the great new capabilities that have been added to this amazing program. Did you know, that in Photoshop CS6, shape layers are a thing of the past, replaced in their entirety by vector layers? This is a tremendously powerful feature, which we...
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10 Techniques for Copying Pages Between InDesign Documents

There are many reasons why you might want to combine pages or objects from one or more InDesign documents into other InDesign documents. Perhaps you need to join unchanged pages from an old financial report with the new one; or use a previous design’s page geometry and elements as the template for a new project;...
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Type Tips for Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 comes with a few type tricks up its sleeve, and if you find yourself working with type a lot in Photoshop, especially if you are mocking up print layouts or web pages, you're going to get a lot of mileage with these new features. Let's take a look. The post Type Tips for...
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Features of Adobe Illustrator Your Logos Will Love

Adobe Illustrator has features any graphic designerwill love to see integrated into their work. One of the most important graphic designs to a company’s health is its logo. It is the mental image the consumer associates with the entire brand. Producing logos, placing them, and even doing variations on a logo can help build a...
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Technical background to PDF font options

The PDF specification provides many options for the display of textual content and the related extraction of the text content. In this article I will try to highlight the key areas and terms that you will encounter when working under the hood with fonts in PDF files. Key terms that you should take note of...
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Illustrator CS6 Sneak Peek!

If you thought that only Photoshop gets all the love from Adobe, think again. Today Adobe released a sneak peek of what's coming to Illustrator CS6.The video features Brenda Sutherland, Illustrator Product Manager Extraordinaire, showing a new Pattern Creation feature. Anyone who has ever tried to design seamless pattern swatches with Illustrator knows that it...
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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials – 20 Cartoon Characters

When i was a kid, I watched lots of cartoon movies as part of my daily routine. I enjoyed a lot when watching until such time that the curious side of my personality arose. I asked myself how they made cartoon movies. Then i came up in the idea that tells something like this; artists...
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Illustrator Memories

So today is March 19, 2012 -- the day that Adobe officially celebrates Illustrator's 25th Anniversary. I wanted to commemorate this special day and was thinking about those wonderful years when I worked with the wonderfully talented people at Adobe on the Illustrator team.As you might expect, working on the Illustrator team was an incredibly...
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Top Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques

The creative process is not a linear one. As artists and designers, we often set off in one direction only to decide that the proper solution lies somewhere else completely. Unfortunately, many of the creative software packages we use (Photoshop in particular) can be pretty unforgiving when in comes to making changes late in the game. Sure,...
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5 Essential Websites to Learn for Illustrator Beginners

Not everybody has the creativity, vision and skills to be a successful graphic designer professionally but there are a number of ways for complete beginners to start learning. From using tutorials to learn new tricks and practice to knowing where to source pre-created vectors, there are plenty of websites that can help prospective graphic designers learn how...
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