Establishing Your Grid In Photoshop

Creating a grid is typically one of the very first things you do when starting a design comp. After all, it provides the basic structure on which the rest of your design will lie. In this article, we’ll provide two different methods for efficiently establishing a grid. These methods enable you to quickly and smartly...
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New Horizons: Lynda.com

Over the years, I've been passionate about teaching others as much as I can about Adobe products, mainly around the use of Illustrator and other design products and workflows. I've been extremely fortunate to work at great design studios and at Adobe as well. I'm also thankful for the tremendous support I've received from the...
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Quick Tip : Understanding the Symbols tool

We often create some document where some elements of design are used again and again , for example a design using leaves , water droplets or flowers scattering and example is used in one of my previous tutorials about using water droplets can be found here. The symbols tools makes [...] The post Quick Tip...
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Figures in InDesign CS5.5 and Accessibility

After reading David’s blog-post on InDesign Secrets, titled “Building an Org Chart or Flowchart in InDesign“.  I thought… “How does building illustrations in InDesign impact the development of Accessible PDF with InDesign CS5.5?” InDesign CS5.5 introduced significant new features for EPUB/HTML and PDF export. Building Accessible PDFs is now much, MUCH easier… It’s not yet...
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InDesign CS5.5 7.5.2 Update fixes EPUB issues

Amongst a list of issues that’s been resolved with today’s Adobe InDesign CS5.5 7.5.2 update release are a couple of EPUB issues. Notably: An issue in the DOCTYPE of the EPUB, where InDesign would insert an extra space, which in turn caused iBooks to return an error and stop rendering the EPUB. The iBooks rendering...
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CSS shaders: Cinematic effects for the web

Advances in HTML5 and CSS (for example transitions, animations, transforms, text shadows, box-shadows, gradients, SVG) have improved the graphical and interactive richness of HTML. SVG filter effects are now moving to Filter Effects 1.0 to become available in CSS and HTML, in addition to SVG, and will bring effects such as grayscale, sepia tone, or...
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Adobe Acquires Web Typography Innovator Typekit

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Typekit Inc., a leader in the delivery of hosted, high-quality fonts for use on websites. Available as a subscription-based cloud service, Typekit’s vast font library gives designers and developers creative license to deliver beautiful type that enhances the Web experience. Today, more than...
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The Whys And The Hows Of Textures In Web Design

Texture is becoming integral to design. It’s gone beyond being a trend — it’s now a simple and effective way to add depth to a website. Wielding the power of texture is a great responsibility. It increases the effectiveness of websites and is a quality tool in the arsenal of designers. It can guide the user’s eye...
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Newsletter: The Monday Morning Creative Briefing

Get informed, be empowered! The Monday Morning Creative Briefing is a customizable email newsletter that will start your week right with the deep coverage of the latest news, articles, tutorials, and resources you, as a creative professional, need to succeed.… Keep reading Newsletter: The Monday Morning Creative Briefing on Pariah Burke Publishing & Design Consulting...
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An In-Depth Study Of Symbols In Illustrator CS5

For drawing and painting digital illustrations, Adobe Illustrator is a favorite among designers for many reasons. One of the reasons is some of the amazing time-saving features that come with it. The Symbols feature in Illustrator does just this: it saves valuable time by creating a “symbol,” or copy, of an object. This means that...
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Building A Better Pathfinder

It's true. Many of you have heard me utter the words "Pathfinder is dead to me". I'm surprised I haven't even received death threats from the Illustrator faithful for making such a remark. In all honesty, I made that remark when I discovered the power of the Live Paint feature that was added to Illustrator...
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Bates-stamping over several sessions

Bates-stamping is important if you want to keep track of documents you produce. If you don't have all of the documents ready at the same time, you'll need to conduct several production runs. In this article, PDFforLawyers.com's Ernest Svenson discusses the related issues and suggests one way to accomplish Bates-stamping over multiple sessions...
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Possible alternative to Acrobat for Mac users

Learning how to manipulate PDFs is critical if you want to efficiently capture and process digital information. Acrobat is the most obvious tool for the job, but the story is a bit more complicated for Mac users. If you don't need all of its features, Acrobat Pro is somewhat pricey, and Acrobat Standard is unavailable...
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Quark’s iPad App Creation Tool Finally Ships for QuarkXPress

Quark has been tantalizing QuarkXPress users since January with news of a tool for turning page-layout files into applications that run on Apple's iPad. Now that capability has finally come to QuarkXPress 9 with the free 9.1 update, which includes a new layout space called App Studio. Jay Nelson, who reviewed QuarkXPress 9 for CreativePro.com...
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The Lost Art Of Design Etiquette

  Endless layers in Photoshop. Overstuffed image folders. That jQuery plug-in that has 12 files associated with it. Hundreds or thousands of individual pieces go into making a website. No wonder we go off the deep end when we can’t find a closing div — er, section tag. We work with a ridiculously large number of things, and...
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Mastering Photoshop Techniques: Layer Styles

  Layer Styles are nothing new. They've been used and abused again and again. Despite their ubiquity, or perhaps because of it, many designers do not yet realize the full potential of this handy menu. Its beauty lies in our ability to create an effect and then copy, modify, export, hide or trash it, without degrading...
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