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Rafiq Elmansy

Rafiq Elmansy is designer, book author, Adobe expert and trainer with over 12 years experience. He is the author of many books and articles about different topics about Adobe, design and technology. Rafiq is also an Adobe community professional and manager of Adobe user group in Egypt and the founder of 3d Printing Pin http://www.3dprintingpin.com. Find more about him at http://www.rafiqelmansy.com.

Rafiq has authored 30 posts. Website: http://www.3dprintingpin.com
All 30 articles submitted by Rafiq Elmansy:

How to Create a 3D Spaceship Scene in Photoshop

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Nov 6th 2012
How to Create a 3D Spaceship Scene in Photoshop

The advanced 3D features in Photoshop can help you to create 3D scenes directly in Photoshop without having to learn complex 3D applications. These features are suitable for graphic designers and web designers who would like to build simple 3D work without leaving their favorite Photoshop application. In our previous tutorial we have learnt Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6. In today’s tutorial we will continue learning about the 3D features in Photoshop and see how to create... CONTINUE READING

How to Create HTML5 Animation Using Adobe Edge

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Sep 11th 2012
How to Create HTML5 Animation Using Adobe Edge

HTML5 is a new, promising technology, especially since many see it as a powerful technology that can compete with Flash in creating interactive content, such as videos and animations. Actually, there has long been a debate about this situation and many of the technology experts think it may be the end of Flash, especially after Apple stopped developing Flash Player for mobile devices. As a Flash expert who has been using Flash for years and knows its secrets, I... CONTINUE READING

(Poll Results) Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 22nd 2012
(Poll Results) Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?

In our poll article that was published a couple of weeks ago, Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join?, we were discussing design competitions and tried to discover what design students and professionals thought of design competitions. This article defined design competitions as either local or international design challenges that help to measure the talent and skills of the participants by means of judging their artwork by a professional board of jury. Many design students and professional designers... CONTINUE READING

Converting an Image into Vector Pop Art in Illustrator CS6

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Aug 13th 2012
Converting an Image into Vector Pop Art in Illustrator CS6

Unlike bitmap images, vector graphics are resolution independent, which gives a great advantage because you can resize and scale them without losing the quality of the original artwork. Adobe Illustrator is one of those applications that allow you not only to create vector graphics, but also convert bitmap images into vector-based images, using the comprehensive and enhanced image trace feature in adobe Illustrator CS6. The new image trace feature in Adobe Illustrator CS6 allows you to trace bitmap images... CONTINUE READING

Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join? (Poll Article)

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jul 23rd 2012
Design Competitions: To Join or Not to Join? (Poll Article)

There is no doubt that designers are always looking for challenges to prove their talent and excellence in the industry. Design competitions are one of those opportunities that allow both students and professionals to compete with others on a domestic or international level. In our debate today, we will discuss the different ideas about design competitions and if they are really worth the time and effort, or just a waste of time. While many designers are eager to take... CONTINUE READING

Creating 3D Animation in Photoshop CS6

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jul 20th 2012
Creating 3D Animation in Photoshop CS6

Two of the great new enhancements in the new Photoshop CS6 are the 3D and the animation. These two features expand the possibilities of Photoshop users and allow them to use Photoshop to create and edit 3D content and create animations using a new, enhanced Timeline panel, similar to the one you can see in other professional animations applications, such as Premiere and After Effects. In our previous tutorial we have learnt how to create a 3D scene from... CONTINUE READING

Adobe Creative Cloud Poll Results

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 21st 2012
Adobe Creative Cloud Poll Results

A while ago we introduced the new Adobe pricing plan, the Creative Cloud Membership, and compared it with the ordinary license price for the Adobe Creative Suite and individual products. In this poll article we are discussing the different features of the new pricing plan and its Pros and Cons. At the end of this comparison we provided poll questions to learn more about the readers’ feedback on the new Cloud Membership and if they think it solves many... CONTINUE READING

The New Creative Cloud Membership: Is it Really Worth it? (Poll Question)

By: Rafiq Elmansy on Jun 5th 2012
The New Creative Cloud Membership: Is it Really Worth it? (Poll Question)

Adobe is one of the leading companies among design and animation software and tools, and it is rare to find a designer who does not rely on one or more of the Adobe tools in their workflow. After releasing the Adobe Creative Suite, the company started to build a solid integration between applications that help designers work fluently and smoothly with their different products and to transfer projects from one application to another much easier than before. Actually, there... CONTINUE READING

How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 22nd 2012
How to Keep Your Creativity Up and Running

It has been years since I started my career as a graphic designer, and I can still remember the passion and enthusiasm to get my first design task. Many designers get the same feeling when they finish their studies or design school and start their career. As time passes, you experience the ups and downs of your career; you sometimes meet annoying clients, have to work under stress and might encounter problems that could even spoil your great ideas.... CONTINUE READING

Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6

By: Rafiq Elmansy on May 7th 2012
Building a 3D Scene in Photoshop CS6

Actually, many designers think the 3D feature in Photoshop CS6 will replace other 3D applications such as 3Ds Max or Maya, which is not true. The 3D in Photoshop does not aim to kill other 3D products; it aims to fulfill an intermediate gap between Photoshop and 3D applications. In many designs, you need to add 3D elements such as a 3D model or scene to use in your web, print or desktop design project. This does not require... CONTINUE READING

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