Handling print projects is a major part of every designer’s workday. It is important to know how to prepare your documents to send off to the printer. There are several issues with printing that have to be addressed, such as fonts, and making sure that all of your assets are included in the file that you send to the printer. Otherwise, the outcome of your project may not end up as expected. Creating your work in InDesign is similar... CONTINUE READING
Photoshop hasn’t always been known for its flexibility with type. You can create display type or short, large instances of type, but when you need to edit large bodies of type, we used to be at a loss with Photoshop. Now, Photoshop has integrated character and paragraph styles that we can use to format our text and save formats to call up later. The type controls in Photoshop are fairly simple. When you want to place type in a... CONTINUE READING
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
One of the handiest features in Photoshop is the ability to make a path. Paths give us several capabilities that we normally wouldn’t have with any other method. There are plenty of practical uses for paths in Photoshop, and they are an essential part of any designer’s arsenal. Mask Out Objects for Publishing Software One of the most important things that you can do with a path is determine exactly what is masked out of an image when working... CONTINUE READING
Photoshop is an amazing software, it allows you to do pretty much anything you want with a pixelated image. Whether it’s a photograph or a digital painting doesn’t really matter, the software capabilities let you turn it into something totally different if you want. Most Photoshop users don’t really take advantage of the power of this image editing tool. Amateur photographers just edit their photos or create panoramas, pre-press professionals check and eventually edit the pictures included in the... CONTINUE READING
Making a texture fit another form can be really difficult to execute, simply because you are trying to take a flat, 2D image and make it appear to fit a rounded object with light and shadows. Luckily Adobe thought of a fairly simple way to make this task look more realistic. They implemented a menu called Displacement Maps. Basically a Displacement Map is where you take a flat image or texture, and force it to fit another form. In... CONTINUE READING
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
Wilderness and nature photography are extremely popular, whether you are a hobbyist or a full time professional photographer. Many times, photographers will venture into the great outdoors, where there are vast amounts of wilderness, and civilization is nowhere to be found. Landscape photography captures beautiful scenery, but when working with large nature scenes, sometimes you simply can’t fit everything into one shot. This means that you need to stitch multiple images together to form what is called a panorama,... CONTINUE READING
Google “InDesign slideshow” and you’ll find a handful of tutorials with slightly different techniques on how to make an interactive slide show for the iPad using InDesign Object States and Overlay Creator. This tutorial will cover the process in detail and take the design a step further by making a custom frame that masks the images for a more engaging iPad presentation. Using the Objects States panel and the Overlay Creator, we will set up the slide show with... CONTINUE READING
When working as a designer, completing each project as quickly and efficiently as possible is one of our main goals. We get paid by the hour, so anything that we can do to save time means that we can do more and essentially make more money for our time. Here are a few things that you can do to save time. Use Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are essential to any designer’s workflow. Knowing these can sometimes cut your production... CONTINUE READING
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