Typography Basics

By: James George on Oct 31st 2012
Typography Basics

An essential part of being a professional designer is delivering a great message that connects with people. This is nearly impossible if no one can read it, or the message isn’t clear. That is why knowing and understanding typography is important for any professional designer. To understand typography, you have to understand typefaces and the parts and pieces they are made up of. Anatomy To understand typefaces and how to classify them, you have to understand the terminology of... CONTINUE READING

Creating PDF Files With InDesign

By: James George on Oct 17th 2012
Creating PDF Files With InDesign

As a graphic designer, we have to be flexible in how we do things, because everyone that we work with- clients, freelancers, printers, etc., have their own ways of doing things. As a designer it is often asked of us to send a proof to the client so that they can see what their product looks like. Another scenario is that we might be creating an e-version of a book for a client for sale on the web. If... CONTINUE READING

Printing with InDesign

By: James George on Oct 8th 2012
Printing with InDesign

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

How to Control Type in Photoshop

By: James George on Sep 24th 2012
How to Control Type in Photoshop

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

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

Uses for Paths in Photoshop

By: James George on Sep 4th 2012
Uses for Paths in Photoshop

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

10 Must Have Photoshop Plugins (Poll Article)

By: Mirko Humbert on Sep 3rd 2012
10 Must Have Photoshop Plugins (Poll Article)

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

Displacement Maps in Photoshop

By: James George on Aug 21st 2012
Displacement Maps in Photoshop

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

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

Creating a Panorama from Multiple Images

By: James George on Aug 6th 2012
Creating a Panorama from Multiple Images

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

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