Designing an Interactive Slide Show for iPad2 Using InDesign CS5/5.5

By: Christine Medley on Jul 25th 2012
Designing an Interactive Slide Show for iPad2 Using InDesign CS5/5.5

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

Time Saving Tips for Photoshop

By: James George on Jul 24th 2012
Time Saving Tips for Photoshop

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

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

How to Use Blend Modes in Photoshop

By: James George on Jul 10th 2012
How to Use Blend Modes in Photoshop

If you’ve used Photoshop long enough, you’ll begin to realize that there is nothing you can’t do with Photoshop. You can extract people and objects from their background, paint anything digitally, create anything from scratch, retouch images, correct colors and more. One of the fundamental tasks in Photoshop when doing any of these things is using blend modes. What is a Blend Mode? A blend mode is found in 3 main areas of Photoshop. You can find blend modes... CONTINUE READING

How to Correct a Distorted Image in Photoshop

By: James George on Jun 27th 2012
How to Correct a Distorted Image in Photoshop

Photographers often have an idea or vision of what they would like for the outcome of their photographs to be, but in reality, our images don’t always turn out that way. Sometimes it may be the camera, sometimes the environment or the lighting, and sometimes the subject itself can give us problems. Every now and then, we run into the problem of having a distorted or crooked image, but with Photoshop, we can correct that fairly easily. The following... CONTINUE READING

Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

By: Mirko Humbert on Jun 18th 2012
Should Designers Code? (Poll Question)

As a graphic designer, you probably went to a graphic design school and learnt all the necessary skills: typography, color management, Photoshop, Illustrator, drawing, and much more… Once you started working, it’s highly probable that your employer or one of your clients asked you if you could design websites. You probably said yes, since you can create Photoshop mockups for a website, but is that enough for a graphic designer nowadays, or should you learn how to code to... CONTINUE READING

Fixing Color Casts in Images with Photoshop

By: James George on Jun 13th 2012
Fixing Color Casts in Images with Photoshop

Photography always has its challenges, and event photography is no different. There are outside factors involved with event photography, such as lighting and background or environment. One major problem with event photography is that you only have one chance to nail that perfect shot. Many times you will get the perfect shot, and sometimes you will encounter what is called color casting. This is where one color overpowers your image over the others. This can be due to many... CONTINUE READING

Model and Property Releases: An Introduction for Photographers and Designers

By: Nat Coalson on Jun 6th 2012
Model and Property Releases: An Introduction for Photographers and Designers

Model releases and property releases are simple legal agreements between a photographer and another person. The general purpose of a model or property release is to document the consent of the person to use their likeness, or the representation of a property, in a photograph. Ideally, releases should be signed before the photography takes place. A release allows the photographer to make and use the photographs for purpose(s) described in the release and can also contain other terms specific... CONTINUE READING

Reducing Noise and Graininess in Images with Photoshop

By: James George on May 30th 2012
Reducing Noise and Graininess in Images with Photoshop

The old saying “A picture is worth 1000 words.” Is a great phrase when it applies to the profession of Graphic Design. When creating professional-level images, it is important to capture the moment and draw the viewer into the scene. One important aspect to this is clarity. Sometimes bad lighting, a low-light environment, technical difficulty or malfunction may cause an image to have noise, or appear to have a rough grain to it. Sometimes, a gritty, noisy image is... CONTINUE READING

Designing for the iPad Using InDesign CS5 and CS5.5

By: Christine Medley on May 24th 2012
Designing for the iPad Using InDesign CS5 and CS5.5

Designing publications for the iPad isn’t much different than for print— knowing the basics of InDesign for page layout allows you to jump right into interactive tablet design by using the Folio Producer Tools. You can publish engaging brochures, magazines, portfolios and books using the Overlay Creator, Folio Builder and Adobe Content Viewer. Overlay Creator allows you to add iPad interactivity such as slide shows, links, pinching and zooming, movies and sound. Folio Builder uploads your pages to the... CONTINUE READING

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