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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 16, 2014

Manipulate Paths with the Blend Tool in Illustrator

Use the Blend Tool in Illustrator

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to use the Blend tool in Illustrator to manipulate paths.

His first step is to create one of the vertical slats on the upper portion of the garbage can with the Pen tool, then copy and drag the duplicate to the right. He then bends the top of the left slat outward; this will become the slat farthest to the left.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 09, 2014

Create an Animated Spotlight

Brick Wall

This week Bert shows us how to create an animated spotlight moving across a brick wall- using nothing but Adobe Photoshop.

His first step is to create two versions of the brick wall, a lighter version that appears to be lit from below, and a darker version that appears to be lit from above. Next, he adds a black mask to the light layer, adds a circle to the mask, and fills it in with white. This creates the spotlight, which he then softens with a Gaussian blur.

By Kristin Ellison | Saturday, May 03, 2014

Creating an Embroidered Veil

Create an embroidered veil with Photoshop

In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to create an embroidered veil with depth.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 25, 2014

Wrap a Pattern Around a 3D Object

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In this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial, Bert shows us how to wrap a pattern around a 3D object—in this case, a simple wine goblet.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 18, 2014

Creating Water Drops on a Surface in Photoshop

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In this week’s installment of Pixel Playground, Bert shows us his process for creating water drops on a surface in Photoshop.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, April 11, 2014

Create Realistic Reflections and Shadows with Photoshop

Creating realistic reflections and shadows

This week Bert walks us through creating reflections and shadows cast by the neon tube lights in this store sign.

By Kristin Ellison | Monday, March 31, 2014

3 Ways to Get Your Novel Ideas Approved (AUDIO)

3 ways to get your novel ideas approved

What do we do when we present a great novel idea to our higher–ups and they don’t approve it? We often start generating less novel ideas—and that benefits no one. Listen to creativity expert Stefan Mumaw as he explains how to sell your novel ideas to stakeholders so they see their value, and put them into action.

Know what’s important to your audience and then sell it through that lens.

By Kristin Ellison | Monday, February 03, 2014

Essential tips for a brilliant brainstorming session (AUDIO)

Stefan Mumaw on Creativity and Brainstorming

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Creativity is not an external force or a rare skill; it’s a habit that anyone can learn. All you need are the tools to unlock it and you’ll be able to generate better ideas faster. Brainstorming is a fantastic tool to help unleash your creativity and uncover a wealth of unique and relevant ideas—but if approached incorrectly it can also be a wheel-spinning bust. Listen to these great tips from Stefan Mumaw so your next brainstorming session is a creative success!

Find no more than five to seven people to include, and make sure you’re choosing a diverse group of people. Find folks from outside of your department, even outside of your company. Outsiders bring fresh perspectives and while they may not be able to solve the problem as acutely as people who are more familiar with the problem, they may take you down roads you may not have considered.

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