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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Managing Scripts in InDesign

managing scripts in indesign

I’m a big fan of scripts. In fact, my very first blog post at InDesignSecrets.com, way back in 2006, was about scripts.

They’re timesaving, they’re smart, and they’re usually free. You can find them all over the web nowadays and building a great collection of scripts becomes a pastime of most designers. I collect them like candy!

The trouble comes in managing them. But I can help

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transforming Photos with Photoshop LAB Color Mode

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Some people think Photoshop’s Lab color mode is destructive, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, Lab color mode allows you to make the smoothest possible levels adjustments—corrections that can’t even be seen in the image’s histogram.

How? The trick, as Deke reveals in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, lies in converting to Lab, applying your adjustments, and converting back to RGB.

By Nigel French | Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Put Textures or Pictures Inside of Text


Putting a picture or texture inside of letter shapes is sometimes irresistible. Remember the thrill you felt the first time you filled a word or phrase with a picture? I do—and I’ve been working to improve on it every since.

All of the Big Three—InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop—allow you to place pictures inside of text shapes in similar but sometimes confusingly different ways.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Creating a 'Fold-Back' Effect in InDesign


This week in InDesign Secrets, learn how to create a “fold-back” effect (where a heading appears to overlap and wrap around a text frame) in InDesign—and set it up so you can repeat the effect with a few clicks.

The technique requires a thick paragraph rule, and a triangle anchored in just the right spot. But all you need to start is a text frame with some dummy text.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Be a Whiz at Blending Motion Photographs

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An object in motion rarely stays in motion—unless you can capture it with a camera midstride.

Photographing a fast-moving object is a great way to pin it down, and shooting a series of images tells a story about its journey. You don’t need a tripod; telltale streaks of motion blur amp up the artistic effect. And by blending the photos together with Adobe Photoshop, you can create an even more dynamic image, like this image of the London Underground.

Find out exactly how it was created in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Von Glitschka | Monday, August 17, 2015

Conquering a Hand-Lettering Challenge—Fearlessly


Over the last three years I’ve branded the local TEDx event here in my hometown of Salem, Oregon. This year’s theme was “Fearless,” which made me think a lot about my own fear of failure in the context of design and creativity.

The logos I had designed for the previous two TEDx Salem events were what I’d call aesthetically “clean” and they were appropriate—but clean just didn’t seem fearless to me.

So I decided to try something I’d never done before and to ignore any fear of failure. I wasn’t sure it would work, but I wouldn’t let fear stop me.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sharing Custom Workspaces in InDesign

sharing custom workspaces in indesign

Custom workspaces are one of the best features in InDesign. But how do you share them?

While workspaces aren’t as easy to share as swatches or styles, it’s really not that hard—once you know the secret location where InDesign stores the workspace files.

And you don’t have to dig through your hard drive to find them.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Achieving Real Pointillism with the Photoshop Pointillize Filter

Photoshop Pointillize Filter

The Photoshop Pointillize filter is not considered one of its more impressive effects, usually because the results are a disappointing mesh of dots on a flat white background.

But you can achieve a more credible pointillism effect with three passes of the filter using white, black, and grey color swatches and some well-chosen blending modes. While this technique won’t make you an Impressionist master á la George Seurat, it takes just a few minutes to pull off—as Deke shows in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

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