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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turn a Snapshot into a Holiday Portrait — with Deke's Techniques

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Planning on printing your own holiday portrait this year? Don’t settle for what comes straight out of the camera.

Use this quick Deke’s Technique to brighten, sharpen, and enhance an otherwise nondescript raw snapshot—and make it one of the season’s prettiest memories.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Convert InDesign Files to PDF and IDML Formats

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Designers often need to convert InDesign files to another format for publication (such as PDF) or collaboration (IDML for CS4 to CS6 users).

The Export dialog box works fine when it’s a one-off. But when you have a whole folder’s worth of project files? Get ready for tedium.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Turn Your Minecraft Art into 3D—with Photoshop

Make your Minecraft art 3D using Photoshop

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. Viewers of last week’s technique learned how to create an original piece of Minecraft art: a double-bladed ax that never appears in the game, but looks like something that could have been crafted on the battlefield.

This week, Deke shows how to take that ax and extrude it into 3D space, using Photoshop’s 3D workspace.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 04, 2014

All About All Caps — in InDesign Secrets

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Think “all caps” are all the same? In fact, there can be differences under the hood, which become apparent when you perform a Find and Replace.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Create Your Own Minecraft Art

Minecraft art: a two-bladed ax

Minecraft has captured the hearts of millions of gamers, despite—or maybe because of—its simplistic and easily recognizable 8-bit style graphics.

In the game, players explore the Minecraft universe, gathering resources, crafting tools and weapons, and, of course, battling monsters.

One thing they can’t do, however, is wield the two-bladed ax shown in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Nigel French | Saturday, November 29, 2014

Design a Calendar as a Gift — with InDesign and Photoshop

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Calendars have long been a go-to holiday gift for those people in your life that “have everything.”

No matter what their field, everyone marks out their days with a calendar of one sort or another—and a custom-made wall calendar full of meaningful images will always get pride of place over its store-bought rivals.

Here’s how to design a calendar for someone special.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Create Secret Message Text with Photoshop

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Over the years, Deke has shown lynda.com members how to create metal type, slimey type, frozen type, flaming type, and even watery type. This week, in time for all the Secret Santas out there, he shows how to create secret message text: blurry text that reads like a code revealed.

And the best part? The text remains editable, even without the use of a Smart Object, so you can update your own cryptic messages on the fly.

By Justin Seeley | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide to the iPad Stylus & Wacom Tablet

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Finding the perfect gift for a graphic designer can be a daunting task. But chances are good that a Wacom tablet or iPad stylus is at the top of their wish list.

Here are three options for each category—from budget-friendly to luxury model—to help you choose the perfect holiday gift for your favorite designer.

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