By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015
Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.
You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.
The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.
By David Blatner | Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Start your InDesign document off on the right foot: on the left-hand page.
Existing layouts can be a pain to change; InDesign won’t let you drag right-facing pages over to the left. But with the two tricks shown in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, you can move spreads so that your document starts on the left. Watch and see!
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Last week in Deke’s Techniques, you learned how to create a displacement map that, when applied to an image, makes the model appear as if she were standing behind a sheet of ribbed glass.
This effect is similar to the one used on the iconic cover art for Madonna’s MDNA album—but chances are your image still doesn’t look as vibrant as Madonna’s.
So this week, Deke shows how to infuse the portrait with brilliant “nightclub” colors using Camera Raw and a gradient fill layer.
By David Blatner | Thursday, March 12, 2015
Ever open an InDesign document only to encounter the dreaded “missing links” dialog?
In this super-short episode of InDesign Secrets, I introduce a fast way to find and re-link missing files: files on your hard drive or even on a connected server.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This episode of Deke’s Techniques starts a three-week journey inspired by the one and only Madonna and the cover of her 2012 album MDNA, which seemed to capture the pop star in a prism.
This week’s tutorial is the first step to recreating the effect. It shows how to fragment a photo so the image appears as though it were shot through ribbed glass—even though the trick is performed entirely in post.
By David Blatner | Thursday, March 05, 2015
InDesign comes with many stroke styles built in: thick strokes, thin strokes, dotted strokes.
But what if you can’t find exactly the stroke you’re looking for? You can make your own stroke styles in InDesign — from the Stroke panel menu.
Striped, dotted, or dashed!
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques tackles a question from one of Deke’s many fans:
How do you add multiple strokes and a gradient to type in Illustrator? And in general, why does Illustrator sometimes seem to ignore your instructions when it comes to type?
The trick, Deke explains, is getting Illustrator to treat the text as a type object, not individual characters.
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