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By John Derry | Saturday, January 24, 2015

Adding Deckled Edges to Fine-Art Paper Prints

Deckled edges are traditional on fine-art prints

The digitally driven confluence of art, photography, and ink-jet technology has resulted in an explosion of artworks on paper.

In many respects, the fine-art ink-jet print is the 21st century equivalent of a hand-produced stone lithograph. Using digital tools, photographers and artists can now create archival-quality prints for sale.

One tradition of the hand-made fine-art print is the deckled edge. Once considered an imperfection as the byproduct of the hand-made paper-making process, this feathery, unfinished edge now makes an archival ink-jet print appear even more valuable.

Here’s how to add deckled edges to your prints.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Sort Text in InDesign

learn how to sort text in indesign

Need to alphabetize a list or sort it numerically?

You won’t find the feature in any menus, but you can sort text in InDesign with the script I introduce in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Create a Flowering Origami Effect in Illustrator—with Deke's Techniques

create this origami effect in illustrator

Get the look of origami—without the paper cuts.

Learn how to turn the flowering vector artwork Deke showed you how to make in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques and use Adobe Illustrator’s dynamic effects to give it an origami effect that looks hand-folded.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draw Flowering Vectors in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

learn to draw vectors in illustrator

Numbers abound in nature, from the golden ratio to Fibonacci sequences, which is why mathematically precise patterns are so pleasing to the human eye.

Want to create your own? In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to create “flowering” vectors in Illustrator using some simple shapes and scaling.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Clearing the List of Recently Used Fonts in InDesign

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No, you have not stumbled into an episode of InDesign Secrets. This is Deke’s Techniques, and this week, Deke is tackling one of the quirks of this venerable design program in honor of his new course, Introducing InDesign.

He’s looking at the Recently Used Fonts list, introduced to the Font menu in CS6.

By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015

Two Ways to Create Center Guides in Photoshop

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Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.

To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tired of Lorem Ipsum? Here's More Fun Placeholder Text

find other kinds of placeholder text

Most designers have to work with placeholder text. As useful as it is for experimenting with formatting and generating word counts for writers, the default Lorem Ipsum gets pretty dull after a while.

I have a few interesting variations to offer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

from raw snapshot to holiday portrait

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.

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