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By Lauren Harmon | Monday, July 06, 2015

Combining Color and Gradient Overlays in Photoshop CC


Learn how to infuse an entire composition with color and depth using multiple overlays—only in Photoshop CC 2015.

In this week’s quick episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to double up your effects for more vibrant color and reflectivity.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, July 03, 2015

10 Courses Your Kids Can Watch—and Use—Today

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If your kids’ idea of summer vacation so far means vegging out on YouTube Minecraft videos (please tell me that’s not just my kid), we’ve got help!

Encourage them to learn something new this week—today, even—with the following lynda.com videos. We’ve hand-picked these fun, beginner-level courses to spark their creativity and boost their productivity.

They’ll love it because it’s sanctioned sofa/screen time. You’ll love it because they’ll learn valuable skills they can put to use right away—and even into the school year.

Ready, kids? Get set … watch!

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 02, 2015

How to Disable Hyphenation in InDesign

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You may have proprietary names or terms in your layouts that you don’t want to see split across lines, AKA hyphenated.

Luckily, there’s a way to prevent words from hyphenating automatically in InDesign.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Auto-Blending Multiple Depths of Field in Photoshop

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Photographers know that if you want a flatter depth of field, you have to be farther from the subject—and the background.

But in some shooting scenarios, that’s just not possible. You may end up with some shots where the foreground is in focus, and some shots where the background is crisper.

Luckily, if you’re looking for flatter depths of field, there’s a way to combine shots in Photoshop and end up with a pretty decent looking image. The best part: A large part of the process can be automated.

Deke shows us how in this free (and fast!) episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Starshine Roshell | Friday, June 26, 2015

All the Tools You Need to Start Sketching Landscapes


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In his beginner-level course, Foundations of Drawing: Sketching the Landscape, award-winning artist Will Kemp helps you develop the confidence to get outside and begin sketching in natural settings.

You’ll soak up the atmosphere, the sounds, the smells, of whatever you’re sketching as you compose and balance the scenes that are in front of you.

Anyone can do it! You just need the right tools.

If you’re ready to sketch like a professional artist, check out the materials Will recommends for getting started:

By Todd Gallopo | Thursday, June 25, 2015

Designing an Album Cover for Motley Crüe's Tommy Lee


Never doubt what you’re capable of.

I learned this after I tried my hand at creating images for Tommy Lee’s Never A Dull Moment album packaging in 2002. The concept in my head was inspired by the photography of David Hockney, but the budget for the photography portion of this project was limited.

It’s a problem that many of us designers have to come to terms with now and then: How do we create the images we need when the budget doesn’t allow us to team up with the creative professionals we want to work with?

Do we pull favors? Do we D.I.Y.? I chose the latter. I’m not a photographer, but I believed I could create what I envisioned.

I’ll show you how I did it:

By David Blatner | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Working with Dynamic Layouts in InDesign

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I believe that page layout programs, at their core, are about managing the relationships of elements on your page. And InDesign is no exception.

But it can be difficult to keep those relationships going, until you dig into InDesign’s more advanced features.

Take a simple page containing a row of images below a text frame, as above. As the text expands or shrinks, the images should re-position themselves accordingly, right? But it doesn’t work like that by default.

So is it possible to create dynamic layouts in InDesign? Yes. I’ll show you how …

By Lauren Harmon | Monday, June 22, 2015

'Gothic Up' a Cathedral in Photoshop and Camera Raw


Last week you watched Deke assemble an incredible interior panorama of the York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

This week he turns his attention to the exterior, taking a humdrum photo of the towers and the cathedral’s ornate windows and turning it into an atmospheric image straight out of the Dark Ages using Photoshop and Camera Raw.

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