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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 29, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 19

Day 19

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

First of all, let’s just put it right out there: I did not finish today’s assignment due to a tight work schedule.

Today’s challenge was to fill an 8 ½ x 11” piece of paper with all kinds of faces, from people to puppies, from monsters to aliens.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Uncovering InDesign's Magic Font Folders

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InDesign has a couple of font-locating tricks that seem almost magical to the untrained eye.

By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 18

Day 18

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

So, you know the cardboard backing on notepads? Today Von challenged us to create what he calls a cardboard doodle.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 17

Day 17

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to drawn an eye as realistically as possible—and then to draw one as graphically as possible.

By Kristin Ellison | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 16

Day 16

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to use the reference images of an owl and redraw it in an iconic style by reducing its form to simple flat shapes.

By Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

3 Truths About Freelancing

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After years of working as an employee for several design firms, I came to freelancing later in my career—and found that I needed to acquire a few new skills.

Here are some things I’ve learned as a freelancer:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Creating a 3D Doughnut in Illustrator

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Today, foodies are the food. The people who declare the cupcake out and the cronut passé have dared to critique the most cherished of tasty treats: the doughnut.

So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to transform two flat foodie characters into 3D glazed doughnuts with Adobe Illustrator.

Don’t worry; it’s nondestructive. In fact, this technique relies on a dynamic effect called 3D Revolve that never puts the characters in real harm’s way.

By Kristin Ellison | Monday, August 25, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 15

Day 15

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to redraw the dinosaurs he provided, distorting them in any way we needed to make them fit.

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