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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.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Monday, November 24, 2014

Goodbye, DPS Single Edition. Hello, Fixed-Layout EPUB!

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Ask InDesign users how they can use the program to create a mobile-friendly interactive digital publication, and chances are they’ll answer “DPS” (Digital Publishing Suite). Just create a few .folios with the free DPS panels in InDesign and  you’re off to a good start—with a browser window logged in to a lynda.com DPS tutorial, of course.

But today’s announcement that Adobe is retiring DPS Single Edition—the DPS service that came free with every Creative Cloud subscription—will make those InDesign users think again. Especially since in the same breath, Adobe suggests that designers create interactive Fixed-Layout EPUBs (FXL) instead, using InDesign CC 2014.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Change the UI Language in InDesign CS6 and CC

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InDesign versions differ from country to country.

But what if you prefer to work in a different language than what ships with your version of InDesign?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 13, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Creative Uses for InDesign Slug Guides

InDesign slug guides are often overlooked but easy to access

You may know and use bleed guides, but do you use InDesign slug guides?

The slug area is one of the most overlooked features in InDesign, but it’s incredibly easy to enable and access.

I’ll show you some creative ways to use it in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator

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New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.

But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.

By John Derry | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Transform a Photo into a Digital Painting —as a Holiday Gift

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When it comes to giving gifts, everyone knows that a nice photographic portrait can make a great personalized present.

But I’m going to show you how to take that portrait a step further—and turn it into a painted interpretation.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Create Blank Entry Spaces on Forms — with InDesign Secrets

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Highlighting the blank entry spaces in a form by hand? Check out this episode of InDesign Secrets.

By applying paragraph rules that use the Text option for their width, you can quickly style empty areas in a table-based form.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Campaign Poster: Format and Copyfit Type in Illustrator

Format and copyfit type in Illustrator for a campaign poster

Today is Election Day across the United States. In celebration of this great democratic process, this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques features a campaign poster for an issue we can all get behind: the elimination of man-eating spiders.

But it’s not all fun and political games. This technique will show you how to format and copyfit large display type in Illustrator, making sure that your campaign promise fills the allotted space and that your message rings loud and clear.

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