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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Facebook Cover Photo Size — Made Easy

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Want to create a custom Facebook cover—and match it to your profile picture?

Facebook has updated the layout of user profiles and made quite a few more changes under the hood since Deke last covered this topic in Deke’s Techniques.

So in this video, Deke covers the latest and greatest Facebook cover photo size and dimensions, providing measurements for every tiny detail, from the space taken up by your name to the gradient that appears over the lower third of the cover photo.

By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, May 03, 2015

50 Ways to Bust Through a Creative Block

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It happens to the best of us. You’re working on a project and suddenly—without warning—your creative well runs dry.

You’re stuck. Stranded. You’ve got nothin’.

Whether you’re writing a proposal, designing a layout, or mixing a song, we all hit a creative wall sometimes—even the expert authors at lynda.com. So we asked our authors what they do to get over a creative hump, and they shared the following 50 tips for busting out of a rut.

Take a shower. Help someone else. Dance to Metallica. And more.

Keep this list on hand for inspiration and motivation the next time a creative block jumps into your way. You can also watch Creativity Bootcamp on lynda.com for more help.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Display the Last Page Number in a Book Layout

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Did you know InDesign has a feature that lets you automatically calculate and display the last page number of your layout? And it’s incredibly easy to add, using the Type > Text Variables menu.

But what if your last page is on a different layout—say in a different chapter in a book? In that case you have to use a cross reference instead.

In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you how to create a cross reference, point it at text or a text anchor, and format it to display the last page number of a book spanning multiple layouts.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Handing Off Your Design to a Professional Printer

before sending your design to a professional printer ...

Last week, Deke took a design from his Creating and Adapting a Logo course and showed us how to optimize the colors for print using three Pantone-based spot colors, which he separated into three different channels in Photoshop.

This week he’ll show you how to hand off your design to a professional printer.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 23, 2015

Three Ways to Prevent Hyphenation in InDesign

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A lot of designers are picky about hyphens. (I know I am!) Especially hyphens in words that break across lines.

We can control how InDesign hyphenates on a document level by editing the Hyphenation options in our paragraph styles, including the minimum length of words to hyphenate and the acceptable number of hyphens per word.

But what about words you don’t want hyphenated, regardless of length?

Some designers enter soft returns, aka line breaks, to force the word to the next line, but this really only solves the problem if your project is finalized. If you need to edit the layout or text, the word will move and the line break will look out of place.

In this week’s InDesign Secrets, I’ll show you three ways to prevent a word from hyphenating and breaking across lines—without using soft returns.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Render a Logo with Spot Colors in Photoshop

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In his new course, Creating and Adapting a Logo, Deke shows how to reconfigure a logo for many different types of projects—from web-based banner ads to printed business cards.

However, when you transition a logo from a digital format to print, you can’t only adjust the design. You also need to optimize the colors for print. RGB and CMYK colors simply won’t survive the transition to real-world inks.

So in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, he’ll show how to take a logo with text and photographic details and render it with spot colors in Photoshop.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making a Long Shadow in InDesign or Illustrator

Create a trendy long shadow

The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.

Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.

But this week’s InDesign Secrets shows you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.

By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Photoshop an Underwater Shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Enhancing a shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Deke McClelland has been diving and shooting underwater photography for over 20 years. This year, he brought a GoPro HERO Black to Honduras, where he shot most of the images featured in his course, Enhancing Underwater Photographs in Photoshop.

This little camera doesn’t auto-adjust images on the go. But this is good news for videographers and photographers.

Without in-camera corrections, you have all the data you need to properly adjust the image in Camera Raw and Photoshop. And Deke shows you how in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

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