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By David Blatner | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Updating pages efficiently with primary text frames : InDesign Secrets

A longtime frustration of Adobe InDesign users is that when you apply a master page to another, the objects on that page do not reformat correctly. The good news? That’s all changed in InDesign CS6 with a feature called primary text frames. In this week’s InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to use this incredibly useful option.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating volumetric forms from vector-based shape layers

This week’s Deke’s Techniques is a very special episode, inspired by a drawing Deke completed with his son, Sam. Watch as Deke shows how he recreated the drawing in Adobe Photoshop as a series of vector-based shape layers (drawn with the Pen tool) and makes it even more ghoulish using layer effects. The end result? Some really cool volumetric artwork that pops off-screen.

lynda.com members have access to the exercise file, which includes a number of predrawn layer comps, or you can follow along and apply the lessons to your own artwork.

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By James Fritz | Friday, June 21, 2013

Pixel Playground: Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object

This week’s Pixel Playground technique combines a few different Adobe Photoshop features to create a subtle lighting effect.

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Creating effects in Photoshop can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you run into limitations with the built-in effects. In this week’s Pixel Playground, Bert begins with a simple Bevel and Emboss effect to add some dimensionality and a light source to a circle. Since we are limited to only one light source with that effect, Bert demonstrates how you can use multiple alpha channels and a little bit of painting to add another light source to your scene.

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• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • See more layers effects in Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects • See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy Series

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, June 20, 2013

InDesign FX: Creating a rusted effect

Sometimes you want to make things look all new and shiny; other times you might want a design that looks weathered and beaten up. So in this week’s InDesign FX video, I show how to create the look of rusted metal in Adobe InDesign.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating highly reflective sunglasses

Discover how to enhance the reflectivity of an object to match the ambience of its environment in this week’s Deke’s Techniques. Deke shows how to enhance the sunglasses of a model posed in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, using Adobe Photoshop paths, masks, and layer effects.

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By James Fritz | Friday, June 14, 2013

Pixel Playground: Filling an empty glass with liquid

The technique in this week’s member-exclusive Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy is a simple but efficient way to fill an empty glass with a liquid.

Fill an empty glass with liquid

Sometimes the easiest way to simulate reality is to composite part of one photograph onto another. This week, Bert uses the Pen tool in Adobe Photoshop to quickly select the liquid from one glass and place it in another. Next, he shapes the liquid to fit the shape of the new container using the Transform command. To finish the effect, he changes the color by making a series of adjustments in curves.

Interested in more?

• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • The entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy series

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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 13, 2013

InDesign Secrets: How to place and link text—without its formatting

The Place and Link feature of Adobe InDesign is amazing. If you select any object in your layout, you can go to the Edit menu, choose Place and Link, and it’s as though you were placing something that you imported from an external file. The benefit to Place and Link is that, unlike simply copying an object, the parent element and its children are linked; any change to the parent ripples down to all the other children when you update the link. This can be a huge timesaver when you need to reuse artwork or text multiple times in multiple places.

However, there’s also a way to keep the formatting of child objects in place. In this week’s InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create multiple copies of linked text that retain their own formatting.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Reduce noise with Camera Raw

Shooting with a limited amount of natural light at a high ISO can result in a lot of noise in your photos—like the image below that Deke shot in Carlsbad Caverns, 800 feet below ground. But if you have a high enough number of pixels, you can rescue the photo and smooth it into a print-worthy image with the assistance of Adobe Camera Raw.

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