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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Improve UAV photos by merging frames: Deke's Techniques

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Aerial photography is an impressive way to capture a landscape, but you don’t need to hire a plane to get great photos. Deke is back this week in another episode of Deke’s Techniques that shows you how to get the equipment you need to capture great aerial photography and video (all for around $1,000), and then shows you how to merge the resulting frames together to create interesting effects in Photoshop. Learn how to set up a GoPro camera and an UAV (aka an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone), isolate an image from the resulting video in Photoshop, and use masking, Camera Raw filters, sharpening, and layer effects to make your scene really pop.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 13, 2013

Reshape a body in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Reshape a body in Photoshop

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This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to use the Puppet Warp feature in Adobe Photoshop to reshape part of a body.

Have you ever wanted to sculpt a body to remove some love handles, or just trim up your subject in general? This week Bert Monroy gives you a chance by showing how to use the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop.

By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Why spot colors are necessary

Why spot colors are necessary

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Why do we need spot colors? It’s because humans can see a wide range of colors—some say 10 million shades—but there’s a limit to what we can print in CMYK, the industry-standard combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. This is where spot colors – absolute colors generated by a specific ink – come in to fill the gaps.

CMYK has its limits The diagram below represents the range of colors humans can see. You’ll notice that what we can see on a monitor, and what the CMYK offset printing process is capable of reproducing, is less than what spot colors (the “PANTONE gamut” in the diagram below) can achieve. Bright oranges and navy blues can be especially challenging.

By Mordy Golding | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Remembering Doyald Young

Today would have been Doyald Young’s 87th birthday. The famous typeface and logotype designer/teacher said:

There are over a hundred thousand fonts out there. … People say, ‘If there are a hundred thousand fonts, why are you drawing a letter? Why not use a font and do something with it?’ Well, I have very technical reasons of why I do that, but I also have a very simple answer, which is, it’s custom. I am designing something custom for you. … It’s custom. We all want something unique.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Highlighting text: InDesign Secrets

Highlighting text

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Many word processors can mimic the look of highlighters—the florescent pens used to call attention to certain passages of text. InDesign doesn’t have this effect built in, but in this week’s InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to work around it. The key is creating a custom underline effect with a large, offset line weight. Watch the video below to learn the exact steps to highlighting text and building a highlighter character style so you can use the effect over and over again.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Drawing the Pen tool icon in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Draw the pen tool–without the pen tool.

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This is week two of technical drawing in Deke’s Techniques, and in this tutorial Deke shows you how to draw the Pen tool icon in Illustrator—without using the Pen tool. In fact, in this technique, he asks you to use the Line Segment tool and some shapes. Then you’ll learn how to fuse the paths together and rotate the illustration. It’s a great exercise in schematic drawing.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 06, 2013

Create a Fibonacci spiral tattoo in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Create a tattoo using the classic Fibonacci spiral.

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This week’s technique will teach you how to use the Fibonacci spiral in your designs.

To wrap up his extended look at tattoo designs, this week Bert pays tribute to the classical Fibonacci spiral. By copying the classic spiral as a guide, he uses it to help plan the structure of his intricate flower design, creating slight variations of the same design throughout the piece to quickly build a repeating pattern. After placing the flowers in the proper positions, Bert scales and rotates them into an appealing layout, adding leaves and vines as background accents to provide the final touch.

Want to create your own? Check out this week’s Pixel Playground tutorial.

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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 05, 2013

Trigger two features with a single key command: InDesign Secrets

InDesign Secrets: Create a key command for two features

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Adobe InDesign has a very complete and customizable group of keyboard shortcuts, but did you know they can be used contextually? That means the same keyboard shortcut can be used to invoke two different commands, depending on where you are in InDesign. The assignment changes based on whether you’re editing text, selecting objects, or have your cursor inside a table or dialog box. This is a very cool and overlooked option, which is why it’s one of Anne Marie Concepción’s favorite InDesign secrets. Find out how to assign keyboard shortcuts, and assign shortcuts to different contexts, by clicking on the free video below.

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