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By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, August 01, 2013

Why type choice is so important

Type has two primary goals. The first is to convey information (what the actual words say), and the second is to add further context to the information. A typeface helps form that critical first impression about your message; before the viewer even reads what the words say, the typeface offers important clues. This is why it is so important to choose the right one. As you can see above, typefaces are so much more than just stylized alphabets; they have personalities that come across immediately and inform the viewer.

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, August 01, 2013

Create a bobblehead effect: InDesign FX

This week marks the release of the final two videos in the InDesign FX series. And to say au revoir, I have an especially fun free video to share on creating a bobblehead effect. In the video, I show how to use Adobe InDesign animation tools to make the heads of an adorable pair of furry animals gently rock back and forth, just like a real bobblehead doll.

I know it’s very unlikely that you ever wished you knew how to create this effect in InDesign. But I hope you’ll watch the video and try it out—for two reasons. First, it’s pure fun and I’m sure you can get a laugh from your friends or coworkers by turning them into bobbleheads (or try some celebrity photos as source material). Second, this silly little project serves as a reminder of the main ideas I hoped to get across in the InDesign FX series: namely, to let your imagination run free, to push your tools to make them do the unexpected, and to create memorable visuals that are easy and fun to make.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Draw the Adobe CC Logo in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Draw the Adobe CC Logo in Illustrator

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Re-create the logo for Adobe Creative Cloud—even if you don’t have the latest version of Illustrator. In fact, in this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you can use Illustrator CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3, CS2, or even the original CS version. How? Let Deke walk you through the process.

By James Fritz | Friday, July 26, 2013

Create a military dog tag in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

This week’s technique shows how to create a military-style dog tag by combining vector shapes and layer effects in Adobe Photoshop.

Create a military-style dog tag in Adobe Photoshop.

Bert creates the base for the tag with a rounded rectangle and a simple bevel. Next, he adds some type and applies another effect to create the illusion of it being stamped into the metal. Finally, with a custom brush and a little masking, a chain is made to complete the project.

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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 25, 2013

Applying corner options to any shape: InDesign Secrets

Are you struggling to draw smooth curves in Adobe InDesign? Learn how to use the Corner Options to create clean Bézier curves without fighting the Pen tool, this week in InDesign Secrets.

You may know how to apply corner options to shapes and text frames; you select the object and and then choose Object > Corner Options or use the menu in the Control panel. The menu includes options like Rounded, Bevel, and even Fancy. Changing the radius values allows you to perfect the shape of the corner. Turn on the Preview check box to see your changes in action.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How to choose the perfect color palette

Create the perfect color palette for your images

Color is a tricky element in design, and made even more challenging when incorporating images into a layout. It can be difficult to know what colors are going to complement the image and the overall design. There’s a lot of science surrounding how to mix and match colors, but John McWade of Before & After offers some foolproof ways to pick the right colors from an image in his course Before & After: Things Every Designer Should Know.

By James Fritz | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Reorganizing Deke's Techniques

For the past two and a half years, Deke McClelland has been creating amazing effects and techniques each week—and feedback from members has been overwhelmingly positive.

Episodes of Deke’s Techniques have piled up, and as you can see below, the table of contents has become incredibly long.

Deke's Techniques Table of Content as it was

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Draw an orthogonal cube in Illustrator: Deke's Techniques

Learn how to draw a cube inspired by a New Yorker cover in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. This technique uses orthogonal projection to give the illusion of a 3D object in 2D space. To create it, you need nothing more than the Line tool in Adobe Illustrator.

Isometric illustration techniques like this one are something every designer should know, but they come particularly in handy for technical drawings like product designs, assembly instructions, and more. Or in this case, just some fun pop art.


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