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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Create an animated movie in Photoshop

If you’ve been following along with the last few installments of Deke’s Techniques, you’ll have all the raw material you need to create an animated movie in Photoshop. Watch this free movie from Adobe guru Deke McClelland to learn how to transform the falcon image and text into a frame-by-frame animation, using the Timeline panel in Photoshop.

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By Mike Rankin | Thursday, May 23, 2013

InDesign FX: Creating custom frames

One of the challenges in designing any page layout is to make the various elements seem like they belong together. You can do this by making thoughtful choices with color, alignment, and type. You can also bring elements together by literally merging them. In this week’s InDesign FX video, I show how to create custom frames by merging simple rectangles with type outlines and other shapes in Adobe InDesign.

So for example, you can take a photo in a frame with a wide stroke and position it with overlapping text.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Animate wings with the Puppet Warp Tool

Are you ready for another Deke’s Techniques? This week Deke McClelland takes a still photograph of a majestic falcon and creates the appearance of motion by superimposing multiple copies of the wings and adjusting their positions with the Puppet Warp tool in Adobe Photoshop. Get started by watching the free video below and using the companion text to help you along.

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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 16, 2013

InDesign Secrets: Three great Object Styles for any designer

There are three object styles that rule them all—three styles that should be in every designer’s toolbox because you’ll find yourself calling on them again and again no matter how simple or complex the project.

In this week’s InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to build these styles from scratch in Adobe InDesign and use them to format images, callout lines, and photo credits.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating a vivid aura around an entire character

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke McClelland takes the 2D character from last week’s tutorial (inspired by the art of video game designer Dan Paladin) and adds a radiant cartoon aura in Adobe Illustrator.

  1. Delete the template layer and select the back layer. Option-click or Alt-click the CreateNew Layer icon to open the Layer Options dialog box. Name the new layer aura andclick OK to add the layer to your document.
  2. Unlock the body layer. Click in the upper corner of that layer’s row in the Layers panel to select all its paths.

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, May 09, 2013

InDesign FX: Making a bottle cap

This week’s free InDesign FX video shows yet another fun and easy look you can create by combining several transparency effects. This time we’re making bottle caps that you can adorn with your own designs or logos in Adobe InDesign.IDFX_episode46_01 The effect starts with a polygon with 24 sides and a small Star Inset value.

By James Fritz | Tuesday, May 07, 2013

New Adobe Muse features for Q2 2013

This is arguably the biggest update to Muse since the product’s initial release. The big new features this time around include Parallax Scrolling, In-Browser Editing, and something near and dear to my heart: a Layers panel. As always, there are a bunch of smaller updates and enhancements, too.

Parallax Scrolling

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Parallax Scrolling helps you create animated effects that involve two (or more) “layers of content” that move in the browser at different speeds. It is a web design technique that enables you to set the speed of each element. Using this technology, you can apply these animated effects to individual objects on your page to create visually compelling designs. Check out a great example of a site using built with Muse using parallax scrolling.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Drawing a distinctive 2D video game character

Fans of Dan Paladin, the artist of popular video games such as Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers, are going to be really excited about this week’s installment of Deke’s Techniques. Deke McClelland uses a few predrawn elements and a template to create a Paladin-inspired 2D walrus warrior with Adobe Illustrator. By tracing Deke’s template, you’ll re-create his steps and learn vital drawing techniques to help you create your own characters. To get started on the helmet, watch the video and use the steps below to help you along.

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