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By James Fritz | Friday, August 16, 2013

Create spikes for a dragon tattoo in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

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This week’s technique will teach you how to add spikes to your dragon tattoo.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Track your freelancing business expenses

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One of the most important responsibilities as a freelancer is tracking your business expenses. Deducting expenses from your income can result in a huge savings, and in Running a Design Business: Freelancing, Petrula Vrontikis offers expense tips that are relevant for any kind of freelance business—not just design.

Personal versus business expenses The smartest way to track expenses is to keep personal expenses and business expenses separate. Have separate checking accounts and separate credit cards so you can easily track, categorize, and recap your business expenses.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Refining a dot portrait in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

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A few weeks ago, with Deke’s help, you transformed a photograph into a Pointillist-style dot drawing. (See Deke’s Techniques number 239 in the lynda.com library if you’d like to revisit the technique.) Today, learn how to refine that portrait with smaller dots. This doubles the resolution of your image, too, making it an even better candidate for printing. However, instead of a dynamic effect, it turns into a static one. The downside is you lose your Smart Filters and the effect becomes destructive, as opposed to nondestructive. But Deke bets that you’ll think it’s worth it.

By James Fritz | Friday, August 09, 2013

Create a realistic dragon tattoo in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

This week’s technique will teach you how to create dragon scales for a tattoo in Adobe Photoshop.

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Creating a complex illustration can be daunting, but by breaking the design into smaller pieces you can learn how to build complex designs over time. This week Bert shows us how to enhance a dragon tattoo illustration by concentrating on just the scales.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 08, 2013

Convert footnotes to endnotes with one easy script: InDesign Secrets

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Adobe InDesign does footnotes well. Endnotes? Not so well—not at all, in fact. Anne-Marie Concepción has the solution for you in this week’s InDesign Secrets: a free script that converts footnotes to endnotes. It actually changes footnotes to styled cross-references at the end of your story, and reflows the text. The links to the cross-referenced destinations stay active when you export to the PDF and EPUB formats, too. (Be aware that these endnotes do not renumber when you add new entries, so it’s best to run the script after you have entered all of your footnotes.) Find out where to download the free script in this week’s free video.

By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, August 07, 2013

What to look for in a press proof

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Create a rainbow fabric texture in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Follow the rainbow in this episode of Deke’s Techniques. First, Deke shows you how to create a rainbow-colored gradient, which he then transforms into a psychedelic fabric texture with a single application of the Wave filter. In Adobe Photoshop, of course.

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By James Fritz | Friday, August 02, 2013

Creating a torn magazine effect in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

This week’s technique covers how to create the illusion of a torn magazine article in Photoshop without harming your original work.

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This week Bert combines some scanned elements to create the illusion of a torn magazine article. He starts out by creating a mask from a torn piece of paper that he scanned. Next, he adds a scanned piece of tape to help with the realism. Finally, he warps the article and creates a custom drop shadow to complete the project.

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• See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy series.

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