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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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By David Blatner | Thursday, May 02, 2013

InDesign Secrets: Exporting a grayscale PDF

InDesign users have long desired a way to get a grayscale PDF out of InDesign, one with no color at all. And in InDesign CS6, Adobe finally lets you do this, right out of the box.

The finished greyscale PDF.

In this week’s InDesign Secrets video, David Blatner shows you how this works—and how to achieve the same effect even if you have a CS5 or earlier version of the program.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Precisely aligning artwork to the bleed

A proper “bleed” ensures the ink extends to the very outside edges of a printed page, leaving no margin or whitespace around your artwork. And though there’s no way to set it up automatically, in this week’s Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland shows you how to precisely align your artwork to the bleed in Adobe Illustrator.

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By Mike Rankin | Thursday, April 25, 2013

InDesign FX: Creating highlights at the top and bottom

If you’ve watched a few of the videos in the InDesign FX series, you know how useful the Bevel and Emboss effect can be for creating all kinds of interesting looks. The versatile Bevel and Emboss tool allows you to apply both a shadow and a highlight to objects, unlike all the other transparency effects, which offer only a shadow or a highlight.

IDFX_episode45_01 But one limitation you might encounter with Bevel and Emboss is the fact that you can add only one shadow and one highlight. So if you want to simulate multiple lights shining on an object, you have to come up with a workaround. One way is to use different colors and blending modes to create, in effect, two highlights or two shadows in a single effect.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Making a danger sign more dangerous

Take a warning sign to the next threat level with Adobe Photoshop. In this week’s Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland takes a photograph of a real-life sign from The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland—better known as The Cliffs of Insanity in the movie Princess Bride—and adds a menacing shark with the combined power of paths, channels, clipping masks, and some other tools in Photoshop.

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