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By James Fritz | Friday, November 08, 2013

Creating a boat medallion, part 3: Pixel Playground

Finishing the golden boat medallion

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This week Bert takes us through the final steps to complete the golden boat medallion by taking last week’s results into the third dimension.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 07, 2013

Selecting text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Selecting text in InDesign

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Got two minutes? Great. Check out this week’s top-secret tip on something David Blatner calls “the keyboard dance”, a technique for making really precise text selections in Adobe InDesign straight from the keyboard. You can even select text before the cursor. So let your fingers do the talking and click through for the full tip.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Creating metal type in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Creating metal type in Photoshop

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They say you can’t improve on the classics but this week Deke dives into his archives and revisits a tutorial from the very early days of Deke’s Techniques, “Creating heavy metal type.” This is a technique his fans have asked him again and again to update, since the technique has changed so much since Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC were released. Watch the new video and learn how to build a custom pattern for “stamping out” your type and use layer styles to really make it pop out from a metallic background.

By James Fritz | Friday, November 01, 2013

Creating a boat medallion part 2: Pixel Playground

Creating a shiny golden medallion- part 2

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Picking up where he left off last week, Bert takes us through the steps to add details and a nice shine to the golden boat medallion. He begins by adding a second color to the stroke on a new layer, which adds depth to the design with the help of a layer effect. Next, he adds a label to the bottom of the medallion and applies a similar embossing effect. Finally, he paints in the shine to give a sense of realism to this piece. Join us next week for the third and final video of this project!

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 31, 2013

3 ways to navigate long documents: InDesign Secrets


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What’s the easiest way to navigate long documents? You can use the Pages panel, but in layouts with more than 20 or so spreads, you’re doing a lot of scrolling. The Go to Page command isn’t much of a shortcut, either. In this week’s free InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción offers not one but three unexpected alternatives.

The first? Use InDesign’s bookmarks. It’s not what the feature was designed for (creating links in a PDF export), but once you create them and open the Bookmarks panel, you have a creative way to zip around your document.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Create drippy, gooey ghost letters: Deke's Techniques

Create ghost letters

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Halloween is around the corner, but it’s not too late to create decorations and invites with the drippy, ghoulish type Deke shows you how to make in today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn to take any boring old text and turn it into bloodcurdling ghost letters with Adobe Illustrator’s path editing tools, the Roughen effect, layer styles, and a healthy dose of the Liquify filter. Watch the free video below to find out more.

By James Fritz | Monday, October 28, 2013

Six Photoshop techniques for Halloween

Over the last few years Deke McClelland has been busily creating hundreds of tutorials on a wide variety of topics. We scoured the archives and put together a monstrous batch of Halloween-focused tutorials from his weekly series, Deke’s Techniques.

1. Simulating a glowing Jack-o’-lantern Learn how to create a Jack-o’-lantern in Photoshop and add a convincing glow in this useful tutorial.

Simulate a glowing jack-'o-lantern

By James Fritz | Friday, October 25, 2013

Creating a golden medallion, part 1: Pixel Playground

Creating a shiny gold boat medallion- part 1

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This week Bert starts off by drawing some simple shapes for the frame of the medallion, then jumps in to demonstrate how you can trace a reference image even if it is low resolution. From there he brings the paths into the frame and adds a stroke to finish this stage of the project. Join us next week for part 2!

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