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By Mike Rankin | Thursday, July 04, 2013

Add a double bevel to text: InDesign FX

If you can master only one of the Adobe InDesign transparency effects, it should be Bevel and Emboss. It is by far the most useful and versatile of the bunch. In fact, the only thing that might be better than a handsome bevel is, well, two handsome bevels. Creating a double bevel effect is the topic of this week’s free InDesign FX video.

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This effect is achieved by stacking two copies of live text, each with an Inner Bevel and a Drop Shadow.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Add shading to a drawing with Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Last week Deke showed you how to transform his father-son drawing into a monster of serious proportions with some volumetric layer effects. Now learn how to add shading around his mouth to give him more expression. This technique uses a combination of shape layers and layer masks in Adobe Photoshop.

lynda.com members will have access to the exercise file, which includes a number of predrawn layer comps, or you can follow along and apply the lessons to your own artwork.

By James Fritz | Friday, June 28, 2013

Pixel Playground: Creating a 3D object in Photoshop

This week’s Pixel Playground technique uses Adobe Photoshop 3D features to create a realistic 3D coin.

3D_coin

It is surprisingly simple to use the 3D features of Photoshop to create editable 3D objects that can be used in a variety of ways for your designs. In this week’s video, Bert starts with scans of a coin, and applies them as a texture to a 3D cylinder. To complete its realistic appearance, he creates a pattern for the ridge of the coin that allows you to position the coin at any angle that you may need.

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• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • See more layers effects in Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects • See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy Series

By David Blatner | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Updating pages efficiently with primary text frames : InDesign Secrets

A longtime frustration of Adobe InDesign users is that when you apply a master page to another, the objects on that page do not reformat correctly. The good news? That’s all changed in InDesign CS6 with a feature called primary text frames. In this week’s InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to use this incredibly useful option.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating volumetric forms from vector-based shape layers

This week’s Deke’s Techniques is a very special episode, inspired by a drawing Deke completed with his son, Sam. Watch as Deke shows how he recreated the drawing in Adobe Photoshop as a series of vector-based shape layers (drawn with the Pen tool) and makes it even more ghoulish using layer effects. The end result? Some really cool volumetric artwork that pops off-screen.

lynda.com members have access to the exercise file, which includes a number of predrawn layer comps, or you can follow along and apply the lessons to your own artwork.

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By James Fritz | Friday, June 21, 2013

Pixel Playground: Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object

This week’s Pixel Playground technique combines a few different Adobe Photoshop features to create a subtle lighting effect.

Figure 1 - Candle

Creating effects in Photoshop can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you run into limitations with the built-in effects. In this week’s Pixel Playground, Bert begins with a simple Bevel and Emboss effect to add some dimensionality and a light source to a circle. Since we are limited to only one light source with that effect, Bert demonstrates how you can use multiple alpha channels and a little bit of painting to add another light source to your scene.

Interested in more?

• Start a 7-day free trial to lynda.com today • See more layers effects in Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects • See the entire Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy Series

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, June 20, 2013

InDesign FX: Creating a rusted effect

Sometimes you want to make things look all new and shiny; other times you might want a design that looks weathered and beaten up. So in this week’s InDesign FX video, I show how to create the look of rusted metal in Adobe InDesign.

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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Deke's Techniques: Creating highly reflective sunglasses

Discover how to enhance the reflectivity of an object to match the ambience of its environment in this week’s Deke’s Techniques. Deke shows how to enhance the sunglasses of a model posed in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, using Adobe Photoshop paths, masks, and layer effects.

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