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By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 26, 2015

Calibrate Monitor Displays with a Colorimeter

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Calibrate your monitors as accurately as possible by using colorimeters or spectroradiometers.

This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to calibrate your display with a meter.

By Todd Gallopo | Thursday, June 25, 2015

Designing an Album Cover for Motley Crüe's Tommy Lee

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Never doubt what you’re capable of.

I learned this after I tried my hand at creating images for Tommy Lee’s Never A Dull Moment album packaging in 2002. The concept in my head was inspired by the photography of David Hockney, but the budget for the photography portion of this project was limited.

It’s a problem that many of us designers have to come to terms with now and then: How do we create the images we need when the budget doesn’t allow us to team up with the creative professionals we want to work with?

Do we pull favors? Do we D.I.Y.? I chose the latter. I’m not a photographer, but I believed I could create what I envisioned.

I’ll show you how I did it:

By David Blatner | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Working with Dynamic Layouts in InDesign

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I believe that page layout programs, at their core, are about managing the relationships of elements on your page. And InDesign is no exception.

But it can be difficult to keep those relationships going, until you dig into InDesign’s more advanced features.

Take a simple page containing a row of images below a text frame, as above. As the text expands or shrinks, the images should re-position themselves accordingly, right? But it doesn’t work like that by default.

So is it possible to create dynamic layouts in InDesign? Yes. I’ll show you how …

By Chris Meyer | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Using Photoshop & After Effects CC 2015 with Creative Cloud Libraries

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One of the main features in the just-released After Effects CC 2015 is its support for Creative Cloud Libraries: a panel inside After Effects that exposes folders of assets such as graphics, colors, and more that can be shared with other users.

On the upside, this improves AE’s integration with Adobe Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC, and adds integration with the mobile apps Adobe Shape CC and Hue CC.

On the downside, this initial implementation is read-only; you can’t yet add to the CC Libraries folders from inside After Effects. And there are several format quirks, such as lack of direct support for SVG files (you have to convert those assets in illustrator to .AI files first).

One quirk is the way transparency is supported when going between Photoshop and After Effects CC 2015. So follow these tips for using Photoshop and After Effects with Creative Cloud Libraries.

By David Powers | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Painless Transition to PHP Objects

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PHP’s gentle learning curve makes it an extremely popular choice for adding dynamic features to websites, such as sending email or retrieving content from a database.

Sure, it’s not the most perfect of languages—but neither is English. What makes them both relatively easy to learn is that you don’t have to wade through loads of theory before you can accomplish even the simplest of tasks.

But as you gain in confidence, PHP scripts become longer and longer, making them difficult to adapt to different projects. That’s when it’s time to bite the bullet and embrace PHP objects.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 Social Media Fixes for Job-Hunting Grads

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Scrolling through Twitter the other day, I was surprised to see how many people using the hashtags #jobhunting and #jobsearch were being extremely careless in talking about their job hunts.

“Oh man, I guess I have to start job hunting tomorrow.”

“So tired of this job search!”

“Searching for months, and a job’s never going to come.”

Folks! Your prospective employers are going to see this; if you have any resume out there in the ether right now, assume someone already has seen this. If you’re tired before you get started, how are you going to feel when you’re actually doing the job?

Let me help you erase some of the doubt you might inadvertently be placing in your hiring manager’s mind with some quick social media fixes that will improve your personal brand.

By Lauren Harmon | Monday, June 22, 2015

'Gothic Up' a Cathedral in Photoshop and Camera Raw

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Last week you watched Deke assemble an incredible interior panorama of the York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

This week he turns his attention to the exterior, taking a humdrum photo of the towers and the cathedral’s ornate windows and turning it into an atmospheric image straight out of the Dark Ages using Photoshop and Camera Raw.

By Garrick Chow | Monday, June 22, 2015

iTunes Library Eating Up Space? Spread It Across Drives

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If, like many people, you use iTunes as your primary media management system to organize and play your audio and video files, you may reach a point when your content begins to fill up your hard drive and you get dangerously close to running out of space.

I’m going to show you how to extend your iTunes library across multiple drives so you can continue to add media without having to copy or move your existing content to a separate drive.

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