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By Judy Steiner-Williams | Sunday, August 17, 2014

Writing Tips: Start at the End

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The second habit of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is “Begin with the end in mind.” That concept applies not only to highly effective people—but to highly effective writing, as well.

Before architects begin building a house, they know what the completed version will look like. They have a blueprint and they know that each step is necessary to get to the next one; the excavation must be complete before the framing begins, etc.

Similarly, when we plan a trip, we usually have a destination in mind before we plan the route and mode of transportation.

Why, then, do people begin writing without thinking about the desired outcome, the purpose, and the necessary stages to produce an easy-to-read, well-organized business message?

By Robbie Carman | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Is the Panasonic GH4 Right for You?

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Panasonic embraced the DSLR video movement with the Panasonic GH3. Now, with the new Panasonic GH4, they’ve pushed the envelope by introducing Ultra-HD and 4K resolutions, while retaining the familiarity of the GH3.

By Scott Erickson | Saturday, August 16, 2014

Photographing the Photographer: Douglas Kirkland

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Marilyn. Audrey. Elizabeth. Cher. Ringo. Leo. Last names aren’t required when you rattle off the people who’ve sat before Douglas Kirkland’s lens.

With a career spanning almost 60 years, he has photographed some of the most iconic figures of popular culture.

On today, his 80th birthday, I can’t help but think of the day Douglas sat in front of my camera, and of the simple panic-inducing question I asked myself:

How do you photograph one of your photographic heroes?

The answer is simple: Do as he does.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 15, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 10

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Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to fill up a full page with our doodles.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Improve a Product Shot in Photoshop

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This week in the Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through how to improve a product shot in Photoshop. In this case, it’s by pulling the pouch closer to the corkscrew so it’s clear to buyers that they’re sold together.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 15, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 9

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Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von supplied us with four photographs: a house, espresso machine, airplane, and headphones.

By Justin Reznick | Friday, August 15, 2014

Photographing Waterfalls With Long Exposure

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There’s sort of a “rule” in outdoor photography that you should never shoot long exposures of flowing water.

But I’m going to show you how rules can, and sometimes should, be broken.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Extract Word Document Images from InDesign

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InDesign automatically embeds any images in your Microsoft Word document inside your layout.

It’s a nice feature, but the problem is the embedded images don’t live anywhere on your computer. They aren’t editable and they also make your InDesign file much larger than necessary.

So in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, I offer a simple way to extract Word document images from InDesign and get them onto your hard drive where they belong.

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