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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.

By Nick Brazzi | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Notes from the SIGGRAPH Floor: 3D Printing & Motion Capture

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Here at SIGGRAPH, the international conference for computer graphics, animation, and interactive design, it’s really fun to walk the show floor and experience the new technology on display—especially 3D printing and motion capture.

By Chris Converse | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Improve Website Performance on Mobile Devices

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When considering user experience for mobile, speed of download is a huge factor. People are typically using a cellular data plan when browsing on phones, and website performance is rarely optimal under these circumstances.

One factor in a web page’s download speed is the number of external file requests the HTML page needs. This includes CSS files (style sheets), JavaScripts, images, audio and video, applets, online feeds and services, and well … you get the idea.

Here are some techniques for reducing the number of times your web page needs to go back to the server to “ask for more” files.

By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, August 14, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 8

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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’s challenge was to look at each face on the exercise file provided, study the defined light source associated with it, and then draw the shapes that would form the cast shadows.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Von did with this!

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