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By Claudia McCue | Monday, August 03, 2015

PDFs to Go: Reduce PDF Size for Email

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We’ve all been there: You want to attach a PDF to an email, but the file is too large to send—the recipient’s service provider won’t accept it.

You’ve got options, of course. You can use a file transfer service, such as Hightail.com or WeTransfer.com. Acrobat Pro DC offers some tools for reducing file size. And there are third-party utilities that may be able to further reduce the size of a document.

But your best shot is to address the problem when you’re creating the PDF in the first place.

Here are a few ways to make your PDFs smaller from the get-go.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Creating Orthogonal Cubes with Illustrator's Line Segment Tool

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Learn how to draw an orthogonal cube pattern with one of the simplest tools in Adobe Illustrator: the Line Segment tool.

In this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to build a “boxed tower” illustration that interlocks with itself. And it all starts with a single line!

By Mordy Golding | Friday, June 05, 2015

The Key to Better Logo Design: Emotion

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A designer employs many skills including typography, color, layout, and tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Good designers also make good use of a pencil when sketching out ideas.

But great designers know that the majority of logo design work comes before you even lift the pencil.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Convert Corner Points to Smooth Points in Illustrator

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Want to achieve more organic-looking results in your drawings? Learn how to convert corner points to smooth points in Illustrator and get the super smooth results you’ve been looking for.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Assigning Multiple Strokes to Gradient Type in Illustrator

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Today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques tackles a question from one of Deke’s many fans:

How do you add multiple strokes and a gradient to type in Illustrator? And in general, why does Illustrator sometimes seem to ignore your instructions when it comes to type?

The trick, Deke explains, is getting Illustrator to treat the text as a type object, not individual characters.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Create a Flowering Origami Effect in Illustrator—with Deke's Techniques

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Get the look of origami—without the paper cuts.

Learn how to turn the flowering vector artwork Deke showed you how to make in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques and use Adobe Illustrator’s dynamic effects to give it an origami effect that looks hand-folded.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draw Flowering Vectors in Illustrator — with Deke's Techniques

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Numbers abound in nature, from the golden ratio to Fibonacci sequences, which is why mathematically precise patterns are so pleasing to the human eye.

Want to create your own? In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you how to create “flowering” vectors in Illustrator using some simple shapes and scaling.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Campaign Poster: Format and Copyfit Type in Illustrator

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Today is Election Day across the United States. In celebration of this great democratic process, this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques features a campaign poster for an issue we can all get behind: the elimination of man-eating spiders.

But it’s not all fun and political games. This technique will show you how to format and copyfit large display type in Illustrator, making sure that your campaign promise fills the allotted space and that your message rings loud and clear.

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