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By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making a Long Shadow in InDesign or Illustrator

Create a trendy long shadow

The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.

Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.

But this week’s InDesign Secrets shows you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.

By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Photoshop an Underwater Shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Enhancing a shot from the GoPro HERO Black

Deke McClelland has been diving and shooting underwater photography for over 20 years. This year, he brought a GoPro HERO Black to Honduras, where he shot most of the images featured in his course, Enhancing Underwater Photographs in Photoshop.

This little camera doesn’t auto-adjust images on the go. But this is good news for videographers and photographers.

Without in-camera corrections, you have all the data you need to properly adjust the image in Camera Raw and Photoshop. And Deke shows you how in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 09, 2015

Using Word and InDesign Together: Avoiding Glitches

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I’m on a mission to save InDesign users from the nightmare we know as Word formatting.

I have a whole course on it: Using Word and InDesign Together. But those of you with only a few minutes to spare can watch this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, where I share fixes for the most annoying Word formatting glitches.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Create a Realistic Paper Texture in Photoshop

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Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.

In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Getting Creative with Brainstorming Buff Stefan Mumaw

brainstorming and creativity czar Stefan Mumaw

The creative director at a Kansas City ad agency, Stefan Mumaw has written several books on creativity and authored lots of short, inspiring courses for lynda.com on brainstorming and creativity.

He knows you think that creativity is a talent that can’t be learned. But he thinks you’re wrong.

Find out how you can generate better ideas—and why neither houseflies nor mailmen can thwart a lynda.com video shoot:

By Mary Jane Begin | Sunday, April 05, 2015

Meet Our Doyenne of Design: Mary Jane Begin

illustrator Mary Jane Begin

A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design for over 20 years, Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author known especially for her children’s picture books. She also works with advertising for Hasbro and Disney.

Here, Mary Jane talks about her newest course, Elements of Composition for Illustrators, tells us the most surprising feedback she’s heard from a lynda.com member—and shares what she learned from an 80-year-old in sensible shoes.

By Peni Acayo | Sunday, March 29, 2015

7 Brainstorming Tips: Generate Ideas that Solve Problems

brainstorming tips

Stuck in a rut? Facing a creative problem and fresh out of ideas?

That can be frustrating—even defeating. But sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective from someone else to inspire new ideas.

Brainstorming, or bringing a group of people together to generate problem-solving ideas, is a great tactic. Rather than finding one single answer to a question, the goal is to produce as many ideas as possible.

Here are 7 brainstorming tips to get the most out of your next idea session.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Create 'Pinstriped' Type Like the Madonna MDNA Album

Mimic the striped type on the Madonna MDNA album

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.

The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.

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