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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Correcting Brightness for Print — with Deke's Techniques

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When you create vibrant, continuous color artwork (like the flowering origami pattern shown in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques), you inevitably encounter problems when it comes to printing.

In particular, you might see banding in areas where colors transition and a general darkening effect. But it’s not a calibration problem; it’s a gamut problem.

The colors you see on your monitor aren’t always printable—even on sophisticated printers. When it comes down to it, you’re better off modifying the artwork than trying to tinker around with inks.

This week—free for one week only—Deke shows how to correct brightness for print by taking your vector artwork into Photoshop, where you can better isolate and control the corrections.

By John Derry | Saturday, January 24, 2015

Adding Deckled Edges to Fine-Art Paper Prints

Deckled edges are traditional on fine-art prints

The digitally driven confluence of art, photography, and ink-jet technology has resulted in an explosion of artworks on paper.

In many respects, the fine-art ink-jet print is the 21st century equivalent of a hand-produced stone lithograph. Using digital tools, photographers and artists can now create archival-quality prints for sale.

One tradition of the hand-made fine-art print is the deckled edge. Once considered an imperfection as the byproduct of the hand-made paper-making process, this feathery, unfinished edge now makes an archival ink-jet print appear even more valuable.

Here’s how to add deckled edges to your prints.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Sort Text in InDesign

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Need to alphabetize a list or sort it numerically?

You won’t find the feature in any menus, but you can sort text in InDesign with the script I introduce in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

create this origami effect in illustrator

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 06, 2015

Clearing the List of Recently Used Fonts in InDesign

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No, you have not stumbled into an episode of InDesign Secrets. This is Deke’s Techniques, and this week, Deke is tackling one of the quirks of this venerable design program in honor of his new course, Introducing InDesign.

He’s looking at the Recently Used Fonts list, introduced to the Font menu in CS6.

By Lauren Harmon | Friday, January 02, 2015

Two Ways to Create Center Guides in Photoshop

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Happy New Year! 2015 marks the fifth year of Deke’s Techniques.

To commemorate the occasion, Deke steps back and focuses on a practical Photoshop technique that’s useful for photographers, designers, and artists of all stripes: creating intersecting vertical and horizontal center guides.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tired of Lorem Ipsum? Here's More Fun Placeholder Text

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Most designers have to work with placeholder text. As useful as it is for experimenting with formatting and generating word counts for writers, the default Lorem Ipsum gets pretty dull after a while.

I have a few interesting variations to offer.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 04, 2014

All About All Caps — in InDesign Secrets

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Think “all caps” are all the same? In fact, there can be differences under the hood, which become apparent when you perform a Find and Replace.

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