By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Get prints of classic paintings for your home—without resorting to thievery or forgery—in this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.
Deke explains the law behind reproductions of works that have fallen out of copyright, like the 1435 painting featured in this video, Saint George Killing the Dragon. The painting itself belongs to the Chicago Institute of Art, where Deke snapped a picture of it, but the image—well, as Deke says, the image “belongs to everybody!” So your conscience can rest easy following along with the instructions in this video.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 18, 2014
One of the most common problems designers find in InDesign layouts they receive is inconsistent text styling.
For every type of formatting in your documents, there should be a corresponding paragraph or character styles. Unfortunately, many times editors will simply override the style and apply italics, emphasis, or some other formatting locally. But when you open the Character Styles panel, those little “Override” pluses are the last thing you want to see.
Luckily, there are two ways to find and fix local formatting—even in an extremely long document—in InDesign.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Learn how to revive a photo that has an inspired composition but lackluster color in this episode of Deke’s Techniques.
In this video, Deke uses a photo of his beautiful companion seated under a jaw-dropping red-rock arch.
The only problem? The color is a little dull.
However, using two passes of the Camera Raw filter, Deke is able to convert the image to black and white and then reinstate the color selectively, resulting in a cool, steely looking photograph, worthy of printing at a poster size.
By David Blatner | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Live Corners allow you to apply corners to almost any object in InDesign. You can access this feature through the Object > Corner Options menu or through the menus in the Control panel.
My favorite way, as shown in today’s InDesign Secrets, involves invoking Live Corner mode with the Selection tool.
By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Get fired up! It’s time to create your own hand-drawn, custom-made letters in Illustrator.
Deke McClelland, the mind and the master behind Deke’s Techniques, shows how to take a comic book caption (“Fire up!”) that he sketched in pen, bring it into Illustrator, and trace the letters—keeping them nice and consistent along the way.
By Terry Lee Stone | Tuesday, September 09, 2014
At some point, most creative people do a little freelancing. Even if you have another job, freelancing is a great way to hone your talents further and make some extra money. I recently shared my 3 Truths About Freelancing—but the story doesn’t end there.
Here are three more important lessons I’ve learned as a freelancer:
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 04, 2014
Color consistency across related InDesign documents—like, say, a media packet for a client—is critically important.
But how do you get the colors you’re using in one document over to another?The secret (the InDesign Secret!) lies in swatches.
By Kristin Ellison | Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.
On the final day of our 21-Day Drawing Challenge, we were asked to do a self-portrait.
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