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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 10, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Vertical Justification

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Let’s say you have two text blocks of different lengths. How can you unite them visually and create a consistent look and feel in your design?

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How to Draw a Penrose Triangle in Illustrator

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Last week, you created a Möbius strip in Adobe Illustrator. This week, Deke expands on this technique—expanding it into three dimensions, to be precise. Here in this movie he’ll show you how to draw a Penrose triangle — an impossible object — where each corner seems to simultaneously recede and advance toward the viewer. It’s impossible because it can’t actually be built as one solid object. But it can be drawn that way!

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 04, 2014

Creating an Open Book in Photoshop, Part I

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This week, Bert walks us through making an open book in perspective, using Photoshop.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 03, 2014

Cropping with the Paste Into Command

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InDesign is pretty intuitive, but some features aren’t obvious until you see them in action. Paste Into is one of those.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Drawing a Möbius Strip in Illustrator

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Möbius strips: the stuff of wonder. A favorite of Escher and other pop artists. The shape that launched a thousand armchair philosophers.

It’s a flat loop with two sides—but only one continuous surface. The best example is a long strip of paper, like a streamer, that is twisted once and then looped. If you were small enough (or the strip large enough) to walk along the surface, you would traverse both sides of the paper without ever crossing the edge.

This week Deke shows you how to create an even more complex variation of a Möbius strip, which wraps around on itself a total of six times.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 27, 2014

Create an Oozing Jelly Donut—Digitally

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This week, Bert walks us through turning a photo of a sugar donut into a jelly donut with a bite taken out of it.

His first step is removing the donut’s hole, so he selects the clone tool and clones from different areas of the donut to get a random effect with no duplication. Next, to create the bite effect, he clones from the background to remove that section of the donut and roughs out the edges.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mask a Caricature Against a New Background

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Last week Deke showed you how to turn a portrait into a crazy carnival-style caricature with Photoshop. This week, he’ll show you how to mask that caricature onto a more dramatic background using the Color Range command, Quick Mask mode, and a layer mask.

By Garrick Chow | Monday, June 23, 2014

Consider the Dingbat

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Most people have dozens if not hundreds of fonts installed on their computers in the form of serif, sans-serif, mono-spaced, and script fonts. But an often overlooked font type is the dingbat font.

On the computer you’re using right now, especially if you have a version of Microsoft Office installed, you probably have at least a handful of dingbat fonts available, such Webdings, Wingdings, or Zapf Dingbats.

Unlike other types of fonts, which are collections of letters, special characters, and punctuation marks, dingbat fonts are collections of unique non-letter ornaments, symbols, or shapes. You’ve most likely checked out the dingbat fonts while trying to format a document, only to quickly dismiss them when you found there were no letters in those fonts.

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