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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 13, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Creative Uses for InDesign Slug Guides

InDesign slug guides are often overlooked but easy to access

You may know and use bleed guides, but do you use InDesign slug guides?

The slug area is one of the most overlooked features in InDesign, but it’s incredibly easy to enable and access.

I’ll show you some creative ways to use it in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Using Photoshop CC’s new Flame Generator

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New in Photoshop CC 2014.1, and created by the geniuses at Adobe’s Imagination Lab, the flame generator packs a lot of options and sliders into one little dialog box.

But if you know how to adjust them, you can create flaming type and illustrations quicker than ever before.

By John Derry | Saturday, November 08, 2014

Transform a Photo into a Digital Painting —as a Holiday Gift

Make a digital painting from a portrait

When it comes to giving gifts, everyone knows that a nice photographic portrait can make a great personalized present.

But I’m going to show you how to take that portrait a step further—and turn it into a painted interpretation.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Campaign Poster: Format and Copyfit Type in Illustrator

Format and copyfit type in Illustrator for a campaign poster

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.

By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 31, 2014

Treat Your Halloween Pix to These Photoshop Tricks

Transform your Halloween photos into ghoulish visions

It’s Halloween! Plenty of pictures will be taken of this year’s pageantry and frights—and there’s plenty of techniques you can employ to give your pictures a haunting Halloween edge.

Here are five Photoshop tricks to make your Halloween photos a treat.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Create and Control Your Presentations in InDesign

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Many designers are called upon to give presentations. But instead of creating a PowerPoint or Keynote deck, or even a custom PDF, I suggest you present from the software you know best: InDesign.

In this video, I provide a bunch of handy tips for setting up and delivering your presentation in InDesign.

By Terry Lee Stone | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Designers: Why Bother with a Creative Brief?

creative brief

When it comes to creative work, a good creative brief is the foundation for success.

It provides a solid understanding of the client, fully describes the assignment, and is a map for your creative approach on the project. The document clearly states the client’s needs and expectations, and how this particular project will address them.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enhance Your Trick or Treat Photos with These Photoshop Tips

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Taking photos of the kids before they go out to trick or treat?

In this Deke’s Techniques tutorial, Deke shows how to take the low-res, grainy, and washed-out trick or treat photos you typically get from a smartphone, and using Photoshop to turn them into fully developed photos with a rich depth of field—all while adding a little more realism to your kid’s costume, like the Joker featured in this technique.

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