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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.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Create Your Own Minecraft Art

Minecraft art: a two-bladed ax

Minecraft has captured the hearts of millions of gamers, despite—or maybe because of—its simplistic and easily recognizable 8-bit style graphics.

In the game, players explore the Minecraft universe, gathering resources, crafting tools and weapons, and, of course, battling monsters.

One thing they can’t do, however, is wield the two-bladed ax shown in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Nigel French | Saturday, November 29, 2014

Design a Calendar as a Gift — with InDesign and Photoshop

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Calendars have long been a go-to holiday gift for those people in your life that “have everything.”

No matter what their field, everyone marks out their days with a calendar of one sort or another—and a custom-made wall calendar full of meaningful images will always get pride of place over its store-bought rivals.

Here’s how to design a calendar for someone special.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Create Secret Message Text with Photoshop

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Over the years, Deke has shown lynda.com members how to create metal type, slimey type, frozen type, flaming type, and even watery type. This week, in time for all the Secret Santas out there, he shows how to create secret message text: blurry text that reads like a code revealed.

And the best part? The text remains editable, even without the use of a Smart Object, so you can update your own cryptic messages on the fly.

By Justin Seeley | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Gift-Giver's Guide to the iPad Stylus & Wacom Tablet

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Finding the perfect gift for a graphic designer can be a daunting task. But chances are good that a Wacom tablet or iPad stylus is at the top of their wish list.

Here are three options for each category—from budget-friendly to luxury model—to help you choose the perfect holiday gift for your favorite designer.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Monday, November 24, 2014

Goodbye, DPS Single Edition. Hello, Fixed-Layout EPUB!

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Ask InDesign users how they can use the program to create a mobile-friendly interactive digital publication, and chances are they’ll answer “DPS” (Digital Publishing Suite). Just create a few .folios with the free DPS panels in InDesign and  you’re off to a good start—with a browser window logged in to a lynda.com DPS tutorial, of course.

But today’s announcement that Adobe is retiring DPS Single Edition—the DPS service that came free with every Creative Cloud subscription—will make those InDesign users think again. Especially since in the same breath, Adobe suggests that designers create interactive Fixed-Layout EPUBs (FXL) instead, using InDesign CC 2014.

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