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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Create the Look of Chiseled Letters in Photoshop

Create a chiseled letters effect in Photoshop

Welcome to another installment of Deke’s Techniques. This week Deke shows how to take some plain, unassuming type and “chisel” it with Photoshop.

Even though the final effect appears carved in stone, the text remains fully editable, thanks to Photoshop’s Smart Objects and Smart Filters.

By Kristen Fischer | Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to Become a Graphic Designer: Follow These Steps

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Having a career in the arts doesn’t mean you have to be a starving artist. Becoming a graphic designer is a viable creative career that allows you to express your artistic superpowers and pay the bills.

Whether you’re an independent contractor, or work for a creative agency, or nab a job at a company, it takes more than an eye for design to launch a flourishing career as a graphic designer.

Here’s how to become a graphic designer — with help from lynda.com.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Typekit Fonts in Your InDesign Documents

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When I’m designing a layout, I like to experiment with a lot of different typefaces.

Luckily, as a Creative Cloud member, hundreds of fonts are available to me via Typekit, Adobe’s font service. It’s like being a kid in a candy store!

I can browse fonts, search for fonts with specific properties, and sync fonts to my computer, where they are automatically installed on the operating system level.

But what happens to Typekit fonts when you need to share your file?

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using InDesign Master Pages for Long Documents

InDesign master pages

Imagine you’re a designer laying out a 500-page book in InDesign, with all kinds of page types—various front matter, end matter, body text, chapter openers, etc.

Would you try to build each of those pages manually, starting with a blank page every time? Or would you reach for a tool that would allow you to easily create all those pages with the speed and consistency of professional-quality work?

Fortunately, just such a tool exists in InDesign: master pages.

In this article, I’m going to show you how InDesign master pages work.

You can also watch my lynda.com course Creating Long Documents with InDesign CC for a complete long-document workflow—including how to use master pages.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deke's Techniques: A Romantic Island for Valentine's Day

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic of holidays, Deke takes the silky smooth photograph of the island he distilled from grainy GoPro footage in last week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, and fine-tunes it in Photoshop CC.

The result? A romantic landscape that will carry you away… even in the dead of winter.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 05, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Clear Text and Images from a Document

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Sometimes you want to use one layout as the starting point for the next, and you need to get rid of text and graphics while keeping all your frames.

In this short InDesign Secrets episode, I’ll give you a few tips for deleting content quickly.

By Starshine Roshell | Thursday, February 05, 2015

Author Spotlight: Typography Whiz Ina Saltz

Ina Saltz

Get to know the art director, designer, writer, photographer, and professor who teaches our Foundations of Typography series.

A former design director at Time Magazine, Ina Saltz authored the Body Type books on typographic tattoos and co-authored the award-winning book Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History and Practice of Typography.

Her favorite typefaces are Requiem, Bickham Script, and Franklin Gothic No. 2, and her favorite characters are &, Q, Z, and R.

In this Q&A, Ina tells us about her favorite teachers (she worked with Hermann Zapf!), and why typography matters.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Smoothing Grainy Images with Photoshop Stack Modes

Smooth a grainy image like this one with Photoshop stack modes

Need to salvage grainy video from your GoPro camera or smartphone? In this week’s Deke’s Techniques, you’ll see how to smooth away the visual noise from low-light or low-quality movies and walk away with a single stunning image, using Photoshop stack modes.

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