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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mixing a Low-Color Photo with the Camera Raw Filter

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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

Convert Rounded Corners to Editable Paths in InDesign

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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

Drawing Custom Letters in Illustrator

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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

3 MORE Truths About Freelancing

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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

Get Consistent Colors by Sharing Swatches in InDesign

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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

Drawing Challenge: Final Day!

Day 21 (1)

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.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One Ring to Rule Them All—with Illustrator's 3D Revolve

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Learn how to create a golden ring inspired by Lord of the Rings with Illustrator’s amazing 3D Revolve command. You’ll get the first part of the technique in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, in which Deke shows how to extract the ring from a simple wedge. Then in the follow-up movie in the lynda.com library, he’ll show how to engrave it with an “Elven” script.

By Kristin Ellison | Saturday, August 30, 2014

Drawing Challenge in Action: Day 20

Day 20

Our Design content manager Kristin Ellison takes on our 21-Day Drawing Challenge and lets you see the daily results.

Today Von challenged us to go out into the world and draw what we saw for two hours.

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