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By Deke McClelland | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ultimate Facebook Cover Photo Guide—and Template!

Facebook cover photo

Over the past few weeks on Deke’s Techniques, I’ve been focusing on how to create an impeccable, integrated, and (dare I say) slightly ingenious Facebook cover photo — in which the cover image at the top of your Facebook page is in perfect alignment with your profile picture.

I’ve measured every angle, considered every interface element, and ultimately crafted a Photoshop template you can use for your own page. Here’s how:

By David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Magazine-Style 'Image Sandwich' in InDesign

make an image sandwich

Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?

It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Jan Kabili | Friday, May 08, 2015

After the Shoot: New Photo Tools Series Offers Quick Tips

photo tools weekly

Learn new image-editing techniques in just a few minutes each week with our new series Photo Tools Weekly.

It’s all about photography after the shoot: tips and techniques to help you work smarter in programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, and with plug-ins and lesser-known apps, too.

Each week photographer Jan Kabili will focus on a post-processing technique or powerful app you can use to enhance your photos or improve your post-capture workflow. Each movie is 10 minutes or less—bite-sized and to the point.

Jan tells us who it’s for, why she created it, and what she’ll cover:

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Handing Off Your Design to a Professional Printer

before sending your design to a professional printer ...

Last week, Deke took a design from his Creating and Adapting a Logo course and showed us how to optimize the colors for print using three Pantone-based spot colors, which he separated into three different channels in Photoshop.

This week he’ll show you how to hand off your design to a professional printer.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Create a Realistic Paper Texture in Photoshop

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Last week you re-created the imagery of most famous, priceless stamps in history: the inverted or upside down Jenny.

In this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to match the natural paper texture of the stamp—a technique that’s critical to the authenticity of the design, but will also help you learn how to create and match subtle textures on your own.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Forge a Million-Dollar Stamp in Photoshop

Forge a million-dollar stamp in Photoshop

Recreate one of most famous, priceless stamps in history—in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. The first dedicated airmail stamp, printed in 1918, is already highly collectible. But one sheet is more valuable than the rest. Due to a printing error, the plane was printed upside down, resulting in the so-called “inverted Jenny” stamp. A single stamp from this sheet now approaches the $1-million mark at auction.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Use a Preset Photoshop or Illustrator Art Path in InDesign

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Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.

You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Create 'Pinstriped' Type Like the Madonna MDNA Album

Mimic the striped type on the Madonna MDNA album

Welcome back to Deke’s Techniques. For the last two weeks, we’ve been creating an image inspired by the cover art on the Madonna MDNA album — but this week’s technique is great whether you’ve been following along or not.

The “pinstriped” type Deke creates in Adobe Photoshop looks just like the type on Madonna’s album cover, and would look just as cool in your own composition.

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