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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 03, 2014

Fitting Text to a Specific Size

Live Text Effects with InDesign

Ever see a great text treatment and wonder if it’s an image or actual live type? You too can fool the eye and create type that looks like a work of art—and then customize it to fit any frame.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adding Effects to Reverse Type

InDesign Secrets

Do you want to make your headlines pop? Reverse type—light text against a dark background—is a good design choice. Readers are predisposed to seeing dark text on a light background, so the opposite effect is quite eye-catching. Although reverse type is a pretty standard design element at this point, you can make the effect fresh again with additional ornamentation. This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to use paragraph rules (both the Rule Above and Rule Below options) to add rounded caps, cutouts, and patterns to the backgrounds behind your type. He also shows how to build the rules into a paragraph style that you can reuse again and again throughout your documents.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Creating metal type in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

Creating metal type in Photoshop

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They say you can’t improve on the classics but this week Deke dives into his archives and revisits a tutorial from the very early days of Deke’s Techniques, “Creating heavy metal type.” This is a technique his fans have asked him again and again to update, since the technique has changed so much since Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC were released. Watch the new video and learn how to build a custom pattern for “stamping out” your type and use layer styles to really make it pop out from a metallic background.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Create drippy, gooey ghost letters: Deke's Techniques

Create ghost letters

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Halloween is around the corner, but it’s not too late to create decorations and invites with the drippy, ghoulish type Deke shows you how to make in today’s episode of Deke’s Techniques. Learn to take any boring old text and turn it into bloodcurdling ghost letters with Adobe Illustrator’s path editing tools, the Roughen effect, layer styles, and a healthy dose of the Liquify filter. Watch the free video below to find out more.

By James Fritz | Friday, October 11, 2013

Create an antique pub sign: Pixel Playground

Create an antique pub sign effect

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This week’s technique will teach you how to build a hand-carved antique sign from scratch.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 27, 2013

Create a fluffy cloud effect: Pixel Playground

Creating a fluffy cloud effect

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This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to create fluffy clouds using the brush tools in Adobe Photoshop.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inserting custom text: InDesign Secrets

Inserting custom text with paragraph styles

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Did you know you can insert text before any new line with paragraph styles? The trick is to use numbered lists, and sneak the text into the numbering. This is especially useful in situations where you want to label phone numbers (as work, mobile, home, etc.) or any other information that repeats throughout your document. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to create a style, change the list type, and replace the numbering with the word, phrase, or even symbol you want to insert.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 12, 2013

Highlighting text: InDesign Secrets

Highlighting text

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Many word processors can mimic the look of highlighters—the florescent pens used to call attention to certain passages of text. InDesign doesn’t have this effect built in, but in this week’s InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to work around it. The key is creating a custom underline effect with a large, offset line weight. Watch the video below to learn the exact steps to highlighting text and building a highlighter character style so you can use the effect over and over again.

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