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By Nigel French | Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Put Textures or Pictures Inside of Text

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Putting a picture or texture inside of letter shapes is sometimes irresistible. Remember the thrill you felt the first time you filled a word or phrase with a picture? I do—and I’ve been working to improve on it every since.

All of the Big Three—InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop—allow you to place pictures inside of text shapes in similar but sometimes confusingly different ways.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

By Nigel French | Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Design a Business Card That Gets Noticed

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With the ever-expanding number of contact addresses that we all seem to have these days, how do you manage to fit all of this information onto a business card—and have it still be readable and attractive?

I show you how to wisely choose paper, colors, imagery, and more in my Designing a Business Card course on lynda.com. But here are some tips on layout that everyone should know.

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.

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