By Diane Burns | Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The update of Adobe’s Creative Cloud products to CC 2015 includes many exciting new features and services. Potentially, though, the biggest game-changer is not even officially released as a final product.
Publish Online, which has been made available to the public as a “Technology Preview” or public beta, gives InDesign users a platform on which to publish directly to the web.
For the first time, documents can be created that include all of InDesign’s rich features for adding interactivity—including animations. The exciting part is that these documents can be viewed online by anyone, anywhere, and on any device.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, November 2, 2014
People come to lynda.com for different reasons. Some come to learn a particular software. Some come to master a skill. Some come to complete a project.
David Black came to learn InDesign and Photoshop for his printing business 10 years ago—and, well, he never left.
By Nick Brazzi | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I’m on the show floor this week at SIGGRAPH, and I’m seeing some really exciting technology.
SIGGRAPH is the annual computer graphics and animation conference, taking place this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s really a playground for animators, digital artists, interactive experience designers, motion graphics designers, and video producers—and I want to share with you what I’m seeing here.
By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 6, 2014
Last week Bert showed us how to create an animated theater curtain. This week we’ll learn how to add a spotlight to the scene and animate the rising of the curtain to reveal a presentation behind it.
By Kristin Ellison | Friday, May 9, 2014
This week Bert shows us how to create an animated spotlight moving across a brick wall- using nothing but Adobe Photoshop.
His first step is to create two versions of the brick wall, a lighter version that appears to be lit from below, and a darker version that appears to be lit from above. Next, he adds a black mask to the light layer, adds a circle to the mask, and fills it in with white. This creates the spotlight, which he then softens with a Gaussian blur.
By Chris Meyer | Friday, August 23, 2013
Although I’m primarily known as an Adobe After Effects user and motion graphics artist, my background is in the music industry. Over the years I’ve found a sympathy for sound to be a big benefit to video professionals: timing animations to your project’s sound increases the impact of your visuals. Inversely, strictly focusing on the visual elements of your edits without serving the sound can distract the viewer, and dilute the overall impact.
I’ve recently distilled years of experience creating visuals to sound into a two-and-a-half-hour video course of exercises and real-world examples, Editing and Animating to Sound in Adobe After Effects. I start with the basics of learning how to “read” an audio waveform to spot the timing of beats in music, and then cut video, build animations, and even drive effects using the audio in your project. I also include a list of “magic tempos” you can hand to musicians so they can create a soundtrack at a speed that makes editing and animating easier.
By Mike Rankin | Thursday, August 1, 2013
This week marks the release of the final two videos in the InDesign FX series. And to say au revoir, I have an especially fun free video to share on creating a bobblehead effect. In the video, I show how to use Adobe InDesign animation tools to make the heads of an adorable pair of furry animals gently rock back and forth, just like a real bobblehead doll.
I know it’s very unlikely that you ever wished you knew how to create this effect in InDesign. But I hope you’ll watch the video and try it out—for two reasons. First, it’s pure fun and I’m sure you can get a laugh from your friends or coworkers by turning them into bobbleheads (or try some celebrity photos as source material). Second, this silly little project serves as a reminder of the main ideas I hoped to get across in the InDesign FX series: namely, to let your imagination run free, to push your tools to make them do the unexpected, and to create memorable visuals that are easy and fun to make.
By Mike Rankin | Thursday, June 6, 2013
When it comes to graphic effects, sometimes your most impressive creative work isn’t visible on the page—it’s in the technique that made what’s on the page possible. That’s the case with this week’s FX video on using the Adobe InDesign animation tools.
In the video, I show how to make it look like one object is revolving around another. It’s a simple example with a red circle that crosses in front of a black rectangle, then reverses direction and goes behind the rectangle.
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