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[#Design] Using Color #Fonts in #Photoshop with #Fontself

Color fonts have been touted as the Next Big Thing. They aren’t universally accepted just yet, but for you early adopters, here’s a great way to build custom fonts directly inside Photoshop… Continue reading

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[#Tutorial] How to Transform an Image into a Pencil Sketch Using #Photoshop

This pencil sketch effect will add an artistic flair to any portrait or photograph in your collection!
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[Graphics Tutorial] Light Up the Night With Fireworks in Illustrator!

In this tutorial, we’ll create those colorful explosions known as fireworks – in Illustrator! Take a look.
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[#Graphics #Tutorial] Create a Lake in #Photoshop

Got a beautiful sky scene and want to reflect it off of a scenic lake? We can show you how to create your own water, even when there’s none to be found, with Photoshop!
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[#Design] Basic Tips for Color Management

In early December, a community of conference-goers explored best practices and new advances in color management at the PIA?s 2016 Color Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona. As a native Phoenician, I didn?t have to travel far for the event but quickly learned that the conference had drawn in interested attendees from every corner of the country?and beyond. John McWade presenting at the 2016 Color Conference Opening my vibrant conference schedule for the first time, I was struck by the scope of the event. There was something for everyone. The conference included a color management primer, brilliant keynote lectures, and cutting-edge product demonstrations. There were also dozens of lectures divided into five diverse tracks, including Brand & Design and Print & Production. Color enthusiast Don Hutcheson, the inventor of the G7 methodology and President of HutchColor, bookended the conference: His foundational primer set the stage for many conference sessions, and his final review session facilitated the end of the event. These sessions made it apparent that Don is an accomplished speaker with a gift for making any topic accessible and engaging to his audience. I was lucky enough to sit down with Don for an interview of my own. Though color […]
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[#Design] Using #Photoshop Templates

Do you suffer from Blank Page Syndrome like I do? Instead of staring at the void that is a new document, I often like to start with previous project as a guide, which is why I love using templates as a starting point. Photoshop CC 2017 makes that easy by providing templates and building them right into the workflow for us. When creating a new document (File > New), the re-vamped New Document dialog box includes template options. First, choose the type of document you’d like to create from the categories along the top. The first set of options are blank presets, built to size and resolution for the intended purpose. You can make any necessary changes and even save the new preset for future use by clicking the save icon on the right-hand side of the dialog box. Below the presets are several free pre-designed Adobe templates available for download. You also have the option of browsing through Adobe Stock to buy additional templates, using the search option at the bottom. Click on a template once to view information about the template, such as size, colors used, smart object info, and whether or not the sample images will be […]
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[#Graphics #Tutorial] Create a Robot in #Illustrator!

Robots are the future! We’ll draw a friendly, helpful little vector robot in Illustrator for this tutorial. We’ll work with the rectangle and ellipse tools, as well as strokes and the bulge warp effec…
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[#Graphics #Tutorial] Create a Haunted Cliff-side Castle With #Photoshop

Based on a rough sketch, we’ll develop a dark, misty, and ominous scene using multiple stock images, as well as blending, lighting, and shading techniques.
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[#Design] Illustrator’s Other Drawing Modes

If you use Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, you ought to be familiar with both stacking order and layers… Continue reading

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Drawing Instant Abstract Art in #Illustrator

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