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More Painting with Photoshop's Mixer Brushes: Creating and Using Custom Brushes
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Jun 2, 2015
Photoshop is well known as a retouching software, and the application is also an art studio with brushes and paint. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shows how to use Photoshop to create a still life painting without getting your studio messy.
Impressionist Pastel Painting with Painter 2015: Loose, Luminous Pastels
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
May 26, 2015
Corel Painter 2015 gives artists the tools to create soft, glowing effects that flatter complexions and make landscape canvases look dreamy. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter Wow! Book, Tenth Edition, shares techniques for working with Painter's Pastels brushes for effects that look beautifully natural.
Fun with Particles: Painting with the Particle Brushes in Painter 2015
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Apr 30, 2015
Painter's Particle brushes deliver a range of interesting effects, including special shapes, textures, sparkles, and glows. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shares techniques for using the Particle brushes to give dynamic expression to a drawing.
Even More Sketching on the Go: Sketching en Plein Aire with the iPad and Adobe Photoshop Sketch 2.1
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Apr 14, 2015
Do you enjoy sketching outdoors? Sunny, rainy, snowy - whatever the weather, when Nature beckons, take your iPad outside and use Adobe Photoshop Sketch to draw whatever you see or feel. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, demonstrates how to bring the fun of sketching out into the open air with Adobe Photoshop Sketch 2.1.
Creating Vector Art with Adobe Shape and Adobe Illustrator
By Brian Wood
Feb 26, 2015
With the release of Adobe Shape, capturing inspiration in the form of vector art just got easier. Adobe Shape traces images you capture from different sources and the resulting vector artwork can be shared with others or brought to Illustrator and edited. In this article, web developer Brian Wood looks at how Adobe Shape works and follows an Adobe Shape to Illustrator workflow.
Top 10 Tips for Working in 3D in Photoshop
By Steve Caplin
Feb 16, 2015
Steve Caplin, author of Adobe Photoshop for 3D Design and Printing: Learn by Video, shares techniques and shortcuts for being more productive and saving time when working with Photoshop's 3D capabilities.
Creating Special Effects in Photoshop
By Glyn Dewis
Feb 12, 2015
In this chapter from The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques, Glyn Dewis shows you techniques for turning day into night, creating a cartoon/painterly effect, and making your own dust, debris, snow, and rain brushes. Plus, he shows a quick and easy black and white conversion technique, and how to fake the wet look.
A Plea for Photoshop–Browser Harmony
By Dan Rose
Feb 4, 2015
When it comes to responsive web design, using the right tool, at the right time, for the right purpose, helps us extract more out of said tool than normal. Knowing when to use Photoshop is the only thing that can logically keep it in our workflows. Using it too often, too early, or for the wrong purpose produces frustration, wasted time, and potentially wasted money, as Dan Rose explains in this chapter from Responsive Web Design with Adobe Photoshop.
Video: Top 5 Features of Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Chad Chelius
Feb 2, 2015
Adobe Certified Instructor and Learn by Video presenter Chad Chelius shares his top 5 features of Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release).
Working with Animations in Adobe InDesign CC
By Diane Burns, Sandee Cohen
Jan 1, 2015
Even if you’ve never created any sort of video or animation, it’s easy to apply motion effects to InDesign elements. Learn how in this excerpt from Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC: Moving Beyond Print to Digital.
Sketching and Modeling with Charcoal in Photoshop
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dec 30, 2014
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, demonstrates one of Photoshop's cooler capabilities: drawing with electronic "charcoal." Smudge and shadow to your heart's content. The charcoal tip even gives you the effect of wearing down as you use it!
Interview with Diane Burns and Sandee Cohen on Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC
By Sandee Cohen, Diane Burns
Dec 26, 2014
Diane Burns and Sandee Cohen, authors of Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC, answer interview questions for designers about moving from print to digital format and layout.
Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Scott Kelby
Dec 8, 2014
Scott Kelby covers cropping (which was completely overhauled in Photoshop CS6) and resizing photos in this excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 release).
Are You Tablet-Ready? Start Creating with Your New Wacom Tablet in Photoshop and Painter
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dec 3, 2014
Modern tools for digital art can be intimidating to a traditional artist. How do you actually get started using them? Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition and The Painter WOW! Book, advises on how to experiment with some of the features, so you can get past your first hesitation and start enjoying new ways to draw and paint.
Transforming Artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC
By Brian Wood
Nov 24, 2014
In this excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll create content and use it in a ticket for a sporting event. You'll learn how to add, edit, rename, reorder and navigate artboards, work with rulers and guides, move, scale, and rotate objects, reflect, shear, and distort objects, position objects with precision, position and align content with Smart Guides, use the Free Transform tool to distort an object, and create a PDF.
Photoshop's Mixer Brushes: Realistic Wet and Dry Paint Effects for Creating Luminous Images
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Nov 18, 2014
Many people think of Photoshop as a utilitarian retouching software for thinning thighs and whitening dull smiles. But Photoshop isn't just a makeup box for glamorizing photos; it's also an art studio with built-in brushes and paint. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shows how to harness the power of Photoshop to create a finished 'canvas' that delights the eye, without getting a single splotch of paint on your apron.
Working with Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Brian Wood
Nov 3, 2014
Brian Wood walks you through part of a postcard project using Adobe Illustrator CC in this excerpt from Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release).
How We Created an iOS Game for Fun and (Very Little) Profit
By Shawn Nelson
Oct 30, 2014
Shawn Nelson, author of Photoshop for Games: Creating Art for Console, Mobile, and Social Games, describes how he and a programmer pal combined their talents to go from 'We have holes' and 'We have a ball' to the addicting 'Gopher Go Boom,' an exploding-gopher game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Working with Panels in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 23, 2014
This chapter from Illustrator CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release) will help you become more intimately acquainted with the Illustrator interface features that you will be using continually as you work: the panels.
Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release)
By Sandee Cohen
Oct 16, 2014
Although InDesign is not a full-fledged drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator, you can use InDesign’s tools to create a wide variety of effects by distorting, moving, resizing, duplicating, and aligning objects. Sandee Cohen shows you how in this excerpt from InDesign CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release).

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