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Author Talk: Scott Valentine on the Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop (Podcast Transcript)
By Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel, Scott Valentine
Sep 18, 2012
Peachpit Press publisher Nancy Ruenzel talks to award winning photographer Scott Valentine about his new book, "The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop." Often photographers and Photoshop users are stumped by blend modes. Scott discusses why blend modes are so hard to understand despite being an essential tool for photographers an digital artists.
Corral Your Styles with Dreamweaver's CSS Visualization Tools
By Tom Negrino
Sep 13, 2012
Using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with Dreamweaver provides detailed control of the design and display of your web pages, but hidden rules underlying the styles might prevent you from getting the effect you really want. Fortunately, Dreamweaver offers some powerful tools for working with CSS. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, explains how to use Dreamweaver's visualization tools to make CSS behave.
UI Design with Adobe Illustrator CS6, Part 3: Visualizing Interactions with Animation
By Rick Moore
Sep 10, 2012
Rick Moore, author of UI Design with Adobe Illustrator, takes us on a whirlwind run through creating animations to test interactions in Illustrator. Hold onto your hat!
UI Design with Adobe Illustrator CS6, Part 2: Creating Vector Icons
By Rick Moore
Sep 3, 2012
Wish you had an efficient way to create custom icons in multiple sizes for use on your websites and in your applications? Adobe Illustrator CS6 grants you the power, as demonstrated by Rick Moore, author of UI Design with Adobe Illustrator.
Attitude Adjustment: Camera Raw's Adjustment Tools
By Scott Kelby
Aug 27, 2012
Scott Kelby talks about the adjustment tools in Camera Raw, including dodging and burning, retouching portaits, fixing skies, fixing color problems, reducing noise, special effects using Camera Raw, and some Photoshop killer tips.
UI Design with Adobe Illustrator CS6, Part 1: Flipping Wireframes
By Rick Moore
Aug 27, 2012
Adobe Illustrator makes it easy to create wireframes and then seamlessly flip them to final art. Rick Moore, author of UI Design with Adobe Illustrator, demonstrates how to use Illustrator's symbols, graphic and character styles, and the Find Font tool to turn a sample user interface wireframe into a presentation-ready design.
The Building Blocks of UI Design with Adobe Illustrator
By Rick Moore
Aug 23, 2012
This chapter takes a look at the basic features that Illustrator provides for the building blocks of UI design.
Color Correction and Enhancement in Adobe Photoshop CS6
By Richard Harrington
Aug 16, 2012
By analyzing the most important tools in Photoshop and determining in which situations they might help you, you can achieve a more thorough understanding of color correction.
How to Use Filters in Photoshop CS6
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Aug 16, 2012
Learn some cool techniques for applying filters in Photoshop CS6, including using the Filter Gallery and Smart Filters, and use filters to make a photo look like an oil painting or tinted drawing.
Building Better Websites with Dreamweaver Site Definitions
By Tom Negrino
Aug 9, 2012
To set up a new website with Dreamweaver, you have to begin by creating a site definition. Though Dreamweaver makes setup easy, it has some pitfalls that can trip up the unwary. Tom Negrino, coauthor of Dreamweaver CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide, guides us step by step through the process of site definition.
The Hidden Power of Photoshop Blend Modes: A Recipe for Hard Mix Contrast
By Scott Valentine
Aug 1, 2012
Scott Valentine shows you how to use this method to increase contrast and saturation in otherwise dull images. However, it can quite easily blow out highlights, and darker images will tend to oversaturate in some areas.
Why Adobe InDesign CS6 Is Now the Best Desktop Typesetting Program
By Olav Kvern, David Blatner, Bob Bringhurst
Jul 24, 2012
In this chapter, you'll learn about InDesign’s typesetting features including character formatting, paragraph formatting, and formatting using character and paragraph styles.
Working withTabs and Indents in Adobe InDesign
By Robin Williams
Jul 9, 2012
Robin Williams explains that tabs and indents in InDesign are extremely dependable and reliable and logical (yes, logical). So this chapter teaches you how to take advantage of their dependability.
Transparency: Working with Effects in Adobe InDesign CS6
By Adobe Creative Team
Jun 11, 2012
You can apply transparency by using the nine transparency effects in InDesign. This excerpt from Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how.
Creating a Horizontal Layout in Adobe InDesign CS6
By Adobe Creative Team
Jun 7, 2012
Learn how to create an alternate layout in Adobe InDesign CS6 for the landscape (horizonal) orientation that you'll need for a mobile device’s multiple orientations.
Removing Distortions with the Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop CS6
By Dan Moughamian
Jun 7, 2012
Photoshop CS6 offers improvements across the full spectrum of photographic workflows. In this article, Dan Moughamian discusses the Adaptive Wide Angle (AWA) filter, which you can use to modify the different types of lens distortions (like a fisheye distortion) that may be present in your pictures.
Adobe Flash CS6 Classroom in a Book: Creating a Home Button with Code Snippets
By Adobe Creative Team
May 30, 2012
In this excerpt from Adobe Flash Professional CS6 Classroom in a Book, you'll learn to use the Code Snippets panel to add ActionScript to your project.
Creating and Applying Paragraph and Character Styles in Adobe InDesign CS6
By Adobe Creative Team
May 9, 2012
This excerpt from Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how to create and apply paragraph and character styles.
How to Use the Field Blur Filter in Photoshop CS6
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
May 9, 2012
This excerpt from Photoshop CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide shows you how to use the Field Blur filter, which is handy when you need the most flexibility and control in blurring specific areas of an image while keeping other (more important) areas in sharp focus.
Using the Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
May 9, 2012
This excerpt from Photoshop CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide shows you how to reset the Crop Box and choose preview, shield, and overlay options from the Crop Tool.

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