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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).
10 Practical Logo Design Tips
By David Airey
Oct 14, 2014
David Airey, author of Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities, 2nd Edition, shares ten tips that will help you think about how to design better logos.
Working with the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-in in Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 9, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release), you’ll learn about the Camera Raw tools and tabs; choose workflow options for Camera Raw; apply cropping and straightening; and correct photos for defects, such as poor contrast, under- or overexposure, color casts, blurriness, geometric distortion, and noise. You will also learn how to enhance your photos with special effects, such as a vignette, grain texture, or tint; retouch blemishes; access Camera Raw controls from Photoshop; save and synchronize Camera Raw settings among related photos; then finally, open your corrected photos into Photoshop.
Using Photoshop to Create Art for a Mobile Game
By Shawn Nelson
Sep 30, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop for Games: Creating Art for Console, Mobile, and Social Games, you will examine the process of making a mobile game. Mobile and social games are closely related in content size, and somewhat in style, but they have each evolved into their own separate spaces.
Sketchnote Planning: Techniques for Taking Visual Notes You Can Use Anywhere
By Mike Rohde
Sep 23, 2014
Sketchnotes are well suited for planning. This excerpt from The Sketchnote Workbook: Advanced techniques for taking visual notes you can use anywhere shows you how you can use them to plan ahead visually for projects like simple task lists, family vacations, work assignments, and more.
David Airey on Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Brand Identity Design Project
By David Airey
Sep 22, 2014
Without knowing specific details of your client’s business, his reasons for seeking a brand identity, and his expectations of the process and final design, you can’t possibly be successful with the project. In this chapter from Logo Design Love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities, 2nd Edition, David Airey shows you how to lay the groundwork to achieve project success.
A Sample Independent Contractor Agreement for Designers
By Shel Perkins
Sep 17, 2014
In this excerpt from Talent is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers, 3rd Edition, Shel Perkins offers a sample independent contractor agreement that you can use when subcontracting with design firms and ad agencies.
Layer Basics in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Andrew Faulkner, Brie Gyncild
Sep 9, 2014
In this excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you will learn how to work with layers in Adobe Photoshop CC.
The 46 Rules of Genius: Rule 29: Invest in Your Originality
By Marty Neumeier
Aug 21, 2014
Originality is the ability to dream, to disassociate your thoughts from the linear and logical and end up someplace new. And like many skills that were once thought to be inborn, it must be learned.
Working with Objects in Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release)
By Kelly Kordes Anton, John Cruise
Aug 19, 2014
In this lesson from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you’ll work on a pair of spreads that make up a four-page newsletter. You’ll add text and images and make several modifications to the objects on the two spreads.
Five Critical Techniques for Creating Seamless Photoshop Composites
By Bret Malley
Aug 13, 2014
Bret Malley, author of Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop, enjoys creating digital composites that sometimes seem to turn reality upside-down. Learn five of his techniques for using Photoshop's digital sleight-of-hand to create results that can blow your mind.
Cinereous, Cochineal, Cerulean: 10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Color Theory
By Rose Gonnella
Aug 7, 2014
What jumps into your mind on reading this author's first name? Rose Gonnella, co-author of Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color Theory, says that many of your synapses would have sparked at seeing the color name 'rose.' Whether your mental image leans more toward blushing pink or velvety red, color is constantly affecting you and the world around you. See it in a new light.
Photoshop CC (2014 release) Visual Quick Start: Refocusing
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Jul 28, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release), you’ll blur areas of an image using the Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift, Path Blur, and Spin Blur filters (collectively called the Blur Gallery). And you will apply sharpening via the Smart Sharpen, Unsharp Mask, and Shake Reduction filters, and via the Sharpen tool.
An Interview with Rose Gonnella and Max Friedman on Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color Theory
By Peachpit, Max Friedman, Rose Gonnella
Jul 23, 2014
Peachpit tries (and mostly fails) to get straight answers from Rose Gonnella and Max Friedman, co-authors of the gorgeous and witty new book, Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color Theory.
The Photoshop Elements Secret to Fixing Group Shots
By Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
Jul 7, 2014
With Photoshop Elements’ Group Shot feature, as long as you have a few photos to choose from, you can create the perfect group photo, even if someone has their eyes closed.
Designing Type and Layout in Adobe Illustrator
By Sharon Steuer
Jun 23, 2014
This chapter from The Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book for CS6 and CC focuses on tips and tricks related to working with the type tools, as well as design and layout.
Getting to Know Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release)
By Kelly Kordes Anton, John Cruise
Jun 23, 2014
In this excerpt from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), Kelly Kordes Anton and John Cruise get you up to speed with Adobe InDesign CC (2014 release).
Printing a 3D File in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Brie Gyncild, Andrew Faulkner
Jun 23, 2014
This excerpt from  Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release) shows how you can create 3D objects in Photoshop—or import 3D objects that have been created elsewhere—and print them directly from Photoshop.
Favorite Adjustment Layers and Filters for Compositing in Adobe Photoshop
By Bret Malley
Jun 19, 2014
This chapter pushes deep into Bret Malley's four favorite adjustment layers (along with their subterranean features), as well as the Photoshop filters that he finds come in most handy for composite work.
The 46 Rules of Genius: Rule 18: Don't Be Boring
By Marty Neumeier
Jun 11, 2014
The element of surprise is the most powerful weapon in the creative arsenal. It confounds our expectations and rivets our attention. It makes competing stimuli fade into the background as we focus on what suddenly seems important.

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