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Which Mode Do I Use in Photoshop Elements 13: Quick, Guided, or Expert?
Jan 14, 2015
This excerpt from The Photoshop Elements 13 Book for Digital Photographers shows you when to use Quick, Guided, or Expert modes in Photoshop Elements 13.
Image Editing Basics for Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
Jan 12, 2015
This lesson from Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 Classroom in a Book begins with an overview of the core concepts behind image correction, and then introduces a range of quick and easy techniques to help you get more from your photos in just a few clicks.
Take and Make Art from Donovan Beery
Jan 9, 2015
In this excerpt from Take and Make Art: Hundreds of Royalty-Free Vector Illustrations for Discriminating Designers, Von R. Glitschka shares some great spot illustrations from designer Donovan Beery.
Working with Animations in Adobe InDesign CC
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
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
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.
The Use of Repetition in Design
Dec 25, 2014
In this excerpt from The Non-Designer's Design Book, 4th Edition, Robin Williams talks about the use of repetition in design and offers many examples of effective repetition.
Three Steps to Designing Effective Logos
Dec 17, 2014
Maggie Macnab, a professional designer and educator, shows how an effective logo maximizes a client’s budget by using meaningful visual descriptors that are at once universal and concise. For the audience, this relationship translates into interesting, commonsense and sometimes surprising a-ha! connections, prompting longer viewing times and more likelihood of recall.
The Elements: Nature's Sensuality
Dec 16, 2014
In this chapter from Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design, you’ll enhance your awareness of how subtlety supports continuity between your design, color, and element—the sensibilities that underscore all relationships.
Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
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
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.
Six Tips for Creating Beautiful Color Palettes
Dec 1, 2014
Jim Krause, author of Color for Designers: Ninety-Five Things You Need To Know When Choosing and Using Colors for Layouts and Illustrations, knows a thing or two (or 95) about working with color. Learn six of his top tips for working with color in your layouts and illustrations.
Transforming Artwork in Adobe Illustrator CC
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
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.
Blending and Feathering with Pastels in Painter 2015
Nov 12, 2014
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter Wow! Book, Tenth Edition, shows how to combine pastels with the Hard Media capabilities in Corel Painter 2015 for brushes that give you richer, more expressive drawings.
Visual Design: Things you need to know. Told in Helvetica and Dingbats.
Nov 10, 2014
In this excerpt from Visual Design: Ninety-five things you need to know. Told in Helvetica and Dingbats, Jim Krause offers advice on aspects of visual design, including graphic simplication, building with shapes, thematic imagery, effects, representational art, photography, cropping and containment, and objects as windows.
Working with Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
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
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.
Practical Color Palettes for Designers
Oct 29, 2014
Whether you're working with a single color or a multi-color palette, Jim Krause offers tips on getting the most out of whatever color combinations you're using, in this excerpt from Color for Designers: Ninety-five things you need to know when choosing and using colors for layouts and illustrations.
Working with Panels in Adobe Illustrator CC (2014 release)
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.

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