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The 46 Rules of Genius: Rule 6: Frame Problems Tightly
By Marty Neumeier
Jun 10, 2014
Learn what geniuses have discovered throughout the centuries: A problem well-framed is a problem half-solved.
Design Fundamentals: Color Names And Classifications
By Rose Gonnella, Max Friedman
Jun 9, 2014
Rose Gonnella and Max Friedman illustrate (literally!) the concepts of color identity systems, the Hexidecimal, and color properties.
The 46 Rules of Genius: Rule 4: See What's Not There
By Marty Neumeier
Jun 9, 2014
To find out what’s not there, look for the job not done, the road not taken, the product not made. These are the magic glasses that let you see the invisible and conceive the inconceivable. 
The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe® Photoshop®: Gradient Fill Vignette
By Scott Valentine
Jun 3, 2014
Learn this amazingly fast and flexible vignette technique.
The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe® Photoshop®: Color Correction Curves
By Scott Valentine
Jun 2, 2014
Many times an image will need just a little color correction and not much else. While you can employ several methods to do this, using a Curves adjustment layer can be a quick solution that gives you some flexibility without overwhelming you with options.
Making a Picture into a Puzzle in Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
By Adobe Creative Team
May 28, 2014
This excerpt from Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use the Puzzle Effect Guided Edit to turn a photo into a jigsaw puzzle.
Using Qualitative Research to Inform a Customer-Centric Design
By Michael Krypel
Apr 23, 2014
This chapter from Refining Design for Business: Using analytics, marketing, and technology to inform customer-centric design discusses several types of qualitative research and shows how they can be used to generate test ideas while providing insights that will help guide the business in an evolving marketplace.
Sidestepping the Banana Skins: How to Avoid Common Type Mistakes in InDesign
By Nigel French
Apr 16, 2014
Don't make yourself easy prey for the type pedants out there who will mock you for using an opening quote mark instead of an apostrophe. While rules are made to be broken, Nigel French, author of InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, 3rd Edition, offers ten rules of InDesign type that should (almost) never be broken.
Getting Down & Dirty with Corey Barker: Corey's Favorite Photoshop Tricks
By Corey Barker
Mar 17, 2014
Corey Barker, author of Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 2, shares some of his favorite Photoshop tricks.
Working with Leading in Adobe InDesign
By Nigel French
Mar 10, 2014
Nigel French discusses leading—the space between lines of type— in this excerpt from InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, 3rd Edition. Nigel talks about how much is enough, screen leading, auto leading, and consistency.
Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers: Playing with Photographs
By Corey Barker
Mar 6, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume 2, Corey Barker takes photos from some of well known photographers and runs them through the creative ringer to see what comes out.
Photoshop CC Update: Linked Smart Objects
By Dan Moughamian
Feb 21, 2014
Photoshop educator Dan Moughamian brings you up to date on another new feature that’s part of the Photoshop 14.2 update, available to Creative Cloud subscribers. Smart Objects have always been a valuable part of the Photoshop workflow, whether you're a graphic artist or photographer. However, (embedded) Smart Objects can have a downside in that they can substantially increase the file size of your documents. Dan shows you how Smart Objects just got smarter, allowing images to be linked to one another rather than being embedded, providing several advantages.
My Favorite Iconic Designs for the Olympics
By John Clifford
Feb 17, 2014
John Clifford, the author of Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design, talks about some of his favorite designers of Olympic icons.
Photoshop CC Update: Perspective Warp
By Dan Moughamian
Feb 7, 2014
Photoshop instructor Dan Moughamian walks you through the Perspective Warp command, the latest addition to Photoshop's arsenal of image transformation tools. Rather than being focused solely on image correction tasks (such as straightening lines), Perspective Warp also allows you to make subtle changes to the camera's viewpoint. This innovation, as well as other new features and JDI enhancements, are available as part of the Photoshop 14.2 update on Creative Cloud.
Top 10 New Features in Adobe Illustrator CC 17.1 (January 2014)
By Brian Wood
Feb 5, 2014
Brian Wood loves the handy new (and often long-awaited) features in Illustrator Creative Cloud (CC). In this article he shows you what they are and how to use them.
edIT: Using Quick, Guided, and Expert Editing in Photoshop Elements 12
By Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
Jan 29, 2014
Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski explain the different editing modes in Elements—Quick, Guided, and Expert—and show you how to use each one.
Nikita Prokhorov’s Ambigram of the Month: Practice Makes Perfect
By Nikita Prokhorov
Jan 23, 2014
Regardless of your individual approach or what field you happen to work in, practice always makes perfect, as Nikita Prokhorov shows you in his latest ambigram.
Getting to Know Analog Efex Pro from the Google Nik Collection
By John Batdorff
Jan 21, 2014
Google's Nik Collection has expanded its suite of plugins while paying homage to its analog past with the release of Analog Efex Pro. John Batdorff describes how the plugin is chock full of great effects and why it should be a part of any photographer's digital toolbox.
Scott Kelby on Photoshop for Lightroom Users: Retouching Portraits
By Scott Kelby
Jan 20, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop for Lightroom Users, Scott Kelby shows you how to do simple photo retouching in Lightroom, and then shows you more advanced retouching techniques in Photoshop.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Image Editing Basics
By Adobe Creative Team
Dec 31, 2013
This lesson 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.

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