Keyboard Shortcuts in Adobe Indesign

I created this infographic for Adobe Indesign keyboard shortcut keys. Indesign is the sotware that I use the most for creating layout. It is a very powerful tool but when you get ahold of it, it is very easy to use. Knowing keyboard shortcuts is essential in helping you to get through lengthy project without wasting time looking for the right key to use.

Indesign-Shortcut Keys

Let me know if this infographic is useful to you.

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Illustrator Video Tutorial- New Pencil tool

The following two parts video tutorial will teach you how to use the new Pencil tool and improved Path Segment Reshape feature in Adobe Illustrator CC.

The rebuilt Pencil tool in Illustrator CC

This video will show you the basics of the new Pencil tool. At the end of the video, you’ll see how easy it is to create fluid curves.Recent changes in the Pencil tool let you draw paths with greater precision. The Fidelity slider in the Pencil tool’s Options panel now includes an extra level of accuracy to create even smoother paths.

Illustrator Video Tutorial- Part one

http://tv.adobe.com/embed/1219/23400/

Create complex shapes and refine your illustration

Now that you learned the basics of using the pencil tool, this video will show you how to create complex shapes. Learn how to continue a path, complete a shape, and create straight and curved segments, all using the Pencil tool. You will also learn about the Path Segment Reshape feature.

Illustrator Tutorial

http://tv.adobe.com/embed/1219/23399/

Did you find these videos helpful? Let me know what you think.

 

These videos were originally posted by Kendall Plant on Adobe site.
https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/how-to/illustrator-pencil-tool.html

 

Meaning of Color in Your Design

Choosing the right color for your design is always essential. In order to create a certain effect and feel visually, you should use color wisely. Colors have special meaning attached to them, which will affect the viewer respond.

It is important to use appropriate color within you design based on the message that you are trying to convey and the feeling that you are trying to create.

I created an Infographic for some basic colors and their meaning, which hopefully help you decide easier when you design to create a certain feeling.

Have a colorful design!

Color Effects- Infographic

Keyboard Shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator

If you use Adobe Illustrator as often as I use, you know how important it is to know the short cut keys. I created a graphic with some useful keyboard short cuts that helps you when you are working on a project using Illustrator. If you practice using the shortcut more in your design it will make your life easier when you are in a tight deadline to finish a project!

You can download the graphic and use it for your personal projects.

illustrator Shortcuts

Rules of Typography

Very useful inforgraphic for typography!

Original post:
http://www.designmantic.com/blog/infographics/ten-commandments-of-typography/

First of all i want to say that I think that DesignMatic is awesome and I love their infographics and posts they make in general. With that said I personally wouldn’t choose many of the font combinations that they have endorsed on this graphic. Have a close look. When choosing a font combo it is important to not mix fonts that are too silly or whimsical. True. Also an important note is to avoid the fonts that they have listed. (payprus, comic sans, curlz, viner, etc)  Nowone likes Paypyrus for your health or nature related newsletter and we don’t need every kids event to be in Comic sans. But still the font combinations on the graphic are rather weak and only serve as a guide to help steer you in the right direction.

This is a overly simplified guide for newbies coming into the world of typography or wanting…

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Photoshop Tutorial – Combine Images with Text

Here I’ll show you how easy it is to combine an image and text to create a cool text effect in Photoshop.

Step1: Open your image in Photoshop.

I had a nice photo of a beach that I use for this tutorial; you can select any photo that you like for this tutorial.

Beach

Step 2: duplicate this layer by right clicking on the layer and select “Duplicate Layer”.

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Here how it looks like:

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Step3: Start typing a word by using your type tool. I typed the word BEACH.

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Step 4: Go to your layers panel and move this text layer below the layer that you copied in the step 2 (you can do this by dragging the layer and moving it down).

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Step 5: You realize that you can’t see you text now because the copied image layer is covering it now.

Here is the fun part:
Bring you cursor right between the top image layer and your text layer, hold down Alt/Option key and click the line between the two layers in the Layers Panel to clip the image to the text. You will realize that the top image layer will change to a shape (with an arrow pointing down) like the image below:

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This shows that your image is clipped to the text.

Step6: Now just select the top image layer and move it around. You should see the cool image effect appears through your text layer.

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

How to make a brochure with InDesign

If you are a designer, you are well aware that Adobe has moved to Creative Cloud and there are no more new versions of the software. I use Adobe InDesign CC quite often for creating layouts. I like InDesign because of its power and flexibility for designing creative layouts. I found the below video tutorial very helpful, which uses the newest version of InDesign for creating a double sided Tri-Fold Brochure.

 

The Video tutorial is done by Nathan Brutzman. To watch the next parts of this tutorial and also downloading the sample files for practice, please visit:
https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/how-to/make-brochure.html