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Create a beautifully detailed eye from an image.

Chunky, line art style portrait.

Making a geometric op-art poster with random colour fills using Illustrator’s ExtendScript toolkit.

I do love a nice text effect. Here’s some Gothic Linework Typography.

Tips & Tricks

CS6 enhancement: Image Trace.

Adding Character with the Stroke tools.



Creating Clipping Paths in InDesign.

Making PDF forms.

Tips & Tricks

CS6 enhancements: Content Collector.

CS6 enhancements: Liquid Layouts.



40 tutorials on Repairing & Colourizing old images and some retouching basics.

Tips & Tricks

CS6 enhancement: Oil Paint filter.

CS6 enhancement: more powerful Layer groups.

CS6 enhancement: Adaptive Wide Angle filter.

Cool tricks with Shadows.

And for a more detail, Understanding Inner Shadows.


Camera RAW is magic, but how much can it do?


Trends in Typography.

Design Reading List

Graphic Design: History in the Writing looks like an awesome collection of essays.

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Tips & Tricks

Multiple page sizes in a single document: Mastering the Page tool.

InDesign Keyboard shortcuts.

A years worth of Tips & Tricks from CreativePro.

Black is Black, right? Not when you’re going to print. Get a handle on the different shades of Black.


Setting up a Baseline Grid for good typography.

Where do I get such fabulous toys? Check out Noupe’s InDesign Toolbox. It’s got links to InDesign focused sites, tutorials and other resources.



Create glowing disco lines.

Make a retro triangle pattern.

Create Isometric Grid 3D lettering.

70 great tutorials for making your type pop and other tutorials to make you an Illustrator master.

Mastering your tools: 35 tutorials focusing on specific Illustrator tools.

Welcome to the 3rd dimension: create a 3D airplane.


Tips & Tricks

Fun type treatments with 3D postcards.

Using Layer Comps to improve your workflow.

Using the Lens Blur filter.

Using tools on Smart Object Layers.


Create Liquid effects.

And just in time for summer, how to create an elephant sundae.

Design Process

Thoughts on Design: Essential Reading

Keeping up on your game, a summer reading list from Frank Chimero.

Design is a job. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Branding and Logo Design

Tips for crafting the perfect logo.

More thoughts on logo design.

And a reminder that Branding is more than a Logo.

Can you use math to solve design problems? Why of course you can!

Link List, volume 28

This week I’m trying to establish a more general format for the Link Lists. I’ll present 3 or more categories relating to Graphic Design with emphasis always on the beloved Trinity of software (Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop) supported with business, inspiration and other related links.


Create a very cool badge with some creative combination of a simple blend and masks for complex details.

Getting the most out of the Blend tool.

Create a Spiral Blend.

Working with Envelope Distort.

50 tutorials to help you master Illustrator.


Creative uses of the Curves Adjustment Layer.

Creative a Film Edge Burn look with Curves.

Using Curves to control skin tone.

And a companion video to the last, Retouching Skin.

3 Ways to improve an image (or text) if you absolutely have to enlarge it.

10  photo-illustration tricks.

Business Matters: Tips for Freelancing

Is Freelancing right for you?

Resources for the new Freelancer.

How to deal with some common Freelance perceptions.

Guidelines for getting paid.

Working from home? You need to stay productive.

So you’re making money as a freelancer, now what? These tips are specific to the US, but the advice still stands no matter where you live.

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Creative Suite 6 & Creative Cloud

It’s official, Creative Suite 6 is available as of yester day (May 7) and Creative Cloud will be launched May 11 – Friday. Can’t wait.


Here are a bunch of InDesign Tips, Tricks and Tutorials that I’ve been hoarding. Time to share them.

Working with type:

Using your First Baseline to perfectly align type.

You’ve set your Baseline control, now to vertically balance columns to avoid widows & orphans.

10 tips to help you master typography.

Advanced Typography primer, covering Special Characters & Glyphs (including Keyboard Shortcuts.)

Text Wrap & Fit Content options explained.

Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

InDesign Basics: (Everything) You need to know starting out with InDesign.

Book mark this page: InDesign Magazine’s Tip of the Week.

Mastering Master Pages.

The Perfect Page: Grids that create harmony.

Building your grid: How to construct a Penguin book cover.

Mind the Gap: tools that help align your objects to the Grid.

Create a Grid on the fly using Live Distribute.

Find yourself using the same elements over and over again? You need to harness the power of Snippets.

Using Anchored Objects to make your Tables stand out.

Smart Guides, not just in Illustrator.

11 Tricks that will make you more efficient.

Some inspiring tutorials.

Magazine design tutorials.

InDesign & the Web

A web developer’s guide to InDesign as a dev tool.


Common print job templates. (envelopes, door hangers, presentation folders & more.)

Don’t know the difference between a Blind Emboss and Deboss? Check out this Print Terminology Glossary.

InDesign & Creative Cloud

CS6 feature: Content Collector tool.

CS6 feature: Liquid Layout.

Link List, volume 26

First off, I’m changing my publishing schedule: Monday Link list will now be posted on Tuesday and simply called Link List. I just like the symmetry of having regular posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays (you are checking out my weekly beer photo posts, Thirsty Thursday, right?)

This week I’m again focusing on CS6 and Creative Cloud; some my favorite feature roundups and a look at Oleg Dou, the artist responsible for the new packaging.

Enjoy and next week I’ll get back to the usual tutorials and business advice.

Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 improvements.

Top 10 Time Saving Enhancements to Layers in Photoshop CS6.

New Features and Enhancements in the Photoshop CS6 Vector Shapes Tool.

Updates to Layer Effects/ Styles in Photoshop CS6.

InDesign CS6

Alternate Layout in InDesign CS6.

Using the Content Collector Tool in InDesign CS6.

Illustrator CS6

Deep Dive on Illustrator CS6 Performance Enhancements.

Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud Feature Tour for Print Designers

Creative Cloud Feature Tour for Web Designers.

Introduction to Adobe Muse

Adobe Creative Cloud Q&A with Scott Kelby.

Artist Feature, Oleg Dou

He’s responsible for some of the imagery being used with the CS6 packaging.