Link List, volume 27

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.

Monday Link List, volume 25

There really is only one topic today, Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud.

Here’s a round-up of all you need to know:

Adobe TV: CS6 & Creative Cloud Feature Tour.

Adobe Creative Suite 6.

Adobe Creative Cloud.

Terry White’s Tech Blog.

Computer Arts, CS6: The Creative Pro’s Guide.

Creative Bloq, Adobe CS6 review. I like that they list hardware specs too.

What do I think?

I love the productivity enhancements (Illustrator’s new Pattern Tool & Gradient on a Stroke), I love the integration of the apps and Creative Cloud and exporting from Flash to HTML5. I worry that forcing people into an integrated workflow will make for lazy decisions – do it the way the software supports or the specific tool works – instead of building and exploring other options or more manual approaches. Innovation and stylistic discoveries happen when the presets are exhausted and the creative is forced to make things happen and discover unrealized combinations and processes. That said, once you get to the end of the road as defined by the  toolsets of CS6, I hope for a brave new world of creative expression, enabled by the previously mention productivity and tool enhancements – now that the tools do so much, it gives creatives the time to push them further.