» InDesign Page Layout Tutorials and Resources

Post to be modified in the future as I find new links.

InDesign Secrets (articles, magazine, tutorials)

What Is An Interactive PDF? (2017) – via Creative Studios

✦ Top 5 FREE InDesign Template Resources (2016) – via Creative Studios

✦ Understanding the First Baseline Position of Text

 Five Ways to Get Pie Charts Into InDesign

✦ Creating a rich black swatch – via Lynda.com (video tutorial)

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» Photoshop Textures, Actions, Brushes, Plug-Ins and Free Stock Photos

This is a post always open to being modified as I find new links to add to it.

I would like to focus on freebies, but some of the material below might come at cost. I will try to note (maybe with a dollar sign, $, which ones are not freebies).

I am maintaining this list for myself, based on products, brushes, plug-ins or stock photos I find attractive, or perceive as being useful, and not necessarily for a broader audience.

For now:

✦ 18 Free Ice and Water Textures / Stock Photography

✦ ($) Fire Photoshop Action (via Graphic River. Cost: $6.00)

✦ ($)  Rusted Sign Mockups (via Media Loot. Cost: $6.00)

 75 High Quality Watercolor Photoshop Brushes (Vol.2) (via Inspiration Hut)

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» Various Photoshop Tutorials – Special Effects, Text Effects, or Practical Help

Photoshop Tutorials

This post is under construction. I’ll add more links as I find them (ones that I find interesting or helpful)

Text Effects

✦ Create A Simple Fiery Text Effect

 (also Blue Print text effect, floral text effect, more)

✦ 15 Amazing Text Effects Photoshop Tutorials for Designers

electrified; chalk board; inflated, metallic (balloon looking); text on foggy window; glitter glue; sparkling glass; lightning; leafy text; multi-color fire – and more

✦ How to Create Glitter Gold Text Effect

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» Photoshop Tutorial: Halftone Background / Outline / Effect

You don’t need to use a cartoonish image as I have done in this post, for this example. Any image will do; it can be a realistic image. I worked on the following image at 72 ppi (pixels per inch, RGB mode).

You will need to have whatever image you want to use cut out from the background for this to work.

The end result should look something like this shark image below – a halftone pattern around or behind the shape:

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Finished result: Shark drawing with Halftone outline / effect; Halftone effect created in Photoshop

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» Vector Tutorials from Different Sources

This will be an on-going post, meaning, any time I come across a new vector tutorial I really like, I’ll edit this post to link to it.

Some of the tutorials have practical uses, others are just pure eye candy or for fun.

★ VecTips

★ Learn Adobe Illustrator – by Envato

★  26 Best Adobe Illustrator Portrait Tutorials

★ 120+ of the Best Illustrator Tutorials EVER!

★ 68 Finest Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

★ 42 Best Illustrator Tutorials

20 Illustrator Tutorials – Learn to Make Fabulous Vector Graphics

Includes but is not limited to:

how to create vector glass objects / simple menu bar / draw a realistic cassette tape / design an isometric infographic / create old cinema ticket / create geometric – WPAP portrait

From EnvatoTuts:

★ Design & Illustration Tutorials > Adobe Illustrator

✦ Create a Burning, Vector Match Using Gradient Meshes

✦ How to Create a Simple Geometrical Pattern in Adobe Illustrator 

✦ How to Create Animated Vector Icons in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

✦ How to Create a Blueprint Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator 

✦ How to Scale Icons Correctly in Adobe Illustrator

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» Photoshop Tutorials for Extracting Fine Detail Areas (such as hair) from Backgrounds – for Photoshop CC and Earlier Releases

Depending on what version of Photoshop you are using, there are different ways to extract fine selections, such as hair or fur, from a background.

Somewhere along the way, around version CS5 or CS6, Adobe put a new selection tool or menu item in Photoshop that makes removing detailed areas from backgrounds much easier.

Yet another source says that Refined Edge was introduced in version CS3. That same source also says:

 In Photoshop CS4 you can access Refine Edge through the new Adjustments panel (Black & White Adjustment Layers).

I personally own an older version of Photoshop, version CS4, and if I am understanding all these tutorials and articles correctly, versions of Photoshop prior to CS5 or 6 lack Smart Radius and Edge Selection choices in the Refine Edge dialog box.

Adobe Photoshop version history (via Wikipedia)

Version CS4 – released 2008

Version CS5 – released 2010

Version CS6 – released 2012

Version CC – released 2014

Here, I am compiling a list of links to tutorials – both posts and videos – that demonstrate how to remove detailed areas from backgrounds.

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» Large Scale Design – Billboards etc (Tutorial Links)

Large Scale Design – Billboards etc (Tutorial Links)

I will update this post as I find new links. If you are a visitor to this blog and know of any good tutorials, please feel free to leave comments on this post with links to those. I  would appreciate it, and maybe any visitors to this blog would find it helpful.

I don’t have any experience in designing billboards – design, yes; I know how to use Photoshop and so on, but I’m not aware of the technical aspects involved in creating designs specifically for billboards (or other very large formats), and I’ve been seeing more and more graphic design job wanted ads asking for designers to create billboards as part of the job description.

The links to the tutorials:

Billboard Designing: Why design at higher resolution instead of the actual, lower print resolution?

Designing large scale projects—trade shows and billboards: beginner tips and tricks

Excerpts:

So then, what size imagery is necessary? 

Well, they still need to be rather large in file size, but most request a file to be designed using anywhere from 100dpi-150dpi (depending on project/printer specs). This is the case for any image that is created using the pixel based design program, Adobe Photoshop.

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