» Print, Pre-Press, Color Management, Color Matching, Resolution

Any and all print related articles I find helpful will be posted to this blog post as I come across them. This post may be amended in the future to add new links.

Print Production Fundamentals, intro | lynda.com – You Tube

Print production: What it is, and how it works | lynda.com – YouTube (Part 2)

New Rules for Printing (2016) (via InDesign Secrets magazine; article by Claudia McCue)

Color 

Color Matching Systems II: Best Practices for Choosing & Using Color – via Print Mag

112 new Pantone Colours for graphic designers include bolder greens and purples

RGB versus CMYK – via printer national

article also describes halftone dots, spot colors, and more

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» Vector Resources – Brushes, Patterns, Plug-Ins, and Etc

Some of the following may cost, but I am trying to focus on freebies.

(This post is under construction. New links to be added as I find them)

 5 Free Vector Resources for Use in Illustrator: Part Two

✦  ($) Vector Wood Grain Backgrounds – $5 (via Media Loot)

✦ How to Create Halftone Effects in Adobe Illustrator 

✦ ($) 15 Glitter Brushes (vector) – $15

✦ Vector Resources – via Design Beep

(ornaments, splatter brushes, cards, icons, food drawings, more)

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» 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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