I’ve been invited and accepted to be an Adobe Campus Leader.  It’s a one year post. I’ll have access to training, other educators from around the world, and a free one year membership to the creative cloud!

 

The following links are all from Adobe’s website. Digital publishing is so new it is changing every day. I have included links to both the Single Publishing Edition and Enterprise Edition of the Digital Publishing Suite.

 

Terry White explains the steps in building an app:
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs6-creative-cloud-feature-tour-for-design/indesign-layout-to-ipad-app-its-easy-with-digital-publishing-suite-single-edition/

 

InDesign Help:
http://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/topics.html

 

Adobe’s InDesign CS6 video tutorials:
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-indesign-cs6/what-is-indesign-cs6/

 

DPS video series:
http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-digital-publishing-suite-enterprise-edition/

 

InDesign CS6 Content Collector Tool:
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/creative-week-how-tos/indesign-cs6s-content-collector-tool/

 

Digital Publishing Suite Consumer Showcase:
http://tv.adobe.com/show/digital-publishing-customer-showcase/

Some great examples of how DPS is being used.

 

DPS Suite Single Edition Tutorials:
https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/learn/tutorials/dpsse.html

 

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How to add automatic jump lines
http://indesignsecrets.com/how-to-add-automatic-jump-lines.php

DataMerge
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/instant-indesign/automating-a-catalog-with-data-merge/

Interactive pdf
http://help.adobe.com/archive/en/indesign/cs6/indesign_reference.pdf
http://layersmagazine.com/interactive-pdfs.html

Jump lines
http://indesignsecrets.com/how-to-add-automatic-jump-lines.php

Nonprinting notes for collaboration
http://indesignsecrets.com/nonprinting-post-it-notes-in-indesign.php

Create a table from an excel file
http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-create-an-indesign-table-from-an-excel-file–vector-4271

 

Logo Design Links:

The Definitive Guide to Logo Design, by Creative Bloq

Logosauce

Logo Design Love

Logopond

Collection of Photography Logos, by Speckyboy

Duffy Design

Logosmith, by ImJustCreative

logolounge

Logos Containing Animals

Google search of Audio Company Logos

25 Examples of (mostly) technology company logos

Google search of logos using initials

Google search of logos for videographers

Logo Design Ideas: 90 Great Examples by Designrfix

 

Identity Design Links

Identityworks

 

 

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Terry White’s top ten things people want to do in Illustrator.

Mordy Golding explains how to draw in Illustrator

Creative Bloq’s 100 Amazing Illustrator Tutorials

Free Illustrator from Scratch Course at Udemy

 

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This phenomenal effect is done in the dark, with the camera set on F22, ISO 100, and a ten second exposure. Students hold flashlights or colored lights and wave them as they walk toward the camera.

The exposure is so long that the students are invisible in the photograph.

LightPainting

 

Need a quick way to spice up your images?

I was asked to offer some tips for jazzing up images in Photoshop, and HDR toning is a relatively easy way to do just that. It is actually meant to merge several exposures of the same image, but it has some fun presets that can make an image more dramatic in a few moments. HDR toning is available in versions CS5 and later.

Crop and Straighten

I started with this photo of ruins in Carthage. Using the crop tool, and clicked on Straighten in the Options bar, and straightened the image by drawing a line down the length of the second arch.

Save a Copy

Save as made another copy of the image, because HDR toning flattens the image, and I wanted to be able to tone down the effect. Go to the Image, adjustments menu, HDR toning. There are a lot of fun presets in the dialog. I used the Surrealist preset.

Visual Layer Mode and Opacity Tip

With the Move tool selected, I used the quick Shift+ to scroll through the layer modes until I got to Overlay and liked that one. Pressing the number keys led me to choose 60% to tone down the Surrealistic effect. In about five minutes I was able to strengthen the dramatic effect of a well composed, but slightly flawed photo.

CarthageRuinsStraightened

Original Photo

CarthageHDRSurrealistic

Surrealistic HDR Toning

CarthageRuinsFinished

Finished Image

 

Billy's CharacterStudents are always asking me how to render a sketch in Photoshop, so here you are! I’m using a former student’s character study, thanks Billy for leaving it in the classroom.

Start with a scanned drawing at a high resolution: this one is 8.5 inches by 3 inches at 00 pixels per inch. Make sure your scan in in RGB (Image, Mode, RGB).

 

1. Unlock the background layer

Do this by double clicking on it. Rename it Black.

2. Adjust the levels

Go to Image, adjustments, levels. Move the black and white sliders toward the center until your blacks are darker and your lines are thicker.

3. Remove the white background

RemoveWhiteBackgroundBlendModeMultiplyLockLayer

Click on the fx button in the Layers panel and choose Blending Options. Move the top Blend If slider to 254, and you should see the transparent checkerboard rather than the white background in your image. Change the blending mode to Multiply and lock the layer.

4. Make 2 new blank layers

Move them below the Blacks layer. Name the top one Color and the Bottom one Background.

5. Select the Color layer

Press W to get the Magic Wand. Check Contiguous, Antialias, and Sample All Layers in the Options bar.

6. Make a selection with the wand of an area you’s like to color.

Use Shift to select more than one area. Go to the select menu, choose Modify, Expand. Expand your selection by 2-3 pixels. This will make your color go a little behind your black sketch lines.

7. Click the Foreground color chip and choose the color you want to fill your selection with.

Option-Delete will fill your selection with the foreground color. Fill all of your areas with color by selecting, expanding, and filling them.

8. Option-click the New Layer icon  to get this box:

HIghlightsShadows

 

 

 

Make sure to make you layer mode Overlay and check Fill with Overlay-neutral color. Place this layer above your Color layer. Select an area you want to add highlights to with the magic wand. Choose a  brush to paint in highlights. Use the Burn tool to paint in shadows.

9. Fill the Background layer with a color.

 

Choose Filter, Render, Lighting Effects

Choose Spotlight for the light source and rotate the light so it matches your highlights and shadows.

 

I am taking a free online Stanford class called Creativity: Music to My Ears. Here is a video that I found inspiring that I will share with my students:

 

Motivating Students with Fun Projects

Typography

I Shot the Serif

The Kerning Game

Color Theory

Poynter Interactive Color In News Design Course

Method of Action: Color