Adobe Illustrator Puppet Warp Tool

Adobe Illustrator Puppet Warp Tool
Adobe Illustrator has introduced the Puppet Warp tool that has previously been seen in Adobe Photoshop but its arguably a much more useful tool in Adobe Illustrator! To use the Puppet warp tool in Adobe Illustrator is actually very simple but highly effective particularly if you are an Illustrator  creating character animations or a Graphic Designer wanting to manipulate text. To get started with the Puppet Warp Tool you need to select all of the artwork that you want to manipulate using your main selection tool. Then in your main tool bar select the Puppet Warp tool (Looks like ...
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Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign together

Adobe InDesign & Photoshop
Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign together In This tutorial we are going to have a lok at the process of cutting out a tricky image in Adobe Photoshop and then placing it in to Adobe InDesign using the text wrap feature.  This is an intermediate/advanced tutorial so you may wish to have a look at my previous tutorials on how to use the Pen Tool to get you up to speed with the tricky Pen Tool. We are going to start in Adobe Photoshop by opening up our image and selecting the Pen Tool, importantly before we start drawing the path we need to make sure that the Pen Tool is set o...
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Creating PDF forms with Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign forms
Creating PDF forms with Adobe InDesign Creating an interactive PDF form in Adobe InDesign enables your end user to fill in a form using Adobe Acrobat then submit the completed form back to you via email so you can collect the data that you require. The first step is to create the titles of your form fields on your Adobe InDesign page, you can just use regular text frames, there will be no interactivity added to these frames as they are not going to move, you can also choose whichever font and colour that you require. Then we are going to use Adobe InDesign's blank square frame tool to...
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Adobe InDesign – Applying a Baseline Grid

Adobe InDesign Baseline Grids
How to add a Baseline Grid in Adobe InDesign Baseline Grids in Adobe InDesign enable you to align the bottom of each line of text perfectly. When you have two text columns next to each other its very easy to have the bottom lines not parallel which can make your artwork look messy. You can align your text lines to a baseline grid at any time but its important to amend the baseline grid measurements to match your Adobe InDesign text line measurements. To align your text to a baseline grid firstly you need to open your Adobe InDesign paragraph panel by going to Window > Type & Table...
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What are Photoshop Smart Layers?

Adobe Photoshop Smart Layers example
Adobe Photoshop has the ability for you to use ‘Smart Layers’ essentially a Smart Layer will remember the maximum quality of your Adobe Photoshop layer. For example you may place an image in to your Photoshop document and it is A5 size on an A4 canvas, if you reduce the size of this layer down to 25% of its size and commit to the transformation Adobe Photoshop completely forgets all of the information of when the layer was A5 size. So if we make the layer bigger again the layer will become pixelated and very poor quality. Adobe Photoshop Smart Layers can also be layers that have Vector ...
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Adobe InDesign – Using Text Wrap

Adobe InDesign Text Wrap circle
Adobe InDesign – Using Text Wrap When placing images and graphics in to Adobe InDesign you have probably noticed that you get a stacking order, essentially there is something at the top and something at the bottom and all other objects in between. In Adobe InDesign you can control this stacking order very easily by selecting the frames and then right clicking and choosing to send that particular frame to the front or send it to the back and getting all your Adobe InDesign frames in the order that you require. However there may be times when in your Adobe InDesign layout you want the fram...
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Adobe Illustrator – Using the symbol sprayer.

Adobe Illustrator Symbol Sprayer
  The Symbol sprayer in Adobe Illustrator is a great way to repeat instances of your artwork multiple times quickly and efficiently. In this example Im going to use a snowflake vector that I created using the pathfinder but the same technique can be applied to any artwork that you have created in Adobe Illustrator. To use the symbol sprayer in Adobe Illustrator you need to select a symbol in the symbol panel. Any symbol can be used and if you wish to use your own Illustrator artwork as a symbol all you need to do is drop your artwork on top of the panel and it will be come available...
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Adobe Illustrator – Perspective grids explained

perspective grid example adobe illustrator
Since the CS5 version of Adobe Illustrator, the Adobe team incorporated a new tool known as the Perspective Grid, this tool allows you to easily create artwork in different perspectives, essentially when you spart creating vectors on your Adobe Illustrator Artboard they will stick to the perspective planes, it is really good at showing items disappearing in to the background. With the perspective grid tool in Adobe Illustrator we have  three vanishing point perspectives and you can draw directly on to each one. To activate the Perspective Grid simply click in View>Perspe...
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To take advantage of this fantastic offer just choose your course along with the course date then email us directly info@creativestudiosderby.co.uk quoting ‘10% OFFER’. Please note using our online booking form to reserve your space will not generate this discount. Click on the icon above to view all of our current InDesign Training Courses, we have a one day ‘Bootcamp’ course to get you going in the basics and a two day Introductory course which takes you past the basics and in to creating interactive elements within PDFs   Our Photoshop Training Course...
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Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Whats new?

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
Over the last week I have already written a lot about the new features in Adobe CC 2018 upgrade for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign, this week I’m going to have a look at what I think are the best features of the Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 upgrade. As with all the other CC 2018 upgrades Adobe have promised us an overall performance upgrade to Adobe Photoshop, file opening times and general programme opening times have all noticeably improved. All of the Creative Cloud updates are now available to upgrade through your creative cloud application. The updates I’m going to talk about ...
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