How to get a FREE 90 day Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription!

Adobe Creative Cloud
If you are an existing Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber there is a way of getting a FREE 90 days added to your account potentially worth up to £150 if you are an all access subscriber! I accidentally stumbled upon this method when a client asked me to help her cancel her subscription due to her taking a year out and ultimately wouldn't be making any use of her £49 a month commitment. To get your free 90 days you do need to hold your nerve slightly but I have tried it on more than one occasion now and it does work every time! So simply follow these steps and you will be able to enjo...
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Why Adobe InDesign is becoming an essential skill for all Marketeers

Adobe InDesign for marketing
In 2002 Adobe launched its Desktop Publishing software (DTP) Adobe InDesign, at the time the main DTP software was QuarkXpress. Adobe quickly took over the market with its far superior offering that worked seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop - their already very well established and industry standard image editing software. Adobe Software has always been associated with the design industry, being used only by the professionals due to its perceived complexity and intimidating work spaces. This is true to an extent as all Adobe Software can be used at a very advanced level, you can create&...
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Diffuse Gradients in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe illustrator diffused gradient
Adobe have given us a sneak peek at what they are calling Diffuse gradients. Ive not been able to have a go at it as it has not yet been added to the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe have not yet even told anyone when it will be released! By looking at the video it looks very interesting, at first I was unsure what the benefits would be over using the gradient mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator but after a closer look it really does look good. You access the Diffuse gradients from a drop down in the Adobe Illustrator Swatches panel and it looks like it enables you to bend...
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5 Benefits of Learning Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Logo
So last week I wrote about the benefits of learning Adobe InDesign, today I'm going to talk about Adobe Illustrator. Again this is probably a programme you have heard of but maybe unsure of its actual uses.  Adobe Illustrator is used for creating a variety of graphics you can produce logos, detailed illustrations, leaflets, web page designs and many more. Unlike Adobe InDesign it is built more for creating graphics and artwork and doesnt have the power to handle multiple page documents like Adobe InDesign does. Vectors not Pixels So this is the big one, everything we create in Adob...
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5 Business Benefits of Learning Adobe InDesign

InDesign Training Courses
If you are a small business or work within the Marketing department of a larger organisation I'm sure you have heard about Adobe InDesign before, its the industry standard in page layout programmes it enables you to quickly and easily create stunning layouts for both online and print use. So what are the benefits of taking an InDesign Training Course? Marketing costs Reduced Are you sick of paying external agencies to make just minor amends to your artwork? or are you coming up with the ideas then going backwards and forwards with your designer when the design isn't exactly as you envisage...
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Placing Adobe Illustrator files in to Adobe Photoshop

using Photoshop and Illustrator Together
Placing Adobe Illustrator files in to Adobe Photoshop Following on from my blog post a few weeks back on using Adobe Photoshop with Adobe InDesign today I'm going to have a look at using Adobe Illustrator with Adobe Photoshop effectively. There are two ways these file types can be integrated with each other, we can convert the vector Adobe Illustrator file in to a pixel based Adobe Photoshop layer and use it just like any other Adobe Photoshop layer which is the simplest way to merge them together. The other way is to embed the Adobe Illustrator file in to the Adobe Photoshop layer ...
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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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What are Adobe Photoshop Layer and Vector Masks?

Adobe Potoshop layer mask with selections
What are Adobe Photoshop Layer and Vector Masks? Using Adobe Photoshop Layer and Vector Masks we are able to temporarily hide and show parts of a layer without permanently deleting any of the pixels, essentially an Adobe Photoshop layer mask is an attachment to a layer that defines the visible elements of the layer. Each layer in a multi layered Adobe Photoshop document can have its own layer mask, the mask only influences the the image on the layer that it is attached too. There are two types of Adobe Photoshop layer masks, layer and vector. A layer mask also known as a pixel mask is a...
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Photoshop Healing Brush and Patch Tools

Healing brush adobe photoshop
Adobe Photoshop has an array of magical tools, in my opinion though for the ease of use and the amazing results the Healing Brush and Patch Tools are the most impressive tools Adobe Photoshop has to offer. Using Adobe Photoshop's Healing brush tool still amazes me how it does it, minor blemishes and imperfections just disappear before your eyes!  Its difficult to explain how these tools work in Adobe Photoshop but essentially they help to correct problems and imperfections in images by merging them in to the original image and sampling the texture around the area. That probably doesn't...
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Whats new in Illustrator CC 2017?

Adobe Illustrator Training
What are the new features in Adobe's updated 2017 release of Adobe Illustrator? New Adobe Illustrator templates When you create a new document in Adobe Illustrator there is now a new window that gives you a huge variety of templates, these have come from Adobe Stock. Some already have layers with content on that you can edit and personalise, this is really useful if you need inspiration rather than starting from a completely blank page. There is still the option to choose between Print & Web presets that have always been there and are very useful. New work space experience I...
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