Widows and orphans, those short lines or words at the end or beginning of a paragraph, are a typesetter’s nightmare. While you can eliminate them with soft returns or tracking, you’ll save time and effort by using Adobe InDesign’s powerful typesetting engine instead. Using styles, you can adjust the word spacing, letter spacing, or even change the number of hyphens. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create paragraph styles to reformat your text, and save time during layout for more important design issues. Watch the free video below to get started.
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Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist known for parodying pulp comic strips—transforming them into oversized original artwork featuring bold color and Ben-Day dots, a tonal treatment used in commercial printing. His images, like Oh, Jeff … I Love You, Too … But… and Whaam!, are instantly recognizable and frequently the object of parody themselves. This week Deke returns to show you how to transform any photograph into a Lichtenstein-style comic panel with Adobe Photoshop.
Instead of faking it with the Color Halftone filter, Deke shows you how to overlay uniform Ben-Day-like dots using a Basic Graphics Dots swatch. This technique also uses the Photocopy filter and some hand-painting techniques to create the final effect. Click on the free video below to get started.
As members in the US are aware, Thanksgiving is almost here. And what is Thanksgiving, aka Turkey Day, without the turkey—the bird so iconic that it launched a million children’s handprint drawings? In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke McClelland provides an alternative way to illustrate the holiday. Less gobble, more oink. He shows you how to use simple shapes and letters to draw a “pig-ture” of a Thanksgiving ham with Adobe Photoshop.
This technique is perfect to share with your littlest family members, because it uses the letter shapes M, E, W, and a cursive e, along with the Ellipse tool, to create the basic drawing. Deke then shows you how to use the Gradient Fill tool to create a pastoral background for your pig. Because while turkeys may be in trouble, the pig has been pardoned just for this one special day.
In this week’s Pixel Playground technique, Bert Monroy shows us how to create a neon light tube. He begins by meticulously choosing the proper size of his brush, and then paints in a solid color for the base of the tube. Next, with the addition of a few layers effects, the tube gets some depth. From there he lowers the transparency and paints in a few areas to add realism. Finally, he brushes in some debris at the end of the tube to give a realistic neon-tube look, and complete the piece. Bert even throws in a bonus technique at the end to show us how to create the connector for the neon tube.
Adobe InDesign has a few options for stroke endings. But some designers aren’t satisfied with the defaults. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to create a custom arrowhead using a symbol or special font character, anchor it to your path, and make sure the arrowhead moves along with the path as you move or reshape it. If that’s too much work for you, David also shows you an easier way to create a custom arrowhead using InDesign’s sister program, Illustrator. Watch the free video below to get started.
Kids can be the most innovative artists of all, but their greatest work is lost to history when it ends up tattered on the fridge or at the bottom of a school cubby. You can save their drawings by digitizing them with Adobe Illustrator—the tool professional artists rely on to refine, colorize, and prep their artwork for digital distribution and print publications. The process starts by converting your sketch into a vector-based line drawing. Deke’s Techniques is back this week to show you how.
Deke takes a whimsical sketch that he and his son collaborated on and turns it into a piece of colorful, high-gloss artwork. He traces it with open path outlines—an innovative approach that creates vector-based artwork with uniform strokes. And like all of Deke’s techniques, this tutorial walks you through the process step-by-step so you can replicate the results on your own.
This week Bert shows us how to create a stone wall using a variety of textures. He starts out by using the pen tool to draw in the pattern for the bricks. Next he uses the filter gallery to add a stone texture to the pattern for a sense of realism. From there he uses a custom brush to paint in weathering and colored texture and then uses another brush to add damage to the wall. Finally, with a unique layer effect he is able to paint and draw in shapes to virtually chip away at the wall. Check out this week’s video on lynda.com, and get started.
The lack of options for automatic page numbering is one of the most popular concerns expressed by InDesign users. But since Adobe hasn’t provided a way to use something other than the default page numbering scheme, Anne-Marie Concepción is here with a few workarounds. Watch the free video below to discover her solutions to the three most common auto-numbering problems. Find out how to automatically update the page count as you add or remove pages, add the current and previous page numbers to a single side of your spread, and use a spread count instead of a page count.