Sometimes you want to make things look all new and shiny; other times you might want a design that looks weathered and beaten up. So in this week’s InDesign FX video, I show how to create the look of rusted metal in Adobe InDesign.
Take a 10-minute recess every week to join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the playground of digital artists. Every Friday Bert will walk you through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. Photoshop isn’t just an image editor; it’s a sandbox for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through its carousel of tools and get reinspired each and every week.
Animating falling snow with Photoshop
This week’s technique adds a new dimension to an otherwise flat image. Bert starts with a winter scene and—with some help from the noise filter, levels, and a simple animation—he ends up with an incredible falling-snow effect. Follow along with Bert and see just how easy it is to create this effect with your own images.
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When it comes to graphic effects, sometimes your most impressive creative work isn’t visible on the page—it’s in the technique that made what’s on the page possible. That’s the case with this week’s FX video on using the Adobe InDesign animation tools.
In the video, I show how to make it look like one object is revolving around another. It’s a simple example with a red circle that crosses in front of a black rectangle, then reverses direction and goes behind the rectangle.
PreVIZ is short for “previsualization.” It’s a technique that allows filmmakers to quickly visualize parts of a script to solve problems and inform planning and execution prior to a costly production phase. Oftentimes, this process creates momentum and excitement and helps you determine where to allocate your creative and financial efforts.
What if you had a looking glass into the future of your projects? What if you could help uncover what projects your firm would work on and what they’d look like? I discovered something amazing by watching several behind-the-scenes documentaries of my kids’ DVDs. This insight helped me identify an opportunity for a new type of design group at my company. I realized that filmmakers had developed a language and a methodology for creating their movies and telling their stories. I learned that the same process could be used to design anything from a website, product, service, or business strategy. Storytelling the future seemed like a very valuable proposition.
I was discovering the power of preVIZ.
As the new content manager for Design, I would like to say hello to all of our members!
I began my relationship with lynda.com many years ago as a member. With an appreciation for learning as much as possible, my lynda.com membership helped me gain the skills that I needed to succeed in my career as a designer. Over time I became an Adobe Certified Instructor, and eventually an author at lynda.com. If you are interested in learning more about me, please check out my lynda.com courses, or you can follow me @jamesfritz on Twitter where I post design-related tips, news, and inspiration.
Here at lynda.com my job is to help envision future course development for the design segment, and work with authors to produce the best content that we can for you, the members. While we have lots of great things planned for 2012, I would love to hear what you would like to learn next.
In the comments below, please let me know if there are any techniques, technologies, or concepts related to design that you would like to see at lynda.com.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing your suggestions.
Suggested courses to watch next:
• Muse Beta Preview
• InDesign CS5.5 New Features
• InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations
• Design Projects: Restaurant Menu
• Photoshop for Designers: Color
We’ve been trying to get Kit Hinrichs and Lynda together since shortly after we shot our Creative Inspirations documentary about him last December. No easy task. But at last, we recently found a time and place where they could sync up and spend some time together.
What resulted was a very topical conversation in which Lynda and Kit covered such relevant topics as getting and staying employed, the role that an internship or that first job out of school plays in your education, and why Kit is always busy.
It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time to be a fly on the wall during this candid conversation between our founder and this AIGA medalist.
Last fall, we pulled out our tuxedos and followed Lynda to New York City for AIGA’s Design Legends Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria. Before the big event, we donned our running shoes and cameras to tag along with Lynda as she explored the organization, its mission, and some of its most influential members.
Our trek took us from AIGA’s National Design Center on Fifth Avenue, over to the School of Visual Arts and on to Sterling Brands, located in the Empire State Building, home to AIGA President Debbie Millman.
Lynda also had the opportunity to meet with all three of this year’s recipients of the AIGA Medal: Pablo Ferro, Carin Goldberg and Doyald Young. I found it pretty amazing being in the room with these legends—and our cameras were there. The result is our latest documentary, lynda.com presents: AIGA. Let us know what you think.
Last year, I was invited by one of my most-valued mentors, Clement Mok, to apply for a seat on the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design, and I was selected to serve for one year. I‘ve never been on a non-profit board before, and it‘s been a wonderful experience so far. I am inspired by the passion and dedication of the organization- from those who work tirelessly at the national headquarters in NYC to those who donate their time to the regional chapters. I‘m doing my part to spread the word of this 95 year-old(!) organization by writing this post, and inviting you to join me and 22,000 other design professionals to support AIGA.
AIGA is above all an advocate for design – to discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it. AIGA has 65 chapters across the US that offer networking events, inspirational talks, events, portfolio reviews, design competitions, conferences, and community outreach to evangelize the value of design. The AIGA website is full of great information and resources, from job boards, to member portfolio sites, to design archives, to design blogs, to best practices.
In the age of everything virtual, AIGA offers many opportunities to meet and mix with other design professionals. Everyone needs to get away from the computer now and again and get together in the physical world to stand and bask in the light of design.
How you can get involved:
Find your local chapter, and attend an event. Non-members are welcome to all events! See if you like it! I am pretty certain you will.
Join the chapter as a member and get discounts on AIGA events, Adobe products, lynda.com products, health insurance and more! Your membership fee is also tax-deductable.
Become active in AIGA governance; every chapter has its own local board of directors and offers a great chance to flex and build your business skills. It‘s a way to give back to others, and that always feels good. You‘ll see me evangelizing AIGA events in the lynda.com blog now and again. I hope to see you at an AIGA event soon – please let me know if you are a lynda.com member; it‘s always a great treat to meet you in person.