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Study: Blending the Old with the New

Jesse Ragan in his studio. We often hear the proverb “there is nothing new under the sun.” While one might argue the point in today’s hi-tech world, sometimes blending the old with the new creates a

CreativePro Ask the Expert Video: Tony Harmer

In this week’s video, Tony Harmer joins David Blatner to discuss his design philosophy, the history of InDesign and Illustrator, and explains his ninja-like approach to designing. New videos every

How to Make Multiple Social Media Posts in One Photoshop File with Artboards

Here’s how you can use artboards to make social media graphics perfectly sized for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest in one Photoshop file. Step 1: Find the Preferred Sizes for Each Social
CreativePro Video: Using Text as Graphics in Presentations

CreativePro Video: Using Text as Graphics in Presentations

In this week’s CreativePro video, Mark Heaps shares a few tips for using text as graphic elements when designing a presentation. The best part about using text in this way is that it’s still

Straighten Up Photos with Lightroom’s Geometry Tools

Have people ever told you to “straighten up”? Maybe they think it’s your attitude… or maybe it’s your photos. When we’re photographing scenes with clearly defined straight lines, like architecture, it

How to Create Seamless Textures in Photoshop

Whether you’re wrapping textures around 3D objects or simply filling a background, it’s likely you’ll need to fill a larger space than your original texture block will allow. The problem is how to

Your Studio’s New-Year Checklist

The start of a new year is a great time to review the state of your creative studio. Your accountant probably has a list of things to do to get ready for tax time. But it’s also a good idea to check

How to Make Anyone into a Clown in Photoshop

If your boss has ever accused you of clowning around in Photoshop instead of doing your real work, this is the tutorial for you! Here’s how to turn anyone (including your boss) into a circus

Hands On With the 10GB iPod

When Apple updated its iPod digital device on March 20, the company doubled the storage capacity to 10GB. In keeping with Apple’s marketing department, you can now store 2,000 songs on your iPod, up
CreativePro Ask the Expert Video: Diane Burns

CreativePro Ask the Expert Video: Diane Burns

In this “Ask the Expert” video, David Blatner chats with InDesign expert Diane Burns. They look back at the good old days of desktop publishing, and discuss digital output options such as Adobe’s

Backups for Busy Creatives

When work is ticking along at a frantic pace, it’s easy to maintain a laser focus on what’s in front of you. What often gets pushed off, however, are data backups. Backups aren’t an exciting topic,

What Makes A Good Typeface?

Selecting the right typeface for a job is one of the most important steps in the design process. In today’s digital world of over 200,000 typefaces, and where just about anyone who learns the software
CreativePro Video: Align Multiple Columns to Baseline Grid

CreativePro Video: Align Multiple Columns to Baseline Grid

In this week’s CreativePro video, Nigel French shows us how to align type to InDesign’s baseline grid, even when working with multiple columns with different leading. New videos every Tuesday on our
Disney-Inspired Creative Assets

Disney-Inspired Creative Assets

Remember how excited you’d get when the latest ice-bound Disney adventure came to your nearest arena? As a kid—okay, even as an adult while my nieces were still little—I’d look forward to Mickey and

How to Make a Custom-cut Greeting Card

From holidays to birthdays, greeting cards are special gifts when they are personalized. Instead of searching for that perfect card at the store, create one that says exactly what you want. Here’s how
CreativePro Ask the Expert Video: Keith Gilbert

CreativePro Ask the Expert Video: Keith Gilbert

In this week’s “Ask the Expert” video, Anne-Marie Concepción catches up with InDesign guru and automation wizard Keith Gilbert. New videos every Tuesday on our CreativePro YouTube channel. Be sure to

2018 Font Purchasing Habits Survey

Have you ever wondered how your font choices, habits, and knowledge compare to other creatives? If so, the results of this Font Survey are sure to be informative, thought-provoking, and might inspire

How to Create a Snow Scene in Photoshop

Too late to get your Christmas cards printed? You can still make an email card and save yourself the postage. Here’s how to turn an everyday view into a snow scene. Step 1: Pick your background Take a
Ten Ways Dungeons & Dragons Has Made Me a Better Graphic Designer

Ten Ways Dungeons & Dragons Has Made Me a Better Graphic Designer

Artwork by Trine 2 I had always been curious about Dungeons & Dragons, but I didn’t start playing until about two years ago. In that brief span of time, I went from zero to podcast. I fell in love
CreativePro Video: Adding Rounded Ends to Ring Charts

CreativePro Video: Adding Rounded Ends to Ring Charts

In this week’s video, Chad Chelius follows up on his previous video, and shows how to add rounded ends to ring charts. New videos every Tuesday on our CreativePro YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe