Cheap royalty free photos and stock images - where and how to find them
Over the years the Internet has made image research and purchase a breeze. Some major image libraries are listed here, as well as our recommendations for cheap royalty free photos and stock images.
10 Graphic Design Tools, Resources, Websites and Apps we use every day in our studio
Web Design Hampshire, recent website projects by Tinstar Design
Web design Hampshire - some recent portfolio examples of websites created by the author who is a Director of Tinstar Design, a graphic design studio based in the UK.
Feathering and stroking a shape layer in Photoshop
A really quick and dirty demonstration - but this one's worth it... Find the related image on our Facebook page. Shape layers. Crisp, sharp and inflexible when it comes to adding strokes or feathered effects - unless you use a layer mask or the poor stroke tool in the layer effects submenu. With Photoshop CS6, that's all changed. Create a shape layer. With the Shape Layer tool still selected, look in the Options palette - you'll now see stroke options. Give it a stroke. You'll find more stroke options (position inside/outside etc) if you click on the little Stroke Options submenu. As if that wasn't fabulous enough, now open the new Properties Palette - Window/Properties - with the target layer still selected in the Layers Palette. Inside you'll see a 'Feather' slider. Slide it and look amazed. The vector shape (stroke and all) has feathered without using a mask or being rasterized. Prove to yourself that it's still a vector shape by dragging one of the corner handles.
Illustrator How to Cut a Shape
If you need to know in Illustrator how to cut a shape, there are several ways to go about it including using the Knife Tool, Eraser Tool, Scissors Tool and Crop Tool.
Illustrator How to Make a Pattern that Seamlessly Repeats
Tutorial in Illustrator how to make a pattern that tiles and seamlessly repeats. This covers Illustrator CS6 as well as earlier versions.
Convert PDF to Quark XPress using PDF2DTP
To convert PDF to Quark documents you'll need the PDF2DTP plugin for Quark XPress by Markzware. In a few seconds you'll have a converted layout.
Convert PDF to InDesign using PDF2DTP
To convert PDF to InDesign documents you'll need the PDF2DTP plugin for InDesign by Markzware. In a few seconds you'll have a converted layout.
PDF files to InDesign and Quark using PDF2DTP
To convert PDF files to InDesign and Quark layouts you'll need a plugin by Markzware called PDF2DTP, demonstrated and reviewed here.
Adobe Creative Cloud or upgrade to a CS6 box?
I went through an agony of indecision about whether to sign up to Creative Cloud or upgrade to boxed CS6 last week. The pre-August 31st discount has been predictably continued under another name now - you still get 40% off if upgrading. Anyway, I opted for continuing with boxed upgrades, and I feel happy with my choice. I can do without the other applications that the Cloud offers, and I just don't like the idea of losing applications if I decide to end my subscription. I also don't like the idea of everything going digital and ethereal. The Cloud is great for Adobe - they take money hand over fist and don't actually have to send anything out in return; everything becomes automated. I prefer to get something physical and reliable for the kind of money this software costs. Having said that, I don't begrudge paying for the software - let's face it, it keeps us all in business. I just like to know that I will be able to continue to work if my broadband stops working (which it does regularly). I know that an Internet connection is supposedly not required once you have downloaded and registered the software, but I've heard too many scare stories of people having to constantly re-activate applications every time they're opened. And the monthly payments for online subscriptions keep adding up - I already pay Adobe for Typekit; let them be satisfied with that.
Graphic Design Portfolios - Submissions. Show Off Your Work and Resume.
Submit Graphic Design Portfolios and Resumes to GDE and get yourself known. If you're a job-seeking graphic designer or a freelancer, submit your work for consideration for free.
Paper dimensions, possible uses and infographic download
A handy guide to standard paper dimensions, including paper sizes, possible uses and Free ISO 216 Page Sizes Cheat Sheet Poster infographic download.
EPS drop shadow problem in InDesign
If you are experiencing an EPS drop shadow problem in InDesign where the shadow appears as a rectangle, here is a solution.
Multiple Pages in InDesign CS5, Create a Spread with different sizes.
How to create a document containing multiple pages in InDesign in a single spread. Also apply different sizes to individual pages.
How to edit PDF documents using Photoshop & Illustrator as Acrobat Plugins.
If you need to know how to edit PDF files there are a number of ways to approach the task. To make complex changes you'll need Illustrator and Photoshop to help. Acrobat treats them as super-plugins.