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Universal Principles to Combine Typefaces

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Design is all about type. One of biggest challenges is to combine different typefaces. If you are looking for universal principles how to combine typefaces without to make mistake then I can recommend you book Non-Designer's Design Book, The (3rd Edition)  from the author Robin Williams . Design and Typographic Principles Relationship When designing with type there are three relationship that can be established: Concordant - when using only one type family without much variety in style, size, weight… Concordant designs tend to be rather calm and formal. Conflicting - when combining typefaces that are similar but not the same. The problem is because similarities conflict. Contrasting - relationship occurs when you combine separate typefaces and elements that are clearly distinct from each other. Contrast attracts our eyes. There are many ways type can be contrasted: Size, Weight, Form, Direction, Color. Combining typefaces First you must familiarize yourself w

PicPick - Free All in One Tool for Designers

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PicPick is free all in one tool for designers with all necessary functions: Screen Capturer, Image Editor, Magnifier, Color Picker, Pixel Ruler,  Protractor, CrossHair and even Whiteboard which allows you to annotate or in other words to draw and write on screen then to save screenshot with anotations.  Annotate on screen with PicPick Just to mention that Image Editor have many effects and filters (Frames, Blur, Sharpen, Hue/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast), drawing options and allows you to create even new blank document. Downloads from here. PicPick image editor Beside many useful options this free software have and powerful Prefrences dialog where you can set hotkeys, delay before capture, auto save options, default format and so on. To not forget options to upload screen captures to twitter, facebook or to send to Outlook, Word or any other external program. PicPick preferences dialog Very good, actually best free all in one tool for designers which is free for p

White Space is Not Your Enemy - Book Review

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We are all designers, more or less. In order to succeed with design we must know design rules. It is not a rocket science and wont take too much time to familiarize yourself with elements and principles of design.  Book content White Space is Not Your Enemy is very good book which will help you to succeed with your design. There is something for everyone: for those who need to quick design something (the works-every-time design and 13 amateur mistakes), for those who want to get started with design and for those who want to know most important about design without to study it. Authors:  Kim Golombisky  and Rebecca Hagen.  Pros of this book is that covers everything from what is design to preparation for printing. Cons is that book does not contains bibliography or recommended further reading.

Useful Info Panel Options in Photoshop

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Info panel is very useful panel in Photoshop. If you disagree then I can ques that you are not using it often or maybe you do not know for Info Panel Options.  To see this useful panel on right side of your screen go to Window > Info or press F8 keyboard shortcut. By default this panel will show you many useful information's including tool hints, but you can customize what you can see. Click on menu in upper right corner of Info panel and choose Panel Options… Click panel menu in upper right corner and choose Panel Options... In Info Panel Options dialog customize First, Second Color Readout, measurement unit for Mouse Coordinates, leave Show Tool Hints turned on to remind you on additional options for every tool and check any Status Information that have sense for you. I have turned on Document Size, Document Profile and Document Dimensions . Info Panel Options dialog Reference: Work with the Info panel - Photoshop Help Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Pho

Free Parquet Seamless Tiling Patterns

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Hi friends, today's  freebie is absolutely free for personal and commercial use. Package contains 9 Stück Parquet seamless tiling patterns for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Patterns are generated using Filter Forge - the best Photoshop plugin .  Get Filter Forge – an advanced Photoshop plugin allowing you to build your own filters. Before you click download link to provide you information about size: 400x400px tiles and do not worry about resolution , Photoshop will automatically adjust resolution according to document resolution. Off course you can always scale patterns and my recommendation is 25% and 50% scaling. Here is tutorial  How to install Photoshop patterns on Windows , or read tutorial in depth  How to Manage and Work with Presets in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements . Download Parquet Patterns . Parquet patterns pack preview: Parquet seamless tiling patterns for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Watch for free: Filter Forge Tutorials

13 000 Absolutely Free Textures

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In this post I want to highlight 10ravens site which offers 13 000 absolutely free textures for personal and commercial use . First of all site contains lot of absolutely free textures. Second it is not time waste site - everything is very clear: every texture is free and you can download and use for any purpose and project you  may have, big resolution textures (like 4500 x 3340px) are not free (also not expensive). Third: owner is very responsive and will provide you with any information almost instantly - at least that's my experience. Just to mention and fact that all textures comes saved with highest quality possible and you must register in order to download freebies. Texture with download links

Perfect Layers for Lightroom and Aperture for FREE

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Yes, that's true, you can download and use Perfect Layers  plug-in for Lightroom and Aperture (Win XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X) absolutely free from OnOne Software . Only requirement is to type your name, email and phone in form to receive download link, please read and system requirements before you download this plugin.. Just to mention that you can download and other high quality freebies from the same site: Lightroom, Aperture and Camera Raw presets, Photographic Presets, Edge and Framing Effects.

Custom Panels for Photoshop and InDesign

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Have you ever think about how great will be to have ability to choose which commands are available on right click and to have Filters panel in Photoshop? Or to have quick access to some of bazillion commands in InDesign from one place like from panel on the right side of screen? If you do then your dreams almost becomes true. With Adobe Configurator 3 you can create your custom panels with easy and to include any of command, tool, option from both software's. How to create panels with Adobe Configurator First you must install Adobe Configurator from Adobe Labs  (available for Win and Mac), for your surprise this app can be installed even on XP and can create panels for Photoshop/InDesign 5-6 (5.1, 5.5, 6). Installation is quick and easy and Configurator speaks several languages. Start Configurator and click Create Panel at bottom of dialog. Adobe Configurator Welcome Screen

Free PSD Wooden Frames

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Set of 6 frames in PSD file format free for personal and commercial use and quick reminder that you can download and many other freebies from my blog. Each frame is on its own separate layer so you can modify it using layer style to change color for example and replace bottom most image in file using Replace Content command in Photoshop. This fantastic frames are generated using best Photoshop plugin - Filter Forge . You can download free full functional 30 days trial and use some of 9000 available filters or generate your own. Get Filter Forge – an advanced Photoshop plugin allowing you to build your own filters. Some technical details: 6x4 inches document size , 300 px/inch resolution and Adobe RGB (1998) color profile . Download Wooden Frames . Free Wooden Frames for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

Ask, Learn and Win: One-on-One With the Adobe Photoshop Product Team

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Scott Kelby and NAPP  suprised me one more time with free live webcast on the July 14th with Adobe Photoshop Product Team (Winston Hendrickson, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Zorana Gee). Not only that webcast is free and you can learn tips and tricks, ask any question you may have but you can also win one of several prizes: Adobe Photoshop CS6 Ticket to Photoshop World – Las Vegas – Sept. 5-7, 2012 , ( Nicole Dalesio, the Next Photoshop Evangelist should be also there)  NAPP Membership KelbyTraining.com Subscription To register for free follow this link and fill form on the right side of screen to receive event reminder in your inbox. Register for free for One-on-One webcast with Photoshop Product Team

How to Change Spelling Dictionary in InDesign for existing text in document

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As you already know there are several English, Deutsch, Portuguese languages you can choose in Preferences or Paragraph and Character Style dialogs in Adobe InDesign. What if you received document with text typed in English (UK) and you want to check spelling for USA market, there are differences, agree? You can set the default language dictionary for the current document but you are still in problem because: changing the default dictionary in an existing document doesn’t’t affect text that has already been created or text that you type into an existing text frame. Is there any quick and easy solution? Yes, there is solution. Press Ctrl + Y to open Story Editor (Edit > Edit in Story Editor) then Press Ctrl + A to select all. Open Character panel and from Language list choose desired language. Run Check Spelling (Ctrl + I). Select all in Story Editor then change language from Character panel Bibliography: InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (2nd Edit

Extract image from PDF in Adobe Photoshop

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This is a tip for situations when you want one image to extract from PDF file and bring it to Photoshop. When you need all images from PDF then open file in Acrobat and use Export All Images command (Advanced > Document Processing > Export All Images…). There is also way to extract only one image from PDF file in Acrobat, click on image to select it then right click and choose Save Image As or just copy it in clipboard (Ctrl + C). Extract image from PDF and open it directly in Photoshop To skip extracting image in Acrobat, that additional step before opening it in Photoshop first off course run Photoshop. Go to File > Open (you can open PDF in Photoshop, don’t you know?). Navigate to PDF file in Open dialog, click it once to select it then click Open button, as you will do and with any image. When Import PDF dialog appear, click on Images in top left corner then click on image thumbnail to select it and finally click OK button to open only selected image in Photoshop.

On the Road Again - free PSD files

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Today's freebie is on the road again scene generated with Filter Forge - the best Photoshop plugin . If you are asking yourself is that possible to generate such beautiful background image from sctrach, from nothing - I mean from blank layer? Well, yes it is possible, go and download free full functional trial and check it out. Get Filter Forge – an advanced Photoshop plugin allowing you to build your own filters. Download link (Windows SkyDrive). Now let me give you some details for this freebie. I really mean free, free for all and free for personal, commercial, educational use. This is layered file, both scenes are in one file, each on its own layer. Size is 1200x1200px with 300 resolution and color mode is Adobe RGB (1998) . And one more thing: don’t let you confuse .rar extension it is more or less same as .zip and you can extract it with any unzipper like Izarc which is also absolutely free. Here is preview of both files: On the Road Again 1 On the Road Ag

Clear (Undo) Crop and Straighten in Adobe Camera Raw

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Camera Raw is all about non-destructive editing , even Crop and Straighten are non-destructive. You can Undo or Clear cropping and straightening even after saving changes and reopening file (saving using Done button on the right side of Camera Raw window, not using Save Image on the left side). This works for raw, jpg, tiff files even and after opening file in other application like for example Photoshop. To be able to undo cropping and straightening after opening file in Photoshop press Shift before you click Open Image (turns into Open Object - don't forget to check workflow options first). How to Undo Crop and Straighten Click triangle on right side of Crop tool and choose Clear Crop from drop-down menu. To Undo Crop and Straighten in Camera Raw click triangle on the right side  of Crop tool and choose Clear Crop If you are looking for image frames and effects take a look at freebies section or download and try Filter Forge from link below, Filter Forge is the b

The Best Photoshop Plugin

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We need filters in Photoshop. Filters are great way to enhance photos, process images, create outsanding visual effects. Today I am going to introduce you best Photoshop plugin: Filter Forge. Filter Forge is not yet another Photoshop plugin, it is much more. Filter Forge allows you to generate your own outstanding filters, to make money using this tool, drive traffic to your site or blog - as I am doing posting freebies on my blog and even to pay for this plugin submitting your own filters to Filter Forge site. Get Filter Forge – an advanced Photoshop plugin allowing you to build your own filters. What makes Filter Forge different from other plugins? First its features. Filter Forge is all in one plugin, you can use from existing 9000 filters for your project which includes textures, frames, patterns, photo filters, creative effects and so on or to generate your own unique filter. Make money using Filter Forge . Generate outsanding filters and sell them. Many people bu