Archive for March, 2008

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More Illustrator and Photoshop goodies

March 27, 2008

Keeping up with and understanding new features in software releases is always a bit of a challenge. For those who are using Flash and Illustrator hand in hand Understanding 9-Slice Scaling explains the new feature that has been added to Illustrator CS3 which allows you to control a Movie Clip symbol to scale in a particular way.

Drawing in Illustrator is the first part of a series on drawing (including using the pen tool) by Jeremy of Sack Lunch

Pretty Circles is a Illustrator tutorial which is aimed at those new to the program. This tutorial on Nora’s blog is ideal if you are new to Illustrator and want to understand transparency better.

Bittbox has written a new tutorial Illustrator 101: Faster Font Selection

In Inspiration: Assemblage, Montage, and Collage Sean Hodge of PSDTuts, has “assembled some resources together that will encourage you to combine and unify elements. Review traditional concepts, look at current work, and get inspired by digital masters. Learn powerful collage techniques and how to apply them in your designs.”

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SL Education has a blog

March 11, 2008

SLED (Second Life Education) has a new blog for educators in Second Life. It “is written by educators and for educators, for those who are seasoned Second Life veterans and for those just starting out, for those who are die-hards and those who are skeptics.”

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More Photoshop and Illustrator goodies

March 6, 2008

Both Photoshop and Illustrator enable you to record a series of actions that you may constantly repeat. After recording these steps you can play them back over other other images. They are extremely useful for any task that you have to do over and over again. These 124 Free Photoshop Actions to Boost Your Designs will give you an idea of what is possible

You can download the keyboard shortcuts from the links in Increase your productivity – Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver keyboard shortcuts as it contains all the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop CS3, CS2, CS, 7, Adobe Illustrator CS3, CS2 and Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, both Windows and Mac versions.

Bittbox has released some free ink/water Illustrator brushes and has done a round up of 16 Incredibly Detailed, Useful (and free) Dingbat Fonts

How to Create Line Brushes in Illustrator demonstrates the process of creating different types of brushes

All about views and the art board in Illustrator explains the various viewing options in Illustrator

“Free Transform” Tool Distorting paths into perspective using Adobe Illustrator’s “Free Transform” tool

This tutorial shows you how crop in Illustrator and work with Crop Area

Obsidian Dawn has produced a tutorial that shows you how to create a seamless texture in Photoshop.

Introduction to Live Paint by Stian Bakkane is a quick introduction and covers the basics of the Live Paint tool in Illustrator.