Category Archives: Tutorials

Wrapping text around a figure in InDesign

This tutorial will show you how to create an InDesign layout where text wraps around a figure on a neutral, low contrast or seamless background.
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Threshold Adjustments and Screen Blending Mode

Apply a psychedelic effect to any image with the threshold adjustment and the screen blending mode. Amaze your friends! Impress your parents!
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An InDesign List with Anchored Graphics

This tutorial will show you how to make a list in InDesign with an anchored graphic of your choosing instead of the default bullet shapes. This tutorial also provides you with a great last minute wedding card. (The original text comes from a poster my wife found hanging up in a Chinese restaurant.) Continue reading

How to Make a Repeat of Anything in Adobe Illustrator

rep00Unbelievable but true! You can take any element you can think of and make a simple drop repeat out of it in Illustrator. Don’t believe me? Click below to find out how…
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Clipping Masks

CL00A clipping mask is a way of taking multiple objects, textures (cross hatch, stipples, symbols clusters for instance), blends or photographs and cropping them within a single or compound path, essentially making the photo or texture the object’s fill.
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Compound Path Explainer

Compound Paths are especially helpful in creating logos and other iconographic art in Illustrator, below are some tips on understanding how they function and how to best work with them.
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Illustrator Cross Hatching

In this tutorial we will be emulating cross-hatching using some effects and the blend tool. The tutorial is pretty straight forward and gives you lots of places to make your own variations.
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Nested Styles for By Lines and Paragraph Leads

Nested styles have huge advantages because you can use a paragraph style that is a collection of individual character styles, apply it to quickly format large amounts of text and then – if necessary – make changes to one of the character style and see your result cascade throughout the document.
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Low Contrast Images for use as Backgrounds

A lot of times I have students propose putting an image behind text in order to give the page interest. Its a fair enough request, but one that introduces a lot of problems in comprehending the text. Sometimes, they will lower the opacity of the background or throw a lowered opacity white fill under the text but it usually doesn’t help. Full color Images have a variety of tone and color and as a background makes reading the text extremely difficult. The difficulty arises because in order for text to be legible it needs a consistent background that offers decent separation between the positive space (the text) and the negative space (the page), if you have a variety of contrasts as the background it acts counters to comprehension . One way to remedy this is to prepare a low contrast image with a single color.
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Oh Gee! It’s an Ogee, in Illustrator!

Another in a series of super simple patterns in Illustrator, this time it’s an ogee.
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