Category Archives: Tutorials

Sexy Pull Quotes pt.1

I think pull quotes are great because they typically use pure typography to draw interest into magazine articles. If  the typefaces we have chosen stir us emotionally, these discrete instances of pure type should send shivers down our readers spine.
This tutorial will introduce the technical steps and considerations needed to set up compelling pull quotes in InDesign. Although set up for one specific layout approach, the steps and considerations can be tailored to meet many design needs.
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Sexy Pull Quotes pt.2


In the first part of this tutorial we set up a document and placed a text frame that held a pull quote. In this second part we’ll add the sexiest part of pull quotes – the actual quote marks – and customize how they look.
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Don’t Break the Grid redux


There is an unfortunate dearth of InDesign tutorials online – good ones at least – and when you find one that addresses  the software as well as design it is always worth sharing.  I found this one a while back and liked it quite a bit, but I thought it needed a bit of a rewrite for my students.
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Imposing a document with InDesign


There is no imposition function within InDesign, but with a little creativity using the FILE > PRINT BOOKLET we can create a document that can made into a PDF and then printed and assembled into a saddle-stitched book.
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Color replacement using the HUE blending mode


For this tutorial we’ll be using the HUE color mode to replace an image’s color without affecting the underlying contrast or luminosity.
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Grids, Guides, Proportions and InDesign Math


You can get obsessed with grids. Grids act as the skeleton or backbone of most design work and are considered integral to the process of balancing aesthetics with information exchange. Grids are beloved by some and bemoaned by others – some find the rigid parameters invaluable to harmonious design, others find it limiting and constricting. I find myself falling somewhere in the middle – there’s an inner geek inside of me that loves to find a clever way to break up space, but there also the anti-establishment side of my personality that likes to break rules and push the boundaries. For that reason, I like using grids as I see it as an opportunity to act as both lawman and outlaw, I can be both the cops and the robbers.
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A Digital Watermark

This tutorial will provide some tips on creating a digital watermark, making alpha channels and using layer adjustments. There are endless variations on this so it would be in your best interest to give yourself time to experiment and  play around with settings you like.

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Photoshop Tutorial – Halftones…and beyond


A student of mine wanted to create text that had an old school analog halftone look. While the Photoshop Halftone filter does an adequate job, it is fairly limited and doesn’t allow for a full range of experimentation and exploration.
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Homage to MacPaint..

…or why I made an Illustrator swatch set of the original Macpaint patterns

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Photoshop/InDesign Tutorial – Create a super-duper black graphic


To provide yourself some flexibility in InDesign with scanned graphics – changing colors to match swatches, using graphics as knockouts etc.. graphics need to be converted to a superblack – or in this case a super-duper black – a CMYK file with all levels of ink at 100%

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