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.
Category Archives: Tutorials
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%
I thought I could figure out my photoshop trick to have five pictures blend seamlessly into one another, but no can do. I re-learned how to make and use adjustment layers, and how to use a gradient to mask the amount of the adjustment that shows through…..but how do i set up an adjustment layer for opacity/transparency?
Mike, I can help you!
A student asked if it would be possible to convert a drawing from full color to black and white in InDesign. The answer is “of course you can but why would you want to do it when you have better tools in Photoshop?” The method uses InDesign’s effects Palette to do the conversion which is why this questions lends itself nicely to making a tutorial exploring Transparency.
Below are steps to make this effect in InDesign plus a variation on the theme
In this tutorial we’ll set up a magazine page for an interview. This tutorial will introduce importing text from Microsoft Word, Character Styles, Drop Caps and some graphic design decisions to introduce a visual hierarchy to your article.
This tutorial will teach you how make a double helix using Illustrator, it’s another great example of using the pathfinder.
Continuing on our theme of everything is customizable and therefore should be customized we’re going to take a look at some fancy modifications to text especially in regards to headlines for magazine articles. Now, its not to say that everything needs to be tweaked or adjusted, but it is important to pay attention to all aspects of your design; remember, we’re trying to do all of our work with intention. For this tutorial we’ll look at three ways of customizing headline text: first we’ll look at kerning, then we’ll look at applying a gradient to text and finally we’ll use an image to fill text. We’ll play with special effects in a separate tutorial.
Everything you always wanted to know about Symbols in Illustrator and were afraid to ask but you asked anyway…
So my friend Mike writes me:
O Captain Illustrator, I do beseech you to solve for me a symbol set conundrum:
I have a symbol set, and I would like to break the “set”, so that it is a bunch of individual symbol instances. What I have come up with, which doesn’t seem right, is to first break the link to the symbol, and then ungroup (“ungroup” is not available as long as we’re talking about a symbol set). Is there a way to do this?
Go ahead, make my day. (Night, actually.)
The answer is a resounding NO, but we might as well use this as an opportunity to learn about Symbols.