Here are a few interesting links to tidbits, tips and tutorials for those of you who are using Adobe’s Creative Suite applications:
- Users of Illustrator CS3, and perhaps even those folks orphaned by the news that Adobe has ceased development of Freehand, may wish to grab a copy of Mordy Golding’s latest book, Real World Adobe Illustrator CS3 (Peachpit Press). Along with all the new features in AI CS3, Mordy has dedicated an entire chapter to Live Color, Illustrator’s biggest—and most mind numbingly complicated—new feature. The book also features a 16-page, full-color insert that offers an overview of all the color features in Illustrator, including Adobe Kuler. The 580+ page book lists for $45, but you can grab a copy from Amazon for $30.
- It appears that quite a few people are fond of Photoshop Lightroom’s built-in Web Gallery feature, with its support for both Flash- and HTML-based collections. Now that Lightroom is starting to hit its stride, I’m seeing sites popping up out there with additional Web Gallery templates, like Lightroom Galleries, which offers news, tutorials and links to other sites featuring Lightroom templates. One of those sites is The Turning Gate, which features the über-cool Polaroid Gallery by Christopher Einarsrud (hint: click the Polaroid photo you want to view to bring it to the front, then double-click it to enlarge it). Demo versions of all the galleries are available for viewing before you download. (For more reading material on Lightroom, you can also visit Inside Lightroom.)
- If you’re looking for Adobe Photoshop tutorials, you might be interested in checking out Photoshop Roadmap’s “ The Best 80 Photoshop Text Effects on the Web ”. The list, which includes small previews, offers up some very nice text effects such as a Spoono tutorial on Lighting Effects, or n-sane’s Shocking Text tutorial, which produced the results you see below.
- If you’re looking for something a little more tame and useable on a daily basis, perhaps this quick tutorial from CreativeTechs on Quick Skin Tone Retouching in Photoshop. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can check out their Automatic People Remover. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing automatic about it, but it is easy and works quite well.
- InDesign has an often-overlooked feature hidden under the Direct Select Tool, called the Position Tool, which you can access by pressing Shift-A. This tool acts as both a Select Tool and a Direct Select Tool at the same time, letting you work with a graphic frame and the image inside it without switching back & forth between tools. It also allows you to scale items within a group without accidentally altering the shape and/or size of a frame. Sound confusing? Check out Anne-Marie Concepcion’s nifty little tutorial titled Scale One Image In A Group at InDesign Secrets.
[James Dempsey runs the Creative Guy blog, which offers tips, tricks and opinion on a variety of design topics.]