Mar 242014

Adobe have introduced a brand new feature within Photoshop Creative Cloud, called the Perspective Warp tool.


When looking at your images, you will notice that some things look out of proportion, or different to how it does in real life. This is due to perspective distortion, depending on the lens used, camera, and from which angles the photograph was taken.


Perspective Warp helps overcomes these problems.


A lot of 3D options in Photoshop require more graphics memory than a lot of computers have. Check the Adobe site for more details.


Mar 142014

There are a lot of InDesign tips that can save you time, make you more performant and improve the quality of the content you produce.  It’s hard to pick out just five, but I think these are probably a good starting point for most people:

Tip 1: Set default colour swatches and paragraph styles in InDesign

Most people have to comply with their organisations brand guidelines, and along with other things these typically specify what colours you have to use, which font family should be used, and even which font sizes can be used.  Unfortunately far too many people also spend the first 15 minutes of each new document setting this all up, creating the colour swatches, and setting up paragraph styles etc.. for the document.

Feb 272014

GREP (regular expressions) can be a very powerful solution both for finding and formatting text that matches a specific pattern, within your InDesign documents.  You could use GREP styles to apply a particular character style to all email addresses in a document for example, or you could use GREP to do something simple like remove extra spaces at the end of each paragraph.

The two main places where you can use GREP are in the GREP styles which can be found within the Paragraph Styles formatting options, and within the Find / Change options.

Feb 262014

Bridge gives you a very helpful method of narrowing down the thousands of photographs that many of us have to plough through to obtain a final edit selection of the best.


You can use Collections which enables you to group your images as a shortcut. There is also the Labelling system, where you can put a coloured label or star underneath selected images. These can be used in varying systems to divide into degrees of quality. These can then be viewed individually by using the filters on the left hand side.


I will now go through the process of this.

Feb 172014

The Pencil tool has been amazingly improved.

If you double click on the Pencil tool icon, the top option is Fidelity which ranges from Accurate to Smooth. This is similar to the old pencil tool, but they’ve improved the Fidelity and now you only have the one slider.


Try drawing a line with the Fidelity set to Accurate, this will add in lots of points.

Click off of this, set the Fidelity to Smooth and try drawing a similar line. You will see how much smoother this is.





Feb 072014

Today I’m going to introduce you to the Live Corners tool in Illustrator CC. This feature has just been introduced in the latest update of Illustrator CC. If you don’t have it, go to your Creative Cloud desktop and update Illustrator CC.

Before this new feature, getting the results here would have taken an effect or a lot of fiddling around.


The tabbed interface below was done in literally a few simple steps.


Tabbed Interface

Tabbed Interface


Before we do this, let’s just introduce you briefly to the new tools.


Dec 032013

There are some great tools out there for painting and drawing, but if you have enough talent then even just a finger (and the right software) will do the job.  This is an amazing example of a photo realistic painting from UK based visual artist Kyle Lambert.  When I first saw the end result I just assumed it was a well taken photo, and it took watching the video to convince me otherwise:

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Nov 252013

Have you ever been working in Adobe Illustrator with the Color Guide and wished that you could take your colours into Photoshop, or more importantly choose colours in Photoshop in a similar kind of way? Well there are two ways to go about this.

Color Guide in Illustrator

Color Guide in Illustrator


In Illustrator, you can choose you colours in the Color Guide and add them into the swatches (see earlier blog post about this). However, once you’ve done that, you can then save the swatches panel as an ASE file.

Saving as ASE from Color Guide

Saving as ASE from Color Guide


Nov 182013

In this section we’re going to look at a few basics of the Adobe Exchange. In the Window menu of Photoshop, go to Extensions > Adobe Exchange. This will bring up a palette called the Adobe Exchange palette and we’re going to click on the Free button at the top. These are features that can be added to Photoshop, and as you can see in the picture, there are all kinds of features.


Adobe Exchange Menu

Adobe Exchange Menu


The one I’m going to demonstrate to you is the Paper Textures Pro feature. This is created by Russell Brown, a well known Adobe evangelist.

Nov 012013

Having created and run the Highlander courses for the last 3 years, I can see some really useful things on the horizon. HTML5 has been a great step up from HTML4, and there has been, and continues to be, great things created with HTML5, but more is coming. So what is next in HTML5? Well I am talking about Web Components. You can read the spec here…

This actually comprises of…

The Shadow DOM
Custom elements
HTML Imports

These are all very new, but you can already use them today. However you must use an up-to-date browser. There is already an excellent polyfill called polymerjs: