Adobe has just released the Creative Suite 5.5 version of its ongoing Printing Guide. If you haven’t seen it before, this is an extensive document updated for each version of Creative Suite. It explains in detail a myriad of technicalities related to getting your documents to print correctly in a commercial environment. Even if you have read it before it’s always worth reading up on new features and how they affect existing print workflows and for known problems. You may not be aware, for example, that InDesign cannot honour all Photoshop blend modes, which can cause unpredictable problems on output. The printing guide also acts as a great overview to the new features of the various CS apps and as introduction to some of the more difficult workflow concepts such as colour management and transparency flattening. Best of all, it’s free.
Recently someone drew my attention, through a comment on one of my posts, to a very useful Captivate Widget that enables you to associate actions with a mouseover event for any object. Inspired by this, I thought it might be a good time to discuss Widgets in general: what they are, and how they can help you with your Captivate development.
A Widget is a piece of software code that extends the normal functionality of Adobe Captivate. It is typically written by a Flash developer using Adobe Flash, and supplied to the Captivate author as a .swf file. If there is any new feature of Captivate that you require (for example, a text caption with some special behaviour, or a new type of quiz question) it is possible that it could be provided by a Widget.
There are over 15 hours of movies, taking you through the process of modelling a Gyrocopter, from a series of pictures. It took we a while to go through all the videos, but it was well worth it. Here is a still of my final result…
A question on a recent training course reminded me of InDesign’s Balance Columns feature which is easily overlooked.
If you’re the kind of person who can’t stand unbalanced text you’ll recall it used to take a fair bit of manual adjustment to make columns line up evenly.
In CS 5, the Balance Columns checkbox was added to the Text Frame Options dialogue box.
The feature works only on multi-column text frames. Select the frame and got to Object> Text Frame Options (ctrl/cmd+B).
Smart Objects come highly recommended for anyone using Illustrator and Photoshop in conjunction as it enables users to speed up their workflow significantly.
Smart Objects and Illustrator go hand in hand when transferring your brilliant vector artwork to Photoshop. This very useful featured can be covered in three simple steps: Copy, Paste, Position.
Copy: I have just finished this piece of vector work in Illustrator and now want it in Photoshop, ideally fully editable. To do this I select all of the lines and hit Cmd/Ctrl + C for copy.
Here is a round-up of some of the latest Blender 2.5 tutorials and DVDs that I have come across. I am slowly going through them, and when I finish them I will upload the final renders and .blend files to share with you, but it will take me a while to get through them all.
In the meantime, here is the list, and below some of them is the current render that I have created after going through the tutorial.
Creating realistic outdoor lighting (http://www.blenderguru.com/how-to-create-realistic-outdoor-lighting/)
Blender Cookie Vehicle Modelling Series (http://cgcookie.com/vehicle-series/)