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Adobe Launches Creative Suite Tutorial Collection as iPad App

You have to hand it to Adobe, they really do spend a lot of time dreaming up ways to generate training material for Creative Suite users. The latest of these is the curiously-named SWAPP iPad app, which will be made available on the App Store in a series of editions, each including up to twelve user-contributed tutorials and examples of work. The first of these is now available for free download. If you're interested in contributing, you'll need InDesign CS6, Folio Producer and Folio Builder, and will begin by downloading provided InDesign templates and assets. It's potentially a great way to promote your work, especially since you can put whatever you want on a page attached your tutorial, thereby singing your praises and linking to your site and social media presences.An example is shown in the first image below.

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Flash is Dead. Long Live Flash.

How is life treating you in the post-Flash era? Has your online experience become richer as a result? Are more things possible? Is the Web a more beautiful, inspiring, creative place to hang out? I ask myself these questions from time to time, usually when I stumble over one of the increasingly rare designers or developers who have created something worthy that's Flash based and doggedly maintain it. I had that experience recently when checking out the one2edit service, which makes it possible to review, edit and deliver InDesign documents online.

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Adobe Launches Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud

Arriving two years after CS5, and a year after CS5.5, CS6 is now available for pre-order, with Adobe promising delivery "within 30 days." Adobe's subscription-based Creative Cloud takes a central role in the massive release, which includes 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites. The all-you-can download plan is yours for $49.99 per month, which is the cost if you sign up for an annual contract (it's $74.99 per month for month-to-month membership).

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Dreamweaver and InDesign CS6 Get Fluid

In the latest "sneak peeks" of the applications in the upcoming CS6 release, Adobe has moved from Photoshop and Illustrator to Dreamweaver and InDesign. The interesting thread connecting these latter two is that both feature new capabilities for creating adaptive layouts. This makes perfect sense considering the accelerated usage of mobile devices.

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Adobe Creative Cloud coming to you soon

Adobe® Creative Cloud™ is a creative hub where you can explore, create, publish, and share your work using Adobe Creative Suite® desktop applications, Adobe Touch Apps, and services together for a complete ideation-to-publishing experience. The vision of Adobe Creative Cloud is to turn previously difficult, disparate workflows into one intuitive, natural experience, allowing you to create freely and deliver ideas on any desktop, tablet, or handheld device.

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Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

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At its MAX 2010 worldwide conference in LA this week, Adobe will unveil its Digital Publishing Suite, a set of turnkey hosted services that will allow publishers to more easily create robust, interactive digital publications. The Digital Publishing Suite has already been used to create the iPad edition of Wired and The New Yorker.

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Creating Drop Caps in Adobe InDesign

Excerpted from InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign, 2nd Edition (Adobe Press)

By Nigel French

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Working with clipping paths in Adobe InDesign

Adapted from Adobe InDesign CS4 Bible (Wiley Publishing)
By Galen Gruman

A clipping path is essentially a shape that acts like a cutout mask—anything inside the shape displays and anything outside does not. It’s a very handy way of displaying just the pieces of a graphic that you want to display, such as masking out extraneous background or focusing on a specific portion of a larger image. Clipping paths are also frequently used to control text wrap around graphics.

InDesign can work with clipping paths that are already part of an imported TIFF, JPEG, Photoshop EPS or Photoshop image, or with clipping paths you create in InDesign. And no matter the source of the clipping path, InDesign lets you modify it.

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On the importance of naming and grouping layers

There are obvious benefits to spending the extra time and effort grouping your layers into folders and naming them appropriately.

For one you will appreciate the organization if you have to work further on the file after considerable amount time went by. Second, your coworkers or your css programmer will appreciate a neat file as well.

There are some less obvious and immediate advantages to such tidy practices. Design is not done on paper or on screen. Design is something you do in your mind. You continuously evaluate your work and make further design decisions while you work. Design is an internal dialogue and the result is your design work.


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