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Can you send me the PDF and Word document?

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As a designer, I'm asked more than I'd like to admit if I can please send the PDF and the Word document for review. In this scenario, my designs typically come from Illustrator, InDesign, and sometimes are coded websites. But...did you know I always quickly (and easily) give my clients exactly what they asked for -- a PDF and a Word document. Here's how.

The best typography games

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As a graphic designer, I love type! Here's a round-up of the best typographic games. They're a pleasant way to spend time. You'll find yourself exploring kerning, font-shaping, font pairing, testing your identification skills, and even exploring the history of famous fonts. Enjoy!

How to create a Color Wheel

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This post includes How-To videos that I use when I'm teaching beginner undergraduate Graphic Design students about Color. The Illustrator Color Wheel uses the HSB color mode and Live Paint Bucket tool. The Photoshop Color Wheel uses an RGB additive technique the brush tool. Enjoy! Happy Designing!

How to Search Adobe PhotoShop Layers

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Ever had a PhotoShop file with many, many layers and wished there was an easy way to find the named layer you're looking for? Well, there is! Adobe Photoshop allows you to search for layers by name, search for layers by kind, search for layers by effect, search for layers by mode, search for layers by attribute, search for layers by color, search for layers by smart object, search for layers by...

Illustrator Pen tool basics

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Learning the nuances of the Illustrator pen tool takes time and practice. Many years ago, I found an exercise created by Belgian-based web/graphic designer, Veerle. I've often used her exercise as an in-class project for my beginner design students. This post shares tips and provides videos of completing this beginner pen tool exercise.

PhotoShop and PDFs

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Sorting out how to share and save files in Adobe programs can be challenging. PDFs are incredibly confusing for new designers because they can be generic, specialized for specific apps, or interactive. This post shares insight on saving and using PDFs, specifically in Photoshop.

How do I add a font to PhotoShop?

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For newbie designers, I recognize that often simple tasks taken for granted by more experienced designers can become roadblocks. One task that can stop new design students dead in their tracks is how to get a specific font into PhotoShop. If this is you, don’t worry; adding a font to PhotoShop is relatively easy, and this post explains how to do it. The problem An online design tutorial may...

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