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How to Recolor Complex Artwork in Illustrator

Apr 7, 2014 3:28 PM
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Back in version CS3, the fine folks at Adobe breathed new life into Illustrator -- the ability to choose and modify color like never before. Originally labeled "Live Color" (which made zero sense), these new color capabilities were handicapped by an incredibly complicated user interface.The other day, designer Keri Labuski posted a question in the LinkedIn Illustrator Group:"I am having a hard time recoloring a complex piece of artwork that I purchased on iStock. Need recoloring advice!"This sounded like the perfect case for using the Recolor Artwork feature in Illustrator. Keri was kind enough to share her file with me, (translate)

Adobe sneaks new infographics tool for Illustrator

Mar 27, 2014 5:30 PM
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Most people are familiar with the creative side of Adobe's business, now known as Adobe Creative Cloud. Others aren't as familiar with Adobe's other side of the business -- focused on marketing -- and known as Adobe Marketing Cloud. Each of these powerhouse "clouds" if you will, meet annually at a big conference. For the creative folks, it's Adobe MAX. For the marketing folks, it's Adobe SUMMIT. A popular segment at each of these conferences is called "sneaks" where Adobe engineers will show some of the cool things they've been working on.The Adobe SUMMIT 2014 conference is going on right (translate)

White lines and fat lines in PDF files

Jan 22, 2014 4:29 PM
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My good friend Von Glitschka posted the following tweet the other day:Hey @Adobe will you ever fix this preview bug? It's nearly a decade old now. My client: "Your pdfs make the “l” (el) look bold."— Von Glitschka (@Vonster) January 21, 2014Many people experience this issue, along with another good one -- seeing white lines within PDF files. Both of these screen artifacts (and they are just that -- screen artifacts -- they don't show up in print) are caused by the same culprit -- antialiasing. As I explained in this previous post, antialiasing is a double-edged sword. It solves (translate)

My DIY iPhone Studio

Jan 7, 2014 5:09 PM
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Every so often, I need to take photos of products or objects -- be it for documentation, something I want to post or sell online, or otherwise. I also wanted to experiment with stop-motion techniques. I was able to assemble a mini photo studio for almost zero cost.Here's how I did it:1. I have an old iPhone 4 lying around. It's actually broken -- something with the speaker and the microphone. So it's useless for making phone calls. But it's fully functional as a camera.2. I purchased a cheap tripod for the iPhone. Gorrilapod sells one for about $20. Amazon (translate)

2014 Illustrator Tool of the Year: Graph

Dec 21, 2013 6:09 PM
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In a shocking turn of events, this year's Adobe Illustrator Tool of the Year prize was awarded to 9 tools. The Column Graph tool was chosen to officially represent the other winners, which include the Stacked Column Graph tool, the Bar Graph tool, the Stacked Bar Graph tool, the Line Graph tool, the Area Graph tool, the Scatter Graph tool, the Pie Graph tool, and the Radar Graph tool.The Width Tool (Shift-W), who fought through thick and thin and who was the popular favorite, was not available for comment.On a more serious note, today's designers live in a world filled (translate)

Paper and Pencil

Dec 13, 2013 6:27 PM
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Last year I received a holiday gift - an iPad Mini (thanks Lynda and Bruce! - working at is awesome). At around the same time, I made a decision to sketch and visualize my ideas more often. (Just as a point of reference, it had previously been my habit to do ALL my creative thinking in Illustrator directly -- I credit Sunni Brown and Von Glitschka for inspiring me to think with my pencil.)I'd never been committed (disciplined?) enough to carry around a sketchbook with me at all times, and I'd also amassed a rather large collection of moleskins (translate)

Desktop fonts come to Typekit and Creative Cloud

Aug 8, 2013 11:29 PM
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Back in 2011, at their Adobe MAX conference, Adobe announced the idea of a new offering, dubbed "Adobe Creative Cloud". Very few people (even, dare I say, within Adobe) really had a good understanding of what that new offering was or would be. At that same conference, Adobe also announced that they had acquired Typekit.  At their 2013 MAX conference, Adobe formally presented the Creative Cloud offering. Lots has been discussed on Creative Cloud (this post is one example), and my stand has always been that Creative Cloud is a new offering that could be interesting. But that since this (translate)

A Typography Documentary

Aug 8, 2013 9:29 PM
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I remember spending hours (and precious allowance $$) looking through and buying Letraset rub-down sheets. My first [paying] job was as a typesetter. I used to have a sign on my wall that read "Whoever dies with the most fonts wins" I despised those $25 "font explosion" CDs when I was a young designer -- knowing they were filled with cheap knockoff low-quality fonts, yet I still secretly wished I had such a large collection of fonts to choose from. I remember having meetings with our creative director specifically to discuss what paper and fonts we were going to use (translate)

My [Fleeting] Digital Life

Aug 4, 2013 11:31 AM
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Tell me if you can relate to this... The other day my dad and I were going through boxes of old photos. He actually lost a fair amount of family memorabilia in Hurricane Sandy -- but there was still plenty to go through. Many photos I've never seen, including this one of my grandfather, whom I have no memory of (he died when I was 3 years old).  There were stories shared over a long afternoon -- stories I'd never heard before. The photos and the stories they told were especially meaningful because they weren't MY past experiences, they were (translate)

Understanding Adobe Creative Cloud

Jul 8, 2013 3:20 PM
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There's been a lot of controversy around Adobe's move to Creative Cloud as well as their moving to a subscription-only product offering. This is obviously a major shift in approach for both, Adobe and their customers, so I thought I'd write a post to provide an angle at how to look at this move. A few things before I do, however: - I do not currently work at Adobe. However, I did once work at the company over 10 years ago, when I was the product manager for Illustrator. - The information I share here is simply my own opinion (translate)

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