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Illustrator Gets a Performance Boost (for some folks, anyway)

Aug 3, 2014 7:30 PM
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Everyone wants to go fast. Speed is everything. A while back, I posted an article with a collection of tips to help make Adobe Illustrator (and those who use it) perform at faster speeds. Continuing my use of totally awesome movies (I used Top Gun for the previous blog post), I'm relying on Keanu Reaves and Sandra Bullock to kick this blog post into an explosion of Illustrator goodness. OK, I think I'm reaching too far here... let me spare you and get to the details.In past years, you've certainly heard that great strides have been made in speeding up (translate)

Unboxing and First Impressions: Adobe Ink and Slide

Jun 19, 2014 5:29 PM
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Yesterday, Adobe announced their newest additions to Creative Cloud, and at the same time, also announced that their much-anticipated stylus and digital ruler — formally known as projects Mighty and Napoleon — now known as Adobe Ink and Slide, are available.The event was streamed live over the internet, but was presented live in NYC, and I was lucky enough to be in the live audience. After the event was over (and the live stream ended), David Wadhwani told the NY audience that there would be “One More Thing” – everyone would be going home with their own Ink and Slide (translate)

The Adobe Illustrator Story

May 30, 2014 3:29 PM
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Adobe recently released a short video (about 20 min) entitled The Adobe Illustrator Story, featuring interviews and insights with John Warnock and influential personalities throughout the years, including Ron Chan, Bert Monroy, Russell Brown, and Luanne Seymour. I am lucky to count them among my friends (although I have yet to actually meet John Warnock).I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Adobe Illustrator team and to have helped work on making that application do what John so eloquently stated in the video, "I think what we've been able to do is just release (translate)

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 lynda.com 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)

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