- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on December 10, 2012
Holiday gift giving time is here and the clock is ticking. If you have a creative professional on your shopping list, you’ll want to read our holiday gift guide. We’ve put together a collection of gifts that includes cameras, games, jewelry, and posters for the designers in your life. And it never hurts to get something for yourself, too. Here we go!
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 21, 2012When I was down at Adobe a few weeks back, I wrote about the graphics used in the launch of Creative Suite 6. It turns out I'm not the only one interested in the graphic treatments for not only the marketing of CS6, but also in the products themselves. While the periodic table-style icons are essentially the same as the last few versions, the splash screens of the applications are markedly different. Apparently many of you aren't thrilled with the applications' new looks.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 18, 2012What better time to round up new typefaces than on Friday. Not only is "Fonts on Friday" alliterative, but showcasing new fonts also seems like a good way to end the week.
The fonts featured in this week's installment have a decidedly '70s vibe. The type and lettering of the '70s often had a look and feel that today we might associate with the social change that started in the '60s. Think of the revival of Cooper Black, a chunky face that looks like it had just been liberated from its girdle.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 17, 2012
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 16, 2012Here's a little-known gem: Adobe has created a free iPad app that lets you learn Photoshop through interactive tutorials. The Tutorial Player for Photoshop includes 12 step-by-step tutorials that teach image-editing tasks.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 14, 2012Adobe found itself in hot water last week when it announced its plan to help users overcome a security flaw in key Creative Suite 5.5 applications. The solution? Upgrade to CS6. The applications affected — Flash Professional, Illustrator, and Photoshop — have security holes that let hackers take control of your system after you open a malicious file, for example, a .TIF file in Photoshop. Versions 5.5 and earlier on both Mac and Windows are vulnerable.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 11, 2012What better time to round up new typefaces than on Friday. Not only is "Fonts on Friday" alliterative, but showcasing new fonts also seems like a good way to end the week.
While I love classic and tasteful text typefaces with famous names attached to them like Garamond or Caslon, I also enjoy seeing display fonts that push the boundaries of taste, or at least usefulness.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 10, 2012While at Adobe this week, I was able to gain hands-on experience with Adobe's Creative Suite 6 software for design and for the Web (I didn't attend the day devoted to video). Yesterday I reported on the graphics used to promote CS6. Let's turn to the software. After working with CS6 for two days, I'm convinced that this release is its most impressive in years. Every product has had major additions and some applications have had major overhauls. By the end of two days my head was spinning with possibilities.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 9, 2012This week I've had the privilege to be at Adobe in San Jose learning Creative Suite 6. Yesterday was the day to learn the design tools, specifically Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and a new product called Adobe Muse. (More on the products tomorrow.) The day I arrived at Adobe was the day the Creative Suite 6 shipped and made available for purchase. The atmosphere at Adobe was what's best described as exhilarated yet exhausted. In the front lobby were cupcakes decorated with the logos of CS6 products. The cupcake selection was picked over. Only one tired CS6 suite cupcake remained.
- Features: Written by Pamela Pfiffner on May 8, 2012As part of the launch of Creative Suite 6, Adobe reported the results of a study it commissioned about creativity in global economies. The study, entitled State of Create, sought to discover the attitudes people have about creativity and the extent to which they feel they are able to express their creativity.