During her years in publishing, Terri Stone has written and edited everything from blog posts to books, on topics ranging from livestock waste lagoons to burning bras. However, the bulk of her publishing experience is in the fields of design and photography and it's there that she feels at home. She was editor in chief of CreativePro.com and its sister publication, InDesign Magazine, from 2005 to 2012. Before that, Terri was an editor at Macworld and Publish magazines. Terri is now an editor, writer, and community manager at Adobe Systems.
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 30, 2011Just shy of a month ago, I wrote about the ability to create and share iPad apps for free using Adobe InDesign and Mag+. However, that free workflow prevents you from publishing in the iTunes App Store. At the time, the least expensive InDesign-to-App Store workflow I knew of was Adobe's $395 Single Edition.
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 23, 2011Please note: There will be absolutely nothing of an educational nature in this news item. Type-o-Matic is a new service that, while based in England, serves anyone anywhere in the world. Here's how it works: 1. You enter the text of a letter and the address of the recipient into a form on the Type-o-Matic website and pay the fee of £9.50 (about US$14.75).
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 21, 2011I wouldn't give up digital tools for any amount of money, but I have to admit that our modern software can sometimes result in sterile designs. Even if you're not accomplished with the paintbrush or pencil, you can still add a human touch to your projects with hand-drawn alphabets from TheOrganicType.
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 21, 2011Now that many digital cameras, from point-and-shoots to high-end SLRs, can shoot video, you might not think that time-lapse movies are relevant. But there's something unique about time-lapses that neither video nor still photos can match. Now Gunther Wegner's free LRTimelapse software helps you create professional-looking time-lapse movies from RAW or JPG files.
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 18, 2011A few months ago, I wrote an article called "So You Think You Know Photoshop?" that introduced you to five videos from Photoshop product manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes. Each of these videos revealed little-known abilities in Photoshop CS5. Now Bryan has released four more "hidden gem" videos. Spend the few minutes it takes to watch them and you'll probably learn something new. Selective Sharpening
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 16, 2011I've listened to people gush about the TYPO design conference for years, but since it was always in Europe, I could never manage the funds to attend. At last, conference organizer FontShop International has taken pity on its admirers across the pond. In April 2012, TYPO will take place in San Francisco.
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 15, 2011Sometimes it feels like Evite, email, and Facebook have displaced traditional invitation. But there are still special situations that call for the real thing, designed by someone like you. Before you're hired to create one, attend the "The Art of the Invitation" webinar, hosted by PaperSpecs, sponsored by Neenah Paper, and featuring Suzie McKig of the fabulous Twig & Fig.
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 11, 2011In the past few days, Twitter and blogs have been on fire with the news that Adobe is dropping further Flash development for mobile device browsers. Interesting, but for me, the more important development to come out of Adobe lately is pricing for its Creative Cloud. If you haven't heard of the Creative Cloud before, don't worry; it's a brand-new bundle containing the following boatload of online software and services:
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 10, 2011The new 16-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 shoots both stills and video. Thanks to a micro four-thirds system, it has interchangeable lenses but is smaller than traditional digital SLRs. When it hits store shelves next month, it will be available in three price points: 1. DMC-GX1 body only: $700 2. DMC-GX1-K body with a 14-42 standard zoom lens: $800 3. DMC-GX1-X body with a Lumix G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S (H-PS14042) lens: $950
- Features: Written by Terri Stone on November 9, 2011Here's an excellent demonstration of the rapid rise of webfonts: In May 2010, Google Labs rolled out a beta with 18 typefaces you could use on websites. As of today, Google has 288 webfont families, all freely available for you to use on any site. And that's great. But many Web designers begin their process in Photoshop, a fact that Extensis acknowledged a few months ago when it released the Web Font plug-in for Photoshop. This plug-in lets you use Extensis' WebINK webfonts in Photoshop comps without paying for them.