We’ve all done it. We’ve all been so involved in the creative process that we don’t realize what a disorganized mess we’re making of our layers, our studio, our dining room table. When we come up for air, the task of organizing seems almost monumental. We try to talk ourselves into skipping it. We’ll do it later or, if think we can get away with it, not at all. But nothing puts the brakes on a creative journey faster than not being able to find quickly what you need to work with.
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One of the great mysteries of creativity is how it can seemingly come and go without warning. Some days you might be bursting with more ideas that you have time to pursue. Other days, well, ya got nothing. And for most folks, the pressures of looming deadlines don't help a case of creative block. So what do you do when you need some fresh concepts fast? Surf your favorite sites? Pick up a magazine? Steal from a friend? Here's something that might get you going faster and give you many more interesting possibilities to explore.
For almost anyone involved in the design and production of print publications, recent years have been a time of dizzying change. The one constant theme is that of change, with new skills to learn, new delivery formats, new job requirements, and new hardware and software always on the horizon. Making the leap from print to digital can seem like that moment when Dorothy steps out of her house and into the Land of Oz. Indeed, we are not in Kansas any more, Toto.
The holidays are over, and 'tis the season for New Year's diets, but that doesn't mean you can't still gorge yourself on some tasty tips and tutorials. The beginning of a new year is a great time to pig out on great content as many sites (including this one) post round-ups of their best articles from the year gone by. Here's a sampling:
The end of the year is a time to pause and reflect. And of course, it's a time for making lists! So I thought it'd be fun to find out which were the most popular CreativePro articles of 2012. Interestingly, some articles remain freakishly popular many years after they were written. The "long tail" is a very real thing. But since I wanted to focus on this year, I only included articles written in 2012 in the list below. The results are a nice mix of content on photography, Photoshop, InDesign, free stuff, fonts, and typography.
Quark Inc. was founded more than 30 years ago, and their flagship product QuarkXPress was released more than 25 years ago. In recent years, many graphic designers have switched to Adobe’s InDesign for their page layout needs, but both Quark and QuarkXPress have continued to develop and thrive — especially in the publishing markets (both small and enterprise level).
I know Christmas isn't here yet, but it's not too soon to start thinking about your New Year's resolutions. If learning more about InDesign is on your list of goals for 2013, then now's the time to take advantage of a great offer on InDesign Magazine. Now through January 11th, you can get one year of InDesign Magazine for just $25! That's over half off the regular price.
During today's Create Now event, Adobe made five major announcements about new features in Photoshop, Muse, and Creative Cloud.
1. New Photoshop features
The new Photoshop Features are as follows:
Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify
New workfow timesavers
HiDPI and Retina display support (also applies to Illustrator)
Support for larger JPEGs
Default type styles
In this excerpt from InDesign Magazine, David Blatner shares 20 of the coolest, most useful (and free!) scripts for InDesign