Posts Tagged ‘Tutorials’

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Reviewing Adobe Illustrator’s Extensive Gradients Toolset

While vector based artwork lets designers take advantage of small file sizes and lossless scaling it can also be limiting when trying to add depth and richness to a design. Adobe Illustrator offers a plethora of gradient tools that can help artist produce more organic and vivid pieces.

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This extended video tutorial covers a wide variety of topics including basic gradient tools (0:30), the appearance pannel and multiple gradient fill layers (2:30), creating gradients with the blending tool (3:45), gradient strokes (6:30), gradient mesh (7:45), using gradients with type (14:00), wrapping gradients with envelope distort (16:30), and using opacity masks.

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Creating A Pattern Library With Evernote And Fireworks

A well-functioning pattern library is a beautiful thing. It is a powerful resource that you and your entire team can use to efficiently create consistent user experiences for your website or service. It cuts out repetitive design work, allowing you to focus your energy on creating new user experiences; and it creates a common UI language for your team, reducing communication issues and keeping everyone on the same page.

Creating A Pattern Library With Evernote And Fireworks

But to many designers, creating a pattern library can feel like a daunting academic pursuit, or simply useless overhead documentation. To make matters worse, getting consensus on which technology to use and how to get started is hard. After experimenting with various options, our team has found that using Evernote to house our pattern library of Adobe Fireworks PNG design files has proven to be a winning combination. We’ll outline how you can use Evernote and Fireworks to easily build your own pattern library and reap the benefits mentioned above.

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Simulating The Letterpress: From Live Filters In Fireworks To CSS Code

One of the visual effects that is a mainstay in my Web design toolkit is the letterpress effect. Used properly, it’s a quick way to make text blend better with the layout, as if it were machine-stamped onto the background. Think of what a home appliance marquee or a professional business card looks (and feels) like, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

The Letterpress Effect: From Fireworks To CSS

Letterpress is a venerable technique of printing that involves “pressing” a plate of movable type onto a sheet of paper to produce an effect that is impressed (where the text is pressed down onto the paper) or embossed (where the text is raised above the surface of the paper).

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Interactive Prototypes And Time-Savers With Adobe Fireworks

As interface designers, we’re often required to demonstrate the look and feel (and interactions) of the interfaces we design. We often begin with a series of flat images, and while these may be pixel perfect and show some amazing detail, they lack the context of the user experience.

Interactive Prototypes And Time-Savers With Adobe Fireworks

Without context, it would be difficult for your clients to understand the flow of an app or website in the way you originally planned it. The best way to introduce context is by adding interactivity. By providing an interactive prototype (or interactive mockup), your clients can play around with it to their hearts’ content to get an idea of how the app will work and to test the interactions.

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Create Interactive Prototypes With Adobe Fireworks

Whilst designing for screens—including Web, mobile and RIAs—you often need to create a prototype to see whether the application works properly before moving onto the development stage. Prototypes are also essential in Web projects.

Create Interactive Prototypes With Adobe Fireworks

For example, when you plan an online ordering process, you have to be sure that every step is correct and that no critical elements are missing. Usually, you would create different screens for all pages of a website, ordering process or application workflow, and then describe the connection between them.

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Easily Customize WordPress’ Default Functionality

The absolute best thing about WordPress is how flexible it is. Don't like it? Change the theme. Need added functionality? There is probably a plugin you can download or buy. If not, built it yourself! You can change pretty much everything about WordPress. In this article I'm going to go over some easy ways to customize WordPress that you may not know about.

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Learn how to add image sizes, change sidebar markup, modify pre-published content, customize the author's comment box, and much more. This concise guide shows you how to customize default WordPress functionality with any or all of these techniques.

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Extracting Logos Using Levels In Adobe Fireworks

In all the years that I’ve been using Adobe Fireworks, I have always had to perform one task in every project: remove the background from a logo. Most of the time, it’s because the client doesn’t have the original raw file that their previous designer used to create their company’s logo, or because I need to work with a bunch of affiliate logos that I downloaded from the Web and not all of them have transparency information.

Extracting Logos Using Levels In Adobe Fireworks

With a rectangular or elliptical logo, I just trace over it with a shape and turn it into a mask. But when tracing a mask is impractical (as with complex shapes or text-based logos), I used to follow a method that I devised for extracting logos in Adobe Fireworks that doesn’t rely on the dreaded Magic Wand tool. This method took advantage of a few Live Effects to remove the background and retain the logo form. It was simple, but also primitive: it worked perfectly only when the contrast between the logo and background was already ideal and the logo form had only one color. Otherwise, I ended up with jagged edges.

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