Adobe has Announced a CS6 Promotion March 28th, 2012
Today, I got an email from a rep from JourneyEd.com, one of my vendors. Her message states:
Adobe has a current promotion with the release of CS6. Adobe is giving a free copy of CS6 to anyone that purchases CS 5.5 now until May 6! Please see attached promotion and contact me today for pricing!
Here’s her contact info:
|Shelly Bishop | HigherEd Sales-Digital River Education Services, Inc.|
|firstname.lastname@example.org | www.JourneyEd.com | www.AcademicSuperstore.com|
|Office: 800.876.3507 x12513 | Mobile: 214-907-7310 | Fax: 972.481.2100|
|Digital River, Inc | 5212 Tennyson Pkwy Suite 130 Plano, TX 75024|
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10 Very Cool Effects for CSS and CSS3 March 28th, 2012
Okay, I’ve already admitted that I don’t like hand-coding websites, and prefer to use WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) visually oriented Web design software like Dreamweaver, Flux, or some others. However, sometimes we HAVE to get into the code. CSS3 is a growing technology that enables web pages to do a lot of designer-y things they couldn’t do before.
This article explains why you may want to use these techniques, and how to implement them. Nicely done, WebDesignerDepot.com!
Sad Statistics for Freelancers March 26th, 2012
So many of my students and friends are freelancers (aka Independent Workers), so I had to share this infographic.
The numbers depicted here display how badly independent workers get stiffed for their pay in only the state of NY, so you can imagine how bad this is all around the country.
Please, be aware of this and provide yourself the safety net of written contracts, payments up front, deal with reputable companies, do whatever you can do to ensure payment. Also, you may want to view the “Mission Statement” of the Freelancer’s Union. Check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freelancers-Union/26962494725?sk=info
I know… the potential employers may just tell you “well, we’ll just hire somebody else”, playing on our fears so that we cave and do the work. But remember the percentage of that work that may end up being for free.
Happy 25th Birthday, Adobe Illustrator! March 22nd, 2012
OMG! Illustrator’s been around since 1987!!!
Today, Adobe‘s posted a celebration of Adobe Illustrator, and how it’s changed drawing and line art forever. I know… some of you guys are fondly remembering Macromedia Freehand – but Illustrator’s “where it’s at”!
FINALLY! Premiere’s gettin’ it’s Props! March 18th, 2012
When Final Cut Pro X came out, these guys did the MOST amusing job of dissin it, EVER! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxKYuF9pENQ ) and rightfully so, if you’re a professional editor!
Well, these same guys have finally come around to see that Premiere Pro IS actually a PRO program! Check out their video at the link below – and don’t forget to contact me, if you need any Premiere Pro training!
Making Green Beer for St. Patrick’s Day – In Photoshop March 17th, 2012
Last year, I made a tutorial on how to use Adjustment layers and masks to Create Green Beer for St. Patrick’s Day.
I thought this would be a good time to pull that one out again! Check it out at:
A Little Sound Nostalgia for the Good ‘Ol Days of Mac March 15th, 2012
I’ve been a Mac user since about 1990 and, despite a zillion improvements on the Mac and in all computing, I find myself nostalgic for Mac’s Good ‘Ol Days. The days when it didn’t take itself too seriously. The days when cute little extras and Easter Eggs could be found in software, and in the Finder.
One man has managed to bring back a little bit of the quaint times on the Mac by recreating the original Classic Mac sounds for the New OS’s and for the iOS as well.
Check out the free download from http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/19079/mac-os-classic-sound-pack
Also, I recommend checking out the Steven Jay Cohen’s Blog, on which he has some serious software development stuff, his resume, and some very cool Doctor Who stuff! http://www.stevenjaycohen.com/tags/development
Adding an “Impossible Gradient” to Editable Type March 11th, 2012
Jeff Witchel, an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and a frequent contributor to Layers Magazine (which many of you know is one of my favorite resources), has created a video tutorial for the addition of Gradients to type, WHILE keeping the type editable. This is one of those un-obvious Illustrator controls (uses one of my favorite tools – the Appearance Panel) that will help a bunch of you!
Tutorial – Using the History Brush with Filters – Photoshop March 8th, 2012
When I don’t get a chance to make my own tutorials, I still appreciate the work of others. Graphics.com has posted a nice tutorial on using the History Brush to control where Filter Effects…um… affect your image. Check it out!
Illustrator Plug-In Makes Drawing Vectors… Easier March 7th, 2012
For those of my students who never did get to LOVE the pen tool in Illustrator (although, you should practice you know……) ;D