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You can find some free textures of old walls from Bittbox: Today’s textures came from an old abandoned one room school around here. I love how old crumbling buildings like this have the ability to tell their stories through the textures I can capture. I need to go back and shoot the rest of the building sometime, but that’s another post. These textures will work perfect for adding some vintage mood to your designs or photos. Enjoy!

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We've just finished posting 12 free Photoshop brush sets from our friend Janita. Here they all are, collected in one place. Look through the previews below and download as many as you like. You can also visit her site to see even more of her Photoshop brushes.

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita -- Floral Texture Brushes
Set name: Mad Moiselle (brushes in set: 10)
All images were scanned off what has been left by my bunnies that was once known as kitchen curtains.

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Adobe today announced an upgrade program for video professionals who have purchased any version of Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer and want to switch to industry-leading professional video tools by Adobe—Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium or Premiere Pro CS5.5. These customers will be eligible for a 50 percent savings on Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium or Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, both launched in April 2011 at the National Association of Broadcasters Show to industry acclaim. Eligible Adobe suite and point product customers also qualify for the program.
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This week, Deke’s Techniques gives a little love to that occasionally daunting yet imminently lovable drawing tool, Adobe Illustrator. In today’s technique, Deke returns to one of his early digital loves and shows you how to draw a classic heart shape in Illustrator. If you’re Illustrator-phobic, as I have been known to be, let me assure you even I was able to draw this shape by following Deke’s clear instructions.

The steps are fairly simple, and employ only a few easy-to-use tools: the Arc tool, the Reflect tool, and the trusty black and white arrow tools (officially known as Sele
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ction tools). By adjusting curves drawn by the Arc tool, we safely avoid the far more complicated Pen tool. And, in the end, what could be more a more appropriate command for joining two halves of a heart than using the Join > Paths command in Illustrator CS5. Ah, vector love. So unpretentious, uncomplicated, and mathematically defined.

Of course, sometimes you want your declaration of love to be florid, eye-catching, and just this side of over-the-top. Or maybe just the other side of over-the-top. For subscribers to the Online Training Library, this week’s new exclusive video in the Deke’s Techniques course features that same heart shape taken to a glossy extreme in Photoshop.

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita -- Texty Fabrics Brushes
Set name: Scarlett (brushes in set: 13)
These images were scanned off what has been left by my bunnies and was last be seen as beautiful pillow cases from my couch

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There's a good text effects tutorial at BittBox that will show you some of the basics of what you can do with Photoshop's Layer Styles. From the intro: Typography plays a key part in many kinds of design. Some would even say it’s the most important element of web design, in order to correctly portray your message you have to invite the user to read what you have to say. So how do you make your type stand out? In today's tutorial I want to cover some of the basics of modifying text using Layer Styles in Photoshop. We’ll learn how to create the “letterpress” look, how to overlay textures and pat
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terns, and how to use tools like Stroke and Bevel.

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita -- Distressed Flower Brushes
Set name: Mine All Mine (brushes in set: 21)
All illustrations are handmade using self-crafted potatoe stamps.

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Dreamweaver (download a free CS5.5 trial) is the tool most widely used for designing and managing professional-looking websites. But it's tricky to learn on your own. That's where David Sawyer McFarland's Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual (Amazon - $30.54) comes in. You'll find the most complete overview of the program's latest update, plus all the necessary instruction to start designing for smartphones, tablets, and computers right away.

"In this edition, a new chapter dedicated solely to building websites for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets will help readers tap i
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nto exciting new features in Dreamweaver," explains McFarland, who has written every Dreamweaver Missing Manual. "Readers will learn how to take a site designed for the large screen of a desktop computer and make it more readable, accessible and easier to use for visitors using a phone or tablet.

You can download a 73-page sampler of this book and see if it appeals to you. There's a lot of great info in this PDF, it's the complete first chapter of the book. Here's what you get:

Chapter 1: Dreamweaver CS5.5 Guided Tour
The Dreamweaver CS5.5 Interface
The Document Window
The Insert Panel
The Files Panel
The Property Inspector
The Application Bar
Organizing Your Workspace
Setting Up a Site
Creating a Web Page
The Dreamweaver Test Drive
Phase 1: Getting Dreamweaver in Shape
Phase 2: Creating a Website
Phase 3: Creating and Saving a Web Page
Phase 4: Adding Images and Text
Phase 5: Preview Your Work
Phase 6: Finishing the Page

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita.
Bubbly Doodle Brushes
Set name: Glimmer (brushes in set: 22)
All illustrations in there are drawn by me while being endlessly bored again on a rainy university morning.

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