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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 lynda.com 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.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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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

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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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.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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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.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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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

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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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.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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Download a set of 12 free Photoshop custom shapes from BittBox: "I’ve got some useful Photoshop Custom Shapes for everyone’s downloading pleasure. These should save you time if you need them, as you won’t have to go into Illustrator to make your own sunbursts on the fly. Just use the custom shape tool, in PS and blam, sunburst. Sunbursts can make I nice background element in a variety of ways. :)"

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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Adobe has posted the 30-day free trial download of InDesign 5.5. Here is a free InDesign CS5 video from Total Training, Adobe Indesign CS5: Creating Text On Path.

Use our exclusive Photoshopsupport coupon to save 30% off all DVDs with coupon code photoshopsupport. No expiration or minimums. For DVDs and annual online subscriptions only.

To help you evaluate Adobe's software the "try and buy" versions offer almost every feature and function of the product for you to test-drive. In most cases, the trials can easily be converted to purchased versions without needing to rein
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stall the software. The trial period begins on the first day you launch the software and continues for 30 days. When the trial expires, you must purchase the software to continue using it. To start the trial, launch your software and click the "Start Trial" button on the first screen that loads.

To uninstall your trial version, close any open Adobe software on your computer and do the following: In Windows, open the Windows Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs. Select the product you want to uninstall, click Change/Remove, and then follow the onscreen instructions. In Mac OS, double-click the product installer in Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers. Authenticate as an administrator, select Uninstall Components, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

If you have tried an individual product such as Flash Professional CS5.5, you can either convert that directly to the same product or convert it to one of the Creative Suite 5.5 editions that contains Flash Professional. Alternatively, if you tried an edition of Creative Suite 5.5 but decide to buy an individual component that is part of that edition, you can simply enter the serial number for the purchased product to convert your trial to the individual component you purchased.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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Watch this video from Adobe's Russell Brown to see highlights of the new features added to the Photoshop Touch apps in the recent update, including support for the iPad 2 camera.

Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop unite the fun and interactive experience of touch devices with the power and precision of Photoshop by enabling users to create custom color swatches, paint directly onscreen and drive popular Photoshop tools from tablet devices. These applications take advantage of the iPad’s touch screen for a truly immersive, tactile, o
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n-the-go experience, and expand upon inroads made by Adobe in the mobile and tablet market initiated with Photoshop Express, Adobe Ideas and Adobe Connect Mobile.

Current Photoshop CS5 owners can download a free update to enable new interaction between Photoshop and tablet devices:
Adobe Photoshop 12.0.4 update for Adobe Photoshop CS5 for MAC.
Adobe Photoshop 12.0.4 update for Adobe Photoshop CS5 for WINDOWS.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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People recognize and react to faces on Web pages faster than anything else on the page. In this chapter from her book, Susan Weinschenk explains how understanding this concept can help you design better web pages. From the intro:

Imagine that you're walking down a busy street in a large city when you suddenly see the face of a family member. Even if you were not expecting to see this person, and even if there are dozens, or even hundreds, of people in your visual field, you will immediately recognize him or her as your relative. You'll also have an accompanying emotional response, b
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e it love, hate, fear, or otherwise.

Although the visual cortex is huge and takes up significant brain resources, there is a special part of the brain outside the visual cortex whose sole purpose is to recognize faces. Identified by Nancy Kanwisher (1997), the fusiform face area (FFA) allows faces to bypass the brain's usual interpretive channels and helps us identify them more quickly than objects. The FFA is also near the amygdala, the brain's emotional center.

Read the full article, 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People: There's a Special Part of the Brain Just for Recognizing Faces.

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People
We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play. Learn to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:

What grabs and holds attention on a page or screen?
What makes memories stick?
What is more important, peripheral or central vision?
How can you predict the types of errors that people will make?
What is the limit to someone’s social circle?
How do you motivate people to continue on to (the next step?
What line length for text is best?
Are some fonts better than others?

These are just a few of the questions that 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People answers in its deep-dive exploration of what makes people tick.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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