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Motion Graphics: Taking Your Career To The Next Level

With so much consumerism in today’s era, getting your message out has never been more challenging. While lots of visual data is published on social media every day, there are far fewer motion apps or web-based platforms that can help drive more traffic. Evidently, companies today are considering implementing motion graphics more than ever. Animations can be used in every platform and for every type of business, strengthening company messages and brand awareness. 

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Adobe After Effects

Variable Fonts: Exciting for Designers & Developers

What are Variable Fonts?

Variable fonts are a new kind of font that allows for amazing new levels of flexibility. With just one font file you can alter thickness, width, or just about any attribute you can think of... all while keeping the file-size small (important for websites).

Do not limit your thinking to the standard options that you’ve seen before (bold, italic, extended, condensed, etc.). Font designers can make variable fonts do all sorts of cool things!

example of adjusting a variable font

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Top 3 Reasons Why Learning Video Editing is Your Next Move

We know what you’re thinking: Why would I ever learn video editing when I can just hire someone off Fiverr to do it for me? A few other refuting thoughts may cross your mind like the fact that it would take too much time, that you’re too busy to learn something new, that it’s too expensive to master, or that you prefer to be investing your energy on other things. While this may just be the case, it’s crucial to consider that knowing how to edit videos in your personal vision can help turn abstract ideas into powerful content and will help you save a fortune in the long run.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the world is saying...

Adobe After Effects

Photoshop Tutorial: Using Hair Brushes to Paint Hair Masks

Topics: Using custom hair brushes to create a selection/mask, Refining the hair mask, Removing a color cast

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Photoshop Tutorial: Using Channels to Make Hair Selections

Topics: Making a selection using Channels & Curves, Refining the selection with the History Brush, Refining the hair mask

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Photoshop Tutorial: Intro to Hair Retouching

Hair Selections & the Search for the Holy Grail

Hair Selections & the Search for the Holy Grail Everyone’s looking for the easy path. The internet is filled with so-called experts doling out “tips, tricks, and techniques,” and they may sound like they are the answer, but when you try them on your photos, you just get frustrated because they don’t work. You think there’s something wrong with you or your retouching skills, but maybe that technique only worked on that one photo and background combination! It’s not as easy as learning one tip or technique. Hair is more complex than that. A blonde on a dark background must be treated differently than a blonde on a light background.

Adobe Photoshop

What’s New in Photoshop CC 2019?

Each year Adobe comes out with new features, so what changed in Photoshop CC 2019? We’ll cover the most important changes we think you should know about.

Changes to Multiple Undo

Prior to Photoshop CC 2019, Cmd–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Z (Windows) acted as a toggle. It would undo, and then redo the very last thing you did. I always thought this was because of Photoshop’s roots in photography. It was useful to compare the before and after states to see if the retouching/color correction you just applied looks good. Regardless of the reason, it did make Photoshop different than other Creative Cloud apps. CC 2019 changes the keystroke to work like InDesign, Illustrator, etc.

  • In CC 2019 each time you hit Cmd–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Z (Windows), you will go farther back in your file’s history.
  • To redo, you now hit Cmd–Shift–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Shift–Z (Windows).
  • Miss the old toggle-style undo? Use Cmd–Opt–Z (Mac) or Ctrl–Alt–Z (Windows).

If you don’t like the new keystrokes, you can revert back to the prior behavior as follows:

  1. Go into Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.
  2. Check on Use Legacy Undo Shortcuts and click OK.
  3. Restart Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop

What’s New in InDesign CC 2019?

Each year Adobe comes out with new features, so what changed in InDesign CC 2019? We’ll cover the most important changes we think you should know about.

New Properties Panel

Properties panels have been added to Photoshop and Illustrator, and now InDesign has one. The Properties panel is meant to put many useful features into a single panel.

By default, the Control panel (at the top of the screen) has been hidden, in favor of the new Properties panel. While I like the idea of the Properties panel, I find that the Control panel does a better job of showing you more options in a smaller space. You can show the Control panel again by choosing Window > Control.

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What’s New in Illustrator CC 2019?

Each year Adobe comes out with new features, so what changed in Illustrator CC 2019? We’ll cover the most important changes we think you should know about.

Freeform Gradients

In addition to Linear and Radial gradients, Adobe added a new kind of gradient called Freeform gradients. Freeform gradients are similar to a gradient mesh, but are easier to work with and the color blending acts differently.

You can add color stops (places where you choose a color) anywhere in an object and move them around. These color stops can be points or lines. You can switch between the two modes in the Gradient panel, Properties panel, or Control panel.

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Video Tutorial: Web Animation Techniques

How do we animate in this day and age of HTML5? Should you use animated GIFs, CSS, or JavaScript? Animation is coming back to the web in a big way, and the trend is to make things move. You can even add animations to emails. Learn about creating animations with CSS, JavaScript (GreenSock), Photoshop, and After Effects in this free class!

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