Free Download: 2014 Calendar in PDF, Illustrator (AI), InDesign (INDD) Format

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It's never too early to plan ahead! I'd like to wish whoever's reading this all health, luck and happiness for the coming year, 2014. And, as a token of my appreciation, dear website visitor, I'd like to offer you a gift of free 2014 calendars in PDF to download, plus the files that created them in Illustrator (AI) and InDesign (INDD). Free 2014 Calendars to download as … [Read more...]

Whether To Use Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign?

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Adobe's Creative Suite of programs includes some heavy-weight applications that are mainstay tools for millions of graphic designers all over the world. Everyone knows what Photoshop does – it's the photo-manipulation software. It's forced it's way into the English language. You hear kids these days looking at a photo of a model saying "her skin's been Photoshopped". … [Read more...]

Create Interactive PDF with InDesign

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I'm often asked how to create an interactive PDF with InDesign with internal links so that you can, for example, click on a chapter title in the contents page and immediately get the PDF to jump to that page. How to create an interactive PDF with internal links video So I've made a video to show how to create hyperlink destinations within the InDesign document and … [Read more...]

What you need to start a graphic design business

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It pains me to think of the $3000 I spent on a Mac Performa 6400 complete with a huge monitor and in-built 28K dial-up modem in the mid-90s. The machine chugged along like an aging donkey and the information super-highway felt more like a traffic jam. I wish I was starting now with readily available broadband connections and quality computers at affordable prices! The most … [Read more...]

Free 2011 Calendars to download in PDF, InDesign and Illustrator formats!

Download Free 2011 Calendars!

Here's a present for my visitors and subscribers as a BIG "thank you" for all the support and encouragement I've received over the year! Every year I send Christmas cards to all my clients with a calendar of the next year on the back. Putting something useful like a calendar on the back of a Christmas card creates extra value. Single page 2011 Calendar in Illustrator … [Read more...]

Create an ePub eBook with InDesign

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The internet is awash with eBooks. It's easy to see why – they're fast, convenient and are a great way to consume and store reading material. They can be downloaded in seconds and many thousands can fit on a single USB stick. eBooks are also interactive, allowing you to search for text, make notes or drawings and follow hyperlinks. Whilst many bloggers will want to provide … [Read more...]

Free open source alternatives to Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

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A guest post from Louise Baker of Zen College Life For web designers, developers and amateur creative types that work with a lot of graphics and image manipulation, the decision of which software to use is an important one. While Adobe Photoshop and its related Creative Suite programs are well respected throughout the world, open source software is making some big gains in … [Read more...]

Creating an interactive PDF eBook in InDesign

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E-books are nothing short of a phenomenon on the internet. And it's not difficult to see why: http://youtu.be/cW1rpyGFsoc They're cheap to create and distribute; they give ordinary people the opportunity to express themselves; they are an outstanding marketing tool - taking on a life of their own after publication with links, branding, company and product information … [Read more...]

Things I love about designing in InDesign that I couldn’t do in Quark

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I was thinking this was going to be a short post but the ideas just keep on coming. Maybe a little unfair, I'm comparing InDesign CS2 with Quark 6.5, but anyway! X and Y You can choose where your x and y measurements for page objects are taken in the Control bar – top left, top centre, top right, middle left, middle centre, middle right, bottom left, bottom centre or bottom … [Read more...]

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