Category Archives: Tutorial

New video: Advanced blending using Photoshop Smart Objects

I finally found the time and energy to record a new Photoshop video for the friendly folks at CreativePro.com. Photoshop seems to be my preferred weapon of choice these days and so I decided to share another great tip on using Smart Objects for layer blending. Intriguing right?

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New Adobe Photoshop videos on using Smart Objects

This month and last month CreativePro released two of my new Adobe Photoshop videos on using Smart Objects. Even though this news isn’t as recent as it should be, I suddenly realized I didn’t announce this on my blog yet. If you’re into Photoshop and want to discover more about Smart Objects you can click on the images below to learn more! Continue reading New Adobe Photoshop videos on using Smart Objects

Photoshop video tutorial: create Star Wars intro using Smart Objects

During the next few months I’ll be producing several short Photoshop video tutorials for CreativePro, focusing specifically on Smart Objects. Many people only associate Smart Objects in Photoshop only with copying and pasting over artwork from Adobe Illustrator. But you’ll soon discover that Smart Objects can do a lot more than that. To kick off the video series I decided to show you how to recreate the famous Star Wars intro, just using Smart Objects. Continue reading Photoshop video tutorial: create Star Wars intro using Smart Objects

New video: create flexible grayscale images

I just released my fourth video tutorial on YouTube. This time I’m using Adobe Photoshop to create a “flexible grayscale” image. This means I’m converting a colour image to a grayscale version, but I’m doing it in a non-destructive way that would still print using only one printing plate. You actually need a trick to make this work!

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New Adobe DPS video tutorial: creating an automatic number sequence

This new video tutorial teaches you how you can use Adobe InDesign and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite tools to create an automatic number sequence. The technique in this video involves nesting an image sequence object into a multi-state object which is then triggered using a button.

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Custom poster image for YouTube videos with Adobe DPS

I love embedding YouTube videos in my digital publications using InDesign and Adobe DPS. They offer a great way to save lots of megabytes when designing your interactive document. And with todays HD options and broadband streaming, it seems like more and more people jump on the “stream train”.

But unfortunately we’re still not living in a perfect world where it’s no longer necessary to safely remove a USB drive, Comic Sans isn’t installed by default or where you’re not online all the time. And it’s for that last scenario that we want to be careful  when automatically trying to stream video. Because we want to control what the users sees during his reading experience. The following workflow will show you how you can hold off from automatically streaming by not using the “Auto Play” function and using a custom poster.

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Reduce the total ink in CMYK images using Photoshop

CreativePro just published a step-by-step tutorial I wrote that describes how to reduce the total amount of ink in your CMYK images.  Having too much total ink in your CMYK document is a pretty common problem. Sure, there is a total ink limit option embedded in your CMYK ICC profile but that doesn’t stop you from boosting the colours a bit more in Photoshop after a conversion to CMYK.

You can read the full article here on the CreativePro website.