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Introduction to Photoshop Blending Modes

If you’ve ever been curious about that long dropdown menu on your Photoshop layers bar, then this is the tutorial for you! The array of options helps to adjust your image using different blending techniques with multiple layers, and if used correctly, can result in seriously cool results. To begin, you need to be comfortable adding and editing layers, which you can explore under…you guessed it…the “Layers” option at the top menu bar. Once you’ve opened your base picture, you can add to it using a “fill” or “adjustment” layer. Now for the fun part! For this tutorial, I selected a fill layer...

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Set, Forget InDesign Styles for Consistency

In my opinion, one of the marks of a professional graphic designer is consistency. It is so important to make sure that fonts, colors, and design elements are consistent throughout a project, but also across an entire company brand. Design consistency gives a feeling of familiarity and provides the consumer something to recognize about your products or services. When Adobe InDesign was introduced in the Creative Suite in 2002, it came with a bundle of new features that helped designers ensure consistency across documents. One of the easiest ways to do this was to use Adobe styles. In most of...

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Fun with Adobe Creative Suite Panels

The possibilities with Adobe Creative Suite are endless. For this reason and more, Adobe CS has become the industry standard for graphic design, video production and many other creative professions. Programs such as Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign have revolutionized several industries and are now more accessible to the average consumer than ever before. At the Fort Collins Digital Workshop, we consistently see students who have been forced into these complex programs by their employers in the hopes they’ll be able to bring design work in-house. However, Adobe CS is designed for...

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Adobe Creative Suite Isn’t Just for Designers

The Fort Collins Digital Workshop has been around for seven years, and we’ve spoken with plenty of neighbors, friends and innumerable acquaintances about the beauty of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Funny thing is, after all this time, we’re still hearing the same objections to using Adobe Creative Suite (CS) as we did back in the day. If you’re on the fence about picking up Photoshop or another Adobe program, there’s a strong chance you fall into one of these categories: My brain melts just looking at all the buttons My wallet bursts into flames just looking at the price tag I...

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Windows 8: Adobe Photoshop Express

Peeking in on Photoshop Express using Windows 8 The words “free” and “Photoshop” are rarely used together. But, Adobe Photoshop Express changed all that when it launched on Android, iOS tablets and smartphones. Photoshop Express offers one-touch controls for basic photo-editing tools and simple effects. If you are looking for a good way to get a taste for Adobe Photoshop or other Adobe CS software, Adobe Photoshop Express might be the perfect doorway. Recently, Adobe added Photoshop Express to the Microsoft Store, making the app available for Windows 8 devices. Its features can be put to use...

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