3D Ray-Tracing in After Effects CS6

Daniel Bryant shows you how to take advantage of After Effects CS6′s ray-tracing features to light and render a 3D movie title.

Screen Density and Mobile Devices – Solutions

Tom Green talks about options for designing images that display well across different mobile devices. Although there is no single answer, his solutions include using javascript to detect the screen reolution, as well as css and media queries.

Adobe Creative Cloud – New Features

NAPP’s own RC Concepcion goes through some great new features in Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud. Plus, Adobe is offering a free year of Creative Cloud to anyone purchasing a full conference pass to PhotoshopWorld. Watch all 8 Videos in this playlist !!

Optical Margin Alignment in Adobe InDesign

In this tutorial, Jeff Witchel explains the in’s and out’s of optical margin alignment in Adobe InDesign. Optical margin alignment is when you adjust edge of text to be more visually pleasing, even if it pushes letters outside the bounds of your text box. Optical margin alignment is particularly useful for centering text with punctuation.

Screen Density and Mobile Devices

Understanding how different mobile devices display images can be confusing. Tom Green walks viewers through a basic explanation of screen density and how it differs between mobile devices. He discusses the difference between hardware pixels and reference pixels and the importance of device pixel ratio.

Adding WhiteSpace to InDesign Type

This video explains the various add space options in InDesign. Em space and En space are explained, as well as nonbreaking space, flush space, figure space, and punctuation space.

Compositing Problem-Solving in After Effects

In this video, Daniel creates a space-themed movie poster from scratch with After Effects compositing techniques that include layer masking, blending modes, text animation, lens flares and particle effects.

Responsive Design with Edge Reflow – The Basics of Design

Use Reflow to create responsive design for everything from desktop to mobile. In this video, Tom Green takes viewers through the design process. He starts with the outer container, then moves on to adding and styling graphic elements, then adding breakpoints and making changes to the design based on screen size. Reflow is the beginning of a promising visual design tool that can make responsive design fast and easy.

Adobe After Effects Key Framing for Beginners

For those of you new to After Effects, Daniel Bryant offers this beginner tutorial for understanding key frame animation and different key frame interpolations.

Organize with Layers – Adobe Illustrator

Jeff Witchel demonstrates the importance of layer organization when designing in Illustrator. The layers panel can be used to change stacking order and to manage the elements of a design.

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