The Perspective Grid, which has been around for a while, has been improved dramatically in the latest release of Illustrator CC. So much so, it gets my vote for most improved feature in Illustrator. Why do I like it so much? The objects that are drawn on a perspective grid and the grid itself are now connected. So if you need to change the perspective of your completed drawing, you just change the grid and the whole drawing updates to your new perspective.
In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant creates a 3D title effect using After Effects. He creates his title, then applies the shatter preset effect and tweaks the settings – calling a custom pattern to create 3D text. With the addition of a sky and cloud background, lens flare, and 3D camera, the animation becomes truly polished and professional.
In this bonus episode of Photoshop Tips & Tricks, RC Concepcion reviews a brand new product snapshot, the Eden Park Illumination Plasma Lamp. The Studio 3000 Microplasma Light is a thin panel that is easier to store, transport and set up than traditional studio lights. It also offers high quality, uniform light.
These two new features in Animate 3 make creating projects all that much easier. State centering allows for the stage to be centered with the click of a button. Responsive scaling options allow users to adjust the size of their animation based on the display window, making it responsive to mobile devices and other displays.
Jeff Witchel goes over some of advantages to typekit in InDesign. The menu options allow you to sort fonts by favorites and recently used. Clicking on typekit takes you to Adobe’s font library that has over 700 fonts. The fonts can be filtered to search easier and once you find what you want, it takes very little time to sync the font and begin using it in your layouts.
RC showcases a new product snapshot, the Phottix Portable Photography Kit. This feature is perfect for photographers who are just getting into the realm of flash photography and want to buy a one-stop-shop solution for the off-camera flash means. If you are looking for a photography kit all-in-one, Phottix is your source.
In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant starts with an old photo and splits it into three layers – foreground, middle, and background. He takes these layers into After Effects and animates camera movement and focus distance to create a moving picture with dimension that wasn’t there in the original. Check it out.