Flame Painter 2

Flame Painter 2 is a unique program that’s not for everyone; however, creatives will find loads of excuses to play with this application. Flame brushes are just one small segment of the process, and the control and precision you have using these esoteric elements will make you feel bad for folks trying to do similar things any other way.

Illustrator Quick Tips: Sync Your Settings to the Cloud

Adobe certified instructor Jeff Witchel shows you how to sync your settings to the Cloud so you can have your personal settings on any computer that has Adobe Illustrator. Jeff shows you how the Cloud can sync your Preferences, Presets, Swatches, Brushes and more.

TimeTracker

For creative professionals, tracking time spent on projects is a necessary fact of life. In an ideal world, your computer would track the time you spend on projects, and you could then adjust the numbers to account for mistakes, and include additional time spent on noncomputer tasks. If you spend most of your billable time in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy, or Flash, or in Microsoft Office, CreativeWorx offers exactly that possibility with their TimeTracker system.

Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch and 13HD

If you mainly work at a desk (home or office), then the Cintiq 22HD touch is for you. If, however, you do a lot of traveling, or find that you’re more creative outside the office or in coffee shops, then by all means get the Cintiq 13HD.

Edge Animate: Edge Commons

For those web designers who are a bit ‘codephobic’, this four-part video series will teach some easy ways to bring your projects to life. Edge Animate offers some simple ways to add interactivity and animation to your design. In this video, Tom Green shows how to use the Edge Commons javascript library to center your stage at runtime.

PSKiss BlackMagic

Adobe has a color-to-black-and-white conversion feature in Photoshop and Lightroom but recently, there’s been a growing number of third-party conversion plug-ins. Now, enter BlackMagic from PSKiss with a different approach: It’s a set of more than 50 distinctly different, black-and-white Lightroom presets and brushes to convert color files to black and white.

Designing Titles with Adobe Premiere

In this video, Daniel Bryant shows off the basics of creating titles in Premiere Pro by creating a standard lower third title window and adding text. Daniel uses a gradient to overlay the text over the video. He also creates a preset to make other titles with ease, creates a shortcut to call the template quickly, and demonstrates how to add a vignette to the edges of the video.

MotionComposer 1.6

You don’t have to be a developer to benefit from using MotionComposer 1.6 to create animated content for Websites and e-books that are viewable on any device. For Web animations and interactivity, MotionComposer’s easy-to-use interface and cross-browser compatibility make this a great program for users of all skill levels.

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