Pencil Tool in Illustrator CC

Jeff Witchel introduces the reinvented pencil tool in Illustrator CC. The pencil tool now includes fidelity options that allow for creating smoother, cleaner paths.

Bokeh Effect in After Effects

Learn how to create a bokeh background in After Effects. Starting with shape objects and their wiggle transform options, Daniel Bryant adds color and adjust depth of field on the camera option to create a bokeh design. Add to that a gradient ramp, a text layer, and a lens flare and you create a very creative, beautiful effect.

Attracting Friends with a Fabulous Facebook Design

With a dash of creativity and a little Photoshop mojo, you can create an eye-catching Facebook profile, despite the paltry design options Facebook provides or the somewhat misleading guidelines in Facebook’s Help files, which I’ll try to clear up in this article.

Limelite Mosaic LED Panels

Professional lighting-equipment manufacturer Bowens International has recently introduced the Limelite Mosaic line of high-quality LED panels.

Adding Background Video to Wepage, Part 2

In part 2 of this tutorial, Tom Green uses Dreamweaver’s HTML5 video tools to add a background video to a webpage. He adds all of the necessary properties to the video tag and shows how to use Dreamweaver’s preview options to test the page in different browsers.

GoodSync

Being a responsible computer user, you have an automated backup system in place, right? But does your backup system use the same robust technology that Adobe uses for its File Sync features in the Creative Cloud? I think not.

Adding Background Video to Wepage, Part 1

Using After Effects to edit a video clip, Tom Green prepares a clip for use as a background video for a webpage. In part one, he uses black and white, blur, and compression to reduce the file size and data rate. The final step is outputting the video from After Effects and preparing mp4, webm, and ogg versions of that video for the web.

Extensis Suitcase Fusion 5

Extensis Suitcase has been around for what seems like forever, and it remains one of the first programs that graphic designers think of when deciding on a font manager.

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