Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Part 11 of 12 By Laurie Burruss We're going to start by outlining the main structural elements of this homepage. So we've got our header area done, and now we are ready to do our content area. I'm going to scroll down to that area and I'm going to click on my tool that has text and a rectangle, and don't get too picky with this. Just try to guess- timate. These are not design or content creation tools. You just have to play along and they don't snap, so you just do your best job. ...Read More »
Web Site Planning and Wireframing: Part 10 of 12 By Laurie Burruss We're now ready to go and start creating our wireframe inside of Acrobat Pro. I'm going to my toolbar and launching Acrobat Pro version 9. You won't see much when it opens but don't fear. Come up to File and choose File > Create PDF > From File, or the keyboard shortcut is Command+N, Ctrl+N. I'll navigate out to my Desktop. ...Read More »
Illustrator CS3 level 1: Tips and Tricks with the Pen Tool By Patrick Ripley In this training video, host Patrick Ripley looks at paths and the use of the Pen tool. He offers up a tracing exercise to pick up good ability with the Pen tool quickly. He draws a few ellipses and rectangles and shows you how to use the variuos features in the pen tool to accurately trace these objects, which helps to get up to speed with the pen tool. ...Read More »
Illustrator CS3 level 1: Fill and Stroke options By Patrick Ripley In this training video, host Patrick Ripley discusses filling and stroking objects in Illustrator CS3. The basic attributes of any object or path in illustrator is its fill and its stroke. Ripley discusses pattern fills, basic colors, or graduated colors, of which he discusses later. The other attribute is the object's stroke, which he also discusses. ...Read More »
Illustrator CS3 level 2: Charts and Graphs By Patrick Ripley In this training video, host Patrick Ripley looks at drawing charts and graphs in Illustrator. he covers the charting tool and shows how to initiate a simple chart, he discusses the spreadsheet style window that pops up when creating a graph and what values you can put into the spreadsheet style window. He also shows how to import Microsoft Excel data into the graphs as well. ...Read More »
Illustrator CS3 Level 1: Working with Color By Patrick Ripley In this training video, host Patrick Ripley covers the use of colors in a document, and setting up colors in Adobe Illustrator. He covers the swatches palette and discusses the white, black, orange and green colors in the Swatch for the document. He shows how to add a new color, how to work in the new Color Swatch, and working with process colors. He also covers the various color models, such as those for Web and print. ...Read More »
Red Plasticy Material in CINEMA 4D By Ko Maruyama If you're a 3D artist watching television this week, you've probably noticed a flood of new graphics, including some great looking red plastic stuff. Back in the day, there were great little Chinese toys that were made of a dense red plastic. Here's one recipe to create a similar vibe using MAXON's CINEMA4D. Special thanks to Pixel Corps member Mark Rigby for his translation. Go! ...Read More »
Complex Logo Design in Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Classic By Kevin McAuliffe I have always been fascinated by 3D animation, but I unfortunately don't have the time to sit down and learn a 3D program to really produce great looking animations. A few years back, Zaxwerks released a set of plug-ins called Invigorator (Pro and Classic) that brought the world of extrusion to the "3D" in After Effects. I love the plug-in, but I always found it cumbersome to create complex animations, as time was always an issue. ...Read More »
Vector Illustrations into 3D By David Basulto was cleaning out some of my files the other day and came across a folder full of stuff I grabbed at SIGGRAPH this year. I came across this great looking postcard from the gang at GoMedia. The company's ?Arsenal royalty free vector art is amazing. I got inspired and thought ?lets make some cool 3D works with it! So here we go. ...Read More »
3D JAPANESE BRIDGE By Miwa Hirano In this tutorial we create simple Japanese bridge using Extrude and Duplicate. While the process is relatively simple, the idea of creating holes in 3D geometry is occasionally confusing. Sometimes a whole needs to be created by forcing polygons into a particular shape. Other times, a polygonal tool, such as a boolean operator can be employed to carve one piece of geometry with another. In this tutorial, we'll explore how to make holes in a spline used for an ExtrudeNURBS object. ...Read More »
Animating Materials By Ko Maruyama There are several parameters that most C4D users are comfortable animating. Obviously position, scale and rotation, the basic transformation attributes are easily modified and animated, but what happens when you want to animate a texture. You have multiple options. ...Read More »
Reconfiguring brushes in Adobe Illustrator By Dave Nagel When you work with brushes in Adobe Illustrator, chances are you'll want to customize them a bit to suit your own style, rather than conforming your style to the stock presets. But the customization process isn't always straightforward. So in this tutorial, we'll take a look at three different ways to make brushes your own and try to keep it as simple as possible. ...Read More »
Adobe Illustrator Quick Tip: Radial Gradients By Dave Nagel In Illustrator CS2, standard radial gradient fills won't automatically follow the edges of an object. They'll generally be circular and clipped by the bounding box of the object, rather than conformed to the object itself. However, with oval-shaped objects, there's a little trick to get the gradient to follow the edges of the object, rather than appearing completely circular and clipped by the bounding box. ...Read More »
Illustrator Tips: Color Swatches By Dave Nagel No matter how long you've worked in Adobe Illustrator, there's always something new to learn--even in terms of the most basic functions of the program. For the latest installment in our "Illustrator Tips" series, we take a look at ways to manipulate color swatches, from importing color swatches--selectively--from Adobe Photoshop to merging color swatches to adding new swatches to Illustrator's default Swatch library so that you don't have to import colors on a document by document basis. ...Read More »
Global Color Replacement in Adobe Illustrator By Dave Nagel It's easy to draw yourself into a corner in Adobe Illustrator. You may create complex illustrations involving hundreds--possibly thousands--of individual objects. And if you need to make changes (such as modifying fill color) to several objects of a particular type within your larger illustration, you might find yourself looking at hours of manual labor. But the Magic Wand tool can spare you that. ...Read More »
Stroke Weight on Path Segments in Adobe Illustrator By Dave Nagel How do you vary the weight of a stroke along a path in Adobe Illustrator? You can always split up the path with the Scissors tool, then adjust the stroke weights on the newly formed paths. But problems arise with this method when you path contains a fill. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround for this problem using Illustrator CS2. ...Read More »
Pumpkin Bat By Ko Maruyama Someone recently asked me why I had stopped writing holiday-based tutorials. 'Dunno. Here's another simple tutorial to illustrate spline based animation in MAXON's CINEMA 4D - I've made it a 'holiday' tutorial. Splines in this 3D application can be used for many different purposes, including shader creation. The ability to control the splines is key to many different animations. Here's how to do it. ...Read More »
Clipping with Patterns in Adobe Illustrator By Dave Nagel It's easy enough to create a clipping mask over raster images in Adobe Illustrator. However, when you do so, you might be left with a very inconvenient bounding box that can get in your way horribly while you're trying to work. And nothing you do can get rid of it beyond simply locking the object, which then makes it uneditable. ...Read More »
Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator CS2, Part 2 By Dave Nagel In our last tour through Live Paint in Illustrator CS2, we took a look at a simple method for generating multiple vector objects with a single path. But Live Paint can also be used to slice and dice existing objects using additional objects or paths. So in Part 2 of our series, we'll take a look at this more complex functionality, plus methods for stroking individual Live Paint path segments and additional methods for filling regions. ...Read More »
3D Charts in Adobe Illustrator CS By Dave Nagel The default graph styles in Adobe Illustrator aren't exactly awe-inspiring. Come to think of it, graphs in general are pretty boring. But they can be critical for conveying information to an audience with a short attention span. So, when the marketing department hands you some data to "jazz up" for a meeting or your editor hands you a table to format for a sidebar, it's your God-given duty as a designer to get that thing into some semblance of presentability or die trying. ...Read More »
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