InDesign Tip: Resize Image and Frame Simultaneously

For users of recent versions of InDesign, the confusion over how to resize an image instead of cropping it evolves from two issues. First, selecting the image...

InDesign Tip: Tinting Grayscale Photos

Changing the colors of photographs in your InDesign project requires Photoshop, right? Not necessarily. If the photo is black and white and saved in grayscale...

Illustrator Tip: Live Trace

Adobe Illustrator's Live Trace feature is a phenomenal way to transform a raster image into a vector image--or to put it more plainly--to turn a photograph into...

Add, Remove, and Replace PDF Pages

The other day, we looked at ways to extract content from finished PDF files using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro. But extracting content is not the only reason to revisit a...

Extracting Content From PDF Files

I need to say it: PDF files are supposed to be the final format for content. You aren't supposed to need to edit anything once it's been turned into a PDF. In...

Photoshop Tip: Global Light

Think of Global Light as a shop light--one of those caged light bulbs with the hook at the top.

Photoshop Gradients for Monotone or Duotone Effects

Few would deny the classic beauty of a grayscale (black and white) photo. Many ordinary pictures can be rendered more elegant simply by removing their colors...

Cartoon You: Quick Avatars With Photoshop

Used as an avatar for forums and social media, a photograph helps people associate a face with your posts, status updates, and conversations. Of course, like...

Cartoon You

Photo-based avatars that look like paintings or illustrations are very classy and tend to be rare because few people possess the skills to make them without...

Cartoon You: Your Portrait in Illustrator

So you need a small portrait of yourself to paste into social networking Web sites, instant message clients, or other venues that call for an image that you'd...

Cartoon You: Creating Easy Avatars

As social networking Web sites become increasingly popular, many users seek a way to pictorially represent themselves with a small icon. While a photo can be...

Cartoon You: Creating Easy Avatars

Who are you online? It sounds like a simple question, but in a medium where you can be anyone, it's a question worth pondering particularly for the following...

Create a Digital ID With Adobe Acrobat

Last week, we discussed how to create a digital signature that you can use to sign official PDF documents in your own handwriting. But what if you don't have a...

Sign Electronic Documents With Your Handwritten Signature

Digital signatures are a legally binding way to affirm your agreement to PDF documents. They can include your name, your organization information, your e-mail...

Social Networks for Creative Pros

If you're like most creative professionals, you rely on advice and inspiration from peers to stay on the top of your game. Mainstream social networking sites...