Dave Clayton

Dave Clayton

Dave Clayton is a UK based graphic designer and creative specialist with over 30 years of experience. With a great passion for all things design, Dave has always loved working in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. He specializes in creating branding projects and logos for clients and has had work published by Peachpit and KelbyOne. He is also an Adobe Influencer and ACA in InDesign.

Retro TV Glitch Effect

with Dave Clayton

In this issue’s tutorial, we’re going to create a cool, retro TV glitch-style image using channels and a couple of adjustment layers. Like most effects in Photoshop, there’s a lot of trial and error. The settings we’ll be using today are based on eyeballing the image. Each image that you try for this technique will produce a different result, so as always, roll up you sleeves and get down-and- -dirty with these tutorials in the magazine. And remember, make notes of the settings as you go; you may find a great recipe that you can record as an action for future use. That’s the best part about...

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In this issue’s tutorial, we’re going to create a cool, retro TV glitch-style image using channels and a couple of adjustment layers. Like most effects in Photoshop, there’s a lot of trial and error. The settings we’ll be using today are based on eyeballing the image. Each image that you try for this technique will produce a different result, so as always, roll up you sleeves and get down-and- -dirty with these tutorials in the magazine. And remember, make notes of the settings as you go; you may find a great recipe that you can record as an action for future use. That’s the best part about...

Join graphic designer extraordinaire, Dave Clayton, for a deep dive into some stunning text effects inspired by classic designs from the '50s, '70s, and '80s. Have some fun reverse engineering TV and movie text effects from shows like Stranger Things and Ready Player One to retro looks from the '50s. If you’re a typography fan or just wanting to learn some new tricks for designing text then this class is for you!

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Join graphic designer extraordinaire, Dave Clayton, for a deep dive into some stunning text effects inspired by classic designs from the '50s, '70s, and '80s. Have some fun reverse engineering TV and movie text effects from shows like Stranger Things and Ready Player One to retro looks from the '50s. If you’re a typography fan or just wanting to learn some new tricks for designing text then this class is for you!

For those of you who run a business—small, medium, or even large—you have a brand identity that includes, at the very least, these graphical elements: a logo (and variations), a color scheme, and a font. These form the basis of your brand guidelines; the elements that must always be the same when used online and in print. Logos are often printed, displayed, embroidered, and sometimes engraved or etched. In all cases, you want your identity to look the same everywhere. How many times have you seen a logo stretched or printed badly with the wrong colors or even the wrong font for the compa...

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For those of you who run a business—small, medium, or even large—you have a brand identity that includes, at the very least, these graphical elements: a logo (and variations), a color scheme, and a font. These form the basis of your brand guidelines; the elements that must always be the same when used online and in print. Logos are often printed, displayed, embroidered, and sometimes engraved or etched. In all cases, you want your identity to look the same everywhere. How many times have you seen a logo stretched or printed badly with the wrong colors or even the wrong font for the compa...

Photoshop Variables

with Dave Clayton

Over the past few tutorials, we’ve been looking at ways to help your design workflow, using smart objects, artboards, and templates. In this tutorial, we’re going to take things a step further with a powerful tool in Photoshop that’s actually been there for a while. Many designers are tasked with repetitive work, whether it’s retouching, resizing, recoloring, or many other tasks that involve processing more than one image. When we find ourselves having to create multiple versions of the same project—be it web banners, social graphics, ads, etc.—as usual, there are always more ways to do ...

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Over the past few tutorials, we’ve been looking at ways to help your design workflow, using smart objects, artboards, and templates. In this tutorial, we’re going to take things a step further with a powerful tool in Photoshop that’s actually been there for a while. Many designers are tasked with repetitive work, whether it’s retouching, resizing, recoloring, or many other tasks that involve processing more than one image. When we find ourselves having to create multiple versions of the same project—be it web banners, social graphics, ads, etc.—as usual, there are always more ways to do ...

Join Dave Clayton as he shares his top Photoshop tips and tricks for designers! Dave works through a series of projects as he shares a steady stream of tips to help you in your workflow. His tips cover topics ranging from key preference settings to smart objects, slider tricks, selections, adjustment layers, maximizing CC Libraries, and so much more.

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Join Dave Clayton as he shares his top Photoshop tips and tricks for designers! Dave works through a series of projects as he shares a steady stream of tips to help you in your workflow. His tips cover topics ranging from key preference settings to smart objects, slider tricks, selections, adjustment layers, maximizing CC Libraries, and so much more.

One of the cool things about using Photoshop as a design tool is the ability to re-create features from other Adobe apps that aren’t included in Photoshop. One such feature is master pages, which is available in InDesign. Master pages give you the ability to create a master template that will apply across all pages in a document. We need to do a little workaround for this in Photoshop, but essentially we’re going to use smart objects as our master page element and duplicate them across multiple artboards, which are replicating our pages. Then, if we change a master element, such as a show s...

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One of the cool things about using Photoshop as a design tool is the ability to re-create features from other Adobe apps that aren’t included in Photoshop. One such feature is master pages, which is available in InDesign. Master pages give you the ability to create a master template that will apply across all pages in a document. We need to do a little workaround for this in Photoshop, but essentially we’re going to use smart objects as our master page element and duplicate them across multiple artboards, which are replicating our pages. Then, if we change a master element, such as a show s...

Quite often, I receive requests from clients who want to know how their logos or designs will look on garments. I could download a bunch of apparel templates, which I do anyway for final proofs, but my first task is to set up a template that allows me to try the design on different materials and textures so I can give it a realistic look for the client to preview. This technique could also be useful if you’re thinking of selling your images in an online store. I use a square template file that has a Color Overlay layer style for changing the material color; fabric textures to change the ...

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Quite often, I receive requests from clients who want to know how their logos or designs will look on garments. I could download a bunch of apparel templates, which I do anyway for final proofs, but my first task is to set up a template that allows me to try the design on different materials and textures so I can give it a realistic look for the client to preview. This technique could also be useful if you’re thinking of selling your images in an online store. I use a square template file that has a Color Overlay layer style for changing the material color; fabric textures to change the ...

This issue, we’re going to look at one of my favorite styles of graphic effects, retro type! Anyone who knows me as a designer can see that my work is influenced by retro design. But what is retro design? There’s so much great design that was created in the pre-computer days, including many familiar logos and font styles that make you think of the “classics,” and many brands seem to be going back to these styles. Design is heavily affected by its time, which we categorize into decades. Growing up, I was influenced by the artwork and design of the Eighties—a world filled with neon and col...

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This issue, we’re going to look at one of my favorite styles of graphic effects, retro type! Anyone who knows me as a designer can see that my work is influenced by retro design. But what is retro design? There’s so much great design that was created in the pre-computer days, including many familiar logos and font styles that make you think of the “classics,” and many brands seem to be going back to these styles. Design is heavily affected by its time, which we categorize into decades. Growing up, I was influenced by the artwork and design of the Eighties—a world filled with neon and col...

Mocking Up Your Artwork

with Dave Clayton

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been fortunate enough to design book covers for Rocky Nook (Glyn Dewis and Alan Hess) and Peachpit (Glyn Dewis). During this process, we have to go through the whole layout stage, finesse the final artwork, and then present the design to the author and the publisher. If we send a two-dimensional image, it’s hard to imagine how the final book will actually look sitting on a desk or table. I found the best way to present book artwork, or any artwork that’s intended for a physical or digital output, is to let the recipient view it in a realistic, mocked-up e...

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve been fortunate enough to design book covers for Rocky Nook (Glyn Dewis and Alan Hess) and Peachpit (Glyn Dewis). During this process, we have to go through the whole layout stage, finesse the final artwork, and then present the design to the author and the publisher. If we send a two-dimensional image, it’s hard to imagine how the final book will actually look sitting on a desk or table. I found the best way to present book artwork, or any artwork that’s intended for a physical or digital output, is to let the recipient view it in a realistic, mocked-up e...

Back in October 2017, Adobe announced the shiny new Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. In this issue, we’re going to look at some little gems I’ve discovered since using the new version. I absolutely love Photoshop; there’s pretty much nothing I can’t do creatively in this app, and when I find new things, it just makes being creative that much more fun! Sometimes it’s good to take stock of these tips and make a note of them. The quicker you can move around Photoshop, the more creative you can be. So let’s jump in and have a look at 18 new tips for 2018! Pen Tool #1 Whether you love or hate the ...

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Back in October 2017, Adobe announced the shiny new Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. In this issue, we’re going to look at some little gems I’ve discovered since using the new version. I absolutely love Photoshop; there’s pretty much nothing I can’t do creatively in this app, and when I find new things, it just makes being creative that much more fun! Sometimes it’s good to take stock of these tips and make a note of them. The quicker you can move around Photoshop, the more creative you can be. So let’s jump in and have a look at 18 new tips for 2018! Pen Tool #1 Whether you love or hate the ...

I was recently interviewed on a podcast and asked how I started in design. Well, I’m of an age (a.k.a. old) where we didn’t have technology when I started; I had paper, scissors, and glue. I used to create posters and artwork for my older brother’s band, as well as various bits and pieces for friends and events. It was great fun at the time, but now we can replicate this style in Photoshop with some halftone effects, the right fonts, some rough brushwork, and textures. So let’s make a grungy, punk-style gig poster and take a journey back to the olden punk rock days of the 80s! Step One: ...

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I was recently interviewed on a podcast and asked how I started in design. Well, I’m of an age (a.k.a. old) where we didn’t have technology when I started; I had paper, scissors, and glue. I used to create posters and artwork for my older brother’s band, as well as various bits and pieces for friends and events. It was great fun at the time, but now we can replicate this style in Photoshop with some halftone effects, the right fonts, some rough brushwork, and textures. So let’s make a grungy, punk-style gig poster and take a journey back to the olden punk rock days of the 80s! Step One: ...

This is going to sound like a bold, cheesy statement but I can assure you that it’s not: “Photoshop World Las Vegas 2010 changed my life.” Here’s how and why. Living in the U.K., I was able to access NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals, now KelbyOne) and its resources (podcasts, video tutorials, webinars, magazines, books, etc.) from afar. I had purchased the Down & Dirty Tricks books and some of the Killer Tips titles by Scott Kelby, and I still have all my Layers, Photoshop User, and even Mac Design magazines. I have titles going back to 1999, so I’ve been a NAPP/...

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This is going to sound like a bold, cheesy statement but I can assure you that it’s not: “Photoshop World Las Vegas 2010 changed my life.” Here’s how and why. Living in the U.K., I was able to access NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals, now KelbyOne) and its resources (podcasts, video tutorials, webinars, magazines, books, etc.) from afar. I had purchased the Down & Dirty Tricks books and some of the Killer Tips titles by Scott Kelby, and I still have all my Layers, Photoshop User, and even Mac Design magazines. I have titles going back to 1999, so I’ve been a NAPP/...

Variable Fonts

with Dave Clayton

Type has always been important to designers, and as new type features have appeared in Photoshop over the years, it has made type layout that much easier. The introduction of Typekit to the Creative Cloud a few years ago made choosing and using type so much more fun. Type can make such a difference to a design project; use the wrong type and the whole message can be interpreted differently. Using a bold, thick type on a ballet event poster, for example, would look wrong, as would a thin, fine-lined typeface on a boxing event poster. On design projects, we go back and forth testing and pl...

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Type has always been important to designers, and as new type features have appeared in Photoshop over the years, it has made type layout that much easier. The introduction of Typekit to the Creative Cloud a few years ago made choosing and using type so much more fun. Type can make such a difference to a design project; use the wrong type and the whole message can be interpreted differently. Using a bold, thick type on a ballet event poster, for example, would look wrong, as would a thin, fine-lined typeface on a boxing event poster. On design projects, we go back and forth testing and pl...

Customizing Workspaces

with Dave Clayton

Hopefully, you’ve already read through the awesome “Photoshop 100 Hot Tips” in this edition of Photoshop User, all offered by some of the best in the business! And that’s the beauty of Photoshop, every time you turn a corner, there’s something else to learn or be reminded of—a little nugget that saves the day. Going back to basics, a lot of people forget that they can also customize Photoshop before they even start creating. In this article, I’m going to walk you through 10 customization tips to fine-tune Photoshop right off the bat! Let’s start with our first tip for customizing your wo...

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Hopefully, you’ve already read through the awesome “Photoshop 100 Hot Tips” in this edition of Photoshop User, all offered by some of the best in the business! And that’s the beauty of Photoshop, every time you turn a corner, there’s something else to learn or be reminded of—a little nugget that saves the day. Going back to basics, a lot of people forget that they can also customize Photoshop before they even start creating. In this article, I’m going to walk you through 10 customization tips to fine-tune Photoshop right off the bat! Let’s start with our first tip for customizing your wo...

Making Fonts in Photoshop

with Dave Clayton

Last year, I was commissioned to design the cover for Glyn Dewis’s recent book, Photograph Like a Thief. Part of the project was to design the lettering for the cover, so we wanted to create our own font. So what to do? Luckily, I’d recently seen a new plug-in that began on Kickstarter called Fontself Maker. At the time, it was only available for Illustrator, but a Photoshop version soon followed. Fontself Maker allows you to make your own OpenType fonts, so with this plug-in, I was able to create my own font to use in the cover design, knowing that the font would belong to me as part of...

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Last year, I was commissioned to design the cover for Glyn Dewis’s recent book, Photograph Like a Thief. Part of the project was to design the lettering for the cover, so we wanted to create our own font. So what to do? Luckily, I’d recently seen a new plug-in that began on Kickstarter called Fontself Maker. At the time, it was only available for Illustrator, but a Photoshop version soon followed. Fontself Maker allows you to make your own OpenType fonts, so with this plug-in, I was able to create my own font to use in the cover design, knowing that the font would belong to me as part of...

Over the past few issues, we’ve been looking at different ways to use Photoshop for design. Most professionals will recommend that you use “the right tool for the job” (i.e., use InDesign for magazine layout and Illustrator for logos). But, as we’ve found, Photoshop is so versatile that if you only have Photoshop, you shouldn’t let it stop you from being creative. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a full vector logo in Photoshop that can be saved for use in Illustrator (when passing on to a client or another designer). There is one caveat: When we finish our artwork and save it as...

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Over the past few issues, we’ve been looking at different ways to use Photoshop for design. Most professionals will recommend that you use “the right tool for the job” (i.e., use InDesign for magazine layout and Illustrator for logos). But, as we’ve found, Photoshop is so versatile that if you only have Photoshop, you shouldn’t let it stop you from being creative. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a full vector logo in Photoshop that can be saved for use in Illustrator (when passing on to a client or another designer). There is one caveat: When we finish our artwork and save it as...

Since the introduction of artboards in Photoshop CC, many people have used them to create graphics for Web and mobile interfaces, but that’s because those are the default template settings for artboards. But that’s not where the power of artboards begins and ends. Now that you can use multiple artboards in a single native PSD file, there are many other options you can explore. Although we can use artboards for mobile and Web, we can also use them for other possibilities when creating content in Photoshop. Think of artboards as documents within a document. This feature is included in Illu...

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Since the introduction of artboards in Photoshop CC, many people have used them to create graphics for Web and mobile interfaces, but that’s because those are the default template settings for artboards. But that’s not where the power of artboards begins and ends. Now that you can use multiple artboards in a single native PSD file, there are many other options you can explore. Although we can use artboards for mobile and Web, we can also use them for other possibilities when creating content in Photoshop. Think of artboards as documents within a document. This feature is included in Illu...

Using Photoshop for creating graphic design projects is really simple. If you don’t have InDesign but you want to create content with lots of text, then here’s a few type tips you can use in Photoshop to give you more control over your type options. Photoshop has many great type effect options but these few tricks may help your workflow and keep you creating! Convert Point Text to Paragraph Text and Vice Versa There are two ways to add text in Photoshop: point or paragraph text. If you simply click on the canvas with the Type tool (T) and start typing, then you’ll create point typ...

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Using Photoshop for creating graphic design projects is really simple. If you don’t have InDesign but you want to create content with lots of text, then here’s a few type tips you can use in Photoshop to give you more control over your type options. Photoshop has many great type effect options but these few tricks may help your workflow and keep you creating! Convert Point Text to Paragraph Text and Vice Versa There are two ways to add text in Photoshop: point or paragraph text. If you simply click on the canvas with the Type tool (T) and start typing, then you’ll create point typ...

Take inspiration from good design and make it your own. Join Dave Clayton as he takes you into Photoshop and demonstrates how you can start with an existing design and build on top of it to make something completely unique as a tool to help you learn and improve your craft. When you learn an instrument you play other people’s music, when you learn to cook you use other people’s recipes, and it is no different when you are learning design. In this class you’ll learn how to find inspiration, extract from PDFs, add vector images, incorporate stock photos into your design, work with templates, as well as tips and techniques for adding all the final touches needed to create a complete design.

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Take inspiration from good design and make it your own. Join Dave Clayton as he takes you into Photoshop and demonstrates how you can start with an existing design and build on top of it to make something completely unique as a tool to help you learn and improve your craft. When you learn an instrument you play other people’s music, when you learn to cook you use other people’s recipes, and it is no different when you are learning design. In this class you’ll learn how to find inspiration, extract from PDFs, add vector images, incorporate stock photos into your design, work with templates, as well as tips and techniques for adding all the final touches needed to create a complete design.

Learn how to use Photoshop to help get your message out on social media! Join Dave Clayton to get a designer’s perspective on using your images to build your brand awareness on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Each social media outlet has its own set of parameters you need to consider, and with Dave’s Photoshop templates and techniques you’ll be well on your way to creating a cohesive message tailored to each platform. Whether you have a business or a hobby you’ll benefit from learning how to optimize the way your images appear, create more brand awareness, and get more enjoyment out of the process.

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Learn how to use Photoshop to help get your message out on social media! Join Dave Clayton to get a designer’s perspective on using your images to build your brand awareness on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Each social media outlet has its own set of parameters you need to consider, and with Dave’s Photoshop templates and techniques you’ll be well on your way to creating a cohesive message tailored to each platform. Whether you have a business or a hobby you’ll benefit from learning how to optimize the way your images appear, create more brand awareness, and get more enjoyment out of the process.

As a graphic designer, one of the most important elements for me in any design is the font we use for the project. On many occasions, I’ve designed something solely based around a font I’ve seen. I do a lot of research on type, and one style I particularly like is called letterpress, the type used on old music posters from the 1940–60 era, and it has even made a resurgence these past few years. But we don’t need a big set of wooden type letter blocks and a print machine; we can replicate this effect right inside Photoshop. This month’s project is laying out and creating a letterpress sty...

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As a graphic designer, one of the most important elements for me in any design is the font we use for the project. On many occasions, I’ve designed something solely based around a font I’ve seen. I do a lot of research on type, and one style I particularly like is called letterpress, the type used on old music posters from the 1940–60 era, and it has even made a resurgence these past few years. But we don’t need a big set of wooden type letter blocks and a print machine; we can replicate this effect right inside Photoshop. This month’s project is laying out and creating a letterpress sty...

This issue, we’re going to look ahead to Photoshop World (PSW) and something I’ve done for previous visits to PSW. Many of us have business cards, and we tend to collect them as we venture around events, tradeshows, and businesses. But, when you get home and add them to your master collection, you might not remember where you met a particular person. So, back in 2010, for my first ever PSW, I made some cards specifically for the event; I wanted people to remember where they met me. So, we’re going to take the previous two lessons from this column—using our bleed and crop setup, plus guide l...

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This issue, we’re going to look ahead to Photoshop World (PSW) and something I’ve done for previous visits to PSW. Many of us have business cards, and we tend to collect them as we venture around events, tradeshows, and businesses. But, when you get home and add them to your master collection, you might not remember where you met a particular person. So, back in 2010, for my first ever PSW, I made some cards specifically for the event; I wanted people to remember where they met me. So, we’re going to take the previous two lessons from this column—using our bleed and crop setup, plus guide l...

Photoshop has become much more powerful for graphic designers with the newer features released over the past couple of versions: CC Libraries, Typekit, Marketplace, and Templates, to name just a few. But sometimes there are a couple of hidden gems that don’t get much of the glory. The New Guide Layout feature is one such example. Last issue, we talked about setting up your Photoshop document to create a poster with a manual bleed. Following up on that, we’re going to look at guides and how to set them up effectively, plus how to save them for future use. It’s these features that help make y...

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Photoshop has become much more powerful for graphic designers with the newer features released over the past couple of versions: CC Libraries, Typekit, Marketplace, and Templates, to name just a few. But sometimes there are a couple of hidden gems that don’t get much of the glory. The New Guide Layout feature is one such example. Last issue, we talked about setting up your Photoshop document to create a poster with a manual bleed. Following up on that, we’re going to look at guides and how to set them up effectively, plus how to save them for future use. It’s these features that help make y...

For those of you using InDesign, if you’ve been reading the “InDesign Tips” column that has appeared in these pages over the past year, hopefully it’s helped your workflow and given you some timesavers along the way. A lot of what I’ve taught in these pages and in my KelbyOne classes can also be achieved in Photoshop. Photoshop is so versatile that there’s not a lot you can’t create with it. The other apps in the Creative Cloud all have their individual strengths—InDesign for Layout, Illustrator for vectors/logos, and Dreamweaver/Muse for Web—but Photoshop can actually handle all these d...

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For those of you using InDesign, if you’ve been reading the “InDesign Tips” column that has appeared in these pages over the past year, hopefully it’s helped your workflow and given you some timesavers along the way. A lot of what I’ve taught in these pages and in my KelbyOne classes can also be achieved in Photoshop. Photoshop is so versatile that there’s not a lot you can’t create with it. The other apps in the Creative Cloud all have their individual strengths—InDesign for Layout, Illustrator for vectors/logos, and Dreamweaver/Muse for Web—but Photoshop can actually handle all these d...

It’s that time of year again when we can all go to the store and buy some mass-produced Christmas cards to send to friends and family, or we could practice our InDesign skills and make our very own personalized card. InDesign is so versatile that we can lay out, design, and send to print all in one document. In this tutorial, we’re going to use Adobe Stock photos, a cool font from Typekit, and a free texture from DesignCuts.com. Plus, we’re also going to make a personalized logo to go on the back of the card, all without leaving InDesign. So let’s get started. We’ll first set up our d...

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It’s that time of year again when we can all go to the store and buy some mass-produced Christmas cards to send to friends and family, or we could practice our InDesign skills and make our very own personalized card. InDesign is so versatile that we can lay out, design, and send to print all in one document. In this tutorial, we’re going to use Adobe Stock photos, a cool font from Typekit, and a free texture from DesignCuts.com. Plus, we’re also going to make a personalized logo to go on the back of the card, all without leaving InDesign. So let’s get started. We’ll first set up our d...

InDesign Tips & Tricks

with Dave Clayton

FIND ANYTHING, CHANGE ANYTHING. The Find/Change feature (Command-F ) in InDesign is immensely powerful. Most people only use a fraction of its capabilities. There are four types of searches: Text, GREP, Glyph, and Object. The Text options in the Find/Change dialog are the only thing most people will ever look at, but there’s more to be had underneath those other tabs. The Text options are the most straightforward: find a certain word or phrase and replace it with another. But by using the options at the bottom of the screen, Find Format and Change Format, you can also search by how wo...

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FIND ANYTHING, CHANGE ANYTHING. The Find/Change feature (Command-F ) in InDesign is immensely powerful. Most people only use a fraction of its capabilities. There are four types of searches: Text, GREP, Glyph, and Object. The Text options in the Find/Change dialog are the only thing most people will ever look at, but there’s more to be had underneath those other tabs. The Text options are the most straightforward: find a certain word or phrase and replace it with another. But by using the options at the bottom of the screen, Find Format and Change Format, you can also search by how wo...

InDesign Tips & Tricks

with Dave Clayton

PRINTING PAGES. Have you ever been working on a multipage document and wanted to print a page or two instead of the entire document? You could open the Print dialog and select Range, but then you have to figure out the page numbers for the pages you want to print. Instead of going to File>Print, first Shift-click all the pages that you want to print in the Pages panel (Window>Pages), go to Layout>Pages, and then look for one of the following options based on the number of pages you selected: Print Page (for a single page), Print Spread (for a spread), Print Pages (for more than ...

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PRINTING PAGES. Have you ever been working on a multipage document and wanted to print a page or two instead of the entire document? You could open the Print dialog and select Range, but then you have to figure out the page numbers for the pages you want to print. Instead of going to File>Print, first Shift-click all the pages that you want to print in the Pages panel (Window>Pages), go to Layout>Pages, and then look for one of the following options based on the number of pages you selected: Print Page (for a single page), Print Spread (for a spread), Print Pages (for more than ...

InDesign Tips & Tricks

with Dave Clayton

COMPOUND PATHS (OR COMBINING SHAPES INTO ONE SHAPE): THIS IS A GREAT TIP IF TRYING TO CREATE A TRYPTICH-STYLE LAYOUT IN A DOCUMENT This tip is really useful when you want one image to fit into multiple shapes without needing multiple versions of the same image in each shape. Start by creating your first frame/shape, switch to the Direct Selection tool (A), hold the Option (PC: Alt) key, and click-and-drag to create a duplicate shape. Repeat once more to create a triptych-kind of layout. If you were to select all the shapes with the Direct Selection tool and try to File>Place an ima...

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COMPOUND PATHS (OR COMBINING SHAPES INTO ONE SHAPE): THIS IS A GREAT TIP IF TRYING TO CREATE A TRYPTICH-STYLE LAYOUT IN A DOCUMENT This tip is really useful when you want one image to fit into multiple shapes without needing multiple versions of the same image in each shape. Start by creating your first frame/shape, switch to the Direct Selection tool (A), hold the Option (PC: Alt) key, and click-and-drag to create a duplicate shape. Repeat once more to create a triptych-kind of layout. If you were to select all the shapes with the Direct Selection tool and try to File>Place an ima...

InDesign Tips & Tricks

with Dave Clayton

This issue we’re going to look at some tips on working with objects, color options, grids and guides, and print templates, and then we’ll finish up with a couple of fun InDesign Easter eggs! Make Multiple Objects the Same Size This is a cool trick when you quickly want to make all the images or objects in a document the same size, especially when you resized one and forgot to resize the others at the same time. First, after you’ve set the height and width of the first object using the Selection tool (V), select the remaining objects, and choose Object>Transform Again>Transform S...

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This issue we’re going to look at some tips on working with objects, color options, grids and guides, and print templates, and then we’ll finish up with a couple of fun InDesign Easter eggs! Make Multiple Objects the Same Size This is a cool trick when you quickly want to make all the images or objects in a document the same size, especially when you resized one and forgot to resize the others at the same time. First, after you’ve set the height and width of the first object using the Selection tool (V), select the remaining objects, and choose Object>Transform Again>Transform S...

InDesign Tips & Tricks

with Dave Clayton

Have a Bit of Fun with Boring Placeholder Text. If you’re bored with the usual lorem ipsum text, you can actually change this in InDesign. Normally, to add placeholder text, you create a text frame, go to Type>Fill with Placeholder Text, and it will fill the frame with lorem ipsum. Now you can change that! First, choose your replacement text. I Googled “alternative lorem ipsum” and found a great page called http://www.picksumipsum.co.uk. I’m a big fan of Clint Eastwood, so I chose him from the selection of available actors. I entered nine paragraphs, and then copied all of the text...

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Have a Bit of Fun with Boring Placeholder Text. If you’re bored with the usual lorem ipsum text, you can actually change this in InDesign. Normally, to add placeholder text, you create a text frame, go to Type>Fill with Placeholder Text, and it will fill the frame with lorem ipsum. Now you can change that! First, choose your replacement text. I Googled “alternative lorem ipsum” and found a great page called http://www.picksumipsum.co.uk. I’m a big fan of Clint Eastwood, so I chose him from the selection of available actors. I entered nine paragraphs, and then copied all of the text...

InDesign Tips & Tricks

with Dave Clayton

First, I’d like to say how cool it is to have InDesign in Photoshop User magazine, and I’m very honored to have a chance to write an article about some of my favorite little tips and tricks I’ve picked up while using the software. Like all Adobe software, there’s always a big learning curve, but the beauty is that you can create some awesome work right off the bat. Just getting used to the basic tools and learning some tricks as you go, you can start building your own workflow and start knocking your designs out of the park! Presentation Mode This is a simple tip but so useful when wo...

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First, I’d like to say how cool it is to have InDesign in Photoshop User magazine, and I’m very honored to have a chance to write an article about some of my favorite little tips and tricks I’ve picked up while using the software. Like all Adobe software, there’s always a big learning curve, but the beauty is that you can create some awesome work right off the bat. Just getting used to the basic tools and learning some tricks as you go, you can start building your own workflow and start knocking your designs out of the park! Presentation Mode This is a simple tip but so useful when wo...

Photographers need collateral material to further promote their brands, but InDesign can be intimidating to new users. Join Dave Clayton for a step-by-step approach to creating a trifold brochure for your photography business. Even if you don't know where to start, Dave will take you through the process of gathering up all of your materials, customizing the InDesign workspace, and then putting all of your copy, photographs, icons, and logo together in a stylish design that is simple, professional, and ready to deliver to the printer. By the end of the class you'll have gained enough confidence in using InDesign to take on new projects and elevate your skills to the next level.

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Photographers need collateral material to further promote their brands, but InDesign can be intimidating to new users. Join Dave Clayton for a step-by-step approach to creating a trifold brochure for your photography business. Even if you don't know where to start, Dave will take you through the process of gathering up all of your materials, customizing the InDesign workspace, and then putting all of your copy, photographs, icons, and logo together in a stylish design that is simple, professional, and ready to deliver to the printer. By the end of the class you'll have gained enough confidence in using InDesign to take on new projects and elevate your skills to the next level.

Get started with InDesign by creating a versatile flyer for a business. Join Dave Clayton as he shows you all of the key elements you need to know to do your first project with InDesign. Dave gives you a firm foundation for customizing InDesign to match your needs, then shows you all of the steps needed to complete the project and deliver to your client. You’ll learn how to add images and quickly send them to Photoshop for any tweaks needed to fit the design, how to add text and style it, how to align all of the elements to create a design that is pleasing to the eye, how to include interactivity and save out PDFs for both print and electronic delivery, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have created a great looking flyer that can serve as a design template for a variety of projects.

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Get started with InDesign by creating a versatile flyer for a business. Join Dave Clayton as he shows you all of the key elements you need to know to do your first project with InDesign. Dave gives you a firm foundation for customizing InDesign to match your needs, then shows you all of the steps needed to complete the project and deliver to your client. You’ll learn how to add images and quickly send them to Photoshop for any tweaks needed to fit the design, how to add text and style it, how to align all of the elements to create a design that is pleasing to the eye, how to include interactivity and save out PDFs for both print and electronic delivery, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have created a great looking flyer that can serve as a design template for a variety of projects.