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.

Welcome back to Designing in Photoshop! Recently, I was speaking with a fellow creative who asked me if Photoshop had been forgotten as a creative design tool and how powerful its features are. That got me thinking about some of the “forgotten” features of Photoshop that I actually love using as a designer. These are things you might ignore in the menus or just never knew how to use them, but they’re all part of this very powerful piece of creative software. Admittedly, some you wouldn’t think of it as a “designer” tool, but it’s all about how you interpret the usefulness.  So, in this m...

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Welcome back to Designing in Photoshop! Recently, I was speaking with a fellow creative who asked me if Photoshop had been forgotten as a creative design tool and how powerful its features are. That got me thinking about some of the “forgotten” features of Photoshop that I actually love using as a designer. These are things you might ignore in the menus or just never knew how to use them, but they’re all part of this very powerful piece of creative software. Admittedly, some you wouldn’t think of it as a “designer” tool, but it’s all about how you interpret the usefulness.  So, in this m...

For those of you who follow my monthly tutorials here in the magazine, you’ll know I come from a place of deep graphic design. If you’ve ever been to one of my Photoshop World classes, you’ve heard me talk about how design influences our daily lives without even realizing it. Advertising is design, fashion is design, our online user experience is design; we’re subconsciously led by design, whether we like it or not. And I like it: I like it a lot. Understanding where design fits in our world helps us make better decisions about our own brands and businesses.  One of the major components ...

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For those of you who follow my monthly tutorials here in the magazine, you’ll know I come from a place of deep graphic design. If you’ve ever been to one of my Photoshop World classes, you’ve heard me talk about how design influences our daily lives without even realizing it. Advertising is design, fashion is design, our online user experience is design; we’re subconsciously led by design, whether we like it or not. And I like it: I like it a lot. Understanding where design fits in our world helps us make better decisions about our own brands and businesses.  One of the major components ...

With summer upon us, it’s that time of year when summer fêtes, parties, and community events take place. And we all know that the person with Photoshop is the person designated to come up with the event poster (when it comes to my friends and family, that’s usually me). So, in this tutorial, we’re going to build a poster for a fictitious summer event using assets that are all interchangeable. Plus, we’ll create a really cool pattern effect that you’ve probably never used before and, once you discover it, you’ll use over and over again in the future!  Like with all good projects, we’ll do...

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With summer upon us, it’s that time of year when summer fêtes, parties, and community events take place. And we all know that the person with Photoshop is the person designated to come up with the event poster (when it comes to my friends and family, that’s usually me). So, in this tutorial, we’re going to build a poster for a fictitious summer event using assets that are all interchangeable. Plus, we’ll create a really cool pattern effect that you’ve probably never used before and, once you discover it, you’ll use over and over again in the future!  Like with all good projects, we’ll do...

Making Logos in Photoshop

with Dave Clayton

If you have Photoshop you can make a logo! Join Dave Clayton for a fun introduction to creating logos in the Swiss Army knife of programs, Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use type, custom shapes, combine shapes, put type on a path, create mockups, export your finished logos, and a whole lot more. Dave packs expert tips and tricks into each lesson and eases even a beginner into the tools and process of creating a logo from scratch.

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If you have Photoshop you can make a logo! Join Dave Clayton for a fun introduction to creating logos in the Swiss Army knife of programs, Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use type, custom shapes, combine shapes, put type on a path, create mockups, export your finished logos, and a whole lot more. Dave packs expert tips and tricks into each lesson and eases even a beginner into the tools and process of creating a logo from scratch.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Photoshop is as versatile as an egg because there’s not much you can’t do with it. As a designer, I always recommend using the right tool for the right job: Illustrator for logos, InDesign for layouts, and Photoshop for everything else in-between. But there’s so much you can do in Photoshop that you might not realize and, in this instance, we’re talking vector tools!  In this tutorial, we’re going to explore the vector tools available in Photoshop and, trust me, they have a lot of power! We can create all kinds of vector-based artwork in Photosh...

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Photoshop is as versatile as an egg because there’s not much you can’t do with it. As a designer, I always recommend using the right tool for the right job: Illustrator for logos, InDesign for layouts, and Photoshop for everything else in-between. But there’s so much you can do in Photoshop that you might not realize and, in this instance, we’re talking vector tools!  In this tutorial, we’re going to explore the vector tools available in Photoshop and, trust me, they have a lot of power! We can create all kinds of vector-based artwork in Photosh...

LET’S DO THE TYPE WARP!

with Dave Clayton

If you’ve been following my tutorials, you’ll know I love retro/vintage effects and anything typographical. So this issue we’re going to look at some type-warping techniques in Photoshop to give your images and designs that little extra. So many Photoshop users don’t realize how much they can do with type, and how easy it is to stylize it with the built-in effects. So get Photoshop fired up and let’s start creating some fun type designs!  WARP FACTOR 1  Thanks to Photoshop’s wonderful versatility, we can warp text in several different ways. In this first method, we’re going to warp it...

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If you’ve been following my tutorials, you’ll know I love retro/vintage effects and anything typographical. So this issue we’re going to look at some type-warping techniques in Photoshop to give your images and designs that little extra. So many Photoshop users don’t realize how much they can do with type, and how easy it is to stylize it with the built-in effects. So get Photoshop fired up and let’s start creating some fun type designs!  WARP FACTOR 1  Thanks to Photoshop’s wonderful versatility, we can warp text in several different ways. In this first method, we’re going to warp it...

SCRAPBOOK-STYLE COLLAGING

with Dave Clayton

One thing I love about Photoshop is the ability to make something cool out of something ordinary, using images you wouldn’t have considered using before. I’m a big fan of replicating real-life techniques in Photoshop, things we used to make by hand. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at a scrapbook-style effect, creating cutouts from images and sticking them on a page using our own custom digital tape.  For this project, I found some illustrations on the Free section of Adobe Stock to demonstrate how to apply this particular method. This isn’t restricted to illustrations, however; you...

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One thing I love about Photoshop is the ability to make something cool out of something ordinary, using images you wouldn’t have considered using before. I’m a big fan of replicating real-life techniques in Photoshop, things we used to make by hand. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at a scrapbook-style effect, creating cutouts from images and sticking them on a page using our own custom digital tape.  For this project, I found some illustrations on the Free section of Adobe Stock to demonstrate how to apply this particular method. This isn’t restricted to illustrations, however; you...

If you’re of an age where you remember cutting out bits of magazines and letters from newspapers to make your own artwork, then you’re going to love creating this similar style of artwork in Photoshop. For a completely bespoke design, you can make your own “scraps” background by manually cutting up lots of images and type from old magazines (you can find packs of vintage magazines on Ebay for less than $10) but, for this example, we’re going to use ready-made “scraps” images from Adobe Stock (from the Free selection).  Collages are cool because you can make something interesting out of a...

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If you’re of an age where you remember cutting out bits of magazines and letters from newspapers to make your own artwork, then you’re going to love creating this similar style of artwork in Photoshop. For a completely bespoke design, you can make your own “scraps” background by manually cutting up lots of images and type from old magazines (you can find packs of vintage magazines on Ebay for less than $10) but, for this example, we’re going to use ready-made “scraps” images from Adobe Stock (from the Free selection).  Collages are cool because you can make something interesting out of a...

One of my favorite design projects is combining images with type, making a whole new image. In previous issues, I’ve covered some cool type+image techniques, and this month I’m going to show you one more. This is something that many designers might do in Illustrator or InDesign, but I’ll show you how to create it in Photoshop.  We’re going to take an image of two 50s style dancers and apply some running text around each of the subjects. It can be any text, but we’ll use the words “LET’S DANCE” and “LET’S JIVE” for this example. Once we’ve applied the text, we’ll use some effects, blend m...

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One of my favorite design projects is combining images with type, making a whole new image. In previous issues, I’ve covered some cool type+image techniques, and this month I’m going to show you one more. This is something that many designers might do in Illustrator or InDesign, but I’ll show you how to create it in Photoshop.  We’re going to take an image of two 50s style dancers and apply some running text around each of the subjects. It can be any text, but we’ll use the words “LET’S DANCE” and “LET’S JIVE” for this example. Once we’ve applied the text, we’ll use some effects, blend m...

Add new techniques to your creative arsenal! Join Dave Clayton as he walks you through five of his favorite Photoshop tips and tricks. In this class, you’ll learn how to create patterns, shapes, color themes, and gradients from photos, how to organize your libraries, leverage the Frame tool, take advantage of Layer Comps, create cool effects, and so much more!

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Add new techniques to your creative arsenal! Join Dave Clayton as he walks you through five of his favorite Photoshop tips and tricks. In this class, you’ll learn how to create patterns, shapes, color themes, and gradients from photos, how to organize your libraries, leverage the Frame tool, take advantage of Layer Comps, create cool effects, and so much more!

As the saying (kinda) goes, “With great Photoshop power comes great responsibility,” or at least something to that effect! As a huge fan of superhero movies and the complicated universes that hold them together, I can safely say that there’s one particular superhero I’ve always loved since I was a kid. He was bitten by a spider and the rest is history.  So, to celebrate the release of the latest installment of that franchise this month (December 2021), we’re going to create a stylish poster using a pattern, effects, blend modes, and stock images.  We’ll begin by making the pattern we’...

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As the saying (kinda) goes, “With great Photoshop power comes great responsibility,” or at least something to that effect! As a huge fan of superhero movies and the complicated universes that hold them together, I can safely say that there’s one particular superhero I’ve always loved since I was a kid. He was bitten by a spider and the rest is history.  So, to celebrate the release of the latest installment of that franchise this month (December 2021), we’re going to create a stylish poster using a pattern, effects, blend modes, and stock images.  We’ll begin by making the pattern we’...

Put the power of Photoshop into your Instagram game! Join Dave Clayton as he takes you through a series of projects for creating compelling content for your feed. Dave starts with a firm foundation in what's involved, and then takes you step-by-step through creating panoramic photo carousels, photo collages, and telling visual stories with individual images. You'll gain a thorough understanding of Photoshop's Artboard feature, how to create template files, and save time with Crop tool presets. Whether you're a business owner or casual content creator you'll come away with valuable skills you can start using now.

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Put the power of Photoshop into your Instagram game! Join Dave Clayton as he takes you through a series of projects for creating compelling content for your feed. Dave starts with a firm foundation in what's involved, and then takes you step-by-step through creating panoramic photo carousels, photo collages, and telling visual stories with individual images. You'll gain a thorough understanding of Photoshop's Artboard feature, how to create template files, and save time with Crop tool presets. Whether you're a business owner or casual content creator you'll come away with valuable skills you can start using now.

This issue we’re going to create a printable calendar for 2022 using several images, adjustment layers, type, a free Photoshop plugin from Creative Cloud Marketplace, and Google Calendar! I’ll also show you an awesome Photoshop extension called Infinite Calendar (also available for Illustrator) that costs around $12 but it makes some great calendar layouts. Creating custom calendars could be great for things such as offering them as part of a portrait package.  By showing you how to create a custom calendar in the November issue, you’ll have time to design and print a calendar that’s rea...

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This issue we’re going to create a printable calendar for 2022 using several images, adjustment layers, type, a free Photoshop plugin from Creative Cloud Marketplace, and Google Calendar! I’ll also show you an awesome Photoshop extension called Infinite Calendar (also available for Illustrator) that costs around $12 but it makes some great calendar layouts. Creating custom calendars could be great for things such as offering them as part of a portrait package.  By showing you how to create a custom calendar in the November issue, you’ll have time to design and print a calendar that’s rea...

Photoshop for Instagram

with Dave Clayton

I want to say this out loud: I love Photoshop. I love that I have it at my disposal to create whatever I want. Lately, I’ve been talking to creatives about how they promote themselves and, of course, social media always comes up. I know there are many online third-party options to make content but it can all look so generic and similar. That’s great if you just want something rather than nothing; not everyone is hands-on creative. But if you are, I always encourage making your own content, and if you have Photoshop, well, you can’t go wrong, as you have this fine publication to teach you al...

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I want to say this out loud: I love Photoshop. I love that I have it at my disposal to create whatever I want. Lately, I’ve been talking to creatives about how they promote themselves and, of course, social media always comes up. I know there are many online third-party options to make content but it can all look so generic and similar. That’s great if you just want something rather than nothing; not everyone is hands-on creative. But if you are, I always encourage making your own content, and if you have Photoshop, well, you can’t go wrong, as you have this fine publication to teach you al...

Olympic-Style Sports Poster

with Dave Clayton

If you’re a sports fan like me, you probably watched a lot of the Olympics coverage in August. Despite the difficult circumstances, it was a great and inspiring event to watch. So to honor all those great competitors, I wanted to create an Olympic-style sports poster using type, color, and some images of athletes that were downloaded from Adobe Stock.  We’re going to type the word “SPORT” and have athletes jumping out of the letters, and then add some extra graphics and type to finish our sporting poster. So let’s begin by creating our document.  STEP ONE: SET UP THE FILE  We’re go...

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If you’re a sports fan like me, you probably watched a lot of the Olympics coverage in August. Despite the difficult circumstances, it was a great and inspiring event to watch. So to honor all those great competitors, I wanted to create an Olympic-style sports poster using type, color, and some images of athletes that were downloaded from Adobe Stock.  We’re going to type the word “SPORT” and have athletes jumping out of the letters, and then add some extra graphics and type to finish our sporting poster. So let’s begin by creating our document.  STEP ONE: SET UP THE FILE  We’re go...

If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s creating new artwork that looks old. The power of Photoshop gives us many options to distort, distress, recolor, and more; kind of the opposite of retouching, or “de-touching.” Looking back at the many years of pre-computer design, there are so many wonderful treasures to be found among old, printed ephemera. Created by artists who were never credited and long forgotten, they made such eye-catching products, branding, and design.  There are many treasures to be found at junkyards and garage sales. Look for old packaging, tickets, leaflets, gum card...

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If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s creating new artwork that looks old. The power of Photoshop gives us many options to distort, distress, recolor, and more; kind of the opposite of retouching, or “de-touching.” Looking back at the many years of pre-computer design, there are so many wonderful treasures to be found among old, printed ephemera. Created by artists who were never credited and long forgotten, they made such eye-catching products, branding, and design.  There are many treasures to be found at junkyards and garage sales. Look for old packaging, tickets, leaflets, gum card...

Fun with Isometrics

with Dave Clayton

Sometimes it’s fun to get creative with your photos and try something different. When making something like a presentation or poster, you want to make it stand out. Laying images flat in a document can produce good results but giving them a little twist, or in this case, a little angle can make for some fun and interesting effects.  In this tutorial we’re going to make a photo layout for a presentation or flyer using isometric angles and framing our images with a Polaroid look to add that little extra something. In the first steps, we’ll create a Polaroid-style frame, then we’ll use laye...

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Sometimes it’s fun to get creative with your photos and try something different. When making something like a presentation or poster, you want to make it stand out. Laying images flat in a document can produce good results but giving them a little twist, or in this case, a little angle can make for some fun and interesting effects.  In this tutorial we’re going to make a photo layout for a presentation or flyer using isometric angles and framing our images with a Polaroid look to add that little extra something. In the first steps, we’ll create a Polaroid-style frame, then we’ll use laye...

If you’re a photographer, or any kind of creative, now is the golden time to start making content and create your own YouTube channel. With everyone being at home, it’s been a great opportunity to build your brand, and if you’re comfortable in front of a camera, building a YouTube channel is a great way to share tips, tricks, behind-the-scenes shots, and making-of videos.  But to get noticed, it’s really important to get your YouTube thumbnails spot on and, in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a quick, editable set of six eye-catching thumbnails. We’re going to use Photoshop artb...

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If you’re a photographer, or any kind of creative, now is the golden time to start making content and create your own YouTube channel. With everyone being at home, it’s been a great opportunity to build your brand, and if you’re comfortable in front of a camera, building a YouTube channel is a great way to share tips, tricks, behind-the-scenes shots, and making-of videos.  But to get noticed, it’s really important to get your YouTube thumbnails spot on and, in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a quick, editable set of six eye-catching thumbnails. We’re going to use Photoshop artb...

Creating Distressed Textures

with Dave Clayton

If you’ve been following my tutorials in Photoshop User, then you know I’m a huge fan of both retro and grunge, using various resources to add texture to my work. There are many places to buy and download these types of resources, but you can actually make your own textures using tools right inside Photoshop. Not only can you make some great textures, but you can also make them editable, so just by changing a few settings, you can make multiple textures using the same tools. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make some cool photocopy style textures to give your graphics that old...

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If you’ve been following my tutorials in Photoshop User, then you know I’m a huge fan of both retro and grunge, using various resources to add texture to my work. There are many places to buy and download these types of resources, but you can actually make your own textures using tools right inside Photoshop. Not only can you make some great textures, but you can also make them editable, so just by changing a few settings, you can make multiple textures using the same tools. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make some cool photocopy style textures to give your graphics that old...

Stencil Effect

with Dave Clayton

Banksy, a very famous street artist, recently added a new piece to a wall in Nottingham, UK, which was promptly purchased and removed from its location. Banksy is renowned for his street art, and in this tutorial we’re going to show how you can create your own Banksy-style art right inside Photoshop by simply using a couple of photos, a few effects, blending, a little bit of text, and a whole lot of fun!  We’ll be using a couple of photos from Adobe Stock but all you need is a grungy looking outdoor wall and a subject, in this case a photo of a young girl with a superhero cape. If you do...

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Banksy, a very famous street artist, recently added a new piece to a wall in Nottingham, UK, which was promptly purchased and removed from its location. Banksy is renowned for his street art, and in this tutorial we’re going to show how you can create your own Banksy-style art right inside Photoshop by simply using a couple of photos, a few effects, blending, a little bit of text, and a whole lot of fun!  We’ll be using a couple of photos from Adobe Stock but all you need is a grungy looking outdoor wall and a subject, in this case a photo of a young girl with a superhero cape. If you do...

I’ve mentioned this before and I still stand by it: When you come across a great Photoshop tip or technique, write it down and save it somewhere you’ll remember, and you’ll soon have a nice little collection of handy and creative Photoshop tips and tricks. In this tutorial, I’m going to share a couple of my favorites that I’ve collected over the past few months. Having to stay in has enabled me to learn more and more Photoshop techniques!  These two techniques are not only quick and easy, but also very effective. So in no particular order, we’ll start with a cool swirly text effect. For ...

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I’ve mentioned this before and I still stand by it: When you come across a great Photoshop tip or technique, write it down and save it somewhere you’ll remember, and you’ll soon have a nice little collection of handy and creative Photoshop tips and tricks. In this tutorial, I’m going to share a couple of my favorites that I’ve collected over the past few months. Having to stay in has enabled me to learn more and more Photoshop techniques!  These two techniques are not only quick and easy, but also very effective. So in no particular order, we’ll start with a cool swirly text effect. For ...

This month’s “Designing in Photoshop” is a true graphic design tutorial. If you follow design, you probably saw that a “royal” major burger company recently updated their branding. They actually reverted to a previous logo with a slight update, but it was well received and is one of the better rebrands of late. So it got me thinking that we can make our own burger chain logo in Photoshop using vector shapes and a couple of effects.  Although a job like this is better suited to Illustrator, don’t let that stop you, Photoshop can handle vectors too and, in this tutorial, we’ll do a step-by...

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This month’s “Designing in Photoshop” is a true graphic design tutorial. If you follow design, you probably saw that a “royal” major burger company recently updated their branding. They actually reverted to a previous logo with a slight update, but it was well received and is one of the better rebrands of late. So it got me thinking that we can make our own burger chain logo in Photoshop using vector shapes and a couple of effects.  Although a job like this is better suited to Illustrator, don’t let that stop you, Photoshop can handle vectors too and, in this tutorial, we’ll do a step-by...

Fun with Type

with Dave Clayton

I’ve said many times before that I love Photoshop because it gives you the ability to be creative and try new things. It’s a great tool for mimicking ideas and adapting others. You may have gathered from previous tutorials that I’m a big fan of type and design, and in this issue’s tutorial we’re going to work on just that.  Making Art from Your Favorite Albums  I’ve seen a few projects on the Internet where people take track listings from albums and turn them into other products, so in this tutorial we’re going to do just that. We’re going to use an old shop receipt, a font, and some ...

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I’ve said many times before that I love Photoshop because it gives you the ability to be creative and try new things. It’s a great tool for mimicking ideas and adapting others. You may have gathered from previous tutorials that I’m a big fan of type and design, and in this issue’s tutorial we’re going to work on just that.  Making Art from Your Favorite Albums  I’ve seen a few projects on the Internet where people take track listings from albums and turn them into other products, so in this tutorial we’re going to do just that. We’re going to use an old shop receipt, a font, and some ...

Every year at Adobe MAX, new features are added to Photoshop. Some of the new additions seem obvious, some are experimental, and some feel like they’re still in the beta stage, such as the new Neural Filters, which are still in their infancy but will improve over time. In this issue, I’m going to cover the new Style Transfer Neural Filters. As people experiment with these new filters and learn how to use them through trial and error, Adobe will use this information to change and improve the tool in the future.  Style Transfer takes the existing style of a graphic or painting, such as the...

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Every year at Adobe MAX, new features are added to Photoshop. Some of the new additions seem obvious, some are experimental, and some feel like they’re still in the beta stage, such as the new Neural Filters, which are still in their infancy but will improve over time. In this issue, I’m going to cover the new Style Transfer Neural Filters. As people experiment with these new filters and learn how to use them through trial and error, Adobe will use this information to change and improve the tool in the future.  Style Transfer takes the existing style of a graphic or painting, such as the...

Shape Up in Photoshop 2021

with Dave Clayton

Another November and another bunch of new Photoshop features direct from the annual Adobe MAX conference (which was completely online this year for the first time in its history). It’s always exciting to see what the Photoshop team has cooked up; last year we had the gift of Photoshop on the iPad, and this year we’ve seen the iPad features grow, as well as new features added to the desktop version. The new features in Photoshop 2021 are covered on page xx in this issue, but I’d like to focus on one particular addition that most likely won’t set the world alight. It’s a handy feature for ...

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Another November and another bunch of new Photoshop features direct from the annual Adobe MAX conference (which was completely online this year for the first time in its history). It’s always exciting to see what the Photoshop team has cooked up; last year we had the gift of Photoshop on the iPad, and this year we’ve seen the iPad features grow, as well as new features added to the desktop version. The new features in Photoshop 2021 are covered on page xx in this issue, but I’d like to focus on one particular addition that most likely won’t set the world alight. It’s a handy feature for ...

Sometimes you can use Photoshop for a long time and not realize there are features that could be useful but that you rarely or never use. This issue’s tutorial is on one of those features that I only recently started using myself. It’s something you’ve probably seen every time you’ve used Photoshop, but you may never have paid attention to it. I’m talking filters, but not the kind you may be thinking of: These are layer filters.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep your layers organized, then this feature is really going to help you, especially when working on branding project...

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Sometimes you can use Photoshop for a long time and not realize there are features that could be useful but that you rarely or never use. This issue’s tutorial is on one of those features that I only recently started using myself. It’s something you’ve probably seen every time you’ve used Photoshop, but you may never have paid attention to it. I’m talking filters, but not the kind you may be thinking of: These are layer filters.  If you’re the kind of person who likes to keep your layers organized, then this feature is really going to help you, especially when working on branding project...

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Photoshop is more than just a retouching and photography tool; it’s also an extremely versatile and fun creative tool. There’s nothing I like more than starting a project with a blank canvas and seeing what can be pulled out of all the tools and features in Photoshop.  As a huge typography geek, I always love design with type. One part of the type features in Photoshop that you may not be aware of is all the extra characters that are included with fonts, known as glyphs.  So what are glyphs? They’re the funky little characters that range fr...

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Photoshop is more than just a retouching and photography tool; it’s also an extremely versatile and fun creative tool. There’s nothing I like more than starting a project with a blank canvas and seeing what can be pulled out of all the tools and features in Photoshop.  As a huge typography geek, I always love design with type. One part of the type features in Photoshop that you may not be aware of is all the extra characters that are included with fonts, known as glyphs.  So what are glyphs? They’re the funky little characters that range fr...

Design Like the Greats!

with Dave Clayton

Celebrated US graphic designer, Milton Glaser, recently passed away at the age of 91. Milton created lots of famous designs and logos in his many years, most notably the I Love NY mark. He also created the famous Bob Dylan poster, as well as many other familiar designs that can be seen here.  As a designer, Milton’s work has not only influenced me but also millions of other designers. Much of modern design is inspired by the design greats so, in this tutorial, we’re going to explore how we can re-create the famous Bob Dylan poster. Obviously, this is for practice and learning purposes on...

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Celebrated US graphic designer, Milton Glaser, recently passed away at the age of 91. Milton created lots of famous designs and logos in his many years, most notably the I Love NY mark. He also created the famous Bob Dylan poster, as well as many other familiar designs that can be seen here.  As a designer, Milton’s work has not only influenced me but also millions of other designers. Much of modern design is inspired by the design greats so, in this tutorial, we’re going to explore how we can re-create the famous Bob Dylan poster. Obviously, this is for practice and learning purposes on...

Blend modes have been around since 2000, five years after layers were first introduced in Photoshop. And while they’re very powerful for retouching and compositing, we can actually use them to get some great type effects. In this tutorial, we’re going to go through several design techniques where blend modes will help us achieve the desired effects.  Chalk Text  In this first technique, we’ll do something nice and basic that takes advantage of one of the lesser-used blend modes, Dissolve. This blend mode is great for making grainy effects, so in this demo, we’ll use it to make our typ...

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Blend modes have been around since 2000, five years after layers were first introduced in Photoshop. And while they’re very powerful for retouching and compositing, we can actually use them to get some great type effects. In this tutorial, we’re going to go through several design techniques where blend modes will help us achieve the desired effects.  Chalk Text  In this first technique, we’ll do something nice and basic that takes advantage of one of the lesser-used blend modes, Dissolve. This blend mode is great for making grainy effects, so in this demo, we’ll use it to make our typ...

Designing in Photoshop

with Dave Clayton

When Photoshop for the iPad was announced in 2018, it was almost a year later before it was properly launched at Adobe Max in 2019. So, we finally have a version of Photoshop working on our iPads. Now, it’s not a full version of Photoshop but it’s a great start. There are many features that still need to be added, some basic and some more advanced, but for many of us, it means that we can sit on our sofas and start creating designs and retouching images that can then be uploaded to “proper” Photoshop for further editing.  Terry White has a great article in a previous edition of Photoshop...

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When Photoshop for the iPad was announced in 2018, it was almost a year later before it was properly launched at Adobe Max in 2019. So, we finally have a version of Photoshop working on our iPads. Now, it’s not a full version of Photoshop but it’s a great start. There are many features that still need to be added, some basic and some more advanced, but for many of us, it means that we can sit on our sofas and start creating designs and retouching images that can then be uploaded to “proper” Photoshop for further editing.  Terry White has a great article in a previous edition of Photoshop...

As always, there are many features in Photoshop that you might forget about because you don’t use them very often. One such tool that I think is very creative is the Offset filter for generating seamless repeating patterns, which are great for textile designs or backgrounds. These patterns aren’t hard to create once you know the couple of little gotchas that can arise, such as getting the offset correct. That means should one object “fall off” on one side, it will reappear on the opposite side to keep the pattern infinitely continuous.  Step One: In this tutorial, I’m using a vector file...

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As always, there are many features in Photoshop that you might forget about because you don’t use them very often. One such tool that I think is very creative is the Offset filter for generating seamless repeating patterns, which are great for textile designs or backgrounds. These patterns aren’t hard to create once you know the couple of little gotchas that can arise, such as getting the offset correct. That means should one object “fall off” on one side, it will reappear on the opposite side to keep the pattern infinitely continuous.  Step One: In this tutorial, I’m using a vector file...

Just when you thought you were familiar with all the new features in the latest version of Photoshop, another one pops up that you didn’t even know was there. But thanks to a good friend of mine, Kladi, I was made aware of a “secret” feature called Capture from Image. This little, tucked-out-of-the-way addition to Photoshop is based on a phone app called Adobe Capture. (To be fair, Adobe didn’t even announce this feature at Adobe Max when they released Photoshop 2020 in November last year.) This new feature is a fun and useful addition to Photoshop 2020, so let’s dive into Capture from Imag...

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Just when you thought you were familiar with all the new features in the latest version of Photoshop, another one pops up that you didn’t even know was there. But thanks to a good friend of mine, Kladi, I was made aware of a “secret” feature called Capture from Image. This little, tucked-out-of-the-way addition to Photoshop is based on a phone app called Adobe Capture. (To be fair, Adobe didn’t even announce this feature at Adobe Max when they released Photoshop 2020 in November last year.) This new feature is a fun and useful addition to Photoshop 2020, so let’s dive into Capture from Imag...

Being creative and finding new effects in Photoshop is always fun. Sometimes you see a trend or an effect and wonder how it was made, and reverse-engineering it is as much fun as creating it. In this tutorial, we’ll look at a technique I’ve seen recently called the “pixel stretch effect.” This is an effect where the main colors of a subject are stretched out and manipulated to look like a ribbon flowing behind them. It’s actually not that difficult to replicate, so in this tutorial, we’ll walk through a method using the tools in Photoshop. We just need a subject, a background, and some jigg...

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Being creative and finding new effects in Photoshop is always fun. Sometimes you see a trend or an effect and wonder how it was made, and reverse-engineering it is as much fun as creating it. In this tutorial, we’ll look at a technique I’ve seen recently called the “pixel stretch effect.” This is an effect where the main colors of a subject are stretched out and manipulated to look like a ribbon flowing behind them. It’s actually not that difficult to replicate, so in this tutorial, we’ll walk through a method using the tools in Photoshop. We just need a subject, a background, and some jigg...

Photoshop 2020 was released at Adobe MAX last November, but now it’s actually the year 2020. Scott Valentine covered all the new features last issue , but in this issue, I want to focus on a specific updated feature: custom shapes (this will be a refresh to an article I wrote last year). Adobe had previously added the ability to manage brushes in the Brushes panel using folders, and now they’ve added that same functionality to the Swatches and Styles panels. Adobe also added new panels for Shapes, Gradients, and Patterns. Even though I’m only covering the updated features in the new Shapes ...

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Photoshop 2020 was released at Adobe MAX last November, but now it’s actually the year 2020. Scott Valentine covered all the new features last issue , but in this issue, I want to focus on a specific updated feature: custom shapes (this will be a refresh to an article I wrote last year). Adobe had previously added the ability to manage brushes in the Brushes panel using folders, and now they’ve added that same functionality to the Swatches and Styles panels. Adobe also added new panels for Shapes, Gradients, and Patterns. Even though I’m only covering the updated features in the new Shapes ...

Making Merch Is Cool!

with Dave Clayton

One of the best things about design is turning your creations into something you can print and hold, whether it’s a poster, flyer, wedding invites, business cards, etc. When I plan out content, I use a really cool notebook called Field Notes made by a company based out of Chicago. Each quarter, they release a new set of notebooks with different designs that are very cool and collectible. With today’s advances in printing technology, you can use online companies to make small quantities of your own merchandise to sell, gift, or use yourself. In this tutorial, we’re going to create three c...

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One of the best things about design is turning your creations into something you can print and hold, whether it’s a poster, flyer, wedding invites, business cards, etc. When I plan out content, I use a really cool notebook called Field Notes made by a company based out of Chicago. Each quarter, they release a new set of notebooks with different designs that are very cool and collectible. With today’s advances in printing technology, you can use online companies to make small quantities of your own merchandise to sell, gift, or use yourself. In this tutorial, we’re going to create three c...

Halloween Animated GIF

with Dave Clayton

In this issue’s tutorial, because it’s October, we’re going to create a cool Halloween animated gif using a photo, some text, and some simple brushes. You can do this using a mouse but a Wacom and stylus would make it easier. We’re going to do some very loose painting around some text, and piece the strokes together to make an animation. If you’d like to preview the final animations before you get started, click here . Step One: Set up a new document (File>New). For this tutorial, it doesn’t really matter what size it is but, if it’s something you’re going to put on a website, then co...

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In this issue’s tutorial, because it’s October, we’re going to create a cool Halloween animated gif using a photo, some text, and some simple brushes. You can do this using a mouse but a Wacom and stylus would make it easier. We’re going to do some very loose painting around some text, and piece the strokes together to make an animation. If you’d like to preview the final animations before you get started, click here . Step One: Set up a new document (File>New). For this tutorial, it doesn’t really matter what size it is but, if it’s something you’re going to put on a website, then co...

Get Your Shape Game Strong!

with Dave Clayton

There are times when I think we take Photoshop for granted and forget that some of its basic tools are some of the most useful, powerful, and timesaving features. For example, there’s a set of tools I use often that are tucked away in the Toolbar: the Shape tools. Generally, people only use these for the odd arrow or basic shape in a project but there’s so much more you can do with them. In this article, I’ll show you where the custom shapes live, how to use them, how to create your own custom shapes, and how to save your own sets of shapes. Photoshop comes with a standard set of Shape t...

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There are times when I think we take Photoshop for granted and forget that some of its basic tools are some of the most useful, powerful, and timesaving features. For example, there’s a set of tools I use often that are tucked away in the Toolbar: the Shape tools. Generally, people only use these for the odd arrow or basic shape in a project but there’s so much more you can do with them. In this article, I’ll show you where the custom shapes live, how to use them, how to create your own custom shapes, and how to save your own sets of shapes. Photoshop comes with a standard set of Shape t...

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge space fan. The Apollo 11 mission and moon landing just celebrated its 50th year and, of course, Cape Canaveral is in Florida, home of KelbyOne! So what better subject to use for this month’s article than those amazing astronauts and that awesome mission to create a cool typography poster? But, you may be asking where we’ll get images from the Apollo 11 mission that we can use. Well, it just so happens that NASA recently made some (actually quite a lot) of its database of space images available to the public for free and commercial use here . The ...

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge space fan. The Apollo 11 mission and moon landing just celebrated its 50th year and, of course, Cape Canaveral is in Florida, home of KelbyOne! So what better subject to use for this month’s article than those amazing astronauts and that awesome mission to create a cool typography poster? But, you may be asking where we’ll get images from the Apollo 11 mission that we can use. Well, it just so happens that NASA recently made some (actually quite a lot) of its database of space images available to the public for free and commercial use here . The ...

Fun with Stock Models

with Dave Clayton

Quite often when I need to create artwork that requires images of people, I can’t always get a model, or I don’t know the right model for the project. In these cases, I often go to Adobe Stock, type in a few key phrases for the type of images I require, and then scroll through the results to find the right person or situation. This is great for adverts, flyers, brochures etc., but when you want to get creative, you might wish you had that person in front of you to try different poses or outfits. One of the great little hidden features of Adobe Stock is the ability to find similar images ...

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Quite often when I need to create artwork that requires images of people, I can’t always get a model, or I don’t know the right model for the project. In these cases, I often go to Adobe Stock, type in a few key phrases for the type of images I require, and then scroll through the results to find the right person or situation. This is great for adverts, flyers, brochures etc., but when you want to get creative, you might wish you had that person in front of you to try different poses or outfits. One of the great little hidden features of Adobe Stock is the ability to find similar images ...

Get Organized

with Dave Clayton

This issue’s tutorial is about discipline and preparation. Time is precious for a designer, and having a few set disciplines will help every project run smoother. Once you get into the habit of doing some of these, you’ll become much more efficient. We all fall into the same trap when designing: We don’t prepare, we rush, we throw the kitchen sink at every job, and we don’t do any real housekeeping to make it easy to get back to that file in the future to quickly make amends. We’re all guilty of badly organized layers, panels all over the place, searching for assets, and never knowing where...

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This issue’s tutorial is about discipline and preparation. Time is precious for a designer, and having a few set disciplines will help every project run smoother. Once you get into the habit of doing some of these, you’ll become much more efficient. We all fall into the same trap when designing: We don’t prepare, we rush, we throw the kitchen sink at every job, and we don’t do any real housekeeping to make it easy to get back to that file in the future to quickly make amends. We’re all guilty of badly organized layers, panels all over the place, searching for assets, and never knowing where...

The Personal Side of Dave Clayton

with Dave Clayton & Kalebra Kelby

Dave Clayton has been fascinated with good design since he was a child, but there is much more to Dave than just being a graphic designer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Dave opens up about his personal side in a way we’ve never seen before. In this interview you’ll hear Dave share stories about how his family, friends, and mentors have opened him up to the opportunities and experiences that have made him who he is today. Plus, you’ll love hearing the story of how he met his wife.

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Dave Clayton has been fascinated with good design since he was a child, but there is much more to Dave than just being a graphic designer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Dave opens up about his personal side in a way we’ve never seen before. In this interview you’ll hear Dave share stories about how his family, friends, and mentors have opened him up to the opportunities and experiences that have made him who he is today. Plus, you’ll love hearing the story of how he met his wife.

Superhero Type

with Dave Clayton

If you’ve been following my tutorials, you know I love typography, retro styles, comics, and superhero imagery. It’s also a big month for superhero films, so what better time to do a tutorial on a superhero technique and share some tips on how to create a comic-style lettering effect with some basic faux 3D and shading, using layers and nondestructive styles. You can use any font or background for this technique, but for the effect to work, try to use a font that has some weight, preferably one that has multiple weights so you can pick two different ones to make the style work. The on...

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If you’ve been following my tutorials, you know I love typography, retro styles, comics, and superhero imagery. It’s also a big month for superhero films, so what better time to do a tutorial on a superhero technique and share some tips on how to create a comic-style lettering effect with some basic faux 3D and shading, using layers and nondestructive styles. You can use any font or background for this technique, but for the effect to work, try to use a font that has some weight, preferably one that has multiple weights so you can pick two different ones to make the style work. The on...

Go Retro to Save Images

with Dave Clayton

This issue’s tutorial is all about making art with those photos that you don’t quite know what to do with; you know, the ones that aren’t composited right, are a little blurred, etc. We all have them, and they sit on our hard drives but never get used. So, we’re going to use a couple of these types of images to create some art using effects in Photoshop. These new images can be used for postcard designs, notecards, or even art for your home. For those of us old enough to remember the days of printing, there were all sorts of print techniques available to us. One in particular was called ...

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This issue’s tutorial is all about making art with those photos that you don’t quite know what to do with; you know, the ones that aren’t composited right, are a little blurred, etc. We all have them, and they sit on our hard drives but never get used. So, we’re going to use a couple of these types of images to create some art using effects in Photoshop. These new images can be used for postcard designs, notecards, or even art for your home. For those of us old enough to remember the days of printing, there were all sorts of print techniques available to us. One in particular was called ...

One important aspect of design is controlling and managing color. Creating color swatches is a great way of building libraries of color that you can use over and over again. Quite often, when you’re handed a design project, you aren’t given any brand colors with which to work, or it may be a brand-new project for which you’re tasked with creating specific colors. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at a couple of ways to extract colors from photographs to add to your Swatches panel. In both Illustrator and InDesign, there are ways of extracting colors from artwork that aren’t available...

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One important aspect of design is controlling and managing color. Creating color swatches is a great way of building libraries of color that you can use over and over again. Quite often, when you’re handed a design project, you aren’t given any brand colors with which to work, or it may be a brand-new project for which you’re tasked with creating specific colors. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at a couple of ways to extract colors from photographs to add to your Swatches panel. In both Illustrator and InDesign, there are ways of extracting colors from artwork that aren’t available...

As you may have noticed if you read my articles and watch my courses, I’m a big typography fan when it comes to design. With a huge resurgence in poster prints and images with inspirational quotes, I thought we’d do a fun poster design using the Perspective Grid tool in Photoshop CC 2019. Sometimes it’s worth combining some of the creative tools in Photoshop with type to give your designs more dimension—without using Adobe Dimension, which is amazing for 3D (just ask Corey Barker, the man for all things 3D). One thing to note before we get started is that, at Adobe Max 2018, Adobe announ...

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As you may have noticed if you read my articles and watch my courses, I’m a big typography fan when it comes to design. With a huge resurgence in poster prints and images with inspirational quotes, I thought we’d do a fun poster design using the Perspective Grid tool in Photoshop CC 2019. Sometimes it’s worth combining some of the creative tools in Photoshop with type to give your designs more dimension—without using Adobe Dimension, which is amazing for 3D (just ask Corey Barker, the man for all things 3D). One thing to note before we get started is that, at Adobe Max 2018, Adobe announ...

The New Frame Tool

with Dave Clayton

This is the time of year when the creative industry gets excited: It’s new Photoshop time. Photoshop CC 2019 was released in October at the annual Adobe Max conference to more than 14,000 attendees. There were many updates across all the Creative Cloud apps, but one exciting announcement was that the full version of Photoshop would be available on the iPad in 2019. For this issue, however, I want to look at a new feature in CC 2019 that will make a designer’s life a lot easier: the Frame tool. This tool already exists in InDesign, so in terms of layout and design projects, it’s a welcome ad...

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This is the time of year when the creative industry gets excited: It’s new Photoshop time. Photoshop CC 2019 was released in October at the annual Adobe Max conference to more than 14,000 attendees. There were many updates across all the Creative Cloud apps, but one exciting announcement was that the full version of Photoshop would be available on the iPad in 2019. For this issue, however, I want to look at a new feature in CC 2019 that will make a designer’s life a lot easier: the Frame tool. This tool already exists in InDesign, so in terms of layout and design projects, it’s a welcome ad...

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: ...

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...

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/...

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...

Creating Badges in Photoshop

with Dave Clayton

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.
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