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This two-minute video clip comes from this CreativeTechs’ January 8, 2009 workshop Font Management for Designers in Mac OS X.

A lot of designers feel powerless when it comes to managing their fonts inMac OS X because they see all these font folders spread throughout their computer. Since they don’t understand the folder structure, and there are so many fonts in so many different places most designers feel nervous about removing fonts. Read more »

This two-minute video clip comes from this week’s CreativeTechs’ January 8, 2009 workshop: Font Management for Designers in Mac OS X.

This short video lays out the a description of the best practices for font management in 2009. Read more »

This two-minute video clip comes from this week’s CreativeTechs’ January 8, 2009 workshop: Font Management for Designers in Mac OS X.

Why do designers need to manage fonts anyway? Here is a nice visual example. This video shows the default font menu from InDesign before we’ve done any font management at all. A lot of designers have forgotten that they can have a short font menu. You should be in control of that choice, you shouldn’t be having a bunch of fonts in your menus just because they happen to be pre-installed by a bunch of applications. Read more »

Follow CreativeTechs on Twitter and every day I’ll share a quick tip from the growing pile of tip resources I’m always collecting. I’ve been keeping this list in a text file on my computer for years. This month, I decided, why not share it? You’ll get to see what types of things I consider interesting. Occasionally you’ll get a sneak preview about a larger weekly tip that I’m researching.

Since I’ve started twittering (tweeting? twitting?) I’ve needed to explain what, exactly, Twitter is all about. This fun video from The CommonCraft Show does a great job describing the basics of Twitter in their classic fast, handcrafted video format. Read more »

For our January Suggest-A-Workshop topic, Steve Laskevitch, founder of Seattle’s Luminous Works Training Center, and author of the Photoshop CS4 Photographer’s Handbook, presented a terrific introduction to working in Adobe Lightroom 2.

This 4-minute clip was an answer to a webinar participant, and digs into the advanced sharpening tools that are part of Lightroom 2′s new Develop module. Read more »

For our January Suggest-A-Workshop topic, Steve Laskevitch, founder of Seattle’s Luminous Works Training Center, and author of the Photoshop CS4 Photographer’s Handbook, presented a terrific introduction to working in Adobe Lightroom 2.

This 4-minute clip shows off some of the wonderful cropping tools in Lightroom 2′s new Develop module. Read more »

One of our most visited tips over the years is how to make Transparent Gradients in Illustrator CS3. Well, in Illustrator CS4, gradients and transparency have both become MUCH easier with the new Gradient Annotator. We pulled this video clip from our webinar archives. This 3-minute clip is from a fun “What’s New in CS4″ workshop that Jason Hoppe led back in October 2008.

Retouching skin can quickly become a tricky task. There are few absolutes when it comes to making faces and bodies look good — but everyone knows instantly when it’s done wrong. In clips from our latest webinar, master retoucher, Jason Hoppe, delves into retouching skin in Photoshop.

This clip shows the dramatic effects possible with Photoshop’s liquify filter. When you’ve got some serious weight loss to address, the liquify filter can work some magic.
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Retouching skin can quickly become a tricky task. There are few absolutes when it comes to making faces and bodies look good — but everyone knows instantly when it’s done wrong. In clips from our latest webinar, master retoucher, Jason Hoppe, delves into retouching skin in Photoshop.

This clip shows how to isolate skin color corrections by using the color range controls in Photoshop’s Hue/Saturation adjustments. Read more »

Retouching skin can quickly become a tricky task. There are few absolutes when it comes to making faces and bodies look good — but everyone knows instantly when it’s done wrong. In clips from our latest webinar, master retoucher, Jason Hoppe, delves into retouching skin in Photoshop.

This clip looks at the Photoshop Spot Healing Brush, or as Jason calls it, the Neosporin Brush. Click on a blemish, and like magic, it’s gone!
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