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Adobe Illustrator WOW! CC Book

My artist/author copy of the Adobe Illustrator CC WOW! advanced vector art techniques book arrived. In addition to the one Gallery section I had from the last edition, I now have two more. Thanks again to Sharon Steuer for the … Continue reading

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Adobe Illustrator WOW! Advanced Vector Techniques Book CS6/CC Edition

The CS6/Creative Cloud version of the superb Adobe Illustrator WOW! Book with advanced vector art techniques is now available. Along with my earlier technique contribution to the Illustrator WOW! CS6 edition last year, this updated edition has some more tips … Continue reading

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Illustrator WOW! CS6 Tutorial Book — Now With More Coghill!

Just a quick news item: the Adobe Illustrator CS6 version of the superb Illustrator WOW! tutorial book series for Adobe Illustrator will feature a lesson by yours truly. I was approached by the author, Sharon Steuer, to contribute an advanced technique to … Continue reading

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Blue Goon

Just  quick post to show the “blue goon” drawing I did for tonight’s artcast. Unfortunately I forgot to hit “Record” for the show, so it was a live event only. Next time! The “blue goon” character was created in Adobe … Continue reading

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Cartoon Ogre Mascot Character

Working color vector art for a mascot character project. The ogre will be used as a mascot for a video game portal website. We needed a prop and I suggested a video game controller, the client wanted to go with … Continue reading

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Flattening Transparency Properly When Using Layer Appearances in Adobe Illustrator

For longer than I can remember, I have been flustered with the Flatten Transparency feature in Adobe Illustrator CS3 and CS4. Very often I use the excellent Layer Targeting feature introduced into recent versions of Adobe Illustrator, however I found … Continue reading

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6 Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts For Illustrator Users

Here are a few handy keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop for those of you out there like me who spend an inordinate amount of time in the Creative Suite primarily using Illustrator. These are not keyboard shortcuts that you can use … Continue reading

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Adobe Apps: Backup Your Prefs

It’s happened to all of us digital creatives. The dreaded day when you just cannot get one of your Adobe applications to launch. Usually there’s a deadline looming (of course). You’ve restarted your computer (three times) and still you cannot get … Continue reading

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Video: Photoshop CS4 Drag-Resize Brush Keyboard Shortcut

Another brief video in my series introducing some great new features in Photoshop CS4 for artists, cartoonists, illustrators and anyone else who sketches or draws using Photoshop. This video features the excellent new keyoard shortcuts that allow you to drag-resize … Continue reading

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Adobe Illustrator Eraser Brush Tip: Option-Erase

Hold down the Option key when erasing using the Eraser Brush, and you’ll get a marquee that you can drag to erase a perfectly rectangular area. Bonus Eraser Tool tip: edit the keyboard shortcuts so the Eraser uses the “E” … Continue reading

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Video: Photoshop CS4 Spring-Loaded Keys

Another brief video in my instructional series introducing some great new features in Photoshop CS4 for artists, cartoonists, illustrators and anyone else who sketches or draws using Photoshop. This video features the excellent new Spring-Loaded Keys feature that allows you … Continue reading

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Photoshop Cheatsheets and Reference Cards: Free Downloads

Great resource for Adobe Photoshop users — reference cards for quick overviews of Photoshop’s interface, specific and often-used tools. Includes links to versions for Photoshop CS3 and CS4 as well as both Macintosh and Windows versions. Some of the “cards” … Continue reading

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Creative Suite CS4 Plugin Availability

A quick note that as of the posting date, there are a handful of plugins not yet available for the Creative Suite CS4 applications. The list for me so far includes: all font activation plugins for Linotype’s Font Explorer X, … Continue reading

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Creative Suite CS4: Custom Keyboard Shortcut Woes

Just a quick tip for those out there getting ready to upgrade to the new Adobe Creative Suite CS4: I discovered after the upgrade that CS3 customized keyboard shortcut files do not transition into CS4. This is a huge bummer, … Continue reading

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Wacom: Bamboo Dock

Wacom has a new online service and free companion software tool download called  Bamboo Dock. The apps available so far are basic — a drawing/doodling app, a map you can draw on and a handwriting recognition app. The others I … Continue reading

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