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The Problem

Teaching web design to the “Designer” type, I’m constantly explaining to them why we can’t use all of our fancy design fonts we have on our computers when we design for the web. Luckily for us over the last couple years, the modern web has given us more tools to get a richer design experience. I’ve known about @font-face for a while but haven’t really pointed students in that direction in part because of the inevitable cross-browser issues.

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Gradient and Eyedropper

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Have you ever wanted to sample a specific color from an object or photo in Adobe Illustrator with the Eyedropper tool and apply it to a color stop on the gradient slider? If so, you’ve probably discovered there’s no obvious way to do so.

Here’s how it’s done:

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Dropbox:
PDF to iPad Without the Cord

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If you’re looking for an easy way to get PDF documents from your desktop computer to your iPad, without messing with cords or the hassle of iTunes, this tutorial is for you.

First thing you’ll want to do is to check out Dropbox. Dropbox is a free and secure service that lets you store files in the cloud. The files are not only accessible through the web, but also synced to a shared folder on any computer or device that you install the Dropbox application to. You can sign up here to get set-up with a free account.

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What the Flash!

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To most, Flash is just something online that lets you see really cool websites and videos. Many people have heard the term “Flash” being thrown around in the media over the summer. To my delight, this extra media coverage has gotten a few of my students, friends and colleagues asking “What exactly is Flash?”  and has given me the opportunity to let them know a bit more about the technology.

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The Catalyst Commitment – Weeks 1 and 2

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Week 1

June 1

Brainstormed some ideas of where I could start looking for resources. Decided I wanted to focus on the social channels, where the information would be brought directly to me, along with online video training via Adobe TV and Lynda.com.

June 2

  • Went to Facebook and Twitter and subscribed to the Flash Catalyst feeds / fan pages.
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How Twitter Saves Me Time…Really

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Recently I received an email from the marketing folks wondering what it was that made me bookmark sites, and what it was about my home page that made me set it. I had never really thought about how I used bookmarks before, and definitely not why I set my homepage, I just used them.

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The Flash Catalyst Commitment

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Since the Adobe Max Conference in 2008, and the buzz around a product code-named “Thermo,” I have been intrigued with the possibility of creating interactive designs with the click of a mouse. This May, with the launch of Adobe’s Creative Suite CS5, the pipe-dream once known as Thermo, was released to the public as Flash Catalyst.

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A Designers Creative Toolbox

I recently had an old friend ask me if I still did graphic design.  After a little discussion, a simple question was asked… “So what software do you use to do your designs?”  Instinctively I started to rattle off a list of the software I use, pretty much as I would answer a twitter feed with a fellow tech geek.  I assumed a sentence explaining what I did in each one would suffice, but quickly realized that it takes a lot more thought to really explain it. Just because it’s second nature to me doesn’t mean someone else will “get it.” There is a reason, after all, that they asked the question in the first place. About half-way through the explanation, and with this epiphany fresh in my mind, I just stopped and asked him if I could get his email address so I could put some links together for him.  Little did he know he just gave me the material for my next blog entry…

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