My passion is designing simple, elegant, well-constructed user experiences for web and mobile apps, digital publishing projects, webcasts, and other rich media. With in-depth project experience at Adobe and other premier brands, I specialize in working collaboratively and closely with clients to deliver the highest standard of quality. I am looking for opportunities to develop first-class user experiences for clients like yours.
This August, Adobe released a robust selection of training videos on key products from top-notch trainers. We added 32 videos to the Adobe Muse CC Learn show on Adobe TV. These videos cover many new topics that span these learning paths: Essential Tasks, Essential Tasks-Structuring your Site and Pages, Essential Tasks-Working with Graphics Assets, Essential Tasks-Integrating Social Media, and Advanced Techniques.
The new videos listed below are part of a larger set on the Adobe Muse CC Learn show. Enjoy!
- Understanding print vs. web design
- Touring the Muse interface
- Working with the different view modes
- Creating a site map
- Building a site structure
- Adding an image to the background of the page or browser
- Learning about Page Properties
- Understanding Master Pages
- Setting up Master Pages
- Creating a second Master Page
- Creating repeating backgrounds
- Understanding the tools
- Using the Selection Indicator to determine the current selection
- Working with Layers
- Applying effects to text
- Rounding corners on objects
- Changing the appearance of objects using the States Panel
- Inserting an email link
- Creating a simple form
- Adding a Contact Form
- Placing images
- Understanding the size and resolution of your graphics assets
- Building and placing graphics from Photoshop
- Placing a layered PSD file into Muse
- Building and placing graphics from Illustrator
- Building graphics in InDesign
- Resizing and cropping images
- Optimizing graphics assets in Muse
- Inserting Adobe Edge Animate graphics
- Inserting a YouTube, Flickr, or Hulu Video
- Adding a Facebook Like button
- Working with Twitter
We received a total of 97 new videos for the design and publishing segment in the Adobe TV Learn show. They were all awesome and engaging, created by top-notch trainers in the industry.
One stood out for me:
This is the seminal piece of the puzzle for print designers transitioning into web design—our primary audience for Muse.
Fritz goes over key differences in the two mediums side-by-side and lays out how designers should approach designing content for each. Categories discussed and compared: Page size, Navigation, Document Construction, File size, Accessibility, Testing/Troubleshooting
“For print, the end can justify the means. What I mean is, in a perfect world, we would all design our pages with master pages, paragraph & character styles, and layers in the best possible way. But sometimes, when you don’t have time to work the correct way, you can just put something together, and if it prints okay, so be it. It will look good and the user won’t even know how it was built. On the web, quality of construction is of huge importance. Users may not be able to get to the page the right way, the page may load slower, and the SEO factor—if you don’t build the page correctly, it will be invisible and nobody will be able to find it.”
This August, Adobe released a robust selection of training videos on key products from top-notch trainers. We added 30 videos to the InDesign Learn Show on Adobe TV. These videos cover many new topics that span these learning paths: What’s new in InDesign CC, Essential Tasks, Essential Tasks-Laying out Pages, Essential Tasks-Type, Essential Tasks-Tables, Advanced Techniques, and Advanced Technique-Sharing and Exporting Files.
The new videos listed below are part of a larger set on the InDesign Learn show. Enjoy!
- Placing graphics, and tips about graphics frames in InDesign CC
- Fitting graphics to their frames in InDesign CC
- Drawing objects
- Selecting objects
- Applying basic strokes and fills
- Colorizing images
- Adding drop shadows
- Learning the basics of the Pages panel
- Pages: Beyond the basics
- Pages: Mastering Master Pages
- Using Headers and Footers
- Placing text from word-processing applications
- Selecting and editing text
- Editing text: tips and tricks
- Formatting text efficiently using Character Styles in InDesign
- Formatting text easily and consistently using Paragraph Styles
- Wrapping text around an object in InDesign CC
- Creating a Table
- Table and Cell options
- Adjusting Rows and Columns
- Splitting and merging cells
- Controlling the appearance of Tables
- Using the Eyedropper tool to copy formatting
- Using the Find/Change dialog to adjust object formatting
- Adjusting Transparency
- Using other Transparency effects
- Exploring Clipping Paths and Import Options in InDesign CC
- Packaging your files for easy handoff to a service provider in InDesign CC
- Sharing files with easy access to the document fonts
This August, Adobe released a robust selection of training videos on key products from top-notch trainers. We added 35 videos to the Illustrator Learn show on Adobe TV. These videos cover many new topics that span these learning paths: What’s New, Essential Tasks, Selections, Essential Tasks-Artwork, Essential Tasks-Text, Brushes in Illustrator, Advanced Techniques, and a Postcard project.
The new videos listed below are part of a larger set on the Illustrator Learn show. Enjoy!
- Bitmap vs. Vector
- Designing with the end in mind
- Creating process and global colors
- Managing Colorsync settings
- Creating new documents
- Working with Artboards in Illustrator CC
- Document navigation techniques in Illustrator CC
- Viewing modes in Illustrator CC
- Working with Panels
- Understanding the Control Panel
- Understanding Paths
- Understanding selections and stacking order
- Using the Lasso tool to make selections
- Using the Magic Wand tool to select colors, patterns, shapes, and more
- Mastering selections with the Group and Direct Selection tools
- Formatting text with the Eyedropper tool
- Working with Fill and Stroke attributes
- Adding text to a circle
- Creating a basic clipping mask
- Creating Arrowheads
- Creating dashed strokes
- Applying and drawing with brushes in Illustrator CC
- Creating a Calligraphic Brush in Illustrator CC
- Creating a Scatter Brush in Illustrator CC
- Creating an Art Brush in Illustrator CC
- Creating a Pattern Brush in Illustrator CC
- Drawing with the Bristle Brush in Illustrator CC
- Saving artwork for the Web
- Using opacity masks to create variations in transparency
- Postcard Project: Logo colors
- Postcard Project: Logo shapes
- Postcard Project: Placing images
- Project: Creating faux-neon effects
- Project: Growing a Gradient Mesh tomato
- Moving into the world of 3D
Today, at Photoshop World 2013, Adobe announced an incredible deal for photographers who were undecided about signing up for the Creative Cloud. For a low monthly price of $9.99, they get the following:
- Photoshop CC download
- Lightroom 5
- Behance membership with ProSite (build slick-looking professional portfolios fast!)
- 20 GB storage on the Creative Cloud
- Ongoing updates to the apps
- Access to the Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources (what’s not to like about that?)
This offer is available until December 31, 2013. Now’s the time to make the leap! See this post for details.
Because of my long-standing association with Adobe, I’m often asked to recommend training and learning content for Adobe’s products. I usually refer them to my colleagues and partners. Now, I have an exciting new venue to direct people wishing to learn more about Adobe’s Creative applications!
Starting in July, I’m working on curating learning content for the Creative Cloud, specifically for the design and publishing segment. I’m excited to be involved with a dynamic group that cares deeply about giving creatives access to top-notch training and learning. The best part is that you have access to content even if you’re sitting on the fence about signing up for the Creative Cloud (don’t waffle anymore, it’s totally worth the plunge!).
How many of you knew about the free learning resources on Adobe TV? Well, if there is one page that you bookmark here, it should be the Creative Cloud Learn show. We’ve created learning paths and video playlists for every application that takes a user from learning the basics to advanced topics. So, if you’ve been wanting to take a deep dive into learning InDesign, or are hankering to see what the excitement is around Muse, hanker no more.
Many are also available in the Creative Cloud Learn section (login required).
Come visit us and let me know what you think!
At last year’s Adobe MAX conference, all attendees were given a free license to create a Singe Edition iPad app using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). We thought of using our’s to create a promotional brochure for an artist. Kedar’s Origami mentor, Meenkshi Mukerji was our first pick, and we enjoyed highlighting her work in 2D and 3D goodness. The app is a free download and available NOW on the App store. Check it out! Search for “Modular Origami,” or use this link to view in iTunes.
MediaBistro recorded an interview about our experiences converting our ebook into a print version that is published by Blurb.
Click the picture above to watch the highlights.
I’m always excited by useful objects made with beautiful paper. I was enchanted by the completely sustainable paper lamp designed by the talented Mr. Gardener. I chanced upon Jenny Pinto, a hugely talented designer based in Bangalore, India. She makes paper by hand the old-fashioned way using agricultural and waste fibers from the banana tree, sisal, river grasses, and more. Check out her inspired paper designs.
All art from jennypinto.com.
Gorgeous lighting for home and studio.
Jenny has a heart of gold. To source material, she contacted NGOs working with women in rural parts. She taught key members of each group her paper-making techniques, and empowered them to be self-sustaining entrepreneurs who make and market paper products. Read about Jenny’s vision here.