Adobe Spark: Creating Effective Video for your Cause or Crowdfunding Campaign

Adobe has teamed up with expert voices from Change.org and the Future of Storytelling (FOST) on why you need video in your crowdfunding campaign or petition. Studies have shown adding video to your petition, cause, or crowdfunding campaign can increase its effectiveness by over 6x, and it’s never been easier to create! Adobe Spark offers the easiest way to create an animated video for your cause or campaign with it’s free web-based and iOS app Spark Video . . . . May 20, 2016

Welcome to Adobe Spark! A new way to generate social media content

Over the years Adobe has gotten bigger and bigger, but with very few really innovative new things -- there's a limit to the number of features you can add to a program and still have it a viable tool. SPARK is something I think the real world is ready for -- and it's probably the best thing Adobe has done in close to a decade . . . check this out NOT, while it's free. You know, they'll be back later for money! May 20, 2016

Spark Spotlight: How a Bike Shop Spurred a Pedal Revolution

As this video depicts, this possibly could be the BEST thing to come out of Adobe in a decade -- and for now they're FREE . . . the SPARK suite is awesome ! ... let me know what you think -- and if you create a SPARK project, be sure and link it to ME for a free professional graphic design critique! #video #videostory #designvideo #designtools #adobe #adobespark #socialmedia #facebook #pinterest #storytelling #60-Seconds #marketing May 19, 2016

Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements

I've told you about Mapdiva before. It's a very cool new program, and now it's been upgraded! Artboard 1.9.8 vector drawing software, features support for Apple's new Photos app, a critical performance update, and several usability enhancements. Artboard is an affordable vector drawing program that is simple to use to get you going fast, yet powerful enough to meet your everyday drawing needs. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website, with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial. October 26, 2015

Adobe Releases CC2015, Designers share and ask: Why are you still using CS6?

I've been following this thread for a while on LinkedIN, and wanted to share a few selected comments for those of you who have not taken the plunge. There are many out there who really love the Creative Cloud. There are many out there who refuse to jump into the Creative Cloud. August 12, 2015

Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Adds New Variable File Name Options

Well, if you follow the social networking sites, you'd think graphic designers do nothing but web pages, logos and Photoshop manipulations. But it just isn't true. Most graphic designers are still involved with desktop publishing, printing, page layout, and solving the design issues that gives the name to graphic design. Now, automating some of the tedium is a blessing! August 6, 2015

Illustrator, Photoshop Easter Collage

Just in time for Easter, this cute little tutorial draws eggs, chicks and rabbits for a montage -- drills into Illustrator's Pathfinder tools then goes out to finish up in Photoshop! Join in the fun February 26, 2015

Sci Fi illustration: Erasing the line between man and machine

The movie "The Terminator" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was probably the first to really bring the concept of the cyborg to the forefront. There had been others, but none really as compelling as that famous series. The movie's creator James Cameron probably never suspected that his film in 1984 would spawn a generation of cyborg fans -- still very much alive 30 years later! February 2, 2015

Free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets are Available on the New Website

If you use Adobe Muse you'll want to discover this new website with free Adobe Muse Templates and Widgets. Adobe Muse Templates provide the unique design for websites that are created with Adobe Muse software. Muse Widgets help to enhance websites even more by adding interactive elements like slideshows or various compositions into Adobe Muse websites. January 6, 2015

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014