Create a Gift-wrapped box icon in Illustrator

Here's another of those great tutorials in Adobe Illustrator from Ainsley Bevis. This time it's a gift-wrapped icon, perfect for the holidays, birthdays, or where ever you need gift wrapping. This is the first of three, so watch this column for the next ones. For now, get started . . . December 9, 2017

Alternatives? How To Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud

Level up tutorials brings us an excellent overview of just a few of the new apps which can replace getting hooked on Adobe's subscription based software. This is a video. :-) Two thumbs up for Scott at Level-Up Tutorials July 27, 2017

Graphic Inspector Now Lets Users Choose Image Editing App

Zevrix Solutions comes with something newsworthy from time to time, but having run their product reviews for a decade, they STILL don't answer my calls, or support the Design Center! After 20 million pairs of eyes sent to them, this is the respect I get. Oh well, their Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update is noteworthy. June 6, 2017

Archisketch Adds Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud Support

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 25, 2016

Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!

Getting ready for the summer vacation and all of the cook-outs, receptions, parties and picknics going on, we were delighted when Ainseley Bevis sent in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with lots of blends, gradients and vector cooking! July 1, 2016

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