Here are some useful links for using InDesign:

InDesign Secrets
This blog covers a lot of details about the inner workings of InDesign.

InDesign CS6 help:
use this when you want more info on a particular piece of InDesign, like Tables.

Thinking with Type
has a lot of info about typography. Most people don’t care about typography. Being one who does will make you stand out and give you the edge in the next job interview.

Graphic Design: The New Basics
Ellen Lupton is one of my design heroes, and this site is a companion to her book of the same name. When you’re feeling a creative block, look at her assignments and do some of them to reinforce your inner creativity.

Here is what I meant to show you but forgot: how to make the interactive InDesign document flip from horizontal to vertical:
Under the Layout menu, choose Create Alternate Layout, and choose IPad V (because your original was Horizontal). Then, look in your Pages panel, and InDesign will copy all of your pages into a vertical layout that you just have to move around a bit to reformat. When you view it on your IPhone, you can make it change from Portrait to Landscape.

Be sure to download the Adobe Content Viewer and DPS Tips on you Iphone from the App Store. To preview your InDesign on your phone, you need to have the Adobe Content Viewer open and your phone must be alive, and you need to sign in with your Adobe ID from the content viewer.

How to publish an app:
Terry White is one of my favorite Adobe spokespeople. I will add more info on how to publish an app as I do it this spring for my Design and Digital Media class.

Here’s how to learn Premiere Pro in 3 hours or less:

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Here’s some links for teaching Illustrator to those in Middle School.

Brain Buffet tutorials: These are exactly the images kids want to draw. A eye with a foot. A mangaman, a Ninja star. The tutorials are super clear and students love them while they learn Illustrator. These are the best pen tool tutorials I have found. Downloadable practice sheets are free.


How to design a logo with Illustrator, by Paul Trani:


And, everybody needs to learn code. Here are the best resources I have found:

I have taken every class except the j query. Responsive Web Design walks students through designing a mobile site first, a current trend. Coding for Designers teaches html and css, the foundations of web design. UX Fundamentals covers the basics of User Experience Design.

Feel free to submit a resource, leave a comment, or ask a question!



I’ve been invited and accepted to be an Adobe Campus Leader.  It’s a one year post. I’ll have access to training, other educators from around the world, and a free one year membership to the creative cloud!


The following links are all from Adobe’s website. Digital publishing is so new it is changing every day. I have included links to both the Single Publishing Edition and Enterprise Edition of the Digital Publishing Suite.


Terry White explains the steps in building an app:


InDesign Help:


Adobe’s InDesign CS6 video tutorials:


DPS video series:


InDesign CS6 Content Collector Tool:


Digital Publishing Suite Consumer Showcase:

Some great examples of how DPS is being used.


DPS Suite Single Edition Tutorials:


Tagged with:

How to add automatic jump lines


Interactive pdf

Jump lines

Nonprinting notes for collaboration

Create a table from an excel file–vector-4271


Logo Design Links:

The Definitive Guide to Logo Design, by Creative Bloq


Logo Design Love


Collection of Photography Logos, by Speckyboy

Duffy Design

Logosmith, by ImJustCreative


Logos Containing Animals

Google search of Audio Company Logos

25 Examples of (mostly) technology company logos

Google search of logos using initials

Google search of logos for videographers

Logo Design Ideas: 90 Great Examples by Designrfix


Identity Design Links




Tagged with:

Terry White’s top ten things people want to do in Illustrator.

Mordy Golding explains how to draw in Illustrator

Creative Bloq’s 100 Amazing Illustrator Tutorials

Free Illustrator from Scratch Course at Udemy




This phenomenal effect is done in the dark, with the camera set on F22, ISO 100, and a ten second exposure. Students hold flashlights or colored lights and wave them as they walk toward the camera.

The exposure is so long that the students are invisible in the photograph.



Need a quick way to spice up your images?

I was asked to offer some tips for jazzing up images in Photoshop, and HDR toning is a relatively easy way to do just that. It is actually meant to merge several exposures of the same image, but it has some fun presets that can make an image more dramatic in a few moments. HDR toning is available in versions CS5 and later.

Crop and Straighten

I started with this photo of ruins in Carthage. Using the crop tool, and clicked on Straighten in the Options bar, and straightened the image by drawing a line down the length of the second arch.

Save a Copy

Save as made another copy of the image, because HDR toning flattens the image, and I wanted to be able to tone down the effect. Go to the Image, adjustments menu, HDR toning. There are a lot of fun presets in the dialog. I used the Surrealist preset.

Visual Layer Mode and Opacity Tip

With the Move tool selected, I used the quick Shift+ to scroll through the layer modes until I got to Overlay and liked that one. Pressing the number keys led me to choose 60% to tone down the Surrealistic effect. In about five minutes I was able to strengthen the dramatic effect of a well composed, but slightly flawed photo.


Original Photo


Surrealistic HDR Toning


Finished Image


Billy's CharacterStudents are always asking me how to render a sketch in Photoshop, so here you are! I’m using a former student’s character study, thanks Billy for leaving it in the classroom.

Start with a scanned drawing at a high resolution: this one is 8.5 inches by 3 inches at 00 pixels per inch. Make sure your scan in in RGB (Image, Mode, RGB).


1. Unlock the background layer

Do this by double clicking on it. Rename it Black.

2. Adjust the levels

Go to Image, adjustments, levels. Move the black and white sliders toward the center until your blacks are darker and your lines are thicker.

3. Remove the white background


Click on the fx button in the Layers panel and choose Blending Options. Move the top Blend If slider to 254, and you should see the transparent checkerboard rather than the white background in your image. Change the blending mode to Multiply and lock the layer.

4. Make 2 new blank layers

Move them below the Blacks layer. Name the top one Color and the Bottom one Background.

5. Select the Color layer

Press W to get the Magic Wand. Check Contiguous, Antialias, and Sample All Layers in the Options bar.

6. Make a selection with the wand of an area you’s like to color.

Use Shift to select more than one area. Go to the select menu, choose Modify, Expand. Expand your selection by 2-3 pixels. This will make your color go a little behind your black sketch lines.

7. Click the Foreground color chip and choose the color you want to fill your selection with.

Option-Delete will fill your selection with the foreground color. Fill all of your areas with color by selecting, expanding, and filling them.

8. Option-click the New Layer icon  to get this box:





Make sure to make you layer mode Overlay and check Fill with Overlay-neutral color. Place this layer above your Color layer. Select an area you want to add highlights to with the magic wand. Choose a  brush to paint in highlights. Use the Burn tool to paint in shadows.

9. Fill the Background layer with a color.


Choose Filter, Render, Lighting Effects

Choose Spotlight for the light source and rotate the light so it matches your highlights and shadows.