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 [...]


Students 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 [...]


I am taking a free online Stanford class called Creativity: Music to My Ears. Here is a video that I found inspiring that I will share with my students:



Teaching the Tough Stuff

On March 27, 2014 By

Motivating Students with Fun Projects


I Shot the Serif

The Kerning Game

Color Theory

Poynter Interactive Color In News Design Course

Method of Action: Color


Photoshop Layers Overview

On March 25, 2014 By

1. Layer Modes blend the current image layer with the layer below, and you can get some interesting effects by scrolling through these. Have the Move tool selected, and hold Shift + to scroll forward, and Shift – to back up. Additionally, you can press a number key to change the opacity of the layer, [...]


Photoshop Resources

On March 24, 2014 By is a nicely organized set of videos that should provide quick and easy answers to most of your Photoshop CS6 questions. Bookmark them if you use them with students so they can watch them as often as they need to. Another Adobe for Academics page has a nice video article: Read more...

InDesign Resources

On March 13, 2014 By

Here are some of my favorite InDesign resources:

InDesign Secrets: They have a host of interesting articles, and even some templates that shipped up to InDesign CS4, that you can open with any newer version of InDesign.

Twin Cities InDesign [...]


Way 1:
Choose File > Place. Select the Word file in the dialog and click OK. Place your placement cursor at the upper left corner of the first page. Hold down the Shift key (to invoke auto-flow), and click. The text should flow through and autogenerate new pages to place the entire Word file.





Hi, Bob,

I’m teaching an Indesign for the Ipad class today at the TIES technology conference, and my attendees mostly made their adobe ids today. They can log in to adobe online through their computers, but can’t log in to adobe on their iPads so they can save their content and preview it through [...]