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How to Create a Professional Magazine Layout

How to Create a Professional Magazine Layout
A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Otto Coster was first published on August 4th 2010. Have you ever wondered how professional designers strike the perfect balance between text and image? Using InDesign's powerful type tools, you will learn techniques to help you set and arrange a magazine layout. Step 1 Setting up the Document We'll be using a standard A4 size document for this tutorial. Step 2 Creating a Grid To set up the page grid, go to the "A-master spread" and choose Layout > Create Guides. Why? Step 3 Placing a Background When creating a magazine layout, you'll want to keep a good balance between the white space, images and text. Go to page 2–3 and place your photograph in the bleed space so that the entire spread is covered. Step 4 Creating Body Text Step 5 Setting up a Baseline Grid To make our text look good we need to set up a baseline grid. Step 6 Changing the Basic Paragraph Style

Character Formatting | Why Adobe InDesign CS6 Is Now the Best Desktop Typesetting Program Character formatting controls the appearance of the individual letters in your publication. Font, type size, color, and leading are all aspects of character formatting. (Longtime QuarkXPress users won’t think of leading as a character format, but we’ll cover that next.) We refer to all formatting that can be applied to a selected range of text as “character” formatting, and refer to formatting that InDesign applies at the paragraph level as “paragraph” formatting. Tab settings, indents, paragraph rules, space above, and space after are examples of paragraph formatting. In addition to these distinctions, InDesign’s paragraph styles can include character formatting, but apply to entire paragraphs. Character Formatting Controls To display the Character panel and shift the focus to the panel’s Font field, press Command-T/Ctrl-T. To display the Control panel, press Command-Option-6/Ctrl-Alt-6. Font Family and Font InDesign’s user interface for selecting fonts mirrors this approach. Size Leading

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Magazine Archive Dreamweaver CS5 Tutorial: How to Design a Website with Dreamweaver CS5 Chapter 1: Build and Create a Site with Dreamweaver CS5 by Christopher Heng, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 is a computer program that you can use to create and maintain a website. It lets you design websites visually on your computer, almost in the same way you would use a wordprocessor like Microsoft Word or Office. It combines ease-of-use with power, making it a favourite (or "favorite" if you use US English) among both new webmasters as well as seasoned professionals. Overall Goals of This Tutorial Series This tutorial series guides you through the process of creating a complete, fully functional, multi-page website using Dreamweaver CS5. As a result, not only will you have a working site at the end of this series, you will also have gained the skills and knowledge to create, design and publish any other website you wish. Goal of This Chapter In this chapter, you will create a basic two-column web page and put it on the Internet. What You Will Need Start up Dreamweaver.

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Create a Distressed Vector Typographic Poster Design Follow this step by step walkthrough of my recent design process for the ‘Spectrum’ poster. Starting with custom made type in Illustrator, we’ll move our vector graphics into Photoshop for some serious distressing with Photoshop brushes, blending modes and more! The Spectrum poster takes inspiration from the old ZX Spectrum computer of the 80′s, the feature of the design is the custom made abstract type, which is mixed with a full spectrum of colours then grunged up to the max with textures and muted background tones. The overall theme is a cool mix of 80′s retro and modern day grunge. Start work in Adobe Illustrator. Aim to follow each letter from the previous to form one continuous line. The word Spectrum is split in half to help compose the design and to add that extra touch of abstractism. Drag out a few guides to match on key points of the path. Once all the type has been aligned and tweaked, take a step back to review the design as a whole. Continue tracing segments of each letter.

Lackadaisy Expressions Boy, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this. I've had requests for some sort of expressions tutorial dating back a while now, so I figured, "Sure! I can explain expression drawing...and it'll be way better than all those tutorials out there that are nothing but charts of generic expressions. Yeah! Just give me a day or two to whip something up..." Um. Anyway, I found all I could really do was try to explain ways to teach yourself...and then add some pictures. You Publish How to start in HTML / Web design Quick links Getting startedWriting basic HTMLViewing the web pageDisplaying imagesUnderstanding directoriesCase SensitivePosting the websiteSetting up a DomainWeb Hosting Beyond the basics Getting Started HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the primary building block of creating a website. Once you have obtained an HTML editor and are ready to begin setting up your website, think about how you want the page to setup or look, maybe even draw out your ideas. How are you going to store all the files? Tip: Realize that your web page will change over time as you find things that don't work. Writing basic HTML After installing an HTML editor and setting up a folder you are ready to begin creating your page. Once you are in the blank index.htm or index.html file, we recommend inserting the below source code into your page. <html><head><title>My first web page</title></head><body>Your web page content goes here</body></html> Viewing the website Displaying images or if you have an images folder: .. ..

Download Free Fonts Gradient rings in Illustrator Circular graph Here is a very simple example of what I talk about. The gradient in each part of the graph follows the direction of the circle. The graph below has 28 segments and is applied in a more illustrative kind of way. Circular gradient Draw a rectangle Start by selecting the Rectangle tool and draw a small rectangle. Duplicate the rectangle Duplicate the rectangle by selecting the Selection tool (black arrow), and start dragging to the right as shown in the image above. Add color Give the second rectangle the ending color of your gradient. Blend options To prepare our perfect gradient using the blend feature, we first check our blend options. Make Blend Now that the options are all set, select both rectangles and go to Object > Blend > Make (or press Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Alt + B) to create the blend. Create new Art Brush Now that we've created our perfect color blend, we are going to turn it into an Art Brush. Select Art Brush from the brush type options Give the brush a name. Draw a circle

A Guide to Popular Printing Techniques In college in Waterford, Ireland, one of our class projects was called “Techniques.” The brief was to become familiar with every printing technique we could and show them through physical pieces. It was a fun project. However, when you leave school, you don’t always get the chance to work with these really amazing printing techniques or even figure them into your budget, but what I will talk about in this guide are popular and affordable. Note: I will be using a few print design terminologies here, and if you’re unfamiliar with some of these terms, you can get up to speed by reading my guide on preparing your work for print. Embossing/Debossing Embossing and dembossing are similar processes that create a different result. Embossing produces a raised impression on your paper stock, while debossing creates a depressed impression. Things to remember when designing for a piece that includes embossing/debossing: From Amanda Woodward found on Flickr. From Varnish Foil Die Cut

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