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Creating A Vector Hair Brush in Illustrator

Many of my students, past and present, have asked me how to go about recreating a vector hair brush in Illustrator for their face drawing portraits. So, I decided to put together this quick guide that goes through the steps of creating a custom art brush...

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GDPW0912: Composite One – 3 AD Campaigns

After the completion of the first five weeks of the Graphic Design for Print & Web program, my students were asked to develop the first of their three major composite projects of the year. The first one being an advertising campaign that includes developing...

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GDPW0912: Illustrator Vector Portraits

As an introductory project to Adobe Illustrator, students were asked to render a representational vector portrait/avatar of their own faces and add an accompanied colour harmony rule to express their personality or expression in the photo. To do this, students were restricted to...

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GDPW0912: Typography Poster Art Projects

This year, my Graphic Design for Print & Web students created a general publicity poster for one of three available events that were taking place in the GTA this year. They were to be posted outdoors, in shop windows, construction hoardings, etc. – wherever...

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Adobe Shortcut Keypads

I recently received an email from one of my recent grads (http://pearcesm.com) who came across these great Adobe Shortcut Keypads. Below are four keypads for Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Flash. Feel free to download them  – I’m sure they will come in handy.  

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Type Basics: The Origin of Type (Speaker Deck Presentation)

http://speakerdeck.com/u/iteachai/p/type-basics-the-origins-of-type

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Font File Types

Most modern fonts are stored in either the OpenType or TrueType formats, which can be used by both Macintosh and Windows computers. .OTF (Open Type) Font format developed by Adobe and Microsoft; combines aspects of PostScript and TrueType font formats; fully scalable, meaning the...

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Folder Structure Tips for Designers

Does your desktop look like the above? If so, you need to organize your folder structure and bring some organization to your workflow… and probably your life. One of the things that slows down your productivity is a messy desktop filled with project shortcuts,...

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