The Ultimate Adobe Fireworks Toolbox

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By Robert Bowen

Today we are here to help with the whole getting to know Adobe Fireworks a bit, as we dive deep into the internet to find the most useful sites, resources, tutorials and more to expand your Fireworks knowledge base and skillsets, and we deliver them all right into your readers.

Below is an assortment of various links that will help you assemble the ultimate Fireworks toolbox, so you can get the most out of this under used member of the Adobe Creative Suite family of design tools. So if you are a Fireworks enthusiast, or looking to become one, take a peek through the gathered resources below so that when you dive in to the works, you can dive in with style and preparedness.

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General Websites

So the first section of our resource gathering finds us with a broad view opened up across the vast network of cyberspace to find you some dedicated sites based around this useful, oft overlooked, graphical and wireframing application. Below are a handful of places that anyone looking to beef up their FW toolbox should be heading first and foremost. Naturally our view will narrow in the sections ahead, but for now, these websites have loads of resources and tutorials for you to expand both your skill and your toolsets.

Adobe Fireworks Team is the FW focused blog from the folks over at Adobe. If you are looking for Fireworks info and insights, then what better place to start than at the source itself. This blog is loaded with all sorts of related tips and talk to help you get more out of the application than you first thought.


Full article
http://www.noupe.com/how-tos/the-ultimate-adobe-fireworks-toolbox.html

By Robert Bowen

Today we are here to help with the whole getting to know Adobe Fireworks a bit, as we dive deep into the internet to find the most useful sites, resources, tutorials and more to expand your Fireworks knowledge base and skillsets, and we deliver them all right into your readers.

Below is an assortment of various links that will help you assemble the ultimate Fireworks toolbox, so you can get the most out of this under used member of the Adobe Creative Suite family of design tools. So if you are a Fireworks enthusiast, or looking to become one, take a peek through the gathered resources below so that when you dive in to the works, you can dive in with style and preparedness.

Header1 in The Ultimate Adobe Fireworks Toolbox

General Websites

So the first section of our resource gathering finds us with a broad view opened up across the vast network of cyberspace to find you some dedicated sites based around this useful, oft overlooked, graphical and wireframing application. Below are a handful of places that anyone looking to beef up their FW toolbox should be heading first and foremost. Naturally our view will narrow in the sections ahead, but for now, these websites have loads of resources and tutorials for you to expand both your skill and your toolsets.

Adobe Fireworks Team is the FW focused blog from the folks over at Adobe. If you are looking for Fireworks info and insights, then what better place to start than at the source itself. This blog is loaded with all sorts of related tips and talk to help you get more out of the application than you first thought. Leer más “The Ultimate Adobe Fireworks Toolbox”

10 herramientas para probar tu web en dispositivos móviles


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Por Juan Diego Polo

Ante la creciente cantidad de visitas que todas las webs reciben desde dispositivos móviles, es importante conocer herramientas que nos ayuden a corregir posibles problemas que dichos visitantes están teniendo al leer nuestro contenido.

En sixrevisions.com han preparado una lista de 10 herramientas que podemos usar para probar la compatibilidad de nuestro sitio con diferentes dispositivos móviles, aquí os la dejo:

iPhoney


Para simular el funcionamiento en un iPhone en un entorno Safari con zoom, plugins, etc.

W3C mobileOK Checker


El obligatorio. Nos muestra los problemas que se encuentran en el código de la página, mostrando la compatibilidad con el standar W3C.

iPad Peek


Para ver el aspecto que tendría en un iPad. Leer más “10 herramientas para probar tu web en dispositivos móviles”

10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices

With the ever-increasing sales of smartphones and the burgeoning tablet market starting to skyrocket, coupled with far greater access to more robust mobile data networks, the internet is now being accessed by our users in a multitude of new ways.

The huge range of mobile devices used to browse the web now means you really have to consider making your site mobile-compatible.

But how do you go about it? Testing your site on mobile devices can be time-consuming and expensive due to the vast number of different mobile devices.

Fear not, because there are some handy tools available at your disposal for making sure that your website renders appropriately on the Mobile Web. This article shares and discusses 10 such tools.


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10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile DevicesWith the ever-increasing sales of smartphones and the burgeoning tablet market starting to skyrocket, coupled with far greater access to more robust mobile data networks, the internet is now being accessed by our users in a multitude of new ways.

The huge range of mobile devices used to browse the web now means you really have to consider making your site mobile-compatible.

But how do you go about it? Testing your site on mobile devices can be time-consuming and expensive due to the vast number of different mobile devices.

Fear not, because there are some handy tools available at your disposal for making sure that your website renders appropriately on the Mobile Web. This article shares and discusses 10 such tools.

1. iPhoney

iPhoney

An excellent free iPhone tester, iPhoney isn’t exactly an emulator, but allows developers to create 320×480px websites for use on the iPhone. It allows you to test images and code in a pixel-perfect AppleSafari-powered environment, with all the normal features including Portrait and Landscape modes, fullscreen, zoom and plugins.

2. W3C mobileOK Checker

W3C mobileOK Checker

This checker is a web-based automated validation tool that checks to see how mobile-device-friendly your website is. The tests are checked against the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests specification developed by W3C. Leer más “10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices”

Useful Adobe Photoshop Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

As web designers, we always have something new to learn. Over the last decade our workflow has changed dramatically — it’s become more sophisticated and highly diversified. Not only do we have a much larger variety of improved tools to use; there’s also an endless stream of new techniques emerging and spreading within the web design community via social networks.

And this is where the opportunity to learn new useful, practical approaches and techniques comes in. We can learn by exploring the different design approaches other designers have taken, when solving their problems and apply these approaches to our work to become more productive and skilled. Therefore, our editorial team is permanently looking for interesting techniques, tools and tutorials, which we carefully select and present in round-ups on Smashing Magazine. You needn’t love our lists, but they often will give you some useful ideas and advice.

Below you’ll find an overview of new useful Adobe Photoshop techniques and tutorials that we’ve found and collected over the last months. We sincerely hope that at least some of the techniques presented there will help you improve your graphic design skills in Adobe Photoshop. And sincere thanks to all designers and developers whose articles are featured in this review. We respect and appreciate your contributions to the design community, folks!


As web designers, we always have something new to learn. Over the last decade our workflow has changed dramatically — it’s become more sophisticated and highly diversified. Not only do we have a much larger variety of improved tools to use; there’s also an endless stream of new techniques emerging and spreading within the web design community via social networks.

And this is where the opportunity to learn new useful, practical approaches and techniques comes in. We can learn by exploring the different design approaches other designers have taken, when solving their problems and apply these approaches to our work to become more productive and skilled. Therefore, our editorial team is permanently looking for interesting techniques, tools and tutorials, which we carefully select and present in round-ups on Smashing Magazine. You needn’t love our lists, but they often will give you some useful ideas and advice.

Below you’ll find an overview of new useful Adobe Photoshop techniques and tutorials that we’ve found and collected over the last months. We sincerely hope that at least some of the techniques presented there will help you improve your graphic design skills in Adobe Photoshop. And sincere thanks to all designers and developers whose articles are featured in this review. We respect and appreciate your contributions to the design community, folks!

Leer más “Useful Adobe Photoshop Techniques, Tutorials and Tools”

35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010


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Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Create a Painterly Apple with Illustrator CS5’s new Bristle Brush
The new Bristle Brush in Illustrator CS5 gives you the best of both worlds: The painterly effects of real media and the control and flexibility of a vector drawing.

Illustrator-drawing-apple in 35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010

Create a Print Ready Business Card Design in Illustrator
Illustrator has fantastic tools available for creating small print designs such as business cards. Follow this walkthrough on how to create a fun business card design complete with illustrated character.

Illustrator-drawing-business-cards in 35 Hand-Picked Illustrator Drawing Tutorials From 2010

Japanese Sushi
This tutorial will teach you how to create a plate of yummy Japanese sushi in illustrator.

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How to Make Hitman in Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial is on illustration of hitman in Adobe Illustrator. For this tutorial you don’t have need any extra skills if you know basics of Adobe Illustrator you will make it easily.

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Planet Photoshop


  • New Tutorial with Larry Becker

    Corey Barker
    13 Sep 2010 | 11:14 am
    Today we have exclusive tutorial form NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker. Of the numerous hats Larry wears here at NAPP HQ, one of them is of course being a die hard Photoshop user. Larry enjoys the exhilaration of discovering something new and exciting techniques in Photoshop. Like all Photoshop users, he has a unique approach […]
  • Spot Healing Brush with Content Aware

    Larry Becker
    13 Sep 2010 | 9:57 am
    Larry Becker goes over the abilities of the new content aware option when using the spot healing brush.
  • Use Refine Mask instead of Refine Edge

    Web Editor
    13 Sep 2010 | 7:15 am
    If your aim in making a selection is to turn it into a layer mask for an adjustment layer, skip the Refine Edge controls in favor of the new Refine Mask controls, found in the Mask panel (Window>Masks) in CS4 – just click on Mask Edge to open the dialog. The controls in Refine Mask […]
  • 3D & Football

    Corey Barker
    10 Sep 2010 | 12:32 pm
    Corey kicks off the football season with another cool technique using 3D in Photoshop CS5 Extended.
  • NAPP Member Site Updates

    Corey Barker
    10 Sep 2010 | 11:51 am

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Web Design Podcasts Which Will Improve Your Life

Last year we published a post on 7 Great Podcasts for Web Designers which went down well with our readers.

Since then, several of the podcasts have dropped off the radar including arguably the most famous one of all time: BoagWorld.

At the same time a whole load of new web design related podcasts have sprung up, so today we’re going to take a look at the best way to get your web design news fix in audio format.

All of the podcasts covered here are linked directly through to iTunes so that you can instantly subscribe and download them straight from the source.


thumbLast year we published a post on 7 Great Podcasts for Web Designers which went down well with our readers.

Since then, several of the podcasts have dropped off the radar including arguably the most famous one of all time: BoagWorld.

At the same time a whole load of new web design related podcasts have sprung up, so today we’re going to take a look at the best way to get your web design news fix in audio format.

All of the podcasts covered here are linked directly through to iTunes so that you can instantly subscribe and download them straight from the source.
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25 Great Adobe InDesign Guides & Tutorials

What is InDesign?

Adobe InDesign is a very powerful desktop publishing software (DTP) and can in the world of graphic design be seen as the only true competitor to QuarkExpress. These two definitely dominate that part of the market today.

You can use this to create brochures, flyers, books, ads, magazines and so on. It’s especially useful in multi-page documents with it’s good features for linking content together. It has basic editing options for illustrations/images and can easily be used together with Photoshop and Illustrator for bigger changes. Another great thing is how it can help you prepare your projects for offset printing.
Guides and Tutorials

There are many good tutorials on InDesign out there. This time we’ve chosen a variety of them to show you a few things that can be done with ease.

The first guides are very basic, while others are meant for designers who are more experienced with use of the Creative Suite products. No matter what your current skills are, you will be likely to find something here for you. Good luck!


InDesign CS3 icon
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What is InDesign?

Adobe InDesign is a very powerful desktop publishing software (DTP) and can in the world of graphic design be seen as the only true competitor to QuarkExpress. These two definitely dominate that part of the market today.

You can use this to create brochures, flyers, books, ads, magazines and so on. It’s especially useful in multi-page documents with it’s good features for linking content together. It has basic editing options for illustrations/images and can easily be used together with Photoshop and Illustrator for bigger changes. Another great thing is how it can help you prepare your projects for offset printing.

Guides and Tutorials

There are many good tutorials on InDesign out there. This time we’ve chosen a variety of them to show you a few things that can be done with ease.

The first guides are very basic, while others are meant for designers who are more experienced with use of the Creative Suite products. No matter what your current skills are, you will be likely to find something here for you. Good luck! Leer más “25 Great Adobe InDesign Guides & Tutorials”

Web multimedia: 6 reasons why Flash isn’t going away

Heralding HTML 5 as the new Web media king is premature, say analysts
By Howard Wen

Computerworld – Apple’s well-publicized refusal to allow Adobe’s Flash technology to be installed on its iOS mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, has led to speculation that Flash’s days may be numbered as the king of online multimedia delivery. “Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of Web content,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously stated in an open letter titled “Thoughts on Flash.”

Jobs and others have championed HTML 5 as a better format for delivering video, animation and additional media-rich interactivity to the Web. One reason some folks have been talking up HTML 5 is that it’s open source while Flash is proprietary. And HTML 5 enables users to play video right in a Web browser instead of requiring a plug-in, as Flash does. But predicting Flash’s demise is short-sighted, say industry analysts.

“There are many people who despise Flash, but I’m not sure they’d love the alternative right out of the gate. The open-source world has not blown everyone out of the water with their video work thus far,” says Michael Cote, an analyst at RedMonk. “Adobe has spent a lot of time optimizing Flash, and I’d wager it’d take some time to get HTML 5 video as awesome.”

Here are six factors that give Flash a strong position over HTML 5 and other alternative Web media technologies in the foreseeable future.
1. The iPhone and iPad notwithstanding, Flash is beginning to show up on other mobile device platforms.

Although Apple has taken a strong stance against the use of Flash on its iPhone/iPad platform, Google’s Android 2.2 operating system supports Flash. Although currently available on only a few devices, Android 2.2 will make its way to several smartphones over the next few months.

Adobe has also won promises of future support for Flash from several makers of mobile operating systems, including Microsoft and Palm/HP. Research In Motion has also announced that work is underway to support Flash on BlackBerry devices, although the company didn’t provide a specific date for introducing that functionality.
2. Flash is used for more than just video delivery on the Web.

When most end users think of Flash, they think of streaming Web video — with good reason. “Flash as a video solution was popularized with the rise of YouTube, and is also used by Hulu — the top two video sites on the Web,” explains Ross Rubin, an analyst at NPD Group. But Flash is also widely used for Web animations, ads, games and other interactive elements.

“Everybody is talking about video, but what doesn’t necessarily get talked about is a lot of the interactive elements,” says Craig Barberich, vice president of marketing and business development at Coincident TV, a San Francisco-based company that sells what it calls a “platform-agnostic” framework that allows its clients to create video with interactive elements that can be experienced on either the iOS-based devices or devices that run Flash.

“Quite frankly, Flash is a great animation tool, and it’s used for a lot of interactivity. Those kind of interactive elements are difficult to do in HTML 5,” Barberich says.


Heralding HTML 5 as the new Web media king is premature, say analysts
By Howard Wen

Computerworld – Apple‘s well-publicized refusal to allow Adobe‘s Flash technology to be installed on its iOS mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, has led to speculation that Flash’s days may be numbered as the king of online multimedia delivery. “Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of Web content,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously stated in an open letter titled “Thoughts on Flash.”

Jobs and others have championed HTML 5 as a better format for delivering video, animation and additional media-rich interactivity to the Web. One reason some folks have been talking up HTML 5 is that it’s open source while Flash is proprietary. And HTML 5 enables users to play video right in a Web browser instead of requiring a plug-in, as Flash does. But predicting Flash’s demise is short-sighted, say industry analysts.

“There are many people who despise Flash, but I’m not sure they’d love the alternative right out of the gate. The open-source world has not blown everyone out of the water with their video work thus far,” says Michael Cote, an analyst at RedMonk. “Adobe has spent a lot of time optimizing Flash, and I’d wager it’d take some time to get HTML 5 video as awesome.”

Here are six factors that give Flash a strong position over HTML 5 and other alternative Web media technologies in the foreseeable future. Leer más “Web multimedia: 6 reasons why Flash isn’t going away”

40 Great Adobe AIR Applications for Designers and Developers

Adobe AIR is one of the most under-appreciated application platforms, but the number of applications available for AIR make it incredibly useful.

There are apps for everything from business to shopping to image management to video editing.

And plenty of applications are useful to designers and developers, including HTML text editors, Flickr search apps, color palette management tools and even ones to help with the business side of the industry.

Below are 40 awesome AIR apps that we have selected to help you streamline your design and development workflow.


Adobe AIR is one of the most under-appreciated application platforms, but the number of applications available for AIR make it incredibly useful.

There are apps for everything from business to shopping to image management to video editing.

And plenty of applications are useful to designers and developers, including HTML text editors, Flickr search apps, color palette management tools and even ones to help with the business side of the industry.

Below are 40 awesome AIR apps that we have selected to help you streamline your design and development workflow.

Practicing Photoshop CS5’s New Features

By Rafiq Elmansy

Since the earliest days of Adobe Photoshop, designers and photographers have depended on it to edit images. Photoshop is perhaps Adobe’s most popular application. Professionals in our industry react with excitement and concern for every new version. They want to know about new features and how Photoshop can improve their editing and marketing (again!). The interest in Photoshop doesn’t come as a surprise, given its reputation among both the community of experts and general computer users.

Newly released versions of software always include minor changes that are regarded by the creator as enhancements. There are usually major changes as well, and the time required to learn about them can affect the workflow of professionals who frequently employ the program.


Logo of Adobe Photoshop.
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By Rafiq Elmansy

Since the earliest days of Adobe Photoshop, designers and photographers have depended on it to edit images. Photoshop is perhaps Adobe’s most popular application. Professionals in our industry react with excitement and concern for every new version. They want to know about new features and how Photoshop can improve their editing and marketing (again!). The interest in Photoshop doesn’t come as a surprise, given its reputation among both the community of experts and general computer users.

Newly released versions of software always include minor changes that are regarded by the creator as enhancements. There are usually major changes as well, and the time required to learn about them can affect the workflow of professionals who frequently employ the program. Leer más “Practicing Photoshop CS5’s New Features”

35 Fresh and Useful Photoshop Tutorials


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Recreating Bar Code by Using Photoshop

recreating barcode 121 35 Fresh and Useful Photoshop Tutorials

Magnifying Glass in Photoshop

Magnifying Glass in Photoshop 35 Fresh and Useful Photoshop  Tutorials

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