Creative Community Bulletin 27 February 2010 Through 04 March 2010
These are the articles, blogs, and resources I found interesting and worthy of sharing for 27 February 2010 through 04 March 2010:
- Use shortcuts with Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh | Macworld - Successfully working with a gradient mesh is much more involved than just using the Gradient Mesh tool. It involves the Direct Selection tool, the Eyedropper tool, the Lasso tool, and others. Depending on where you click and when, each of these tools can exhibit multiple, sometimes conflicting behaviors. The following short guide gives you a quick reference to common tools and their keyboard shortcuts.
- Paint with Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh | Macworld - Gradient Mesh is a grid-based painting technique in Illustrator that enables advanced coloring of vector objects with smooth and malleable color transitions. If you’re reasonably familiar with Illustrator’s Pen tool and other path-drawing, selection, and color tools, you can use the Gradient Mesh feature to add realistic coloring, lighting, and 3D characteristics to a flat vector object. Ultimately, gradient mesh can give you the effect of photo-realistic painting with all the benefits and freedom of resolution-independent vector artwork.
- Internet Explorer 9 To Be HTML5 Compatible – Microsoft Joining The Anti-Flash Movement? - Rumors are flying that the forthcoming version of Internet Explorer, the ninth incarnation, will include strong support of HTML5.
This would be a dramatic change from Internet Explorer 8, which is not known for its HTML5 compliance for a reason. Thar reason? It has nearly none. This is hardly surprising, Microsoft browsers have for time immemorial lagged behind the market on adoption of the current standards of the internet.
- Make yourself an Amazing Typographic Portrait - The tutorial is made after receiving a reader’s request. As we know, typographic portrait art takes a huge amount of work. Here is a much simpler version I made, which hopes to give beginners an idea on how to start. This tutorial will show how to create custom brushes and fill patterns. Also you will learn more about selection and posterize tool.
- How to Kill the Design Community | Webdesigner Depot - I hope this article has provided plenty of useful tips that will help all of us to prevent the community from moving forward and being saved.
- The Digital Asset Management Market - For those Replacing Version Cue - Digital asset management (DAM) systems allow organizations to centrally organize and quickly locate their digital assets such as images, documents, videos, presentations, and other creative files. Added benefits of DAM include: simple workflow enhancements, easy distribution and secure protection of large amounts of digital assets.
- Adobe Stops Development on Version Cue, No CS5 Version - CreativePro.com: Will current Version Cue users have to buy another asset management system to replace Version Cue?
Adobe: Current Version Cue users will either have to buy a commercial asset management system or choose to use an open source or ‘community’ edition product depending on specific requirements. The timing of this purchase and migration to this system is up to the customer, though Adobe would recommend completing this transition before it discontinues support for Version Cue Server CS4.
- Free For All: Web Design Resources - These freebies are for all stages of Web site creation, from sketches through wireframes to checking for cross-browser compatibility.
- New $20 Font of Ampersands Benefits Victims of Haiti Earthquake - The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is proud to announce the release of “Coming Together”, a font created exclusively for Font Aid IV to benefit the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. The font consists entirely of ampersands, to represent the idea of people coming together to help one another. Type designers, graphic designers, and other artists from around the world contributed artwork to the font.
- Some words whose meanings have changed without controversy - As soon as you have the perception that a new meaning is edging the old one out, prescriptivists see it as a battleground for the language, and lift their skinny fists like antennas to heaven, crying out for someone to aid them in their quest to return the word to its original, unsullied state.