NOTICE: The Mac Lab Video Tip of the Day will be discontinued to make room for The Mac Lab Artists’ Guild. Coming soon to a Mac Lab near you…
The Artist’s Journey: Quest for Excellence
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A Tip a Day Keeps the Flatliners Away
Actually several tips per tutorial each day but who’s counting? 😉
Note: Due to demand (by lots of students), skipping (most) weekends and holidays from now on.
NEW: Wednesday tips are now delivered by Mac Lab Mentors!
052611: Short and Sweet Instructions Your job from here on out is to focus on the final review. Use your skills to put your best work forward.
0524: The 13 Most Important Days Pay heed to this advice or pay the price.
0523: Your Roadmap to Success Everything you need to know about what you need to do these last 14 days of school to ensure a happy ending to the year.
0513 to 0520: 7 Long Days of STAR Testing Gamestar Testing If you’re in one of our three-hour blocks, watch the video and follow instructions. If not, continue to work on your projects.
051011: Five Choices for You Today What do you want to do today?
Warning: Cheating in Adventure = 1 hour penalty
050611: Something Old, Something New Learning from the past.
Combining skills and techniques to craft a unique composition. Oh, and Warp. 😛
050511: Virtual Graffiti Experimenting with yesterday’s TOTD.
Taking perspective into account and adjusting a few other settings.
050211: Show Your Work Name your layers and follow instructions.
I’ll expect you to follow these instructions for our final review.
041211: Create with Conviction Another little push to get you out of your comfort zone. In truth, it’s more of a flatliner awareness test. Do you have a creative pulse?
041111: Application of Thought Pick the right applications for the job.
Plus the secrets behind Philip’s method of creating his two-element posters.
040811: Exploring HDR Toning Sometimes it pays to look through the menu.
If you don’t explore, you’ll never find anything new and exciting.
040111: Layer Comp Love Oh, are you going to love using Layer Comps!
I’m going to expect everyone to understand and make use of this tip.
033111: Calling All Custom Symbols It’s time to collect these creations too.
Yes, I called today the 30th again. Give me a break. I’m sleep-deprived!
032911: Contributing to Mac Lab Student Stock Here’s a quick refresher course.
Please take the time to sort and rename your files correctly.
032511: Exhilarating Experimentation Igniting mental fireworks.
Every creative journey begins with a single step. Take your own step today.
032311: Sailing Into Brighter Skies Old Tricks + New Tricks = Photoshop Fun
Be honest, how many of you are using these workflow techniques?
031811: New Illustrator to Photoshop Magic Oh, will some of you love this!
Smart workflow preserving layers, image size, and resolution.
031711: Using Custom Grids to Accurately Layout Your Work A new Ruler Game!
Another step in our continuing Work Smart campaign
031611: The NOT March 17 TOTD Skocko gets confused about the date
True, I may not know what day it is but I do know this is a killer tip!
031511: The Rockin’ Croppin’ Heart=Stoppin’ Jaw-Droppin’ TOTD Do it!
Strategies to get out of your creative rut and a new tool to drool over
031411: Post Review Reminders and Tips Required must-know info.
Three new tips included with the reminders. Watch ’em. Learn ’em. Love ’em!
030911: Progress Report Prep Set up your projects as shown
Don’t forget to show your work in full screen
030211: Using the Mini Bridge to Open Illustrator Files As Smart Objects
Work with Smart Objects to preserve the link to the vector information
030111: Enhancing in Camera Raw Reminders of tutorials past
Try this on your favorite images to see how well it may work for you
022811: Breaking the Rules From ordinary to extraordinary in 5:27
After following my steps, experiment on your own and push the creative envelope
022511: Forward Into the Past Praise and kudos to you and a few reminders
Critical information — especially for our new classmates (and forgetful old ones)
022211: Student Stock Surprises Zooming, panning, and cropping: The missing link
A great way to find the picture hidden within the picture
021811: Auto Tone the Image Not to be confused with Auto Tune the News
Combining Photoshop’s auto and manual features to transform a blue, blue image
021711: Playing with Patterns And multiple Artboards and Apply Image and Blend Modes and Masks and Keyboard Shortcuts and the Gradient Tool and…
111611: Battle of the Bands Using a brush to make a selection
Of course, first you have to make the custom brush, but that’s easy!
021411: For Love of Simplicity Words of wisdom from one who has made the same mistake
Know when to stop and remember, there’s a difference between simple and ordinary.
021111: 1,000,000 Free Hyper-Detailed One-of-a-Kind Images 90° and 180° aren’t enough
This technique enables you to create virtually endless background image possibilities
021011: 100,000 Free One-of-a-Kind Images And you’re free to use ’em!
There’s more to this tip than meets the eye. Lots more.
020911: Creating Brushes and Saving Symbols Some not-so-top-secret techniques
Sure, you probably knew about these, but have you thought to use any of these strategies? Ai Symbols Brushes in Shared > Photoshop Brushes > Mac Lab 01.abr
020811: Illustrator + Photoshop = Custom Brush Sweetness Make precision custom brushes
Plus you’ll learn a few other techniques that will help you work smarter
020411: Using Text as a Mask And a few of other must-know strategies and techniques
I refer to the link as a lock in the layer but you get the idea, right?
020311: 16.7 Million Colors at Your Fingertips With my thanks to two enterprising students!
Learn to access all the colors of the workspace with the click of a mouse and three keys
020211: The Taming of the Brush Create custom brushes, custom brush sets, and brush previews. Another of those required skills I expect you to learn and love
020111: Brush Panel Party You’re invited back for more experimentation
But today I actually expect you to follow the instructions
013111: The Brush Tool and Brush Panel A rockin’ tip to launch the second semester
Launch Photoshop and work along with the video to make these skills your own
1125+26+2711: Finals Instructions for all classes
Be prepared when called on by following all instructions
112111: Listen to Your Heart You never know what ideas are waiting for you
Five little letters tell a story with heart (Hear the Art)
112011: Traditional Calendar Layout Trick Use Illustrator to help Photoshop skirt the rivers
Illustrator’s Grid Tool is one key to a clean calendar layout
011911: Poster Primer A preview of the public service poster project
Yes, you must work at the specified size you’ll find in the video
111811: Calendar Critique What works and what doesn’t
If you’re going to show what you know, you should show you’ve been paying attention
011111: Quick Tips Quips A short video about the nature of the Quick Tip expectations
Need to know info regarding your responsibilities
011011: Quick Tips Your new best friend and your assignment today
By popular demand, a new resource debuts today on the blog
010411: Reminders, Reflections, and Remonstrations Pay heed or pay the price
Making sure everyone understands what we’re all supposed to be doing
010311: Filters, Stars, and Labels The magic wands of sorting
Amazingly useful ways to push the sorting of files to the next level of efficiency
010111: Stacks and Keywords Time to get organized
Use Bridge to organize all of your photographs (we’ll get to all the other file types it handles)
122610: Rethinking Flash Boldly going where no Mac Labber has gone before
Since I preach trying new things, I’m going to embrace ActionScript 3.0 via Code Snippets
122310: Flash Intro Setting up our workspace
You’ll need to use this workspace to follow along with future tutorials
121810: Logo Make-Over Charity begins at home
Two logos are critiqued in order to determine what works and what doesn’t
121710: News Flash! Students have a choice
Using Flash to highlight how students grow (or don’t) in the Mac Lab and in life
121610: The Key to Good Design One example
Critiquing a well-designed logo to highlight what works and what doesn’t
121510: Logo Notions Play along with these rules of the road
Helping you avoid these common logo design mistakes + workflow strategies
120610: In a Dream Animating multi-layered artwork in iMovie (preview)
A peek inside an animation process that should excite every digital artist
120110: Custom Photoshop Shortcuts + Illustrator tip
Recolor Artwork tip and setting essential custom shortcuts in Photoshop
112710: Before You Ask Me to Print Watch this video and learn a few things
Must know info about printing if you want your prints to turn out great
112310: Bitmap to Vector Tracing the bitmap (the easy way)
Learn to place, resize, and trace images in Illustrator
112210: Bitmap Symbols Get your head in the game
111610: Align Panel Basics Some simple strategies to help you work smarter
How the Control Bar and the Align Panel can make your digital life so much better
111510: Customizing Type and Logo Motions Shapebuilder and rotational fun
Essential workflow and graphic techniques that will help you in designing your logos
111210: Cycling Through Typefaces What Illustrator can’t do, Photoshop can (and vice versa)
For some reason this is only a problem for Mac users that will (hopefully) be rectified soon
111110: Creating a Logotype Exploring some basic tricks graphic designers use
Why some students choose to ignore this tip is a mystery to me
111010: The Selection Tool A collection of useful tips for using Illustrator’s Black Arrow
That little black arrow is capable of more tricks than you might imagine
110910: You are a Desktop Picture From Illustrator to Photoshop to your desktop
Some very basic techniques in learning to use these two powerhouse programs in concert
110810: Using the Network Connecting to other computers, sharing files, Finder tricks, and…
You are expected to know how to navigate the Finder from any computer in the Mac Lab