How to Create Realistic Spinning Wheels in Photoshop

The 2014 version of Photoshop CC brought some really cool new features to designers and photographers alike. In this video tutorial I’ll walk you through one of my favorite new features, the Spin Blur, and show you how to create realistic spinning wheels using Photoshop CC. You must have the 2014 version of Photoshop CC […]

My Wish List for Adobe Illustrator CC

As Adobe MAX is rapidly approaching, we’re undoubtedly close to a new round of updates from Adobe for several of the Creative Cloud applications. Over the past few years I’ve become more and more involved with Adobe Illustrator CC, mostly because of my work at lynda.com, but also because it’s become my go-to application for […]

I’m Speaking at Adobe MAX 2014 in Los Angeles

Adobe MAX, the big annual conference for designers, is coming back to Los Angeles, CA in October, and I’ll be there teaching some Adobe Illustrator classes. If you’ve never been to MAX, it’s an amazing event where you can network with fellow creatives from all over the globe and learn from some of the most […]

WYSIWYG Apps Won’t Make You A Web Designer

The term web designer has lost its meaning. Nowadays any and everyone thinks they are a designer simply because they’ve put together some sort of “flat” layout using a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tool like Adobe Muse or Macaw. While these tools are great entry-level apps for aspiring web designers, they […]

Adobe Creative Cloud Goes Down… World Doesn’t End

In case you weren’t already aware, the Adobe Creative Cloud platform went down this week, but the chagrin of many (I’m sure) the world, in fact, did not end. While I’ll admit it was unfortunate that certain services were unavailable (Typekit desktop sync, file syncing, etc.) I was still able to open all of my […]

10 Typekit Fonts Every Designer Should Sync to Their Desktop

If you’re a member of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service you now have access to hundreds of new fonts courtesy of Typekit. When it first launched, Typekit was mainly for web typography, but since being acquired by Adobe back in 2011 the service has evolved into a full-fledged desktop font solution as well. While you won’t […]

How to Find Stock Photos that Don’t Suck

As an online educator that relies on digital images for my exercise files, I’m constantly on the lookout for great stock photos for my videos. The problem is that most stock images suck. In fact, they suck out loud. Stock images have become cookie cutter and just flat out cheesy. However, recently I’ve stumbled upon […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Photoshop Workflow

I’m often asked by people who watch my courses, “how do I get better at Photoshop?” While the question itself could literally spawn thousands of answers, there are a few things that every person can do to improve their overall efficiency when working with a program as vast as Photoshop. In this article I’ll give […]

Now is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion

What are you passionate about? Building websites? Designing clothes? Playing golf? No matter what your answer is, you are fortunate enough to live in a world where you can take that passion and turn it into a career. Don’t believe me? Just look at all the entrepreneurs and solopreneurs out there right now that are […]

Words of Wisdom from Steve Jobs [infographic]

Steve Jobs is one of the most influential and controversial figures in history. He’s best known as the co-founder of Apple, Inc. and the consummate showman that took that stage at countless Apple product announcements. In addition to being a technology visionary, Jobs was also extremely insightful and gave us several memorable quotes throughout his […]