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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Combating Creative Blocks: The Creative Process

Stuck for your next idea? Don't know how to begin this project? This post lays out how I was taught to brainstorm ideas in college.

I commenced my course entitled "Creative Multimedia" in September. We learned a number of disciplines including Photoshop, Illustrator, web design, animation and video. The classes initially composed of getting used to the interface of the programs and beginner tutorials. I was wondering just how "creative" the course would be, but found this out at Christmas when our first projects were due.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Do I really need Dreamweaver?

So there I was, in college learning to hand code using Dreamweaver. The prompts Dreamweaver gave were very comforting when starting off. It really does reassure you to see you're in the right ballpark with what you're typing. Therefore, I assumed I needed Dreamweaver for when I left college as I had not coded with any other software. This was an unpleasant thought due to the sheer expense of Adobe's products.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Photoshop Tutorual: How to add a reflection to your photo and create the illusion of a surface

Here's a really neat trick especially when displaying products. Apple do it a lot with their devices and it looks great when executed well.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Meet, Ctrl-Z, Your New Best Friend!

Before I started my Graduate Diploma in Multimedia, I was not too comfortable, willing or interested in keyboard shortcuts. However, after being faced with the timely task of inputting reams of data into an SQL database, Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste) became very useful. For similar tasks keyboard shortcuts really do cut down the time spent inputting data compared to the traditional right-click route.