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17 Aug

HDR Architectural Photography with People

Plan for post editing. Know your options when shooting.

These images were taken at the Salk Institute in La Jolla on an overcast day. It wasn’t a typical high contrast HDR kind of day. Everything was gray. Surrounded by concrete walls, marble ground and a gray sky, I found solace in two things, textures and people.

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05 Aug

Breathless Book Cover Design

Creating Characters From Stock Images

image of Breathless cover design with working images

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29 Jun

Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together

Creating drop shadow and glow effects in Photoshop while keeping the vector art in Illustrator

If you are unfamiliar or a little unclear about the differences between vector and bitmap art, it might be helpful to read When Vector Art is Really Vector before starting this tutorial.

Setting Up Your Files

Start by determining your art board size. If I am working on a wide format project I like to work in quarter scale. Illustrator has a maximum canvas size of 227 inches, so projects larger than that have to be created at a smaller scale factor. See Large File Format File Resolution for a guide to scale factors and resolutions.

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08 Apr

Working With Really Large Files

My project has over 1 gig of files. Can I reduce this without sacrificing image quality?

YES! Following these steps will significantly reduce the final size of your production files. I will illustrate using examples from a 40-foot trailer wrap project.

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08 Apr

Large Format File Resolution

Just how big do my files need to be for large format printing?

It depends on the substrate for your final output and viewing distance. A building graphic or a vehicle graphic does not require the same resolution as a retail banner. In any case you'll probably be surprised at just how low a resolution you can get away with.

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