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Tutorial: Making Best use of Smart Objects in Photoshop

From time to time I take a fresh look at my workflows to see if new and improved options are available. In the case of Photoshop I embraced the idea of Smart Filters from their introduction over ten years ago, but I know from my teaching that many users have a limited understanding of the… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 8th January, 2018

The Careers That Benefit from Digital or Creative Training

The creative industry as a whole contributes nearly £90 billion net to GDP and accounts for one in 11 jobs in the UK – rising faster than any other area of the economy. Yet despite this large contribution, there are an estimated 17 defined skill shortages in the creative sector with areas such as visual… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 15th September, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Updating

Updating application software, or worse still upgrading an operating system fills me with a quiet dread. I am supposed to be an expert, but I still worry if pressing UPDATE is a clever move. In this article I cover the pros and cons of updating, including creating a safety net incase something goes awry. System administrators… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 5th July, 2017

Beginners Guide to Starting out in Video Editing

It’s estimated that by the end of 2017, 74% of all web traffic will come from video; and 55% of people watch videos online every day. With so many consuming video content each day already, it’s no surprise that it’s set to take over other forms of content on the web. 52% of marketers think… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 7th June, 2017

Most Effective Ways of Learning New Digital Skills

Continuing professional development takes many forms. The opportunity to take a class at a training centre, or have a trainer visit you, is an ideal option, with the least desirable being given a PDF to read in your spare time. All good training should focus on the continual assessment of learning. A challenge for training… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 17th May, 2017

What does 2017 hold for the Creative Industries?

We may be part of the way into 2017, but there’s still time to share our predictions for the future of the creative industries this year. But first, let’s recap what happened over the past 12 months. 2016 saw data-driven marketing and advertising boom, and the way we consume content changed completely. With video becoming… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 14th March, 2017

Typography Best Practices You Should Follow

Typography is the art, and technique of arranging a typeface or font to communicate a message. Aside from being used as a communicative tool, the typography you use in a design has an equal measure of influence as the words themselves. The verbal language may say one thing, but the visual language also conveys it’s… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 6th February, 2017

Adobe Illustrator the Master of Text Control

Adobe Illustrator, surpasses InDesign as a text manipulation tool. It’s the application I use for web, interface, logo, and info-graphic design. I rarely use it for illustration; the application has lots of powerful tools for drawing and creating painterly artwork. Here are a few examples of the illustrative work I’ve done using Illustrator. Figure 1:… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 12th December, 2016

Underpinning Professional Photography

This article is for those interested in professional photography. I’ve taken a semi-academic approach here to illustrate topics that are not usually covered in training. Everyone’s a photographer, it’s just that some photographers are better equipped than others. That might seem rather throwaway or even bawdy, but let’s consider what that statement might mean. Figure… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 24th October, 2016

Illustration: It’s All About Using Bézier Curves

Bézier curves are created using the pen tool in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Corel Draw as well as in many other illustration programs. Instead of dragging the mouse along the curve you want to create you click where you want the curve to start and drag out a straight line that extends in a tangent… Read the full article.

Posted by Susannah Hall on 6th September, 2016

The Best Creative Courses For Your Career

In a world where the job market is becoming increasingly competitive and the creative industry is ever evolving, taking on a training course can help to give you the edge over the rest of the competition. Standing out from the crowd is no easy feat, but by investing in your career you’re not only helping… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 23rd August, 2016

The Importance of Colour Management in Creative Design

In the creative industries we output designs, illustrations, and photographs in a variety of media; often onscreen or in print. Where tone and colour are concerned, there can be a disparity between what we see on screen, in the design-edit stage of our workflow, and the proofing or final output of our work. Colour Management… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 4th August, 2016

Web Design Trends To Look Out For

The design industry has always been an ever changing landscape of thoughts, opinions which often leading to trends that are rarely evergreen. The digital explosion brought with it a new era of tools and workflow processes that are constantly being expanded to ensure optimum efficiency for design professionals of all capabilities. It’s always difficult to… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 13th July, 2016

Adobe Lightroom is all about the Library

Lightroom is lauded by some as the panacea to photographers’ frustration with Adobe Photoshop. The promise is that Lightroom will let you spend more time shooting and less time processing photographs. At this point attention could become fixed on a comparison between the editing functions in the venerable Photoshop and Lightroom; it’s an interesting area… Read the full article.

Posted by Mark Wood on 21st June, 2016

Key Skills needed to work in Graphic Design

If you’re reading this it’s likely you already know the power of visual content, but did you know that posts which incorporate images reportedly increase engagement by an average of 650%? Visuals help to sell content, gain better traction and more shares online. They ultimately allow readers to gain a quick understanding of what the… Read the full article.

Posted by XCT Marketing on 8th June, 2016

Choosing your eLearning software – Captivate or Storyline?

Captivate produced by Adobe, and Storyline produced by Articulate, are both packages that enable you to create e-learning content. The content can be varied: simple PowerPoint like slides, interactive soft-skills training or software simulations for IT training. They are both fairly similar in the features they offer but here is an outline of the things… Read the full article.

Posted by Susannah Hall on 18th March, 2016

Inserting Animations into Web Projects with Dreamweaver

This video tutorial covers how to take animations created using Adobe Animate CC or  Edge Animate and insert them into existing web design projects with Dreamweaver. The tutorial explains the steps involved in the process of creating a placeholder for the animation inside a Dreamweaver template and adding animation to it. The tutorial also includes… Read the full article.

Posted by Marek Mularczyk on 25th February, 2016

Creating Web Banner Animations with Adobe Edge

This video tutorial explains how to create animations using Adobe Edge Animate. It covers step by step the process of importing images into Edge Animate and adding them to the composition. The tutorial includes placing the images and then how to position them and to animate them quickly and easily to make design more compelling…. Read the full article.

Posted by Marek Mularczyk on 8th January, 2016

Creating Custom Size Documents in Adobe Photoshop

This video tutorial explains how to use Adobe Photoshop to create documents of specific sizes from scratch. It also explains how to place images and resize them using best practise techniques. Once you’ve placed the image and positioned it, learn how to add Layer Effects like Drop Shadow to the image to make it stand… Read the full article.

Posted by Marek Mularczyk on 20th November, 2015

Importance of Project Panel File Structure in After Effects

Why good file structure is important within the AfterFX project panel Very often when designers create AfterFX projects they won’t organise the Project Panel and in the long term that can create a variety of issues and setbacks. This will also create more time spent on current and future projects costing time and money. Let me… Read the full article.

Posted by Ben Dale on 9th November, 2015