Illustrator vs Photoshop

by Design Workshop Sydney

In the cosmic battle of Illustrator vs Photoshop, who would win? Well, like most superheroes both programs have their strengths, weaknesses and super-powers. And like the worlds of DC and Marvel, both programs are most comfortable within their own environments. Occasionally, however, the two worlds collide. To drop the metaphor, there are two types of graphics programs – the difference... Read more...

SketchUp animation

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Animating your models in SketchUp is fun and easy! Fly throughs and walk through animations are a great way to give your client an impression of what it’s like to actually inhabit the space. Animations are outputted as an AVI or Quick Time movie file which can e emailed or uploaded onto your website.Animation is one of the key topics... Read more...

Autocad 3D blocks

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Autocad 3D blocks operate in the same way that blocks are used in 2D drafting – for repeated elements that you don’t want to recreate each time, eg. nuts, bolts, doors, windows, fasteners, components. And you may want to use these elements in later drawings. So to save time, the AutoCAD 3D modeler can create these elements as blocks, and... Read more...

Autocad 2D drawing

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2D drawing in Autocad is easy, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. Firstly create a new drawing by clicking on the Application button on the top left of the workspace, and choose New, then click on a DWT template file. If you don’t yet have your own drawing template, use the acadiso.dwt file – this is the... Read more...

Photoshop animated gif

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A great way to add interest to a website is by adding animated gifs, and they are easy to create in Photoshop. This is one of the many dynamic functions we look at in our Photoshop courses. First create a new file – the dimensions will vary according to the appearance of your web pages – check with your web... Read more...

Indesign page numbers

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Adding Indesign page numbers to a document, such as a brochure, annual report or a construction tender is very simple. First of all double-click on a thumbnail to go into a master page, for example the default A-Master page. Most likely this will be a double-page spread consisting of a right and left-hand page. Setting up various documents with pagination... Read more...

Illustrator brushes

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Illustrator brushes are first of all useful if you are just creating some strokes or forms free hand, and accuracy is not an issue. Before you use the Paintbrush tool, first select a brush from the Brushes palette. If you can’t see this, go to Window > Brushes. Then just click and drag to draw the freeform shape. Working with... Read more...

SketchUp basics

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The basics of SketchUp consist of a simple process which is repeated every time you create a working model. First you create your model using the various drawing and modifying tools. If you’ve bought the professional version of the software, you can import an Autocad DWG file to assist in this. But if you only have a the free version,... Read more...

Autocad 3D commands

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The first thing to do to access the Autocad 3D commands to make sure you’re in the 3D workspace: go to the Workspace Shifter pop-up menu on the bottom right of the screen > click it and choose 3d Modeling. After a couple of seconds the 3D creation, modify and navigation tools will appear as tabs on the top Ribbon.... Read more...

Autocad 2D blocks

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Autocad 2D blocks are an automated feature of the program, used for any repeated elements like nuts, bolts, doors, windows, electrical components. And other drawings may use the same elements. To save time, the Autocad user creates these elements as blocks, and rather than draw them over and over again, simply inserts the block into the drawing. In our Autocad... Read more...