Posts made in April, 2010


Design a Graphic for their Facebook Page! With the Coast to Coast Tickets Facebook Page nearing 2200 fans, it’s time for a visual upgrade! Show us your graphic design skills by designing a graphic for our Facebook and Twitter pages, and you could win a $200 gift card, good for any tickets on the Coast to Coast Tickets site. Contest starts on April 19th, and you’ll have two weeks to submit your artwork. Our social media pages get huge traffic, so here’s your opportunity to put your art – and your name – in front of new eyes every day! Submission Guidelines Artwork must be original, created by you! No photographs. Use .jpg or .gif format, and save at maximum quality where possible. Graphic must be 200 pixels wide by 500 pixels high, and the file size needs to be under 2MB. Graphic must contain the following text and URLs (formatting is up to you): – the company name “Coast to Coast Tickets”– the slogan, “great tickets from nice people”– www.coasttocoasttickets.com– www.twitter.com/ctctickets– www.facebook.com/ctctickets– our toll-free customer service phone number: 1-866-353-5167 The graphic must be full color. (Using the colors found on the website www.coasttocoasttickets.com may improve your chances, but it’s not required. Be creative!) The same graphic may be used on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as any other social media spots we expand to in the future, so the art should not be Facebook-specific. Entries may not be hateful, obscene or pornographic! Any graphics violating this rule will be disqualified immediately – no discussion. How to Enter Email your submission to marketing@freedomholdings.com between 12:00 AM April 19, 2010 and midnight May 3, 2010 (Central Time). IMPORTANT! Include in your email:– your name (spelled out completely)– your age– your postal address– your email address– AND INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: “I have created, and own all rights to, the attached artwork. I willingly and voluntarily submit it for consideration and possible use, without restrictions, by the website Coast to Coast Tickets to help promote their brand on Facebook, Twitter, or any other online outlet chosen by Coast to Coast Tickets.” You can submit up to 3 entries per person! Any entries received past the initial 3 will not be considered. We’ll post all eligible entries to the Coast to Coast Tickets Facebook page, where fans may comment on submissions. The winner will be chosen by a panel selected by Coast to Coast Tickets, and announced on or before March 10, 2010. PrizeThe winning designer will receive: A $200 gift card good towards any tickets listed on the www.coasttocoasttickets.com website! Gift card must be used within one year of...

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My Adobe CS 5 Live Event NOTES


Posted By on Apr 12, 2010

Just watched Adobe’s CS5 Live Event on what’s “NEW”.Here’s what I gathered…in case you really were wondering. Pardon the rough notes, but I am excited!!More can be found at Adobe.com or Adobetv.com Design Premium1. Photoshop“Refine Edge” command with “smart radius” ; Example = details for selecting hair…“Content Awareness fill” 2. Illustrator 5“Variable width tool” 3. “CS Review” – live integration with CS5Share online within YOUR document/within software 4. InDesignInteractive content – flash content within ID without writing code/stay in ID and edit content within 5. Flash CatalystCreate from native content without writing codeExample: Markatos More – ad agency from SF.They designed without hiring coders; http://www.mm-sf.com/ Production Premium CS5 = video and interactive/digital video and audio1. Mercury Playback Engine64 bit app; ram usage = renders fasterEnvidia card accessible/usable…?Natively in same timeline 2. After Effects64 bit app 3. Rotoscoping in After EffectsNo more frame by frame. Use rotoscope and you don’t have to be as accurate and still applies quickly 4. Script to screenflow – you can import from other script software!Speechy to text – speech analysis ; transcribes for accuracy 5. PhotoshopNatural and realistic painting tools – painter tool [more brushes/selections] Web Designer/DeveloperWeb premium Flash Professional – TLF link text ; links/flows the text with horizontal or vertical Flash Professional – coding editor within flash [line dw] = called “Flash Builder”; export to not just web/flash, or iphone [via distro to app store]. Flash catalyst – take designs from other apps INTO flash catalyst without coding Repousse –render into 3D object without knowing 3D Dreamweaver – built by content management system “Discover” – opens up all native links; also “Live” command Dreamweaver – “Browser Lab” – opens up other browsers, compares side by side, or on top of each other “Onion view” to see what works/what doesn’t. “Ominture” also new product Photographers – Photoshop CS5 Extended Mini Bridge – new panel inside Photoshop to navigate/access. “merge to HDR pro” – convert to 16 bit [other bits]; share Presets from other photos to apply to others De-mosaic and sharpen, noise reduction – post crop Vignetting Lens Correction – auto or custom – share online > lens profiles Content aware fill – select object to remove and intelligently fills it to remove. New natural media bristle tips = length, density, blend, etc. Mixer Brush Tool Puppet warp – drop pins to make natural distortions/transformations [drop pins within object and transform only that area] Flash player 10.1 / Flash platform [flash, player, catalyst] Wider range of devices – netbooks, smartbooks, smart phones – any type of device without having to rewrite content. Device optimized experiences in flash. Bringing it to tv. Innovative content...

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Michael Beirut has 13 sane/simple tips! Click here for article or read the tips here: 1. Keep a notebook. Bierut started this practice in 1992, and now has 86 of the things. But they’re not some fancy Moleskins full of lush watercolor sketches. They’re plain vanilla notebooks, filled with, well, notes and the occasional sketch. They seem to work as well as the high-priced spread. 2. Listen first, then design. Actually, you don’t have to be a designer to take this advice. If you’re selling office paper at Dunder Mifflin, or pitching an account at Sterling Cooper, listening is still a good way to get a project off on the right foot. 3. Don’t avoid the obvious. The obvious can be your best friend. There are few new ideas, folks. Mostly just better iterations of the old ones. Trying to reinvent the wheel too often just results in a lot of wheel spinning. 4. The problem contains the solution. Read the brief or the specs, or actually pay attention to your notes from the client meeting (see #1, above.) Often, the solution is right there. 5. Indulge your obsessions. They’re passion made tangible. 6. Love is the answer. There are worse things than leading with your heart. As Bierut has proven, you’ll often be successful, do great work, and probably make money. And you’ll likely be happy.Here’s a final round-up of other big ideas from the conference that may help you get from inspiration to action: 7. Don’t let the urgent demands of today always subvert your plans for tomorrow. In other words, don’t let the often trivial demands of an overflowing inbox consistently distract you from the more important items on your to-do list. Along those lines, keep two lists: one of daily tasks, the other of longer term projects with specific action items attached. – Scott Belsky, CEO, Behance 8. Don’t underestimate the importance of staying organized. Chaos subverts progress. Creativity x organization = impact – Belsky 9. Hang around people who are passionate about things. Their enthusiasm will rub off on you. Whom you hang out with really matters. – Jason Randal, theorist on developing expertise 10. Hire the best lawyers. “I’ve met many people who run billion-dollar companies. They aren’t that smart. They hire good lawyers. It’s one of the things that made this project happen.” Robert Hammond, Co-founder, Friends of the High Line. 11. Share ideas liberally. If you share quickly, you’ll be more accountable. – Belsky 12. Surround yourself with people who motivate you, and write things down. Something as large as a presidential campaign was done simply by checking items off a...

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