Design Tips Articles

  • Make a Stop Motion Movie on Your iPhone or iPad. It's Easy!

    May 1, 2016

    Stop motion animation was key to many of the first special effects in movies. Jason and the Argonauts wouldn’t be as memorable without Ray Harryhausen’s creatures, and who could forget the original King Kong or even fully animated movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas? What most appeals to me about stop motion, however, is that you don’t need a Hollywood...

  • Color Grading vs. Color Correction: What's the Difference?

    May 1, 2016

    In the history of the Indianapolis 500, Al Unser is in the top three of career Starts, Front Row Starts, Pole Position, Laps Led, and Wins. But do we refer to him as a driver—or a racer? As a professional colorist and colorist coach, the question of which term to use—color correction or color grading—feels to me like the Al Unser question. Over the past few...

  • The Wicked Easy Way to Create a Table of Contents in Word

    May 1, 2016

    You already know that a table of contents makes it easier for your readers to work with long documents of 10 or more pages. They give printed documents a sophisticated look and feel, and add ebook-like navigation to onscreen documents. But did you know that tables of contents are wicked easy to create and update in Microsoft Word? I created the following table...

  • Surprising ways to do a word count in InDesign: InDesign...

    May 1, 2016

    Adobe InDesign can provide a word count for any story, which is a great feature if you’re trying to stay under a certain editorial...

  • 10 PowerPoint Shortcuts to Know Before Your Next...

    September 18, 2015

    These 10 PowerPoint shortcuts will help you repurpose themes from other presentations, play sound across multiple slides, discover...

  • When reading is the primary goal, it’s the designer’s job to ensure that the text is smooth, flowing, and pleasant to read. In my new...