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Variable Fonts for Responsive Design · An A List Apart Blog Post

Choosing typefaces for use on the web today is a practice of specifying static fonts with fixed designs. But what if the design of a typeface could be as flexible and responsive as the layout it exists within?

The glass floor of responsive typography

Except for low-level font hinting and proof-of-concept demos like the one Andrew Johnson published earlier this week, the glyph shapes in modern fonts are restricted to a single, static configuration. Any variation in weight, width, stroke contrast, etc.—no matter how subtle—requires separate font files. This concept may not seem so bad in the realm of print design, where layouts are also static. On the web, though, this limitation is what I refer to as the “glass floor” of responsive typography: while higher-level typographic variables like margins, line spacing, and font size can adjust dynamically to each reader’s viewing environment, that flexibility disappears for lower-level variables that are defined within the font. Each glyph is like an ice cube floating in a sea of otherwise fluid design.

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4 Fantastic Free Books to Boost Creativity & Inspire Your Best Work | ProDesignTools

Recently we put together a series of free books on Adobe software with over 20 different titles you can download on how to best use the different major products… These books have been tremendously popular and well-received.

But since Adobe software is all about creating, for some time now we’ve been meaning to add another collection of free books simply about creativity – something that everyone in the world can use and benefit from… So finally, here is that set! You can legally download and use the four e-books below to inspire your own creative process and help improve your work, no matter what you do in life. They are all (in our view) easy, enjoyable, and enriching reads.

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What’s the Difference Between Adobe Student Editions vs. Regular? | ProDesignTools

The Adobe Student and Teacher Editions look like a great deal. They offer big discounts, as much as 70% off normal prices. They’re available for most of Adobe’s most popular products, including the Creative Cloud (CC), Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 5, Acrobat XI, and Elements 13.  They can be purchased by anyone who qualifies – primary, middle, and secondary school students, homeschoolers, college or university students, faculty, teachers, and administrators.  Even part-time students or teachers can be eligible, and there is no maximum age limitation. They’re available pretty much worldwide in many languages on both Windows and Mac OS, and you don’t need any kind of coupon or promotion code to get the deep discounts.

So what’s the catch? Is the Academic software different or limited somehow? Is there any sort of time restriction, time limit, or time out – do the perpetual Adobe Student Editions expire? Or are they unusable for commercial purposes or paid work?

via What’s the Difference Between Adobe Student Editions vs. Regular? | ProDesignTools.

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Photoshop Workbook, The: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques | Peachpit

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10 Video Editing Habits to Give Up | Videomaker.com

It’s easy to get into a routine when video editing and as a result form some habits, and not necessarily good ones. Video editing is an art form with rules, or more realistically guidelines, that help define the difference between what’s good and what’s bad. Even though what is considered good or bad for video editing is subjective and somewhat arbitrary, there are some basic principles that can be followed to help make a video successful. When bad habits break the rules there’s trouble to be found. Here are 10 video editing habits to give up as the New Year rolls around.

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6 Money hacks that will set your business up for massive success – Graphic Design Blender

A few years ago, I made a couple small changes that resulted in a huge positive shift for my business.

At the time, I was building this blog and running a freelancing gig. And I was busy.

Which meant that some of the tasks I liked less than others got less attention. One of those tasks (I’m embarrassed to admit) was bookkeeping and finances.

I’ve since learned that a business that doesn’t focus on its numbers is just a hobby. But at the time, it was something that seemed overwhelming and was easy to put off. So I did.

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5 Secrets to Launching a Creative Business

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In this one-hour webcast, Roberto Blake discusses possible barriers to a successful launch of a creative business and addresses the issues that hold creatives back from turning their passion into profits.

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There are many things that hold creative professionals back from the success they want, but far too many of them never even take the first step in that journey. In this webcast we’ll be looking at those barriers to a successful launch of a Creative Business and address the issues that hold creatives back from turning their passion into profits. Whether you’re a Designer, Photographer, Writer or Video Producer, this session can help you move forward with confidence that you can have the success you’ve been trying to create for yourself. You just have to ask yourself, are you ready to launch?

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How to Edit Dialog | Videomaker.com

There’s a lot of talk about what makes a great story. Without a doubt, when it comes to cinematic storytelling, dialog speaks volumes into the overall narrative. Characters interact and reveal themselves on screen with what they say. The words on the script are only one part of the story. The editor controls the pace and arrangement of a character’s dialog, which means the editor has influence over what those words mean.

via How to Edit Dialog | Videomaker.com.