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Techsnoop is always looking to expand her skills. If you are interested in making your own multimedia for your website or for customers, take a look at Adobe After Effects. There are many simple animations and transitions that can be accomplished with minimal skill. In addition, if you have a Creative Cloud membership, After Effects plays well with Photoshop and Illustrator. So you can create assets in your favorite program and pull them into After Effects to animate. Take a look at this video from Terry White, our favorite Adobe Guru and jump into something new this summer.

 

Send us a link to your masterpiece in the comments.

Techsnoop loves to share free stuff and this week we found a great new font for headlines and other bold use.  But best of all, it comes in both a static .tff file and an animated AE file for motion and video work!

franchise font

Franchise is a collaboration of one type designer and 110 animators who each animated one element.  Every letter, punctuation and numerical character has a unique animation.  The color palette is limited to 4 colors and the animations are 25 frames each.  If you want to get started animating fonts in AE, this is a great download.

All for the low, low cost of a Tweet or FB post!

typogami

While you’re on the site, pick up Typogami, another great font with both animated and static versions for free.  Typogami’s static font is an .otf file.

Free fonts means you have plenty of moolah left over for coffee or Coca-Cola!  So pick up your free fonts, caffeine rush and get to designing.

If you use these in a project, let us know in the comments so we can see!

Although a picture is worth a thousand words, most design requires words to convey an accurate message.  No matter how beautiful or compelling your graphics and pictures are, typography drives the message to your customers.  For both print and digital, the proper use of typography can make or break your design work.

Every designer loathes being stuck in a creative rut.  Fresh and creative use of typography and images requires a lot of work, and the frequent changes in the industry make it critical to stay on top of trends.

To keep things interesting, you need a warehouse of fonts.  Nothing says boring faster than using the same fonts on every project.  To help take some of the pain out of designing, Techsnoop is bringing you 3 fresh and modern fonts.  Although the fonts are free, consider donating to some of the creators if you are able.

So here are some great free fonts to keep your designs sharp;

Nexa;

A great headline font.

nexa01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deco Neue;

An Art Deco based font.

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Source Sans Pro;

A clean all purpose open-source font from Adobe.

SourceSplash

DKemp DesignsWhen designing sites for customers, productivity is key.  Meeting deadlines can make or break your business.  Any tool or resource to shave off time is helpful.  The tutorials below are free and show the time saving benefits of Dreamweaver CS6.

There has been a lot of discussion on when and why to upgrade to the Adobe Creative Suite CS6 version.  Many designers feel it is too soon after CS5.5 to expend resources to upgrade software.

But in the case of the CS6 changes, it might be time to bite the bullet and upgrade.  There are significant changes that increase productivity and smooth workflow in the CS6 Suite.  One of the best is the ability to create mobile-ready sites for your customers that take the headache out of figuring break points and other mobile issues.

In the case of Dreamweaver, there is now a fluid layout option that allows you to create responsive CSS on the fly when designing.  You can move assets around and the code is automatically updated for you.  This takes at least half of the work load off writing the CSS code for a mobile ready site.

In our second tutorial below, creating simple CSS transitions with Dreamweaver CS6 is demonstrated.  If you have a portfolio or e-commerce site, this can again be a real time saver.

So, enjoy the tutorials, save time, make money.  And be sure to let us know in the comments if this has helped you.

Happy working from Techsnoop at DKemp Designs