Free vectors of Ramadan Kareem & Ramadan Mubarak designs to download, where designers usually looking for the Ramadan Calligraphy vector to download and to be used in their designs. Here are some familiar vector for Ramadan we can get online free to use, read the license or terms if any.
Google’s visual redesign identity project was inspired by the CEO Larry Page in 2011 to enhance the company’s main products identity including search, maps, mail and software suite especially app icons and the UI elements. The project was then started in January 2012 leads by their senior graphic designer Roger Oddone, art director Christopher Bettig and with their designers team.
The are simple, modern, friendly and sometimes quirky. Product icons are highly simplified, exaggerated and caricatured in nature so that they are appropriate for use at small size.
Let’s see how the design dept of Creative Lab behind this internet giant develop and redesign the User Interface (UI) of Google’s visual assets for their products and become guidelines for their product’s UI designers, app developers and their vendors. The style then being trendy all over the net.
The Design Principles
The designs should be simple, straight forward and user friendly, so they are several rules to be made clear.
Good Geometric Shape – the more geometrical shapes used, the better and make it as precise as possible.
Front Facing – front view and symmetrical shapes always communicate better for user compared to isometric 3D style.
Flat & Shadow – flat design looks clean & beautiful, light and fast loading.
Pixel Perfect – as these designs are tiny and for screen devices, always make sure the pixels are in their grid to keep them perfect for HD or retina screen.
The latest Adobe Printing Guide version CS6 for designers, advertising agency, printing and creative industries is a must have printing guide book especially for Adobe design apps users. This free 149 pages ebook by Adobe Design Center focus on mostly used Adobe apps for design and printing production which are:
PDF Creation – in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop & Acrobat
InDesign CS6 – New Features, Preparing InDesign Documents for Output, Working With a Book File, etc.
Photoshop CS6 – New Features, Color Mode, Image Format, Printing from Photoshop
Illustrator CS6 – New Features, Live Effects, Complex File, Examining Customer Files, Forensic Tools, Printing from illustrator, etc.
Acrobat X Pro – Improved Features, Overprint Preview, Print Production Tools, Editing PDF Files, many more.
“While this document is focused on the needs and requirements of printers, it is also useful for production artists who are preparing files for print” – Adobe
What This Guide Is Intended to Do
This guide serves as both a detailed technical reference for handling Creative Suite 6 files from your customers, and as a training tool for your staff. For example, this guide will introduce you to forensic tools, such as the Overprint Preview option in Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat X Pro, as well as the Output Preview function in Acrobat, all of which are invaluable in highlighting potential problems. The earlier you can pinpoint problems in a job, the less expensive and complicated they are to rectify.
Adobe recently (early May) announced the end of Creative Suite (Adobe CS) and they will replaced with the new rebranded Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC). Expect no more Illustrator CS7 or Photoshop CS7 for the next version, but the new Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC instead, and other Adobe apps. So what does this means to users.. well, there will no more Adobe products will be sold in a box in the future as right now. Adobe introduced Creative Cloud paid subscription service for users and this is the only way we will get the new versions of all their products.
Adobe Creative Cloud will be available in 17 June 2013, is not actually a cloud service that we might imagine, since the software or the apps itself will be installed locally (in user’s pc), and will not run in the browser. Users will need to verify their subscription once a month and they will get access to the cloud platform for few services provided by Adobe including 20GB storage. You can find out more on Adobe CC FAQ.
Following some reviews from top site covering Adobe news, we found many users, designers to be specific, all over the world express their negative feed back to this Adobe’s transition. Many designers said they will stick with the last version of the apps they used, such as Illustrator CS6 and refuse to subscribe (upgrade). Here are some negative reviews:
The main concern of haters is the pricing and fees for using Adobe CC apps for long term commitments, but CNet was make comparison among those CS versions vs CC versions, and bear in mind that with Adobe CC you get various apps in the cloud plus other services. See the pricing chart below..
Interested to try..? You can start with the cheapest individual fee for only one app, or if your’e student / teacher at $19.99 per month. If you want to try first for free 30 days with limited service, see the pricing options.
Some thought that Adobe’s moved to fight piracy as the main concern but ironically the company itself said they could see an increase in piracy since the Creative Cloud apps are running offline and no guarantee the apps could not be cracked. Unless Adobe CC is running live online via browser might reduce this issue.. though it’s not a good idea.
Adobe has made a right move along the way and with the popular demand of cloud services especially the continues supports from mobile industry, they’ve moved one step ahead to keep their product brands lead. We could expect more designer’s apps ‘in the pocket’ sooner or later. Did you know Adobe Touch Apps for Android & iOS..?
Have you been using Photoshop.com free online storage for your photo album..? If you’re using it probably you’ve received their email reminder asking you to move all your photos in your Photoshop.com account to the new Adobe Revel before 18 June 2013, the last date given to users to save (download) all our photos in there. Unless you have your backup offline, you can just ignore it.
Previously one of the main feature available in Photoshop.com is free up to 2GB online storage for users to upload photos and the integration with Photoshop Express Editor to edit our uploaded photos in the library (since 2007 if I’m not mistaken).
Seems like Photoshop.com just removes the online storage features from it and remain (or they upgrade) the site as a one-stop Photoshop related stuffs and news.
On the other site, the Adobe Revel (it’s the upgrade version of previously paid apps Adobe Carousel), developed as a new cloud storage for users to synchronize photos (jpeg only for now) from any devices just like dropbox, and has the features to share the photos to anywhere with our friends just like instagram (ok no need to explain). Surely (and hopefully) Adobe (will always) consider your photos are your photos, not like Instagram controversial policy previously mentioned – ‘your image belong to us’.
Anyway the move made by Adobe itself considered a good start from the giant design’s software (they should start earlier) as free service besides the paid version, just like Google established their Google Drive, Microsoft with Skydrive, Apple with iCloud and some more familiar brands of free & paid cloud storage.
Comparison of Free vs Paid Adobe Revel
Unlimited Importing – Free for First 30 days
Monthly Import – 50 Photos / month
Cost – Free
Revel Premium (Paid)
Unlimited Importing – Always
Monthly Import – Unlimited
Cost – US$5.99 /month
While briefly test the features of Adobe Revel by uploading some photos of mine (I’m bit particular of my personal photos), I’m looking for the ‘private setting’ button on the dashboard – ‘Library’ to be exact. But the interface looks too minimal and I can’t find any setting for the album created or for a single photo to set as private. The answer was actually mentioned in the ‘Features‘..
Every photo you upload and every album you create is private by default.
So no worry for your personal photos every time you sync from your mobile or other devices. Only photos that are save to be shared can manually be share, click button Albums and click on one of your created Albums then menu Share (with icon) will appear, simply click to Share. Well you may try it yourself if you not using it yet.
Adobe Revel should be the choice of designers especially for Adobe users to use cloud photo sharing and apps.
But for the time being, Adobe still (since Adobe Carousel in 2011) support only for Mac & iPad users, not yet fully support for Windows & Android devices, and perhaps this kind of limitation make it hard to compete with others top Free Cloud Storage available. Sometimes I wonder, ‘does Apple deal with Adobe to keep Revel stick with iOS only’..? Another bad point, it’s only for Jpeg image..!!
We list here some of vector specific programs for graphic applications. From well known Adobe products, Corel and some free versions of vector graphic editor for you to try and use as alternatives to these 2 expensive software.
We can say the most popular of Vector Graphic editor is Adobe Illustrator and it becomes the ‘industry standard’ in vector graphic application for many purposes and media format. Whether we need vector for advertisement, publishing, animation or printworks, it’s a must have application for busineses. What make Illustrator the best choice, probably this program has big supports from users all around the globe, like websites & blogs specifically to Illustrator Tutorials, How-to Tips, YouTube videos, not to forget Plugin downloads, Brushes, and huge Vector resources for free download as graphic elements ready to be use with Illustrator.
The closest Adobe Illustrator’s competitor by popular user, CorelDraw is one of the top name in design applications besides their photo/image editor Corel PhotoPaint which has similar function with Adobe Photoshop. What’s good about CorelDraw is, it has the ability to load Adobe Illustrator file, the Ai format, which Illustrator cannot (or refuse) do for CorelDraw file, cdr format.
Inkscape is one of the top free Vector Graphic editor. It’s an open source vector editor that produce SVG (scalable vector graphic) image file, a standard vector image that supported by modern web browser. Inkscape also has the ability to open Illustrator files.
Previously known as Macromedia Freehand (before Adobe take over Macromedia) then it was named Adobe FreeHand until Adobe announced to discontinue the support in 2004. Eventhough Adobe was stopped continuing Freehand update, (that make their fans dissapointed), you can still buy it or try it.
Last version: Freehand MX (version 11.02) last update 2004
An another free Vector Graphic editor from Serif software, DrawPlus Starter Edition has the ability for many common used in vector editor includes support for pen tablet. From some reviews, we can say that its more on drawing tools if you prefer to draw on computer. Surely this free version has features limitation compared to the paid version of Serif DrawPlus X6.
Skencil is another free, open source from sK1 Project team for GNU / Linux / Unix based system Vector Graphic editor. Developed and powered by Phyton, a powerful, object-oriented, high-level interpreted language. Its also import Adobe files.
Latest version: 0.6.17 (stable version)
Platform: Linux / Unix, Windows
Aviary Raven Vector Editor (R.I.P)
This is some good Free Online version of Vector Graphic editor from Aviary, but seems it was dead. Previously they have some graphic product lines from vector to photo editor. Sadly they not managed to continue the development.
Status: R.I.P (dead)
There’re few more vector graphic editors out there and we will try to cover next time, stay tune ☺
Many of us knew about Photoshop more than any other graphic programs. But did we know the history of Photoshop..? It was started in 1987 by Thomas Knoll as his educational purpose to write the computer code for his doctoral study specialised in computer vision. It was later attracted his brother John Knoll who’s at that time worked with a visual effect’s company for George Lucas film. Then they both collaborate in developing the code to works on the first colored system Macintosh II.
Here are some of the infos that we might not know about the history of Photoshop:
1987 it was started as a computer code named – Display.
The code was created since the black & white era of computer system with the purpose to show greyscale graphic on monochrome.
They stuck to name the finished software for selling when the first name they choose – ImagePro and few others are already taken.
1988 finally they come up with a new name, PhotoShop (with capital ‘S’ and later moved to small ‘s’).
The first company interested with Photoshop is Barneyscan, a scanner manufacturer who deal to bundled the first software released version 0.87 with their scanners sold.
They have tried some other imaging business related companies including Nikon and Kodak, but those companies refuse with the idea of Photoshop for their digital imaging industry.
(Nikon mother company in Japan said they’re hardware manufacturer, they not interested with the software.. though Nikon Europe like the idea of Photoshop)
A Photoshop demo to Apple computer attracted their engineers and the computer company asked for the software copies.
It was said the first Photoshop piracy begins in Apple when their engineers passing around the diskette.
1989 both Knoll brothers successfully attract the art director of Adobe, Russell Brown who first signed with another image editing software – Letraset Color Studio (now Image Studio), the Adobe’s head later convinced and choose Photoshop to join the company with an agreement and the software known as Adobe Photoshop.
The release of Photoshop 1.0 for Apple Macintosh in 1990 was made successful in the computer graphic industry
The Adobe Photoshop 1.0 for Macintosh with the requirement: 8Mhz proc, 2Mb RAM & 3.5″ Floppy disk of course..
This early version of Photoshop successfully been used in movies such as The Abbys, Terminator 2, Hook and many more. The other year later they produce the new version, Photoshop 2.0 with nay more functions supported.
In 1991 the new release Photoshop 2 with CMYK support, Duotones, the Path tool, and rasterization of Illustrator files.
Follow the Timeline of Photoshop since the last 20+ years
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