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Reader Tutorial: Fireworks - Interactive Prototypes in PDF

This is my first tutorial and I really want to explain to you how to generate interactive prototypes directly from Fireworks in a PDF format. This kind of prototype can be very useful for layouts approval with clients or just to make the communication between the design development team easier. As the first version of the tutorial was in Portuguese, so you will find some portuguese/english translations here. In case you have any questions let us know!! Step 1 The whole process is pretty simple, we just need to focus on the preparation of the file that will be exported. For that I will use a wireframe sample for an institutional website. The PNG file that I'm using is available here. The file must be organized in pages, the links that will be created work from page to page. Step 2 Let's start to create the Hotspots, which are the marks for the "clicking" areas of each page. We will begin with Home, that will also be initial page from the PDF. Step 3 Select the Rectangle Hotspot Tool (J) at the web tool bar. Step 4 Add the shapes to all areas where you wish to create the links. Make sure to give the proper dimension to the hotspot shapes when needed. Step 5 After we create the shapes, we will set the properties for each of them. An important detail: verify every shape to make sure they are all Rectangles, not Polygons, or the links won't work. Usually when we re-dimension the shapes they go back to the polygon state, that's why we need to verify it. Step 6 Now we will set the links to the pages where the shapes will be directed. In the above image we have the shape news (noticias) selected, so we will select the page news.htm that will be the place that the link will direct. In the next field, under the link option, we can add an alternative text for the image, but that is not necessary. And following these steps we create the links for all the shape from the initial page. Step 7 Now we will go to the next page. At the Products (produtos) page we will copy and paste the same shapes from the menu. They work the same way. Now we will create a shape for the maximized picture of the product. So we direct the link to the page Produtos_ampliação.htm (maximized product). At the Produtos_ampliação page we have the window that is the maximized picture and the Close button, where we will apply a new shape to return to the previous page, Products. And that is the logic of this, we link the pages and create the relations between it. Step 8 Now we will export the file. To do that go to the File> Export. Now you just need to save it to the destination folder as bellow. Now you just need to test all the links from the PDF and use them as you want. You can check out the PDF I created here. I hope you liked the tutorial!! About the author My name is Marcon Zanin and I`m a 26 years old interface designer from Chapecó/SC, Brazil. If you want know more about my work visit my portfolio ( or you can also Follow me on twitter (!

Reader Tutorial: How to create an awesome action picture in GIMP

This tutorial is a remake from a Photoshop tutorial, that can be found at It was written by Paulo Canabarro. This tutorial is intended for people that have a general idea of layer masks, as layer masks are a big part of this tutorial. Some things you will need before we get started: A few pictures, that were shot in the “burst” mode of your camera. (See step 1 for more info about this) Step 1 The most important part about this whole tutorial, is having pictures that will work. To get the pictures that are needed, use the “burst” mode setting on your camera. On my camera (Sony) its found under the “menu” button. On your camera, it could be located in a different area. In a short description, the “burst” mode takes pictures for as long as your capture button is held down. There are some things to know about this option though. If your not in good lighting (at least on my camera) the photoshop will be blurry, which is why I recommend a well lit, outdoor setting. It's all trial and error, so just find out what works for you. Step 2 Load all your photos into GIMP, and find your first image. This would be the one that's either coming in from the far left, or far right. In my case it will be coming in from the right. Step 3 Find your next image in the order, and select the whole document (select>all) Then copy the image. Move to your original image (the one in step 2) and paste it in. Make this floating selection, and new layer by clicking the new layer button. Step 4 Repeat for each image. Keep selecting them, and pasting them until there all in the document. Step 5 You may notice that one image does not line up perfectly, that will be fixed. Step 6 Hide all the layers except for the bottom layer, and the next one up. In my case this will be the background layer, and layer 1. Step 7 Select layer 1. Make a selection around the subject, make sure to get any shadows that are casted by the subject. This is important when adding the layer mask. Right click on the layer that you just made the selection on, and add a layer mask. Make it a black layer mask. Step 8 Your layer will disappear, but don't worry, we will get it back. Make white your foreground color, and fill that selection. There is the subject now in view, but without the background it originally was on! Step 9 This part is important. If you don't click on the layer image, before you move the image to line it up, you will move the layer mask, which is not what we want to achieve. Make sure the image thumbnail is highlighted with white. Step 10 Move your new selected layer, to match it up with the background picture. Don't worry if parts of it don't line up, you can fix it with the layer mask. Step 11 After you have lined it up, select your brush tool, and change your foreground to black. Remember black hides, white reveals. It's all trial and error now, trying to get the look you like, perfect. Remember to reveal the shadows, to make it look good. You can play around with layer opacity, to easier view areas you need to reveal and hide. (Note: If your layer mask doesn't seem to be working, remember that you selected your layer, and unselected your layer mask in a previous step, so remember to reselect your layer mask by click on it in your layers panel.) Step 12 Once you have completed this with your first image, complete it with all the other layers you have. Here is what my GIMP layers looks like: Conclusion My layer masks didn't need to be changed very much because my images lined up pretty well. You can do this tut with as many, or as little pictures as you would like, though I recommend more then 3 pictures, and not too many pictures that they are overlapping and you can't tell what's going on. I also did not use very many pictures, because the goal was to get the technique across. If at all possible, use a tripod, it makes the lining up process a lot easier. This can be done with any kind of image that shows movement. If you have any questions about this tutorial, or would like to contact me, you can email me at

Reader Tutorial: Easy Way to Create Light Effects in GIMP in 9 Steps

Following our Reader Tutorial series we have a GIMP tutorial from Maximilian Dirkmamn, a 14 years old boy from Munich Germany, that design on his free time. The idea of this series is give opportunity to the readers to show their work and, of course help the design community sharing tips and opinions. If you want to contribute, just let us know. My name is Maximilian Dirkmann and I'm 14 years old. I come from Munich, Germany. In my free time I do designing. Check out my German website (GIMP tuts ) and my DA . Also I want to thank the whole members for always giving me criticism and comments. Step 1 Start the GIMP application and create a new image with 1024 x 768 pixel. Make sure, that the background is black. Step 2 Now we will add a light. Use the paintbrush (shortcut [P]) and open up the "brushes" box (shortcut [Shift] + [Ctrl] + [B]) create a new brush, edit it and apply those settings: Step 3 Create a new layer (Layer ->New Layer). Call it "Light" and click one times into the middle (make sure that your foreground color is white). Adjust the opacity to 60. Step 4 Now we're going to add some color. Create a new layer (call it Color) and apply Filters ->Render ->Clouds ->Plasma with the value 0.1 at Turbulence. Set the layer mode in the layer dialog ([Ctrl] + [L]) to Divide. Adjust the opacity to 65. Step 5 In this step we will add light rays. Create a new layer with the name Light Rays. Go on Filters ->Render ->Clouds ->Solid Noise. Set the X and Y size to 16.0. Go on Filters ->Blur ->Pixelize with the width 5px and the full hight of the picture (768px). Apply Filters ->Distorts -> Polar Coordinates with the values 0 | 0. Now set the Layer mode to Grain extract. Step 6 Pick up the text tool and type a letter for example A standing for Abduzeedo. I chose Sans as the font and a size of 490px. Now go on Filters ->Light and Shadow ->Drop Shadow with the values 0 | 4 | 30 | white | 80 | and uncheck Allow resizing. Step 7 Now we are adding a gloss to the A. Go on Layer ->Transparency ->Alpha to Selection. Use the Eclipse Select Tool and hold down [Shift] + [Ctrl]. Create a new layer (call it Gloss). Pick up the Blend Tool. Set the gradient to FG to Transparent (make sure your foreground color is white) an drag a Gradient from the right bottom to the left top. Now select all [Strg] +[ A]. Step 8 The reflection of the A. Go twice on Layer ->Merge Down. Duplicate the Layer, Layer ->Duplicate Layer. Tarnsform it: Layer ->Transform ->Flip Vertically. Move the transformed Layer to the top of the A. Now add a layer mask (Layer ->Mask ->Add Layer Mask; with white full opacity). Pick up the Blend tool again but now with black as the foreground color. Drag it just like this and you will get a nice fade out effect. Conclusion Finally we are going to add a lens reflection. Create a new Layer, call it Lens Reflection and fill it with black. I want to place it on the top of my letter so I need the position. Just move your mouse to the top of the image an on the left bottom of the gimp window you can see the position. Mine is 540;190 so go on Filters ->Light and Shadow ->Lens Flare with the values 540px and 190px. Set the Layer mode to Screen an you are done! Download the GIMP file Click here to download the GIMP file used on this tutorial.

Reader Tutorial: Fake Desaturated HDR in 5 minutes

We have accepted some tutorials from readers and we think it's really good to open the blog, so anyone can share their skills with the community. Because of that and this tutorial is part of our Reader Tutorial series. If you have or want to write a tutorial and publish it here on Abduzeedo, just send it via email to us. This will teach you how to give a kinda of hdr desaturated look to your photos, it's really simple and easy, it only takes 5 minutes and will give a totally different look to your photo, so try it out. This is something you can try on your photos to see if the result is positive, it's quick and give an extra style to your work if you like. To begin with I got a photo from sxc stock Now our first step is to duplicate the background layer twice, so we will have 3 layers with the same image. On the top layer (background copy 2) I will apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur just enough to get the image a little blur, in this case I used the Radius 3.0 Now I will change the layer mode to Soft Light, this is what I got so far. I'm done with this layer, lets work on the middle layer (background copy). First we are going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturated that will take most of the color away now this is very important, a lot of times when you do that, the image comes out too dark, so to solve that problem we are going to Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight ( amount of shadow 50% | highlight 0% ) as you see, the image is not that dark anymore. To give some of the color back to the image I will set the layer fill to 70%, and after that I got to the point I want to so I will Layer > Flatten Image. Now that I only have one layer again, I will duplicate this layer, and on the top layer I will apply Image > Adjustment > Threshold that is not a exactly number to apply, this will vary depending on your image, try to get to a point that you have good lines and details, as you see here: Here is the tricky part that will give a twist on the final look, go to Image > Adjustments > Invert , that will invert the colors that you have, after that just go Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ( or just Ctrf + F ) and apply the same amount of blur you did last time. Change the layer mode to Soft Light, and you will see part of the result already there. Now a very important part to give the final touch to your image, go to Image > Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast and set the Brightness to +25 and the Contrast to -50 ( you can play around with this to get a better result for your image) And here is the final result: The most important thing is to understand what you doing so you can adapt the steps to the photo that you working with to get a better result. Hope everybody liked it, and if you try please post your results, and make sure you leave your comments.

Reader Tutorial: Zombie transformation in Photoshop

Step 1 To begin my zombie I choose these three photos (Portrait, Skull,and Texture): Step 2 Ok, to start we are going to open the portrait photo and with the Smudge Tool (R) we are going to cover the girl's nose and mouth, you can use the Stamp Tool (S) too if you like. Step 3 After we do that we are going to bring the skull photo in here and adjust to fit her face. I lower the opacity on the skull layer (after you done go bring back the opacity of the layer to normal) just so I can see her face on the back so I can re size the skull using Edit>Transform>Scale and fit right over her face as you see here: Step 4 Now that the skull is over her face we are going to take off the excess by creating a layer mask on the skull layer and painting black all around the skull living only the main part of it as you see bellow: Step 5 Now that we have the skull exactly where we want to, we are going to put the texture right over her face with the skull. Step 6 We are going to add a layer mask to the texture layer and paint the layer mask to leave only her face and parts of the skull with the texture as we see here: Step 7 Now that we have the skull and the texture where we wanted we are going to work the layers a little bit so the image will look better, first on the texture layer we are going to set the layer mode to Overlay and set the Fill to 48%. Now on the skull layer we are going to desaturate the layer by Image>Adjustments>Desaturate now that we did that we will set the Opacity to 65% and Fill to 80%. The result should look like this: Step 8 You notice her face looks a little weird, we have to change the colors to make it look better and for that we are going to duplicate the first layer (the portrait layer) after that we are going to desaturate the layer, notice that it looks really good now that all the colors blended, but I don't want the image to be black and white so I will create a layer mask on the portrait copy layer and I will only leaver her face showing on black and white: Step 9 This is what your layers should look like: Step 10 Looks good but we want to put some color on her face, we are going to create a layer on top of all the ones we already have and paint it dark brown, we only want to apply the color on her face so we are going to put a layer mask on the color layer and leave only her face (this time is easier because we already selected her face before on the portrait black and white layer, so hold ctrl and click on the portrait black and white layer mask that the selection will show) The result should look like this: Step 11 Now all we need to do is change the layer mode to Soft Light and the Fill to 58%, here is the result: Step 12 Ok, We got her to look like a zombie, now we want to make this a better composition. Starting from the background, we are going to select the girl and create a layer mask on the portrait layer, leaving only her body on the image, now we are going to create a new layer, move this layer under the portrait layer and paint in a dark way to make the background look better as you see here: Step 13 Now let's add some atmosphere effects. Create a new layer on top of the others and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Your colors should be black and white. Then with the Eraser Tool(E) delete the area covering the face of the zombie. After that, change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 14 Duplicate the Zombie Layer and go to Filter>Other>High Pass. Use 3 pixels for the Radius. Then change the Blend Mode to Hard Light. Step 15 First paint some blood on the zombie. I used a blood brush, you can download it here. The just apply some Layer Styles. Use Color Overlay with a very dark red and Multiply for the Blend Mode. Then add a Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, Smooth for the Technique, 100% Depth, Up, 1px Size, and 2px Soften. Step 16 Duplicate the Zombie Layer again and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5-10 pixles for the Radius and change the Blend Mode to Soft Light. Conclusion You can add some new effects like Adjustment Layers with Hue and Saturation reducing the Saturation and make the image darker. Also you can add more blood stains, or simply whatever you want. As it is a zombie, there'r no parameters of what is right or wrong. Download the PSD File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Reader Tutorial: Typography Wallpaper in Photoshop

We have accepted some tutorials from readers and we think it's really good to open the blog, so anyone can share their skills with the community. Because of that, we will start the "Reader Tutorial" series. If you have or want to write a tutorial and publish it here on Abduzeedo, just send it via email to us. Thank you very much and enjoy our first tutorial from Jonathan Connolly. Hey guys this is Creative Volition, an advertising and design agency based out of South Florida. Just a quick thanks to Abduzeedo for being such a great help to the design community. Also a special thanks to everyone at Creative Volition for making our design agency what it is today. Here is a quick tutorial from one of our latest designs. Hopefully this tutorial can benefit in your pursuit of becoming a better designer. Step 1 Create a new document at 1200 x 800 pixels with a resolution of 72dpi. Start off by importing all of your vector designs separately into a Photoshop canvas. In this case we divided our vectors into 3 separate smart objects and dragged them into the Photoshop canvas. Step 2 Hide all vectors and create a new text box. In this case I typed out the name of our company, "Creative Volition Inc.". The font we chose was "ITC Avant Garde Gothic". Keep your font in full caps, especially if your using this one! Continue to copy/paste your text across the text box. Step 3 Text settings: 16pt font, Regular, 16pt height spacing, Color #404040. Step 4 Continue to copy/paste the text until it fills the entire canvas. Stretch the box out using the text tool until it expands beyond the canvas size. Step 5 Once the text box is filled completely with the copy begin to rotate the box clockwise in about a 45 degree angle. Step 6 Make one of the smart objects visible. Command/Apple click the preview box on the layer panel to create marching ants around your object. Step 7 Once the marching ants appear, hide your smart object so you can see the selection. Step 8 Rasterize the type layer and with the marching ants active on your rasterized layer click Edit > Cut. Step 9 Then click Edit > Paste and align your new layer so all the words connect. Open the Layer Style box and change the "Color Overlay" to white. Step 10 Continue to do the same procedure with your other smart object layers but make sure to always cut from the rasterized layer. Step 11 Lastly create a new layer and fill it with any color. Place this layer on top of all other layers. Drop the fill down to 0%. Open the Layer Styles box and change the inner glow to the following settings and click OK. Conclusion Thats it! You should now have a beautiful design in front of you. Please drop us a comment and let us know what you think? Thanks again guys.