Our Holiday Giveaway Ends on Dec 28th!

CONTEST ROUND 3 STATUS: CLOSED


To Enter (just like in rounds 1 and 2):
  1. Comment on this post. Explain how you would use Adobe’s software to make your holiday season merrier! Use either the Facebook or Blogger commenter. NOTE: Click on the post title to see all previous comments below.
  2. Like us! You must do this! facebook.com/honestcollege We post useful, random, funny crap all the time, and considering all the silly junk you probably like, this shouldn’t be tough :)
  3. One commenter will be chosen at random, and awarded their own copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection (It’s worth about $2500 so ughh, yeah, worth a comment and a Like)
  4. Additional entries will be granted for: a Tweet about this contest or a retweet of ours, and the comment with the most Likes.
  5. Round 3: Get your final entry by telling us on Facebook or Twitter which HC post is your fav thus far and why! So, 4 entries possible per person.

Here’s a little review of one of Adobe’s features:

Adobe Illustrator is one of easiest to learn features Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 offers. After just two YouTube tutorials, we were designing decent looking logos and building holiday party invitations. What’s difficult here though, is getting used to the variety of tools and options.

Everyone has used Microsoft Word. It has a relatively easy to understand toolbar that lets you manipulate colors, fonts, tables, widths, margins, etc. In illustrator, the tools are bit more spread out and diverse. But let’s back up and outline what the beginner-intermediate artist can do here:

Vector drawing: Create angles and shapes for logos. Like a palm tree.
Accurate perspective drawing: Up close or long range, angled buildings, entire towns.
Manipulate gradients and transparency: Blending some colors, sharpening others.
Use variable typography, and variable brush styles: Makes your designs look professional

We’ll post a creation of ours soon, but to be completely honest the results at the time are quite below professional looking. Time for some more tutorials!

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