Hone your skills with Digital Arts' May issue

The new issue of Digital Arts hits the shelves today, bringing you the lowdown on Adobe CS5's hottest new features and a free poster - designed by Nik Ainley - showing one of Photoshop CS5's new tools in action.

We've also got a packed selection of pro-level creative tutorials, helping you take your skills to the next level.


Adobe CS5: in-depth look
Creative tech experts Michael Burns and Sam Hampton-Smith got hands-on with the full suite, bringing you step-by-step guides to the hottest new tools in each application. Whether you're laying out pages in InDesign or animating in After Effects, we show you how the new tools can change the way you work.

Paint techniques for fantastic faces
Channel the spirit of disco and learn incredible digital painting techniques in this extended portrait tutorial with Neville d'Souza.

Add vector flair to model shots
Recreate this month's stunning cover image - and mash up vectors with stock photography - with Camilo Bejarano.

Create 3D type art in Photoshop CS5
Nik Ainley walks you through how he used Photoshop's new Repoussé 3D extrusion tool to create the stunning free poster that comes with this month's issue.

Master photomontages
Add oomph to your model shots and hone your compositing skills to create a dramatic image with Rob Shields.

Dynamic shading techniques
Alexandra Zutto shows how time and patience really pay off when with this gorgeous tutorial on vector gradients.

Design kickass characters
Paul Shih shows how to invent cool characters in Flash in the first of a two-part tutorial.

Animate pop promo effects
Recreate the 'mini-planets' effect of Dizzee Rascal's Bonkers promo in After Effects with Sam Hampton-Smith.

Creative Freedom
Stuart Boyd of art collective Subism is taking street art into bars, galleries and all sorts of places.

Up-and-coming creatives show us their work.

Cooking up a Storm
Storm Thorgerson, who has created album covers for everyone from Pink Floyd to Muse, explains his work.

- Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3
- Armari Magnetar X24
- Strata Foto 3D CX 2
- Strata Design 3D CX 6.1
- AutoFX Mystical Tint Tone and Color 2.0

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