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Steve Crook Jr

I am a self-taught (through community help) creative/computer professional in Pahokee, FL (a small town near West Palm Beach). I use my talents to help local churches, individuals, and the community at large with their technical and creative needs.
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January 1st 2014
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Need advice recreating logo
by Matt Fontaine 8 months ago
Hey there I am trying to recreate a logo in Illustrator. In the image I've included, the one on top is what I am trying to recreate and the one on the bottom is what I've got so far. I feel like I am
Re: Need advice recreating logo
by Steve Crook Jr 8 months ago
Yes, it looks like you are headed in the right direction. I don't have a lot of time to study it, but I see two distinct things you should work on first: 1) The colors of the gradient fill are off. I'
automating download info, using Adobe Muse and Paypal
by Michael Goldberg 1 year ago
Hello, I'm currently building a website that sells digital products. All of the shopping cart solutions seem to be fairly pricey, and I don't think I need that. Right now I'm set up with just a paypal
Re: automating download info, using Adobe Muse and Paypal
by Steve Crook Jr 1 year ago
Muse is not built (at this time, anyway) to be a shopping cart system. A quick Google search of "muse shopping cart plugin" returned the well-known Ecwid plugin, but Ecwid doesn't offer digital downlo
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How to split and recolor an object?
by Zachary Simek 1 year ago
I am very new to illustrator. I have an existing black&white logo that I am trying to re-vamp with some color. The logo features a few stems of grass (see image below). I would like to break this apar
Re: How to split and recolor an object?
by Steve Crook Jr 1 year ago
Hm. We don't have enough information to give a solid answer. In the future, let us know more about the artwork, specifically, what kind of file it is. PSD JPG AI EPS , etc If it is AI or EPS, is it an
get out of groups and onto new layers (for each graphic)
by Michael Paul 1 year ago
I am a Flash and After Effects animator and I was provided an EPS with characters I am supposed to animate (rig them and animate them). Now in order to RIG THEM it would help a lot if EACH body part (
Re: get out of groups and onto new layers (for each graphic)
by Steve Crook Jr 1 year ago
I was rushed when I wrote it. :) I can't believe all the grammatical errors upon re-reading it. Sigh. Thanks for your feedback. Steve Crook, Jr. www.stevecrookjr.me I am a simple creative professional
technical industry jargon assistance
by Joshua Roth 1 year ago
Hello CreativeCOW Community, I am relatively new to desktop publishing, but am off to a great start. I have recently been asked about adapting a periodical that I am responsible for laying out 3 times
Re: technical industry jargon assistance
by Steve Crook Jr 1 year ago
Like Kalle before me, I do not know of any jargon or term to describe this... Further, I have recently started using InDesign (ID) with any kind of depth, so I can just start to be called a beginner.
Issues Creating a Bold Myriad Pro Font in Illustrator
by tamara opila 2 years ago
Hi, I am a novice using Illustrator and am attempting to create myriad pro bold text- i have followed the instructions for this, and everytime I get a jumbled mess that looks like an inkblot. Any sugg
Re: Issues Creating a Bold Myriad Pro Font in Illustrator
by Steve Crook Jr 1 year ago
Well, as I see it, you may not be giving us all the information. :) The size of the font is very important to help you better... Now you get to experiment! The important part is the ".4cm" in your off
Different color fill layers inside a text in illustrator.
by Javier Lopez 2 years ago
Hello, I have a text in illustrator, converted to outlines, can anyone please provide the steps to place different color layers inside the text , I want to replicate the following patterns, pleas take
Re: Different color fill layers inside a text in illustrator.
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
Hm. I'm a little pressed for time, so I can't do a full step-by-step; there are however several on the Internet with a quick Google search: illustrator layer mask tutorial Basically, you will: 1) Crea
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What kind of files should my web designer give me?
by Jerry Smith 2 years ago
So, I have a designer for a web page. Assuming he is not going to maintain the page, what is he supposed to give me Two sites, one for web, one for mobile Three sites, one for web, one for tablet, one
Re: What kind of files should my web designer give me?
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
For this question, there are a whole bunch of answers. :) One set of files should be provided no matter what, and that is the base media files: jpgs, pngs, gifs, PSDs, AIs, etc. You should be able to
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Cut, Copy, Paste, etc GRAYED OUT!!!
by Justin Coolidge 2 years ago
I am UNABLE to do BASICALLY ANYTHING in Photoshop because cut, copy, paste, etc IS GRAYED OUT!!! I AM UNABLE TO COPY THE CURRENT IMAGE AND PASTE IT INTO ANOTHER!!!! EVERY IMAGE I open those funtions a
Re: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Cut, Copy, Paste, etc GRAYED OUT!!!
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
1) Nobody likes BEING YELLED AT, so often we'll just skip over the questions. 2) Give it time. I certainly do not sit like a vulture on top of the forums to answer any questions that pops up the momen
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Question - Shoot a talking head that is reading from que cards?
by Joshua Gilbreath 2 years ago
Hello! I have a question regarding a talking head shoot. Is there any way to shoot the talent, reading a que card, and make them look like they are not reading que cards I have had several of these ty
Re: Question - Shoot a talking head that is reading from que cards?
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
I don't use "cue cards", so my answer might not be for you, but I thought I'd share it. I use a laptop with an external display (23" 1080p monitor, actually). I put the display just under the lens so
Question: Adobe Photoshop
by maddox preston 2 years ago
This one is particularly annoying. I use Creative Suite 2, Photoshop with Windows XP Pro. I have the latest update(s). When I open Photoshop, I constantly receive the message "Could not import the cli
Re: Question: Adobe Photoshop
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
Hi. I haven't encountered this problem before, and I could be way off base, but have you ever tried some form of clipboard management software Many of the older MS Office products had one. 1) If so, h
Transparency Question
by Mike Bernard 2 years ago
Greetings. I don't use Illustrator a lot but I do work in After Effect with logo animations and I am stumped with an aspect of the transparency of parts of the logo. They say that they are at 100% and
Re: Transparency Question
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
I cannot say for certain... Maybe... Are they both in the same group If that is the case, perhaps the effect is on the group, not the individual items. Steve Crook, Jr. www.stevecrookjr.me I am a simp
Add stroke around GROUP of words instead of individual characters?
by Meghan Bean 2 years ago
I need to make the right look like the left. Thanks!!
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Re: Add stroke around GROUP of words instead of individual characters?
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
It looks to me like your best bet is going to be a couple of "Outline Stroke"s. Here is what you do: 1) Firstly, let's be safe - work on a copy of the original file. :) 2) Ok, now lets make a working
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Text box and rotation?
by Beth Booker 2 years ago
Can anyone tell me what I've done to make my text do this, and how to correct it I just need it to rotate normally - with the angle of the box. I've already reset my preferences, hoping that would wor
Re: Text box and rotation?
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
It looks to me like you used the text in a path tool instead of the normal text tool. I don't have AI with me at the moment, so I can't give specific names, but basically if you click and hold on the
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Current colors change each time I select an object?
by Sergio Viudes Carbonell 2 years ago
I'm new to illustrator, and there is something I find really annoying. Each time I select an object, its colors (stroke and fill) are set as current colors. Is there any way to change it
Re: Current colors change each time I select an object?
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
This is normal and expected behavior, and as far as I can tell there is not a way to change the setting. If you had given us more information on what you goals were, we might be able to help you find
Removing troublesomne gradient background
by Keith Vickers 2 years ago
Hi all, I have just started a job which requires the removal of an off white background(gradient) from an image of a mannequin. I have thousands of these to do. I have experimented(tentatively) with t
Re: Removing troublesomne gradient background
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
I experimented with the sample image for just a moment and got some good preliminary results with the following method. It may save you some time... 1) Magnetic Lasso Tool with options Width 3px, Cont
Changing DPI question
by Zvi Twersky 2 years ago
So I've read a lot about DPI and resolution so I'll dive right into the question that's bothering me. (I'm rounding numbers so it's easier to understand.) Since DPI is just the amount of dots printed
Re: Changing DPI question
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
This is an informed guess based on a bit of experience. But STILL a guess: When you drag in artwork at its native resolution (9000px x 3500px in your case) and change the DPI in the image size dialog
text looking distorted and not as big as was set when printed
by denise dancer 2 years ago
I'm trying to make business cards and the back of them look fine but the text on the front looks distorted. Also, the back of the card prints to the right size but the front is smaller even though the
Re: text looking distorted and not as big as was set when printed
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
I am very glad the project got completed. I'd like to look at both files, just to satisfy my curiosity. Could you post the files (changing any private data) Steve Crook, Jr. www.stevecrookjr.me I am a
Alternative to masking tape for cable runs
by andy lewis 2 years ago
The place we are filming in has a kind of weak, painted-on floor. I discovered this when I pulled up some masking tape the other day and the floor came with it! Oops. No harm done this time as they ar
Re: Alternative to masking tape for cable runs
by Steve Crook Jr 2 years ago
You should be able to find the painter's tape in Lowe's or Home Depot, perhaps even Target or Walmart. It is commonly only available in blue or green. The best kind of tape to use, though, is gaffer's
Can't Save as Jpeg/PNG. 3D Layer.
by Sibel Zivy 3 years ago
I've just finished with my project basically a transparent background with abstract shapes and a 3D text... I cannot either "Save As..." Jpeg PNG nor choose "Save For Web..." ! What could I have done
Re: Can't Save as Jpeg/PNG. 3D Layer.
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
No way for me to be absolutely certain, but it sounds like you are still in a mode that needs a confirmation before it is finished. For EXAMPLE (only) if you were in Crop tool mode and made adjustment
Live Projection Masking - Interactive Art Instalation
by Ryan Bruer 3 years ago
Hi Creative Cow, I'm working of a interactive installation with a projection of early open source Commodore 64 games. I want to project these games live so that viewers can interact with them using a
Re: Live Projection Masking - Interactive Art Instalation
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
One solution that may work depending on your installation is a 'gobo'. This will take a bit of experimentation, but basically get a piece of medium weight cardboard (any kind, it doesn't need to be co
Does Anyone Recognize This Font?
by Brian Burkovich 3 years ago
Hi Everyone, I'm not sure where to post this question so I'm going to post it in several places. I have a friend that wants me to do some stuff for his shop. He provided me a few graphics that he had
Re: Does Anyone Recognize This Font?
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
If you made the extrusion, then you at least have outlines, correct If so, render save a png jpg of the letters in black and white, without the extrusion, and search for it with What The Font ( if I c
Video apps 2014 - huge performance boost
by Morten Ranmar 3 years ago
Maybe there is benefit of Adobe not having to deliver a classic "suite update" - (even though it was almost marketed as such) The video apps do not feature many flashy new features - and Adobes engine
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Re: Video apps 2014 - huge performance boost
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
Chris Pettit " Joseph W. Bourke "Not worthless at all to the tens of thousands who seem to be perfectly happy with the current structure." I don't endorse declarations of anything to be 'worthless',
Gopro video to premiere cs6
by T-y Birk 3 years ago
I am having some issues with my gopro video in premiere pro cs6. When I upload the video from the memory card it looks great. However when I edit in premiere the quality is drastically worse. I am cre
Re: Gopro video to premiere cs6
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
Hi! :) I'll endorse Alaina's comment that it is likely the Hero's native H.264 codec that is giving you trouble - when I got my 3 Black everything I read said I had to convert for NLEs. Besides Alaina
Adobe CC log-in issues
by Oliver Peters 3 years ago
http: forums.creativecow.net readpost 376 442 That's encouraging! Not. I'm having similar issues just now, but fortunately nothing work dependent. My apps are working fine. Just the CC app won't take
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David Lawrence liked this 3 years ago
Re: Adobe CC log-in issues
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
I love my CC subscription. I truly do. But I just lost 3 clients because of computer issues, having to reinstall Windows, and... NOT being able to install CC. This really sucks. 24 hours now, and more
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Multiple Clips w/ Audio
by Jeremey Shelton 3 years ago
I have a several interviews that have two angles and I'm trying to drop all the clips into a single timeline and have them sync up but PPCC won't allow me to do so. It appears it will only try to sync
Re: Multiple Clips w/ Audio
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
Hi, Jeremy! I'm not entirely sure what you are asking, but I THINK you want all of your video captures (I'll not call them clips here, because that term has specific meaning in PP) from different angl
how can I make 1 clip in project Panel?
by shahin Jeizan 3 years ago
How can I make 1 clip in project Panel from some clips in track timeline without export clips
Re: how can I make 1 clip in project Panel?
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
Well, it sounds like the instructions I gave will do the trick for you. That is what I do for my multi-cams. One additional trick I use is to have Premiere sync the audio for me (CC latest update: Sel
Which bla.wav belongs to which foo.mp4?
by Arjen Jongeling 3 years ago
Sorry for signing up and start asking right away :-) I'm a hobby film maker shooting mini documentaries as volunteer at a museum with vintage aircraft. I just bought my first audio recorder (Zoom H1)
Re: Which bla.wav belongs to which foo.mp4?
by Steve Crook Jr 3 years ago
Disclaimer: I am not a recording professional, I just do it for fun and as a hobby - and for my church. Everything I have read says that the slate is best because it gives you good visual indicators t
Specifications for Broadcast
by Ryan Johnson 4 years ago
I had taken on a job to do a few web videos and the client wanted me to take one of them and adapt it for T.V. Having no experience this is my first time doing anything with broadcast. Basically, I go
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Re: Specifications for Broadcast
by Steve Crook Jr 4 years ago
I cannot definitively answer your questions, but I have had to edit a video for broadcast that might help you out. http: youtu.be oWqJOSFQkk4 1) Slate - I would guess that that is the official name of
after effects via thunderbolt drive
by steve davis 4 years ago
hi guys, just wondering whether anyone has tried working in after effects with your full project living on a external thunderbolt drive, ssd or regular hard drive. im a freelance motion designer const
Re: after effects via thunderbolt drive
by Steve Crook Jr 4 years ago
I do not do a lot of AE work, but the work I do is kept on a WD MyBook TB 6G (2x3G striped) volume. Everything runs fine and speedy until my system falls back to my SATA drives for something - loading
Auto Scaling Expression for layers with wiggle
by Philip Bowser 4 years ago
I've been straining my brain trying to come up with a solution to auto-scale a layer after a wiggle has been applied to the position and rotation properties. So that as a layer wiggles around, it will
Re: Auto Scaling Expression for layers with wiggle
by Steve Crook Jr 4 years ago
Hi! The expression(s) that you are looking for are way out of my league - I am a sometimes AE user just to get small projects done. I do not understand how you want to use the resulting footage, but i
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