Category: Links

Create an emboss text effect in Adobe Illustrator with this great tutorial

I recently had the need to create a realistic looking license plate for a project and I wanted to do it completely in Adobe Illustrator in order to keep it easily editable and total flexibility in sizing for later use. I knew I had read a tutorial years ago, so a quick search found it.

Create a realistic vector emboss text effect with this tutorial

Real World Illustrator offers this fantastic emboss text effect tutorial that yields near perfect results every time.

How NOT to use a QR Code

I recently wrote fantastic QR Code generator website that offers free analytics to go with the downloadable vector QR Code itself.


The biggest waste of money ever used in advertising... QR Code on an outdoor board

What the site does not tell you is how to use QR Codes that brings the most success. This is a fairly deep subject to discuss, so I thought I would share WTF QR CODES instead. The site features numerous visual examples of how NOT to use QR Codes… unless you really WANT it to fail. It wasn’t long before I came across my QR Code pet peeve, putting them on outdoor boards. What a waste! (more…)

SneakPeek Pro, Art Files 2 to have free updates for Adobe CS6

Code Line updatesWith the much anticipated release of Adobe Creative Suite CS6 happening this year (confirmed first half of 2012), customers have been asking if they’ll need to purchase upgrades for Art Files 2, SneakPeek Pro and SneakPeek. Code Line is pleased to announce that they’ll be offering free updates for CS6 support once it’s released.

Read more about SneakPeek Pro here.

Tim Cook: Apple grows a new core

Tim Cook

When Apple’s charismatic founder Steve Jobs died in October of last year, there were many who wondered if the iconic electronics and consumer products company would be able to survive without its presiding genius. Those of us who know Apple, know that Apple is going to be just fine under Tim Cook’s leadership. offers some great insight into the life of Tim Cook in the article: Apple grows new core.