Adobe Illustrator has an awesome tool that I’m willing to bet most designers have never used. The Width Tool (pictured at right) allows you to adjust the width of paths—not just the entire path as a whole, but the parts of the path between handles independently (see the image above for examples normal paths, and the same path adjusted with the Width Tool). Adjustments can be made to any path, including outlined fonts.
For the full scoop check out Getting a Handle on Illustrator’s Width Tool over at Creative Pro
Cristen Gillespie has a great article over at CreativePro that will help you understand and use Adobe Photoshop’s Isolate Layers feature. Isolate Layers lets you work on objects without having to search through dozens of layers, locking or hiding everything that might get in your way.
Clean and modern 3D type is a cool effect, and it’s surprisingly quick and easy to create. With the combination of Photoshop and Illustrator, this effect is can be created in minutes. Here’s a quick tutorial on creating 3D type from WeGraphics on how to do it easily.