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Guide to Adobe CS's Free Fonts

March 24, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

While the press releases and hoopla have died out to a great extent, many companies are just now getting around to updating to the Adobe Creative Suite.

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Add Your (Vector) Logo to a Photoshop Menu

February 19, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to add your logo's shape in vector format (crisp, sharp edges at any size) to your Photoshop files right from a menu in Photoshop? Here's how.

(Actually, this works with any vector artwork, but logos seem a particularly useful application.)

1. Open up your logo in Adobe Illustrator. Check Illy's preferences, in the Clipboard options, and make sure that AICB format is enabled. Doing this allows you to maintain vector path information in your clipboard.

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Make a Quality PDF Without Owning Acrobat

February 19, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I was at a colleague's design studio the other day, and she was a little stressed out. She needed to send a PDF of a Quark 4 document to a client asap, but she didn't own Acrobat.

Normally that wouldn't be a problem for my friend — her lead designer, who works out of his home, has Acrobat and does all the PDFing for the studio — but he wasn't around. And the client needed the PDF *now*.

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Photoshop Pasting Without a New Layer

February 11, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Is it possible to copy and paste something in Photoshop without creating a pain in the butt new layer every dang time you do so? Why yes, Virginia, it is, in a way.

Say you're editing an image, and you just want to move or clone a portion of it to another place in the image.

If you make a selection, then do a Copy/Paste, your selection appears on a new layer automatically. If you're not paying attention to your Layers palette (you might not even have it open), you'll end up with a new layer each time you paste something, making it difficult to edit without some additional steps.more >

Photoshop 7 Batch Renaming Tip

December 17, 2003 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Fans of Photoshop's Browse window know that one of its most useful features is the ability to automatically rename a selection of image files based on a naming pattern you specify. Being able to rename a pile of digital camera images from "DCS083.jpg, DCS084.jpg," etc. to "2003_Thanksgiving_01.jpg, "2003_Thanksgiving_02.jpg," etc. in a matter of seconds is a joy.

(In Photoshop 7, the Batch Rename… command is in the Browse palette's fly-out menu; in Photoshop CS it's in the File Browser's own menu bar, under Automate.)

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Dragging Drop Shadows in Photoshop

December 17, 2003 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

When you add a drop shadow to a Photoshop layer via Layer Styles, the Layer Style dialog opens. You may think that all you can do here is fiddle with the settings in the dialog's fields and drop-downs, keeping the Preview button checked to see the effects of your settings on your artwork.

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Tips for Photoshop Fill Adjustment Layers

August 19, 2003 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Faster Fill Experiments

Have you ever found yourself doing the background color dance in Photoshop?

You want to add a background color to your layered image. So you target (highlight in the Layers Palette) an empty layer underneath/below the other ones in your image and fill it with a color, looking for just the right one. Assuming the layers above the one you just filled have some areas of transparency, you'll see the color appear in the background, visible through the transparent areas.

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Photoshop 7 Text Formatting Trick

June 23, 2003 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

One thing that frustrates me about Photoshop is that unlike other programs with a Layers feature, you can't put more than one "text block" in a single layer. If you want text to appear in your image in different locations, you have to create a text layer for each instance (or drag out a bounding box for a Text Area and then get creative with your space bar — ugh).

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