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DesignGeek #17

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March 11, 2004 - 2:00am

Reducing Bloated Illustrator Files

Each new version of Adobe Illustrator adds at least a few new palettes, each with its own presets to get you started, like the ones in Graphic Styles, Symbols and Brushes. Unless you explicitly delete those presets before you save your Illustrator file, the default options come along for the ride, increasing file sizes and leading to the malady known as Illustrator Bloat.

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Google Secrets for Site Owners

If you've got your own web site, or you're a site designer, you've probably already tried Googling your or your client's site on Google, the most popular search engine. That is, you've entered your domain name or keywords that relate to your service in the search term field to see what comes up.

Not sure if Google's indexed all the pages in your site? Try entering this in the Search Term field:
 allinurl:www.yoursite.com

… of course, replace "www.yoursite.com" with your own domain name. You don't need the http:// part.more >

Perfect Path Text in Quark and InDesign

One of my favorite tricks for getting type on a path to be perfectly centered at the top of a circle, aligned to its arc, still works in QuarkXPress 6.1 (It's been around since v4.11):

1. Create a circular text box (hold down the Shift key to create a perfect circle, but this works with ovals too).
2. Enter the soon-to-be text on a path _inside_ the text box, as usual.
3. Change the horizontal paragraph alignment for the text to Centered.
4. Go to Item —> Shape and choose the last option in the fly-out menu, Path.

Voila! The circular text box is converted to a circular text path, and the text jumps to the top of it, hugging the curve and centered.more >