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DesignGeek #47

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December 5, 2005 - 2:00am

Photoshop CS2 Layer Tips

Unlinking One
If you've been using Photoshop CS2 at all, you've learned that linking layers (to align or distribute their contents, or transform them as a group) is slightly different than in previous versions, and takes a little getting used to.

Of course, with CS2's new ability to select multiple layers at once (by shift- or Command/Ctrl-clicking them), linking them is less necessary than before. You can align, distribute, and transform a multiple selection of layers without linking them first.

Still, if you're working with a lot of layers and repeatedly manipulating the same set of layers in unison, it's a lot easier to link them at some point. Just select them and click the Link icon at the bottom of the palette, or choose Link Layer from the palette menu or Layer menu. The link icons appear to the right of each layer that was selected. From then on, all you need to do is select one of the linked layers, do something to it, and the other layers linked to it will transform in unison. It's kind of like a Save Selection for multiple layers.more >

New Resources for InCopy Users or Wannabes

Adobe InCopy, the editorial adjunct to InDesign, is slowly bubbling up into the collective consciousness of page layout professionals. This is evidenced by a growing number of articles, tutorials, and even (finally) a third-party book about the software. I'm thrilled, because I never know what to say to my InCopy training clients when they ask me what resources are available other than on-line help and my InCopy Resources page (

Don't Be Editorial's Prisoner
This was written by me and went up on's web site just a few days ago. It's actually a companion piece to a longer, more in-depth article I wrote on InCopy (and why designers love it) that's coming up in InDesign Magazine (see the next item).

Big InCopy Feature Article [working title]
Well, I don't know the title the editor will give to my InCopy article yet. But it's a good read — it's aimed at designers but has enough info for the editors and management at your company to warrant your passing it on to them (while paying for a second copy of course!). The article will be in the December 2005/January 2006 issue (#12) of InDesign Magazine, to be published in its usual 60+ page PDF form on December 12, along with lots of other great InDesign content that the magazine is known for.more >

A Ton of New Content on DesignGeek Central

My assistant, Sherri, and I just wrapped up a months-long effort of updating the content in DesignGeek Central, the section of my web site that contains my software resource pages (as well as DesignGeek back issues):

Check out the resource pages for Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign and Illustrator, especially; as we found great new books and a sheaf of new Adobe white papers (in-depth guides in PDF form) for each of these programs, which were buried in various places on Adobe's web site. Also of note, the OpenType Resources page has links to new Type 1 to OpenType conversion guides and glyph charts, and I added two new resource pages, one for Adobe Bridge and one for Version Cue.

As before, each resource page contains links, artwork, and pithy commentary about what I consider to be the best information available for the program or topic in question, and best of all, many of the resources are free. A typical resource page includes links to relevant DesignGeek articles, best books and magazines, Adobe/Quark/Apple white papers and tutorials, user groups, mailing lists, forums, video and on-line training, third-party web sites, blogs, podcasts, plug-ins, actions, XTensions, and kitchen sinks.more >

InDesign Secrets: Our New Podcast

Fellow tip-ophiles, my apologies for not sending out a DesignGeek in November. I plead greed. There were so many new projects I wanted to do all at once that DesignGeek took a back seat.

I'm thrilled to say that one of these is a new web portal and podcast that David Blatner and I are doing. It's called InDesign Secrets:

For now, the web site is mainly serving as a home for the podcast. As of this writing we've got the premiere episode published — twenty minutes of David and I trading InDesign tips and techniques and having lots of fun playing radio dj's. Take a listen! more >