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How to Use Fill Opacity in Photoshop

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What is difference between Fill and Opacity slider? As you already know Photoshop have 2 opacity sliders: Opacity and Fill which controls opacity of everything associated with that layer (Opacity) and only pixels on layer (Fill) without to affect layer effects like Drop Shadow , Bevel and Emboss and so on. For example you can type text or draw shape and apply any layer effect using fx icon at bottom of LAYERS panel, then after adjusting Fill opacity slider to 0% you will end up with only layer effect to be visible. Real World example In this example I will use circle shape with 4 layer effects: Drop Shadow , Inner Shadow , Bevel and Emboss and Stroke to emphasize certain area on screen shot simulating magnifying glass . Simulating magnifying glass in Photoshop using layer effects and Fill opacity After drawing circle, if you want this effect for your blog or project first draw circle and set Fill slider to 0%, open Layer Style dialog and set settings for layer effec

Nicole Dalesio, the Next Photoshop Evangelist

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Finally it is approved, Nicole Dalesio is the Next Photoshop Evangelist . As you may know i asked to vote for Nicole during past few days from simple reason because I believe that she was best choice from all 5 candidates in final round. Thanks to all of you who have voted for Nicole in my and she's name. You did a good choice, Nicole is intelligent, innovative, creative and inspirational so complete Photoshop World will benefit from she's promotion. Nicole Dalesio Next Photoshop Evangelist I can not publish this post without to mention Eric - Tip Squirrel who was serious opponent in final battle and shows us that he is real gentleman commenting on Nicole Google+ profile : Congrats Nicole. I did all I could to catch you! :) Great tutorial and a well deserved win. Bravo Eric, congrats Nicole, thanks for your support and voting. Updated Septembar 8, 2012 Here is Nicole appearance on Photoshop World: Photoshop World Day 3: Nicole Dalesio Takes the Show Floor .

Easy Way to Create Snippets in InDesign

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Snippets can save your time. Snippets are separate files which you can create from selection in InDesign to use in the same or any other document. Best of all snippets keep current layout or position of objects relative each to other and you can also retain exact same position on page when placing them. For example if you save text frame as snippet which have position on page X=150 mm, Y= 66 mm you can place it in any document at exact same position. X and Y object position in InDesign How to save snippet in Indesign First option to save snippet i will mention is to export selection as snippet from File > Export then choose from Save as type drop down list – InDesign Snippet in Export dialog. Note: I am currently using InDesign CS5 and snippets have IDMS extension but previous versions use INDS extension to store snippet. One more information: you can use snippets created in CS5 with InDesign CS4 but not and with some other previous version. Export snippet from InDesign

Scale Applied Pattern in Illustrator

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You can scale patterns in Illustrator at any time even after applying them to shapes and strokes, don’t you know? If you are wondering how to apply pattern to stroke just click X on your keyboard after drawing shape and choose pattern (this is secret, please don’t tell to anyone). Let me explain you “even after applying pattern”, because you can drag any pattern to pasteboard, scale it to desired size then to drag it back to Swatches panel and you have new pattern ready to run as Carl Lewis on Olympic Games. Now let’s see how to scale pattern in Illustrator using tool options . First off course apply pattern (Swatches > Swatch Libraries menu > Patterns). Pattern libraries in Illustrator Next step is to locate Scale Tool in toolbox, click S on keyboard to ensure its icon will be visible, then double click it (icon), alternatively go to Object > Transform > Scale. Scale dialog will open, uncheck all except Patterns at bottom of dialog (tip is how to scale pattern but

Last Day to Vote for Next Photoshop Evangelist

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As you may know Monday 23:59 PM (April 23, 2012) is a last day to vote for next Photoshop Evangelist. You can give your vote once per day for only one of candidate. What is a Photoshop Evangelist? An Evangelist preaches the Photoshop gospel and converts average people into Photoshop power users. Evangelists also practice what they preach and harness the magic of Photoshop to create powerful visuals every day. We already have two Photoshop Evangelists: Julieanne Kost and Russel Brown but this one will be ours chosen by Photoshop users, professionals, occasional users and fans. So don't waste your time visit Facebook page and vote for your favorite finalist, I will suggest you to vote for Nicole Dalesio (first from top - Rotoscoping in Photoshop CS5 Extended) for many reasons: she have best tip, she is using Photoshop to create she's video tutorials, she's pioneer step in Photoshop for Kids  because in my opinion next Photoshop Evangelist should be also and innovato

Distorting Images in Illustrator

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Adobe Illustrator offers great distortion options for pixel based images, don’t you know? Yes, if you are familiar with Photoshop that’s Liquify filter . Instead of brush in Photoshop Liquify filter you can work with mesh or anchor points in Illustrator to distort pixels. Excellent but how to do that? Using Envelope Distort from Object menu. First step: embed image You can not use Envelope Distort with linked image, ensure you have embedded image in document (uncheck Link option while placing image ). Click the image with Selection tool and if Embed button is active click on it to once. Embed image in Illustrator Step two: use Envelope Distort command Now that you have embedded image go to Object > Envelope Distort > Make with Mesh (Alt + Ctrl + M). You can use and other options from Envelope Distort sub-menu but mesh is your best choice. Envelope Mesh dialog will appear, turn on Preview if you want and type number of Rows and Columns or just leave default settings and c

View Menu Items in Alphabetical Order in InDesign

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This tip can save your time. Sometime we know command with that name is there in that particular menu but we can not find it. To simplify search for command and see menu items in alphabetical order press modifiers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt/ Cmd + Shift + Option) when you choose the menu. View menu items in alphabetical order Bibliography: InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (2nd Edition) Product used in this tutorial: Adobe InDesign CS5

Advantage of Snapshots in Adobe Camera Raw

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What is advantage of snapshots Snapshots in Camera Raw can be extremly useful. Creating snapshots in Camera Raw you can save several versions of the same image for the price of few kilobytes. With several versions I mean for example one version is B/W, second with Glow effect, third with Antique effect and so on. Snapshots works with JPEG images (and dng also) what is very important because many people today use cell phones to capture images. Difference in file size between same image with and without presets How to create snapshots in Photoshop Camera Raw First off course run Bridge and in this example I will open JPEG (you can open and TIFF) photo in Camera Raw using Ctrl + R shortcut. In Camera raw I will use OnOne presets which are by the way free, and create several snapshots or versions of the same photo. To use installed presets first click Presets icon to expand that tab in Camera Raw. Click on name of preset to apply it to the image. Apply preset to the image in C

Navigating Page When Editing Text in InDesign

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Space bar and letter H switch’s to Hand tool in InDesign. However, when in text editing mode space bar will insert lot of empty         spaces and H on your keyboard will insert letter hhhhhhhhhhhh when you work with text. To switch to Hand tool in text editing mode use Alt key or Alt + Space bar. Press Alt or Alt + Space bar to switch to Hand tool in text editing mode Reference: InDesign Help / Default keyboard shortcuts Product used in this tutorial: Adobe InDesign CS5

Absolutely Free Fonts for Personal and Commercial Use

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Its very difficult to find free quality fonts especially for commercial use. In this post I will highlight sites and collections with quality free fonts which you can use for personal and commercial use without to worry about price and restriction. Choosing a typeface is about enhancing the meaning of the text you are working with. It’s also about meeting the expectations and matching the tastes of your client. In a perfect world, we’d all read and thoroughly digest the text documents we are given to work with as raw materials. Depending on the length of your documents, that may or may not be possible, but you should at least have an understanding of the intended message - Nigel French: InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign (2nd Edition) Typerface vs Font A typeface is a complete alphabet including letters, numerals, punctuation, and accents. A font is a specific size and style of that typeface. For example, Arial is a typeface, Arial Regular 11 point is a fo

Fix Text Highlight in Adobe Illustrator

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By default Illustrator highlights selected text. This can be so destructive because we must confirm changes every single time when changing attributes in order to see final result. There are two ways to fix this problem: to use imagination or to press keyboard shortcut Ctrl + H which hides temporary destructive highlight. To go back to default view press same shortcut one more time. Press Ctrl + H to fix text highlight and watch instantly changes in Adobe Illustrator Reference: Illustrator / Default keyboard shortcuts Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Illustrator CS5

Tool Options in InDesign

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Just like in Illustrator we have tool options and in InDesign which are available on double click on tool icon for:   Selection Tool   Direct Selection Tool   Pencil Tool   Smooth Tool   Polygon Tool   Gradient Feather Tool   Eyedropper Tool   Measure Tool (opens Info panel)   Hand Tool (Fit in Window)   Zoom Tool (100% View) To open tool options for Selection tools first select object then double click either Selection or Direct Selection tool. Move and duplicate object in InDesign using Move dialog To set Tolerances for Pencil and Smooth tools double click their icons in toolbox. To set number of sides and star inset for Polygon tool do the same: double click its icon in toolbox before drawing polygon. Double click on Gradient Feather Tool opens Effects dialog. In Eyedropper Options dialog you can choose which settings to pick (copy) using this tool. Eyedropper Options dialog in InDesign  Reference: InDesign / Toolbox Product used in this tutorial:

Absolutely Free PSD Files

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In this post I will highlight sites where you can download absolutely free PSD files and templates for personal and commercial use without any terms of use attached. My attitude is to avoid sites that offers mixed files—some free for personal use, other free with attribution… where you'll usually lose a lot of time if you are looking for free stuff for your project and will remain unsatisfied. Advantage of PSD layered files beside they are ready made and everything is available for refinement is that you can learn from file how did is done and pick up some tips and tricks. FREE PSD FILES Site with lot of gree PSD files divided in categories with no restriction for use. Graphic Burger has lot of freebies on its menu. There are Mockups, Text Effects, Icons, Backgrounds and UI Kits free for personal and commercial use. Best psd freebies is excellent free resource with lot of free buttons, patterns, mockups, UI elements, styles, web elements… Psdblast Lot of icons,

Advanced Keyboard Shortcuts in InDesign – Context Menu

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Context menu in InDesign Keyboard Shortcuts dialog In Indesign you can assign keyboard shortcut to any command available in menus and thats nothing new and exciting because most of softwares have that option, but did you realize Context menu in Kayboard Shortcuts dialog? This pop-up menu can be incredible useful because you can assign any keyboard shortcut even and default shortcut for specific editing like text editing without conflict. Practical example of Context menu Keyboard Shortcuts in InDesign Lets go for one practical example because that’s best way to explain you what this mean and how to use this feature. First I will open Keyboard Shortcuts dialog from Edit menu. For the Set I will leave Default, for Product Area: Type Menu and last is to select command to change which in this case will be Fill with Placeholder Text. This command does not have any shortcut assigned so we can assign any we like but I want instead of typing shortcuts and searching for free one without co