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How to Use Arrowhead Scale Control in InDesign CC 2017

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Starting with November 2, 2016, update for InDesign CC  we have the ability to scale start and end of arrowhead independently of line or line stroke. In this quick tip, I will explain to you how to use available options to scale start or end of the arrowhead.

Using and scaling arrowheads Usually, we are starting with the Line Tool to draw line segment although you can use and Pen or Pencil Tool, for example, to accomplish the same task. After drawing line segment go to Window > Stroke to display Stroke panel.

Stroke panel offers lots of options to customize stroke like: Weight, Type and to add arrowheads at start or end of stroke.

To add arrowhead at start or end of stroke use drop-down lists next to Start/End.


After adding arrowheads you can further customize actually scale them independently of each other and independently of the scale of stroke itself.

If you want to scale start and end arrowhead with the same percentage then click on the broken chain icon to link or unlink sca…

Free Checkered Fabric Patterns for Photoshop and Elements

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Today I have to share Checkered Fabric seamless tiling patterns. Patterns are saved with .pat extension and can be used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Patterns are useful for the Web and Print design. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.

Patterns in this package are created using The Best Photoshop PluginFilter Forge. There are and so many other cool things that you can do using Filter Forge and Photoshop.


What is included in the package Package contains set of 5 different seamless tiling patterns with the following dimensions: 512x512px.

Preview of all patterns included in the package




How to Change Thumbnail Size in Illustrator's Layers Panel

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Adobe Illustrator offers Layers panel with thumbnail preview to simplify managing layers but also and to select and move components of the design in the document. In this quick tip, I will explain to you how to increase/decrease thumbnail size in Illustrator's Layers panel.

How to increase/decrease thumbnail size in Adobe Illustrator There are only a few clicks of effort to make thumbnail size bigger (easier to see what is on that layer) or smaller. Here are the steps:

In the Layers panel click on panel menu (hamburger icon) and choose: Panel Options... In the Layers Panel Options dialog, you have many options which will be covered below. Option that we are interested in enlarging thumbnail size lives under Row Size. There are a couple of pre-defined presets: Small, Medium and Large. If none of pre-sets works for you then use: Other and type row size in pixels. For my taste row size between 80 and 100px (maximum) works just fine. Lastly, click the OK button and you are done.
You can …

How to Quick Compare Original Image With Tracing Result in Illustrator

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When using trace image feature in Illustrator it is useful sometimes to compare tracing result with the original photo, drawing, sketch or whatever else you have. There isn't built in compare command but you can quickly compare tracing result and original using eyeball icon in the Image Trace panel.

Steps to quick compare tracing result with source image in IllustratorTrace image
I will quickly pass through one of the possible scenarios to trace image:

Open or place source image, scanned sketch or drawing.With source image selected click on Image Trace in the Control panel (row with options just below menus).

After Illustrator trace source image usually, we are displaying Image Trace Panel to refine trace result. To display image trace panel click on Image Trace Panel icon in the Control panel.


After using available options like Threshold, Paths, Corners... you may ask yourself: how close is tracing result to original sketch or drawing? You have a couple of options from the View dro…

Free Grunge for Surfaces Patterns for Photoshop and Elements

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Today I have to share Grunge for Surfaces seamless tiling patterns. Patterns are saved with .pat extension and can be used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Patterns are useful for the Web and Print design. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.

Patterns in this package are created using The Best Photoshop PluginFilter Forge. There are and so many other cool things that you can do using Filter Forge and Photoshop.


What is included in the package Package contains set of 5 different seamless tiling patterns with the following dimensions: 512x512px.

Preview of all patterns included in the package




Advanced Search in Adobe Acrobat DC

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In this quick tip, I will explain to you how to use the advantage of Advanced Search in Adobe Acrobat DC. Find and Search in Acrobat DC differs because Find allows you to search current document while Search allows you to search entire folders or drives for PDF documents which contain typed words or phrases.

How to use Advanced Search in Acrobat DC To access Advanced Search go to Edit > Advanced Search or press Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + F on your keyboard. Another way is to click the triangle on the right side of Find pop-up dialog and to choose: Open Full Acrobat Search.


When Search window appears, choose to search current document (In the current document) or all PDF files that are stored on folder or drive (All PDF Documents in) > use drop down to select folder or drive.


Type word or phrase in the text field below: What word or phrase would you like to search for?


It is good practice to limit the search to Whole words only to decrease the number of broad matches without this option…

Adobe Experience Design for Windows (Video)

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In this tutorial, I will quickly introduce to you Adobe Experience Design which is prototyping tool. Experience Design for Windows 10 is a quick and easy way to prototype mobile app or website and to share prototype with collaborators, colleagues or clients. Although it is still in Beta, this tool is good enough and I recommend to anyone to familiarize with features and options that this fantastic tool has to offer.

Video tutorial Here is my video tutorial with an introduction to basic tools and some very cool features like Repeat Grid.


Prototype created in Xd (Experience Design) Here is prototype created while recording video above. Link to view prototype online.




Product used in this tutorial:
Experience Design CC (Beta)

Reference:
Adobe Experience Design CC (Beta) Tutorials


Free Bicolor Patterns for Photoshop and Elements

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Today I have to share Bicolor seamless tiling patterns. Patterns are saved with .pat extension and can be used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Patterns are useful for the Web and Print design. The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.

Patterns in this package are created using The Best Photoshop PluginFilter Forge. There are and so many other cool things that you can do using Filter Forge and Photoshop.


What is included in the package Package contains set of 5 different seamless tiling patterns with the following dimensions: 512x512px.

Preview of all patterns included in the package




Digital Photo Viewers Photoshop Actions Available on Adobe Add-ons

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In this post, I will introduce to you my new set of Photoshop actions named: Digital Photo Viewers. Actions from this set will generate beautiful and realistic digital photo viewers and allow you to place an image of your choice. After creating complex and beautiful composition you can use it in your digital or print publication, to include it on your web page or to post on social media sites.

Digital Photo Viewers
$5.00
About Digital Photo Viewers Photoshop Actions Each of eight actions in this set will create or generate complex but non-destructive composition which you can further customize. Final composition created by action(s) is well organized in layer groups with proper naming convention so you can easily find an element to customize or simply to hide and exclude it.
System and software requirements The only requirement to use actions is Adobe Photoshop CS6 and later installed on Mac or Windows computer.

Level of skills It is desired basic knowledge how to load and play Photosh…