Category: Adobe Apps

Save time with Illustrator’s layer Target icon

Illustrator's Layer target iconAdobe Illustrator offers a simple tool to quickly apply colors, strokes, fills, effects, change fonts, and more to every item on a layer at once. The Target icon, the little round icon displayed at the far right of each individual layer in the Layers panel, is used to select every item on the layer. Click the circular Target icon, then apply a stroke, change a color, or apply a style to all the objects on the layer. This can be particularly useful if you organize your Illustrator documents as I do, putting all type on separate layers, backgrounds on another layer, etc.

11 ways to Zoom in Photoshop CS4

Photoshop zoom shortcutsDid you know you can quickly and temporarily switch to the Zoom tool in Photoshop CS4 simply by hitting the Z key? How about by hitting Command + Spacebar? Command + or Command – works pretty well too. Adobe offers a plethora of ways to use the tools available in Photoshop, and my friends at CreativeTechs have posted 11 ways to Zoom in Photoshop CS4 to prove the point. Some of these options I was unaware of, or simply had forgotten about. Some are more cumbersome for me than they’re worth. But the fact that there are so many ways to accomplish such a simple task is impressive, if you ask me. Be sure to check out all the other great tips available at CreativeTechs – it’s a great resource for users of Adobe’s Creative Suite apps!

Aligning objects in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe IllustratorIf you’ve ever tried to align two objects in Adobe Illustrator, you may have noticed that when you select the two objects and click the align tool; the objects align, but do so by moving both objects. Not an optimal situation. Wouldn’t it be better if you could tell Illustrator to not move one of those objects? Thankfully, Illustrator CS4 allows you to do so. Shift + click both the objects you want to align so they’re both selected. Now, click one of the objects again. You’ll notice that the selection points and outline get a little thicker. This indicates that this object is now the key object that Illustrator will use to align the second object to; in other words, the key object won’t move when you click one of the alignment tools.

Save time with Custom Views in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe IllustratorCreating custom views in Illustrator is a great trick you can use to save time. Custom views are great for viewing complicated illustrations and documents with many Multiple Artboards, or sections of an Illustrator document you are constantly revisiting. Vectips has a great little tutorial to show you how you can use Illustrator’s Custom View capability to your advantage.

Using Adobe Photoshop’s Note tool to save time and confusion

Adobe PhotoshopOne little known and used feature in Adobe’s Photoshop application is the Note tool. For years I made notes in a text file and sent it along with the layered Photoshop file to clients and other designers to explain certain aspects of the file in question. It was a pain not only to create a second file, but required me to explain the part of the file I was referring to clearly enough for the other person to figure out. Photoshop NotesAdobe’s Note tool solves both problems. You can find the Note tool hidden under the Eyedropper tool in the Tools panel/bar. Once you select the tool, you simply click the cursor anywhere in the file you would like to place a Note. The Note panel opens and you’re presented with an area to type any notes you wish to share with someone else you send the file to. This can even be helpful to remind yourself later on what settings you may have used to achieve an effect, etc. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I wrote down the settings for a filter I used in an image. Photoshop Notes Prefs The one thing you must remember is to save the file as a layered Photoshop file (.PSD), TIFF (.TIF), or Photoshop PDF (.PDF) and click the Notes checkbox in the Save As dialog box as seen above. The Note feature is also available in Adobe InDesign, with the added benefit of the file automatically including the Notes when saved.

Understanding ink limits in Photoshop

Photoshop ink limits Ink Limit is the amount of Ink of each color you put on the paper when printing. If your color in a document is 100% Cyan, 100% Magenta, 100% Yellow and 100% Black – you have a 400% ink limit (sometimes called density). Understanding and adjusting your ink limits can improve the quality of your printed piece. MOST commercial printers like to have between 280%-300% ink limit. That means that if you want a nice deep black, you can run something like 60% cyan, 60% magenta, 40% yellow and 100% black – which is a 260% ink limit (or density). Using a higher ink limit, such as a CMYK setting of 100% of all four colors, will generally result in a muddy image, or wrinkled paper. At the very least, you may experience ink offset and extended dry times on your print job. Read on for more on ink limits. (more…)

Adobe releases Photoshop for iPhone, iPod Touch users

Adobe has released Mobile for iPhone application, allowing users a convenient way to edit photos, apply effects and share images in – all with the flick of a finger. Integration with Adobe’s free accounts enables photo sharing and data back-up, saving valuable space on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Mobile for iPhone provides users a simple way to view photos with full-screen previews and edit images with gesture-based editing. You can transform your photos with basic editing tools like crop, rotate and flip; as well as adjust color with saturation and tint tools, enhance exposure and vibrancy and convert images to black and white.

Photoshop for iPhone

Photoshop for iPhone

The app also offers eye-catching special effects. The Sketch tool helps photos look like drawings, and Soft Focus can give photos a subtle blur for artistic effect. With a single click, you can also apply dramatic changes to the look and feel of your photos with effects such as Warm Vintage, Vignette and Pop. Edits or changes can be undone or redone so you can experiment without the worry of losing the original photo. The Adobe Mobile for iPhone application is available as a free download from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch, or by clicking here. The application is available in the U.S. and Canada only. While you’re certainly not going to use an iPhone for anything remotely resembling heavy-duty image editing, it’s nice to see Adobe recognize a market, and move quickly to fill the need. Quite frankly, I’m kind of surprised Apple didn’t build-in more of these types of features. The only thing that irks me about this is that iPod Touch users don’t have the benefit of having a camera to really take advantage of the features Adobe offers with this app.