Adjust your raster effects settings in Illustrator

You may not know this, but when you use raster-based effects or filters such as drop shadows, etc. in Adobe Illustrator, the default for the output of those effects is a low-res 72 dpi. When using Filters, you must change the raster settings BEFORE you apply the filter. When using Effects, you don’t have to adjust the raster settings until you’re ready to save the file for output. You can access the Document Raster Effects Settings under the Effects menu.

Closing all layer groups (folders) at once in Photoshop

Did you know that you can close more than one layer group (folders) at a time in Photoshop’s Layer palette? You can with just two quick steps. Control + click the arrow on the left side of a Group layer (folder) in the Layer palette and choose Close All Other Groups. Now you’ll have to Control + click click the same arrow again and select Close This Group, because Adobe didn’t provide us with a “Close All Groups” menu item.

Rotate objects in InDesign more than once

Did you know that if you click on the rotate icon in the Control palette in Adobe InDesign, which selects the text for the field, and enter a number, then hold the Shift key down and press Enter, the rotate input field stays highlighted so you can type in another amount for the object to be rotated – allowing you to get the rotation amount just right without having to go back to the Rotate icon again. Of course you could just free rotate the object by selecting it and hitting the “R” key and dragging the handles of your object, but it’s difficult to be precise using Free Rotate.

Tips for digital photography beginners

If you’re new to digital photography (welcome aboard!), Canon has a nifty little site that discusses all the basics about your digital camera (regardless of the brand) and how to take great pictures. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Bright & dark shots
  • Controlling depth of field
  • Freezing or blurring motion
  • ISO speed effects
  • Creating depth
  • Setting image quality
  • Focusing a moving subject
  • Shooting dark subjects
  • Shooting bright colors
  • Using white balance

Again, this site is mostly for beginners, but there may be some interesting tips for hobbiests who simply refuse to read their camera manual! 🙂

Quicker PDF exporting in InDesign

If you’re always in a rush, you can bypass the PDF Export Options dialog box in Adobe InDesign by holding down the Shift key when choosing a setting from File>PDF Export Presets, just name the file. This is perfect when you have a lot of InDesign files to export with the same settings.

Using your mouse with scroll wheel to zoom in InDesign

You probably knew that when you’re in Adobe InDesign and you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can scroll horizontally by holding the Shift key down. But did you know that if you hold the Command key down and scroll you zoom in and out on your page. And when you do that, InDesign scrolls in or out focusing wherever your mouse is on the page.

Selecting guides quickly in Adobe InDesign

To select all the guides on an InDesign page at once, hit Command + Option + G. You can move them around by using the Arrow keys, or hit the Delete key to get rid of them all at once. This tip seems to be custom made for me because I frequently get files from a customer that have hundreds of guides on the page for lord-only-knows-why.