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Month: December 2009

Adobe Photoshop: A Really “Cool” Type Effect

By Mike Meyer, Former Photoshop Student Let’s say you are making a holiday card and you want to add a little snow to your text for a wintery feeling. Open an existing image or create a new document and type in some text. Highlight the text and set your typeface, style, size and color in […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: The Table Continuation Variable

By Barb Binder Multi-page tables are a regular part of my life. When a user opens up to the middle of a table, how are they supposed to know that they are not at the beginning? With a Table Continuation variable, that’s how! Want to give it a try? Navigate to the first page of […]

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Adobe InDesign: Removing Unwanted Spaces, Fast!

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated April 22, 2016 Too many extra spaces in your InDesign documents? No problem. You can quickly and (painlessly) remove extra spaces by running one or more Find/Change queries. The three I am going to show you are using GREP, which uses patterns instead of actual character strings to […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Fill Opacity

By Barb Binder Are you getting great photos out of Photoshop, but your type looks flat and boring? Here’s a quick technique that looks difficult to create, but isn’t. Open a favorite photo. Grab the Type tool, pick a contrasting color and click on the page to add a caption over your photo. With your […]

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Adobe Acrobat: Controlling a PDF File’s Initial View

by David R. Mankin Bookmarks are text based links that live in the Bookmarks Panel along the left edge of Acrobat & Reader’s interface. They are very useful in accurately navigating through a long PDF file. Seasoned Acrobat/Reader users know to look for bookmarks right away, but what of the newcomers to Acrobat files? Can […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Reusing a TOC or Index

By Barb Binder Do you work on a number of projects in Adobe FrameMaker that look similar to each other? A wonderful feature in FrameMaker is the File > Import > Formats command, which allows you to quickly import all of your formatting commands from one document to another, or even from one document to […]

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Adobe Bridge: Contact Sheets for your CD/DVD Cases

By Barb Binder How frustrating it is to sort through a stack of photo CDs, each with a written label like the CD on the left? Wouldn’t it be cool to make a contact sheet that fits in the front of your CD case (also known as a jewelcase booklet), to make the searching process […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Working with Spot Color Channels

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop Updated for CC Jun 30, 2016 Let’s face it, most of us set type over our Photoshop images using a page layout program (i.e., Adobe InDesign) or an illustration program (i.e., Adobe Illustrator). This allows us to easily define and use a spot color, and has the […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Create a PDF with Crop Marks

By Barb Binder Updated May 6, 2016 A frequent question I hear from my FrameMaker students is ¨How do you create a PDF from FrameMaker that includes crop marks?” Create a document that is smaller than the paper you will be printing on. For example, create a 7 in x 9 in page, with the […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Restoring Detail in those Fading Images

By Barb Binder Try this (incredibly) simple technique to restore detail on an old photo: Open the image in Photoshop:  Open the Layers panel by selecting Window > Layers. Right click (Control click on Mac) the Background layer in the Layers panel and select Duplicate Layer. With Background copy selected, choose Multiply from the Blending […]

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