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Month: January 2010

My Top 10 Acrobat Keyboard Shortcuts…

by David Mankin, Adobe Certified Instructor on Acrobat 9 Here are my top 10 favorite keyboard shortcuts that I have grown to rely on in Acrobat 9 Professional. You may know all of them, some of them, or maybe none at all. Everyone uses their applications differently. I used to be a mega-mouse-clicker. Over the […]

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Adobe InDesign: Assigning Old Style Figures through GREP Styles

By Barb Binder GREP (General Regular Expression Print) made its first appearance in Adobe InDesign CS3 as a major upgrade to the Find/Change dialog box. By using GREP searches, we could search for patterns instead of literal text/numeric strings. Document clean-up took a giant step forward with this addition. (For more information on GREP Find/Change, […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Aligning Text Across Columns, Part II of II

By Barb Binder In Adobe Framemaker: Aligning Text across Columns, Part I of II, we looked at two of the three text alignment options: column balance and feathering. The final option is baseline alignment. It’s a great concept, but doesn’t make much sense if you don’t understand the word “baseline”. If you aren’t sure, take a […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Aligning Text Across Columns, Part I of II

By Barb Binder Students come to my page layout classes (FrameMaker & InDesign) and often ask how they can easily line up baselines across columns, and easily force the last lines of every column to line up with the bottom margin. The word easily is often a clue to their pain: it always means they […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Using a Mask on an Adjustment Layer

By Michael Meyer, Professional Photographer & Former Photoshop Student This is a technique that’s a little bit advanced but, once you get the hang of it you’ll want to use it a lot because of its flexibility and power. Here’s the “before” shot of a nice storm rolling in at the beach. (I love storms […]

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Measuring Type with Picas & Points

By Barb Binder Math was never my strong suit. My father, an economist with infinite patience, tried very hard to help me work though my high school math homework. My biggest problem was that I was convinced that math was not needed for wherever I was heading. Of course, like most teens who think they know […]

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Basic Typography Terms

By Barb Binder Many of my InDesign and FrameMaker students come to class with strong computer skills, but lack basic knowledge about setting type. I frequently direct them either to a bookstore (recommending The Non-Designer’s Type Book and The Non-Designer’s Design Book, both from Robin Williams) or to a local college for classes on typography […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: When Chapter Titles are Too Long for a Running Head

By Barb Binder In my ideal world, authors would always write short, concise headings. In real life, some heads are so long they look like bold, multi-line paragraphs. When I need to pull lengthy chapter titles and section heads into a running head, the trouble begins. My solution? A Header/Footer Marker. There are two of […]

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