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Month: April 2016

Adobe Illustrator: Understanding the New Live Shape Controls

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator The new live shape behaviors are cool (say some) and awful (say others). You can turn them off of the ellipses and polygons, and if that’s why you are here, skip down the to last line of this post. But first, let’s see how they work. Rectangles/Rounded […]

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Adobe InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop: Backwards Compatibility

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator One of Adobe’s intentions with moving all of us to the Creative Cloud (CC)—and no longer supporting the Creative Suite (CS) applications—is to get everyone on the same version. It’s a noble idea, and I hope that someday it works, but in the meantime, some […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Bullet lists

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator This came in from a recent Adobe Illustrator student: Hey, Barb. I’m laying out a 2-page flyer in Illustrator and I can’t find bullets. Can’t I set up a bulleted list in Illustrator? As of Illustrator CC 2015, there is no bullets feature (like we have in InDesign), […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Clipping Masks

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator I’d wager that many of you will learn all you need to know about masking (aka cropping) in Illustrator in these two past Rocky Mountain Training posts: Adobe Illustrator: How to Crop your Final Artwork Adobe Illustrator: How to Crop a Photograph But, there are a few more variations […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Adding Text Inside a Shape

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified  Instructor on Photoshop When I need to add text inside a custom shape, I would reach for either InDesign or Illustrator. Some people either don’t have either of those two applications, or they haven’t gotten around to learning them yet, but they are using Photoshop. In that case, here are the steps: […]

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Adobe Illustrator: How to Crop a Photograph

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator Are you looking for the Crop tool in Illustrator? Good luck with that—as of CC 2015, there is still no Crop tool. I’m not saying you can’t crop your artwork or photo, I’m just saying you’re looking for the wrong tool. Illustrator handles cropping via a mask, and […]

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Adobe Illustrator: How to Crop your Final Artwork

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator Are you looking for the Crop tool in Illustrator? Good luck with that—as of CC 2015, there is still no Crop tool. I’m not saying you can’t crop your artwork or photo, I’m just saying you’re looking for the wrong tool. Illustrator handles cropping via a mask, and […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Adding a White Border for Window Clings

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator Window clings and stickers often have a white border added around the outside of the artwork. I encountered this question for the first time in class yesterday and here’s how we solved it. To make this more visual (because it is hard to see white on white), I changed […]

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