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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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Adobe Acrobat: Splitting a PDF using Bookmarks

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Acrobat This question came up in a FrameMaker class recently: my student needed to provide a single PDF for a large project, and then break it into smaller sections for posting online. FrameMaker has a checkbox for this function and that solved her issue. But then it came […]

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Adobe Illustrator: The Shaper Tool

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator Have you discovered the new Shaper Tool  yet? It’s the easiest way so far to draw and edit shapes in Adobe Illustrator 2015. It’s is grouped with the Pencil tool and it recognizes natural gestures. For example, sketching crude circular shape on the left produces the beautiful circle on the […]

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Adobe Photoshop: I Can’t Find a Tool!

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop Updated on Jul 31, 2017 The addition of a cool new productivity feature brings with it the potential for frustration and/or tears. I know this, because I’ve already heard from a student on this issue. I expect this is just the beginning. First, the cool new productivity feature Wouldn’t […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Smoother Import of Word Files with Style Mapping

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker We have been able to import Word documents into FrameMaker files for as long as I can remember, but with FrameMaker 2015 the process has been dramatically improved. Now when you import a Word document (.doc file is recommended) into FrameMaker, you will be presented with a […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: How to Create a List of Effective Pages

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Updated on: Mar 17, 2016 A List of Effective pages (aka LEP or LOEP) is a list of every page in a document along with the current revision number and the date of each page’s revision. This is a common requirement for many of our FrameMaker students, and not a particularly […]

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