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Adobe Illustrator: My Outer Glow isn’t Working as Expected

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator From a Rocky Mountain Training student: Hi Barb, I have a quick question for you. I’m attempting to switch from doing most of our ads, posters, etc. in InDesign to Illustrator since I feel comfortable with Illustrator now. =) I’m trying to add an outer glow to some text […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Convert CMYK Inks to Pantone

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator Updated for CC 2015 on May 4, 2016 When life gives you colors defined using CMYK process colors and you need Pantone spot colors, what’s a gal to do? Quickly and easily convert your inks to Pantone using the Recolor artwork dialog box, that’s what! Here’s how: Select the object(s) containing […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Having Fun with Charts

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator, InDesign and FrameMaker Yesterday, I had the opportunity to deliver an Adobe-hosted webinar on incorporating Illustrator into a FrameMaker workflow. Illustrator is included with TCS4, and Creative Suite and Creative Cloud, but most of my layout students have confessed that they don’t ever open it. Turns out, they […]

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Adobe Illustrator CS6: Rounding One (or Two) Corners

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator Updated Set 12, 2016 Note: In Illustrator CC, this is a lot easier than it was in CS6. Make sure View > Show Corner Widget is enabled. Use the Selection tool to pull one circle towards the center to round the corners dynamically. Use the Direct Selection tool […]

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Adobe Illustrator CS6: Gradients on Strokes (Finally!)

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator We had to wait 25 years, but the day has finally arrived. Adding a gradient to a stroke is as simple as selecting an object, and choosing a gradient from the Stroke menu. Fantastic! But what are the possibilities? First of all, we now have three direction options […]

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Adobe Illustrator CS6: What’s New?

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Illustrator First of all, let’s begin by wishing Adobe Illustrator a hearty Happy 25th Birthday! Where did the time go? Despite the appearance of several worthy competitors over the past 25 years, Illustrator has emerged as (some would argue “remained”) the premier illustration tool for professional illustrators. What could the Adobe engineers have possibly added […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Adding Annotations Inside a Box

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Adobe Illustrator A lot of our students are technical communicators and the question of the “best” way to annotate graphics comes up frequently in class. I’m really not sure there is a definitive answer to this question, but I prefer to add the annotations directly to the graphics in […]

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Adobe Illustrator: Setting New Document Profile Defaults

by Barb Binder Updated Aug 5, 2016 for CC 2015 Adobe Illustrator handles setting new document defaults very differently than InDesign & Photoshop. We set system defaults in InDesign by closing all open files, and making choices in the various menus and panels. From that point on, InDesign uses those choices as the defaults in each […]

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Adobe Illustrator: I Can’t See What You are Trying to Show Me!

by Barb Binder Ok Adobe Illustrator CS5: you might be turning 25, but I’m rapidly approaching 50. As my eyes continue their decline, I find myself struggling to see what you are trying to communicate to me. Besides purchasing enough pairs of readers so that at least one pair one is always within reach, what’s a […]

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Adobe CS, CC & TCS Applications: The Importance of Custom Workspaces

by Barb Binder [Author’s Note: to watch a video on using workspaces in Adobe FrameMaker 11, check out FrameMaker for Word: Workspaces on Adobe TV] When my husband tells me I’m special, it’s not exactly a compliment. He doesn’t mean it as an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration; he means I’m a little like […]

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