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Adobe Photoshop: Aligning layers

by Barb Binder Photoshop doesn’t have an Align panel like InDesign and Illustrator, but with the Move tool active, if you select two or more layers in the Layers panel, the Alignment buttons will appear on the Options bar. Here are a few tips to mastering alignment in Photoshop: When you select multiple layers and […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Easter Eggs

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop Life’s short, so it should be fun. That’s my motto, anyway. And I guess the software engineers at Adobe feel the same way. Here are a couple of silly little easter eggs to play with: In Preferences > Interface, don’t just click on a color theme, Cmd+Opt+Shift (Win: Ctrl+Alt+Shift) […]

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Adobe Creative Cloud: It’s Not Working After the Upgrade

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator If I have learned one thing as an Adobe Community Professional helping out on the forums, it would be this—don’t rush to upgrade. Sure, things might be better after an upgrade or they might go downhill fast. Here’s my advice: when you get an […]

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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 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 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 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 Photoshop: Reversing a Vector Mask

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Adobe Photoshop CS6 Such a simple request, but not one of Photoshop’s most “discoverable” features. As a regular user of (raster) layer masks, I know that I can select a layer mask and choose Image > Adjustments > Invert (Cmd+I)  to invert the display to quickly change a mask […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Image Appearing as a “Thumbnail” in InDesign

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Adobe Photoshop CS6 This question was posed to me recently by one of our IDUG Denver user group members: I’m using ID-CS5 (Mac), working on a book about presidents and it includes a photo section. One of the photos opens in Photoshop CS3 and appears to be OK but […]

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Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Demise of Print Size Command

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Adobe Photoshop CS6 I teach a lot of Adobe Photoshop classes, and have done so for the past 20 years. Somewhere along the way, I stopped mentioning the 5th zoom command in the View menu: Print Size. Not sure when, not sure why, other than perhaps I realized that […]

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