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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 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 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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Adobe Photoshop: How Photoshop Indicates a Selection

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop Selections in Photoshop. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them. As an instructor, they represent the single most important feature in Photoshop to effectively communicate to my students in my Introduction to Adobe Photoshop class, because if they a.) can’t make a good selection, and b.) understand how Photoshop […]

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Adobe Photoshop CS6: New & Improved Vector Options

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop I don’t know about you, but I love the reorganization of the vector options in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I’m finding myself using vectors where I would have been using pixels in CS5 and earlier. What’s making me so happy? The first reason is very minor: there are now […]

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