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Adobe Acrobat: Better, Clearer Screen Shots

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Adobe Acrobat X Professional From a recent Technical Communications Suite student:  My document .pdf file screenshots are not very good. The screenshot in the original document is perfect, but the same screenshot in the .pdf is barely readable. Is there some type of setting I can adjust in Reader […]

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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 InDesign: Ten Preferences That Deserve a Second Look

by Barb Binder InDesign ships with default behaviors. Most of us will hunt down and change the ones that really bug us. This list represents some defaults that are mildly annoying. Still, take a look, maybe changing just one of them will brighten up your day. Mac users: start by choosing InDesign > Preferences; Windows users: […]

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Adobe FrameMaker 10: FrameMaker Alert Boxes

by Barb Binder FrameMaker has a long history of alerting us to various problems in our documents. We have alert boxes that pop up when we: Open a document with unavailable fonts, Open a document that was saved using an earlier version of FrameMaker, Open a document that contains one or more unresolved cross-references, or We […]

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Adobe InDesign: Display Performance Controls—They’re Everywhere!

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated on April 16, 2016 OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. But if you look through InDesign, you will find the controls in multiple locations. Do we really need the Display Performance controls in Preferences, the Object menu and the View menu? Turns out we do. But […]

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Adobe InDesign: Using Story Editor

by Barb Binder If you are like a lot of my self-taught intermediate-level InDesign students, you’ve successfully avoided Story Editor. Not on purpose, of course, but if you ever opened it up, I bet you were first startled by the new view of your document, and then greatly relieved when you figured out how to close […]

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Adobe Photoshop: Resetting Defaults (on the Options Bar and Beyond)

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on Photoshop Updated Jul 6, 2017 Photoshop uses a “sticky state” for the Options Bar. This is good if you have favorite settings that you use all the time, and bad if you randomly pick options and then forget about them. As a longtime Photoshop ACI (Adobe Certified Instructor), I learned […]

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Adobe InDesign: Setting (and Removing) Defaults

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated on Sep 26, 2016 In my opinion, your software works for you, and the running theme in my training classes is how to automate your workflow so that your layout comes together quickly and leaves nights and weekends for fun, and not trying to meet your deadline. […]

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