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Making Scanned Documents Searchable and Editable

When you scan a document directly into a PDF file, Acrobat captures all the text and graphics on each page as though they were all just one big graphic image. This is fine as far as it goes, except that [more…]

Using Alpha Channels with Photoshop 7

You use alpha channels to make and store selections that you make with the selection tools, such as the Lasso or Magic Wand. You can also use alpha channels to edit selections. [more…]

Creating Text with Final Cut Pro HD and Adding It to a Video

The following steps use the Final Cut Pro HD generator called Text, which is the quickest, easiest way to get basic, static text up on the screen. However, these steps work the same way if you want to [more…]

Making Your First Movie with Adobe Premiere Elements

Sometimes the best way to get to know a program is to just dig in and get your hands dirty with it, actually putting its features to use as the designers intended. If you have a digital camcorder handy [more…]

Recording Your Movie on DVD with Adobe Premiere

You've probably noticed that DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) has become the hot method for distributing movies today. However, until recently the process of mastering a DVD movie was complex, and the hardware [more…]

Fixing Exposure with Shadow/Highlight in Photoshop cs

The new Shadow/Highlight adjustment in Photoshop cs is a great new feature that offers a quick and easy method of correcting the lighting in your photos. It allows you to correct over- and underexposed [more…]

InDesign CS2: Controlling Space between Characters and Lines

The legibility of a block of text depends as much on the space around it, called white space, as it does on the readability of the font. InDesign CS2 offers two ways to adjust the space between characters [more…]

Inserting and Deleting Pages in PDF Documents with Acrobat

Instead of replacing pages, you may just find that you need to insert a new page or group of pages in the PDF document. When inserting new pages, you can choose between similar methods as when replacing [more…]

Adobe Creative Suite: Getting Started with InDesign cs

InDesign CS is similar to other Adobe products when it comes to workspace layout and functionality. InDesign works with graphics and word processing programs so that you can use content that's created [more…]

Making a Scene in Google SketchUp

Making a scene in SketchUp is not like taking a snapshot of your model. If you create a scene to save a view, then do some more modeling, and then return to that scene, your model will [more…]

Creating and Using Guide Layers in Flash CS3

A guide layer is a layer that's invisible in the final, published Flash animation. You can use guide layers for several purposes: [more…]

Photoshop cs Timesaving Technique: Adding Bevels and Embossing

Photoshop's Layer styles are really fabulous. With a few clicks of the mouse, you can add drop shadows, bevels, textures, patterns, strokes, and more to any layer, type layer, or vector shape on a shape [more…]

Lighting Indoor Spaces in Google SketchUp

Adding shadows to interior views of Google SketchUp drawings presents an interesting problem: There are no lights besides the sun in SketchUp, so how are you supposed to make anything that looks halfway [more…]

Adding a Sound to a Flash CS3 Button

For fun, you can add a sound to a button that you create in Flash CS3. Usually, sounds are added to the Over or Down frame — or both, if you want.

Before you can add a sound to a button, you need a sound [more…]

Setting Up a New Publication with InDesign CS2

After you launch InDesign CS2 (the "CS" stands for Creative Suite), you have two options: You can choose File --> Open (or press Command+O or Ctrl+O) to open a previously created document or template, [more…]

Working with Effect Presets in Adobe Premiere Elements

To make using and modifying video effects easier, Premiere Elements comes with a collection of effect presets. Each preset is a collection of settings that perform common tasks like panning across a still [more…]

Working with the Paths Palette in Photoshop CS2

Working hand-in-hand with the Pen tool in Photoshop CS2 is the Paths palette. You can think of it as a kind of Command and Control Center for your paths. Although it isn't mandatory, opening up your Paths [more…]

Macromedia Flash: Symbol Types

Flash offers a way to simplify your work, called symbols. A symbol can be any object or combination of objects, animation, or a Web button. When you create a symbol, the objects [more…]

Using the Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop Elements 4

The Color Replacement tool in Photoshop Elements 4 enables you to replace the original color of an image with the foreground color. You can use this tool in a multitude of ways: [more…]

Playing with Active Text in Flash

Static text gets the job done, giving information to your Web site visitors. But Flash can do so much more with text. Sometimes you don't want your text to be text at all, but rather prefer a bunch of [more…]

Importing Word-Processor Text into an InDesign CS3 Frame

You can import text from a word processor file (Word 97/98 or later, RTF, text-only/ASCII, or InDesign Tagged Text files) into an InDesign text frame by using the Place dialog box. You can also import [more…]

Creating Special Effects with Particles in 3D Game Animation

In 3D game animation, you can create special effects with particles. A particle system is a collection of small shaded objects that act together as a group with a degree of randomness. These systems may [more…]

Understanding Final Cut Pro HD

Final Cut Pro HD offers the most painless and inexpensive way to edit high-quality HD projects. In essence, Final Cut Pro HD makes working with HD as flexible and convenient as working with standard-definition [more…]

Finding Your Way around the Layers Palette in Photoshop

The Layers palette is the Grand Central Station for managing layers. To display the palette, choose Window-->Show Layers or just press F7.

Here's what you need to know to navigate the Layers palette: [more…]

Getting to Know Quick Masks in Photoshop CS2

In Photoshop CS2, masking is essentially just another way of making a selection. Instead of defining your selection with a selection outline, masks define your selection with 256 levels of gray, which [more…]

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