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How to Create Advanced Shapes in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Use advanced tools in Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator to create unique shapes. The Pathfinder panel is an incredible tool you can use to combine, knock out [more…]

The Adobe CS5 Illustrator Shape Builder Tool

Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has introduced a new tool, shape builder. This new tool is an interactive tool for creating complex shapes by the merging and erasing of simple shapes. You [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Pen Tool Fundamentals

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator Pen tool can be used to create elements, such as straight lines, curves, and closed shapes, which you can then incorporate into illustrations. [more…]

Indent Text in an InDesign CS5 Publication

Indentation moves paragraph text away from the left or right edges of the text frame’s bounding box. You can indent a paragraph using the Paragraph panel. [more…]

Spell-Check InDesign CS5 Publications

Typos and spelling errors are easy to make, and easy to correct too, using the spell-checker in InDesign Creative Suite 5. To help with the spell-checking process, you can create custom user dictionaries [more…]

Create Tables in an InDesign CS5 Publication

Add tables to InDesign Creative Suite 5 publications to list products, employees, or events. A table is made of columns and rows, which divides a table into cells. [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Text Tools

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to create a line of text and work with text overflow as well as more complicated tasks like placing text along paths and wrapping text around objects [more…]

Add a Page Jump Number to an InDesign CS5 Story

For stories that thread (flow) from one page to another in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, add a page jump number to indicate where the story continues. Before you start, make sure that a story [more…]

Change the Brush in Photoshop CS5 Tools Panel

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. As you click to select different painting tools, note the Brush menu [more…]

Use the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush tool quickly removes blemishes and other imperfections in images. Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 takes this concept a step further with the new Content-Aware feature. [more…]

Use the Patch Tool in Photoshop CS5

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. Hidden behind the Healing Brush tool in the Tools panel is the Patch tool. Use it [more…]

Use the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop CS5

The Clone Stamp tool is used for pixel-to-pixel cloning in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5. The Clone Stamp tool is different from the Healing Brush tool in that it does no automatic blending into the [more…]

Use the Eraser Tool in Photoshop CS5

You may not think of the Eraser tool in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 as a painting tool, but it can be! When you drag the image with the Eraser tool, it rubs out pixels to the background color. If you’re [more…]

Save Presets in Photoshop CS5

All tools in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 allow you to save presets so that you can retrieve them from a list of presets. This is an example of saving a Brush tool preset, but the same method can be [more…]

Create Layers in Photoshop CS5

Layers make creating composite images (images pieced together from other, individual images) easy in Photoshop Creative Suite 5, because you can separate individual elements of the composite onto their [more…]

Create a Text Layer in Photoshop CS5

When you create text in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, the text is created on its own layer. By having the text separate from the rest of the image, applying different styles and blending modes to customize [more…]

Organize Your Layers in Photoshop CS5

As you advance your skills using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layers, you’ll want to keep your layers named, neat, and in order. These are some tips to help you organize multiple layers. [more…]

Apply a Layer Style in Photoshop CS5

You can apply Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layer styles to layers to create drop shadows and bevel and emboss effects and to apply color overlays, gradients, patterns and strokes, and more. [more…]

Photoshop CS5 Pen Tool Options

The Pen tool in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 is the ultimate method to make precise selections. You can also use it to create vector shapes and clipping paths [more…]

Create Shape Layers in Photoshop CS5

Use shape layers in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 when the goal of your design is to seamlessly integrate vector shapes and pixel data. A shape layer can contain vector shapes that you can then modify with [more…]

Edit, Change Color, or Remove Photoshop Shape Layers

Use shape layers in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 when the goal of your design is to seamlessly integrate vector shapes and pixel data. Once you have created a shape layer, you can edit the shape, change [more…]

Create Clipping Paths in Photoshop CS5

If you want to create a beautiful silhouette that transfers well to other applications for text wrapping, create a clipping path in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5. [more…]

Change Image Resolution in Photoshop CS5

To see and make changes to the present size and resolution of an image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, choose Image→Image Size. The Image Size dialog box appears. [more…]

Determine Web Image Resolution in Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 provides tools to set your image resolution for print or for the web. Having the proper resolution is important to the final outcome of an image. [more…]

Apply Unsharp Mask Filter to a Photoshop CS5 Image

When you resample an image in Photoshop Creative Suite 5, it can become blurry. A good practice is to apply the Unsharp Mask filter. You can see the difference in detail in the images. This feature sharpens [more…]

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