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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…]

Determine Image Quality with Photoshop CS5 Histograms

Before making image adjustments, look at the image’s histogram, which displays an image’s tonal values, to evaluate whether the image has sufficient detail to produce a high-quality image. In Photoshop [more…]

Set up to Color Correct in Photoshop CS5

To produce the best possible image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, try to avoid correcting in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) mode. If your images are typically in RGB [more…]

Access the Curves Panel in Photoshop CS5

You can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 features that are found in the Curves panel. Here’s how to access the panel: [more…]

Find Highlight and Shadow in Photoshop CS5 Images

Using the Curves panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting. The first thing you need to do in the Curves panel is determine the lightest and [more…]

Find a Neutral Using Photoshop CS5 Curves Panel

Using the Curves panel in Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix images created in less-than-perfect lighting. The final part of creating a tone curve is Finding a Neutral. This step applies only if [more…]

Use the Swatches Panel in Photoshop CS5

Use the Swatches panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 to store and retrieve frequently used colors. The Swatches panel lets you quickly select colors and gives you access to many other color options [more…]

Choose Foreground and Background Colors in Photoshop CS5

At the bottom of the Tools panel reside the foreground and background color swatches. The foreground color is the color you apply when using any of the painting tools. The [more…]

Paint and Retouch with Photoshop CS5 Tools

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. Knowing when to use each tool can help you make the perfect image. [more…]

Understand InDesign CS5 Drawings

You can add drawings, such as a star shape or a curved line, to any InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication. A star drawing might liven up a yearbook page, while a curve line might serve as a path for text [more…]

Understand InDesign CS5 Drawing Tools

Add drawings to InDesign Creative Suite 5 publications with InDesign's drawing tools. With these tools, you use strokesto outline and fills to color shapes and to draw lines. Drawn objects are made up [more…]

Draw Shapes in an InDesign CS5 Publication

Create shapes such as rectangles and ovals in any InDesign Creative Suite 5 document with the shape tools — the Line, Rectangle, Ellipse, and Polygon tools. The steps for creating a shape using any of [more…]

Transform the Size of InDesign CS5 Shapes

In an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, shapes (circles, rectangles, lines, and so on), can be any size, large or small. Transform (change the size) of an InDesign shape by using the Transform panel [more…]

Freely Resize Shapes in an InDesign CS5 Publication

In an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, shapes (circles, rectangles, lines, and so on), can be any size, large or small. Shapes can be transformed [more…]

Change the Stroke of an InDesign CS5 Shape

The stroke is the outline that appears around the edge of an InDesign Creative Suite 5 shape, and it can be changed easily on any shape. The stroke can range from no stroke to a very thick stroke, and [more…]

Skew and Rotate an InDesign CS5 Shape

In an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, you can skew and rotate any shape. Skewing a shape is the same as changing its shear, or slant. Rotation pivots a shape around a reference point, such as the [more…]

Draw InDesign CS5 Freeform Paths

Use the Pencil and Pen tools to draw freeform paths in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication. Freeform paths typically look like complex lines, both curved and straight. In InDesign, you can use the [more…]

Edit Freeform Paths in InDesign CS5 Shapes

A freeform path is the outline of a shape; the path can be closed, like a rectangle, or open, like a curved line. You can edit (change) a freeform path and alter the shape or line. [more…]

Add Fills to InDesign CS5 Shapes

You can fill (color) InDesign Creative Suite 5 shapes easily, with colors, transparent colors, and gradients. Fills help shapes achieve artistic effects and illusions of depth and add interest to a page [more…]

Add Gradients to InDesign CS5 Shapes

In InDesign Creative Suite 5, a gradient is the color transition from one color (or no color) to a different color. Gradients can have two or more colors in the transition. You can apply a gradient to [more…]

How to Wrap Text Using AdobeCS5 Illustrator

Using a text-wrap style in your Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator project is an easy way to add a bit of creativity. A text wrap forces text to wrap around a graphic. [more…]

When to Use Acrobat CS5 PDF Files

Although Acrobat is part of the Creative Suite 5, it’s not a design tool. So when does it make sense to use Adobe Acrobat PDF files?

Here are some examples: [more…]

Change Page Magnification in Acrobat CS5

Adobe Acrobat Creative Suites 5 provides several preset viewing options to help you zoom in and out of your PDF document. Adobe provides several preset viewing options and you can also customize the magnification [more…]

Straight Line Functions in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Basic functions of the Pen tools in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) include creating a simple path, also called a line. This simple path can be free-form or constrained by standard angle measurements [more…]

How to Create a Curve Using Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you use the Bézier path to create a curved segment. We don’t guarantee that you’ll love this process — not at first, anyway. But after you know how to [more…]

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