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Comparing Video Editing Programs

Anyone who's had to sit through someone else's amateur home movies knows why video editing software is so crucial. Too many blurry, shaky images, stomach-wrenching zooms, and abrupt pans, and you find [more…]

Animating with Flash Keyframes

Keyframes are the frames that are key to your animation. In frame-by-frame animation, every frame is a keyframe. In tweened animation, only the first and last frames of a tween are keyframes. By creating [more…]

Designing eBooks for Different Devices

You design Adobe Acrobat eBooks in a word processor or page layout program and then convert their documents to PDF. You can then perform any last-minute tweaks, such as adjusting text flow or linking multimedia [more…]

Avoiding the More Common Mistakes in QuarkXPress

Figuring out how to use QuarkXPress takes time. Learning how to use it right takes even longer! Here are some of the more common mistakes that people make when they start dabbling in desktop publishing [more…]

Color Management Essentials in Photoshop cs

Grab some Tylenol. You're about to delve into the rather confusing and sometimes cantankerous world (or as some users would call it — underworld) of color management. It is, by far, the biggest headache [more…]

Moving Clips to the Timeline in Final Cut Pro HD

The Final Cut Pro HD Timeline lets you arrange all your video and audio clips so that they tell the story you want to tell. To understand how the Timeline works, think of it as a page of sheet music, but [more…]

3D Game Animation: Creating Realistic Skin

In 3D game animation, the character model that is applied to a bone structure is called a skin. The skin should be one combined object with no overlapping parts. You can think of the skin as a glove that [more…]

Editing Sounds in Flash CS3

After you place a sound in Flash CS3, you can edit the sound to fine-tune its settings. You should delete unused or unwanted portions of a sound to reduce file size. You can also change the volume while [more…]

Select and Replace Components in Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp has some hidden options that most people don't find until they go looking for them — among them, nifty ways to select and replace components. [more…]

Compressing an Image in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements and Photoshop are almost identical in their Web image capabilities, and that's a good thing. Both include ImageReady, which used to be a separate program but which is now very usefully [more…]

Adjusting Adobe Premiere Settings

Adobe Premiere offers a plethora of settings, and you could easily spend a day or two trying to sort through them all. Some settings are immediately relevant to your work; some won't be used until you [more…]

Using Movie Templates in Flash CS3

To help you create Flash movies more easily, Flash CS3 comes with a few templates for common types of movies. Instructions are included on the templates. To create a Flash movie from a template, choose [more…]

Going Back in Time with Photoshop's History Brush

Photoshop keeps a record of changes you make to your images, and you can use the History palette (see Figure 1) to go back to a particular point in the development of your image. As you perform each operation [more…]

Drawing Precisely in Flash

If drawing in Flash seems too loosey-goosey to you, you need to know about a few features that can help you draw more precisely. Other programs do offer more precise tools, but Flash may have the tools [more…]

Getting to Know the Layers Palette in Photoshop cs

In terms of a real-world analogy, think of Photoshop layers as sheets of acetate, similar to those clear plastic sheets used with overhead projectors. You draw different elements on the various sheets. [more…]

Placing Files in Photoshop cs

In Photoshop, you use the File --> Place command to put PDF (Portable Document Format), Adobe Illustrator (AI), or EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files into a layer of their own. These files are often created [more…]

Playing with the Cookie Cutter Tool in Photoshop Elements 4

The Cookie Cutter tool in Photoshop Elements 4 is a cute name for a pretty powerful tool. You can think of it as a Custom Shape tool for images. But while the Custom Shape tool creates a mask and just [more…]

Remove Flaws with Photoshop CS2 Healing Tools

Wow, you have a perfect digital image — well, almost. There's just one unsightly flaw. No problem! You can take care of wrinkles, scars, blemishes, scratches, spots, and any other nasty imperfections in [more…]

Using Markers in the Adobe Premiere Timeline

Markers can be extremely helpful as you work in the Timeline. You can use markers as reference points for key events, visual indicators as you edit, or cues for events such as Web links or chapter references [more…]

Introducing ActionScript Classes, Objects, and Methods

Objects, classes, methods, and properties — whew, that's a mouthful — are the building blocks of ActionScript programming. These terms are all related, and understanding how they interact is one of the [more…]

Using Bitmap Mode in Photoshop Elements 4

The bitmap mode in Photoshop Elements (or just "Elements," for short) is most commonly used when printing line art, such as black-and-white logos, illustrations, or black-and-white effects you create from [more…]

Getting Precise Layout Results in Photoshop CS2

Photoshop CS2 includes numerous useful features that help you lay out your images precisely. There are dozens of reasons to make a selection in a particular place, position an object at an exact location [more…]

Pondering the Purpose of PDF Files

PDF, as the name Portable Document Format implies, was developed by Adobe Systems as a means for digital file exchange. The main idea behind the file format is to enable all computer users to be able to [more…]

Comparing Video Editing Methods

Editing video projects with a program like Adobe Premiere is pretty easy, but this wasn't always the case. Video (and audio, for that matter) is considered a linear media because you view it in a linear [more…]

Putting Images under the Microscope in Photoshop cs

Digital images fall into two camps: vector images, which are created based on mathematical formulas, and rasterimages, which are made up of pixels. Photoshop allows you to produce both types of images [more…]


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