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Adobe CS5 Design Premium All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you think about manipulating visual media, Adobe CS5 Design Premium automatically comes to mind. The menus in Adobe CS5 applications offer many options and tools to help you edit and install pictures [more…]

The Quickest Ways to Use Google SketchUp 8 Tools

One of the best things about Google SketchUp 8 is that you can use it to create 3-D models much more quickly than with other modeling programs. You can really turn up the speed on your creations with the [more…]

How to Boost Your Productivity in Google SketchUp 8

Google SketchUp 8 makes modeling accessible and easy compared to high-end modeling programs, but creating a model can still take time. As you create your models in Google SketchUp, you'll come to appreciate [more…]

Keyboard Shortcuts for Common Google SketchUp 8 Tools

Google SketchUp 8 offers keyboard shortcuts for the tools you use most often as you create models. To select the tool you want, simply press the letter that's indicated in the following table. [more…]

Google SketchUp 8 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Like any program, Google SketchUp 8 offers different ways to do common tasks. In this Cheat Sheet, you find tips on the bestway to do things and techniques for dividing edges or sizing a model that can [more…]

Popular SolidWorks 2008 Dialog Boxes

Getting around in SolidWorks 2008 means communicating with the computer exactly what commands need to be carried out. The following chart shows the most-used dialog boxes in SolidWorks 2008: [more…]

Top Ten SolidWorks 2008 Functions

Creating and building designs efficiently in SolidWorks 2008 means getting to know the functions most commonly used. This quick guide shows the most common SolidWorks functions and their purposes: [more…]

SolidWorks 2008 CommandManager Groups

SolidWorks 2008 CommandManager is an efficient way to work because it displays commands specific to the tasks at hand. Depending on the document you're working on, CommandManager displays default tools [more…]

SolidWorks Keyboard Shortcuts

Try these keyboard shortcuts to easily perform some common commands and work your way smoothly through SolidWorks 2008. Check out this list of shortcut keyboard combinations in SolidWorks: [more…]

SolidWorks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

SolidWorks is CAD software that can help you create precise 3D technical graphics. To build and enhance your 3D technical designs using SolidWorks, make sure you're familiar with the most commonly used [more…]

Common Mouse Actions in Blender

Blender makes it a point to use as many buttons on your mouse as possible. You have five fingers; you may as well get full use of them. This table gives you some of the most commonly used mouse behaviors [more…]

Common Numeric Keypad Hotkeys in Blender

The numeric keypad gives you a high-speed means of navigating the 3D View in Blender. The following table explains some of the more useful and common hotkeys that involve the numeric keypad. [more…]

Common Keyboard Hotkeys in Blender’s 3D View

Blender is designed to be used with one hand on the keyboard and the other on the mouse. Nearly every key on a standard keyboard is assigned to some task within Blender, and sometimes more than one task [more…]

Blender For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When it comes to Blender, you can save time in many ways. Memorizing common mouse actions and numeric keypad hotkeys in Blender or common keyboard hotkeys in Blender’s 3D View help you work more efficiently [more…]

Change InDesign CS5 Document Setup

After creating an InDesign Creative Suite 5 document, you can still make changes to its original document setup. To change the size of pages or the number of pages in an InDesign CS5 document that’s already [more…]

Show and Hide InDesign CS5 Grids and Guides

In InDesign Creative Suite 5, grids and guides help you align elements on the page. Grids and guidelines can be shown (displayed) or hidden as needed. Grids and guides are similar, except that grids are [more…]

Save a Custom Workspace in InDesign CS5

The panels in InDesign Creative Suite 5 are used to edit page elements. Save the location and grouping of these panels in a custom workspace.

You may find that you use some panels in InDesign CS5 more than [more…]

Import Graphics into a InDesign CS5 Publication

The content you use when creating publications with InDesign Creative Suite 5 is mostly imported from other programs. You can import text, formatted tables, and graphics, then use InDesign to organize, [more…]

Change Your View of an InDesign CS5 Publication

You can view elements of an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication in many ways, such as scrolling, zooming, and simply moving the page back and forth.

Change the view of your InDesign publication to fit [more…]

Save an InDesign CS5 Publication

Saving a InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication often is important so that you don’t lose any work if your computer or software crashes or the power goes out. Even the best computers and applications fail [more…]

Change Text Frame Options in an InDesign CS5 Publication

After creating an InDesign Creative Suite 5 text frame, you can easily change the text frame's options (inset spacing, alignment, or paragraph spacing) if you like. [more…]

Add Columns to an InDesign CS5 Text Frame

Columns can be added to any text frame in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication. As many as 40 columns can be inserted in a single text frame. If you already have text in a frame, the text is automatically [more…]

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Design Premium

With the Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Design Premium release, you get not only the tools you need to be creative for print and the web but also Adobe Fireworks, to make websites more attractive than ever [more…]

How to Use Filters and Plug-Ins in CS5

You can install plug-ins and filters in your Adobe Creative Suite programs. For example, a filter can enhance an existing photo in an exciting way. After you install into Photoshop or Illustrator a plug-in [more…]

Choosing a Web Page Layout in CS5

Layout for the web in Adobe Creative Suite 5 is quite different from layout for print. However, many of the same issues arise in both print and web layout, such as keeping text legible and flowing across [more…]

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