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Choose a Printer to Work with CS5

Printers for your Creative Suite projects can differ greatly in the areas of quality, cost of maintenance, and the speed at which the printer can print. Some inkjet printers excel at printing full-color [more…]

Where and How to Print in CS5

You can choose from several options when it comes to printing the files you create in Adobe Creative Suite. You can take your digital files to a printing service provider [more…]

Paper for Your CS5 Documents

Before printing your Creative Suite 5 documents, consider the type of paper that’s best for the job. If you’re printing on glossy paper, make sure that the paper works with your printer type. Although [more…]

Common Extensions and Filters in CS5

Additional filters and plug-ins for Adobe Creative Suite 5 are available or linked from the Adobe website. You can also easily find plug-ins for downloading from the web. A good place to start is at the [more…]

Navigate the Illustrator Work Area with Zoom Controls

You can navigate the work area of Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator efficiently by using the Hand tool and the various zoom controls. You can change the magnification of the artboard in several [more…]

Open an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

When using Photoshop Creative Suite 5, you usually have a source image that may have been generated by a scanner, digital camera, or stock image library. You can open an existing image in one of several [more…]

Use Camera Raw Files with Photoshop CS5

If you haven’t discovered the Camera Raw capabilities in Adobe Photoshop, you’ll want to give them a try. The Camera Raw format is available for image capture in many cameras. Simply choose the format [more…]

Crop an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Cropping an image in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 is a simple but essential task. Cropping means to eliminate all parts of the image that aren’t important to its composition. [more…]

Choose the Correct Photoshop Mode: LAB, Multichannel, Bit Depth

Choose Image→Mode to view image mode choices available in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Selecting the right one for an image is important because each mode offers different capabilities and results. [more…]

How to Import and Export into Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator lets you place images and other forms of data in a new document. Importing files works similarly, no matter which Creative Suite 5 program you’re working with. [more…]

How to Import and Export in Acrobat

Although you sometimes import and export files to and from Adobe Acrobat, it is primarily a tool for sharing completed documents — you’ll complete most document construction and editing in other programs [more…]

The Fundamentals of Page Layout in CS5

Page layout incorporates text and images (and sometimes other forms of multimedia) to create a design on a web page in Adobe Creative Suite 5. When you’re creating a page design, you must consider how [more…]

How to Mix Colors in CS5

A color mixer, found in the Color panel, helps you choose colors. You can use the Eyedropper tool to choose a color or, if you prefer, enter values for each hue or percentage. You can use one of several [more…]

Saving Selections in Adobe Photoshop CS5

The term alpha channel sounds complicated, but it’s simply a saved selection. Depending on the mode you’re in, you already have several channels to contend with. A selection is just an extra channel that [more…]

Make Freeform Selections in Photoshop CS5

In Photoshop Creative Suites 5, the Lasso tool is used for making freeform selections (selections of an irregular shape). To use the Lasso tool, just drag and create a path surrounding the area to be selected [more…]

Paint Photoshop Selections with the Magic Wand Tool

The Magic Wand tool in Photoshop Creative Suites 5 is particularly helpful when you’re working on an image of high contrast or with a limited number of colors. This tool selects individual pixels of similar [more…]

Use Zoom in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 provides short cuts for Zooming in Photoshop. Images that look fine at one zoom level may look extremely bad at another. You’ll zoom in and out quite often while working on images [more…]

Discover the InDesign CS5 Tools Panel

The Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 5 Tools panel is where you find tools to edit, manipulate, or select elements in your InDesign document. Simply click a tool on the Tools panel to select it. [more…]

Discover the InDesign CS5 Menus

The Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 5 menus, located on the menu bar, are used to access some of InDesign's main commands and control its user interface. These menu commands also allow you to open and close [more…]

Discover the InDesign CS5 Panels

In the InDesign Creative Suite 5 workspace, panels are used to control the publication and edit elements on pages. Panels are located (docked) along the right edge of the InDesign window by default. [more…]

Common Menus in Adobe CS5

Common Adobe Creative Suite 5 Menu Options

Adobe Bridge Application in CS5

In Creative Suite 5, Adobe has dramatically enhanced the Adobe Bridge application and even included a mini panel version for Photoshop CS5 named, appropriately, Mini Bridge. The [more…]

Learn What’s New in InDesign CS5

Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 5 (CS5) has lots of new features for creating web pages and interactive documents that used to be created only in Flash or Dreamweaver. In addition, you'll find selecting [more…]

New Features of InDesign CS5

Every new version of Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 5 brings new features and new possibilities, and InDesign CS5 is no exception. The ability to track changes to an InDesign document, for example, opens [more…]

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