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Create Vector Masks from Photoshop CS5 Pen Paths

A layer mask covers areas of your Photoshop Creative Suites 5 image that you want to make transparent and exposes pixels that you want visible. Masks can be based on a selection you’ve created with the [more…]

Merge and Flatten Photoshop CS5 Layers

Merging layers combines several selected Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layers into one layer. Flatteningoccurs when you reduce all Photoshop layers to one background layer. Layers can increase file size, [more…]

Create InDesign CS5 Table Styles

Save the strokes, fills, and spacing applied to an InDesign Creative Suite 5 table in a table style. Creating a table style lets you reuse the table setup for future tables. [more…]

Create Text on a Path in an InDesign CS5 Publication

By placing text on a path in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 Publication, you can curve it along a line or shape. Text on a path is particularly useful when you want to create interesting titling effects [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…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Tools Shortcuts

As you begin using Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator, become familiar with its tools. Tools are used to create, select, and manipulate objects in Illustrator. The tools should be visible as [more…]

Colorize a Black-and-White Image in Photoshop CS5

You can use blending modes in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 to tint a black-and-white (grayscale) image with color. You can’t paint color in Grayscale mode, so follow these steps to use blending modes [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Tips for Creating Shapes

Creating shapes is a central function of Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator and there are some simple tips which can improve your skills at creating those basic shapes. [more…]

Refine Your Image with Photoshop Edge Detection

The improved Refine Edge feature in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 lets you preview what your changes look like as you make them. It’s available on the Options bar across the top of the Photoshop window [more…]

Resize and Move InDesign CS5 Text Frames

Text frames in InDesign Creative Suite 5 only display as much text as will fit. Resize the frame to display more text if needed, and move (reposition) frames to create a pleasing layout. [more…]

Using the Transform Panel to Manipulate InDesign CS5 Text Frames

You can manually move or resize an InDesign Creative Suite 5 text frame. To change a frame's location or its dimensions more precisely, use the Transform panel instead. [more…]

Thread and Link InDesign CS5 Text Frames

Link (thread) a text frame to other frames in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication so that the text can flow between them. Threading is useful for most layouts because you can’t always include all [more…]

Save Paragraph Styles in an InDesign CS5

With paragraph styles, you can save exactly how a paragraph looks (font, size, indents, alignment, and so on) and apply those styles to other paragraphs quickly. Change the style, and it automatically [more…]

How to Use the InDesign CS5 Story Editor

The InDesign Creative Suite 5 story editor lets you view a story outside tiny columns and format the text as necessary. With the story editor, you don't have to work within text frames to edit your text [more…]

Edit an InDesign CS5 Table Setup

After creating an InDesign Creative Suite 5 table, you can change the table's setup — adding or removing rows and columns, or changing the borders, spacing, or fill. [more…]

How to Reconnect to an Existing Path in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Creating a shape in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is done by adding more anchor points to the original segment. If you want to fill your shape with a color or a gradient, you need to close [more…]

Create Controlled Curves in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to create controlled curves. Controlled curves are objects which are built with a great degree of precision. [more…]

Create a Corner Point in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

To alter a curve into a corner in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you have to change the direction of a path from being a curve to a corner. A corner point has no direction lines and allows [more…]

Use the Eraser Tool in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator is used to quickly remove areas of artwork as easily as you erase pixels in Photoshop, by stroking with your mouse over any shape or set of shapes. [more…]

Adobe CS5 Illustrator Area Type Tool

An easy and practical way to create rows and columns of text is to use the area type options in Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator. This feature lets you create rows and columns from any text [more…]

Thread Text into Shapes with Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator allows you to create custom columns of text that are in different shapes and sizes by threading closed shapes together. This technique works with rectangles [more…]

How to Outline Text Using AdobeCS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator gives you the opportunity to change text into outlines or artwork. Basically, you change the text into an object, so you can no longer edit that text by typing [more…]

How to Put Text on a Path Using Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator allows you to place text so it follows a path. Some Type tools are dedicated to putting type on a path or a shape, but there are other key modifiers which [more…]

Add Text to Closed Shapes with Adobe CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (AdobeCS5) Illustrator allows you to place text inside or on the path of a closed shape. These options are a significant addition to your text formatting toolbox. [more…]

Assign Font Styles in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Formatting text in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator isn’t only simple, but you can also do it multiple ways. A basic understanding of type components is fundamental to understanding text [more…]

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