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Paint Photoshop Selections with the Quick Mask Tool

If you need to clear up fuzzy selections (fur, hair, or leaves) or you’re having difficulty using the Creative Suites 5 selection tools, the Quick Mask tool can be a huge help because it allows you to [more…]

Open an Existing InDesign CS5 Publication

You may have Adobe InDesign Creative Suite 5 files on your hard drive that you created, saved, and then closed. To edit or view their contents, you must open these files again. [more…]

Transform Photoshop CS5 Selections

You don’t have to deselect and start over again if you just want to make a selection larger or smaller. In Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can resize, rotate, and even distort an existing selection [more…]

Preserve Perspective with Photoshop Vanishing Point

The Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 Vanishing Point feature lets you preserve correct perspective in edits of images that contain perspective planes, such as the sides of a building. Follow these steps [more…]

Manipulate Selected Objects in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has several options for manipulating selected objects. These options include constraining, cloning, transformation and precise movement control as well as [more…]

Common Adobe CS5 Keyboard Shortcuts

How to Resize Shapes in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator has more than one option for resizing the objects in your workspace. It has a transform tool for applying exact measurements as well as the standard select [more…]

Tracing Artwork in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you can use a template layer to trace an image manually. A template layer is a locked, dimmed layer you can use to draw over placed images with the Pen tool [more…]

Adjust the Midtone Using Photoshop CS5 Curves Panel

Using the Curves panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting. After you find the lightest and darkest points in an image and set their values, [more…]

Use the Healing Brush Tool in Photoshop CS5

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. You can use the Healing Brush tool for repairs, such as eliminating scratches and [more…]

Use the Gradient Tool in Photoshop CS5

You can easily create a gradient effect using the Gradient Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Choose the Gradient tool and click and drag across an image area to create a gradient in the direction and length [more…]

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…]

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