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Create Layers in Photoshop CS5

Layers make creating composite images (images pieced together from other, individual images) easy in Photoshop Creative Suite 5, because you can separate individual elements of the composite onto their [more…]

Create a Text Layer in Photoshop CS5

When you create text in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, the text is created on its own layer. By having the text separate from the rest of the image, applying different styles and blending modes to customize [more…]

Organize Your Layers in Photoshop CS5

As you advance your skills using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layers, you’ll want to keep your layers named, neat, and in order. These are some tips to help you organize multiple layers. [more…]

Apply a Layer Style in Photoshop CS5

You can apply Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layer styles to layers to create drop shadows and bevel and emboss effects and to apply color overlays, gradients, patterns and strokes, and more. [more…]

Photoshop CS5 Pen Tool Options

The Pen tool in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 is the ultimate method to make precise selections. You can also use it to create vector shapes and clipping paths [more…]

Create Shape Layers in Photoshop CS5

Use shape layers in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 when the goal of your design is to seamlessly integrate vector shapes and pixel data. A shape layer can contain vector shapes that you can then modify with [more…]

Edit, Change Color, or Remove Photoshop Shape Layers

Use shape layers in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 when the goal of your design is to seamlessly integrate vector shapes and pixel data. Once you have created a shape layer, you can edit the shape, change [more…]

Create Clipping Paths in Photoshop CS5

If you want to create a beautiful silhouette that transfers well to other applications for text wrapping, create a clipping path in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5. [more…]

Change Image Resolution in Photoshop CS5

To see and make changes to the present size and resolution of an image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, choose Image→Image Size. The Image Size dialog box appears. [more…]

Determine Web Image Resolution in Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 provides tools to set your image resolution for print or for the web. Having the proper resolution is important to the final outcome of an image. [more…]

Apply Unsharp Mask Filter to a Photoshop CS5 Image

When you resample an image in Photoshop Creative Suite 5, it can become blurry. A good practice is to apply the Unsharp Mask filter. You can see the difference in detail in the images. This feature sharpens [more…]

Determine Image Quality with Photoshop CS5 Histograms

Before making image adjustments, look at the image’s histogram, which displays an image’s tonal values, to evaluate whether the image has sufficient detail to produce a high-quality image. In Photoshop [more…]

Set up to Color Correct in Photoshop CS5

To produce the best possible image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, try to avoid correcting in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) mode. If your images are typically in RGB [more…]

Access the Curves Panel in Photoshop CS5

You can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 features that are found in the Curves panel. Here’s how to access the panel: [more…]

Find Highlight and Shadow in Photoshop CS5 Images

Using the Curves panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting. The first thing you need to do in the Curves panel is determine the lightest and [more…]

Find a Neutral Using Photoshop CS5 Curves Panel

Using the Curves panel in Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix images created in less-than-perfect lighting. The final part of creating a tone curve is Finding a Neutral. This step applies only if [more…]

Use the Swatches Panel in Photoshop CS5

Use the Swatches panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 to store and retrieve frequently used colors. The Swatches panel lets you quickly select colors and gives you access to many other color options [more…]

Choose Foreground and Background Colors in Photoshop CS5

At the bottom of the Tools panel reside the foreground and background color swatches. The foreground color is the color you apply when using any of the painting tools. The [more…]

Paint and Retouch with Photoshop CS5 Tools

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. Knowing when to use each tool can help you make the perfect image. [more…]

Understand InDesign CS5 Drawing Tools

Add drawings to InDesign Creative Suite 5 publications with InDesign's drawing tools. With these tools, you use strokesto outline and fills to color shapes and to draw lines. Drawn objects are made up [more…]

Draw Shapes in an InDesign CS5 Publication

Create shapes such as rectangles and ovals in any InDesign Creative Suite 5 document with the shape tools — the Line, Rectangle, Ellipse, and Polygon tools. The steps for creating a shape using any of [more…]

Transform the Size of InDesign CS5 Shapes

In an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, shapes (circles, rectangles, lines, and so on), can be any size, large or small. Transform (change the size) of an InDesign shape by using the Transform panel [more…]

Freely Resize Shapes in an InDesign CS5 Publication

In an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, shapes (circles, rectangles, lines, and so on), can be any size, large or small. Shapes can be transformed [more…]

Change the Stroke of an InDesign CS5 Shape

The stroke is the outline that appears around the edge of an InDesign Creative Suite 5 shape, and it can be changed easily on any shape. The stroke can range from no stroke to a very thick stroke, and [more…]

Skew and Rotate an InDesign CS5 Shape

In an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication, you can skew and rotate any shape. Skewing a shape is the same as changing its shear, or slant. Rotation pivots a shape around a reference point, such as the [more…]

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