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Draw InDesign CS5 Freeform Paths

Use the Pencil and Pen tools to draw freeform paths in an InDesign Creative Suite 5 publication. Freeform paths typically look like complex lines, both curved and straight. In InDesign, you can use the [more…]

Edit Freeform Paths in InDesign CS5 Shapes

A freeform path is the outline of a shape; the path can be closed, like a rectangle, or open, like a curved line. You can edit (change) a freeform path and alter the shape or line. [more…]

Add Fills to InDesign CS5 Shapes

You can fill (color) InDesign Creative Suite 5 shapes easily, with colors, transparent colors, and gradients. Fills help shapes achieve artistic effects and illusions of depth and add interest to a page [more…]

Add Gradients to InDesign CS5 Shapes

In InDesign Creative Suite 5, a gradient is the color transition from one color (or no color) to a different color. Gradients can have two or more colors in the transition. You can apply a gradient to [more…]

How to Wrap Text Using AdobeCS5 Illustrator

Using a text-wrap style in your Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator project is an easy way to add a bit of creativity. A text wrap forces text to wrap around a graphic. [more…]

When to Use Acrobat CS5 PDF Files

Although Acrobat is part of the Creative Suite 5, it’s not a design tool. So when does it make sense to use Adobe Acrobat PDF files?

Here are some examples: [more…]

Change Page Magnification in Acrobat CS5

Adobe Acrobat Creative Suites 5 provides several preset viewing options to help you zoom in and out of your PDF document. Adobe provides several preset viewing options and you can also customize the magnification [more…]

Straight Line Functions in Adobe CS5 Illustrator

Basic functions of the Pen tools in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) include creating a simple path, also called a line. This simple path can be free-form or constrained by standard angle measurements [more…]

How to Create a Curve Using Adobe CS5 Illustrator

In Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Adobe CS5) Illustrator you use the Bézier path to create a curved segment. We don’t guarantee that you’ll love this process — not at first, anyway. But after you know how to [more…]

Determine Image Resolution for Print 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, especially if you plan [more…]

Create and Save Layer Styles 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…]

Smart Objects in Photoshop CS5

Choose File→Place and place an image, an illustration, or even a movie into an Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 document. You can then see that, as always, a new layer is created and — even better — a [more…]

Choose a File Format for Photoshop CS5 Images

When you choose File→Save for the first time in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 (or you choose File→Save As to save a different version of a file), you see at least 18 different file formats to choose from [more…]

Save Photoshop CS5 Images for Web and Mobile Devices

Saving files for the web or mobile devices in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 creates a smaller version of your image so it will load quickly. It’s important to know the differences between GIF, JPEG, PNG, [more…]

Save Photoshop Images as GIF for Web and Mobile Devices

Saving files for the web or mobile devices in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 creates a smaller version of your image so it will load quickly. The idea is to make the image as small as possible while keeping [more…]

Duplicate, Hide, and Rearrange Layers in Photoshop CS5

After selecting a layer by clicking the layer name in the Layers panel, you can copy it, hide or expose it, or change the stacking order.

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 represents a selected layer by [more…]

Add Layers to an InDesign CS5 Publication

Layers in InDesign Creative Suite 5 are like transparent sheets stacked on top of one another. If you add layers to a drawing, you can create the appearance that objects are stacked on top of one another [more…]

Customize Toolbars in Acrobat Creative Suite 5

The toolbars in Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5 are customizable, so you can display different toolbars or change the location of existing toolbars to meet your needs. [more…]

Change Viewing Mode in Acrobat Creative Suite 5

Adobe Acrobat provides several viewing modes that control how the PDF document is displayed. Choose which viewing mode is used by choosing View→Page Display and selecting the viewing option you want. [more…]

Navigate in Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5

Acrobat CS5 offers a variety of panels that are helpful when navigating through PDF documents. The navigation panels are displayed along the left side of your Document window as small icons. Click an icon [more…]

Conversion Options in PDF Maker

Adobe Acrobat Creative Suites 5 includes tools that make it easy to convert Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to PDF. When you install Acrobat on your computer, it looks for Microsoft Office [more…]

Convert Word or Excel Files to PDF

Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5 includes tools that make it easy to convert Microsoft Word and Excel files to PDF. When you install Acrobat on your computer, it looks for Microsoft Office programs. If Acrobat [more…]

Convert PowerPoint Files to PDF

Adobe Acrobat Creative Suite 5 includes tools that make it easy to convert Microsoft PowerPoint files to PDF. When you install Acrobat on your computer, it looks for Microsoft Office programs. If Acrobat [more…]

Create PDF Files from Adobe Creative Suite Applications

You can convert Photoshop files, Illustrator files, or InDesign documents to the Acrobat PDF format so they can be viewed by anyone who has Adobe Reader. This makes sharing your creative endeavors a snap [more…]

Create PDF Files Using Adobe PDF Printer

When you installed Adobe Creative Suite, you also installed a new printer — the Adobe PDF printer — which is used to convert electronic documents to PDF files. The Adobe PDF printer captures all the same [more…]

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