For years software developers have hidden easter eggs within their programs as a way of having a bit of fun. These can be anything from a hidden message or joke through to a full blown game hidden inside the program. It provides a bit of extra entertainment for people using the software, and to be honest when you find an easter egg it's kind of nice knowing you are "in on the secret".
Adobe are no different and the latest CC 2014 releases of Adobe's products have a number of easter eggs hidden in them. I was reminded of this recently when a delegate on one of my courses pointed out one that I hadn't seen before, and I thought it might be nice to do an up-to-date list of easter eggs that I have come across.
I am pretty sure there are probably others out there, and there are some (like the Photoshop Butterflys) that no longer work in CC hence i haven't listed them. If you know of any not included here though please add them in the comments below.
Make Coffee and Toast in Photoshop
Yep you can actually make toast and coffee with Photoshop!
- Simply go down to the Preferences option in the Edit menu and select Interface.
- Now hold down Shift + Alt and click on one of the small colour theme icons near the top of the dialog box and it changes to toast.
- If you would rather have coffee, simply hold Control together with Shift and Alt and click again a couple of times to switch between coffee and toast.
Surely it's only a matter of time until Photoshop can make a cup of coffee, and print it off on a 3d printer for us to drink .....
The Photoshop Cat
If you have been staring at Photoshop for many hours you might be ready for something stronger than a coffee.
- Just hold down the control key on the keyboard
- Select About Photoshop from the Help menu.
You get a slightly different about screen to the normal one.
Some extra Photoshop credits
When you click About Photoshop you get a credits screen which after about 30 seconds starts to scroll. To make it scroll faster just hold down the Alt key, or better still Shift and Alt. Lets say you want to see a few extra messages the developers left though.
- Select About Photoshop.
- Before it starts scrolling click just above the first line of the credits (if you click in the wrong place the About window just closes).
- Once it starts scrolling hold Shift and Alt to skip to the end.
- Watch as it starts playing the credits a second time with some extra messages at the top.
Meet InDesign's Friendly Alien
We all know visiting aliens don't like to be seen by us mere humans and this little fellow is well hidden indeed:
- From the File menu in InDesign select Print Presets and click Define.
- Create a new Print Preset and call it "Friendly Alien" without the quotes (the actual preset settings are irrelevant).
- Save it.
- Now open a blank document and go to file and print, change the print preset at the top of the dialog box to Friendly Alien
- Just click the large P in the print preview window in the dialog box. You should now get a visit from the alien.
Some hidden InDesign strokes
The InDesign strokes panel is great for customising strokes, but did you know some interesting new stroke styles can be created just by picking the right name for them:
- In the InDesign Window menu open the stroke panel
- From the panel menu (top right of the panel) select stroke styles.
- Here you can enable some hidden stroke styles, for example with type set to dash you can create stroke styles called Feet, Happy, Lights or Woof. You don't need to change any settings just give them those names spelt correctly and click create.
- Alternatively set the type to stripe and create Rainbow or Rasta
These can be appled to as a stroke or for example as a strikethrough or underline when you customise these.
Meet the DreamWeaver developers
If you have ever wondered what the DreamWeaver development team look like try this one.
- Create a basic html page in DreamWeaver and add an image to it.
- Open your properties pallette and select the image
- Hold down the Control key and double-click the preview picture on the properties pallette
The Preview image should now show a picture of one of the developers. Continue double clicking while holding down control to see more of them. Illustrator - Unfortunately I can't find any easter eggs that still work in Illustrator CC, and all the old ones I tested seem to have been disabled now. If you have found any though feel free to mention them in the comments below.