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Creating actions in Illustrator for automation

If you find yourself repeating certain functions in Illustrator, or find you’re longing for a keyboard shortcut that doesn’t seem to exist, then it’s well worth getting to grips with the Actions panel.

Here’s a quick guide to get you up and running with the basics (Adobe’s online help documentation has more detailed information on all the functions available).

Colour coding guides in InDesign

One simple, but extremely useful, feature in InDesign is the ability to customise the colour of individual guides.

By default the Ruler Guides, the guides we pull out from the page rulers at the top and left of the document window, are set to Cyan.

If we go to the Layout menu and select “Ruler Guides...” we can choose from a number of different standard colours or specify our own custom colour.

10 Photoshop Alt Key Quick Tips

Knowing how to utilize the modifier keys in Photoshop can save you time (and unnecessary mouse-scolling) as you work on your latest masterpiece.

Here’s 10 ways to harness some of the power in the mighty ALT key! In the interest of clarity I should say this is the “Option” key on a Mac despite the fact that it’s been labeled ‘Alt’ on Mac keyboards for several years now... no, I don’t understand either!

How to Quickly Reset Dialogue Boxes in Photoshop

Quickly Reset Dialogue Boxes in Photoshop

As Photoshop continues to grow in complexity so too do the various dialogue boxes used to control the many functions at our disposal. It’s easy to get tied up in knots when trying to refine settings and sometimes we just need to start over – if this has you canceling out of a dialogue box and starting all over again then listen up! There’s an easier way...!