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).
One of Illustrator’s many potent tools, and something of an unsung hero, is the Width Tool which we cover on our Adobe Illustrator classes for beginners. Nested in with some of the other exotic tools, like Warp and Bloat, the Width Tool allows us to vary the thickness of a stroke at any given point along a path.
If you work in InDesign and have a need to share files or collaborate on projects then you may have come across the humble IDML file extension. Knowing a little about how this file format works, and what is included in the resulting file can help you navigate a workflow that needs to cater for different versions of 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.
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!
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...!