Martini Hour 003, In Which Colleen Exposes the Secret Brotherhood
It's time once again to pour yourself a refreshing cocktail--or in the case of this week's episode, perk up with a restorative cuppa Joe--and join me and Deke for Martini Hour. It's our personal opinion that this is the episode in which we really hit our stride. Or maybe that's just the caffiene talking.
Oh my goodness, can't you just smell the French roast? (Deke says feel free to add some Baileys.)
Here's what's going on in the dekeLounge this week:
In the first segment, we discuss the Photoshop Secret Handshake of Option-Delete (or Alt+Backspace) to fill a selection with the foreground color. (Yes, that's "delete" to "fill" folks, which makes sense to only those initiated into the darkest of the Photoshop dark arts.) Deke then goes on to recount all the various and somewhat nonsensical keystroke combinations that allow you to fill a selection with various optional outcomes. By the time we finally get to mash our fists on the keyboard (Cmd-Shift-Option-Delete on the Mac or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Backspace on the PC) to fill from the active History state while still respecting transparency, I've put down the coffee cup and gone in search of my cocktail again.
He Said She Said
Deke and I have a difference of opinion on how best to apply often-used styles in InDesign (or "style sheets" if you prefer Deke's vernacular; more on that in another episode). Deke likes to create an elaborate set of shortcuts that he then stashes away in his vault-like brain. I like to use Quick Apply whenever I can, because all I have to remember is one keystroke (Cmd-Return or Ctrl-Enter) along with the first letters of the style I want. We both wish InDesign allowed more creativity for style shortcuts. In the end, it basically boils down to the fact that Deke has a compendium-brain while I'm a faster typist, and so we choose our method of repeating oft-used formatting accordingly.
This Week's Toast
This week we raise our coffee mugs, martini glasses, and sundry other beverage containers to David Futato, the intrepid design mastermind behind the One-on-One book series and the co-author of InDesign CS4 One-on-One. David rocks, and we've finally decided we'll let him get a little sleep before we press him right back into service.
Interested? Well, hell yeah, why wouldn't you be? Here's the regular-quality (192kbps) audio file. For best results, right-click and choose Download or Save.
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