Can you figure out a way to create this in Illustrator or Photoshop or both? It seems easy but it's not and it might be interesting.
Digital Art and Design Instructor
Sacramento New Technology High School
I really enjoy all you do and appreciate your selfless contributions. I was *tinkering* with Illustrator (as I usually do), and was confronted with some tasks that (I thought) should have been elementary. I've listed them below to get your expert feedback:
1. Glyphs in the character map panel should be *drag-n-dropable.* as editable symbols either to the artboard or directly to the symbols panel.
2. Bulk symbol creation, for example, selecting a group of font alternates, converting to outlines, then dragging the group to the symbol panel creating individual symbols. Also, (or in-lieu of) a right-click menu item for *create symbol library from selection* would be deke-a-lish.
3. A single-click align solution (I have an action). Perhaps with modifiers for *to selection* and *to artboard.*
4. Context menu for a combined *Align and Distribute* when working with a group of items within a specified area.
5. Auto-kern/lead dissimilar sized words between guides or within a marquee selection, etc... (working on a tedious Kenetic Type project).
6. *Always-on* or Global color palettes instead of document based (probably something I'm missing) :)
7. A more *Photoshop-like* foreground/background color well, where the background color is the Stroke color. Also, left-click a swatch to fill with foreground color and right-click to set stroke. In addition, once the eyedropper is selected you could click an object to set the foreground and ctrl or alt-click to set the background (or stroke).
I'm sure I'll bump into more *Why can't I just _____________* dilemmas as I continue to explore the program, but I do thank you for your time.
A list worth having Deke review then sending the leftovers to Adobe. Thanks for your thoughts.
Is there anything new in CS6 about Actions and Automations? Or do you think the CS2 18hour and 18 minute tutorial is the way to go to answer any and all challenges that arise when one is saving time for Adult Libations?
" They thought it would be a disgrace to go forth as a group .
Each entered the forest at a point that he himself had chosen,
where it was darkest and there was no path .
If there is a path it is someone else's path and you are not
on the adventure
I would like to see this in either photoshop or illustrator, either here, or on lynda.com.
I am learning Illustrator CS4 Fundaments on Lynda.com. This maybe a stupid question but: how do I get the layers to remain the same row size each time I open the program? I change the row size each time from medium to other pixel size of 40, however the next time I open a document the row size goes back to the previous size. Also, is there a way to get the entire suite (I am using the CS5 Masters Collection) to all have the same layer row size?
I have the same problem as "CS$ best workflow"
Deke, sorry to bother you again (honestly sorry :))
But maybe you'll be interested to make a technique about that flying paint waves, 'cause I really have no idea how to achieve it and maybe some people too.
http://cinema5.ru/sites/all/images/flying_paint.jpg <<-- flying paint waves example
Or, if not, could you tell, please how to do it or how that thing called properly so I could try to find a tutorial about it?
What do you think?
I have been searching all week for a "how to" from your site and on Lynda.com for how to create text in the shape of an images.
I have found numerous images on deviant art that are shaped like photographs of people when I searched for typography images. They are amazing, but I dont know how to do them. I would love to learn how.
I am so frustrated with Lynda.com's search ability. If only you could get a peek at what it is you are wanting to create. Like me, I dont know the term for the technique and have to sort for hours through various videos to find what I desire to create and often come up empty handed. I would love a peek of an image or icon to hint what you are creating in the videos and save wasted time sorting especially when that time could be used for creating.
This is an example of the image I am refering to:
I'm new to Photoshop. I started using the Bridge and adding keywords for about 1000 pictures taken at my daughter's recent wedding. Only part way through and the list of keywords under people alone has grown to over 60. I realize now that the list would be more manageable if I grouped each of the people into a group with the individuals as sub items e.g. there are several different families or organizations represented and it might be easier to group accordingly.
To be clear right now I have persons A,B,C,D,E,F,G etc. and they belong to family 1, 2, 3 so that I might have Family 1, A,D,E,G; Family 2, B,C; Family 3, F etc. Same number of people but subgrouped. This would also help because usually families at events tend to stick together so that opening a phot and Family 1, might be enough.
Problem is that I don`t see how to move the keywords without creating lot of work. The bottom line is How do I work with keywords to reorganize them after initial use without having to recategorize each and every photo. It seems like an impossible chore to recognize and organize such things in advance.
Hi Deke! I know you've done the shooting star... but I would love if you could teach how to create Fireworks in Illustrator and/or Photoshop. I've been fiddling with using a starburst and then adding some filters to get a noise affect, with a gradient and then using the wind affect to make it look like its drooping down...but I think it could be better... Thanks in advance!! :)
I'll add it to my list.
Thanks for the awesome book, I love it but have a problem. The Lesson 9 Folder is not allowing me to open the HDR folder because the folder name is the same as the file names. I can not complete the Dark Interiors practice needed for school because mini bridge will not open the files, any suggestions? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want.
For one thing, the filenames and the folder name (including subfolder names) are different. Are you working from the JPEGs? (Better idea when trying this for the first time.)
But to my knowledge, folder naming is not a concern for the Mini Bridge or full Bridge.
I tried but can't replicate the problem on my end. Can you post the exact error message?
Hey Deke, I would really appreciate your input on my dilemma!
I am considering purchasing a laptop to use it as my main tool for graphics design. Here are the laptop specs:
Processor Intel® Pentium® P6100
Processor frequency (GHz) 2 Ghz
Cache processor (KB) 3 MB L3 cache
Working memory (GB, RAM) 3 GB DDR3
Memory frequency (MHz) 1066 MHz
Memory moduls 1
Max memory 2 module, 4 GB
Hdd capacity (GB) 320 GB
HDD SATA, 7200 RPM
Weight with battery (Kg) 2,6 kg
Dimensions (W x D x H mm) 381 x 253 x 25 / 34 mm
OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Battery 6 celule
Autonomy 3.5 h
Screen technology HD Acer CineCrystal LED LCD
Screen (inch) 15.6"
Optimal resolution (pixels) 1366x768 px
Video Memory (MB) 128 MB
Video Card Intel HD Graphics
Integrated video cam 1,3 MP
Optical unit yes
Wireless Acer Nplify 02.11b/g/n
Ports 3 x USB 2.0, RJ-45 (NIC), 1 x VGA, 1 x RJ45, 2-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader, 1 x HDMI
Network Ethernet 10/100 Mbps LAN
The thing is, my friend uses this laptop to great success but with CS4 (both Illustrator and Photoshop). As I have purchased CS5 already (currently using it on my desktop machine, Q6600 quad core 2.4 GHz, 2 gb ram, 500gb hdd, Geforce 8600 256 ram), I want to make sure it will run on this laptop before spending my money on it. The main use for PS would be to add a nice touch to my Illustrator design, like effects which are more tedious or not possible to achieve. Thanks a lot Deke!
My favorite item on this list is "Modem no." After long and careful thought, I believe you can do without a modem.
Otherwise, I've been using CS5 on about a dozen systems, many far inferior than the one you outlined. I won't promise that you'll never crash or nothing will go wrong---in fact, I'm sure you and it will (problems invariably arise)---but my guess is that generally speaking you'll be fine.
I had Adobe Creative Suites CS4 already installed on a mac I purchased, no disks. I found a CS5 version through Craigslist, quite inexpensive, disks are guaranteed, so they say. I'd like to put them on my computer, will the CS5 overwrite the CS4, what if they don't work and I end up with nothing. Can I leave my CS4 on the computer until I see if the CS5 works?
Is that you can install a new version of the Creative Suite without any harm whatsoever to the old one(s).
That said, I'm assuming that your version of the Craigslist CS5 and its serial numbers are authentic. Furthermore, this is merely my experience. No guarantees. Every upgrade requires a leap of faith. Back everything up first. Etc.
I have not seen any title for this PS problem that I have.
I have scanned an old AGFA photograph and it is all violet or purple.
There is information in all color channels but whatever I do I can‚t recover it.
It could be hard to recover it but I think it‚s possible with the right procedure.
If it‚s possible to recover it this is the forum that have the PS procedure.
Can you help me?
Hi Deke, i'm a premium member of lynda.com you truly are the master. I just wanted to ask, i upgraded from photoshop cs4 extended to photoshop cs5 extended and that's fine and dandy. Now though my computer has 2 versions of photoshop, can i delete cs4 now and only leave cs5 on my computer, to save RAM, or will that stop cs5 from working?
Will you at anytime on lynda.com show how to use 3d in the extended version? And one final question, hope that's not cheeky of me, i use window vista, but when i open the 'open dialougue" box in photoshop, there is no thumbnail preview, only the title and the PS logoo. If i right click and select preview, it brings up vistas version to preview the file, i've tried absolutely everything!!
Keep up the good work Deke, it's very, very appreciated!! There doesn't seem to be a contact field on your site where you can ask questions, so i've had to bung this inbetween other blogs, so i hope it gets to you.
Many, many thanks in advance.
Earlier this year John had a blog post stating that you can uninstall a previous version of Photoshop after you upgrade. If you want to move the previous version to use another computer, be sure to deactivate it before uninstalling.
I couldn't find the exact post John made but I did find this one.
"Upgrading Photoshop doesn’t require a previous installation"
William L. (Frank) Collins
Will Treasure Trove and the Channels + Masks Configurators work in PSCS5?????
I have both the Channels + Masks and the PSCS4 Books and the Disks that accompany them.....
Thanks for your help...
Hi...can anyone help with what I am sure is a basic problem?
I want to create a text frame in colour - also using the opacity command - however, whenever I reduce the opacity of the colour - the text also becomes translucent - which is not what I want - I want the text to stay bold, whilst reducing the translucency of the text frame.
Thanks in advance.
Instead of applying the transparency directly, select the text frame and choose the menu command "Object/Effects/Transparency...". In the resulting dialog box, be sure to target the "Fill" for the command (in the drop-down menu "Settings for"), then set the transparency to the value you want. It will only affect the text frame's transparency, leaving the text itself alone.
SORRY GUYS! TERRIBLE DESCRIPTION!!!
"How can I align my text CENTRALLY and VERTICALLY within the text box - meaning the same amount of white space above and below the text itself? I don't want to change the size of the text frame, as they all have a effect on the frame edges."
What I meani s - I don't want the actual TEXT to be vertical!.......I mean centrally, horizontally within the text frame.....god, I hope this makes more sense!
Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated - and many thanks in advance.
Select the text frame and choose the menu command "Object/Text Frame Options". In the dialog, select "Center" for the "Vertical Justification". That's it.
Am a new member here so please bear with me - and try and 'picture' my description of a problem I am having.
Ok, well, I have a text frame with text already inserted.
The text frame is exactly the same size as others in my document to create an overall consistency.
However, there is slightly less text in this one than the others.
Ok, now I know I can very easily align the text right/left/centre HORIZONTALLY - no problem.....but my problem is,
How can I align my text CENTRALLY and VERTICALLY within the text box - meaning the same amount of white space above and below the text itself? I don't want to change the size of the text frame, as they all have a effect on the frame edges.
An yadvice/help would be greatly appreciated - and many thanks in advance.
Hope this makes sense!
I only just started working with InDesign CS4, and have just over a month to re-create a small catalog for my employers... with minor changes.
I was watching the tutorials on lynda.com, but am very confused on termanlogy, and how the master pages work... There is the icon for one page, or 2, on the masters, and not sure how to set it up...
My next feat will be to work with the previous version of the catalog...
I have designed a new cover page, and a new background... the rest of it, I have no idea of what I'm doing... I need to add a page, but don't know how to do that, and alter or delete some text which I can do.
I have no idea how to work with the older files to cut down on the work I have to do, or just create a new catalog...
If anyone can please help me, I would GREATLY appreciate any and all help!!!
Photographs for editing in Photoshop CS3
I would like to remove shadows on the face of my subject. Some of these shadows run across the middle of the face. Is there any way that this could be done? Do I need to be looking at any 3rd party software? Please help.
In cs5 Bridge can changes made to raw files (eg. rating, Adj's, crop etc.) be saved as a backup if needed, and if so, how to do this and also apply the backup. I had a power blackout whilst working in Bridge, and " ALL " the bridge files were defaulted back to their original RAW state. I realise I can save individual folders as such, but I would like to backup ALL my bridge image changes on a regular basis. Is this possible.
I am using Windows Vista 64 bit and PS 32/64 bit. Also have LR. Prefer PS Bridge as workhorse.
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