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Adobe Creative Suite CC: Indic Language Support

2014/07/30 Leave a comment

I think this applies to many of the major programs, but not sure. Indic Languages include Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu

For Photoshop : Preferences > Type > Choose Text Engine Options >  East Asian / Middle eastern & South Asian

For Illustrator : Preferences > Language Option > Show East Asian Options / Show Indic Option

For InDesign: Don’t see anything in preferences, but there is apparently a script you can run.

Photoshop CC: Copy CSS

2014/07/30 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 6.40.09 PMYou can export CSS (Cascading style Sheet) code directly from layers or groups. Layer > Copy CSS

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Camera Raw 8: Upright tool and Radial Filter

2014/07/30 Leave a comment

Of course, it goes without saying that Photosho’s Camera Raw module runs on the same engine as Lightroom… so these features are in Lightroom as well.

  • Upright will automatically correct the image to set verticals and horizontals to be straight
  • Radial filter is a … radial filter

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Photoshop CC 2014: Camera Raw Preferences

2014/07/30 Leave a comment

Preferences > File Handling > File Compatibility section > Camera Raw Preferences >

Options for JPG and Tiff handling. For those times that you want to process JPGs and TIFFs with Camera Raw settings as just plain JPGs

  • Disable JPEG Support – Camera Raw dialog box does not open
  • Automatically opens JPEG Settings – Camera Raw Dialog box opens if the JPG has been processed with Camera Raw before
  • Automatically open all supported JPEGs – Camera Raw dialog box opens for all jpg files.

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Photoshop CC: Use Camera RAW as a Filter

2014/07/30 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 5.02.56 PMYou can now use Camera RAW as a regular filter. You no longer have to open your JPEGs as camera raw if you just want to use some of Camera RAW’s settings and sliders. Go to Filter > Camera RAW. This also means you can apply Camera raw beyond traditional image types, and use it on PNGs, videos, and more. Cool Beans!

Photoshop CC: Live Shapes (Live Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles)

2014/07/25 Leave a comment

Live Shapes are all the rage these days. “Live” in this case, primarily means the ability to easily change corner radius and potentially shapes. In Photoshop, working with vector shapes have always been kind of awkward. It’s a forced evolution from Paths to Vector Masks to Shape layers, and it’s a bit of a stretch. The whole thing with live shapes seems to be that it can easily be translated to CSS.

Just like Illustrator, Live Shapes really places emphasis on Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles (really there is no difference anymore). In Photoshop, Live Shapes Properties are displayed in the Properties Panel when a shape is selected. A few things to note

  • There is basically no difference between rectangle and rounded rectangle
  • Ovals don’t get radius options (duh) but you still get to set stroke options
  • Polygon, line and custom shapes don’t have any options at all. They are NOT smart.

Related: See our post on Illustrator Live Shapes here.


Photoshop CC: Layer Filtering, Isolation Mode

2014/07/25 Leave a comment

Photoshop CS6 introduced controls in the Layers panel that let you view and modify only certain types of layers, which made managing layers easier. In Photoshop CC, you can further filter your layers by opting to only work with the selected layer, effectively creating an Isolation Mode. For more on Layer Filtering, see our previous post here

  • “Selected” is now an option within Layer Filters. Photoshop will only display selected layers when the filter is turned on.
  • Alternatively, go to Select > Isolate Layers

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