The Blackboard

2010/10/07 Leave a comment

  • OMG it’s 2014!
  • Mao Mao, Mao Mao…..
  • Check out We Are Kittens! I am putting effort into that thing!
  • Creative Cloud! Now it’s the only option!
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Illustrator: Customized Tools Panel

2015/02/23 Leave a comment

This feature has been kicking around a while, but I just stumbled on it recently. You can customize and create your own Tools Panel in Illustrator!

This is great for those buried subtools that don’t have a default keyboard shortcut (looking at you, polygon tool!) or those tools that I can never find for the occasional use (knife and scissors). you can basically drag any tool from the tools menu into a new tool bar of your own making, and then have a second tool bar!

• To add tools to your own new tool bar, drag it from the default tool bar

• To remove tools from the customized tool bar, drag it out into the artboard (you have to have a document open to do this)

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InDesign Hyperlinks Panel Checks URLs for you from within InDesign

2014/12/08 Leave a comment

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 12.05.33 PMAnother one of those “when did they do that?’ moments. When you use Hyperlinks in InDesign, the link is checked and if there’s a problem with the link, InDesign will let you know right away!

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Photoshop: Extract Assets

2014/11/26 Leave a comment

Photoshop introduced a feature to generate assets automatically from your layers by giving them a specific name (see more here) with File > Generate > Image Assets, but the rules for naming the files are… complex. So now there is a friendlier way to do this through File > Extract Assets, which gives you a GUI interface for doing the same thing.

  • Select the layer or layers you want to extract
  • Choose File > Extract Assets, or right click on the layers panel and chose extract assets from the contextual menu.
  • The Extract Assets Dialog box shows up
  • Follow instructions to set up asset extraction.
  • Photoshop will automatically name the layers for you
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InDesign CC 2014: Export to HTML

2014/10/16 1 comment

HTML and pubs are pretty similar. Here are some options when exporting as HTML

  • Styles preserved as CSS
  • Supports Stories, Images, SWF, footnotes, text variables, lists, cross references, hyperlinks(text or webpage), Tables, .h264 video
  • Not supported: hyperlinks(anchors), XML, books, bookmarks, Page transitions, index markers, pasteboard objects, materpage items.
  • Export the document, or just the selected object!
  • File > Export >HTML
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InDesign CC 2014: Improved Epub output

2014/10/16 Leave a comment

The big big feature for InDesign CC 2014, and in fact for InDesign CC 2014 October, is the improvements to epub outputs. Specifically speaking, fixed layout output, better CSS support, and better metadata updating.

Fixed layout support is great for books that are more interactive, like children’s books, and support Javascripts for interactive elements… lots of good stuff

  • File > Export > Epub (Fixed Layout)
  • Epub 3 standard
  • Converts to image format
  • CSS support
  • Javascript for interactivitiy.
  • Assign viewing apps
  • Customizable object width & Height in CSS (object export options dialog box)
  • Table & Cell styles also now maps appropriately to CSS

For details look at this doc, (or if you have to make an epub for real


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InDesign CC 2014: Minor Enhancements..

2014/10/16 Leave a comment

Enhanced Data merge for QR Code

I’ve only used the data merge feature in design on occasion. Infrequenly enough that I have to figure it out every time. But from the times that I’ve used it, it’s been incredibly handily and a total time saver. In InDesign CC 2014, the Data Merge function has been enhanced and has better support for QR Codes. Now you can place a data source containing QR code in a merged document! Unique AR codes can be generated for each merge! Object > Generate QR Code Object > Edit QR Code I’m not going to try this just to get a screenshot, so you’ll just have to believe me.

Enhanced Footnotes

Now you can apply text wrap to an anchored object that is part of the foot note

Scalable Effects

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Now there is an option to scale transparency effects. Choose

  • Adjust effete when scaling
  • adjust stroke weight when scaling
  • in the transform panel pull out menu

Remember, there’s a difference between scaling, and just doing a transformation (dragging and resizing) an object!

tIllustrator CC 2014 October: Area Type options – auto resizing text box!

2014/10/14 Leave a comment

Just noticed this while working in illustrator today. there’s a little extra extender tab at the bottom of area type now, with a square tab. Double click on it will automatically resize the text box to fit the text you have! The text box will also auto fit (height) if you create more content! How convenient is that!

Edit: If you go into Area Type Options, there’ll a checkbox for Auto Size. This is the same feature. If you drag to transform the size of the frame at anytime, it turns back to a regular old box

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