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Import and export formats for InDesign (multimedia for interactivity)

2010/10/22 Leave a comment

I’m interested in which multimedia (sound/movie) format InDesign supports (for interactive PDFs and Flash). I can only find this link for CS3. I am guessing it hasn’t changed much for CS4 or CS5.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/333/333124.html

Selecting Text in InDesign with Keyboard Shortcuts

2010/09/02 1 comment

Don’t want to take your hands off the keyboard during a marathon text editing session? Use these keyboard shortcuts!

I probably don’t even use half of these, but if you do heavy text editing in InDesign these may be worth learning. (I’m going to guess these will work for InCopy as well, but I am not sure)

  • double click: selects the word.
  • triple click: selects the line.
  • 4x click: selects the paragraph.
  • ctrl/cmd + left/right arrows: Skips the cursor left/right by one word.
  • ctrl/cmd + up/down arrows: skips the cursor up/down by one paragraph.
  • shift + arrow: Selects text.
  • ctrl/cmd + Shift + left/right arrows: Adds to text selection by one word to the left/right.
  • ctrl/cmd + shift + up/down arrows: Adds to text selection by one paragraph up/down.
  • shift + home/end: Selects text from the cursor to the beginning/end of the line.
  • ctrl + shift + home/end: Selects text from the cursor to the beginning/end of the story.
  • ctrl + a: Selects all text in the story.
  • ctrl + shift + a: Deselects all text in the story.

Photoshop Vector Shape Layers

2010/08/17 2 comments

You can make complex vector shape layers and masks straight from Photoshop! Most of the controls are in the Control Panel, and is context sensitive. So make sure you are in you Shape Tools [U].

Control Panel/Options Bar with Shape Tool Selected

Control Panel/Options Bar with Shape Tool Selected

Control Panel/Options Bar for Shape Tool

  • Tool Presets lets you select a tool saved as a preset.
  • Drawing Mode lets you draw as shape layer, paths, or pixels.
  • Tool Options lets you define parameters for a given tool (confine to circle, square, etc)
  • Tool Modifiers lets you add to shape, subtract from shape…etc.
  • the Link Icon I have no idea what this does. Someone explain it to me please.
  • Style lets you decorate your shape from one of the saved Graphic Styles.
  • Color Yes. You can has color.

Drawing Modes

  • Shape Layers creates a vector mask against a solid color adjustment layer. You can draw separate shapes on a layer! This is what we’ll talk about for the rest of the post.
  • Paths creates just a plain path in the Paths Panel. You know, before Photoshop had vector shapes and vector masks.
  • Fill Pixels create the shape as pixels. Plain ‘ol pixels.

Drawing Tool Modifiers

  • Create a New Shape Layer does what it says. Creates a new layer to make a new shape. Like lots of layers called “Shape #”? This is for you.
  • Add to Shape Area add the vector path to the current layer. If your new shape is going to be the same color and style as your existing shape, why not do this instead of creating a new layer? Click on the icon before drawing a new shape, or hold down [shift].
  • Subtract from Shape Area subtracts shapes from each other while drawing multiple shapes on the same layer, use this modifier. hold down [alt/opt].
  • Intersect Shape Areas shows only the parts where the two shapes overlap. [shift+opt/alt].
  • Exclude Overlapping Shapes shows only the parts where the two shapes don’t overlap.

No more Audio Annotation Tool in Photoshop

2010/08/10 Leave a comment

In case you don’t know already, no more Annotation Tool in Photoshop. But you DO get a Notes Panel instead.

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