InDesign CS5

InDesign Quick-Tip: Instant Unit Conversion

Did you know that you can convert between different units effortlessly in InDesign? Now you will know if you didn’t already. In any field that you enter a unit you can enter its extension and have it converted into your default unit.

An example: If I have my default unit set to picas but I want to add a common .125 inch bleed around the document, all I need to do is type: “0.125 in” (without the quotes) into the bleed amount fields and InDesign will automatically convert it into the right amount of picas, without worry.

Lightroom 3

Lightroom Quick-Tip: Becoming More Accurate With the Tone Curve

To increase accuracy when working with the Tone Curve in Lightroom, hold down your Option-key (PC: Alt-key) while you are moving the points on the Point Curve.

Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Quick-Tip: Trash Layers Quickly

Photoshop CS5If you are deleting layers by dragging them to the trash can you might want to know about a quicker way to do it. To delete a layer in Photoshop CS4 or later, just press the Delete/Backspace key and if you are using Photoshop CS3 or earlier, you need to have the move tool selected before you press the Delete/Backspace key.

Remember, you can quickly switch to the move tool with the keyboard shortcut V.

Illustrator CS5

Illustrator Quick Tip: Erasing a Block of Art

Illustrator CS5By default the eraser tool in Illustrator lets you use a brush to erase what you want. If you hold down the Option key (PC: Alt key) you will be able to drag out a marquee over the area you want to erase. This is much faster than going over the same area with a brush plus it ensures a clean straight erase-line.

InDesign CS5

InDesign Quick-Tip: Text Overlap Using Text Wrap

InDesign CS5If you want to overlap text on an image you can actually use the Text Wrap panel to set that. If you unlink the values so that you can change them individually (by pressing the little chain icon so that it is unlinked) you can enter a negative value into the boxes to have the text overlap instead.

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