Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Quick-Tip: Set Your Tool Opacity With a Keyboard Shortcut

There are keyboard shortcuts for almost everything in Photoshop, including changing the opacity of a tool. To change the opacity for any tool that supports it, just press any number from 1 to 0 and the opacity will change from 10% up to 100%.

For more control over this, you can press (for example) 7 then 5 to get 75% opacity.

Illustrator CS5

Illustrator Quick-Tip: Flexible Rounded Corners

For more flexibility when working with rounded corners in Illustrator, you can instead of using the rounded rectangle tool, use the standard Rectangle tool and draw your base shape. After that, go to Effect > Stylize > Rounded Corners. This will be saved in the appearance panel with the bonus that you can go back and change the settings whenever you want.

Lightroom 3

Lightroom Panel Tricks

In this tutorial you will learn to use some of the neat panel tricks inside of Adobe Lightroom. These tricks will help you optimize the interface for your setup and thus work faster.
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Friday Website Tip: Rufus Deuchler’s Blog

This week I want you to check out the blog of Rufus Deuchler, a fellow european friend and a fabulous trainer and speaker who knows just a ton of cool stuff about design and Adobe-stuff.

On his blog you will find many useful tips and cool techniques on the different Adobe applications and if you haven’t been visiting the site before, the archives are well worth it to browse through.

Quick Late Wednesday Tidbits


I realize that this is actually quite late to be some Wednesday tidbits, but better late than never right!

  • Yesterday over on CSS-Tricks I saw a nice little jQuery plugin that Chris Coyier made called the AnythingSlider. Now, you might be wondering why I would be linking to yet another one of these sliders. The reason is of course simple! It is powerful and looks nice! Check it out!
  • I feel really behind with some news right now but Smashing Magazine had a great article a while back with some beautiful and free fonts that you can use in your designs! While just finding fonts might not be the hardest task online, it is hard to find quality ones that you can actually use! 
  • It can be even harder to find icon sets that you are free to use, which is why I really loved seing a list by Hongkiat with 40 free and useful GIU Icon Sets that you can use. 
  • Something for the WordPress developer as well, also from Smashing Magazine are some very handy tricks that you can do to your WordPress comments! 

More news exist today though! Canon has announced some all new cameras, but wait for that until the next post coming up!

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