Tips & Techniques is a PDF digest of software tips and techniques that we send occasionally to clients, prospects, and friends.
See the Tips & Techniques blog for many more design & production tips, updated frequently!
August 2009 Tips & Techniques
Paste Without Formatting in InDesign/InCopy Illustrator's Isolation Mode Advice for designers during tough times How to round just some of the corners of a frame.
July 2009 Tips & Techniques
Prevent hyphenation between columns in InDesign Drag & Drop tricks with Bridge Teach Photoshop to take notes Snap guides to objects in InDesign.
January 2008 Tips & Techniques
View spreads in Acrobat 8 Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) files Deleting Preference files An Adobe and industry timeline • New Microsoft fonts.
January 2007 Tips & Techniques
The fine points of InDesign's Rectangle tools Making InDesign's Pages palette more efficient A plug-in for converting Quark files to InDesign A Web site for background textures A cool Web site for creating color swatches • How to view proper spreads in Acrobat 8 • Beta software that claims to convert PDF files into editable InDesign files • How to automatically log all the edits you make to a photo.
April 2006 Tips & Techniques
How to use Snippets in InDesign CS2 Creating PDF Presentations in Photoshop CS and CS2 Resources at Adobe Studio Scroll wheel shortcuts Using Isolated Groups to crop images in Illustrator.
November 2005 Tips & Techniques
Viewing exact ink percentages in InDesign and Quark Adobe Blogs A free InDesign plug-in Using layers to lock objects in InDesign and Quark Moving objects to locked layers in InDesign Photoshop's Filter>Extract command.
June 2005 Tips & Techniques
Master page tips for InDesign Text cleaning utility Creating text wraps properly in InDesign Creating attractive stroked text easily in Ilustrator Digging through stacked objects in Quark and InDesign Fixing damaged InDesign files.
March 2005 Tips & Techniques
Opening Quark6 files with InDesign InDesign's hidden diagnostic dialog box How to print a selected portion of a page in Acrobat Modify keyboard shortcuts for multiple Undoes in Photoshop Copy/Paste preferences between Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign How to quickly switch between curled and straight quotes in InDesign.
December 2004 Tips & Techniques
Using "scrubby sliders" in Photoshop How to quickly switch between open windows of an application in Mac OS X Creating two-page spreads in Quark and InDesign Duplicating pages in InDesign Nudging page items in Quark, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop A neat typography Web site • How to print the contents of a folder in Mac OS X.
May 2003 Tips & Techniques
Creating hanging indents in Quark and InDesign Using Acrobat's Fields palette Shortcuts for deleting text in InDesign and Word Interchanging fill and stroke colors of an object with InDesign and Illustrator An Illustrator trick for creating type outlines A great Web site for some free vector artwork.
April 2003 Tips & Techniques
Adding tab character shortcuts to InDesign A free preflight utility Controlling copy and paste behavior between Illustrator and Photoshop Quick navigation in Acrobat Ruler guide tricks in Quark and InDesign A free GoLive book Zoom shortcuts in Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and PageMaker Creating small files in Acrobat, InDesign, and PageMaker.
January 2003 Tips & Techniques
Selecting all the text from the cursor to the end of a story in InDesign and Quark Using the crop tool to increase the canvas size in Photoshop Brush shortcuts in Photoshop Controlling raster effect resolution in Illustrator Removing fonts in Suitcase.
October 2002 Tips & Techniques
Adjusting word spacing to help with copyfitting in InDesign & Quark Deleting layers in Photoshop Using "Document Compare" in Acrobat Entering "dingbat" characters in InDesign.
July 2002 Tips & Techniques
The best ways to save Illustrator graphics Layers palette changes in Photoshop 7 Forcing styles in QuarkXPress Selecting all ruler guides in InDesign Using the cursor keys in InDesign, Illustrator, and PageMaker.
February 2002 Tips & Techniques
Forcing text to jump to the next column or box in Quark Precise guide positioning in Photoshop Quick measurement unit changes in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Selecting overlapping objects in InDesign and PageMaker Using printer styles in InDesign, PageMaker, and Quark.
December 2001 Tips & Techniques
Selecting all text to the end of the story in Quark Multiple undoes from the keyboard in Photoshop Stripping out local formatting while applying styles in InDesign Printing full size pages in Acrobat Font identification Web site
October 2001 Tips & Techniques
Using nonbreaking spaces in InDesign, Quark, and PageMaker Quick painting and erasing in Photoshop Online reference works Printing noncontiguous pages in Acrobat Illustrator type tool trick
August 2001 Tips & Techniques
Using right-align tabs in InDesign and Quark Improving the appearance of vector artwork in PDF files Creating high-res text in Photoshop Hiding the text selection in Photoshop Selection tool shortcut in Illustrator and InDesign Removing unnecessary elements from Illustrator files
April 2001 Tips & Techniques
Viewing style sheet differences in Quark Copying pages from one InDesign file to another Using the appearance palette to improve stroked text in Illustrator Brushes palette shortcut in Photoshop
February 2001 Tips & Techniques
Using Illustrator's smart guides Proper use of en and em dashes Using Photoshop's "warped text" in Illustrator
August 2000 Tips & Techniques
Selecting overset text in Quark Nudging boxes in Quark Using Illustrator files in Photoshop Online symbol encyclopedia Quick Photoshop fill shortcuts Finding missing fonts in ATM Deluxe
June 2000 Tips & Techniques
Copyfitting techniques in Quark Adding new text to a PDF file Free hi-res stock photography Photoshop's Extract Image command
April 2000 Tips & Techniques
Quark copy and paste trick Free frame effects Accessing PANTONE colors by number in Illustrator Optimizing the opening view of PDF files
March 2000 Tips & Techniques
Creating grids of boxes in Illustrator Quark ruler guide tips Photoshop cropping tool tip Using multiple undoes in InDesign PageMaker's "power paste" feature
February 2000 Tips & Techniques
Changing brush size in Photoshop Using context menus in palettes in Photoshop Contentless boxes in Quark InDesign's promise
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