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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Quick Selection

We’re almost done with our tour of the Photoshop selection tools; only two more to go! Already, we’ve visited the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and the Selection Brush, and this week we’ll stop by Quick Selection and see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of a handful of editing tools in the selection arsenal, which is one of the most important and versatile sections in Photoshop! But why, you may ask? Well, let’s back up and explain before we proceed: If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common...

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Set, Forget InDesign Styles for Consistency

In my opinion, one of the marks of a professional graphic designer is consistency. It is so important to make sure that fonts, colors, and design elements are consistent throughout a project, but also across an entire company brand. Design consistency gives a feeling of familiarity and provides the consumer something to recognize about your products or services. When Adobe InDesign was introduced in the Creative Suite in 2002, it came with a bundle of new features that helped designers ensure consistency across documents. One of the easiest ways to do this was to use Adobe styles. In most of...

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Adobe Photoshop Menu Bar Tutorial: Using Logic to Find the Function You Need

Many people new to Adobe Photoshop and other Adobe Creative Suite programs feel like a deer in headlights. Sure, many of Photoshop’s tools will be completely new, and the software is, without question, complex. But, coming into your first projects, we can guarantee that you know at least two things: some items in the main toolbar and the goals of your project. With these things to build off of, we can help you make educated guesses where to look for the design-enhancing whatchamacallits and thingamajigs in Photoshop with good old-fashioned logic and imagery. File & Edit Menus...

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Adobe Photoshop Tool Palette Cheat Sheet

Ever try to navigate your way through Adobe Photoshop, only to wonder what all the funky little icons mean? Here is a quick cheat sheet of Photoshop’s specific tool palette to help you out. Also, check out our Adobe Creative Suite Tools post to find out what all the other icons do! Edit in Quick Mask Mode It is: A selection tool like no other. What it does: Creates selected areas using any of Photoshop’s painting tools. This can be used in conjunction with other selection tools. What that means: This mode is a one-stop-shop to nail down a specific selection using tools that normally wouldn’t...

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