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New input device for graphic designers

NuLOOQFor a change here is a Mac OS X only hardware. What's more is that it is especially designed for us graphic designers working all day on Adobe applications.

I've not tried it myself yet, so I can't tell you how good it is, but I can certainly value the initiative to develop something beyond the traditional input devices. Hopefully it is much easier to get used to than it is to remember it's name. Here is what Logitech says about it:

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Photoshop Shortcuts

Trevor Morris has conveniently gathered all of Photoshop CS2's keyboard shortcuts into this PDF file. Learning all the shortcuts lets you speed though your work up to 5-10 times faster than by using menus, according to research. Other shortcuts are available on this page.

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InDesign DRM

When you release a file onto the internet that contains hours of your work, it's pretty much on its own. Digital rights management is not-existent, anyone can copy, alter, and modify it.

Not when you're giving out PDF's of the document. In InDesign, when you use the File>Export command, there's a security tab. This lets you set restrictions on who can access the file, and what they can do with it.

Document Open Password

This option encrypts the document with 128-bit encryption (which is pretty much the best there is — and it's compatible with Acrobat 5 or later).


With this option in place, readers can view your document but not edit or print it. You can set a password, as well as what changes are allowed and whenther printing is. You can also set wether copying of text and images is allowed. (Of course, this doesn't protect against people making screenshots).

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The Money-Shot... :)

Ok... I was designing a credit card for a new client using provided, hi-res photos of a pile of US Currency when I got this error:


After doing a little research, it seems that Photoshop CS has an algorithm built-in that recognizes images of various currency and will prevent you from accessing the image.

My first reaction was "WTF Mate?" :)

You can read more about it [url=]here.[/url]

To save you all some time, here's the workaround:

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Animating Illustrator Blends for fun and profit

Here's some rainy day fun, let's animate Illustrator blends to make interesting animated gif's.

There are quite a few steps involved, but once you got them down you'll be making these with ease.

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Crop tool

This tool commonly used by photographers and designers looks simple but actually it could be so complex you wouldn’t believe. Covered topics: Crop tool for resizing images, crop on duplicated image, the “rule of thirds” in mind, and canvas extension.

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10 Photoshop tips for busy designer

This is a collection of 10 useful tips to help you make your work more productive and easier. Many of them are for advanced users so I will not cover all the details on how to use specific functions in Photoshop. Anyway, I think these tips are easy to follow.

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Change screenshot format in Tiger

A collegue of mine running Mac OS X 10.4 wanted to change the default .png format of the screenshot back to the 10.3 default .pdf.

Although there is no control panel for this setting yet, but luckily it's very simple to achieve using the Terminal. Just open Applications/ Utilities/ and paste in the following command to the command line and press return:
defaults write type pdf

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Photoshop filters

Filters inside Photoshop

It’s always good to know what you could expect from filters inside Photoshop. To figure it out what they are able to do you must experiment a lot. Some filters wont work on empty background. They need something. For example, just a spot you created with brush tool will be enough. Some of them love to involve foreground/background colors.
I will show you some very basic implementations of filters in this tutorial.

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Chocolate in Photoshop

Create chocolate in Photoshop

Personally, I don’t like to use bevel effect in my work. I like things to be flat. But, one night I saw the billboard on the street with huge chocolate and it was actually a photograph of chocolate. So, I decided to reproduce it in Photoshop but without using bevel effect it’s almost impossible to do that. Just check it out bevel in action.


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