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Stroke a path

The ability to stroke a path is an elementary, but not widely known function in PhotoShop.

Stroke a Path first step

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Smart calculator

The OS X Calculator features some really cool little known functions, besides the occasional bugs.

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Don't destruct, just adjust!

PS_adjust_layer_1.gifIt never fails to bring a tear to my eye when I see a designer or graphic artist making color corrections & adjustments directly to an image. When you use the levels, curves, brightness and other filters on an image, you are destroying pixels - and there's no way to get them back once you save and close the file. These are called "Destructive" filters for a reason, they physically add, change or remove pixels!

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Cool stock market game for the weekend

Growing stock price of CreativeBitsBlogShares is a simulated, fantasy stock market for weblogs where players invest fictional money to buy stocks and bonds in an artificial economy where attention is the commodity and weblogs are the companies.

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Take Action!

PS Action SamplePhotoshop Actions are a designer's secret weapon. Actions can make your life much easier. Actions are your friend!

This isn't a tip, a trick or a hint. I'm not going to go into how to create your own actions - something that would take far too much space on this page. Instead, I'll simply point you to a site that has several INCREDIBLE actions pre-built and ready for you to use.

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Color sampler tool

To follow up on previous posts on features of the Eyedropper tool, here is another useful feature.

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Fill vs. Opacity in PS Layers

One of the things that many designers always seem to miss (mostly because we never read the manuals!) is the difference between Opacity and Fill. The difference can be subtle or extreme, depending on the effect you're looking for.

Create a layer and put an object or some text on it. Now apply a layer effect such as Outer Glow. (See image below)


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Check your preferences

If one of your applications is misbehaving there is a big chance that it's caused by its corrupted preferences file. You should quit the application locate the specific file and trash it. It's under yourusername /Library /Preferences/...

Be aware that when you trash a preferences file, you will obviously loose your user specific settings for that application, so you will need to set them up again. However, it's worth the effort if it helps you fix the erratic behavior.

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Pick up the average color

Eyedropper toolI've touched on one of the special features of the Eyedropper tool before. BTW it's easy to remember the tool shortcut for the Eyedropper: it's "i" as "eye".

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Fix blurry text in web graphics

PS KerningWhen using small text in web graphics in either Photoshop or ImageReady, you may notice that your text looks blurry at small point sizes (usually, anything below 12 to 14 points). Running a sharpening filter over rasterized text only serves to make it look worse.


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