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Adobe After Effects CS5 : Expressions - Color Sampling and Conversion, Extra Credit
Congratulations on making it this far. The remaining examples build on concepts covered earlier, but I have saved them for this section because they are particularly tricky or involve some complex math. I’m presenting them mainly to entice you to take some time to figure out how they work.
Adobe After Effects CS5 : Expressions - Layer Space Transforms
In the world of expressions, layer space transforms are indispensible, but they present some of the most difficult concepts to grasp. There are three coordinate systems in After Effects, and layer space transforms provide you with the tools you need to translate locations from one coordinate system to another.
Adobe Fireworks CS5 : Designing the banner ad (part 3) - Importing Photoshop images
You are getting lots of practice importing images. You will import two more images now, but there’s a twist. These images are Photoshop (PSD) files. Fireworks has some special features for importing such files, even if the file is only a single image.
Adobe Fireworks CS5 : Designing the banner ad (part 2) - Importing assets, Using the Auto Vector Mask for quick fades
You’ll do more complicated masking shortly, but for these police cars, the Auto Vector Mask is just the feature to use. It not only creates a mask quickly, but lets you preview the effect. This command can be used on vector or bitmap objects.
Adobe Fireworks CS5 : Designing the banner ad (part 1) - Adding the background, Editing gradient colors, Editing gradient direction and angle
With the rectangle still active, and the gradient applied, you should see two control arms. The arms are normally black, but we’ve outlined them in white here to make them easier to see.
Adobe Fireworks CS5 : Masking - About masks
In this lesson, you will work with masks to create a banner ad for the promotion of the Double Identity movie, and you’ll have a chance to brush up on importing images and using the Pen and Subselection tools along the way.
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 : Working Within the Flash Environment - Printing a Document in Windows
Printing a paper copy is the most common way to preview and share your documents. You can use the Print dialog box to set how many copies to print, specify a range of pages to print, and print your document.
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 : Working Within the Flash Environment - Printing a Document in Macintosh
The Print command is probably the most used of all Flash’s print options. In addition to normal printing functions, such as Copies and Pages, the Print command gives you other menus that let you control specific printing functions, such as output ink and color management.
Adobe Flash Professional CS5 : Working Within the Flash Environment - Working with Page Setup in Windows
You can use the Page Setup dialog box in Windows to select the size and location in the printer of the paper you want to use. You can also select the page orientation (portrait or landscape) that best fits the entire document or any selection.
Adobe InDesign CS5 : Working with Objects and Layers - Hiding and Showing Objects, Creating Inline Objects
An inline object is a shape or graphic that is pasted into a text frame. The object is pasted into a text frame in the same way as a text. When the object is placed in a text, you can adjust the object in the frame by using the Direct Selection tool or move the object in the text frame by using the Selection tool.
Adobe InDesign CS5 : Working with Objects and Layers - Locking and Unlocking Objects
After you’ve spent a lot of time laying out objects in your document, you may want to lock everything into place. The Lock command on the Object menu allows you to lock the position of one or more selected objects.
Adobe InDesign CS5 : Working with Objects and Layers - Rotating Objects
After you create an object, you can change its orientation by rotating it. For a freeform rotation, when you want to rotate the object in other than 90-degree increments, you can use the Selection or Rotate tool.
Adobe Illustrator CS5 : Proofing and Printing Documents - Inserting File Information
You can add metadata to files saved in the PSD, PDF, EPS, PNG, GIF, JPEG, and TIFF formats. The information is embedded in the file using XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform). This allows metadata to be exchanged between Adobe applications and across operating systems.
Adobe Illustrator CS5 : Proofing and Printing Documents - Checking for Print Problems, Using the Document Info Panel
Before you print your document, it’s important to check the Summary category in the Print dialog box. The summary information is good to have if you’re having problems printing your job at a commercial printer. You can save the information and send it to the printer to help diagnose the problem.
Adobe Illustrator CS5 : Working with Objects - Reshaping Objects with Envelopes
Envelopes are objects you can use to reshape other objects, except graphs, guides, or linked objects. You can use one of the built-in envelopes or create your own out of an existing object.
Adobe Illustrator CS5 : Working with Objects - Applying Multiple Transformations
The Transform Each command allows you to transform multiple objects relative to their individual reference points instead of a single reference point. With the Transform Each command, you can scale or move objects horizontally or vertically, rotate objects by a specific angle, and create a mirror reflection of the objects.
Corel Painter X : Mixed-Up Media - Digital Caricature (part 2) - The Eyes Have It, Plug In That Earring
You can use Create Drop Shadow to enhance the 3D look of the marble. The Layers Palette has created a group for Marble and Shadow, so the shadow occupies its own layer and can be manipulated independently. T
Corel Painter X : Mixed-Up Media - Digital Caricature (part 1) - Exaggerate and Simplify
A successful caricature expresses the essence of a person’s face. Find at least one feature that is distinctive and “push” it. If the nose is long, make it longer. If the chin is weak, reduce it further. I
CorelDRAW X5 : The X5 Test Drive - Going 3D (part 2)
Because the light is facing the right side of the gear, the lighting on the gear’s teeth looks superb and quite intricate in design. The face, conversely, looks a little dim because it’s facing away from Light 1.
CorelDRAW X5 : The X5 Test Drive - Going 3D (part 1)
Although CorelDRAW is a drawing program and not a modeling application such as Autodesk 3D Studio, you can indeed get dimensional effects with the Extrude tool to make a simple drawing such as this logo pop off the page... or off a T-shirt.
CorelDRAW X5 : The X5 Test Drive - Welding an Edge to a Typed Character, A Brief Excursion into Gradient Fills
CorelDRAW has a number of operations you can access from the property bar (and from the Shaping docker) when more than one object is selected; you’ll achieve more dramatic objects that are the result of overlapping objects.
CorelDraw 10 : Using the Scrapbook Docker - To insert clip art or bitmap images
You can use the Scrapbook docker to insert clip art, photos, and other bitmap images from the CorelDraw 10 CDs or your hard disk into your documents.
Corel Draw 10 : Working with Symbols - Adding symbols to a document, Creating your own symbols
In CorelDraw, you can add symbols to your documents from fonts such as Wingdings and Zapf Dingbats. And you can take any graphic that you've created and save it in a symbol collection for later reuse.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 : Working with Web Page Tables - Creating a Nested Table
A nested table is a table inside a cell of another table. You can format a nested table as you would any other table; however, its width is limited by the width of the cell in which it appears.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 : Working with Web Page Tables - Using a Tracing Image
You can use a tracing image as a guide to create a page design in Dreamweaver. For example, you can use Adobe Photoshop to create an exact replica of what you want your Web page to look like (i.e. headings, body text areas, navigation, etc), and then use that image as a tracing image to help design the actual Web page.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 : Working with Web Page Tables - Changing Cell, Row, or Column Properties
Cells can contain colors or image backgrounds, and when placing text and graphics, you decide how the information appears within the table cells; however, there is a priority to how the cells are formatted.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 : Intermediate Selection Techniques (part 4) - Refine Edge Command
Even though the Select menu offers several options, there is always room for improvement. Photoshop provides a powerful option for refining an existing selection—the Refine Edge command, which can be accessed in two ways.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 : Intermediate Selection Techniques (part 3) - Creating a Path with the Pen Tool
You can use the Pen tool to create paths. Many users swear by the Pen tool, but be warned: It’s not the easiest tool to use. The Pen tool allows you to click around the image, adding anchor points. Photoshop then connects those points with vector lines, which can be adjusted or resized.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 : Intermediate Selection Techniques (part 2) - Quick Mask Mode
The Quick Mask mode can be a bit time-consuming, but its accuracy and flexibility make it worth using. The primary advantage of editing your selection as a quick mask is that you can use almost any Photoshop tool or filter to modify the mask.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 : Intermediate Selection Techniques (part 1) - Color Range Command
If you liked the Magic Wand tool, then prepare to love the Color Range command. The Color Range command allows you to select a specified color within the document. You can then easily add to the selection to refine it. All of its speed and power is complemented by a very intuitive user interface.
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