Quiktip- Control the Opacity of Gradients In Illustrator

You can control the opacity of each individual color of a gradient inside of Adobe Illustrator. This is fantastic for flexibility with colors. Simply click on the color swatch of the gradient, and there is an opacity setting on the gradient panel. You can also double click on the swatch to bring up a new dialog box, where the opacity is available there as well. You can do this for every single color in a gradient, no matter how many colors are...

Quiktip- Control the Opacity of Individual Colors In Illustrator

You can easily control the opacity of colors in Illustrator. You can Control the opacity of the stroke and the fill individually by using the appearance panel. Directly under each stroke and fill layer in the appearance panel, there is an opacity section, where you can set the opacity for one element, and you could leave it alone, or make it less or more for another. This means that you could have a 100% black stroke, with a 50%...

Quiktip: Grids in Indesign

You can set up a good grid from the start of a new document in Indesign. When the New Document pops up, you can set the number of columns in your document. I tend to use either 3 or 5 columns. You can use as many as you want. I tend to try to keep it simple and to the point. This is a great base for setting up your document to be clean and well organized. You can have an image take up 2 columns, while you could have 2 columns of text under it. Then, the other 3 columns could have objects aligned to them, or to fit those constraints. The grid will help you to align your different elements and keep the document clean and structured. The example shown uses the default margins, but if you want the grid to span the entire size of the document for bleed purposes, then simple set the margins to...

Quiktip: Key Commands For Type

When creating type in Photoshop, and you are looking for just the right display face, it helps to use the key commands to get things just how you want them. If you double click your text icon next to the layer, it will highlight your text. Then, simply go up to the top menu bar and highlight the font. Then, with the up and down arrow keys, you can freely cycle through all of the typefaces instead of having to click each time. Also, if you want to control the size of your type Hold down command+option + shift and hit < to make your text smaller and > to make it larger. This makes display type quick and easy for...

Quiktip: Paths & Selections

You can easily make a path a selection, and make a selection a path. You have a lot of flexibility, because you can also make a mask a selection, which you can make into a path, or you can Command-click (ctrl-click on the PC) a layer with an object isolated on it, and it will make a selection out of the contents of that layer. You can do this on any layer, and then use the masks panel to refine your selection. To make a selection into a path, make a selection, go to the paths panel and click on the flyout menu and choose Make Work Path. The lowest you can fit it is .5 pixels, and then your selection is now a path. In your paths panel, right click on any path layer and choose Make...

Quiktip: Have The Masks Panel

The masks panel is a big help, because you can easily edit and refine your masks via a handy panel. From the masks panel, you can define the density of your mask, which is very handy. Instead of having a black and white mask, the density setting lessens the affect, as if you were apply levels to the mask itself and making it whiter. The difference is that this is easier, because you are using a slider and can easily adjust it to suit your image. You can also set the feather amount and invert the mask as well. You can also select the color range by using the eyedropper tool to select specific color ranges. This puts a lot of standard options right at you fingertips, for ease and...