With the release of Creative Suite 5, Adobe have handed over to the masses an impressive array of creative tools. We've asked the experts to highlight a selection of useful tips to help you make more from this release.
‘Fake’ a HDR-processed image in Adobe Photoshop
Open a suitable photo in Photoshop CS5 and choose Image > Adjustments > HDR Toning to display the HDR Toning dialog box. Adjust the slider to create a stylised image or select an entry from the presets list to mimic the tone-mapping results traditionally achieved in high dynamic range photos.
Use the content-aware fill within Adobe Photoshop
To remove unsightly power lines or other distractions in an image, choose the Spot Healing Brush tool, and then select the Content-Aware setting in the options bar. Adjust the size in the Brush Picker window. Drag the tool over the power line or other element. Once the whole line is covered, release the mouse button.
Quickly find content using the Mini Bridge within Adobe InDesign
While in InDesign, locate relevant assets without leaving the application. Click the status pop-up menu at the bottom left of the screen and choose Reveal in Mini Bridge. The Mini Bridge panel will open and automatically display the contents of the folder containing the spread you’re working on.
Learn how to reuse linked files in InDesign
To locate files previously used in InDesign, check in Mini Bridge for spreads displaying a small link icon. Right-click such a spread and choose Show Linked Files. Mini Bridge displays thumbnails of all the assets linked to the spread in the Content pane, even if the assets are located in different folders.
Real-time corner effects using Adobe InDesign CS5
With InDesign CS5, you can curve one or more corners of a frame just by dragging on the corner itself. All rectangular frames now display a yellow square to put the frame into corner editing mode. Drag any of the yellow diamond-shaped corner handles to change the shape of the corner.
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