1. In Word, we switch from Print Preview to Normal or Web Layout View by clicking on icons. In InDesign, when you would like to see how your document looks without the margins, column guides, etc. showing, there is an easy way to accomplish this.
Are there tasks you find yourself doing again and again in Photoshop? To spare yourself some time and exasperation, you can create a Photoshop Droplet. The Droplet is a little application consisting of a set of Photoshop tasks that you create and which sits on your desktop. You run the application by dragging a file on top of the Droplet icon.
Here’s how to create a Photoshop Droplet:
For more complex chores, you can also create Photoshop Actions and run them on batches of files.
First, create an Action:
http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/post-processing-articles/100-free-photoshop-actions-and-how-to-make-your-own/ (This set of instructions includes some free predefined actions for optional download)
Then, run your action on a batch of files:
A contact sheet is a grid of thumbnail images that may be used for a lot of things: yearbooks, calendars–anything in which you would like to post a thematic group of pictures. Adobe offers this automated function in some of its Creative Suite applications and in Lightroom.
In InDesign, creating a contact sheet is an easy process.
- From the Menu bar, choose File, then Place.
- Select multiple images by Ctrl-clicking or Shift-clicking. If you want to include captions with your images, check Create Static Captions.
- Click Open.
- On the InDesign page, start dragging. You will see a grid forming as you drag.
- Press the arrow keys to set the number of rows and columns you want.
- To change the spacing between frames, press Page Up or Page Down or hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) while pressing the arrow keys.
You will see a preview result of your keypresses onscreen as you work.
- Release the mouse button to place the grid of images.
- At this point, you can replace captions and resize at will.
If you are ready to break out of the PowerPoint mold and infuse rich design features with multimedia into your slide shows, create an interactive InDesign document for your next presentation. Adobe InDesign offers Presentation mode with buttons, transitions, and all interactive bells and whistles.
You can watch how to to do it here:
And you can check out all the features with written step-by-step how-to’s here:
An Ad Hoc Video Conference at IU is a videoconference connection you establish on the fly with a central multimedia server. You identify your conference code using four numbers of your own choice and then adding “22″ to the beginning, and distributing that information to people whom you want to join.
Users can join your conference in three ways: using point-to-point videoconference equipment (such as that found in conference rooms); using UniCom with an optional web cam; and by calling in via telephone. All methods may be used simultaneously in a conference.
For instructions and more information, see:
There are myriad ways to remove red eye from a photograph.
First, see how to use the Red Eye tool in Photoshop:
While this technique works, I tend to use methods other than the Red Eye tool because a) it can result in overkill, and b) the tool actually changes existing pixels– and I almost always use nondestructive editing in Photoshop. On the rare occasions that I use the Red Eye tool, I first select the pupils and copy them to a new layer before using the tool.
If this tool is unsatisfactory–as in the case of animals–here are some other ways to remove red eye:
- You can use the regular Brush tool with a Color blend mode. Make sure that the foreground/background colors are set to the default black/white. (To set default with a keyboard shortcut, press the D key.)
- To keep it nondestructive, I would advise a modified approach to the same Blend Mode process above: add a new layer and set its blend mode to Color, then use the brush in normal mode on the new layer. Again, foreground/background colors must be set to default.
- You can use the Color Replacement tool with a black foreground. This tool is in the Brush tool family; press and hold Brush to activate it. Note that the higher Tolerance settings in the Options panel will result in stronger effects.
What about animals? The Photoshop Red Eye tool responds to only the color of reflections in human eyes–so that particular tool won’t work on animals. Following is a terrific article that includes animals plus a couple of other methods–including the Sponge tool, which is one of my favorites.
- Other ways to fix red eye: http://www.graphics.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=988 .
This article offers a terrific way to achieve luminous eyes, too!
A question arose in a recent Access Forms workshop about a form that was being designed to capture information supplied by library patrons. To that point in the workshop, we had created several forms; but in each case when the form was opened we saw record 1 of the data set. We saw that we could use the New Record icon to set the form fields to blank when we wanted to enter new data. But in this case, the database owner wanted the form to open so that what the user sees immediately is a form with blank fields ready for a new record to be entered. The solution simply involves setting properties of the form as follows:
- With the Form in Design view or Layout view, open the Property Sheet and be sure you are looking at the properties of the Form
- To most easily find the properties you need, choose the Data tab at the top of the Property Sheet
- Find the Data Entry property and set it to Yes
- Also be sure the Allow Additions property is set to Yes
So you attended an IT Training workshop. Where do you go from here?
The Workshop Experience
We design IT Training Workshops to teach you the essentials of a particular software program. We guide you trough a series of tasks to give you hands-on experience, and we provide an explanation of why certain tasks are done in certain ways. There is a whole lot of information crammed into that 3-hour slot. Unless you have a photographic memory, you’re not going to remember it all. Once you leave the classroom it’s up to you. You have to “use it, or lose it,” as they say.
After the workshop, you have to ask yourself how proficient you want to become with this software. If you don’t want to do anything beyond what we covered in the materials, you’re all set. Just get to work on the task at hand and refer to the materials if needed. For many students, what they learned in those three hours is all they’ll ever need to know.
For those of you who want to complete tasks that are beyond the scope of the materials, or you want to become a true expert, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands. Here are some tips for taking your learning to the next level: Read the rest of “The Workshop is over. Now what?” »
During the past year I have created over 60 screencasts for my department. I have used Captivate for the majority of these, but I have also used Camtasia, Articulate, and Adobe Presenter. Since I spend so much time working with these rapid development e-Learning tools, I have become familiar with the most common snafus and roadblocks associated with the development of screencasts, and I have become much faster and more efficient when working with these tools.
Below is a list of 5 simple tips that can be used with any of these programs.Read the rest of “Screencasting: Five Simple Tips for Speeding Up Development” »