Obvious In Hindsight
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Illustrator: Duplicate layer

January 8, 2010

For whatever reasons, you might wish copy (duplicate) a layer in Illustrator. In Photoshop you simply right click the layer in the layer pane or use the CTRL + J shortcut. Duplicating a layer in Illustrator is slightly different. How to make a duplicate layer 1 Make sure your layer panel is actually open by […]

Illustrator: Cutting out a shape or a path

January 8, 2010

Cutting out a shape or a path from a background For the purposes of this explanation, we have a larger image upon which a shape (rectangle tool, ellipse tool etc.) or path (drawn using the pen tool) is overlayed and whatever of the larger image falls outside the perimeter of the said shape or path is to be […]

Illustrator: Can’t find ellipse (circle) tool

January 8, 2010

In Photoshop, the ellipse (circle) tool can be found by right clicking the rectangle tool in the tool panel. Illustrator, as with many things in comparison to Photoshop, is slightly different. Simply left click and hold for the ellipse (circle) tool to appear. You can then select it. Everything’s obvious in hindsight, eh?

Illustrator: Centering objects

January 6, 2010

In Photoshop, to center an object in your worspace, you simply use the ‘Align vertical centers’ or ‘Align horizontal centers’ buttons (outline below for comparison). It’s more or less the same process in Illustrator: Centering objects in Illustrator Select the object. Select the align icon at the top of the screen to the right of […]

Photoshop: iStock images with clipping paths

January 6, 2010

Certain images on iStock come with a clipping path. This means that the image can easily be cut out if you have an image editor like Photoshop. Finding images with clipping paths To find images with clipping paths type the following into the search box: Keyword + ‘clipping path’ (e.g. apple ‘clipping path’). If the […]

Photoshop: Basics of using the pen tool

January 6, 2010

The pen tool in Photoshop may look daunting at first though it’s actually fairly straightforward. Select the pen tool by clicking on it or using the ‘P’ shortcut i.e. type the letter ‘P’ on your keyboard. Whatever line/shape is drawn with the pen tool is known as a ‘path’.  A path is basically an outline. An […]

Illustrator: The basics of using 3D

January 6, 2010

Illustrator has a nifty 3D function. To access it: Select your image by clicking on it. Then go to: EFFECT > 3D > BEVEL & EXTRUDE Click preview to see what your doing. Drag the cube around for the desired effect. Change the extrude depth to adjust the thickness. Change the bevel to adjust how the […]

Photoshop: Image becomes blurry after resizing

January 6, 2010

Images in Photoshop are raster based unlike the vector based images in Illustrator. In photoshop, scaling (resizing) an image to a larger size can result in an undesirable ‘pixelated’ effect whereas scaling an image to a smaller size can result in an undesirable blurring and loss of line or color detail. The following technique solves the […]