The latest and final version of Adobe Systems' Creative suite, released in 2012. Succeeded by Creative Cloud. Use this tag if you have a question that is specific only to a CS6 version of a program.

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How to open or save as ico in Photoshop CS6

This plugin to open and save as .ico in Photoshop has been around for a while, but I can't seem to make it work for CS6. According to this question in the Adobe Forums, the plug-in works if installed ...
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Illustrator CS6: Change artboard size / final saved file dimensions to match bounds of content

Consider the following two images: The second image is my desired result: the artboard dimensions perfectly match the layer/selection/content. However, I had to resize the artboard manually. Is ...
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Photoshop - Is there a keyboard shortcut for creating a new frame?

In Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 / CS6, is there a keyboard shortcut to make a new frame using the animation window and timeline? I make a lot of gif animations and would like to reduce mouse movement for ...
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From Freehand to Illustrator CS6

What is the best way to convert a file from freehand to Illustrator CS6? I tried different methods: Illustrator 7: Go to an old computer open the freehand file and export as Illustrator 7. Then ...
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Scaling a text box in Illustrator CS6 (without scaling text)

Ok, I have a fresh Illustrator document. Pasted some copied text into the "artboard" (the clipboard is severely broken, but that's for another day). The textbox that gets pasted is one huge line ...
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How can I easily turn a Google Maps screenshot into an outline drawing?

Preferred software is either Photoshop or Illustrator CS6. I could probably figure out how to do one, but I have to do like, 30 of these and I want to learn how to make it quick and painless. My first ...
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How to turn a path with straight lines into a curved path automatically in Illustrator?

I know how to do this manually, but I need an automatic way (either a script or just a command in Illustrator). Here's a line like the one I mean. Notice how it's all made of straight lines (The blue ...
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CS2/CS3 → CS6 and/or Creative Cloud

I manage IT for my company and generally try to stay out of our designer's way. We are an eCommerce company, and our designers spend a lot of time shooting, cropping, and cleaning images for display ...
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Illustrator: How do I copy a gradient (including direction) from one object to another?

I know I can copy a gradient (minus direction) from one object to another, but how do I preserve the direction of the gradient? (I'm using Illustrator CS6)
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Best workflow for editing massive posters/banners for print in Photoshop?

I have a very large poster that is 98" by 90" and I would like to know some good tips for making edits to the file I tried to make it a smart object and then decrease the image size, only to increase ...
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Is there a way to make photoshop CS6 work with touchscreens monitors?

I have a 15.6" touchscreen laptop and I would like to be able to use the touchscreen in Photoshop. It works fine in Illustrator but for some reason Adobe didn't make Photoshop compatible with touch ...
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Photoshop CS6 -> Export Layers To Files Subfolders

I hope that anybody of you could be able to solve my Problem. I'm using Photoshop CS6 and would like to get only the filename prefix I specify. If I try using the Export Layers to Files command, I ...
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Photoshop CS6 - Animate / Keyframe Smart Filter

I've applied the 'Oil Paint' Smart Filter to a layer in Photoshop CS6. I'd like to animate the filter's 'Angular Direction' from 0 to 360 degrees but I the keyframes in the "Style" lane of the ...
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Is possible to share a text variable across documents of a book in InDesign CS6?

I have a text variable for paragraph style A. The book is like this: ch1_00, ch1_01, ch1_02. ch1_00 contains the chapter cover, and I want to put here the text variable based on the words contained ...
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How can I fix jerky text panning in Photoshop CS6 video?

I'm testing CS6's new video features. One issue I found is that when I add panning to text, it does not pan smoothly. It seems like the kerning is adjusted slightly for each frame and it looks pretty ...
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Why does Illustrator CS6 “Save for Microsoft Office” use PNG format?

I recently made some graphs in Illustrator CS6 to insert into a MS Word document. I created my original images using the Print profile with PPI set to 300. I used the "Save for Microsoft Office" ...
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Photoshop CS6 Resize Rectangle with Rounded Corners

Before my question gets marked as duplicate let me explain that I did my research. This question is about Photoshop CS6. Hopefully the feature was added in this version. Before posting I looked up ...
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How to copy a vector mask to another layer in photoshop cs6?

I am trying to follow a set of instructions and am looking to copy and paste a vector mask to a gradient layer. For some reason when I simply do cmd c and cmd v to the gradient layer nothing is ...
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Illustrator glow effect not shown in pdf after saving

I am relatively new to Illustrator. I use version CS6 and I just discovered that when I apply an outer glow effect it is not visible in the PDF after saving apart from when you make the effect really ...
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Illustrator CS6: Where did the debug panel go? Computing area of irregular shapes

I've been looking for ways to compute the area of an irregular shape. I've found this post for tips: http://www.astutegraphics.com/blog/calculating-an-objects-area-in-illustrator/ The keypress combo ...
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Adobe Automation: Dynamic Text in Template

I'm developing a template for my team's daily production needs, and every product must have certain consistent marginalia on it, such as date, product ID, title, subtitle, etc. Currently, this ...
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InDesign CS6: How should I structure pages of lists?

I'm having several different parts of a publication I'm doing where I'm presenting essentially a list of compound data. Examples are contact specifications (data points are [Name,Phone,Email]), recent ...
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How can I recreate this shadow with a gap or offset?

I have been trying for hours to make this kind of shadow in Photoshop (the red one). Can somebody help me? Notice that there is a gap between the font and the shadow.
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Replacing whiteness with transparency in CS6

I want to replace the whiteness in pixels with transparency in the same way as described in this question - i.e. for lighter pixels to be made proportionally as transparent. All solutions found via ...
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Full list of Photoshop Shortcuts

I want to build on my Photoshop performance and a key solution would be to learn the shortcuts for Photoshop. That said does anyone know a reliable place to get Photoshop CS5 and CS6 shocrtcuts ...
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How to not let drop shadows darken each other out

I'm looking for a technique to avoid drop shadows on individual elements darkening each other out (multiplying the effect of the drop shadow). This is an image showing the undesired effect I'm ...
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How can I duplicate smart objects and make them separate in Photoshop CS6?

In Photoshop I can copy and paste Illustrator paths as a smart object, and then double click this smart object to edit it in Illustrator. When I duplicate this smart object (say to change the colour ...
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Why can't I use the Delete key to delete in Photoshop CS6?

The previous version of Photoshop I used was CS4 and whenever I selected a portion of an image with the magic wand and hit Delete, it simply deleted that portion of the image (rendering it ...
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How to make a fill or stroke change its color when the swatch used for it changes?

New to Illustrator, and perhaps I am misunderstanding the purpose of a "swatch". e.g. My understanding was that if you were doing a 4-color design, and one of those "colors" corresponded to some sort ...
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Software for Creating Yearbook (50+ Pictures/Page) Layout

I'm trying to create a yearbook with each single page holding 50 to 60 pictures, depending on the class size. I have Adobe Cloud but I don't even know what program would be best for this project. ...
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Optimizing (Compressing) GIF images in Photoshop

I am trying to optimize an animated GIF image in Photoshop. The current size is 2.2 MB. Following the guides I found online, they told me to "Save as Web" and then decrease the colors from 256 down to ...
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Is there a way to tell if there are any font references in a Photoshop PSD file?

I need to convert all fonts in a PSD file (CS6) to outlines for printing preparation. Unfortunately, fonts aren't just in text objects; there are a lot of Smart Objects and some of them may have text ...
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Illustrator CS6 Data Variables XML Parser Error

So I have to generate flyers for 10 different laptops (and more in the future). I decided to set up variables. I've created an XML Map for MS-Excel which allows me to save the 'XML Data' type file. I ...
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How to extract PNGs from Adobe Illustrator file

My graphic/web designer left me with an Adobe Illustrator file of my website. She said it would be easy to extract the images out as PNGs so I can use them in my HTML. But I can't figure this out too ...
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How can I increase the size of a .jpeg without losing quality?

Is it possible to make a .jpeg photo larger without losing "quality"? I have a photo that is 450px x 750px and would like to make it 3 times bigger for web not print? I've been told that Illustrator ...
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How to make a layer change size in an animation in Photoshop?

I'm working with animation timeline in Photoshop CS6. I would like to have a small circle layer expand / increase in size, but on the Layer-Timeline panel, these are the only options available: ...
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How can I create a custom shape with round edges on Photoshop CS6?

I'm trying to create a custom shape overlay in the navigation bar similar to the example below. I'm struggling with trying to create the radius around the bottom edges. I'm not too great with the ...
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Photoshop Gradient Overlay requires a shape layer, not a regular layer?

Today I was following a tutorial using PS CS6 on the internet and it asked that a layer be added and Layer Style > Gradient Overlay be used, which would later become a background. I'm not a big ...
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Adobe Illustrator CS6 Make a texture fit exacly in a custom shape?

I am trying to make this texture inside the penguin shape like this Now i know i can use a clip mask like this But i want to make it so the texture doesn't fall out of the shape, so the object ...
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Why does “Modify Border” bleed outside the selected edges? [duplicate]

I have a problem with my Photoshop fill feature. I created a selected area with a border of 2. Then I Edit → Fill... but it seems to bleed outside the lines with a faint colour. It's best I show the ...
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My Timeline window is missing lots of controls

I'm using CS6. Can someone tell me how to display all the controls of the timeline window ? Here's what mine looks like: All the demos / tutorials [show the timeline quite differently there:
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How can I create a photo-realistic 3D object with Photoshop?

I am trying to achieve something similar to the following photo-realistic image in Photoshop: So far, I have tried copying and pasting a basic object, then distorting it and applying new layer ...
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Change Default Color for Text in Illustrator

I'm new to Illustrator, and I'm having a heck of a time with a project. The image I'm trying to make has a black background, and a large number of white text objects in the foreground. I select the ...
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Illustrator CS6 saving as CS5 by default?

I don't really use Illustrator, but as the techy I am I help someone who does use it regularly - not a techy at all. The problem is I've installed her CS6 because of the 64 bit support, but she has ...
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Creating flexible text boxes in Illustrator

I'm going to be making images that include hundreds of lines of text of varying lengths, each of which will have the same "background", with the exception of the length of the background, which will ...
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CS6 When holding shift to maintain perfect form, shape won't subtract from?

Trying to create a vector 'ring' in Photoshop CS6. (I know there are better tools for the job and ways of doing this, but I'd like to know if there's an answer for this problem in particular. If I ...
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How to create a custom shaped gradient?

I have an image that I'd like to blend into another image. Using the gradient tool to draw black on a layer mask works fine, but I'm limited to just straight lines or circles. What I need is a ...
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Adobe Illustrator: Is there a way to set the image-trace palette limit to a number over 30?

I'm trying to perform an image-trace on a bitmap artwork. The vector result will then be cut into glass, and I need to have exactly 60 colors, since we only have 60 colors of glass. Is there a way to ...
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Converting InDesign CS6 document to printer spreads using print booklet

I am trying to create a press ready PDF for a 16 page InDesign document using Print Booklet. I see the Print Booklet preview and everything looks fine, spreads are correct, etc. However, when I run ...
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Eyedropper Toggle w/ Shape Tool CS6

I'm using Photoshop CS6 for the first time. I see that the shapes have been changed and have heard about how it's all true vector behavior now so it's great. However, there's one thing I used to be ...