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I just fit the artboard to the objects I want: Select desired objects. Object -> Artboards -> Fit to Selected Art ctrl+alt+shift+s to open the Save for Web dialog. ctrl+z to undo fit.


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For new objects, turn off "Align to Pixel Grid" on the Transform panel. For existing objects, select them first, then turn off Align to Pixel Grid using the checkbox at bottom of Transform panel.


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Sure. You can hide the guides or clear them. Both can be done from the View menu. Guides can also be turned on and off using the keyboard shortcut Command/Ctrl + ;.


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You could use slices. You could set up artboards for each object. Or just adjust the artboard to fit only the object you want to export and then tick the "clip to artboard" option when saving/exporting. You could hide everything you don't want to export first: Select All Shift-click the art you want to export Choose Object > Hide from the menu Export (...


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Layer masks are located under the channels tab. Copy the contents of your layer by selecting it then pressing Ctrl+A to select all followed by Ctrl+C to copy. Select the layer that you want to mask and create a new mask by clicking the "add layer mask" icon at the bottom of the layers panel. Go to channels tab (at the top of the layers panel), and select ...


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The file must have a Timeline or Frame sequence. (Window > Timeline) You need to set the animation options in the Save for Web dialog: In addition, it is possible to have a quick animation and not see it initially due to speed and duration if the Save For Web options are set to "once". You may need to reload a page/image to see the animation. Also, some ...


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I remember struggling with this in CS3. I think the same fix will still apply in CS5. So here's what to do... First you create the type as you did in your example. You should see 3 small stripes outside of your circle. ( 2 with a small square on it, and 1 without the square) These are just indicators for where the text starts and ends grab the selection ...


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There are several ways to curve text in Illustrator, but the easiest is to select your text (It does not need to be outlined) and go to Effect -> Warp -> Arc... in the main menu. The harder way (Not really that hard) is to draw an oval and use the Text on a Path tool to add text onto the ovals shape. The benefit of this method is that your text curves ...


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It was driving me crazy too... you can deselect the Align to Pixel Grid checkbox on the Transform panel (shows up on "show options"), but new objects will always retain the snapping behaviour. To turn it of permanently, click on the flyout menu at the top right of the transform panel then uncheck Align new objects to pixel grid. Phew...


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There is another easier (imo) way to do this. Create a new layer mask for the layer you wish to apply the mask to. Click on the mask in the layer panel, then go to image > apply image. This allows you many options, including adding layers from any open document, controlling opacity, blending modes, channels, etc. In this case, if you already have your ...


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No. But, you can make a hotkey for it. From top menu: Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.. Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K Just select Palette menus from the drop down list and then Animations. Once you've given a hotkey press Accept. ( Make sure to listen to photoshop when it warns you if the inserted hotkey combination would override any existing ones. You can try to use ...


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To make the text box a different color, select a corner of the text box with the Direct Selection tool (the white arrow). Adjust the color/stroke normally. To create a margin between the box edge and the text itself, select the box with the regular Selection tool (black arrow), then go to Type > Area Type Options, and adjust the Inset Spacing under the ...


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You can do as Marc Edwards suggest, or you can also select an individual guide and drag it off the screen to delete it.


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This is now a built-in feature as of 2014 in Adobe Illustrator CC. You'll find it under Type > Area Type Options > Auto Size.


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THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED IN VERSION 23.0.1 You have to turn OFF "snap to grid" behavior. The preferences for alignment of objects are in three DIFFERENT places: In VIEW menu uncheck "Snap to Point" (NOTE: this has moved in latest version to Preferences menu (see #3 below) In the TRANSFORM PALETTE un-check "Align to Pixel Grid" Other related options in ...


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Choose Direct Select tool (A) which I call the ANCHOR tool for my students. Press + to add an anchor. (Changes direct select tool to pen + tool). Click on the stroke half way between the two anchors you want to remove the stroke from. Hit delete. Stroke disappears.


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In some cases it can be as simple as choosing Type > Type on a Path > Type on a Path options... and then ticking the Flip box.


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I've been playing around with Content Aware Scale after being inspired by this question, and have what I think is a great solution, quite different from my first, and an awful lot easier! A one minute solution. Draw a rough selection around the car, I simply used the Polygonal Lasso In the Channels palette click the "Save selection as channel" button Hit "...


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Delete the line connecting the 2 anchor points on either end of the "strokeless" side. It will leave an open shape, but shouldn't cause any major issues. The stroke won't be applied to the open edge. The other approach is to expand the stroke as a separate object and modify it separately from the fill object.


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To add in words, Since Export Layers to Files is run by some script all I had to do was find that script, then find the function which saves the layers to files, find which part of the function does the numbering prefix & comment it out. So here are the steps - on Mac running Lion, goto Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS5 > Presets > Scripts &...


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There's a script for that by the awesome John Wundes (no affiliation). It's called Set ALL the things, explained here, and lets you set width and height for selected objects. It can set a whole bunch of other values for selected items, too, if you know the names for them (or, if you look up their names in the Illustrator Scripting Guide or in that linked ...


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Photoshop's not the first tool I'd use to do something like this (Illustrator would be my choice), but you can achieve those results by stroking a path using a square brush with the right settings. Create your circular path using the Ellipse tool. Select the Brush tool and load the Square Brushes brush set. Select one of the square brushes. Open the brush ...


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There are a couple of ways to do color separations for screen preparation in Illustrator. You're trying to do it the more complicated way, so I'll walk you through how I'd do that first. Let's start with a simple text object that has a fill and a stroke on top of a rectangle: The Long Way Step 1: BACK UP YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK! This process will make ...


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I recently came across http://www.guideguide.me/ as well, and it is a wonderful tool to save presets like these without having to modify any configuration file. It's very solid and intuitive.


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There's a script for that. (this is probably the script Joonas' comment alludes to - works just fine in CS6). (to then fit the art board after fitting the text box, use the art board tool and click on the text box) Courtesy of Kelso Cartography who have loads of great scripts (their scripts to switch point and area text are also highly recommended), you ...


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Illustrator doesn't (as of 5.1) have a handy "fit frame to content" feature like InDesign. Just select the text frame and drag the handles inward until the frame is snug to the text.


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You are going to kick yourself I think when I tell you how to solve this; I think: Click on the actual path, not the area inside the shape with the Area Type tool. One nice thing about Illustrator is that you do not need to select the Area Type tool, as Illustrator will automatically change to it when you mouse-over the path. If you would rather type ...


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Effect -> Stylize -> Inner Glow. Change the mode to Multiply. Click on the little square next to the Mode dropdown and select a suitable black from the color picker. Fiddle with the other settings as needed.


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Open the flyout menu in the Color panel and click on CMYK. The Color panel stays in whatever mode it started in, or is switched to. This doesn't affect the color mode of the document or the color; it's just a different way of describing the color. If you used RGB swatches in your document, you'll find that double-clicking on a swatch after switching to CMYK ...


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There's a very important distinction between the document color modes many aren't aware of. When you open an RGB document color profile, all the swatches, symbols, brushes, etc are RGB items. When you open a CMYK document color profile, all the swatches, symbols, brushes, etc are CMYK items. When you switch Document Color Modes mid-stream, all those ...


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