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Photoshop can be a like a weight lifting freak on Asterix potion… this program can crunch amazingly big files it can bench presses 600mb files without popping a blood vessel…

But sometimes when you swap / close / copy / paste / create new files etc it forgets to clean up all the old junk laying around and can get a bit slow. Thats where the Purge menu rocks… When you feel photoshop getting slow and cranky (especially if you need to alternate between photoshop and say illustrator or indesign etc)… maybe you have just copy pasted a huge file?… Go click the Edit menu with your meaty digits and select Purge. You can choose between clearing just the stuff in the clipboard (your copy / cut memory), histories, undos or completely erase all junk (including undos BTW)… This is great at keeping your system stable after a few hours of work… Just remember that it will remove your undos on your file so far created (no really focus on this…don’t blame me!)

So you have a lot of photos or images that need to be a different resolution?

Maybe you have photos from a camera and you need to set them for print? The photos will probably be at 72 dpi (great for screen viewing) but maybe you need them for print and you need to change them to say 300 DPI and make them a specific size… here is an easy way to do this, without having to go into the image size menu:

Click on the crop tool or shortcut “c” if you are afraid of using your mouse (Technorodentia-hysteria or Musowarephobia for you purists)

At the top of the screen below the FILE menu etc should be a a few fields you can enter data into … so if you need to res up them photos and need them at a specific size… enter the number of cm or pixels or whatever arcane imperial measurement you use… enter the resolution you want and then click drag the photo (you can choose the whole photo or just grab the bit you want (get rid of that boyfirend etc).

You can leave out any of the measurements or dpi and photoshop will work its math out for you… you could use this just to scale down large images (keeping at 72dpi) for say uploading to Facebook etc…

Just a little trick that helps you use less brain cells in the morning… if you want to be a little more techy set up an specific Action with a short cut key and then you can impress your friends by looking like CSI or if your lucky NCIS…

Got Indesign?

Got frequent work with clients with a lot of fiddly adverts that chop and change a lot meaning you have to open multiple versions (I’m sure we used that star burst in last weeks ad?) and cut and paste etc?

Well here is a little tip that if used creatively could help you out and make you look like some kinda Graphic Design Ninja…

Now focus on this… I can feel your mind wandering… (It’s been like more than four lines and this freak hasn’t even got to the point… GET TO FREAKIN’ THE POINT MAN….)
In Indesign you can make libraries of objects text, whole ads etc even random groups of crap… using a well hidden libraries file…

Goto FILE > NEW > LIBRARY
This will open a panel (just like a library in flash etc) which lets you grab groups of content and throw it into it like a digital cork board…

You can name this content, give it a description, even search for it etc…

Then when it’s needed you can just drag and drop it onto the page..woo!

You can make multiple libraries and open multiple libraries at once, these can be saved like a normal file and saved to any place.

The libraries can be viewed as thumbnails or as descriptive lists… Libraries will probably remove the necessity of having huge layered files with alternatives and different graphics etc. They may even bring a new dawn to humanity and remove the need for places like Starbucks…

Possible uses: 

  • Ads with content that change weekly etc eg. Car adverts that chop and change cars and deal graphics
  • Keeping an Illustration library  – if you are odd and use indesign for illustration etc keep a library of facials or backdrops etc…
  • Alternative ideas for ads
  • If you have a need for a huge library of graphics…

There are a thousand time saving reasons to use this neat little feature… it may take you a while for it to sink into your beer soaked mind but you will get there and pump your hammy fist in the air and praise the mighty Library feature…

That is all… back to whatever it was you were doing with that paper clip…

 

 

 

 


10,006 layers in your 300DPI  photoshop file?
Computer smoking from its vents?

Here is a little tip that can help Photoshop move past snail speed…

If you have not already got a second hard drive… do so! hard drives are now officially cheaper than water… get three even!  

So the idea is to set up one drive as just for your OS and the second for your personal files… (even this is a great help for your poor computer)

Now go into Photoshop > Preferences and change the “scratch disk” to your new disk (You can select multiple drives here put the biggest / fastest one at top)

With my own system i have noticed a great improvement moving my files and changing the scratch disk preference to my new disk (it now has hundreds of gigs to play with :D)

If you are building a rig why not use a more expensive faster / smaller hard drive for the OS and then a few large ones for your files etc)

Hey there,

First tip of many…

Productivity Tip for Indesign / Graphic design

This tip is to help you speed up the monkey work so you can get on to the fun stuff :D

Do you frequently have work that involves a lot of typing out of long names / places / mechanical terms etc…
Maybe for a book / car advert / medical brochure etc?…

Here is a tip that may help you speed up your workflow substantially…

Write a list of these annoyingly long, tricky or repetitive words… 

Now open Indesign’s Preferences > Autocorrect…

Enter in your tricky words and then enter a shortcut for this. This could be the start of the word, or a special code anything that isn’t a typical typed word (you don’t want the autocorrect feature to change your everyday words all the time)

Example:
“Productivity Lesson”
“PL”

Something quick to type out is a good idea :P 

Now make a huge list of time saving shortcuts.
maybe your full name and address, phone numbers, clients business names etc…
If you, say create a computer component catalogue for a client you could set up all the computer terms that are annoying to type or you are prone to spelling incorrectly…

Also make sure no file is open when you do this as or else Indesign just makes this a preference for the file that is open not as a default for all new files etc…

Now when you type in the shortcuts the full word will replace it automatically…


There you have it… just a little tip to start you off :D

Peace,
o0OdemocrazyO0o 

 




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