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Here is a little fix I found on the net prowling numerous forums to try and fix a bug I had with Photoshop and it’s awesome Open GL awesomeness
This applies to CS4 and CS5 only…  and probably only PC/Windows(?)

Symptoms:

• You start up Photoshop (cs4 – cs5) and your file / work area is grayed out (even if the layers show there is something there)
• If you turn off the Open GL features in Photoshops preferences it starts to work (usually after closing and opening Photoshop)
• You own a Asus Graphics Card

Possible Solution:

• Remove Asus Gamer OSD (I totally uninstalled mine as I never used it  – This program usually loads on start-up with Asus Smart Doctor, maybe you can just remove it from start-up / services if you really want to use it

And that should fix it!  Now go, go and roll around in all that Open GL goodness…
9800 GTX+DK + CS5 Photoshop + Open GL + Asus Gamer OSD = Gray Sucky Suck Arse Problem

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Hello boys and girls, today we are going to rap / rant about Photoshop Droplets…

What are they? … what aren’t they?! Imagine a photoshop action that;
instead of loading up the files in photoshop and then clicking on the action…
You set up the droplet (and have it maybe on your desktop or in a folder) and you just drag and drop files onto it and then it opens photoshop and does it all for you…  very cool…

The Droplet function has got some pretty complex commands you can play with from saving files names, to doing your personal taxes… I won’t go into too much detail as that would take all day (and i have a day job….still)

How to set up a Droplet:
Make up a action (for instance: adjusting light levels, resizing and making a sad looking photo frame on a bunch of woefully lame family photos)

Go peruse  File\Automate\Create Droplet 

This will bring up a dialog box where you can select your action to execute when you drop stuff onto your droplet…

You can suppress all the opening questions etc too which can be handy…

Play around with all the features… just make sure you don’t save over your original files or photos… 

Now go and drag entire folders of yawn fodder onto the droplet icon and enjoy super automatic lazy action!

– Note: this is a handy thing to set up for family members who are technophobic etc but want to set up stuff for there Facebook (etc) page… It’s easier to tell them to drop files onto a icon than tell them to open Photoshop and then do ‘this’ and then ‘that’ and then “re-save” it  etc blah blah…

Enjoy…

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…

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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…

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