How to crop an image in Adobe Illustrator

Crop tool Adobe Illustrator
It used to be that if you wanted to use pixel based images in your Adobe Illustrator files you had o create clipping masks to crop them down to certain sizes. This is still true if you want to crop them to a specific shape in Adobe Illustrator e.g a circle or a triangle but if you want to crop the image as a square or a rectangle and permanently delete the rest of the image and not just hide it you can use the new widget controls to edit and only have visible the part of the image you require on your Adobe Illustrator Art board. To crop an image in Adobe Illustrator you firstly need to ...
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How to get a FREE 90 day Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription!

Adobe Creative Cloud
If you are an existing Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber there is a way of getting a FREE 90 days added to your account potentially worth up to £150 if you are an all access subscriber! I accidentally stumbled upon this method when a client asked me to help her cancel her subscription due to her taking a year out and ultimately wouldn't be making any use of her £49 a month commitment. To get your free 90 days you do need to hold your nerve slightly but I have tried it on more than one occasion now and it does work every time! So simply follow these steps and you will be able to enjo...
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Adobe InDesign Eyedropper – 3 essential tips!

Adobe InDesign Colour Themes
InDesign Eyedropper 3 quick tips that will change the way you work in InDesign! So you have probably all seen the eyedropper tool in Adobe InDesign, you may have even used it to sample a quick bit of colour from an image to add to your swatches panel but have you been using it to its full effect? Here I am going to show you 3 ways that you can use the eyedropper to its full potential, and I'm sure when you know them you will be using them every time you use Adobe InDesign! Sampling Colour Ok so this is the easy one that most of you may have used, just simply choose the Eyedropper f...
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Why Adobe InDesign is becoming an essential skill for all Marketeers

Adobe InDesign for marketing
In 2002 Adobe launched its Desktop Publishing software (DTP) Adobe InDesign, at the time the main DTP software was QuarkXpress. Adobe quickly took over the market with its far superior offering that worked seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop - their already very well established and industry standard image editing software. Adobe Software has always been associated with the design industry, being used only by the professionals due to its perceived complexity and intimidating work spaces. This is true to an extent as all Adobe Software can be used at a very advanced level, you can create&...
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Diffuse Gradients in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe illustrator diffused gradient
Adobe have given us a sneak peek at what they are calling Diffuse gradients. Ive not been able to have a go at it as it has not yet been added to the latest release of Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe have not yet even told anyone when it will be released! By looking at the video it looks very interesting, at first I was unsure what the benefits would be over using the gradient mesh tool in Adobe Illustrator but after a closer look it really does look good. You access the Diffuse gradients from a drop down in the Adobe Illustrator Swatches panel and it looks like it enables you to bend...
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5 ways to scale images in Adobe InDesign

scaling images in Adobe InDesign
5 Ways to scale images in Adobe InDesign Scale content to fit The first way is to use your main selection tool to make the frame the correct size that you want, dont worry about the image not moving with the frame just make the frame fit the space you require on the Adobe InDesign page. then we are going to select the frame and look in to our InDesign Control bar at the top of the screen where there is a button that will scale the content of the frame to fit the frame. This will scale proportionally it wont stretch your image at all so you can then use the hotspot to adjust which part of t...
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Using the Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel

Adobe Illustrator Swatches
Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel Today I'm going to have a closer look at the Adobe Illustrator Swatches panel, we are going to load all the different type of Swatches and also create Swatches from scratch. We will start by looking at the basic solid Adobe Illustrator Swatches, loading in Pantone Swatches and CMYK Swatches then move on to loading and adding Gradient Swatches and Pattern Swatches. We will also cover how to load Swatches from other Adobe Illustrator files. Adobe Illustrator Solid Swatches The most basic type of Swatch we have in Adobe Illustrator is the solid Swatch, this...
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Cutting out images in Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements
We are going to have a quick run through step by step how to cut out an image in Adobe Photoshop Elements using the magnetic lasso tool then copying the image in to a new document and placing in a coloured background. The first step is to open the image you want to cut out by going to File>Open and navigating to the correct file.   With the image open in Adobe Photoshop Elements we can now choose the lasso tool from the 'Select' section in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. With the Lasso Tool selected from your Adobe Photoshop Elements toolbar you will no...
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5 Benefits of Learning Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Logo
So last week I wrote about the benefits of learning Adobe InDesign, today I'm going to talk about Adobe Illustrator. Again this is probably a programme you have heard of but maybe unsure of its actual uses.  Adobe Illustrator is used for creating a variety of graphics you can produce logos, detailed illustrations, leaflets, web page designs and many more. Unlike Adobe InDesign it is built more for creating graphics and artwork and doesnt have the power to handle multiple page documents like Adobe InDesign does. Vectors not Pixels So this is the big one, everything we create in Adob...
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5 Business Benefits of Learning Adobe InDesign

InDesign Training Courses
If you are a small business or work within the Marketing department of a larger organisation I'm sure you have heard about Adobe InDesign before, its the industry standard in page layout programmes it enables you to quickly and easily create stunning layouts for both online and print use. So what are the benefits of taking an InDesign Training Course? Marketing costs Reduced Are you sick of paying external agencies to make just minor amends to your artwork? or are you coming up with the ideas then going backwards and forwards with your designer when the design isn't exactly as you envisage...
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