The default for Photoshop CS3 is auto hyphenation on, so if your text doesn’t break cleanly in the space you’ve defined, Photoshop will automatically break the offending word with a hyphen. Sure you can force return at the end of the line but that trick is for hackers. I’ll demonstrate the proper way to achieve this using the lyrics to the Bruce Springsteen classic “Growin’ Up.”
I assume you already have a Photoshop document open with some text that is hyphenated. To turn off hyphenation, select the Paragraph Panel in the Window drop down menu.
To turn off auto-hyphenation in all instances, click the small check box marked hyphenate. When the check box is empty, hyphenation is turned off. If the box is checked, then auto hyphenation is turned on.
To affect only specific paragraphs, select those paragraphs only.
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With Adobe Photoshop, open the image inwhich you would like to add an arrow. For this illustration, I am using a photo of my most recent batch of ginger nut cookies.
From your toolbar, select the line tool. (If you don’t see the tool bar, go to “Window” in your Menu Bar and select “Tools”).
From the Options Bar (which is located at the top of your screen beneath the Menu Bar) click the down arrow button. (If you don’t see the Options Bar, go to the Window Menu and select “Show Options”.)
Decide whether you would like to draw the arrow head at the point where you finish drawing the arrow or where you start. Experiment with different line widths by changing the weight.
You can change the shape of the arrow head by changing concavity. This measurement is displayed by percentage and can range from -50% to 50%.
To change the color of the arrow, double click on the layer thumbnail in the layers palette.
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I am often sent images at 72 DPI from customers who have hired me to design a print product but the printer requires all images be at least 300 dpi. It is possible to increase the dpi of an image but that same image will be reduced in size by the same percentage.
Take this image for example. It is 5″ high, 72 dpi.
To increase the dots per inch:
- Take the height of the image: 5″
- Multiply by the current number of dots per inch: 72
- Divide by the number of dots per inch that you need the image to be: 300
5 x 72 / 300 = 1.2
Converting this 5″ image at 72 to a 300 dpi image will result in an image that is 1.2″ high.
We’ll create a basic fade effect that will result in an image like this:
1. Open the original file.
2. If the image is on a background layer as illustrated below, you’ll need to double click the image in the layers panel to put it on its own layer that can be altered. When the new layer panel appears, click OK.
The layers panel should now look like this:
2. Add layer mask to your new layer. Click the “Mask” icon at the bottom of the palette.
3. A linked rectangle will appear on that layer.
4. Select the gradient tool from the tool palette
Make sure the toolbar previews the black-to-white or black-to-transparent gradient
5. Check your layers palette. Is the layer mask highlighted? If not, click on it.
6. Place your cursor at the point on the image that you want to be the lightest, click and drag to the point where you would like the fade to start.