Creating seamless patterns has become so much easier in Illustrator CS6!
While it was always easy to create a pattern by dragging artwork into the Swatches panel – making it repeat seamlessly could take a little figuring out. Not any more… the Pattern Options panel makes the process of generating the most complex patterns very simple.
Once you get into this one you’ll use it all the time as it enables fluid experimentation by copying your objects for you to try out effects, as well allowing structured duplication.
Alt(Option) + Drag
Holding down Alt/Option while dragging with your Select tool will duplicate an object.
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Key News from Adobe: Over the past week at Adobe MAX, Adobe has brought some really exciting news about how their pro-tools will be offer a new way for us to work seamlessly from one application or media type to another, collaborate with others, and get to see a much faster development cycle of their products than the traditional 18-24 months.
All going ‘CC’ This is because at the heart of their new direction is the move further towards the Cloud direction as all their… » Read the rest of this entry:
Photoshop Tips: Alt + Backspace
We’ve been hammering these 2 keys for many a year now in different creative roles – hold down with the left hand and bang with the right, try it!! This fills a selection (or selected layer if no active selection exists) with the Foreground colour. So provided you’ve set your foreground colour first you’re ready to fill. Also try Cmd/Ctrl + Backspace fills using the Background colour.
These are particularly useful when working with masks or quick-masks.
Another tip here is hit the D key for default colours to set them back to Black and White for mask editing…
Learn more about these time saving techniques in our range of Photoshop courses
Mac Tip of the Week
Excerpted from OS X Mountain Lion: Visual QuickStart Guide by Maria Langer
Managing iCloud Storage Space
- Choose Apple > System Preferences, or click the System Preferences icon in the Dock.
- In the System Preferences window, click iCloud to display iCloud preferences.
- To see how much storage space is used for your iCloud account, consult the bar at the bottom of the preferences pane.
- To get details on how the storage space is used, click the Manage button. A list of apps and the amount of space each one is using appears. You can click an app to get more details. You can also click an item on the right side of the window and click Delete to remove it.
- To buy more storage space, click the Buy More Storage button to display options. Click the button for the option you want and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the transaction. The space is added to your account immediately.