Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Love Canva? Here are some keyboard shortcuts to speed up your designs
Control (or Command) + A Select everything in the design
Click on an area which is not selected – Deselect current selection
Control (or Command) + ] or Control (or Command) + Down Arrow – Move the selection down one layer
Control (or Command) + [ or Control (or Command) + Up Arrow – Move the selection up one layer
Control (or Command) + ; Show/Hide the layout grid
Alt (or Option) + Shift + B – Add a border around the text
Alt (or Option) + Shift + + (the plus symbol above the main keyboard – not the one on the numbers pad) to make the border wider
Alt (or Option) + Shift + – (the minus symbol above the main keyboard – not the one on the numbers pad) to make the border thinner
Control (or Command) + Shift + K – selected text to uppercase/lowercase (toggle) (this may not be visible if you are using an all caps font)
Control (or Command) + Click on an already selected object to select the object directly below it (Canva suggests this works, it doesn’t for me but YMMD)
Up arrow / Down arrow / Left Arrow / Right arrow – Nudge a selected shape in the direction of the arrow
Shift + Up arrow (or Down arrow / Left Arrow / Right arrow) – Move the selected shape a larger amount in the direction of the arrow
To rotate an object to 45 or 90 degrees (or multiples of these), rotate it slowly when you are near a 45 degree increment and you will see it snap into position
Canva provides a fun tutorial to help you practice some of these shortcut keys which you will find here: https://support.canva.com/hc/en-us/articles/202777824-How-do-I-use-keyboard-shortcuts-
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Great find! A list of good quality Microsoft Office tutorial resources
I’ve recently discovered an enormous list of Microsoft Office tutorials that may be worth checking out. Each piece of Office software has several listed tutorials ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty and general to specific usage.
Best of all, each tutorial has a brief summary of its contents so you can quickly decide if its new and interesting information. Hopefully every Office user will find something of use. You can visit the page here.
Labels: Excel, mba, Microsoft, ms office, Office, PowerPoint, resource, tips, tutorials, Word
Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Harness the power of scripts to automate tasks in Illustrator
Where Photoshop has Actions, Illustrator has Scripts that help you automate complex and tedious tasks. You don’t need to know how to write code – just how to copy and paste it to harness the power of scripts to automate your workflow in Illustrator.
From scripts which make a rectangle the size of the artboard, which make metaball shapes and divide text frames you’ll find lots of practical use for scripts every day. I’ll show you how to find scripts online that you can use. I’ll show you how to find free scripts for Illustrator, how to download scripts and install them. I’ll even show you how to make a script file if you can find the code but it’s not in a downloadable format.
So you will learn to make use of .js and .jsx scripts and how to copy and paste script code from a web page and save it correctly so you can install it into Illustrator. I’ll also show you how to run the scripts you download.
Some of the scripts discussed include join reasonably which joins paths better than Illustrator does and a range of other handy scripts.
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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
More complex than it looks, here’s how to make a Wave Pattern in Illustrator
Learn how to create a wave pattern in Illustrator. You will see how to draw the starting shape and how to fill it. You will learn how you can test it to see how it will look and then adjust it if necessary before continuing.
You will use the Shape Builder tool to build the actual pattern starting piece and the new Pattern feature in Illustrator CS6 & Illustrator CC to make the repeating pattern swatch.
Labels: curly, Illustrator, ocean, pattern make, pattern swatch, pen tool, repeating pattern, shape builder, vector pattern, wave, wave pattern