Saturday, January 24th, 2015

What Symbols are Included in Illustrator

Instantly view the entire Illustrator Symbol collection

Illustrator comes with a lot of handy symbols but opening each set in turn looking for something usable is a major time suck.

If you think like me then you’ll love this blog post over at  Tiny Tutorials’ Adobe Classroom which has a honking big image with all the symbols shown in it for your enjoyment.

Here’s a mini preview of what you will find there – go! click! savor the goodness! Tell them I sent you.





Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Delete Unused Keywords in Lightroom

Clean up your Lightroom keyword list

I recently imported a heap of stock images into Lightroom so I could easily find images I wanted to use for various projects. When I added keywords to the images I ended up removing a lot of the images’ own keywords before replacing them with my own.

The problem I then encountered was that I had a heap of Keywords in my Keyword list with 0 images associated with them. In short my keyword list was bloated with useless keywords.

While you can right click a keyword and click to Delete it – this was an impossible task it would have taken hours. Instead you can clean up the list instantly with one simple command. In the Library in Lightroom click Metadata and choose Purge Unused Keywords – instantly all the keywords that aren’t associated with images are deleted. Simple!

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Open Recent Files Missing from Word (Mac)

If your Recent files list disappears from your Mac, here’s how to put it back

Word on my Mac doesn’t have a recently opened files list but Excel does. Turns out the feature was disabled (or perhaps it was never enabled). Whatever the reason, it wasn’t there and I wanted it to be accessible.

Lucky for me it is just a preference setting. Click the Word button, click Preferences and then General. Look for the Track Recently Opened Documents option and enable it. Set the number of documents to track and click Ok. Yeah! Now you can open a recently opened file like you expect to be able to do.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Convert a Shape to Path in Photoshop

Learn to quickly turn a Shape into a Path in Photoshop

Sometimes you get caught in Photoshop working with a shape when what you really want is a path. Luckily it’s easy to convert from one to the other – even if it isn’t obvious how to do it.

Start with the Layers palette open and make sure you have at least one layer in the document in addition to your shape layer. If you don’t, choose Layer > New > Layer and click Ok.


Click on the Shape layer in the Layers palette and open the Paths palette.



You will see the shape path there – double click it and give the new path a new name such as path1 and press Ok.

Now remove the original shape layer by clicking it and press Delete and you will be left with just your path.


So there’s a simple but not obvious answer to the question “How do I convert a shape to a path in Photoshop?”

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Convert a Path to a Shape in Photoshop

When you create a path but you want a shape, here’s how to make a path into a shape in Photoshop

1. First create your path – it should be a closed path. In most cases this will already be done because it is at this point you realise that you have a path but what you really want is a shape.

2. With the Path selected in the Paths palette, choose Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color, click Ok, choose a color and click Ok again.

3. If you now look in the Layers palette you will see that you have a Shape layer – the shape having been created from your original Work Path.

Simple when you know how!