Friday, September 19th, 2014

How to center a layer in a Photoshop document

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Image Credit: © 2014 freeimages.com, anitab0000

Help! How to center a layer’s contents in Photoshop

Whether you’re making  a simple document,  newsletter or editing a photo a necessity is being able to center your layers. This task took me by surprise as to how challenging it was but in a few steps it can easily be done.

First press Control and click  the layer  thumbnail for the layer you want to center in your Layers panel.

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Click Select  > All (Control/Command + A). This makes all of your layers selected. You can tell this is done by the marching ants around your full image.

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Click Layer >Align Layers to Selection > Horizontal Centers.

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Notice that your layer is now centered.

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Press Control/Command + D to deselect your layers.

Now your layer content is deselected and aligned  horizontally and you’re free to continue editing.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Format Sticky Notes – Learn the Hidden Secrets

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Learn these quick techniques to format your Sticky Notes

I love using sticky notes to stick things to my desktop. Using these on my digital desktop is helping keep my real desktop clean and tidy. However, sometimes I need to format my notes and help for doing this is not easy to find. So, here, in a nutshell, are the super secret shortcut keys you can use to format your text on your sticky notes :

Bold                     Ctrl+B
Italic                   Ctrl+I
Underlined               Ctrl+U
Strikethrough            Ctrl+T
Bullet list              Ctrl+Shift+L 
    (press this twice for a numbered list)
Subscript                Ctrl+= 
Superscript              Ctrl+Shift++ 
Increase/Decrease font size
                        Ctrl+Shift+> and Ctrl+Shift+<
                        (or Ctrl+Scroll wheel)
Single space lines      Ctrl+1
Double space            Ctrl+2
1.5 Line spacing        Ctrl+5
Captialize Text         Ctrl+Shift+A 
Right Align             Ctrl+R
Left Align              Ctrl+L
Center Align            Ctrl+E

You can also use fancy effects in sticky notes if you create them in another application such as Word and then copy and paste them into the Sticky Note.

Other handy Sticky Notes keyboard shortcuts:

Undo                    Ctrl+Z
Redo                    Ctrl+Y
Cut                     Ctrl+X
Copy                    Ctrl+C
Paste                   Ctrl+V
New Note                Ctrl+N

To change the color of a note, right click it and choose a color.

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To Backup your Sticky Notes:

You will find your Sticky notes file at
c:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Sticky Notes

To make a backup, copy the stickynotes.snt file you find there.

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To launch Sticky Notes if you haven’t yet discovered them:

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Sticky Notes

 

Helen Bradley

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Getting alignment right (or left), in PowerPoint

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Let’s face it, it’s easy to dump pictures, text and charts on a PowerPoint slide but it can end up looking like the dog’s breakfast – at least what I imagine a dog might eat for breakfast.

When you want your slide to look good, you need to have everything aligned neatly on it. To do this, click on the first object to align and Control + click on the second. From the Drawing toolbar choose Draw, Align or Distribute and then an option such as Align left to align both objects so they’re lined up along the left edge of the object that is further to the left on the screen.

In a few simple clicks you can restore order to an unruly slide.

Helen Bradley