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Updated when new collections are compiled! September 10, 2015

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Check the post titles for subject. Scroll Down for the full effect, or, SEARCH: use your browser or computer search. Usually CTL + F or Cmd + F

Monster list of links is in this section titled: Photoshop, Illustrator FREE or Shareware, or Commercial. But Mostly FREE.  Click HERE

Brushes Ebooks Fonts GFX Gradients Patterns Plugins Shapes Styles Tutorials filters files utilities backgrounds presets etc.etc.

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Stop animations on google search pages.

Stop animations on google search pages. For FIREFOX Browser users

GIF animations like MOST of the google animations are fun to watch, once or twice. There are many who want to search without distractions and sometimes kiddie cartoons. Not everyone who uses google search wants that. For FIREFOX browser users–DO THIS:

In the address bar (where the www’s are), type-> about:config

There is a window that has a warning. The possibilities of you doing anything to the browser is 100000000000 to 1. Not to worry. Check ok.

There is a long alphabetical list.

1.) Scroll to this: image.animation_mode

2.) At the top it says Value, and at the line with image.animation_mode is should say normal

3.) Right click on normal

4.) Click on MODIFY

5.) Erase normal and type in none

6.) X out of the pages and go to google home page and check to see in the animation is stopped.

More information about stopping various movements, movies, other animation files…start here:

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Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign?

Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign? What to use for different things.
Read a complete comparison of these graphics programs at the link above. ↑↑↑ Also describes common misconceptions and mistakes.
The short version from that text is below. ↓↓↓

Photoshop is generally used for:

Photo enhancement
Photo color correction Software
Web/Mobile UI design
Web graphics
Motion graphics
Special effects

Illustrator is generally used for:

Insignia design
Type setting for stationary systems
print campaigns
Web graphics
Motion graphics
Vector paintings

Indesign is generally used for:

Editorial design
Book design
Multiple page brochures
Annual reports
Interactive PDF documents


More complete comparisons below ↓↓↓

◊ Illustrator vs. Indesign ◊

Illustrator does not have master pages.
Illustrator cannot define page numbers.
Indesign cannot draw objects as well as Illustrator.
Indesign does not have filters, as Illustrator does.
Indesign has superior type wrapping tools, while it maybe a bit confusing with Illustrator.

◊ Illustrator vs. Photoshop ◊

Illustrator has superior vector support, while Photoshop has limited.
Illustrator does better page layout than Photoshop.
*** Illustrator does not handle pixel art the same way as Photoshop does in terms of effects.
Photoshop is superior for photo enhancing.
Photoshop creates precise pixel based UI designs compared to Illustrator.
Illustrator supports multiple page output for PDF while Photoshop does not.
Photoshop layers is much straight forward than Illustrator. Organizing elements is much easier in Photoshop because of this.
Illustrator supports the “Place” (Importing graphics) command through dynamic file linking. Photoshop’s “Place” command is strictly embedded into the .PSD file and is not linked. This means that you can make changes to a certain file outside of Illustrator and you can reflect the changes in Illustrator using the Links panel. In Photoshop, whatever you place is permanent (credit to Kjell-Roger Ringstad for noticing this).
Illustrator exports .EPS file formats better than Photoshop.

◊ Indesign vs. Photoshop ◊

Indesign creates page layouts while Photoshop does not.
Indesign links elements or design objects from various locations in your hard drive. Photoshop does not. It is all placed in the document.
Indesign supports multiple pages for PDF and print. Photoshop is all one document.
Photoshop has filter effects while Indesign is limited.
Indesign supports XML, Photoshop does not.
Indesign supports vectors, imports .AI and .EPS with vector data encoded. In Photoshop this gets converted to paths or pseudo vector. The final output is still pixel based.
>>>Visit and the original web page and leave a comment.<<<
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Screencasting Tools For Creating Video Tutorials

    These are links to many Free and Paid software programs that are used for building TUTORIALS.  The focus here is to give you a review of the many programs, add-ons, and methods to distribute a screencast (“Screencast” seems to be the newest way of saying, basically, You-tube Tutorial).    

The “best” and most full featured program in these links is CAMTASIA STUDIO.  It is a somewhat costly software for what it does, yet, price to return on the investment may be well worth it for most.  I personally use this software.

Tutorials come in many forms, from simple, single page word docs, PDF’s, power point style slide shows, and movie quality special effects videos.  This list is an overview, not a review, however you should be able to follow links to almost all the programs and methods currently used (1-4-2014) to make and get online your tutorial.

The first two are Google search result pages:{moz:distributionID}:{moz:locale}:{moz:official}#q=free+screencasting+tools+to+create+video+tutorials&rls=%7Bmoz:distributionID%7D:%7Bmoz:locale%7D:%7Bmoz:official%7D{moz:distributionID}:{moz:locale}:{moz:official}

     These are links to web sites, blogs, and other learning sites that are specific to tutorial making software.  Follow the links and look for the programs that repeat through these and drill into what might be best for you.  Remember–A Tutorial can be built with audio, video, flash, picture in picture, ASL, still photos, text and titles… OR NOT. 

     The complexity is up to you, so do not feel compelled to add all the flash, trash and kitchen sinks you can think of.  The best tuts are to the point.

>>>Note: this has some detractors.  Check the comments about this add-on to see if it’s suitable.  Not saying it isn’t a good script (I haven’t tried it yet), just saying…

Last but not least– all these programs and methods have some learning curve.  Look at the tutorial of each to see the complexity, and check honest reviews.

***My experience has show that it is very important knowing the format and file type of the final destination (web site, Youtube et. al. similar, blog site, etc. – BEFORE YOU RECORD.


>>> This is a program I use and recommend.  The learning curve is not too steep and there are lot of features. Apparently there is some kind of free or trial version.  With all free tools, be sure to check if the finished tutorial can be downloade/copied.  Some free programs allow you to make your production but do not offer you the option to place it.


This program is a good inexpensive alternative to Camtasia, however you would need to check with Ashampoo support as to how to download your finished tutorial (or other format) to the internet. 

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Monster Link Collection. Mostly FREE. Photoshop, Illustrator, Many others.

Monster Link Collection.

PC and MAC

Check the post titles for subject. Scroll Down for the full effect, or, SEARCH: use your browser or computer search. Usually CTL + F

Monster list of links is in this section titled: Photoshop, Illustrator FREE or Shareware, or Commercial. But Mostly FREE.  Click HERE

Brushes Ebooks Fonts GFX Gradients Patterns Plugins Shapes Styles Tutorials filters files utilities backgrounds presets etc.etc.

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Illustrator effects chart

> Adobe page that lists the effect selections with some simple description. Handy.

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2D Image to 3D model Conversion

     OK this is a little esoteric…However here are some links for converting a drawing on paper into a 3D image or 3D Model (using machines that make “print” physical pieces from software). There are a LOT of variations about how to do this and apparently each software has it’s own file types and methods.  SO… figure out what the best software for you is then focus on those instructions.

======(Review times for this post approximately 45 mins to 1 hr.)======
     The following general information about 3d printing is re-posted from The 2D to 3D conversion instruction follows this general description.

Genenral description…What is 3D printing?

Josh Judkins
October 13, 2011

“3D printing is known by many names, additive fabrication, solid free form fabrication, rapid prototyping & more. It is the process of making an object by building very thin layers of material on top of each other. This is the opposite of more traditional manufacturing techniques like carving, machining or laser cutting, where material is removed to create a form.

First the digital 3D model is sliced into super-thin cross sectional layers. The printer then prints these layers, one at a time, from the bottom up until the model is complete. Build or support material (such as a powder or wax) is used to hold parts of your object which overhang, and is cleaned off the final model once it is complete.”


Different softwares are listed in the links below. 

There is a somewhat complete list here:


BEST as overall description:

>What it says


>You have to do some searching in the help files and forum to get to the how to.

>Good place to get a clue. 


>Uses specific (expensive for some $1000 plus) software. However, has a short instruction page and links, with step by step graphics. “The Web should be Free” thinkers like me might pull some useful info from these pages.


>Blender is free 3D software and has a Euro free feel to it and a pretty complete and knowledgeable crowd of followers.  The above is a method of instruction for drawing from paper to 3D using BLENDER.


>Good program. Fairly steep learning curve. Free. Check the forums.

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InDesign tips I wish I’d known when starting out

“Adobe InDesign helps transform the written word into published work.”

     InDesign has been around for a long time.  The simplistic way of describing it is a desktop publisher; a newsletter maker, a brochure layout program, “flyers”.  

     This was the hot set-up 10 years ago and mostly the work landed on the bosses “Secretary’s” desk.  Think Madmen in the 1990’s.

     Interestingly the final product is still the same, newsletters, flyers, brochures etc., however it’s a LOT more complex as a software now and incorporates other graphics programs.

Below are links I have collected over time.

     HOWEVER, with InDesign, I have found the best way to search a task is to enter a search term into a search engine using the advanced search capability to drill into exactly the task (or portion of a task) you want. This is, by the way, a preferred Library of Congress method for searching:

     Enter the most complex search term possible and work backwards to less complex.

      Otherwise you will find yourself putting in a lot of time (which is OK for some) being led in non-precise “directions”.    


     Adobe InDesign tips I wish I’d known when starting out

     This is a a little old however an OK overview if you like/use/want to try an post

     “The Main Uses of InDesign  
     Since desktop publishing’s early days, graphic designers have relied on page-layout software to turn creative vision into creative output. Aldus PageMaker led the way in the 1980s. Its competitor QuarkXPress entered the market in 1987 and dominated it for a decade. In 1999, Adobe Systems launched Adobe InDesign, crafted to combine a fresh approach to design tasks with tools familiar to users of Adobe’s other software. Today, InDesign meets varied output targets for a wide range of audiences.” Elizabeth Mott, eHow Contributor


The HOME page:

This list is linked and click-able:


I like Layers magazine and this is a downloadable PDF. Very nice graphic (pix) way of showing the tools and the way to use them.  Do a quick review of this to get fresh about the methods used in InDesign. Well worth the time.


     “InDesign is a powerful design program with so many tools and features it can a bit tricky to find a topic to begin with. With this in mind, we’ve put together a collection of beginner guides on various InDesign topics like the best way to create a new document, how to import text and images and even useful advice on what to do when a document is corrupted and how to make comments and track changes. Work your way through the guides and you will be well on your way to mastering InDesign.”
     Good site. Many links.  Search it.


     Free “movie” tutorials with demo account


     If you like/use/want to try’s instructionals, there are many here as you move from page to page and link to link.  Apparently much of this links to “movie” tutorials.


     25 beginner-intermediate level tutorials which will get you more familiar with InDesign.

     links to printed tuts.


     InDesign Tutorials for Beginners

    More “movie” tutorials and some Adobe TV like/use/want to try  Also many links


     If you find links to WRITTEN InDesign instruction, of which recently there’s seems to be few (non-video, that is), please leave a comment with other links.  Thanks.  

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COLOR: links and just enough information to work with


Check across the header on this web page ( URL BELOW) for some relatively simple color theory and use.  Good start if you don’t really want to think in nanometers.


Some other than just Adobe information:

Combo Library. The library contains hundreds of color swatches, along with their hex colour values. Check the links and articles.

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PEN TOOL Variations and Symbol meanings

IMPORTANT: “The Pen Tool takes on different forms depending on what you’re doing when you’re using it.”

In my work and searches this is the best, if not the only simple explanation of how to use the Pen Tool. The entire post shown here is very comprehensive, a must for learning the Pen Tool in Photoshop, Illustrator, and other Creative programs.

Keep in mind Pen Tool shapes and positions have changed between software versions and are different for various software companies.  None the less, the POINT of the pen, the tip, is the position of the line. In Adobe and other programs you can set a “Cross-Hair” style tip point.

Most do not need to memorize what each of these mean or do.  Knowing there are differences as you work is an important “path” to using the complete tool set for learning on-the-job.

The link is here:

For those who see the pen tool only in the tool bar, this screenshot shows SOME variations.  If you understand these possibilities before using the basic tool, the concept of drawing can be simplified.

(Even this chart might not include all variations for the creative programs.  There are selection arrow variations also. If you are aware of a link that shows ALL TOOL variations please add a comment.  Thanks).



MORE variations and explanations:

Pen Asterick rev

Pen Tool with Asterisk

       This is a starting point.  Notice that the pointer has an asterisk next to it indicating that your next click begins a new path. Click to create the starting anchor point.

Pen white square

Pen white square lines on sides   

Pen Tool with small square.

     Connecting (Merging) to another Path.   Position the pointer over an anchor point that was connected to a cut line segment. The pointer now shows a merge symbol next to it indicating that you are connecting to another path. Click the point to reconnect the paths.


preferences large

A good tip (trick) is to go to the perferences list in the program and set the “handles” to open boxes.  This seems to help identify to ends of the handles. (The “greyed out” example is the chosen handle).  Also, in preferences you can reset the label color (for anchor, path, others) so your position on the art board is easier to see.


Along with the Pen Tool, the Selection Arrows have variations.  An understanding that there are different “LOOKS” to the arrows (and Pens) will help your designing.

black arrow black box

Selection Arrow with small black box.

     Select all Anchor Points.  Position the pointer directly over a path. When the pointer shows a solid black box next to it click to select the path and all of the anchor points. Notice that all of the anchor points become solid, signifying that all anchor points are selected.

(Drag the path to a new location anywhere on the artboard. All the anchor points travel together, maintaining the path shape.)

arrow square with dot

Direct Selection with dot in the middle of a small box.

       Select An Anchor Point.  Position the pointer over any anchor point. The pointer shows a small box with a dot in the center indicating that, if you click, you will select an anchor point.

(Click that same point, or drag a marquee selection around an anchor point and the selected anchor point turns solid, and the deselected anchor points are hollow.)


Check this for mouseover descriptions of tools in Photoshop and Illustrator:


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