Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium Part 2

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CS5 Design Premium includes dozens of features designed to reduce the number of steps required to complete common tasks. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver—the tools you use every day—all offer numerous enhancements to help you make fast work of your next project.

Truer Edge selection technology in Photoshop CS5 Extended

Photoshop CS5 takes the time and frustration out of making precise image selections and masks, providing you a faster way to extract subjects from their backgrounds and create realistic composites. New intelligent selection technology offers better edge detection and faster, more accurate masking results of complex subjects, like hair. Automatic color decontamination helps you eliminate background color around the edges of a selection, resulting in more seamless compositions when placing extracted subjects on new backgrounds.

Experienced Photoshop users know that the best selections are created by constantly adapting the selection technique for differences in the subject’s edges—one method for hair and another for the edge of a building. With Photoshop CS5, you can produce highly accurate masks and selections faster and more simply than before with a set of new adaptive selection-edge modification controls. Smart Radius automatically matches the best selection approach with the subject’s changing edge characteristics, and the extra view modes assist you in previewing the quality of your selections. The Refine Radius and Erase Refinements tools customize your masks and selections as you make them. These tools, in combination with the color decontamination settings, help eliminate any residual background color from around the edges of your selections.


Edge Detection in Photoshop CS5 uses adaptive selection technology to create selections of different edge types, such as along a simple solid line like this man's jacket, or a more complex selection, such as his hair.

Edge Detection in Photoshop CS5 uses adaptive selection technology to create selections of different edge types, such as along a simple solid line like this man’s jacket, or a more complex selection, such as his hair.

The ability to create accurate selections is made easier with the Edge Detection controls in the updated Refine Edgedialog box.


The ability to create accurate selections is made easier with the Edge Detection controls in the updated Refine Edgedialog box.

The Edge Detection and Decontaminate Colors features help you make highly precise selections of complex subjects quickly and easily, enabling faster, more accurate compositing of multiple images. Top Right: Original. Left: After refining the selection edge in Photoshop CS5. Bottom Right: Extracted subject combined with new background.

The Edge Detection and Decontaminate Colors features help you make highly precise selections of complex subjects quickly and easily, enabling faster, more accurate compositing of multiple images. Top Right: Original. Left: After refining the selection edge in Photoshop CS5. Bottom Right: Extracted subject combined with new background.

Simplified object selection and editing in Adobe InDesign CS5

Perform repetitive layout tasks efficiently in InDesign CS5. Numerous improvements can help make tasks such as aligning and distributing objects or customizing frame corners faster and easier.

Multiple transformations with a single tool. You can use one tool to select, align, distribute, rotate, resize, reposition, crop, and scale frames and frame content. InDesign CS5 dynamically switches to the right tool for the job, so you never need to lift your mouse from the layout. The new Content Grabber lets you quickly reposition content within a frame, just by clicking and dragging. A real-time crop preview helps you position the content precisely where you want it.

Gap tool. Adjust the white space between objects to dynamically reposition page items while maintaining design relationships. Shift the white space up or down, left or right, without having to crop or resize each object on the page. You can even expand or contract the white space, dynamically resizing or cropping adjacent objects accordingly. The new Auto-Fit feature keeps the relationship between the object and its frame consistent as you resize the frame.

When Auto-Fit is enabled, InDesign CS5 honors object fitting settings (such as Center in Frame) to maintain the relationship between objects and their frames as you adjust the gap between objects. Simply drag the Gap tool to adjust the cropping of all the abutting images. Control/Command-drag the Gap tool to resize a gap instead of moving it.

When Auto-Fit is enabled, InDesign CS5 honors object fitting settings (such as Center in Frame) to maintain the relationship between objects and their frames as you adjust the gap between objects. Simply drag the Gap tool to adjust the cropping of all the abutting images. Control/Command-drag the Gap tool to resize a gap instead of moving it.

Live Corner Effects. Drag the corners of a frame to dynamically change the radius and shape of the frame directly in the layout. Modify one corner at a time or all four simultaneously.

Top features in InDesign CS5

•    Interactive documents and presentations

•    Simplified object selection and editing

•    Integration with Adobe CS Review

•    Multiple page sizes

•    Tracktext changes

•    Paragraphsthatspan and split columns

•    All-new Layers panel

•    Production enhancements

•    Printtodigital

•    Live captions

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Click to make the corners active, and then drag the corner diamonds to new positions. On-object controls make it simple to dynamically change the look and feel of a frame as you design.

Click to make the corners active, and then drag the corner diamonds to new positions. On-object controls make it simple to dynamically change the look and feel of a frame as you design.

Easy grid placement. Take the tedium out of placing images in a grid, as in a directory or catalog. Simply press arrow keys to add columns and rows for images or threaded text frames.

Multiple page sizes in a single InDesign CS5 document

Simplify file management by creating pages of different sizes in a single document. Whether you’re designing marketing collateral, brand identity deliverables, or a magazine layout with complex folds, keeping all of a project’s assets in the same file shortens design and production time.

The new Page Selection tool makes it easy to select individual pages, which you can resize using options in the Control panel. You can easily share design assets by applying the same master pages to pages of varying sizes. With the Page Selection tool, you can even reposition the master page content for different layouts: Select the page, select Show Master Page Overlay in the Control panel, and then drag the edge of the master page to position it over the page.

The ability to combine multiple page sizes in InDesign CS5 simplifies the layout of documents with complex folds, such as this magazine with a cover flap. Not only can you create pages with different sizes in a document—you can include them in a single spread.

The ability to combine multiple page sizes in InDesign CS5 simplifies the layout of documents with complex folds, such as this magazine with a cover flap. Not only can you create pages with different sizes in a document—you can include them in a single spread.

More efficient CSS-based designs with Dreamweaver CS5

If you’re an aspiring or novice web designer who prefers designing pages to writing code, you’ll appreciate CSS Inspect. CSS Inspect lets you lay out web pages based on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) more easily—without diving into code or using additional software. For designers who are new to web design or who want to deepen their knowledge of CSS, CSS Inspect makes it much easier to learn about and work with CSS-based web pages.

In the past, troubleshooting CSS-based page elements was not an intuitive process. First, you previewed the web page in a browser and used a browser plug-in or utility to search for the page element you wanted to modify. Then you viewed the element’s CSS rules and properties, noted the desired changes, and switched back to Dreamweaver to implement them.

Now you can accomplish this task seamlessly within Dreamweaver. CSS Inspect displays the CSS box model properties—including padding, border, and mar-gin—so you can quickly locate and modify a CSS-based element. Simply select the element in Live View to view its corresponding CSS rules and properties in the CSS Styles panel. Make your edits directly in the panel or in the Code window and see the changes reflected immediately.

Dreamweaver CS5 highlights box model properties with colors so you can visually inspect individual page elements.

Dreamweaver CS5 highlights box model properties with colors so you can visually inspect individual page elements.

Top features in Dreamweaver CS5

•    SupportforPHP-based content management systems

•    Dynamically Related Files

•    LiveView navigation

•    Enhanced CSStooIs

•    Integration with Adobe BrowserLab

•    Enhanced support for Subversion

•    PHP custom class code hinting

•    Site-specific code hints

•    Enhanced CSS starter layouts

•    Simple site setup

•    Integration with Business Catalyst

Quickly and easily disable and reenable CSS properties directly from the CSS Styles panel in Dreamweaver CS5. Disabling a CSS property simply comments out the specified property without actually deleting it, and the affected property is no longer rendered. This convenient option for toggling CSS properties on and off, coupled with the ability to inspect CSS, allows you to remain in your editing environment throughout the development process, eliminating the time-consuming process of previewing in the browser and troubleshooting with browser-based tools.

Dreamweaver CS5 gives you the freedom to experiment with and troubleshoot CSS by toggling individual CSS properties on and off as you view the box model changes in color.

Dreamweaver CS5 gives you the freedom to experiment with and troubleshoot CSS by toggling individual CSS properties on and off as you view the box model changes in color.

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