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  1. 1. Photoshop Q&A PC A Photoshop always places your image in the center of the page when printing. If you want your image placed else- Q (3.0 only) I just installed Windows 95 and Photoshop where on the page, there are two options available. on my PC. Photoshop seems to run fine, but the box The easiest way is usually to save your Photoshop docu- didn’t have one of those Windows 95 stickers on it. ment in a file format that can be placed into another appli- Should I expect problems? cation (such as TIFF or EPS), then place the image in a page- A Photoshop should run just fine under Windows 95. layout or illustration program and simply move it to where Photoshop is a 32-bit application, and the 3.0.4 update (see you want it to appear on the printed page. the question at the bottom right of this page) is specifically You can also change where Photoshop written to take advantage of Windows 95. Adobe is also cur- places your image on a printout by in- rently working on an additional update to Photoshop that creasing the size of the canvas. Select will meet all the Windows 95 logo-certification require- “Canvas Size…” from the Image menu. In ments; this update is expected to be available within 90 the “Canvas Size” dialog box, you can en- days after the final release of Windows 95, for a price that ter numerical values for height and width; hadn’t been determined at press time. Packages shipped af- if you increase either dimension, you can ter that will come with the Windows 95 sticker on the box. control which side of the image the space gets added to by clicking parts of the “Placement” diagram. ( The extra space it adds will be filled Q (3.0 only) I’m able to run Photoshop without any with your current background color, so be sure you’ve set problems, but when I try to launch the Photoshop De- your background color to white.) Photoshop will still center luxe Tutorial that comes on the CD, my machine freezes the canvas on the page when it prints, but your image will up and I have all kinds of problems. If my computer can be off-center within the canvas. Note that achieving the ex- run Photoshop, shouldn’t it be able to run the Deluxe act page placement you want will probably take some trial CD stuff? and error. Also, be aware that increasing the canvas size in- A Not necessarily. The Deluxe Tutorial is not a Photoshop creases the size of the file. To make an image print off-center on the page, document—it’s actually a self-running multimedia program you can add white space that requires QuickTime. Chances are you’ve run into a Q (3.0 only) I recently received a CD in the mail with an on one or two sides of it conflict between your video card or driver and QuickTime update to Photoshop 3.0.4. What does it do? using the “Canvas Size” (QuickTime version 1.1.1 shipped with Photoshop 3.0; dialog box. QuickTime 2.0.1 shipped with Photoshop 3.0.4). Call the A The 3.0.4 update was sent out in August on CD free of manufacturer of your video card to find out if there’s a dif- charge to all registered users of Photoshop 3.0. The 3.0.4 up- ferent or updated video driver that will solve the problem. date is a “maintenance release” that includes a few new fea- tures, and adds enhancements for 604-based Power Mac systems and improved support for Windows 95. Q (3.0 only) After upgrading to Windows 95, I’m having New features in both the Macintosh and Windows ver- problems with some of my Plug-ins, including Gallery sions of Photoshop 3.0.4 include the addition of a “Scratch Effects. These all worked when I was running Windows Disk Efficiency” indicator that lets you know the amount of 3.11. Shouldn’t they work with Windows 95? time Photoshop is accessing the scratch disk; a Float Con- A Some Plug-ins that were written for 16-bit environments, trols feature that allows users to control how a floating se- like Windows 3.x, won’t work correctly in Photoshop under lection interacts with the layer(s) below it; improved import Windows 95, which is a 32-bit environment. Most Plug-in of Adobe Illustrator files; added support for TWAIN 36- and developers are currently updating their products so they 48-bit scanners; and support for online registration. should work properly with Photoshop and Windows 95. For information on the availability of 32-bit updates for your Plug-ins, contact the Plug-in developer. Photoshop Tip PC/Mac A 32-bit update to Adobe Gallery Effects should be avail- A finer grid for curves Alt/option-click able by the time you receive this issue of Adobe Magazine. Ever wished you could increase Call Adobe Customer Services at (800) 628-2320 for pricing the number of grid squares dis- and ordering information. played in Photoshop’s “Curves” dialog box? You can. Simply Alt- PC/Mac click (Windows) or option-click (Macintosh) anywhere within Q Whenever I print a document from Photoshop, the grid area to toggle between it prints centered on the page. How can I get it not four and ten grid divisions. to be centered? Adobe Magazine November 1995 77
  2. 2. Q&APhotoshop Photoshop Tip PC/Mac Creating seamless tiles in Photoshop (3.0 only) Seamlessly tiled images used as backgrounds for World-Wide Web pages are becoming increasingly popular with the growing use of Netscape 1.1 (which, unlike some Web browsers, supports background images). Seamless tiles—images that when laid out in a grid appear to be one continuous image—are easy to create in Photoshop. There are two basic approaches: using an existing image and modi- fying it so it tiles well, and creating a new tileable image from scratch. (In either case, make sure the image is small—128 pixels by 128 pixels works best in most cases.) If you’re using an existing im- age, chances are you’ll have to do some editing along its edges to For example, applying the Adobe Gallery Effects Emboss Plug-in to a make it tile well. The easiest way clouds texture creates an interesting, stucco-like effect. (Note that to do so is to choose “Offset…” some filters can cause changes to the edges of your tile that will need from the “Other” submenu of the to be cleaned up using the “Offset” filter, as described above.) Filter menu. Choose values for Other third-party Plug-ins open up limitless possibilities for seam- the horizontal and vertical offset less tiles, including KPT Texture Explorer and KPT Seamless Welder, that are roughly half the image’s from HSC Software; Alien Skin’s Textureshop; MicroFrontier’s Pattern dimensions along those axes, Original image Workshop; Andromeda’s Series-1 Designs; and Xaos Tools’ Terrazzo and set the “Undefined (which stands out for its ability to create nonrectangular images remi- Areas” option to “Wrap niscent of kaleidoscopes or mystical symbols). Around.” This will let you When you’re done creating or modifying your image, check to make see how the edges will sure it really tiles seamlessly. Select the entire image (press Ctrl + A in work when you tile. Then, Windows or Command + A on the Mac) and choose “Define Pattern” using the rubber-stamp from the Edit menu. Next, open up a new document that’s large tool, sample portions of enough to fit the tile in many times over. In the new document, select the image and clone them over “Fill…” from the Edit menu; in the “Contents” field of the “Fill” dialog the vertical and horizontal box, select “Pattern.” Click “OK.” Your document will be filled with your seams. Resample from many dif- tiles. If it checks out OK, you can then save your tile document into ferent sources within the image whatever format you’re using for your Web-page graphics. so you don’t get a noticeable rep- etition. If you’re careful, you should be able to eliminate any remnants of the seams. (When you’re finished fixing the seam, you can leave the image offset— Offset filter applied that won’t affect how it tiles—or, if you prefer, you can use the Offset filter again with identical but negative values, to put the image back together.) To check your work, see the instructions in the last paragraph of this tip. Making your own tileable image offers a lot more flexibility. Several filters that ship with Photoshop will create seamless images that don’t require any additional modification. Version 3.0’s Clouds and Differ- ence Clouds filters (found on the Render submenu of the Filters menu) are underappreciated filters that generate beautiful, organic-looking cloud textures based on your foreground and background colors. Images created using these filters are likely to tile well as long as your tile size is 128 pixels by 128 pixels (or some multiple of 128 pixels). Photoshop’s Add Noise and Extrude filters can also create quick and easy seamless tiles. Once you’ve generated a texture using one of these filters, you can use other filters (or other techniques) to make them more interesting. New document filled with new pattern 78 Adobe Magazine November 1995
  3. 3. Q&APhotoshop any number there, you’re running version 3.0. If you see a Photoshop Tip Mac number, that’s the version number you’re running—3.0.4 is the latest version. Custom icons for your desktop On the Mac, select the Photoshop 3.0 program icon while in the Finder, and choose “Get Info” from the File menu (or When you view a Photoshop document in the Finder, it may appear with an icon type Command + I) to open Photoshop’s “Info” dialog box. that displays a miniature version of the document (depending on what “View” The version number is listed on the line just above the options you’re using). You can use this feature to create custom icons for other programs and documents. Here’s how. “Comments” box. If you’ve got the latest update, the version First, create the artwork you want for the icon as a Photoshop document. Be- number should be 3.0.4. See the end of the previous answer for information on fore you close, make sure the image-preview icon is enabled (choose “General…” obtaining the update. from the File menu’s Preferences submenu; in the “General Preferences” dialog box, click the “More…” button; in the “More Preferences” dialog box, under “Im- age Previews,” check the “Always Save” button and the “Icon” option). Then save Q (3.0 only) I’d like to use nonprinting guides in a and close your document. Photoshop document, like the ones I use in PageMaker. In the Finder, click on the document once to select it, and choose “Get Info” Is there any way to do this? from the File menu (or press Command + I). In the “Info” dialog box, click once on the image-preview icon, which appears in the upper-left cor- A Not directly, but you can create lines on a separate layer ner, and choose “Copy” from the Edit menu (or press Com- and use them as guides to help you arrange objects in your mand + C). Close the “Info” dialog box. Then select the icon of document. First create a new layer, select it, and delete all the pixels in it (press Ctrl + A in Windows or Command + A the file into which you want to paste the custom icon, bring on the Mac, and then press the Backspace or Delete key), up the “Info” dialog box, select the icon, and paste. making the layer transparent. Then use Photoshop’s line tool to draw whatever guide lines you want. The Windows version includes improved performance On the Macintosh, there’s also a shrewdly designed Plug- with Win32s and improved support for many 16-bit Plug-ins in called “Grid” by Chris Cox that will draw you a grid of and the HP 16-bit TWAIN scanning module. There is also regularly spaced lines in the currently selected layer of your extensive optimization for Windows 95, including right Photoshop document; you can specify the spacing and mouse-button configuration for Photoshop’s Commands thickness of horizontal and vertical lines, and whether you palette; support for filenames up to 256 characters; registry want them drawn using your current background or fore- of application and file icons; and support for Universal Nam- ground color. “Grid” is shareware; to find it on America ing Convention (UNC) path names. Online, go to the Macintosh Graphics Forum (keyword MGR) The Macintosh version includes improved support for the and search for “ChrisCox.” new Power Macintosh computers that use the Motorola However you generate these lines, remember that they PowerPC 604 processor (including the Power Macintosh are not nonprinting—before you print, make their layer in- 8500 and 9500 series)—several functions (including Skew, visible or delete it. If you’re flattening your document, you’ll Rotate, Gaussian Blur, and many path operations) will ex- have to delete the layer first or the grid lines will become a ecute significantly faster than in version 3.0. Also included permanent (and visible) part of your image. are an HSB/HSL Plug-in, a fat-binary Kodak Photo CD Plug- in, an improved DirectBits Plug-in, and a fat-binary version Power Mac of Adobe Type Manager. All registered users of Photoshop 3.0 should have re- Q (3.0 only) I have a new Performa 6200 and I can’t get Photoshop to run. Every time I try to launch the pro- ceived a copy of the 3.0.4 update by now, free of charge, on gram it tells me there’s not enough memory. I have 64 CD. If you haven’t received it, contact Adobe Customer Ser- megabytes of RAM—isn’t that enough? vices at (800) 628-2320. A That should be plenty of RAM. You’ve encountered a Q (3.x only) I have some version of Photoshop 3 on my problem with the new Power Mac 5200 and Performa 6200 series models, which are based on the PowerPC 603 chip. If computer, but I’m not sure if I have the latest update you don’t load the “Macintosh Easy Open” Control Panel installed or not. Is there any easy way to tell what ver- when you start up one of these Macs, Photoshop won’t sion I’m running so I don’t have to reinstall? launch. The solution: either use Extensions Manager (or a A Sure. On the PC, with Photo- similar utility) to activate Macintosh Easy Open, or manually shop running, select “About move it into the “Control Panels” folder in the System Folder. Adobe Photoshop…” from Then restart your Mac. Photoshop should now launch just Photoshop’s Help menu. In the fine. If you don’t want Easy Open to be active, you can go to “Adobe Photoshop 3.0” dialog the “Macintosh Easy Open” Control Panel and turn it off box, look below the artwork (and you may not want it active, since it can cause import- over on the right side under- ing problems in PageMaker)—but the control panel itself neath the eye. If you don’t see does need to load at startup.  80 Adobe Magazine November 1995
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