How to remove background highlighted color from copied code Keynote

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When you copy/paste code from Xcode into Keynote it includes the highlighted styling of the text.

To get rid of that background select the text then click

Text > Style > Gear drop down (grouped with Font) > Text Background > Color none.

If you do that your text will now look like this.


How to Adobe MultiExport script

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Arrowheads Adobe Illustrator CC


New version of illustrator always makes doing simple things hard. Here is a reminder of where to find arrow heads.

Window > Properties > Stroke


How to draw icons illustrator

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Say you want to try an icon that looks something like this

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They first thing to realize is that this is just a series of geometric shapes – circles and lines.

So we can start by simply drawing a circle

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Cut it in half with scissors by clicking on the dots

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Round the caps (Window > Stroke)

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With this you now have the brush in a good state. You can repeat this process with more circle and line tools to draw the rest of your icon.

Happy drawing!

How to soft ambient hue adobe illustrator

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I got this nice ambient transparent hue on an image by doing the following:

White rounded corner square

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Transparency 80% (Window / Transparency)

Slide and apply over image. They select the ‘Hue’ option from the Transparent dialog.

How to create spherical gradient for title page Illustrator

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Say you want a nice soft glow in the background of your title page.

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Do this. Draw a square.

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Click Gradient from the Window menu

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Then click the gradient button to apply a gradient to your square. And then select ‘radial’ to make it spread out.

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Now the trick with making it spread out, it to press ‘g’ and then manually drag the end point of the gradient meter out beyond the square.

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Once you learn how to do that, you create create pretty much any gradient you want. Just grab the gradient tool, move it around, and try different things out.

Links that help

Trouble Shooting

If for some reason you find the gradient tool isn’t allowing you to change the gradient (i.e. pressing ‘g’ and then locking you out…toggle the fill stroke switch in the gradient window.

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Chances are you have stroke activated when what you really want is fill (or vice versa).


Blur illustrator

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Note – becareful where you ungroup. Sometimes it doesn’t work.

How to trace, select, and crop a shape in Adobe Illustrator

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Say you have an image you want to crop the background of. Do it like this.

Trace the shape you want to crop.

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Then create a block rectangular mass to cover the entire thing.

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Then overlap them with eachother. Then click drag your mouse over both so they are both selected.

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Then select Path Finder -> Minus back to crop them.


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Then, if you had your original image on another layer, make it visible now.

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How to make a circle of face illustrator

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Grab your face.
Draw your circle.


Then go Object -> Clipping Mask -> Make


Filling areas using transparent color without affecting the border, in Illustrator CS6

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If you ever want a transparent brush with which to color your illustrations, open up the appearance window and lower the brush opacity.

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