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Tuesdays with Pariah: Change Defaults and Customize InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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Out of the box, InDesign measures everything in pica. Illustrator, out of the box, loads a basic and rather bland set of brushes. Photoshop, by default, loads generic colors instead of your corporate colors. Wouldn’t it be nice to have every new InDesign document use Inches Decimal as its measurement? How about loading your favorite brush set every time Illustrator opens? How much faster would Photoshop be if its default color palette included your chosen colors instead of Adobe’s?

This Tuesday with Pariah is about changing these and many other defaults, customizing the environments of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, to meet your needs and work habits. We had a full house and went a whopping two hours learning about changing and sharing defaults and presets in our most often used tools!

Series Description

My career—my passion—is entirely focused on doing anything I can to Empower, Inform, Connect Creative Professionals™. I’m extremely lucky that I’m able to make a living doing that through writing books and articles and appearing at conferences and in videos and webinars. I love doing all that, but in all of those activities there’s one thing missing—discourse. In all those media it’s me doing the talking and everyone else the listening, reading, or watching. Out of all the different types of work and projects I do for the creative professional community, the most interactive is my training and consulting, but even that is limited to certain companies and groups, in certain places. I want to have a conversation with any designer who has the time to sit down for an hour and talk, no matter where he or she happens to be at the moment.

So, inspired by my friend Mordy Golding’s Fridays with Mordy weekly webinar, I’ve started Tuesdays with Pariah, a Designers’ Discourse.

In these weekly free web connect sessions I’ll be sometimes instructing in software like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, or something else, and at other times talking about the business of design, such as intellectual property rights for creatives, helping non-Web designers get online, tax considerations for freelancers, and anything else that you bring up. Throughout the presentation and after, Tuesdays with Pariah are a conversation where I hope to learn as much from you as you learn from me. Think of it as a bunch of creative folk getting together over virtual coffee and talking, teaching each other something new, or debating different sides of an issue designers face.