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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.