A very useful video from Laura Coyle at www.illustratoring.com for understanding and dealing with tile edges that show up on screen.
Do you have trouble selecting objects near Point Type in Adobe Illustrator? You’ve been there. You want to select an object. Problem is, it’s really close to piece of Point Type. All too often we try to select objects that wind up being unreachable because they lie too close to a piece of Point Type, which we wind up selecting instead. Luckily, after years of angst, I discovered a solution.
Normally if you had 3 bits of text with thick strokes applied to each and then pushed them this close together you wouldn’t see the same thing illustrated above. The strokes of the ‘higher’ objects would overlap onto the lower objects. Then just how was this accomplished here?
Center points are selectable
I was making a mess of newspaper ads (as in a lot of them, not messy ones (debatable)) just now when I again encountered some annoying behavior that’s plagued me the three years I’ve been using AI. I would select an object or objects that happen to be within a larger path. In this case that means some type inside of an ad border with no fill. Selecting the text would sometimes also select the border, even though my marquee selection didn’t touch the border; even though the border had no fill. I finally realized that I was also selecting the Center Point of the border which the type I was targeting just happened to be over. The center point is selectable! But there’s no anchor there, right? Just goes to show that to truly get the most out of Illustrator you need to really dig in and understand how it thinks. It’s often not doing what you think it is, or should. Snap to Point is another good example. I just found out from watching an episode of Fridays with Mordy (which is live right now. Damn.) that Snap to Point doesn’t mean any point on your selected path will snap to another object’s point when you move it. Instead it means that the “point” where you grab an object with your cursor will snap to another object’s anchor point when you near it with your cursor. Anyway, gotta get back to work.
You can copy an object from Illustrator and paste it into Photoshop as a Smart Object. I often used this feature sparingly because I never really understood what was happening under the hood. The tutorials I’ve seen that describe the process made no effort to explain what was really happening. I’ve since poked around with it and figured it all out. Now I love Smart Objects.
So here’s what’s really going on with smart objects: