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Customisable PDFs — Part 2: Creating an Image Area

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

A while ago (in Part 1) I showed you how to create text fields in your PDFs. This allowed users to customise the document with their own details. You’ll see on that page that Ric was interested to know if / how you could go about having the same functionality with images. Part 2 shows you how (more…)

Converting DMGs to r/w

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Folder Structure to get to the file to unlock all factions

Here is a basic walk-through on how to convert a Mac DMG file from read only format to a read/write format.


Basic Animated Gifs

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

This tutorial will cover the basic steps involved in making several images transition from one to another with Adobe Photoshop (Ps) and outputting as an animated .gif. My result is displayed at the end of the tutorial.

File-New I am using Ps CS3 on an Apple Mac, but the same applies to Windows users. With Ps now open, go to the ‘File’ menu and choose ‘New’. (more…)

Customisable PDFs — Part 1: Creating Text Fields

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

I originally created this in response to a post on MacRumors but thought it might make a nice first tutorial for my site. Although the example used is a poster, this method can be used on any PDF, no matter what size, shape or intended purpose.

Right, do yourself a poster. I did a quick example in Adobe Illustrator just for this tutorial, but any PDF should be the same if created with a respectable program. (more…)

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