Annotation Tools

c^) Audio Annotation Tool N

Annotating a file is a helpful way to insert "sticky notes" for later use. Photoshop offers two annotation options, one for notes and one for audio. The Audio option is generally a waste of file space, so stick with the Notes Tool (©).

What should you put into notes? Information such as fonts or colors used. It may also be helpful to specify which filters were used. Better yet, save an action for the look and include a note identifying it. Video treatments often drive the appearance of Web and print collateral materials. Follow the Golden Rule; make it easy for someone else to do their job, and the karma will return to you eventually.

What about clients? If they have Photoshop, they can easily add notes, but most clients don't have (or understand) Photoshop. Save your file in the Portable Document Format (PDF). You can then open up the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Professional and enable comments for Adobe Reader. Then send the file to the client and ask them to add annotations. To bring these into Photoshop, choose File>Import> Annotations and identify the PDF file.

What to Archive

^ You should backup more than just your Photoshop files. Be sure to include the following:

• Original artwork

• Illustrator files

• After Effects files

• Source photos

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Features You Will Use

Adobe Photoshop can be a complex tool only because you can do so much with it, however for in this video series, we're going to keep it as simple as possible. In fact, in this video you'll see an overview of the few tools and Adobe Photoshop features we will use. When you see this video, you'll see how you can do so much with so few features, but you'll learn how to use them in depth in the future videos.

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