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Even the best software in the world can take a lot of time to learn, but our thoroughly tested tutorials let you sharpen your skills and finish your projects faster. No matter what your current skill level is, these simple, step-by-step guides help to turn complex projects into learning experiences, and our authors are standing by to answer your questions and comments.

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How to Resize an Image in Photopea

As long as you share pictures digitally, you will almost inevitably need to resize an image at some point. If you’ve been struggling to find the tools for this, Photopea is a convenient solution – it’s a free online photo editor which means you won’t need to download...

How to Cancel Canva Subscription

While having a Canva subscription can be beneficial to your graphic design needs, there are ways to cancel your subscription if you no longer need the premium version of the service. Canva Pro features will remain in effect until the end of your billing period. My...

How to Remove Background from Pictures in Canva

On Canva you can remove the background of an image with ease by clicking on the image and editing it using the background remover tool. With just a click, artificial intelligence can highlight the background and remove it from a picture. My name is Kerry, and I’ve...

How to Make a Background Transparent in Canva

If you want to create a transparent background you have access to Canva Pro, Canva for Education, Canva for Teams, or Canva for Nonprofits. You can remove or delete backgrounds to create and download files with transparent backgrounds. My name is Kerry, and I’ve been...

How Much Does Canva Pro Cost? 

While Canva is free on all devices, the Canva Pro version does require a subscription which costs $12.99/month or $119.99/year for one person. That means that you will have to pay to use extra features, such as special templates, icons, and customizations. My name is...

How to Curve or Arch Text in Adobe InDesign

InDesign is an excellent typesetting tool, but it has so many features that it can feel a bit overwhelming for new users. Once you get used to working with the Type tool, you may start to wonder how you can break up your linear and angular layouts with some more...

How to Make a Triangle in Adobe InDesign

While I never really enjoyed math in school, geometry lessons were always a welcome change. I didn’t expect to find much practical use for it later in life, but my love of design has brought things to a strange full circle.  Creating triangles in InDesign can be...

How to Link Text Boxes in Adobe InDesign

Even if you’re working on a two-page document in Adobe InDesign, linking your text boxes together can make your life much easier.  Text boxes are more properly called text frames in InDesign, and they’re quite easy to link together if you know where to look. ...

How to Draw a Straight Line in PaintTool SAI

Whether you want to draw your own perspective grids, line your own comic, or design your new logo, the ability to create straight lines is a necessary skill for the digital artist. Thankfully, drawing a straight line in PaintTool SAI takes only seconds, and can be...

How to Move Objects on Multiple Layers in PaintTool SAI

Working on multiple layers while drawing is great...until you have to move them. Thankfully, moving multiple layers in PaintTool SAI is easy. My name is Elianna. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and have been using Paint Tool Sai for over 7 years. In the...

How to Get Smooth Lines in PaintTool SAI 

Have you ever looked at a piece of digital artwork and wondered what black magic the artist used to get their smooth lines? Well, I’m happy to tell you that it is not black magic, and with a few simple steps, you can create smooth lines too.  My name is Elianna....

How to Change Lineart Color in PaintTool SAI 

There are several ways to change the color of your lineart in PaintTool SAI. You can accomplish this using Lock Opacity, the Hue and Saturation filter, the Color blending mode, and the Color linework tool. My name is Elianna. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in...

How to Recover Unsaved .Sai Files

Picture this: You have just spent hours on a digital painting in PaintTool SAI when your laptop suddenly shuts off due to low charge. “Oh no!” You think to yourself. “I forgot to save my file! Was all that work for nothing?” Fear not. You can recover your unsaved .sai...

How to Add Columns in Adobe InDesign

InDesign is often used to set large amounts of text, but as any dedicated reader will tell you, line length has a huge impact on a document’s readability. Lines that are too long cause the eye to lose its place within the text, and over time this can cause eye strain...

What is a Gutter in Adobe InDesign?

Almost every new user who learns how to use InDesign also has to learn quite a bit of typography and typesetting jargon, which can make the process a bit more complex than you might expect.  In this case, we’re not talking about the gutters along your roof or in the...

How to Make a Clipping Mask in InDesign

Masks are one of the most useful tools in any graphic design workflow, and InDesign is no exception. They give you complete control over the shape of each individual element and how each one interacts with the rest of your layout.  InDesign uses a slightly different...

What is Slug in Adobe InDesign?

Despite being a modern page layout application, InDesign is still inevitably filled with jargon from the world of typesetting - even when the terms don’t make a lot of sense in the current usage. This can sometimes make learning InDesign a bit more confusing than it...

How to Organize Photos in Lightroom

How many photos do you have in your Lightroom catalog? Can you find everything easily? Hey there! I’m Cara and I know how it goes. When you first start using Lightroom, you’re excited and amazed by the impressive capabilities of the program. You just start throwing...

How to Get Lightroom for Free Legally

Is photo editing software necessary? In this digital age, it pretty much is. If you want to create stunning images that stand out from the crowd, you’ll need more than excellent technical skills with a camera.  Hey there! I’m Cara and as a professional photographer, I...

How to Cancel Lightroom Subscription

Time to say goodbye. While Lightroom offers many amazing features, not everyone can justify paying a monthly subscription.  If that’s you, you’re wondering how to cancel your Lightroom subscription. Hey there! I’m Cara and I have used Lightroom extensively for...

How to Do a Word Count in Adobe InDesign

Whether you need to stay under an editorial word count, you’re on a quest for brevity, or you’re just plain curious, it can be useful to know exactly how many words are in your InDesign text.  InDesign handles the word count process a bit differently than a word...

Where is Split Toning in Lightroom & How to Use It

Today, I’m going to share with you a secret that many photographers are dying to know.  There’s a “look” or rather several “looks” that cause photos to stand out. You automatically know when you see an image edited by a photographer who knows this secret. There’s...

How to Wrap Text in Adobe InDesign

Images are at the heart of many good InDesign layouts, but you don’t have to be stuck with boring old rectangles. Adobe InDesign has a great set of tools for creating complex text wraps that help integrate your visual and typographic elements into a more dynamic...

How to Fix Overexposed Photos in Lightroom

As photographers, we look for light. Sometimes, we struggle to find it. And sometimes we end up with way too much light in the image. Hey there, I’m Cara! I tend to err on the side of underexposure when taking my images. It is generally more possible to get details...

How to Change Text Color in Adobe InDesign

Color is one of the most important tools in any designer’s toolkit, but working with color in InDesign can be confusing for new users.  While you’re still getting used to how everything works, InDesign’s color options can seem to work almost at random, which quickly...

How to Fix Grainy Photos in Lightroom

What happens when you take an image with the ISO cranked up unnecessarily high? Or when you underexpose an image too much and try to raise the shadows too far in Lightroom? That’s right, you get a grainy photo! Hey there! I’m Cara and I understand there are some...

How to Smooth Skin in Lightroom

Can you smooth skin in Lightroom? Photoshop is the king of photo manipulation, but when it comes to editing lots of images, Lightroom is faster. So many photographers wonder, is there an easy way to smooth skin in Lightroom? Hey there! I’m Cara and though I use both...

How to Export Multiple Photos in Lightroom

How do you feel about exporting photos one-by-one from Lightroom? It gets to be a drag quickly, doesn’t it? Hello, I’m Cara! As a professional photographer, exporting photos one-by-one simply isn’t an option. I can easily have hundreds of photos to export for a...

How to Export Photos from Lightroom Without Losing Quality

You’ve worked hard on your images. From choosing the perfect camera settings to applying the exact edits to create your vision, it’s been a careful process. The last thing you want to do is ruin the overall effect by posting or printing low-quality images after...

How to Whiten Teeth in Lightroom

Everybody loves a bright white, Hollywood smile but unfortunately, we don’t all have one. Fortunately, Lightroom makes it easy for everyone to have white teeth in pictures! Hello! I’m Cara and in my work as a professional photographer, I like to keep portraits...

How to Edit InDesign Files Online

InDesign has some useful online collaboration features for sharing your layouts with others, but it’s only for review and feedback, not file editing.  If you want to edit your InDesign files online, you’ll have to use a third-party service and a special InDesign file...

What is a Parent Page in Adobe InDesign

Page layout can be an enjoyable process full of creativity and satisfaction, but when you’re working on a document with hundreds of pages that all share the same layout, things can get dull very quickly.  Instead of putting yourself to sleep by positioning the...

How to Round Corners in Adobe InDesign

Most of the objects in InDesign start out as basic squares. Squares have a useful role in page layout, but they barely scratch the surface of what InDesign can do.  One of the simplest ways to break up an overly rectilinear layout is by adding rounded corners,...

How to Crop an Image in Adobe InDesign

It’s important to strike the right balance between image and text, and page layouts can depend on the tiniest of adjustments. While you could keep all the images you need for your layout open in an image editor, that becomes a slow and tedious workflow. ...

How to Bold Text in Adobe InDesign

Many people start their InDesign journeys by expecting it to function like a word processing app. But InDesign’s focus on typography and design means that it works quite a bit differently, even when it comes to basic operations like making part of your text...

How to Rotate an Image in Lightroom

Well, that’s not the right way! Sometimes your portrait-orientated images show up in Lightroom on their sides. Or maybe the horizon in your landscape image turned out a little crooked.  Hello! I’m Cara and I can attest that getting a perfectly straight image out of...

How to See Before and After in Lightroom

You can’t see where you’re going until you look at where you’ve been, right? It seems like that is some wise adage I’ve heard somewhere. Hi, I’m Cara! While this is a great life quote, it is also applicable to editing photos. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve...

How to Add Bullet Points in Adobe InDesign

Bulleted lists are one of the most useful typographic inventions for displaying quick text snippets in a highly readable format.  InDesign has a range of options for working with bulleted lists, but the system can be a bit confusing to use, especially if you’re...

How to Preview in Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a great page layout program, allowing you to design just about anything that your creativity can dream up. But once you get a complex document filled with placed images, text frames, baseline grids, guides, and more, it can be difficult to see...

How to Add Page Numbers in Adobe InDesign

When you’re used to working with word processors, InDesign can seem strangely complex when it comes to performing simple tasks like page numbering.  While it is often frustrating to new InDesign users, this complexity is necessary to allow for the wide range of...

How to Copy Edit Settings to Another Photo in Lightroom

Editing images is so much fun! I love watching how an image comes to life with a few adjustments in Adobe Lightroom. Hello! I’m Cara, and creating beautiful images is my passion. Thus, I spend a lot of time in Lightroom coaxing the best look out of my images. ...

What is Overset Text in InDesign & How to Fix It

One of the most challenging things about learning a new software program is keeping track of all the new terminology, especially in a program as complex as Adobe InDesign. When you combine that with all the new typography terminology as well, there’s quite a lot to...

What is the Average Book Font Size

When you’re crafting your first literary masterpiece, the last thing you want to do is spend your time thinking about fonts and font sizes.  There are so many different fonts to choose from in a modern word processor, and most of them are poorly suited to book...

What Are Facing Pages in Adobe InDesign

Learning a new program like InDesign can be a daunting task when you first start out. The terminology can be quite a lot to learn, especially in addition to actually using the program!  But a bit of practice can make designing with facing pages in InDesign as familiar...

How to Spell Check in Adobe InDesign

Whether you love it or hate it, the proper spelling is an essential part of any good design project, and InDesign documents are no exception. Nobody wants to leave a spelling mistake in a finished piece, but most of us don’t have the time to be copy editors as well as...

How to Insert an Image in InDesign

While it’s possible to create a great layout using purely typographic design elements, most InDesign projects use images to help create mood, showcase data and provide relief from endless walls of text.  But inserting an image in InDesign is a different process than...

How to Package an InDesign File

InDesign is an impressive page layout program, allowing designers to create anything from a simple digital brochure all the way to extensive and intricate collaborative print projects.  But when it becomes time to finalize your project, you’ll find yourself with...

How to Zoom in Lightroom

Sometimes you need to get up close and personal with your images. Whether you’re trying to mask off a specific area or heal skin blemishes, you need to get close to see what you’re doing. That’s when the zoom feature comes into play.  Hey there, I’m Cara! Adobe...

How to Select Multiple Photos in Lightroom

Are you still working with just one photo at a time in Lightroom? Whether organizing, editing, comparing, or syncing, doing it one photo at a time can be time-consuming.  Hey there! I’m Cara and if you don’t know how to select multiple photos in Lightroom, I’m about...

How to Delete Photos from Lightroom

How many photos do you take? A blessing of digital photography is the ability to take virtually unlimited photos in your pursuit of the perfect image. Not sure which composition is best? Try them all and you can decide on your favorite later on a bigger screen. Of...

How to Crop in Lightroom

Do you nail your compositions 100% of the time in-camera? Are your pictures always perfectly straight and your subject perfectly positioned according to the rule of thirds (or whatever compositional rule you’re using)? Hello! I’m Cara and while there may be some...

How to Create Your Own Preset in Lightroom

Every photographer has their own style. For some, it is honed and consistent whereas others, particularly newer photographers, jump around a little. If you’ve ever wondered how to get your style to be a little more consistent, I’m about to let you in on a secret -...

How to Batch Edit in Lightroom

What do you do when you have 857 photos to edit and only a couple of days to do it? If you said to drink lots of coffee and pull an all-nighter, you really need to read this article! Hello! I’m Cara and as a professional photographer, I kind of have a love/hate...

How to Blur Background in Lightroom

At some point in your photography journey, blur becomes your friend. That nemesis you combatted while learning to get tack-sharp images becomes a tool you can use to make your photos more impactful. Hello! I’m Cara and as a photographer, I deeply understand this...

How to Add a Watermark in Lightroom

What’s the bummer part about sharing your amazing images online? The better they are, the more likely it is that someone else might try to use your image without permission or giving you the credit.  Hey-o! I’m Cara, and knock on wood, to date I’m not aware that...

How to Add or Install Presets to Lightroom

Want to speed up your work in Lightroom significantly? Using presets is a great way to do it! Plus, it’s easier to maintain a consistent look when you edit.  Hey there! I’m Cara and in my work as a professional photographer, I’ve found presets to be invaluable....

What is a Bleed in InDesign and How to Add One

People have been claiming for decades that print media is on the way out, but we never seem to actually reach that moment. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to learn the basics of print design and how they can be applied to your InDesign projects.  Bleeds are...

How to Add Fonts to Adobe InDesign

A good font selection is at the heart of any good typographic design, but you’ll quickly get discover the limitations in your operating system’s default fonts. Mac users will have a bit of an advantage here over Windows users thanks to Apple’s attention to design...

How to Save an InDesign File as a PDF

Once you’ve crafted a masterful layout in InDesign, the next stage is to share your work with the world. Whether you want to share a digital copy online or send your document to a professional print house, you’ll need to prepare a PDF version of your InDesign file to...

What Does Dehaze Do in Lightroom & How to Use It

What do you think about the Dehaze option in Lightroom? You’ve probably at least tried it and perhaps been left wondering how this slider is useful because your photo became over-edited so quickly. Hey there! I’m Cara and I’ll admit it took me a while to learn how to...

What is Masking in Lightroom & How to Use It

Lightroom users rejoiced when Adobe rolled out the sophisticated masking feature update in the fall of 2021. Though Photoshop still offers a ton of other features, this update narrowed the gap significantly for photographers who prefer to use Lightroom for editing...

What is DNG in Lightroom & How to Use It

At some point in your photography journey, you probably ran across RAW files and learned the value of using them. Now it’s time for a new file format - DNG.  Hey there, I’m Cara! The choice between RAW and DNG isn’t quite as clear-cut as the choice between JPEG...

What is Soft Proofing in Lightroom & How to Use It

Have you ever printed a stunning image, only to be underwhelmed by its ho-hum look on paper? You probably didn’t take advantage of the Soft Proofing feature in Lightroom. Hello! I’m Cara and as a professional photographer, I always want my images to look exactly how I...

58 Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows & macOS

Mice are nice but they tend to represent the long way of doing things on a computer. Whenever you want to perform an operation you have to drag across the screen to click on an icon. Sometimes you might have to click through a few windows to get where you’re going....

What is Leading in Typography?

The world of typography can be a complex place for new graphic designers, and many people are put off by all the new types of jargon and terminology that they have to learn.  As a result, some beginner graphic designers ignore typography and focus exclusively on...

What is an INDD File & How to Open It

Specialized file types are everywhere these days, and it can be difficult to keep track of every random acronym out there. Each program seems to have its own special file format with a custom extension, and some programs even have multiple types!  To help clear...

How to Recover Excel Files Not Saved

Excel does have an autosave feature that runs in the background. It saves temporary copies of your file in a different location at regular intervals.