How to mask Photoshop layer effects

Have you ever wanted to mask a part of a layer effect, but not the image itself? Here’s a really quick way to do it:

I don’t know in what version Adobe introduced this feature. If you happen to know, please share in the comments. For this tutorial I used Photoshop CC 2017.

InDesign page numbering tip

An issue I run into when setting up long-form documents in InDesign occurs when I’m establishing sections. The problem being that starting a new section bumps the first page of that section out of its current spread. That’s no good at all good sir (or madam)!

As is normally the case, the solution was quite simple. You need to deselect Allow Selected Spread to Shuffle in the “Page” panel contextual menu. I recorded this wee tutorial that shows how to do just that. Thanks for watching!

How to convert Pantone spot colours to CMYK in Adobe Illustrator

Here’s a quick how-to on converting Pantone spot colours to CMYK values in Adobe Illustrator:

  1. Check that your document colour mode is set to CMYK. That’s found under the “File” menu, under “Document Color Mode”
  2. Select all elements you wish to convert. A quick marquee drag will take care of that for you.
  3. Head to the “Edit” menu and select “Edit Colors” – “Convert to CMYK” is the 7th item on that list. Select that and you’re just about done.
  4. Perform a “Save As” so that you don’t overwrite your spot colour version.

Also see: Making tint swatches in Adobe Illustrator