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ACTION FILES  look up translate image
Recorded actions that can include adding text effects, image effects, and production actions, such as changing a custom RGB file to grayscale or saving a file as a JPEG, and will increase the efficiency in which you perform oft-repeated tasks.
ACTIONS PALETTE  look up translate image
Lets you record, play, edit, and delete specific actions or load action files.
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS  look up translate image
These are available when a pop-up palette is opened and denoted by a right arrow located in the top-right corner of the palette. Clicking on this arrow brings up the additional options.
AIRBRUSH  look up translate image
Simulates traditional airbrush techniques by gradually adding paint similar to a spray paint gun or a spray paint can. The airbrush icon is located on the options bar when a brush is selected.
ALIGN  look up translate image
Allows you to align layers or selections within an image. There are several ways to align objects: top, vertical center, left, horizontal center, and right.
ALIGNED  look up translate image
Use when repairing flaws in images (such as when using the Healing Brush or Clone Stamp tool). Place a check in the Align box if you need to release the mouse button while working and still keep the sampling point; sampled pixels are thus applied continuously. Uncheck the box to apply the pixels from the original sampling point each time. Aligning can also mean to left align text, center text, or right align text.
ALPHA CHANNEL  look up translate image
A spot color channel in the Channels palette that you create using the Color Range tool.
ANCHOR POINT  look up translate image
As lines and curves are drawn using the Pen tool, anchor points are created that define the line, its endpoints, and its curves. Anchor points can be added or deleted from a shape, and they can be edited.
ANGLE  look up translate image
Controls the angle of the brush stroke. Angling creates a calligraphic look.
ANTI-ALIASED/ANTI-ALIASING  look up translate image
Anti-aliasing is the process of smoothing edges around a selection. It differs from feathering in that it does not blur the edges but instead softens them by blending the colors of the outer pixels with the background pixels. This results in no loss of detail. You must choose anti-aliasing before selecting; it cannot be added after a selection has been made.
ART HISTORY BRUSH  look up translate image
Allows you to change an image to make it look like some other type of artworkartwork that is older, such as impressionist artwork, an oil painting, or a watercolor. These changes are unlike filters and similar tools because they allow you to brush over only part of the image to make the changes and do not apply the change to the entire image or layer.
AUTO COLOR  look up translate image
Adjusts the colors in an image by searching the image for shadows, midtones, and highlights instead of basing those adjustments on the histogram settings. Auto Color is located at Image>Adjustments.
AUTO CONTRAST  look up translate image
This command adjusts the contrast of an image but does not repair color-related problems such as colorcasts. By enhancing the contrast of the image, whites appear whiter and blacks appear blacker, and everything in between changes accordingly.
AUTO ERASE  look up translate image
Available with the Pencil tool, checking this box allows you to paint the background color over areas of foreground color. This, in essence, erases what has been previously drawn with the foreground color.
AUTO LEVELS  look up translate image
A command in the Image>Adjustments menu that sets highlights and shadows in an image by defining a black point and a white point based on the majority of colors in the image and the lightest and darkest points. With the black and white points set, it configures the intermediate colors accordingly.
AUTO SELECT LAYER  look up translate image
Automatically selects the layer you intend to work with as determined by where you click with the mouse.
BACKGROUND BUTTON  look up translate image
When printing, the Background button lets you select a color from the Color Picker that will be printed on the page outside the image area. For instance, if you are printing slides for a film projector, you might want the background to be a specific color.
BACKGROUND COLOR  look up translate image
The background color can be configured from the toolbox and is used when creating gradient fills, creating a new file using the background color, or filling in an erased area of the image.
BACKGROUND ERASER TOOL  look up translate image
Lets you erase on a layer in such a way as to maintain the integrity of the foreground and other layers and works by dragging the mouse.
BASELINE SHIFT  look up translate image
Baseline Shift is used to specify how much the text deviates from its normal baseline.
BATCH RENAME  look up translate image
Allows you to rename multiple files simultaneously.
BLACK GENERATION  look up translate image
This setting in the Color Settings dialog box determines the amount of black ink used in the CMYK separation. This value is used to determine how dense the darkest shadows in the image will appear. By keeping the values at light or medium, you are preventing loss of color intensity in the image at press time.
BLEED BUTTON  look up translate image
When printing, use this button to create crop marks inside (instead of outside) the image. This allows you to trim the image if needed inside the graphic instead of outside of it. You can specify the width of the bleed.
BLENDING MODES  look up translate image
A layer's blending mode determines how the layer's colored pixels will mix (relate) with the underlying pixels in the image. By default, there is no blending of layers, but by choosing and applying a blending mode, you can change this. When the blending mode is changed, the order of the image's composition is changed too. Blending modes are generally used to create special effects like adding soft light or hard light or to change the color, saturation, hue, luminosity, or other attributes of how the layers can be combined.
BLUR TOOL  look up translate image
Blurs an area of the image using any brush you select.
BMP FILES  look up translate image
Bitmap files, which are pixel-based files usually considered standard Microsoft Windows files. Bitmap files only support RGB color spaces and 1, 4, 8, or 24 bits per channel.
BORDER BUTTON  look up translate image
When printing, use this button to create a border around the image's printed area. The border is black and can be between 0.000 and 0.150 inches.
BOUNDING BOX  look up translate image
A square or rectangle around an image that allows it to be resized or distorted. When printing, check Show Bounding Box. Checking this option adds a bounding box around the image so it can be resized using the corner handles.
BRUSH TOOL  look up translate image
The Brush tool allows you to select a brush, choose its characteristics, including size, shape, spacing, roundness, hardness, angle, diameter, mode, opacity, and more, and then use the brush for various types of artwork
BRUSHES PALETTE  look up translate image
Here you can create or access thousands of types of brushes and configure them to meet any drawing need.
BURN TOOL  look up translate image
The Burn tool is used to darken areas of an image or print.
CACHE  look up translate image
An area of the hard drive where information is stored about the thumbnails, metadata, and ranking information in your images.
CAD CUTTER  look up translate image
CAD cutters use thermal film to produce full color prints at 600 dpi or higher. Resin ink cartridges are used, which can be similar to the ribbon cartridges you might have used with Alps and similar printers. The printer/cutter automatically prints and cuts out the design, you peel it off, and apply it to the substrate using a heat transfer machine. You'll have to read your cutter's documentation to purchase the correct inks and films.
CALIBRATION  look up translate image
Brings a device like a monitor, scanner, or printer to an absolute standard that ensures consistency across devices. Calibrating is especially necessary when files are being passed from one person to another; what a client sees on their computer, compared to what you see on your computer, compared to what the service bureau sees on their computer can differ outrageously.
CALIBRATION BARS  look up translate image
When printing, check this option to print an 11-step grayscale step wedge moving from 0 percent black to 100 percent black in 10 percent increments.
CENTER CROP MARKS  look up translate image
Prints marks where the image should be trimmed. These marks can also be useful if you are printing out an image for a demonstration using a slide projector, for package design work, or for any other type of work that requires CMYK printouts be aligned exactly.
CHANNELS  look up translate image
Channels are located in the Channels palette and created automatically when a color mode is chosen and determined based on the colors in the image. In RGB mode, for instance, there are three channels: red, green, and blue.
CLEAR  look up translate image
This command enables you to delete a selection without placing that selection on the clipboard. It's similar to the Cut command. Make sure if there are multiple layers in an image that you've selected the layer you want to work with from the layers palette.
CLIP ART  look up translate image
Non-photographic graphic images that can be either vector or bitmap in form. Images in clip art collections are generally categorized by type, such as animals, vehicles, monuments, people, borders, edges, etc. These images can be edited, colored, and resized as required by the user.
CLONE STAMP TOOL  look up translate image
Lets you duplicate any area in an image and "paint" that area over any other part of the image.
CMYK MODE  look up translate image
A color mode that uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black to create its colors. CMYK mode assigns colors to pixels in percentages that are determined by the inks used (and have configured in the Color Settings). Color values range from 0 to 100 percent. For instance, a teal color might have 51 percent cyan, 4 percent magenta, 19 percent yellow, and 0 percent black. You can see these numbers in the Info palette. All zeroes produces a pure white.
COLOR GAMUT  look up translate image
The range of colors that a specific color mode can print in. The RGB color gamut can produce over 16 million colors, while the CMYK color gamut produces substantially less. A gamut is also the range of colors that a system can print or display.
COLOR MODELS  look up translate image
Established models for creating and reproducing color. There are many color models, including RGB, CMYK, HSB, indexed, and more. As a screen printer, you'll mainly be concerned with RGB and CMYK color modes, although indexed color can be useful as well, depending on your needs.
COLOR PALETTE  look up translate image
Displays information on the current foreground and background colors and allows you to change the colors as desired and/or base the colors on different color models.
COLOR SAMPLER  look up translate image
Like the Eyedropper tool, this allows you to match a color exactly by clicking on an area of the image and then offers information about that color. The Color Sampler tool is located with the Eyedropper in the options bar. This tool lets you take a snapshot of up to four color samples in an image and lists them in the Info palette. This is useful when you need to compare one color to another or when you need to see the changes in colors after applying image transformations.
COLOR TABLE  look up translate image
When selecting indexed colors, the Color Table allows you to select custom indexed colors for separations.
COMMIT  look up translate image
The check mark on the options bar that is used to accept a recently made change to an image.
CONTACT SHEET  look up translate image
A sheet that contains thumbnails of images. Contact sheets can be used to catalog images on your computer, in your digital library, for your library of logos and designs, or to offer choices for different photos or logos to clients. You can automatically create a contact sheet using the File>Automate>Contact Sheet II command.
CONTIGUOUS  look up translate image
Used with tools such as the Magic Eraser, the Paint Bucket, and the Magic Wand to specify how colors will be selected, applied, or erased. When Contiguous is checked, the resulting selection only includes pixels that are adjacent to each other. Otherwise, all pixels of the preferred color are selected.
CONVERT POINT TOOL  look up translate image
A hidden tool in the Pen tools section of the toolbox, it can be used to change a smooth point, like that on a curve, to a corner point, like that on a rectangle or square. Clicking and dragging with the tool achieves this.
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