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Archive for June, 2011

Change Units

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Really useful and nicely designed website to convert between different units.

MODIS Blue Marble WMS

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

To get from here as WMS service.

Number Formats in Microsoft Excel

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Good source of information about custom number formats in Excel.

Illustrator: How to wrap text

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Good article.

Illustrator: Opacity, Transparency, Gradient Mask

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

To convert an image or vector, so it slowly appears “from nothing”…

create a solid of your colour.
copy the solid and paste in front. (apple+f or ctrl+f)
apply a black to white gradient to the front solid
select both objects
go to the transparency toolbox and click the little black arrow and select make opacity mask.
if you want to edit your opacity mask, select the right hand (mask) image from the two in the transparency toolbox (where there’s two previews of your shapes when you have them selected with a little chain between them) remember to click the other shape on the left when you’re done to exit mask edit mode

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