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  1. I've ran into the same problem - just thought I'd share my workflow which details how I now deal with this sort of thing - It's fairly simple and, as recommended above, it used blend ranges, which you can copy to clipboard and bulk paste (paste style: ⇧⌘V) to all your pix, easiest way I've found is to make a large pub page or designer artboard and drag all you tiffs onto the page and select all and paste style which applies the blend range to all. I then make a filled vector shape over the chosen pic then add a gaussian blur to the vector (from FX) then duplicate the selected Tiff, then group the duplicate with both the original and the vector path then go to blend range on the duplicate and reset then drag the vector path to the right of the duplicate to create a fully tweak-able mask, you can then copy the vector masks to all you pix, then tweak away - another thing I've found useful is to create a white vector background so you can change the colour to see how tweaks are going better. See vid which probably gives a better idea of the description: Screen Grab 2022-06-28 at 8.55.41 am.mov
  2. Although not ideal - I've used this workaround in the past (making sure I've saved the original) Be so much easier to adopt the InDesign way of doing things - or something similar Screen Grab 2022-06-17 at 9.25.03 am.mov
  3. Heres a vid grab of the opacity workaround - your service provider will need to support PDF/X-4 to output Screen Grab 2022-06-10 at 9.19.47 am.mov
  4. Just noticed on my earlier post that the tint in the star works but simplifies?! - but I can still apply tints to spot images?!? see vid grab - This really needs sorting Screen Grab 2022-06-10 at 8.42.54 am.mov
  5. I find there's a limitation to spot gradients, they do work, but only if the mid-points are in the centre between your chosen spot colours - the work around is to add additional gradient points, which you can move and retain spot separation, of your chosen spot colours, making sure you don't move your mid-points - I found out the hard way while working on an urgent screen print job - what a pain?!?!?!
  6. Same here - I did start a couple of jobs, a capacity brochure and a book cover in Publisher a while ago, all setup on a single page, but as usual, a last minute paper/card stock change turns this into a nightmare - so I always do these sort of jobs in InDesign cs5 to save grief, as with multipage spreads these types of job can be sorted in seconds -- real shame
  7. As R C-R said above: I find this to be the easiest option when using a wacom or other stylus and graphics tablet, hold CTRL and CMD and tap the stylus on the artwork, no need to click. the most important part is that you have the move tool (v) selected - I still use the regular cmd and right click with the magic mouse, both options have always worked great for me - as long as you have the move tool selected - also works great for digging into the layers of a mask made of multiple elements
  8. The mask is just the original pixel layer which is grouped (so you can add raster or vector to the mask) then dragged to to the right of the group of vector colours to mask. The shortcut for accessing the elements within the "Multi Mask" (what I like to call em) (must be on the move tool "v" and have the multi mask selected )works with either: ctrl - cmd and mouse click or just cmd and right mouse click (that's for Mac - not sure about Windows shortcuts?)- you can then select elements from within the multi mask via the regular alt cmd [ ] shortcut to cycle through the layers here's another mess about vid that probably explains it better: 31388631_ScreenGrab2022-05-23at7_34_05am.mov
  9. Sorry just riffing Also: Screen Grab 2022-05-20 at 9.31.19 am.mov Screen Grab 2022-05-20 at 9.47.39 am.mov
  10. Forgot to use multiply (I need a coffee), and a bit messing around should give you something usable? Screen Grab 2022-05-20 at 8.50.33 am.mov
  11. I'd always approach this sort of thing by using Blend Ranges which has always given me decent results when doing this sort of thing - see vid: Screen Grab 2022-05-20 at 8.35.28 am.mov
  12. To say this functionality is "by design" is just a lame cop out - serif need to just admit they can't figure out how to fix this broken behaviour - can you imagine how great it would be to have a lock that locks - I've never heard of such daftness - serif need to start manufacturing front doors, I'm sure they'd have a state of the art quad claw locking system that once locked, any lowlife can still just waltz into your home and knick all your clobber = "by design" even select same, selects locked items. I think this needs to be made clear to new users / potential switchers: lock kind of nearly locks a few things and only the very basic vector brushes are vector (but that's another post moan) What about changing the lock icon to an unlocked padlock to reflect the true behaviour - at least serif should explain to thicko's like me this "by design" logic behind having a lock that doesn't lock, and any workflows where this feature would be of use
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