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Use CursorWorkshop with Adobe Photoshop®
A plug-in is a
program extension module. In fact, this is a small program which is
"plugged" (added) into another application to enhance it or
add a new feature to it. The plug-in must be compatible with the "parent"
Adobe® created a powerful plug-in interface for Photoshop®.
This plug-in model is now a widely used standard in the graphical industry.
As a result, a Photoshop® compatible plug-in can also be used with various
other graphical applications (Illustrator®, Paint Shop Pro®...).
Why a Photoshop plug-in for Axialis CursorWorkshop?
We created such a plug-in to permit you to transfer
an image or a drawing directly from Photoshop® (or any plug-in
compatible application) to
through the memory. This is much more fast
and secure. No more temporary PSD or PNG file to transfer your
image into Axialis CursorWorkshop.
No more risk to loose your file while transferring it.
Before using this plug-in you have to install it in the
Photoshop® plug-ins directory.
Transferring an Image from Photoshop to Axialis CursorWorkshop to Create a Cursor
the native Photoshop«
PSD image format with Layers.
In Photoshop save your image to a PSD file.
In CursorWorkshop, choose
your folders and select your file (Windows«standard dialog box).
Browser" or press Ctrl+Alt+O.
A built-in Axialis File Browser window opens. Browse your disks, see
the thumbnail preview and double-click the image file you wish to open.
In the Recently
Used zone (in the main toolbar), type the full
pathname of the image file you wish to open then hit Enter.
3. The image
file opens in a document window. If the image contains layers, you see
them on the left side of the document window. You can select
one layer by clicking on it. Its contents appears automatically
in the main area. Now you can create
a static cursor from this image or create
an animated cursor from this image.
Transferring a Cursor Image from CursorWorkshop to Photoshop
1. Open an
cursor in CursorWorkshop.
Select the desired image format by clicking on it. It appears in the editor
Choose Draw/Save Image as Bitmap.
A dialog box opens. Choose to Preserve
Transparency Information (this will permit you to keep transparent
areas in your PSD image file). When done, click OK.
A standard Save Image As dialog
box opens. In the Save as Type
list, select "Adobe Photoshop (PSD)". Choose a destination
folder and type a new filename.
When done, click OK. The file
has been created.
In Photoshop«, open the newly created file. It opens, containing one layer
with transparency. Now you can retouch it or use it as necessary.
Install the Photoshop-CursorWorkshop
Before using the plug-in as detailed in next topic, you need to install it on your computer. The
plug-in can be easily installed from within Axialis CursorWorkshopń in one fast and simple operation.
Before installing the plug-in we recommend you to close the Photoshop«
application (if it is actually opened in background). Choose File/Install
2. The dialog
box Install the Photoshop to CursorWorkshopTransfer Plug-in opens
(see below). In the Location edit
zone (), specify the Photoshop plug-in folder. If you don't
know the exact folder path, click the browse button ()
to choose the folder in a list.
3. If you want
to create a subfolder "Axialis"
to install the plug-in module (recommended to organize your folder properly),
activate the option "Install in
a subfolder Axialis" (). Note that creating
a subfolder may fail with some compatible applications.
4. Click OK. When done, a message informs you
that the plug-in has been installed.
5. Now you
can start your Photoshop« application. The plug-in is visible in File/Export/Export to
Axialis CursorWorkshop menus.
an Image from Photoshop to CursorWorkshop
using the plug-in
First of all, launch Photoshop«
and open or create an image file. You don't need to launch Axialis CursorWorkshopbefore using the plug-in.
It will be automatically launched by the plug-in if necessary.
2. For example, open the file located in the Librarian "Cursors\Tutorials\Web2 Arrow Add.psd".
3. Export the image: Choose the File/Export/Export to
Axialis CursorWorkshop in the Photoshop menu.
CursorWorkshop is automatically
launched (or activated if running in background) and the dialog box Transfer from Adobe Plug-in opens:
5. The image
is about to be transferred in Axialis CursorWorkshop.
You can choose one of the following operations: Create
a New Cursor using this Image (): You create a new
cursor with several formats based on the image (see step 4); Create
a New Image Document (): CursorWorkshop
opens a new document containing the image. You'll be able to perform various
operations on the image (resize, crop, save...) and even create a new
cursor from a portion of it; Paste the
Image in the Current Cursor Document (): This option
is enabled only if a cursor document is already opened in CursorWorkshop. It pastes the image in the
current editor area (just like the Clipboard paste operation).
6. If you choose
the first option (Create a New Cursor using
this Image), the following dialog
box opens (see below). As Axialis CursorWorkshop
support creation of both Windows« and animated cursors, you're prompted
to choose the format. Select option for a Static Cursor or option
for an Animated Cursor.
7. If you choose Static Cursor Project (CUR), the following dialog box opens. The procedure is similar for creating Animated Cursors.
8. In Project Name () specify the name of the new cursor that will be created.
9. Select the image formats to add in the cursor. If you create a standard Windows cursor, add the following formats ():
32x32 - RGB/A
32x32 - 256 colors
32x32 - 16 colors
32x32 - Mono
10. You can add other non-standard formats () but they won't be used by current versions of Windows (these formats might be useful in future versions of Windows). You can also apply or not the dithering option to the
256/16 color images as well as add a filter effect to smooth/sharpen the
resulting images in RGB/A mode (try and see the results
in the preview images).
11. When done,
click OK. The cursor is automatically
created with the various image formats you've chosen. You can click on
the various image formats you've created () to see the results
in the editor window. The automatic color reduction and smooth transparency conversion generally create a few pixel iregularity that need to be manually retouched. If necessary, do it using the available tools.
12. The last step is to set the hot spot. Choose Draw/Set Cursor Hot Spot or press K and click on the hot spot location.
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Article written by Axialis Software Team on Oct 30, 2008.