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When it comes to hyphenation and justification, LaTeX is often said to be superior to Adobe InDesign, then to Microsoft Word. See this link for example. 

Below is my own experiment for a short paragraph typeset in Minion Regular at 12pt. Leading is set to 14.4pt, if possible. By the way, for reasons that I've yet been able to figure out, my XeLaTeX run turned out to produce a number of annoying "overfulled \hbox".

In summary, InDesign performs better than either XeLaTeX or Word for Mac 2015.


Here is the configuration of Adobe InDesign CC. I was using a Chinese version of Adobe InDesign CC. The source file can be downloaded here.indesign 2

The configuration of the XeLaTeX source file. You are welcome to try it yourself.

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The configuration of Word for Mac 2015 Preview.

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Last Updated: 26 September 2014

Quick mask mode (快速遮色片模式 ) is useful when refining the edge of complex selections, or adding/substracting areas to/from the selections.

First you will need to select an area by any selection tool. Press the Q shortcut key, or Select -> Edit in Quick Mask Mode, or click the Quick Mask Mode icon on the left panel will enable the quick mask mode. The default color of the masked area is red. This can be changed if necessary.

Press the X shortcut key switches between the foreground (white) and background (black). Use the brush tool to paint foreground color to any area where you want to be included in the selection. Painting black background color to an area will exclude it from the selection. 

Once done, the selected area can be saved to a separate layer, see 選取的區域複製到新圖層


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Last Updated: 01 October 2014

一般正常的 Photoshop filters (blur, sharpen, ... etc.), 沒辦法做到所謂「non-destructive」編修。也就是說,當你對某個圖層加上一個 filter 之後,很難再回去修改那 filter 的參數 (例如減輕或增加 blur 的程度)。Adobe 從 Photoshop CS6 開始,增加 smart filter 的功能, 使 filter 也可以進行 non-destructive 編修。

簡單來講,你首先要將該圖層轉換為「smart object」,然後進行 filter 編修。這時候 filter 自動變成 smart filters.


首先建立一個你想要 apply filter 的圖層。

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滑鼠右鍵該圖層,選取 Convert to Smart Object

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也可以直接用選單 Filter -> Convert for Smart Filters ...

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選一個你要用的 filter

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想要修改 filter 的參數,在 Layer panel 裡,double click 對應的 filter 即可

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