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An independent graphic designer and instructor in InDesign, Photoshop and Dreamweaver after tiring of working for other people. I'm also a software tester for various companies and "Tier 0" tech support for friends, family, various associates and lots of clients...


Dec
25
answered How can I achieve a better 3D lifting effect of a logo for a website?
Dec
25
revised How can I achieve a better 3D lifting effect of a logo for a website?
Fixed a typo in the question
Dec
25
comment How to make a metallic gradient in photoshop
@Lese: You're right, although perhaps you could have phrased it a little more tactfully. :-) Beginners and non-designers use what they can discover that seems to be what they need. If they've never been to a drawing class, they don't see the complexity of shading because they've never been taught what to look for. If nobody points them in the right direction, they're left unsatisfied with the result but don't know why it's wrong. That's where we come in, eh?
Dec
24
comment Creating an arbitrarily styled text outline in Photoshop which updates if I change the text or font?
In this particular case, there is a different solution, which I put in the answer to that question, but it will take at least another generation of CPUs, I suspect, before nested SOs could be made work like that. Be sure to request it as a feature, though, on the Adobe site. They do listen to this kind of feedback, especially if you have a clear use case.
Dec
24
answered Nesting Photoshop Smart Objects without losing the “link” between them?
Dec
24
comment What should I ask from a designer, a single PSD or multiple PSD files?
+1 Concise, thoroughly practical advice from the "Collaborate or Die!" school of real world design that I so wish more people subscribed to. I'm reasonably facile with Photoshop, but I still find it's way faster to just build the darn thing using the sketch as a guide. All that slicing and dicing was costing me too much in Band-Aids and trips to the ER. :-)
Dec
24
comment Creating an arbitrarily styled text outline in Photoshop which updates if I change the text or font?
You can! All you need do is copy the Smart Object layer (Ctl-J or Cmd-J). This makes a linked duplicate of the original, so any time you change either one, the other will update automatically.
Dec
23
answered What font is this?
Dec
23
reviewed Approve What font is this?
Dec
23
comment Creating an arbitrarily styled text outline in Photoshop which updates if I change the text or font?
It's actually a good question. The answer isn't entirely obvious.
Dec
23
answered Creating an arbitrarily styled text outline in Photoshop which updates if I change the text or font?
Dec
23
answered Photoshop CS5 - how to “normalize” colors in an image to reduce the noise?
Dec
22
answered How to make a metallic gradient in photoshop
Dec
22
comment What is a good icon to indicate that a given item is NOT part of a list?
I wouldn't worry too much about "might indicate." An icon isn't a complete communication in and of itself, and it's not worthwhile trying to make it one. Like a logo, it derives most of its meaning from context and familiarity. Users quickly learn what a given symbol indicates in a particular application, even if it's a bit ambiguous at first. Why would a tiny globe mean "Internet", for example, yet it's usually easy to tell in context that it doesn't mean "Mapping Application" or "Navigation", and it's become a familiar icon for that purpose.
Dec
21
answered What is a good icon to indicate that a given item is NOT part of a list?
Dec
21
comment How to keep Photoshop history snapshots?
I've not had issues with Flow on Win7. I was a beta tester for v1 and v2, and kind of fell in love with the concept right from the start. Do let them know about your problem. Ben Piercey and the rest of the team are very responsive, and they'll want to track down whatever the issue is.
Dec
21
answered What font can I use for a Japanese book?
Dec
21
answered how to collect fonts in illustrator CS5
Dec
21
answered How can I replicate the label of this bottle in Illustrator?
Dec
21
comment Jagged edges from illustrator
It's probably worthwhile to point out that alpha channel transparency is graduated (in 8-bit, 0-255 opacity), whereas gif transparency is an all-or-nothing proposition and so can't be anti-aliased. Dithering is of no help in a curved edge against transparency.