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@marcedwards on Twitter. Director and Lead Designer at Bjango. Host of the Iterate podcast with @reneritchie and @sethclifford. Author of the Bjango articles. Occasional writer for Smashing Magazine.


Dec
7
comment How do you break out of current creative mind sets?
Excellent. I definitely agree that getting away from the computer can be a good thing. Tools like Balsamiq can be good, too. Like you said, it's about being quick and not trying to provide too much detail early on.
Dec
6
comment Can Photoshop Be Used for Vector Purposes?
It's worth noting that if your intention is to use vectors to create a bitmap resulting file (PNG etc), then Photoshop can product higher quality results than Illustrator. It really depends on the specifics of the artwork. Both tools can be the right choice.
Dec
4
comment Version Control for Designers / Alternative to Version Cue
+1 for Git. We're using GitHub for design that sits alongside code. Working brilliantly.
Dec
3
comment Illustrator is unable to make a horizontal line thinner than 1pt
Yeah, this is it. In addition: The default behaviour when creating objects can be set when creating a new document.
Dec
3
comment Rotate every text in a row by 25 degree?
Yeah, but you can also edit elsewhere and copy + paste it in. You'll just need the labels to be separated by returns.
Dec
1
comment Tools to simulate different DPI screens?
The Dropbox viewing app can scale images though. The iPad app never fits full screen. There's other tools for viewing designs on the device that are far better.
Dec
1
comment Tools to simulate different DPI screens?
The absolute best way is to view the design on the device. In fact, that's the only method I'd recommend.
Nov
27
comment Scattered Pixel Effect in Photoshop?
Do you want the result to be a bitmap, vector paths, or would either be ok? There's quite a few ways to automate something like this.
Nov
26
comment How would you create these Photoshop clipping masks in Fireworks?
Yep, that definitely was the question and I think you've answered it well! The issue is that Fireworks is masking the blue and yellow circles, then the grey circle and compositing them as two elements. Photoshop is clipping the entire thing at the end, giving cleaner edges. (Maybe I need to investigate Fireworks a bit more to see if it does what I want.)
Nov
26
comment How would you create these Photoshop clipping masks in Fireworks?
Thanks for the great reply. Your example may demonstrate what I feared — that Fireworks' masking can't work exactly like Photoshop. Please see the difference in the blue antialiased edge: i.imgur.com/VvEoE.png ...the edge on the Fireworks image is a little bit grey. I hope I'm wrong and it's possible to get results that are as clean as PS.
Nov
24
comment Exporting a 3d extruded shape to SVG from Illustrator produces horrible plane joins
Another advantage of this technique: Smaller, faster SVG files.
Nov
23
comment Any tips for good tutorials or discussions on web page animation?
@Joonas What do you mean by "no click functionality"?
Nov
23
comment Any tips for good tutorials or discussions on web page animation?
IE10 actually does support quite a bit. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ie/hh673530(v=vs.85).aspx The great thing about CSS animation is that it degrades gracefully and it can be GPU accelerated (unlike jQuery). But I agree if you want to support everything, CSS may not be the best option.
Nov
22
comment Is this a photo or 3D render, and how would I give a photo a similar effect?
I think it's far more likely that the entire scene and lighting was rendered first, and Photoshop was used for post processing.
Nov
22
comment Is this a photo or 3D render, and how would I give a photo a similar effect?
@4thSpace Yep. V-Ray is a renderer that can be used with quite a few different 3D apps / 3D modellers. It's considered to be one of the best.
Nov
19
comment What are lossless image format?
@e100 I knew you'd know that. Just wanted to make it clear for the folks reading along at home. :D
Nov
19
comment What are lossless image format?
@e100: Yeah. With one caveat... saving a GIF usually means converting to indexed colour first, which typically does a bit of damage.
Nov
15
comment What program should I use for animated vector style graphics for an iOS game
That's not true at all. Photoshop does vector brilliantly, if the output is as a bitmap. In fact, Photoshop's vector rendering is better than Illustrator and Fireworks by quite a big margin (antialiasing, gradient quality, masking).
Nov
15
comment What program should I use for animated vector style graphics for an iOS game
Photoshop has animation tools as well — a lot of things can be mocked up to test animation cycles in Photoshop as well.
Nov
13
comment How do I blend a black-background fire image in Photoshop?
+1 for the Screen blending mode. That's the way I'd typically do something like this. Also, if the background is near black, but not black, you may need to apply a Levels change as well.