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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.


Oct
5
comment Is it possible to divide one Photoshop document into multiple source files?
Yeah. I think the best answer is that Photoshop shouldn't be used in this way, because that's not its strength.
Oct
3
comment Improved splash screen design
5 seconds seems quite long as a load time. Are there ways you could optimise that, even if the loading finishes on another thread after the main app has finished?
Oct
3
comment Improved splash screen design
Is this a mobile app? How is the splash screen used? How long does it display for? The best splash screen is none at all. Can you remove it completely?
Oct
3
comment When saving as a PSD, have a PNG also saved automatically
Sure could. Looks like Krazer's built something similar! Excellent.
Oct
2
comment How do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?
Just added another option above... you could create a script to add the swatches directly to Photoshop.
Oct
2
comment How do I create color swatch for Photoshop from a list of RGB values?
The idea is to have a bitmap swatch. You can take samples straight from the bitmap itself, without needing a swatch file.
Oct
1
comment “Serifs improve fast, easy readability for long text” - myth or truth?
Great question. I suspect it's a myth, but I don't have any evidence to present (I've read tests over the years, but can't remember where). And, if nothing else, readers read best what they read most. A lot of text is sans serif, so I doubt there's any meaningful difference between sans serif and serif. The important differences are probably when comparing typefaces, not serifs.
Sep
30
comment What Do You Ask From Your Graphical Designer for Your Iphone Apps?
@Joonas Smart Objects created within Photoshop bitmap scale, using the original object's bitmap dimensions as the starting point. Some caution needs to be taken if you want to avoid scaling artefacts.
Sep
30
comment What Do You Ask From Your Graphical Designer for Your Iphone Apps?
I think you may need to provide more for which parts you're after. Bitmap scaling and vector scaling can really reduce the quality of the results. You need to build with specific resolution targets in mind.
Sep
30
comment “placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?
This makes no sense. JPEG and TIFF are both bitmap images.
Sep
29
comment How to get rid of jaggered edges in Photoshop?
Yep, Apple only accepts PNGs, not vector formats (which wouldn't help anyway, because vectors are rendered as bitmaps at some point anyway).
Sep
28
comment How to get rid of jaggered edges in Photoshop?
Vector formats render as raster though. So using SVG/EPS/AI won't help if you know the target icon size.
Sep
26
comment Transforming a layer in Photoshop creates a copy of the layer
Hmm. Time to trash your preferences and see if that helps?
Sep
23
comment export layers with bleding options and shadow to PNG format using photoshop
You're using an overlay blending mode for your drop shadow. PNGs can only use normal alpha transparency for blending. That's the difference you're seeing. Changing the drop shadow to 10% opacity and normal blending yields an almost identical result that can be exported to a PNG.
Sep
23
comment App ui design workflow in Fireworks
Higher quality rendering and more control over how things look. Fireworks is definitely a high standard and has some great features I wish Photoshop had (pages etc). Adobe also seem to care about Photoshop more, so it has a brighter future with more updates (Retina support soon etc).
Sep
23
comment Photoshop inner shadow affecting another layer's drop shadow
Yeah. I always turn Use Global Light off. I don't see any real world use for the feature.
Sep
21
comment Transparency in clipping mask groups
Or use Photoshop, which has far better masking (plus dithered gradients and better antialiasing). Clipping masks in Photoshop don't have this issue.
Sep
20
comment Best resolutions for display on the web for high resolution image?
Depending on which devices you want to target, min-device-pixel-ratio of 1.3 may be better. You may want to include min-resolution, too. Info: gist.github.com/3446599
Sep
20
comment Best resolutions for display on the web for high resolution image?
Double the width, double the height, double the pixel density, "@2x" as the typical iOS image name extension, quadruple the number of pixels... and typically about 270% of the file size. Fun!
Sep
3
comment Export Multiple Artboards to Pngs Named after the Artboard Without the Filename Prepended
Stray pixels and less than ideal shapes. I've written more about it here: bjango.com/articles/illustratorandappdesign