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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.


May
22
comment Photoshop - Copying Image
Are you doing web design / app design work? Or photo editing? It matters, because they both require different Photoshop RGB colour management setups.
May
21
comment When you export from Adobe Illustrator cs4, is it done as png-24?
Both Photoshop and Fireworks are better choices, in terms of rendering quality. If you duplicate the icon, scale to the correct final size and build a slice for it, you'll be able to export for mdpi, hdpi and xhdpi all at once (or any other scale you might need). It'd also let you tweak the icon for each size, which is important if you want things to look sharp.
May
20
comment Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?
Seems like a lot of replication, because some detailed icons are constructed with tens or hundreds of layers. I think the extra detail is typically useful for sizes above about 64x64. (PS: I voted up because it's a great reply that's full of good info, but didn't tick, because I don't think it's the way I want to go.)
May
20
comment Best workflow for icon design: Start big, or start small?
"A new image gets created for each size level" — Seems like a lot of replication for work you've already done. Obviously many tweaks will be needed, but I'm surprised you start over.
May
18
comment Script to color parts of image based on input data
Great suggestion. Alternatively, if you can get a vector map, using SVG to colour may be good as well. SVG is pretty easy to edit programatically.
May
18
comment How to cut a large photo into a grid of smaller photos automatically in Photoshop?
Can't you just type the scale into your print dialogue and have it tile to multiple pages? OS X does it. Failing that, do you have InDesign? It'll do it. Tiling is a pretty standard printing feature. No need to cut up the images into parts.
May
16
comment What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?
More information about the projects you have in mind would help with an answer.
May
15
comment Replacing a font in many illustrator files
I'd love to know how you go with this, because I haven't done it myself... I just thought that it should be possible, given what you're after.
May
15
comment Replacing a font in many illustrator files
@MarcusDowning Thanks for the clarification. I'll edit the reply to match your comment. You're right, AI PDF (.ai) files don't seem to be all XML. I guess you could save as EPS as well (also not XML!).
May
14
comment Deliverable format for iOS graphics
If you have no choice, then you have no choice. Photoshop and Fireworks are certainly the top two apps to use for iOS app design though. It depends how many images you need and how complex the app is. Working a different way might be fine if the number of images is in the tens, not hundreds.
May
12
comment Draw a rectangle of a specific size
@Alan Gilbertson Thank you!
May
12
comment Draw a rectangle of a specific size
@Pankaj Good point. I forgot about that one. I've edited the answer to reflect it.
May
12
comment Draw a rectangle of a specific size
@Ryan Thanks. Is it possible to adjust using the options bar in versions prior to CS6 (For rectangles only)? Been a while since I used CS5.
May
12
comment Draw a rectangle of a specific size
Why the negative vote? The advice is correct and detailed.
May
8
comment Color wash out problem when I connect my laptop to a projector or LCD monitor
And having the correction as an adjustment layer would be good — it'd mean you can turn it off and on at will, apply it quickly to many documents and export with it on for the final images to be projected.
May
8
comment Live trace an semi-transparent image?
What do you want as a result? Would you like a sharp outline that sits in the middle of the blurry edge? Or... ?
May
8
comment how can I create this gradient in photoshop?
A suggestion: Shape layers may be more appropriate than bitmap layers, especially if it's for mobile or iOS dev, where Retina and non-Retina images will be required.
May
3
comment How would I create this “X” delete button in Photoshop?
This is definitely the better way to go, in my opinion. Gives more control and accuracy.
May
2
comment New generation of Add New icon that has no “+” (Plus) sign
I have no idea why you'd like to break from such a strong, obvious, simple and clear standard. A plus symbol is as good as icons get. You'd want to have a good reason to break that tradition.
Apr
30
comment amalgamation morphing effects
Mask = alpha channel. So I think they're talking about animating the mask.