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Jan
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comment How to draw “rays” in Photoshop?
If you're going to go the ray-by-ray approach, it helps if you start with a vertical or horizontal ray (so you can get the proportions and angles right), do one transform, then use Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T to automatically duplicate the layer and replay the transform. It should only take you a minute or two to get all of the rays.
Jan
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answered How to draw “rays” in Photoshop?
Jan
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comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
While I wouldn't necessarily equate traditional media to "cave painting" that is an interesting analogy. Traditional media came first and has more history, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to master traditional media before you learn digital. I believe Gabe/Mike from Penny-Arcade.com learned to "paint" digitally before he actually tried to paint using real media. And it certainly hasn't handicapped him in any way.
Jan
27
comment Translation of Hex Colours to RGB Colours?
Do you understand how hexadecimal numbers work? It's just a way to represent numbers in Base-16. A=10, B=11, C=12, D=13, E=14, F=15. So 0xFF = 15*16+15 = 255. You can even have Google calculate it for you: mattcutts.com/blog/easy-tip-to-convert-hex-to-decimal
Jan
27
comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
e100: It's an SVG font. So it's sort of both. w3.org/TR/SVG/fonts.html#SVGFontsOverview
Jan
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comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
Well, both approaches are valid. And usually when you see "fonts", you think subpixel rendering. It's just that he chose to use svg fonts instead of the more conventional formats.
Jan
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comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
Nice finds. Unfortunately, since he's using SVG, there's no subpixel rendering/hinting built into the format (a huge oversight IMO). It's probably better to use something like .otf or just create raster images like the examples you posted.
Jan
26
comment How can I ensure my custom font-face icons alias correctly?
Interesting approach (there was a discussion about this in a question on Pro Webmasters), but is there any advantage to using a font instead of a sprite map? And have you considered the accessibility implications of using a custom dingbat font instead of images?
Jan
26
answered Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
Jan
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comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
Conventional wisdom suggests that you should start with analog media, but is there a logical reason to do so? I learned to draw on paper first, but I would probably suggest anyone serious about digital illustration to get a tablet as soon as possible. IMO, there's no reason why you can't learn both simultaneously. Draw on paper when you're in the studio or out and about. Draw digitally when you have your tablet, want to save paper, or want to work on a digital piece. They each have their advantages, but there's no reason why you'd necessarily need to learn one before the other.
Jan
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comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
I agree that pen and paper will never go away, and they have qualities that are superior to digital drawing (e.g. being cheap and portable), but I'm just not sure those factors are relevant to which you should learn first. I agree with the argument that digital drawing programs have too many options that can distract novices who need to build their fundamentals, but the other arguments so far aren't as strong. You may enjoy the feel of drawing on paper more, but that doesn't necessarily make it better for beginners. Plus, drawing digitally saves a lot of paper...
Jan
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comment Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?
A Cintiq or tablet PC allows you to draw just like you were using pen and paper. Also, electronic dependencies aren't really relevant to which you should learn with first (unless you live somewhere where electricity is in short supply).
Jan
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comment New generation of Save icon that is not a “disk”?
This might be a good paradigm for some applications, but I can see it being very problematic for others. Unless you have extensive histories (allowing infinite undos/redos), you could create a lot of problems for users who need to revert to specific versions of a file. It's far better to retain the conventional auto-save behavior, which saves to a temporary file rather than overwriting the opened file without the user's consent. And even with infinite histories, users will probably want to create specific savepoints rather than sifting through hundreds of different states.
Jan
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comment Table of hex colors for NCAA teams?
Good point. The Wikipedia approach is probably best (start with Dori's link). Any official list would likely be in pantone colors not web colors, I imagine.
Jan
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comment Table of hex colors for NCAA teams?
Have you tried sites like colourlovers?
Jan
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revised Is it possible to modify a rounded rectangle's radius in Photoshop?
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revised Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software?
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Jan
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answered Are Macs preferable to PCs for handling graphics software?
Jan
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answered Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?
Jan
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answered Is it possible to modify a rounded rectangle's radius in Photoshop?