Graphic & Web Design Archives

September 2010

As most of you probably know, you can easily resize an object in Illustrator using the bounding box handles. It's a fast and effective way, but when you are resizing an object that has a stroke applied to it, the handles appear in the middle of the stroke. For precision work this can be annoying. A better way would be if they appear at the outside border of the stroke instead.
Effects, such as drop shadow, inner shadow, gradient overlay etc. can be applied in Photoshop in a simple way via Layer Styles. This is a very easy, and most of all, flexible way. You can easily apply this on text and keep the text editable at all times. One of these effects is the inset effect, which can be created by a combination of a drop shadow and inner shadow. Today I want to share with you how you can apply an inset effect on text, in combination with a background that serves as a clipping mask and have all your text still editable. Let's get started!
Vacation is over sadly, but the next thing to look forward to is already coming up in a few weeks. In case you weren’t aware, The ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference 2010 is coming to Leiden again at the end of the month. This year's European edition of EECI will be held at De Stadsgehoorzaal theatre in the middle of historic Leiden. I’m speaking at EECI Leiden
This September marks the five-year anniversary of my partner in crime Authentic Jobs. Can you believe it? I can’t. Started as a sidebar on Cameron's site, it has grown into a valuable, standalone resource for web and creative professionals.