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Photoshop

Last week I discovered something in Photoshop by accident. I have no idea if this was something that was added in the latest version or not, because I haven’t seen it in any of the new feature overviews. On occasion people ask me what I use to render fonts well on digital mediums. Well that’s exactly where I discovered this new rendering option and I still can’t believe that I missed this.
Today I would like to talk about one of Photoshop's features I've been using a lot lately on a couple of projects I'm working on , and that is SmartObjects. It's something I use quite extensively for items that reoccur throughout my document. Since Photoshop added the function to convert a SmartObject into linked SmartObject, I've been using them more than ever. It's becoming even more powerful if you start using linked SmartObjects in combination with Layer Comps. These days I can't live without it as it saves me so much time. Let me show you how, and explain why this is so handy…
Better late than never! Ages ago I posted this about the best print or web related tip, where I requested my readers to post theirs in the comments. A lot of people did the effort and shared their knowledge by giving a ton of great tips. I made a promise back then I would write an article about it, but somehow it never came to that. Today I want to share some of those, but first… my sincere apologies for the delay. This wouldn't have been possible without my readers, you guys and gals are awesome!

Photoshop Etiquette

07 Feb 2013
I like a tidy desk, desktop and environment to function at my best and others like it messy to feel comfortable. If there is one place where everybody should be organized it would be Photoshop. Even if you work alone it is good practice to follow some basic rules to make life a little easier.
At the beginning of December I shared some Photoshop Layers tricks and shortcuts that I collected over the years. Today I'm doing something similar in a post that is all about masks in Photoshop. Hopefully this post will be as interesting as the layers one. That one worked its way up quite nicely. Enjoy!
When you are so used to an application you sometimes don't think about its tricks and shortcuts anymore because you are so used to them. You take everything for granted. Today I want to share some of my favorite Photoshop layers shortcuts & tricks.
A few days ago I showed you how you can create these colorful interlocking rings in Illustrator. In a next step I turned this creation into a wallpaper design. Today I'll share a little bit of that process…
The term 'slicing' makes me think about the early days of the web, but it's basically what we still do today, only in a different way. Sometimes we need to export a whole bunch of icons to png or jpeg. Wouldn't it be great if we could export, 50 or more icons, or other images, all at once in a matter of seconds? Now, that would save a lot of time! Thanks to Slicy we can…
On May 22th (2012), I spoke at MultiMania in Kortrijk, Belgium. My talk was all about the experimentation phase during the design of a project. This presentation was mostly based on my talk at An Event Apart Boston (U.S.) last year. I decided to talk about this subject because people often wonder how I end up using that particular composition, pattern, or that particular set of colors etc. There is never a straight answer to these questions, because it's always different for each project or design. A lot of variable factors are at play during the design phase, but one thing is certain, it all connects to experimenting, trying out stuff… To me design is a lot about experimenting, to try to push boundaries, and following your instinct. Today I'll give you a brief overview of what I talked about, with the focus on sharing the resources I shared in my presentation.
Time to talk about color inspiration today. Each image in my Inspiration Stream contains a color that is handpicked. No ingenious automation process in action here, as I want to have full control over this. I even try to choose my colors so I end up with an interesting palette at the top of each page. Even though, each time I add a new image to the gallery, the colors move one position per page as the images move one position as well. Still, I try to watch that the neighboring colors are in harmony.
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