Created by Vancouver Film School students Ryan Uhrich and Marcos Ceravolo. Quick and dirty; watch it a couple of times if this is new to you!
Archive for July, 2007
Personally, I use CTRL+T to Transform (scale, rotate, skew); CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+S to save for web; CTRL+W to Close Document and CTRL+ALT+W to Close All, and the Spacebar for a temporary Hand tool.
I also use D to get to the Default black and white colours in the toolbar, and X will switch them (so the background becomes the foreground), plus B gives you a brush and the [ and ] keys will make the brush smaller and bigger.
CTRL+R gives you rulers, which gives you quick access to guides. CTRL+; shows and hides the guides and CTRL+’ shows and hides the grid.
And of course, the basics: CTRL+C for copy, CTRL+V for paste, CTRL+Z for undo, CTRL+S for save, CTRL+N for new, CTRL+H to hide or show display (like selection marquees). Oh, and CTRL+E will merge down the current or selected layers, plus I create an action set to F2 every time I install Photoshop that will flatten a layer.
I am stopping there although I know there are more that I use daily. What keyboard shortcuts do you use often?
Some industrious photographer went out and found arrangements of buildings, and took photographs to simulate the alphabet. This site gives credit to a Jack Turner, and this site, while I can’t exactly translate the language, seems to credit a Lisa Rienermann.
In any case, they’re really interesting and you should take a closer look. Typography is everywhere, and letterforms can be made from nearly anything
My favourite artist is working on a Tarot deck. I know what I’ll be buying myself for my birthday in 2009!
“We need our lines to vary in what is known as “weight.” “Weight” of a line basically means how thick or thin your lines are. A lot of weight is thick a little weight is thin. Making your lines vary in weight adds a LOT of character (makes them look cool.)”
It’s a lot of reading but SO worth it. Lots of great graphics in the middle to explain line weights and such.
“Over the years, I’ve noticed that successful freelancers, eg, those who make their living entirely from freelancing (writing, editing, copywriting, web design, etc.), have the following seven traits in common.
1. Write/design every day: Many freelancers are drawn to their particular career because they love it. They love to write, design, draw – whatever it is, they would do it for free.”
“This is not a free Photoshop tutorial about how to make your own logo. It’s a list of quality resources that can help you to learn more about everything related to logo design. From the start, why do you need a good logo; which software to use and why; how to use software, which format is used for what and why; how to choose colors; how to choose fonts; where to ask for help and direction; where to find inspirational help, what other logo designers know and you don’t… We have facts, history, tutorials, tips, designers, portfolios and everything you need to know about logo and logo design.”
“This guide will attempt to take you step by step, through the process of creating a fully functioning CSS layout.”
This is a MUST READ for all of my current Web Design students.