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C’mon, you know you want one… punk! Get it at Archie McPhee.

C’mon, you know you want one… punk! Get it at Archie McPhee.

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Come get your Aximus on

My latest sci-fi wallpaper can be grabbed at:

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Utah gets arty about motorcycle awareness PSA. Effective? Who knows, but the design concept is cool. Alas I don’t see my bike’s silhouette, so I guess those car drivers won’t know if they can see me. ;-)

Utah gets arty about motorcycle awareness PSA. Effective? Who knows, but the design concept is cool. Alas I don’t see my bike’s silhouette, so I guess those car drivers won’t know if they can see me. ;-)

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Yay! Pixelmator 2.0 has been released! Hopefully people who don’t want the complexity of Photoshop, or the price, will have a good alternative on the Mac; I know all the apps I’ve tried have fallen way short, including Pixelmator 1.0, which while pretty, wasn’t polished enough for my needs. Version 2.0 looks like a huge evolution. I’ll wait to see what the reviews say. 
The long search is never over (a bit of backstory)…
Before I became a Photoshop whiz, back in the early 1990s I relied on an awesome little Mac app called ColorIt! I designed quite a few logos, illustrations and even websites using it. Alas, it never really evolved so I ditched it. Likewise, for a short while — before Steve Jobs returned to SAVE Apple — I tried using Windows apps. The only one I ever found I liked was called Xara. Quirky it was, but still quite amazing at the time and cool because it was both a vector and raster app in one.  Of course when Mac OS X arrived I could rely on my Mac again. Since then, I’ve almost given up trying to find a Photoshop alternative because in my biz it’s the industry standard. My issue isn’t with the Photoshop itself — though it is absurdly obtuse — but are with the pricing and the radical changes they make with each version to the UI, so I have relearn it again.
I’m still looking for a lean-an-mean photo retouching app. Hopefully Pixelmator 2.0 is it.

Yay! Pixelmator 2.0 has been released! Hopefully people who don’t want the complexity of Photoshop, or the price, will have a good alternative on the Mac; I know all the apps I’ve tried have fallen way short, including Pixelmator 1.0, which while pretty, wasn’t polished enough for my needs. Version 2.0 looks like a huge evolution. I’ll wait to see what the reviews say. 

The long search is never over (a bit of backstory)…

Before I became a Photoshop whiz, back in the early 1990s I relied on an awesome little Mac app called ColorIt! I designed quite a few logos, illustrations and even websites using it. Alas, it never really evolved so I ditched it. Likewise, for a short while — before Steve Jobs returned to SAVE Apple — I tried using Windows apps. The only one I ever found I liked was called Xara. Quirky it was, but still quite amazing at the time and cool because it was both a vector and raster app in one.  Of course when Mac OS X arrived I could rely on my Mac again. Since then, I’ve almost given up trying to find a Photoshop alternative because in my biz it’s the industry standard. My issue isn’t with the Photoshop itself — though it is absurdly obtuse — but are with the pricing and the radical changes they make with each version to the UI, so I have relearn it again.

I’m still looking for a lean-an-mean photo retouching app. Hopefully Pixelmator 2.0 is it.

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.99 cents and a copy of the Apple Pages is all you need to make great eBooks. Smashing Magazine’s How to Create and eBook Using Apple Pages will walk you through all the steps of producing quality PDF, ePub and Mobipocket formats easy as pie. I should know, I’m creating my first Pages designed eBook right now.

.99 cents and a copy of the Apple Pages is all you need to make great eBooks. Smashing Magazine’s How to Create and eBook Using Apple Pages will walk you through all the steps of producing quality PDF, ePub and Mobipocket formats easy as pie. I should know, I’m creating my first Pages designed eBook right now.

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Kerning: Learn it. Love it. Admire it. 

CreativePro offers up some useful and ESSENTIAL typography advice for kerning text. Badly kerned type is probably the most obvious sign of an untrained designer, yet getting it right is so easy to do. I’ve seen billboards, movie posters, and even style-focused magazines make amateurish mistakes.

Kerning: Learn it. Love it. Admire it.

CreativePro offers up some useful and ESSENTIAL typography advice for kerning text. Badly kerned type is probably the most obvious sign of an untrained designer, yet getting it right is so easy to do. I’ve seen billboards, movie posters, and even style-focused magazines make amateurish mistakes.