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Heartbleed and you

Heartbleed: What does it mean to you. These are scary times, but we have some advice, and have compiled places below where you can go for more info. By now you have seen the news, probably had people ask you if you were changing all your passwords, and are wondering if you should be freaking […]

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Producing eBooks with InDesign.

The acceptance of mainstream eBooks is just getting started, and publishers are very interested in the future of digital books. Apple’s new iPad will use the open EPUB format for selling and distributing electronic books (iBooks) on their new tablet. If you work in the publishing industry, it’s time to learn what the EPUB format […]

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Sneak Peek of Photoshop CS5 Selections.

Here is a great little treat. Photoshop Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, shared a glimpse of new selection technology that offers better edge detection and masking results in less time—even with the trickiest images, like hair. Video: Photoshop Selections Sneak Peek. The video is only about a minute long, but it reveals that Adobe has […]

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Resources for designing on the 960 grid.

I love the solid feel of a clean grid-based layout. Get started with this handy collection of resources for working with the 960 pixel grid system many web designers use to streamline web development. Link: 960 Gridder Overlay. (shown above) Link: 960 Grid System – Resources and Links. Link: The Grid System – Grid systems […]

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Use CSS Media Queries to target the iPhone.

Last week Steve Jobs unvieled the new Apple iPad. Happily, almost everything we’ve been learning about developing iPhone Web Apps looks like it’s going to work the same for Apple’s new tablet. Here is a short video exceprt from the first week of Elisabeth Robson’s course, Learn to Build iPhone Web Apps, showing how to […]

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Better Planning for Landscape Photography.

Planning just the right time and location for landscape photography can be challenging. Landscape photographers typically want to plan their shoots around the times of sunrise/sunset or twilight. That’s why photographer Stephen Trainor created the Photographer’s Ephemeris, an Adobe AIR application that provides a visual and simplified solution for finding vantage points for dusk and […]

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220 Free Photoshop Layer Styles.

This free collection of 220 Photoshop Layer Styles let your quickly sort through glow, gradient, glass, gel, and other effects. Nothing too complex, but a helpful assortment of effects that you can explore and modify for some quick designs. Link: DezinerFolio’s 220 Amazing Free Photoshop Layer Styles Source: DezinerFolio.com keeps a slew of fun freebies […]

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Save QuickTime from DVDs with HandBrake.

Here is a question we get periodically from clients: How can I import videos from a DVD into a Keynote presentation? The answer is HandBrake, a wonderful free utility that easily converts video on a standard DVD into presentation-friendly QuickTime movies. Link: HandBrake 0.9.4 HandBrake is a small freeware utility that lets you easily capture […]

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Turn OFF Docking Windows in Photoshop.

Photoshop CS4 introduced document tabs that make it easy to switch between a variety of open images. It’s a terrific feature that I usually like a lot. But there are days the tabs feature drives me crazy! If you’ve ever dragged one Photoshop window over another, only to have it sucked in as a new […]

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11 Ways to Zoom in Photoshop CS4.

I was working on this week’s tip, when I got an email from Steve Laskevtich from Luminous Works with a PDF handout titled “11 Ways to Zoom in Photoshop CS4.” There are SO many ways to do the the same thing in Photoshop, that I (like I expect many of you will do) immediately set […]

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