Author: James

60 expert logo design tips

The title of their article could have also been: “60 things modern clients aren’t willing to pay for, or even think about.”

But hey, you still should. Take a look at all the great advice in this article… just remember that you’re not likely to be paid to put it to practical use anymore.

Feathering the edges of a selection along the edge of a document in Photoshop CC

In previous versions of Photoshop, if you selected an area of an image that included an edge area and then chose Select>Modify>Feather, the Feather would be added to the entire selection. While this might be desirable in some instances, in the majority of cases, it would be ideal if the feather was only applied within the image (and not to the edges). As a result, in the current version, the engineering team has changed the default behavior so that they feather is not applied at the edge (the canvas bounds) of an image.

Julieanne Kost enlightens us about this feature that I’m sure most people don’t even notice is there. Be sure to check out all her other awesome posts while you’re there, she has a lot of great information and tutorials.

Create text columns on a single Photoshop layer with this uber-cool extension

UberColumns for Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop’s text capabilities are adequate for most users, but one area that is sorely lacking is the ability to set text in columns. It’s a royal pain when you’re mocking up a website to have to set two separate text layers and align them when you want multiple columns of text.

UberColumns to the rescue! uberColumns is a simple add-on that allows you to convert a single block of text on a layer to a specified column layout, including the ability to customize the gutter width.

  1. Simply use your text tool to drag a text box out and enter your text as you normally would.

  2. After committing the text, click the layer icon for your text so the layer is active.
  3. Open the Columns panel from Window>Extensions>Columns. Type the number of columns in the box on the left, and the amount of gutter space in the box on the right, and hit OK.

Your text should now be converted to columns. You will likely have to adjust the overall width by using your text tool to adjust the width of the text box. And that’s the beauty of UberColumns, you can adjust the columns simply by adjusting the text box as you normally would.

UberColumns is 100% free, and works with Adobe Photoshop CC, and CC2014. I absolutely LOVE this extension!

Free Adobe InDesign templates

Free InDesign template downloads

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start on a new project. Particularly newsletters or magazine layouts. Inspiration is everywhere, but often times having a pre-made template is a great way to start your layouts.

BestInDesignTemplates has several Adobe InDesign templates you can download and use for free, including: flyers, newsletters, catalogs, and a 20-page magazine layout. Obviously you would want to use these as a starting-point, rather than a finished design.

How to design the perfect logo [Infographic]

Logo design infographic

So what sort of ingredients do you need to cook up a tasty, irresistible logo? This infographic from CompanyFolders.com will provide you with tips and ideas related to each of the qualities that a successful logo design must have. (more…)

Windows 10 does away with bloatware. Sort of.

Windows 10

We are also redesigning Windows’ Refresh and Reset functionalities to no longer use a separate recovery image (often preinstalled by manufacturers today) in order to bring Windows devices back to a pristine state.

What Microsoft is trying to say here is that while they will still allow manufacturers like Dell and HP to pre-install a pile of crappy bloat/ad/malware, they will finally give you the ability to do a clean recovery of only Windows 10. As an added bonus, you can apparently create your own recovery partition with updates already applied. Nice!

I’ll not be switching to Windows any time soon, but this was one major reason I wouldn’t even consider it. Unfortunately, even when Microsoft does something really great, they manage to screw it up.

I realize that MS makes its money licensing copies of Windows to OEMs, and they are the ones that screw the users directly But it ultimately hurts MS more than anyone, because the remedy is not buy another PC manufacturer’s piece of hardware, but using another OS entirely. It screws the user because in order to have a great Windows experience, you first have to have a horrible one.

Microsoft has done a lot of things to copy Apple over the years, but putting the user first has never been one of those things.