Category: General

Rant: Stupid Apple, You Suck!

Apple Sucks It’s time for another rant here at The Graphic Mac. Back in February, I went off on Apple’s utterly stupid lack of menu bar customization. Today, just one day after Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), I have a whole new dump truck to unload on you… (more…)

Package design inspiration

Package design is one of the more difficult aspects of design. You’re dealing with three dimensions instead of the typical one. Dzineblog has posted a fantastic list of creative package design for your inspiration that I think is worth checking out!

Spec work in the real world

I’m not sure I need to comment on this any more than to say “This video should be mass-produced and sent to every company on the planet!”

10 Misconceptions about Graphic Design – The claims and blames!!

Note: This article was submitted by a reader, Hummairr, in the forums – but I thought it was worth publishing on the front page. Graphic Design is a very flexible career choice with combination of paths to go down. However, at times amazing claims (by my friends and clients) make me doubt my own profession. Short and sweet, graphic designers are often blamed for enjoying extra charms and advantages of their profession, which are not true in many ways. However, to clear up some misconceptions and for a bit of fun I’ve listed together the claims and blames about Graphic Design. Considering my personal experience and adding few points from a well known blog “Creative Opera” I managed to compile 10 misconceptions about Graphic Designing below. I hope this will be helpful for designers and clients alike. (more…)

Creating letterhead templates in Microsoft Word

If you’ve been in the design business for any amount of time, you’ve no doubt run across a client who asks you to create a letterhead template they can use on their Windows machine in MS Word. Ugh! Fortunately, there is a relatively simple way to get a little control over the placement of graphics using Word’s absolute position option when placing your images. My friends over at CreativeTechs have a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to accomplish this very easy task.

OpenType fonts are the cat’s meow

Back in the 90s I spent some time working pre-press for a service bureau. It was a rough time to work pre-press because RIPs were horrifically slow, just starting to get full postscript level 2 compatibility, and more often than not, simply choked on a document with more than 4 or 5 fonts. Back then, I had to deal with TrueType, three different types of Postscript fonts, Apple’s GX fonts, and Multiple Master fonts. Each brought its own unique brand of hurt. By far, the most reliable was Postscript Type 1. Thankfully, type 2 and 3 never really caught on, nor did Multiple Master fonts. TrueType had a rocky start – most RIPs couldn’t handle the single font file format – but eventually the format received wide acceptance and compatibility. Salvation came in 1996… (more…)

Keys to great typography

When you’re dealing with text-heavy documents such as annual reports, booklets or magazines, properly formatted typography can make the difference between something people want to read now, and something they eventually toss in the trash having only skimmed the headlines. Here are a few tips for making your typography a little more readable. (more…)

Alien Skin Bokeh plugin review

Macworld recently published my review of Alien Skin Software’s Bokeh plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks and Elements.

AlienSkin Bokeh

AlienSkin Bokeh plugin offers easy tilt-shift effects

Part 1 of the review can be found here, and covers the bokeh effect to emphasize your subject by adding blur to the background and adjusting the highlights of your image. Part 2 of the article can be found here, and covers the ability to use the Bokeh plugin to simulate tilt-shift photography, which effectively allows you to turn your image into a miniature model as seen in the image above. If you don’t have the budget for expensive tilt-shift and bokeh lenses, this plugin might be just what the digital doctor ordered to enhance your images.

Adobe releases CS4 printing guide

Adobe CS4 Printing Guide Many users of Adobe’s Creative Suite software are unaware that Adobe provides an excellent printing guide in PDF format to help in learning the ins-and-outs of successful commercial printing using the CS apps.The guide is an excellent resource for new users, serving as a training manual, as well as a brush-up for experienced users. The guide covers a wide-range of printing-related topics in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. The free Creative Suite 4 Printing Guide is available in PDF format in both low-res (4.6MB) and high-res (17.7MB). If you’re still using Creative Suite 3, a link is available for that as well.