Design Disease

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I always knew I had it but was never correctly diagnosed.

The Disease of Design

I had to force myself not to look at the newspaper or billboards until I had control over it. Now I just see it as a possible client. One desperately in need of help.

Found via Kottke.org

Dirkon – The Paper Camera [pinhole.cz]

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Another pinhole camera. This one is based on 35mm film.

Dirkon – The Paper Camera [pinhole.cz]

Full-time freelancing: 10 things learned in 180 days ~ Authentic Boredom

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Full-time freelancing: 10 things learned in 180 days ~ Authentic Boredom

Flying Meat: FlySketch

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Flying Meat: FlySketch

This looks very cool. Mark up a digital image without having to recreate it with marks.

Asphalt Mosaics – diy.sometemple.com

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Asphalt Mosaics – diy.sometemple.com

Now everyone will be able to find my house. Just look down.

Silkscreen tutorial

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Great visual tutorial for simple silkscreening. I need to make some shirts for an Art Camp we are putting on and this was just the trick. I haven’t done it yet but I am looking forward to it.

New Template Version

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I have created a new photoshop file with additional layers to help with changing the look. There are two new layer sets in this version as well as the original default theme (kubrick) layers.

One layer set has a vector version. If you just want to change the color, fill the layer and leave the mask alone. The shadows and gradients are created with layer effects. I have unlinked the masks so they don’t get moved inadvertently.

The second layer set is a bitmap version that will act the same way as the vector one. Fill the layer with your color and the masks will handle the cropping. If you want to use an image for the header just paste it in the file and use one of the masks to crop it. Command + click (mac) on the mask to make the mask a selection. Make sure the layer you are masking is active and make it a mask by clicking on the “add layer mask” icon at the bottom of the layers palette. The shapes are also saved as paths if you are so inclined.

Just keep in mind how the file will be sliced up while playing around. The guides will help you. All of the exporting instruction from this post still apply.

Have Fun and let’s all be different!

Photoshop Template for the Default Theme

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I wanted to customize the default theme on the brand spankin’ new 1.5 so I made a little psd file with a few layers that made it quite easy to change the look quickly. Just stay within the guides and you should be just fine. Be sure to backup or duplicate your default theme before you start. It is a photoshop file with layers that correspond to the different images needed for the theme. The Guides also give a visual feedback for where each slice will start.

WordPress Template

The layers are named to correspond with the exported images. I just added new layers with my look and left the original ones alone. Then I could flip back and forth by toggling layer visibility.

WordPress Template Layers

When you have finished just use save for web with all the slices and images only and you should be set.

Export them pictures

There will be one extra file (spacer) for slice 06 but it can be ignored. Upload these 5 files into the images folder inside the theme you are changing. Voila. You’re done. I know everyone doesn’t have Photoshop but that is what works for me. The file is quite simple. Sometimes the best way to figure something out is to give it a try.

Update: There is a new file with added layers and masks. More Info

Don’t spend money on books: Lighting Technique Forum: Digital Photography Review

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Don’t spend money on books: Lighting Technique Forum: Digital Photography Review pbarclay wrote:

so here i am another chump wanting to get a grip on basic lighting set up for portrait photography-can someone reccomend a book that covers the basics?as far as lighting placement and such-thanx paulb

That’s what the internet is for.

http://groups.msn.com/Asktheoleproaboutphotography/joezeltsman.msnw

http://www.lightingmagic.com/bkgndqa.htm

http://www.palmettobayinc.com/PhotoTutorials/portlightbasic.html

http://sell-it-on-the-net.com/photoguide/portraitusage.htm

http://www.geocities.com/glowluzid/portrait/portrait.html

http://www.paguk.com/artoflighting2.htm

http://www.photo.net/portraits/intro

http://www.lottsphoto.com/PortraitLightingTechnique.htm

http://photographytips.com/page.cfm/368

http://www.vividlight.com/articles/1615.htm

http://www.photo.net/studio/primer

http://www.stnphotography.com/tips.html

There are dozens of other sites available, but these should keep you busy for a while. Lots of good information. Good Luck, Dennis

Apple – Discussions – Font Management in OS X Panther

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Apple – Discussions – Font Management in OS X Panther

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