Photoshop Secret Shortcuts It is proven that by using software shortcuts can boost up productivity. Here are 30 secret Photoshop shortcuts that I’ve learned from years of experience. Well, what I mean by "secret" is that these shortcuts are not documented in the menus. Note: this article is written in Mac Photoshop format. Drag selection With the Marquee tool, drag on the document (do not release the mouse yet), now hold down Spacebar, it will let you drag the undefined selection. Do you know more Photoshop shortcuts that are not listed in this article?
24 Free Mac Design Programs Last year the most successful post on this blog was 45 Best Freeware Design Programs on PC – a hand-picked list of free design programs for the PC. Now the time has come for MAC fans. The funny thing is, before starting, I thought “Well, maybe the options won’t be as prolific, since Mac has a smaller piece of the market share cake.” But I was pleasantly surprised–the scene for free design applications for Macs is as interesting as the PCs. Indeed, you will find at least one excellent option for many designs fields. Animation Lego Digital Designer Advertisemt With this free Digital Designer software you can build absolutely anything using virtual Lego bricks right on your computer. New in Version 2: Improved building experience, quicker brick selection, easier to connect bricks when building, new brick palette tool, more bricks, partly built models for easy start, new backgrounds, new UI, and more. Overview | Download Autodesk Maya Personal Learning Edition (OS X) 8.5 Overview | Download
Awesome Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop This is a list of the most useful default Photoshop keyboard shortcuts that you can use them to speed up your workflow. Some of them are rarely mentioned, some are more common and some are only available in Photoshop CS5. I hope everyone will find some new and useful shortcuts in this article. So let"s get started! 1. Command/Ctrl + Space + Click and Drag Left or Right. 2. Alt + Shift + Right Click (Win) or Control + Option + Cmd + Click (Mac). 3. Hold Down H + Click, Reposition View and Let Go of the Mouse to Zoom Back). 4. Ctrl + Alt + Right Click (Win) or Control + Option + Click (Mac). 5. Hold Down Shift. 6. Hold Down Command/Ctrl. 7. Shift + Ctrl + Space (Win) or Shift + Command + Space (Mac). 8. Hit Tab. 9. Space and Then Arrow Keys. 10. Command/Ctrl + Shift + . or , you can use it for selected text. 11. Command/Ctrl + Shift + K. 12. Alt/Option + Left and Right Arrow Keys. 13. Alt/Option + Up and Down Arrow Keys. 14. Alt/Option + Shift + Up and Down Arrow Keys. 15. 16. 17. 18.
Pixia Pixia is a freeware raster graphics editor program for Windows, created by Isao Maruoka. It was originally designed for the anime/manga community but has also been used in other branches of art. Besides the primary Japanese interface, it is also available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Polish, Korean and German. The program supports multiple layers, transparency effects, standard file formats and a number of RGB file formats including .PSD. The main file extension used by this program is .PXA. A CNET Editors' Review in January 2011 called Pixia "one of the most capable and professional Photoshop alternatives we've tried See also Comparison of raster graphics editors References External links International English site
A Book That Shows Every Color Imaginable EmailEmail Regardless if you are a designer or not, having all the existing colors bound in your bookshelf would look quite impressive. A New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach presented a 8 x 8 x 8-inch cube book, that contains the complete RGB color scheme page by page. The binding of the cube was designed by the author herself in collaboration with Daniel E. Kelm. The book with the digital offset prints and an airbrushed cloth cover makes a beautiful 3D reference of the whole pallet of colors in existence. Website: taubaauerbach.com
Making the ‘Clean Grunge’ Blog Design « PSDFan ‘Clean Grunge’ as a Trend I’m not really sure whether ‘clean grunge’ is an official trend of web design, but in my eyes it’s definitely an important one. For me, clean grunge websites are a combination of the grungy with the functional, the messy with the ordered. The results of this are some of my favorite all time designs. Too often purely grungy websites loose out on usability, and are more works of art than they are functional websites. Similarly, clean websites often lack the creativity demonstrated in more grungy/artisitic designs. Clean Grunge designs typically exhibit similar characteristics, which I will try to capture in today’s design: Clean edges combined with messy edgesDefining, but messy outlines Grungy elements/patterns which are subtly presented.Low Opacity TexturesWashed out Color PaletteBeautiful and Handwritten Typography Strong Attention to Details Final Image This is the finished design that I’ll be showing you how to make from scratch: Images+Extras Used Step 1 Step 2
TwistedSifter - The Best of the visual Web, sifted, sorted and summarized 25 New High Quality Free Fonts - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Every now and again we take a look around, select “fresh” high-quality free fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually the time you should be investing in your current projects. We search for them and we find them, so you don’t have to. In this selection we’re glad to present you PT Sans, FF Celeste Sans Offc Black, Secca STD, Cantarell and many other regular and experimental high-quality free fonts. You may also want to take a look at our previous typography-related posts: 20 New High Quality Free Fonts1In this previous “free fonts” edition we present Madawaska ExtraLight, Apparatus SIL, League Gothic, Contra and many other high-quality free fonts.40+ Excellent Freefonts For Professional Design2The price of good fonts usually reflects their quality and starts at 50$ per typeface. New High Quality Free Fonts tribbon ‘Layered’ font12This layered ‘ribbon’ style font was created by Dominic Le-Hair.
7 Underground Wonders of the World: Labyrinths, Crypts, Catacombs and More Subterranean Scare: 7 Underground Wonders of the World Article by Urbanist, filed under 7 Wonders Series in the Travel category. What motivates humankind to burrow deep into the Earth? From London to Paris, Budapest to Moscow, the USA to Australia, here are seven of the most amazing examples in the world. Paris, France: There are extensive networks of catacombs, quarries and other tunnels running under the capital of France. Moscow, Russia: This particular photographer is uniquely privileged, as an official government photographer, to take rare looks and snapshots of the myriad tunnels of all kinds running underneath Moscow. London, England: The West Norwood Cemetery has a remarkable collection of historic monuments. Ozarks, Midwest: The Ozark mountain range is filled with caverns and mines that date back generations. Budapest, Hungary: A labyrinth of caves and tunnels span for miles under Castle Hill. More Underground, Underwater and Other Wonders of the World
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