Archive for the 'Stock / Resources' Category

Pixelmator: Next-Gen Mac Image Editor Released

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Pixelmator Image Editor
The long-anticipated Pixelmator image editor for Mac OS X has just been released. I can’t say much about its capabilities, as I haven’t tried it yet, but damn it looks good.

Built up on a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies, Pixelmator features powerful selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools, layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and transparent HUD user interface for work with images. Pixelmator uses Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use the Mac’s video card for image processing.

I think the “GPU-Powered” bit sounds particularly interesting. I’d like to know why Photoshop doesn’t utilize my GPU’s power, what a waste of perfectly good transistors.

Elements of Design: Showcase of Everyday Solutions

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Elements of Design is a design showcase that I think is a lot more useful in an everyday work environment than most of the others. Why? Because instead of showing us complete designs, Elements of Design showcases solutions to common design problems in a quick and concise manner. Among that are things like comment forms, date pickers, search boxes, pullquotes and headlines. They seem like small elements but often they are those parts of a design that take up the most time. I get caught up on these details a lot, especially when I’m trying to achieve optimal usability.

While I’m at it, I’d like to (yet again) recommend Defensive Design, a book that, in my opinion, offers a great deal of insight and solutions for bullet-proof user guidance.

(Thanks for the tip, neck).

The Last Character Code Search You’ll Ever Need: Look Up HTML Entities On The Fly

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

HTML Entity Character Lookup
That’s a long title for such a simple thing. Left Logic has the last HTML Entity Character Lookup you’ll ever need. No more scrolling through entity lists looking for a tiny bit of code just to type a simple character. Search for entity characters based on how they look. So if you need some sort of dash, type a regular minus sign and you’ll get everything that even slightly looks like it. Need something that resembles a P? Good, type a p and you’re set (see screenshot above). It’s fast, and couldn’t be more intuitive. Available also as a OS X dashboard widget, Firefox extension and search plugin.
(Thanks for the tip, Jochen)

FreeEarth: 3D Globe In Your Browser

Monday, August 6th, 2007

FreeEarth: 3D Globe In Your Browser
Poly9 FreeEarth is a free Flash application that offers you a 3-dimensional globe to include on your website. FreeEarth supports superimposing of metadata (such as weather data or Flickr geodata), animation (such as flight routes), combination with 2D mapping tools, satellite image tiling, numerous celestial bodies (the solar system planets, moons and the sun), and some more Web2.0 gimmickry. Check out the FreeEarth website to see some of the neat applications it can be used for.

SWFUpload: Upload Files Using Flash & Javascript

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

SWFUpload: Upload Files Using Flash & JavascriptSWFUpload is a flash-powered file-upload widget intended to replace the regular HTML file-upload form element. In their own words, SWFUpload is “a small javascript/flash library to get the best of both worlds – The great upload capabilities of flash and the accessibility and ease of html/css”. SWFUpload offers a number of usability and styling features the standard html version can’t offer, and for those who don’t have Flash/Javascript, SWFUpload degrades gracefully.

Update 2008-11-22: It appears SWFUpload has moved to a new domain in the meantime: Thanks to readers Kooshal and Jigna for letting us know.

165 Free Vector Icons

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

165 Free Vector Icons
Liquidcity offers a set of 165 free vector icons in glossy-look, all in full .ai and .svg formats, in 5 color sets. A nice, clean collection and a good base to create further icons.

Ubuntu Studio & Free Open Source Software Alternatives for Photoshop, Illustrator and Co.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Ubuntu Studio
If you’re into Linux or open source software in general, or just can’t afford the expensive professional applications, you may want to have a look at Ubuntu Studio, an offspring of the increasingly popular Linux distro Ubuntu, targeted towards creative professionals and enthusiasts, be that designers, film producers or audio specialists. Ubuntu Studio comes with an array of applications striving to offer free alternatives to the expensive industry standards. While I can’t speak on the quality of said applications as I haven’t tried them, I think Ubuntu Studio is a good endeavor that’s worth looking into.

If you prefer to stick with your OS of choice, you might like to bookmark this list of free and open source software for Windows and Mac.

Last but not least, I’d like to point you to a great article by Shahid Shah on open source alternatives to Adobe’s Creative Suite. Shahid has taken the time to “trawl through the World Wide Web to find out how everyone can benefit from Open Source to build up their own studio and compete against Adobe Creative Suite”. Good links in there.

Painting On Speed

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

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No, actually, not that kind of speed. But I made you look. ;) I’m talking speed painting: creating images in a very short time, not paying too much attention to the little details but to the big picture instead, producing some very impressive stuff. Like 24-year-old Argentinian Nico Di Matita, who records his speed paintings, some of them photo-realistic, and puts them on YouTube for your enjoyment and education.
So there you have it, painting on speed, enjoy. (Thanks, Tanja)

Step-and-Repeat Technique in Photoshop

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Step-and-Repeat in Photoshop
Really quick one here: Pete Bauer at Planet Photoshop shows us a little technique called “step-and-repeat“. It’s quickly learned and can save you some time while creating repetitious patterns, such as bricks, footsteps, a clock face and the likes.
(Thanks, photoshop-weblog)

200+ Free Tutorial Videos on Adobe Design Center

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Adobe is offering over 200 short tutorial videos surrounding their new CS3 Suite. A lot of these can be applied to previous product versions, so dig in! On a side note, the content can also be accessed from within BridgeHome in your CS3 applications, as John Nack points out.

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