Category Archives: Design

Free Gallery Wrap Tool

A gallery wrap is a canvas print stretched around the outside of a wood frame. You can see an example below. Preparing a photo for a gallery wrap is tricky because part of the canvas is visible along the sides of the … Continue reading

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Blow something up with Marilyn Sholin

Marilyn Sholin wrote this article about resizing her paintings. She’s a veteran at preparing art for prints. Her painting style combines photography, Photoshop and even mobile apps. —– Working with technology has many challenges. For example, try to switch between … Continue reading

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The Best Features are Invisible

When improving a product, many people have an instinct to add features that grab your attention. This usually involves new buttons and sliders. It’s easy to show off that kind of feature, but it’s often bad for the product. Every … Continue reading

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20 Best Photoshop Plug-ins

Creative Bloq is a web site that provides daily design tips and inspiration. I’m pleased as punch that they included Exposure, Eye Candy, and Blow Up in their list of the 20 Best Photoshop Plug-ins. Exposure is #1! I’m not … Continue reading

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Pintograph is an app for the iPhone and iPad that draws complex artwork. This is a fun side project, so for now it is free in the App Store. We hope you enjoy it! Here are some samples of art … Continue reading

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Draw outside the lines!

Our first product was Eye Candy and it was successful because it figuratively and literally drew outside the lines. The lines in question are the “marching ants” at the edge of a selection in Photoshop. In 1993, filters were not allowed to … Continue reading

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Cornucopia of Geometric Morsels

If you like art that is geometric in nature, then you’ll have fun checking out the favorites on Flickr of fdecomite and Jonathan McCabe. That’s how I discovered the images below. If you like this stuff then check out the art … Continue reading

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Painting with Shadows

I recently ran across some ingenious artists who use shadows to create pictures. First up is Kumi Yamashita. The objects creating the shadow are usually attached to a wall and a single light source illuminates them. The art is only visible when … Continue reading

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Paint with Numbers

Asdiel recently created a system for exploring patterns similar to the one I made in 1993 that gave us the name Alien Skin. I don’t know if we’ll ever turn it into a product, but it has been fun to play with. Under … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Photoshop Shortcut Keys

There are a few shortcut keys in Photoshop that I dearly love. I’ve mentioned some of them before, but I like to occasionally remind myself of them. Maybe they’ll be helpful to you too. I’ve put a few of my … Continue reading

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