Macaw: A Review

Macaw: A Review

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A couple of months ago I embarked on a journey that would involve testing a few different applications in the hopes of breaking the dependence of Photoshop in our web design work flow. One of these applications was the new, and promising “Macaw“. I was hoping that this program would allow me to quickly design and present a working prototype for client reviews, and give our front end developers something…


Web Design Without Adobe Photoshop

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The Early Days I remember using Photoshop 5.5, the first version to introduce “slices” and the “Save for Web” dialogue. It was a miracle. A designer who knew nothing about HTML at the time could design whatever he wanted and at the click of a button he had a beautiful web site. Granted that website was comprised of a very complex set of tables, and sliced images and spacer shims. Remember…

Volary - Free Macaw Components

Volary – Free Wire Framing Components for Macaw

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At the agency I am working at we are constantly examining new ways of improving the work flow and productivity of our user interface and web design process. Several applications have been thrown into the mix for testing, one of them is the new Macaw web design application. I will be writing a future article reviewing Macaw far more in depth. For my own purposes and the purpose of testing the…


Free Vector Grunge Textures – I

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Graphic Junkies presents 3 Free Vector Grunge Textures for download Scale, transform and blend to your heart’s content – your imagination is the only limit. Here is a small snapshot of the three grunge textures. The download includes CS5 .ai files, as well as high resolution PNGs. These textures are free for you to use in your personal or commercial design and artworks.  Enjoy! Download the Free Vector Grunge Pack


Free Photoshop & Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

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The team over at Vectortown has come up with a new and sexy set of FREE keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CS6. The pack comes with printable PDFs and Wallpapers of many sizes. We look forward to seeing what awesome vector icons, and graphics they will have to offer. You can grab the Photoshop & Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts here


A documentary on the struggle against the foster care system – We Gotta Get Out of Here

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We Gotta Get Out of Here – A film by Jen Araki, and Brook Whitmore This feature-length documentary tells the story of three young men following their escape from the notorious foster care system in the Inglewood and South Central areas of Los Angeles, California. Mike, Ty, and Benson struggle  against the odds, and through the film we follow their journeys.


Traditional Paint Color Mixer

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Have you ever wanted to know what colors your expensive paints will mix to without actually wasting any paint? Well I found an online tool, that seems to be one of a kind. Even though it is an online tool and renders in RGB I think it is a great starting point or at least takes out some of the guess work.


Free Printable Color Wheel & Value Scale

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For every painter, mixing color can be a chore, both a labor of hate and love. Many art stores supply color wheels and value scales you can purchase. Submitted to us is a free downloadable and printable color wheel useful for painters and designers. A value scale is included as well.

Digital Painting Tutorial

Digital Painting – Walk Through

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This popular digital painting tutorial in Adobe Photoshop has been around for years and used in several art courses in North America. It’s very basic but has some solid information and perhaps you may find it useful in doing digital paintings in Adobe Photoshop.


Principles of Design – Ctrl+Paint

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I recently came across  a great series of free videos and tutorials at ctr+paint. One in particular caught my eye, it applies to just about every design/art endeavor. The Principles of design are clearly laid out in this mini series (taught mainly from a digital painting standpoint but useful for all design and art practices).