Consistent image sizing

JustResizeIt! Adobe Air Application

Checking out some of my favorite blogs and web-design sites I picked up a subtle, but attractive trend: the use of regularly shaped images. Branded07 and BrightCreative are two well-done examples. By keeping thumbnails and other images consistently sized, the well-ordered look of the site is maintained. This is particularly obvious on sites displaying multiple articles, such as Branded07’s article list where the consistent size and shape of the preview images maintains the vertical line of the site.

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Easily disable Mac Exposé Hot Corners

Disabling Mac OS X Exposé

For those who use the Hot-Corners of Mac OS X’s Exposé feature, you know what a help they are. With a simple sweep of the mouse, you can sift through all open windows, application windows, switch desktops, and even instantly get to your desktop – no buttons necessary!

Exposé can come with a price, however. When give Keynote/PowerPoint presentations or playing full-screen games, lodging the mouse in a screen corner and triggering Exposé can become an extreme nuisance. To deactivate Exposé requires digging through system settings, and requiring the same digging to put everything back.

Applescript to the rescue! Because Apple’s come with their own built-in scripting language, changing settings is a snap. There are other Applescripts out there to do this, but they either didn’t work, or were exceptionally messy. Here’s my own contribution – a script to Deactivate All Hotspots and one to Re-Enable All Hotspots.

They are released under no license, so feel free to modify, learn from, and recirculate!

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Tutorial: Inserted Card effect in Photoshop - Part II

Use Photoshop to create a photo-realistic card or other object inserted into a flat surface. Handy effect seen all over websites lately.

Part II: Creating a card with a gromet which is then inserted into the page.

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Tutorial: Inserted Card effect in Photoshop - Part I

Use Photoshop to create a photo-realistic card or other object inserted into a flat surface. Handy effect seen all over websites lately.

Part I: Creating a vertically shaded slit in a flat surface in which we’ll then insert an object. (YouTube)

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Making Reflections in Photoshop

Short tutorial on my method for creating a faded smeary reflection using Photoshop CS3. Same method should work for earlier versions of Photoshop. This technique contrasts with “Apple-style” reflections, which are sharp and crisp, instead creating a short simple reflection that’s not as distracting.

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