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New Server – In California!

New Server – In California!

Finally. After hassling with sub-par, second-hand, decade-old servers pulled from the fiery depths, I finally finished transferring my other servers (and side projects) to a small farm of future proof servers in Fremont, CA. Excuse me while I have a small nerd party. It is by, almost every account, connected directly to “back-end” of the […]

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ZenCart show image when out-of-stock PHP code

ZenCart show image when out-of-stock PHP code

The goal To show an image notifying customer that the item is out of stock, but will ship within a certain amount of days (depicted in the image). If you would still like to have the customer be allowed to add to cart, you must set this in the admin panel (Configuration>Stock>Allow Checkout). The code […]

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Top 10 Sites for Good CSS Examples

Top 10 Sites for Good CSS Examples

Inspiration comes from many different places. For good css, this is where I look when stumped. Most examples are superb and cleanly coded on all of these sites. Many examples use CSS3 as well, some even HTML5 which is great. I’ll post some HTML5 examples one of these days…. http://www.csszengarden.com/ http://www.cssdrive.com/ http://www.awwwards.com/ http://www.cssleak.com/ http://www.cssmadness.com/ http://www.divinecss.com/ […]

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Where do designers go to get things printed?

Where do designers go to get things printed?

There are many online shops that cater towards designers high quality standards for finished design projects. Quality of printing and paper are just as important as a quality design. Printing at low-quality print shops or online printers will ruin your design. Quality of Printing and Processes Many online printers now offer offset and digital options […]

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Most UNDER-RATED feature of Photoshop CS5 – HUD Colorpicker

Most UNDER-RATED feature of Photoshop CS5 – HUD Colorpicker

Painter has always been awesome for painting. One of the major drawbacks in the past for using Photoshop has been the lack of workflow for people using it for drawing or painting. CS5 is growing to attract more and more artists and painters. FOR YEARS, I have wanted my “right-click” to have a color picker. […]

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Create a free website using Weebly – Make advanced changes

Create a free website using Weebly – Make advanced changes

Weebly is an awesome way for non-tech savvy users to create websites on their own. Their advanced image uploading system lets users upload and resize images with ease. I’d easily argue that Weebly Drag-and-Drop builder is 10 times easier to use than Microsoft Word! Best Features of Weebly It’s Free and Easy. For something that […]

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Wacom Tablet Windows 7 Circle Clicks FIX!

Wacom Tablet Windows 7 Circle Clicks FIX!

DOES NOT WORK FOR WINDOWS 7 HOME VERSION,  all other versions with Local Group Editor work. Thanks Tim I searched all over the net trying to find a solution to get rid of the little blue circles and radiate out whenever you click on the screen using a tablet. Or when you click and hold […]

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Variable Data in InDesign CS4 – mass mail or anything!

Variable Data in InDesign CS4 – mass mail or anything!

Purpose and Usage What is variable data? Have you ever had a client ask you to create name tags with job titles underneath each name? Or how about taking an excel spreadsheet with names and addresses and put them onto a postcard you just designed? This would be a major pain, but not any more. […]

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Sand Castles and Sculpture Tools and Tricks

Sand Castles and Sculpture Tools and Tricks

Sand Castle/Sculpture Pound Up You’ve probably scoured the web like we have searching for how the competition pros do those awesome sculptures at the competitions. Most don’t mention how many days the competition takes (or weeks!). Lots of sand, water, tractors, time and glue…magic ingredients. My father, who has been featured in the local news […]

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Letterpress – Slow death of a skilled trade

Letterpress – Slow death of a skilled trade

Freelance letterpress? Yes. Please contact me with details, portfolio items and pricing. State of letterpress: What was once the only way to mass produce any printed pamphlet, brochure, business card, you name it, has recently become a dying trade and reviving art form. The single most distinguished characteristic of letterpress prints, in my opinion, is […]

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Fight Club Like Soap using Photoshop and font (PSD included)

Fight Club Like Soap using Photoshop and font (PSD included)

I searched and searched like you did for a “.psd” of the fight club bar of soap. It’s a photoshop file and uses styles and an editable font (FightThis @ DaFont). It is far from perfect, but it is convincing enough. It is not high-resolution, so you wont be doing any large-scale printing with it, […]

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Sandcastles and Sculptures on Maui / January 2010

Sandcastles and Sculptures on Maui / January 2010

Unfortunately all of the photos are taken from the camera on my phone and are not the best quality, but hey… Jan 19, 2010 Surrealist hand unzipping the sand to reveal young turtles heading to sea. Done in 3.5 hours  using custom tools and forms with 2 people. Jan 15, 2010 These went fast. 2 […]

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DAM – Digital Asset Management (my way) The cheap/free way

DAM – Digital Asset Management (my way) The cheap/free way

So your starting to get busy and your files are becoming out of control. Your finding different versions on your desktop, My Documents or home folder, the “Projects” folder where they belong and your flash drive that you take with you everywhere. It gets a chaotic, but through trial-and-error and a big stick, I have […]

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3 Simple Steps to Keep Complicated Illustrator Files Organized

3 Simple Steps to Keep Complicated Illustrator Files Organized

Let’s face it, not every logo is going to be a Plain Jane one color, single layer mark. At some point in your career a project is going to come your way that will require complex art and careful organization. But are you going to be prepared when the project comes your way? I’ve outlined […]

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Bleeds Explained – MAKE IT BLEEEED as designers and printers define it

Bleeds Explained – MAKE IT BLEEEED as designers and printers define it

Make it bleed! It’s not as intimidating as it sounds really. It’s just a funny word for something really simple. Since I have been working at a print shop for over two years, it has become apparent that many “designers” do not understand what a bleed is and why printers have to have it if […]

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Spot, CMYK, RGB colors explained briefly

Spot, CMYK, RGB colors explained briefly

This article is a bit wordy…so buckle-up! CMYK, RGB, and PMS/Spot all have their places. Web designers will almost always be concerned with RGB because almost all of their work deals with things that are viewed on screen (from a monitor that uses Red, Green and Blue pixels, RGB). Print designers have an obsession with […]

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