Make Good Art

“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.”

Neil Gaiman

A Change in Direction

If you look at my last post, you’ll probably get why I picked that title. I had been posting about tech, tips, tutorials and whatnot. That last post I mentioned was a long time ago. It’s not that I’m not interested in tech or learning new methods of doing my work (I am and who wouldn’t be interested in doing their job better/faster?) but being honest with myself, I found that it didn’t hold a whole lot of interest for me. Other people would focus on one or the other of those topics, and they would do it better. […Read More]

Photoshop CS6 Beta First Impressions

I’ve gotten the new Photoshop CS6 public beta (only the second time in 20 years Adobe had released a free version of Photoshop) and played with it a bit (get it here). Here’s some quick, early thoughts.

The Look

I’m sure it’ll be one of those things hard-core PS fanboys (and trust me, there are such creatures) will either complain about or just “meh”, but I like the new look. Gives it more of a Lightroom feel. And I always thought Lightroom was set apart a bit too much, even though it isn’t sold with the Creative Suite. I […Read More]

Once Again, with Feeling

Tomorrow is the unveiling of the new iPad (maybe iPad 3 or iPad HD). The iPad 2 came out just a year ago, so is this one going to be worth upgrading so soon? I guess it all depends on what you’re looking for in it. The retina display, better camera, longer-lived battery, Siri? These are all speculation at this point, but a new iPad would almost certainly have all these or there wouldn’t be a point in upgrading just yet. In less than 24 hours, we’ll all know for sure.

Will I be getting one, you ask? No, […Read More]

Old, New, Good, Bad

When CS5.5 came out, I wrote about pricing, both upgrade/purchase and the new subscription. I’m still of the opinion that there are pros and cons to the pricing structure, but back in November there was news that frankly flabbergasted me: when CS6 was to be released, you would only get upgrade pricing if you owned CS5 or CS5.5. If you owned, let’s say, CS4, you would either have to shell out $949 (at least, that’s the current price) to upgrade to CS5.5 then upgrade AGAIN to CS6. At that point, you might be paying nearly as much as buying […Read More]

Adobe CS5/5.5 Printing Guide

The folks over at have recently released the the Adobe Creative Suite 5/5.5 Printing Guide. 140 pages of the best practices to print from CS5/5.5. If you are a Production Artist or a designer wearing an extra hat (nowadays, who doesn’t?) this is a terrific resource. It has chapters on Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat. Inside each chapter, there are tips about color management, formatting, text and transparency. With this guide, you can make sure the files you prepare for print looking the way you and your client intended.

Did I mention it was free? Maybe I should […Read More]

Of Mids and Milestones

The folks over at have announced the release of the newest version of Creative Suite, 5.5 coming in May. Of course, the first question is “Why a new version so soon?” Along with the announcement of the new version, Adobe also announced that instead of an 18 month cycle of new releases, there will be a 24-month release cycle with a 12 month mid-release. The mid-releases will offer some new features along with bug fixes. The 24-month, or “milestone”, release will be the major upgrade. Since all this is a new way of Adobe making their releases, we’ll […Read More]