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

Be Kind to Your Production Artist

For those of you that have separate Designers and Production Artists, this is especially for you. For Designers that act as Production Artists (or vice versa) you can take some of this and apply it to your workflow as well. But I’m focusing on those who have different responsibilities.

Speaking as a Production Artist, a large factor of the position is timing. Some of the clients I’ve worked with are notorious for giving final approval, shall we say, at the last minute. I’m not sure why that seems to be a characteristic of nearly every client on the planet, […Read More]

Crisp Type in Photoshop

Years ago, I used to work in a college town copy shop. The store was open 24-7 and I worked every shift there was at one point or the other. At the end of the semester, whether in May or December, the overnight shift could have more customers in than in the middle of the day.

The store was divided into departments: Full-Serve (behind the counter), Self-serve (several black-and-white copiers and a couple of color ones) and Computer Services. Computer Services at its height had two Macs and four PCs. During the two weeks before finals, there could be […Read More]

New Photoshop Training

Over at, Deke McClelland’s new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced is now live. Some time ago,  I went through his CS4 One-on-One courses and when he released his One-on-One: Fundamentals course, I wondered if I should spend the 17 hours on the new one. Deke built the CS5 from the ground up, so it has all new material that will get you up to speed on the newest version of Photoshop. With either the monthly or yearly premium memberships at, you get all the practice files so that you can either work along with the videos or try […Read More]