Go Out In Style: Photoshop's Paragraph & Character Styles
Ahem, did you know Photoshop now offers paragraph and character styles??? Say what?! I've been using CS6 for more than a year, and since I overlooked it, I thought perhaps others might have, too, so it might be worth a shout out.
Yep, CS6 finally added this feature that InDesign users have relied on for years to speed up text styling and make things consistent. If you know how to use InDesign's paragraph and character styles tool, you'll have no trouble using Photoshop's. They live under Window in the Photoshop menu bar. If you're not an InDesign user (or use it but don't use paragraph and character styles), read on for some background on how this feature can help your workflow in Photoshop.
Job Alert: We're looking for an Interactive Designer for the Fall!
Blueprint Interactive is a full-service digital agency that provides top-shelf strategy, targeting, creative, and advertising for a variety of industries. We're a small, energetic, and occasionally weird team who have been churning out some kick-ass projects for non-profit groups, political causes, and other organizations. Learn more about us and the cool things we do at http://www.blueprintinteractive.com
We're looking for a fantastic designer to join our team! Please share with your friends and encourage them to send their portfolios our way.
blueprintinteractive.com is getting a makeover!
It's a new year, which typically means reflections, resolutions, and reboots. Blueprint turned two in December, so in our case it also means redesigning our website to reflect how we have grown and changed in the past several years. We started the project by designing—and then doing user testing on—two wireframe concepts. (As they say, the foundation to every great house is a great Blueprint!)
Learn more about what we learned after the jump...
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The SEED Foundation and Blueprint Launch New Responsive Site
Last week, Blueprint helped The SEED Foundation launch a site for their upcoming school in Cincinnati.
The SEED Foundation operates college-prep public boarding schools in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. The SEED School of Cincinnati, opening in 2014, will be SEED’s first school outside of the Mid-Atlantic region. The organization needed a way to introduce SEED and explain their model to potential donors, parents, students, and community members in Ohio.
Improve Your Illustrating Workflow By Combining Adobe Illustrator & Flash
Have you ever spent countless hours in Adobe Illustrator trying to draw graphics, but just can't seem to get anything looking the way you pictured it? What about taking 30+ steps to just to create a shape that didn't seem like it should be all that hard to do? As great as Illustrator is, over the years I've recognized it has shortcomings when it comes to illustrating, the exact purpose it was created 26 years ago to do.
I love Illustrator, and use it daily, but I can't help but often find it time-consuming and counter-intuitive to a free and/or experimental approach that many artists like to use. How am I supposed to know the number of anchor points and locations of every bezier curve handle of each shape in my project before I make them? If you create illustrations, icons, logos, packaging, t-shirt designs, advertisements, or any other piece that includes vector graphics, then I'm about to blow your mind.
Blueprint Goes Responsive: Part 3
Here at Blueprint, things are moving right along with our effort to make our blog and website responsive. In my last post, Blueprint Goes Responsive: Part 2, I talked about our wireframing phase. Since then, we've done a little bit of design to flesh out how the interface would look at our smallest breakpoint, 320px wide. We may or may not do some mock-ups for intermediary breakpoints (TBD once development proceeds).
Pro Tip | Pixel Snapping: The Unsung Hero of Photoshop CS6
Adobe's latest major update to its flagship software program, Photoshop CS6, has been out for a few months now, and I'm still stumbling upon and learning about some of the new features and improvements daily that have been tucked away just waiting to be discovered. However, there's one incredible new feature that tops them all in my book. This improvement saves me a ton of time on almost every project I work on, and I'm willing to bet that it's improving the work of the majority of Photoshop CS6 users without them even realizing it, yet it's flying under the radar. That new feature is Global Pixel Snapping.
Blueprint Goes Responsive: Part 2
A few weeks ago I started blogging about our process to make our company blog and website responsive. I'm happy to report that we are making steady progress. My marching order from our initial kickoff was to roughly mock up what the blog would look like at our smallest breakpoint, 320px wide, as a guide for our initial functional prototype. Well, after a quick start, I decided to take a step back and wireframe some directions so our team could collaborate and decide on some key things:
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