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Nov 09, 2011

How to: Add a Paper Texture to Vector Graphics with Photoshop

created at: 11/09/2011

Whenever I'm aiming tocreate an illustration or a graphic, I go straight to Adobe Illustrator. It is, hands down, my favorite program to design in. The only problem with Illustrator, however, is that the vector graphics you create sometimes look too clean and flat. Personally, I like a little bit of texture in my designs. Computers are great, but there's no reason no to mimic the amazing feel and appeal of paper or fabric.

So today I'll be showing you some basic tips on how to add textures to vector graphics or text using Photoshop. The thing about Photoshop, as you may know, is that there are 100 different ways to achieve the same effect. Some people may use completely different techniques to create textures, and that's just fine. My process isn't necessarily the best, but it's what I like… read more

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Nov 09, 2011

Kanye'd By The Bell: Kanye West Lyrics + Saved By The Bell Visuals

You wouldn't think it'd be possible to do more than two or three, but a musician who dubs himself "Dustin Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and remixes as Team Goldie has created the most esoteric Tumblr imaginable: Clever Kanye West lyrics superimposed over matching Saved By The Bell screenshots.

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Nov 09, 2011

Bruno and Chris on "Ask the Blog Squad" This Week

This week, Chris and I will be hosting True Value's "Ask the Blog Squad" sessions on Facebook. We'll be taking questions from readers about anything you can think of (well, anything DIY-related you can think of; don't start getting too personal on me, buddy). 

You can find the page on Facebook (make sure to click on the 'Ask the Blog Squad' tab). Head over there now and get your question in before it's too late!

True Value ask the blog squad on Facebook

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Nov 09, 2011

How to: Make Momofuku's Famous "Cereal Milk"

created at: 11/09/2011

David Chang is likely the number one chef-people-have-heard-of that doesn't have a T.V. show. (Probably used to be Eric Ripert, but now he travels and goes fishing and stuff on PBS) Chang's series of East Village and (now) elsewhere Momofuku series of restaurants are as notorious for their reconceptualizing of fine dining as for a series of breakthrough dishes - those infamous pork buns, akaline noodles swimming in bacon dashi, oysters with kimchi puree, and perhaps the most amazing dessert that everyone knows about but only the Momofuku geniuses thought to make - cereal milk.

Chang's pastry chef, Christina Tosi, just released her new cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, and paid a visit to Conan O'Brian earlier this week, showing the host how to make Lucky Charms infused milk, and then turned it into a Cereal Milk White Russian Milkshake. 

Yep, you read… read more

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Nov 09, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 9, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Not sure what you'd have to do to ketchup to allow it to cycle through the pumps of a food fountain, but I think this is the best and worse… read more

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Nov 08, 2011

The 8 Worst Fonts in the World

created at: 11/08/2011

Fast Company recently published an excerpt from Simon Garfield's Just My Typeon the eight worst fonts in the world. The piece is notable not only for the actual list, but its very interesting research, and pretty hilarious commentary, such as this concerning… read more

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Nov 08, 2011

A New Kind of November Calendar

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Nov 08, 2011

The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters

created at: 11/08/2011

Pop Chart Labs, the great design firm/culture scholars that brought us The Many Varieties of Beer and The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools, have released their latest intensely researched poster - The Diabolical Diagram of Movieread more

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Nov 08, 2011

Hobo Folk Art: Bottle Cap Basket

created at: 11/07/2011

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, there was a wondeful subculture of folks hitching rides on trains and bartering for food with inventive crafts and works of art. Some people call this genre of art "tramp art" or "hobo art", but I like to call it "freakin'… read more

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Nov 07, 2011

How to: Make DIY Bottled Carbonated Cocktails

Some evenings are the sort of evenings for mixing cocktails. Grab your shaker, fill with ice, and make a big deal out of the whole thing. But then there are the other nights where you just wanna grab something out of the fridge, and have it ready to go.
And unless you're okay with Mike's Hard Whatever nastiness or a sacchrine pink wine cooler, your go-to beverage is likely a beer. Unless of course, you've whipped up some bottled cocktails, and stocked your fridge for occassions such as… read more
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