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Jul 18, 2012

How to: Create a Realistic Letterpress Effect Using Photoshop

Stock image site Shutterstock offers a helpful and in-depth tutorial for creating a realistic letter press effect on your digital images using Photoshop. I've seen several of these over the past few years, and this is, by far, the most effective and paper-texture like tutorial yet. It even has a technique for making embossed, non-inked designs, one of the hallmarks of great letterpress prints.  

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Jun 25, 2012

Free Download: Vintage Modern Desktop Wallpapers from Herman Miller

created at: 06/25/2012

Herman Miller, the design and furniture manufacturer behind such classics as the Eames lounge, Noguchi table, marshmallow sofa, and the Aeron chair, is giving away some seriously sweet free desktop backgrounds and wallpapers.  

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Apr 02, 2012

The Originals Factory: A Paint-Dripping Robot that Makes Abstract Paintings

The Originals Factory is a work by Tel Aviv-based artists Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi. It's essentially "a DIY robot, built and programmed to create landscape paintings in the style of American abstract expressionism." This work-in-progress seeks to fuse together and "[question] digital, mechanic and plastic approaches to art, abstraction and originality."

Click play to watch a video of these thing in action:  

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Nov 30, 2011

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Behind the Original Mac OS Icons

created at: 11/29/2011

Few artists have had as deep impact on the lives of more people than Susan Kare. Millions, if not billions, of people's experiences with computers are easier and more intuitive thanks to her. Her name may not be familiar to everyone, but her work is: she was the graphical user interface pioneer who created the original icons for Apple computers, transforming modern personal computing into what it is today.  

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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 to do. 

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Oct 27, 2011

Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator

created at: 10/27/2011

Strix, the same clever team that brought us the Ransom Note Generator, has released The Stencil Generator. It allows you to upload any photo (or even provide an image URL) and create a stencil for internet graffiti, or to print and cut for an actual piece of art.

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Oct 17, 2011

Steve Jobs Portrait Made Entirely out of MacBook Parts

created at: 10/16/2011

 

Since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, there has been an incredible array of artistic tributes to the man that gave so many creative folks the tools to express themselves. I, for one, have been an Apple fanatic since September 15, 1994, the day my family got our first computer: a Power Macintosh 7100. That day also happened to be my 11th birthday. But I digress.

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Aug 18, 2011

21 Cool Gadgets and Tech Accessories for Creatives

For centuries, the adage "the right tool for the job" has rang true in all sorts of creative, artistic, and handmade fields. That's no different in 2011, where the image-heavy, fast production-centric digital world demands we keep up with the times. And so, we turn to gadgets and technology to make our creative world more productive and more awesome.

But, which accessories and gadgets to invest in?  

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Aug 09, 2011

Social Media Propaganda Posters

Designer Aaron Wood has created a beautiful and hilarious series of vintage propaganda-style posters for contemporary social networks.

   

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Jul 25, 2011

21 Google Plus Circles You Can Actually Use

Like most internet people, I've been playing around with Google Plus for the last few weeks, and, like most internet people, I'm still trying to figure out how it works.

My circles are unorthodoxly organized, I guess. I have two, and they are:

created at: 07/25/2011

It makes as much sense to me as anything else.

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Jun 28, 2011

Five Modern Clock Screensavers to Hip Up Your Computer

 

Screensavers are a tough bit. On the one hand, they're good for your computer, they save energy, and they provided security. On the other, well, it's tough to find an attractive one. One that's simple, not distracting, and doesn't look like, well, the screen saver that came with your operating system.

But don't set it to black just yet. May I suggest installing one of these awesome, mod clock screen savers?   

   

 

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May 03, 2011

10 Amazing iPad Case Mods

No, I don't have one yet, but buddy, if I did, I'd be finding all sorts of cool and crazy places to install an iPad. And for inspiration? Why, I'd turn to these clever mods and mounts.  

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May 02, 2011

30 Free Design-y Desktop Wallpaper Calendars for May

April showers bring...May desktop wallpapers?

Sure, why not? It's officially spring, so its time to air out your house, give your closet and cupboards a good onceover, so why not update your desktop as well. To do so, I suggest these thirty awesome May 2011 calendar wallpapers from graphic design experts Smashing Magazine.

   

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Apr 29, 2011

Top 5: Awesome Sites for Crafters

The internet is wonderful thing. Ten years ago, if you wanted to learn how to do something, you'd have to go the library to research, or take a class, or (gasp!), call someone!

Now, all you have to do is hop online, and you can get step-by-step instructions and tool reviews so as to make nearly anything.

But, of course, anyone can get a website, and so you need to plow through all the options to find the most helpful, reliable sources.  

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Apr 28, 2011

Your Parents on Facebook: 24 Hilarious, Embarrassing Examples

created at: 04/28/2011

With more than 500 million users, and its emerged status as the only online networking site that matters anymore, your parents are probably on Facebook. Mine are. Nothing too awful, though I'm still teaching my dad about the Inbox.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for these twenty-four unfortunate users.

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Apr 27, 2011

Why Many of Us Work Best at Coffee Shops

created at: 04/27/2011

I'm typing these very words at a local bookstore/coffee shop. Whenever I have "just-computer" work to do, I try to get out of the house/workshop as much as I can, and often, those days are my most productive of the week. (Provided the wi-fi is reliable). For me, working in public provides just enough distraction: the low din of coffee grinding, the unique and often boring conversations, moms trying to keep their kids from screaming or getting them to eat lunch.

Turns out, there are lots of folks just like me. The Atlantic reports that while telecommuting is a relatively new phenomenon, the need to write and get work done away from the office is not. The author states,

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Apr 27, 2011

The Differences Between Mac and PC Users: An Infographic

created at: 04/27/2011

The folks at Hunch have been researching the different ways the Mac OS and Windows users understand themselves and the computer products they use everyday. They've presented their findings in a fascinating infographic that's definitely worth checking out. 

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Apr 26, 2011

In Case You Haven't Heard, Sitting Is, Like, Really, Really Bad for You

Of course, exercise is good for you. Movement is best. Being sedentary all day is, of course, the opposite. Duh, right?

But it's not just non-activity that's harmful. The actual position of sitting, like in a chair, is, basically, the worse thing you can do to your body. Even if you engage in regular exercise, even daily, it might not be enough to counteract the damage from resting on your rump all the livelong day.  

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Feb 28, 2011

How To: Make a Laptop Stand from Recycled Books (for under $5.00)

created at: 02/28/2011

Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow. 

Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"The selection of these two books

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Feb 24, 2011

How Apple MacBooks are Made

created at: 02/24/2011

This morning, Apple announced a new generation of MacBook Pros. Cool enough.

BUT! With it came a new promo video that details the manufacturing process of Apple's laptop design, which demonstrates the MacBook as a "quite remarkable engineering achievement. It's truly the result of hard work, of innovation, of attention to every detail."

Starting with a piece of solid aluminum,

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