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WordPress Briefcase Icon

When I was putting together my WordPress portfolio plugin, Portfolion, I designed an icon for it in the typical WordPress icon style. I thought that I would release the PSD files as it is hard to find good WordPress icons. All the layers are preserved, so anyone that may want to use it can modify the colors and add to it as they please. Read more …

Social Bookmarking Badges

Before I changed my mind about how I was going to deal with social bookmarking for my project I did some old fashioned Photoshop work and created a few badges to use as artwork. This work is based on the template made by jwloh. I merely added some badges. For what it’s worth, here is the archive containing the template and the badges saved as PNG files in 16, 24, 48 and 60 pixels squared.

AddThis 16×16 Badges For Download

I’m working on social bookmarking integration on a project. By far, the easiest way to do this is to use the AddThis service. It gives all the tracking and metrics information if you want it and it takes of the little differences between how each service bookmarks and homogenizes it down to a simple link that redirects you to the service. Basically, AddThis works as a middle man between a lot of the social bookmarking sites out there. As of this post, AddThis has 54 services that it supports. It also has a good API that allows an AddThis badge to be added quite easily to a HTML page. Read more …

Photoshop CS4 and OpenGL

pixelgridThis is the new Photoshop CS4 sleeper feature. It doesn’t quite have the bling-bling of the 3D features added or the groundbreaking content aware scaling feature but it subtly affects the way you interact with the application. OpenGL runs off your video card (if your card has it) and allows for these new interface upgrades.

The pixel grid makes the division between pixels more obvious at higher magnifications. I think this could be very useful for creating pixel icons. I personally map out my pixel icons out in Illustrator. It is really tedious, using the move command to move and duplicate a 1 pixel square rectangle to make the shape. I like pain. I must. I guess I just like the idea of them being scalable vector icons. Even though they’ll never be larger than 100% size. This feature may make me rethink my pixel icon workflow. Read more …

Zoom and Doom

When you use the keyboard shortcut to zoom in (command +) or zoom out (command -) in Photoshop the window scales along with the image. If you haven’t gotten used to this quirky default behavior yet there is a one-click fix to get it out of your life forever.

Well, at least until the next time you have to drop your preference file. Go to Photoshop > Preferences > General (command K) and click off “Zoom Resizes Windows”. Now the keyboard commands behave the same as the zoom tool. If your missing the good times you used to share with this behavior, take solace in knowing that you can bring it back just by moving your thumb over. You can use the alternate zoom behavior by adding option to the key command. Simply press (option command +) for zoom in and (option command -) for zoom out to bring back the glory days of window scale and zoom.