Building Clout for Your Design Blog The Bard’s Way

I recently read a post (which will remain anonymous) that spoke on the topic of garnering online celebrity status through means that seemed…well, I’ll just say that I did not agree with.

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What’s In Your Design Toolbox? Part 3: Kyle Steed

This is part 3 of the Design Toolbox Series where I ask top designers what design tools they use to help them complete their work. This series was largely inspired by Grace Smith’s “Show Me Your Dock Series.” It’s my hope that you can gain insight into what other designer’s are using, and hopefully find some new apps/tools to check out.

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My Tutorial Featured in MacUser Magazine

I don’t usually do ‘pat on my own back’ style posts, but I really wanted to share this news with MIB readers. Recently, I was approached to contribute a tutorial to MacUser magazine. Needless to say I was humbled, and jumped at the opportunity to be published in the popular UK magazine.

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MyInkBlog Now on Facebook

About a month ago I finally started a Facebook page for MyInkBlog. It was a long time coming, and has already proven to be quite helpful in communicating with the design community, and sharing the word about MyInkBlog happenings. I hope you’ll consider checking out the page, and joining the group.

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MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, November 2009

MyInkTrail, is my trek through the articles, tutorials, freebies and general news from the design community for each month. November was a fast moving month filled with quality design articles, resources, and plenty of turkey and family.

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Getting to Know Clipping Masks and Layer Masks in Photoshop

Today, we are going to look at two of Photoshop’s primary masking techniques – layer masks and clipping masks. We’ll be comparing the two by looking at how they work on a practical level, the basic similarities, and the much more significant differences.

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Create An Airforce Inspired Mesh Pattern Overlay

Not too long ago I stumbled across the US Air Force site, and was immediately struck by it’s style and slick patterns. The inner pages of the site focus on large background images with a cool mesh overlay. I decided to play around in Photoshop to see if I could replicate the effect. It turns out to be rather easy, so I wanted to share this quick tutorial with you.

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Create A Simple Preview/Highlight Circle

There are a lot of cool and effective ways to call attention to portions of a design. When writing 6 Ways To Take Your Webdesign From Good To Great I used a simple blur technique that proved to be quite popular. I’ve seen the effect a lot of places before, so in no way can I take credit for it

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What’s In Your Design Toolbox? Part 2 Timothy Smith

This is part 2 of the Design Toolbox Series where I ask top designers what design tools they use to help them complete their work. This series was largely inspired by Grace Smith’s “Show Me Your Dock Series.” It’s my hope that you can gain insight into what other designer’s are using, and hopefully find some new apps/tools to check out.

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MyInkBlog Flickr Group Showcase VI

MyInkBlog’s Flickr Group has grown to 400 awesome members! At this point, every 100 new members will result in a Flickr group showcase; this is the sixth such showcase. If you missed the prior ones, be sure to check out I, II, III, IV and V.

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Design A Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene in Photoshop. We will take several real world objects and seamlessly blend them together to form this artwork. We will also use a number of Photoshop brushes to spice up the effect.

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CodeSublime PSD to WordPress Contest Giveaway

The cool folks at CodeSublime approached me about offering a giveaway on MIB that could really show off there coding skills. After some brainstorming we devised a unique PSD to Wordpress Contest Giveaway. I’ve seen quite a few PSD to HTML style giveaways, but I can’t recall any that go the extra mile of offering a full Worpress Theme.

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