Tag Archives: Mac OS X

OS X QuickLook Plugin for Photoshop Brush Files

For all you Photoshop brush junkies out there, here’s a Mac OS X Quick Look plugin to preview Photoshop Brush Files (.abr) in the Finder.

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Adobe Apps: Backup Your Prefs

It’s happened to all of us digital creatives. The dreaded day when you just cannot get one of your Adobe applications to launch. Usually there’s a deadline looming (of course). You’ve restarted your computer (three times) and still you cannot get … Continue reading

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Wacom Bamboo Graphics Tablet: Nice Entry-Level Tool, But Limited

I recently had the opportunity to try out a Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet, having purchased one for my Dad this holiday season. Dad is not a graphics guy by any means, but I use my Wacom tablets for so much … Continue reading

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Color Blindness Software Tools for Artists

Just stumbled across these handy Mac OS X software applications to help designers and artists simulate the effects of color blindness on-screen: Sim Daltonism and Color Oracle. Sim Daltonism works as a floating palette which converts an area under your … Continue reading

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Default Folder X – Essential Mac Productivity Utility Software

Default Folder X is one of those shareware utility applications that seem pretty handy while you are demoing, but until you use another Mac without Default Folder installed (or the demo runs out), you don’t realize exactly how perfect the … Continue reading

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Productivity Tip: Floating, Transparent Reference Images Using Screenshots & Free Software Afloat

Ever need to temporarily reference another document while working on something – this may be an image, or instructions, or a PDF file. Many times you want it floating right on top of your current document so you can refer … Continue reading

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OS X Tip: Move Windows In The Background Without Activating Them

Here’s a quick tip for you Mac OS X users out there: you can move any window behind the currently active window (also known as the window that has “focus”) without activating it/bringing it to the front. This one’s real … Continue reading

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Adobe Pen Tool Cheatsheet: Free Download

Here’s a cool little idea from the geniuses at CreativeTechs.com: “cheatsheets” for Adobe software that are designed to print on a 3×5 index card, complete with space reserved to punch holes for a binder. Designed with the GTD/Hipster PDA crowd … Continue reading

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5 Obscure Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts That Shouldn’t Be Obscure

So I was digging around in Illustrator’s Keyboard Shortcut preferences, and discovered some interesting commands available that I was totally unaware of, as well as some commands I had been wishing were available. Some of these are my own fault for … Continue reading

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Archive That Artwork! Backup Tips & Software Advice for Mac OS X

Backup. It’s something most computer users – let alone artistic types – never think about, at least not until after it’s too late. Trust me, once it happens to you, it will never be forgotten. Perhaps I can convince you … Continue reading

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Annotated Keyboard Graphic With Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a pretty handy little reference graphic: an annotated keyboard with Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts. And even an extended text-based shortcut chart on the bottom! This makes me think that not only could it use a bit of spicing up in … Continue reading

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Free Printable Keyboard Shortcut Cards for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & More

A set of free, printable keyboard shortcuts cards for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and more are available for download over at ComputerArts.co.uk. The set includes keyboard shortcut cards for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator CS, Macromedia Freehand, Cinema 4D … Continue reading

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Tip: OS X Window Switching Keyboard Shortcuts for Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign)

Here are some super handy keyboard shortcuts for switching between open document windows when working within the Adobe Creative Suite applications (Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign). These are Macintosh-only keyboard shortcuts since I do not have access to a Windows machine. … Continue reading

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Great Wacom Tablet Scrolling Software For Mac OS X: Smart Scroll X

In some previous posts, I rambled on about the ability to scroll, one-handed, using the Wacom software, and a shareware alternative, Smart Scroll X. I also touched on this a bit in my Wacom Intuos graphics tablets review. I am … Continue reading

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Tip: Keyboard Shortcut To Fill A Photoshop Layer (Or Selection) With The Background or Foreground Color

Ever just want to fill a selection or layer with the background or foreground color in Photoshop? Forget heading all the way over to the palette to choose the Paintbucket tool – just press Command (Apple key)+Delete for the foreground … Continue reading

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