Every once in a while you need the screen capture function, maybe it’s because you can’t download an image from flickr but still want it in your library or you need to record your workflow for a tutorial. Whatever the reason, Mac OSX offers two simple shortcuts to grab a screenshot. The first one makes a simple fullscreen shot. Just use the combination “apple+shift+3“. It should save it as png on your desktop. At least those were my default settings. It even makes a nice shutter sound.
The second shortcut is what makes it interesting. Clicking “apple+shift+4” gives you a little crosshair which lets you draw a rectangle of the screen portion you want grab. It works exactly like the Marquee tool in Photoshop. Once you’ve started your selection you can release the keys (not the mouse click) and
- hold ALT to draw from center
- hold SHIFT to constrain height or width (depending on your next mouse movement)
- hold SPACE to move the current selection
Once you’ve released the mouse you’ve got a perfectly cropped picture. This technique saved me already quite some time and we all know how precious time is in a designer’s life.
It took some self-convincing but I finally gave in and joined Twitter. I’m not sure how much I will use it and whether it’s really worth it or just another social site to waste time on. If I believed what I read about it I’ll be hooked in about 2 weeks time. Only time will tell. Anyways, you can follow me here. Having an addictive personality (coffee, tea, cigarettes, …) I’m sure I’ll be abusing the service soon.
BittBox has just undergone a complete re-design and it looks great. Since my coding skills are anything but good I am always looking at other blogs and what themes they used/modified. That’s how I discovered WP Themer Kit. All you need to know is CSS to create your own awesome theme. It comes with 6 templates with different widths and number of columns. I just downloaded the WP Themer Kit and it really looks easy to use, even for a noob like me. I will probably re-code fudgegraphics using it. Hopefully that will get rid of some bugs in my current theme.
If you followed fudgegraphics for a while you will have noticed that I love to feature the works of fellow designers. If you want your designs to gain some free exposure please send me a mail at info[a]fudgegraphics[dot]com or leave a comment on this post. I will gladly take a look and if I like what I see I’ll write about it. You don’t even have to be the artist. I encourage everyone to suggest graphic designers who deserve to get exposure on fudgegraphics.
Nelson Balaban is only 19 years old which makes his art that more impressive. This Brazil based graphic designer works as a freelancer under the alias of XTRABOLD. Visit his portfolio for more inspiration.
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After the huge success of my Watercolour Brush Sets I decided to throw in a new set of high resolution photoshop brushes. This set contains 26 brushes, every letter of the alphabet, with resolutions of 1850+. As for the procedure, I printed all the letters on single sheets and cut hem out. Then I used black spray paint to transfer it onto white paper. I used the Disco Deck font as stencil. + Continue Reading
20 year old Oliver Latta from Germany has just released his new Extraweg T-shirts. They look great and only cost between 22 to 25 Euros. Apart from his clothing graphics he also got a nice little portfolio on deviantArt.
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Andrio Abero has established 33rpm in 2000 and has been working for the Seatlle music scene for almost 10 years before moving to New York. I love his strong concepts and impeccable execution. His designs are among the greatest music poster graphics I’ve ever seen. Apart from prints Andrio also does web design and illustrations for publications. Take 20 minutes of me-time and dive into his portfolio.
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