Category: Videos

Video: Painting on the iPhone

July 23rd, 2009

I came across this video on YouTube and just had to share it. It’s about using an application called “Brushes” on Apple’s iPhone to create some truly wonderful artwork. One of the pieces was recently featured on the cover of The New Yorker magazine.

I realize that it has nothing to do with website design directly, but still I found it inspirational. Makes me want to finally break open my piggy bank and buy an iPhone!

Screencast #3: Make a fake tag in Photoshop

July 13th, 2009

ScreencastI received a few e-mails about a photo I used in the “What is an HTML attribute, tag, & element?” post from a few days ago. Some wanted to know where they could buy that sort of dog tag / keychain in the photo. Unfortunately for them, it isn’t real — just a figment of my creation.

In this screencast, you’ll learn the steps I took to make that fake tag. Since the screencast is small and a little hard to see, I’ve included the larger, final image.

Click the “More…” link below to see the screencast:

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Screencast #2: Useful keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop

July 5th, 2009

Keyboard shortcuts in PhotoshopI received quite a few e-mails and even a comment on NWD about some of the “unseen” things I was doing in the very first screencast — namely, some of the keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop, how I could “nudge” things around in the Photoshop layers, how I could quickly create rectangles to be used in a basic website layout, and some basic cut, copy, and paste techniques.

Which reminds me of a Photoshop joke…

Person A:
How do you know when a newbie has been using Photoshop?
Person B:
From the scissors scratches on the monitor when he tried to cut the image.
Uncontrolled laughter.

All dumb jokes aside, in this second screencast I’ll take you through some of those unseen Photoshop keyboard shortcuts as well as the nifty little cut, copy, and paste tricks I was using. (You can put the scissors down now. ;) )

Click on the “More…” link below to watch Screencast #2:

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Screencast #1: Intro to Photoshop Layers

June 30th, 2009

Intro to Photoshop layersI can’t believe it — my very first screencast! In this first installment of (what I hope to be many) screencasts, I’m going to show you the basic concepts behind layers in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (the little brother to Photoshop.)

Just to let you know, this is “Reality Screencasting” — which means it is completely unscripted. You’ll see my little mistakes, my periodic goofs, and hear the word “Ummm…” at least a thousand times. I did this for two reasons: 1) to let you see the real work flow when using Photoshop, and 2) I’m just too lazy to do multiple takes and then edit them together. ;)

You won’t see any award-winning graphic designs in this screencast (I’ll save those for later) but you will learn exactly what you need to get started using Photoshop.

Without further ado, here it is!

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Make My Logo BIGGER Cream!

June 22nd, 2009

Is a bigger logo better?Sometimes the best way to learn about design is to see what not to do. And an even better way is to do so through the use of a little tongue-in-cheek comedy. The website “Make My Logo BIGGER Cream” does just that with a short video that spoofs silly TV ads.

As you watch the video, you’ll easily see the what not to do parts. If you’re not quite sure which is which, here’s a hint: the ‘before’ versions of the designs are better than the ‘after’ versions.

View the video here: Make My Logo BIGGER Cream!

What can we learn about design from this video?

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Inside Rosalind Gardner’s affiliate accounts

February 21st, 2009

Back in the day when I first became interested in Internet marketing I stumbled across Rosalind Gardner. I purchased her e-book, The Super Affiliate Handbook, just to see if what she was teaching could actually be done. At the time I figured it would be wasted money — you know, another overly hyped-up e-book on how to earn a living on the Internet.

Three years later I’m still thanking my lucky stars that I bought her e-book. And to this day I still follow all of her new materials as well. Her e-book, more than almost any other, is responsible for my current online success.

While viewing some of her YouTube videos today I came across one that rang true for me. You see, there are many scam artists out there on the World Wide Web that use Photoshop to fake the “proof of earnings” images you see on their websites. Maybe they actually only earn $100 a month. But with a little bit of editing they can make it look like they earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. (Sneaky little cheaters!)

The video made by Rosalind Gardner is an actual, real-time tour through some of her accounts. You can see her earnings in their complete, unedited glory. What is even more impressive is that this video was made a few years ago… so one can only imagine what she is making now through Internet marketing.

Here’s that video for your enjoyment:
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Internet forum behavior

January 20th, 2009

Internet forums can be a great place to learn new things about your favorite hobby, have your most burning questions answered, and make new friends with others all around the world.

But, as a member of quite a few forums, I can tell you that all is not roses and rainbows. There are “trolls”, “spammers”, and of course the normal set of weirdos, deviants, and an occasional pervert or two.

To help out, I decided to share this fantastic video I stumbled upon on how to behave on an Internet forum. (I found it one day while actually participating in one of my favorite Internet forums ;) )

Go ahead and click the little ‘play’ button in the lower left-hand corner of the video window to view!