What is Image Resolution and Why is It Important?

Image resolution is based on pixels, which are tiny colored squares. If you zoom in on an image in Photoshop, you'll notice it looks blurry. If you zoom in even more, you'll see the squares -- the pixels that make up the image.  In normal photos and art, pixels should not be visible.  They're intended ...

How to Remove a Background in Photoshop

When you remove the background of an image in Photoshop, you shouldn't actually erase or delete unwanted image areas. Masking them with layer masks is a wiser solution.   Layer masks hide part/s of the image.  So when you mask an image, you're changing how the image appears instead of the image itself.  This way you can easily go ...

4 Reasons to Hire Young Designers

Over the past 10 years, I've been instrumental in training new hires for 1-3 intern or full-time entry-level design positions. Most of the applicants have been college students or recent graduates. As we gear up for hiring season, four generalities  have crossed (and re-crossed) my mind -- drawn from our past experiences with young designers.   1. ...

Photoshop Backgrounds for Etsy Printables

Photoshop backgrounds are almost essential for digital art made in pixels ("raster" art -- but that's another discussion). My friend Rachel runs a popular Etsy shop for handmade art and frames. Recently she branched out into printables.  And because my own Etsy hobby shop offers printable downloads, Rachel asked how I add a decorative Photoshop background ...

Flipped Classes: Video Learning in College

Finally. Universities are finally accepting upstart learning tactics to equal or best the old standards. Case in point: Today Lynda.com released an article about "flipped classes" -- taught in the spring 2015 semester by a live professor but with instructional videos at Lynda.com serving in lieu of traditional textbooks. John Drake, who teaches web development at ...