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CS5 optionally omits "Copy" on duplicated layers

Photoshop Principal Product Manager John Nack on his blog writes Adobe added an option to the Layers panel flyout menu, making it possible to have Photoshop stop adding the word "copy" to layer names when duplicating layers. The preference is off by default to avoid breaking actions that rely on "copy."

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Web Design Sketchbook

The Web Design Sketchbook is a carefully crafted set of website tools to help you through the process of planning and designing your web projects.

The Sketchbook starts with a set of design and content planning questions that cover everything from site objectives, design tone to the information architecture or sitemap.

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The changing typography of the Web

Since the World Wide Web’s earliest days, whether you were shopping on Amazon or researching on Google or catching up on news at, chances are you were looking at just one of four typefaces -- Arial, Verdana, Georgia or Times -- each formulated for computer monitors and trusted by web designers to display properly on your screen.

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Transmit 4 is here!

Transmit 4 is here and it's shinier than ever. Transmit always was among the best FTP apps for OS X and it now took a leap further.

You can read about all the cool new features. Let me just point out a few things that I find most exciting.

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Creating PDF Files with Adobe Illustrator

Adapted from Adobe Acrobat 9 PDF Bible
By Ted Padova

Adobe Illustrator, as with other Adobe programs, is built on core PDF technology. In fact, the native Adobe Illustrator file format is PDF, and as such it is one of the best applications supporting direct export to PDF.

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iPad optimized Gmail on your Mac

Google optimized Gmail to make the download fast and appear in two columns, which is pretty cool. If you don't have an iPad, you can still experience this view in FF (and other browsers) by changing the user agent to simulate an iPad. This is of course just for fun, not good for any serious use.

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How to Avoid Being a Work Addict

Adapted from The Freelance Design Handbook (RotoVision)
By Cathy Fishel

Is it possible to become addicted to one’s work, to the point where work becomes preferable to any other activity? Sure. Anything that’s pleasurable to human beings releases endorphins in the brain, and those endorphins make you feel good. People like to feel good, so they repeat those actions over and over, until the activity that spawns those feelings becomes an irresistible habit.

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HTML Ipsum

We all use lorem ipsum copy for our print layouts. What about webdesign? HTML Ipsum is a simple site offering similar lorem ipsum texts with html markup which will help you create pages to test css styling.

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Add your blog to Google Buzz

Google associaties most of your sites with your Google account by default. You can add these to your Google Buzz feed with a click of a button. But, what if you blog isn't listed among the options?

You can manually associate your site with your account by adding this piece of code to your html code's header part. Just replace profilename with your Google profile name.
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When I design logos for clients I present many options. By the time I come up with the ideas, sketch them out on paper and then design them on the screen I get attached to them. As a friend of mine once said your logos become your kids. We want to see them grow, become successful and famous. When the client asks me which logo among the presented I like most I feel as if I'm asked which child of mine I like the most. I can't decide, I love them all.

Yet, if I'm lucky client chooses only one from the many. The rest of the kids don't get any love, they are tossed away as if they weren't good enough to represent a business, not fit enough for the world. This is unfair. These abandoned ideas deserve better.


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