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Here is a little fix I found on the net prowling numerous forums to try and fix a bug I had with Photoshop and it’s awesome Open GL awesomeness
This applies to CS4 and CS5 only…  and probably only PC/Windows(?)


• You start up Photoshop (cs4 – cs5) and your file / work area is grayed out (even if the layers show there is something there)
• If you turn off the Open GL features in Photoshops preferences it starts to work (usually after closing and opening Photoshop)
• You own a Asus Graphics Card

Possible Solution:

• Remove Asus Gamer OSD (I totally uninstalled mine as I never used it  – This program usually loads on start-up with Asus Smart Doctor, maybe you can just remove it from start-up / services if you really want to use it

And that should fix it!  Now go, go and roll around in all that Open GL goodness…
9800 GTX+DK + CS5 Photoshop + Open GL + Asus Gamer OSD = Gray Sucky Suck Arse Problem









Introducing a new form of education tool. This will be a series of helpful tips for software / design etc that I’ll continue until I get the correct legal documents or bribe needed to stop  it…
I am starting off with an easy one…

Pen Tool [p] and Fignütts : no#1 : DYI Illustrator Patterns Rated R (for Really mature designers over the age of 18 will hate this) 

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Creative Projects, saving Graphic Designers bacon since a while back:

Building a portfolio, having evidence of mad skills, standing out, can and is a hard thing to accomplish. Especially if you are cramming that baby full of your regular 9-5 work. Going to a job interview equipped with your terribly exciting 10cm x 4 column newspaper advert for “Mens Clinic Discount Bonanza” ?  Trying to woo a company with that lovely branding you did for that colour-blind accountant who wanted his pet dog incorporated into the logo? Yeah it can be hard proving you have creativity as well as showing work that reflects your style and areas of interest…

Thats where I find personal projects come to the party, be it:

  • Learning a new program through making a project – A great way to learn programs like flash is  to jump into the deep end and make a little game, movie whatever (Use tuts off the interweb to help…) 
  • Entering a competition – shoes – t-shirts can be a really good selling point in a portfolio (you don’t have to win, they just look sweet and legit on them contest templates)
  • Making a sweet poster or art piece etc (go nuts creatively, get out all that junked up imagination)
  • Keep all your doodles / tattoo designs / shopping lists / Haiku / Just not those angst poems you wrote at 15…

Adding in this kind of work to your portfolio, that reflects your skills, style and personality will hopefully help you land that sweet job! Just you remember me when you are up there in your sweet new studio looking down on us peons (not pions thats a type of pine tree, with edible seeds, native to Mexico)…

Mmmm time for another cup of crank….

Pantone spot colours in Illustrator can be as illusive as…(insert favorite similie here… you can add your fav metaphore if you want but people will yell abuse at you for being wrong) 

If you need spot colours in Illustrator it can be a bit of a mission to find them…

Here is how i do it: 

From your Swatches palette click on the mystical icon of the arrow and three lines (its obviously Aztec…) and head to the bottom of the list it brings up hover over Open Swatch Library

 and then choose Colour Books and woopah they should be staring at you with that startled  “how did you ever find us?! quick collapse charlie tunnel!”  look…


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