Posts by jana:

    Arctic glas igloo hotel

    February 4th, 2015

    glass igloo
    glass igloo
    glass igloo
    glass igloo

    The glass igloos in the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland are the perfect places to watch the stars.
    Apart from observing the northern lights from your bed you can also do husky, reindeer and snow mobile safaris, go ice fishing, learn how to ski or snowboard like a pro and visit Santa’s home. Yep, that’s definitely added to the bucket list.

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    Turn your bed into a swimming pool

    January 30th, 2015

    Swimming Pool Bedding
    Swimming Pool Bedding

    Swimming Pool Bedding

    How cool are these bed sheets? Dutch designers Snurk created this clever set of duvet covers and pillowcases which turn your bed into a swimming pool. Instead of counting sheep why not swim some laps to help you get to dreamy land.

    LOVE IT.

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    Anti-theft lunch bags

    January 29th, 2015

    anti-theft lunch bags
    anti-theft lunch bag

    Gross in style! These lunch bags are supposed to keep thieves away and I’m pretty sure they do their job. Who comes up with stuff like this? That would be the..

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    Creating a great Photoshop template

    January 15th, 2015

    Photoshop template

     

    As designer you might be working in a team or by yourself but there will be always some point where others need to access your work.
    Having had experience working with a group of designers but also close with developers I found the most efficient and easy way is to set up templates for each creative that you are producing on a regular basis.
    That also involves setting them up neatly and easy to access for others who might have to update, edit or reuse your template.

    I listed a few things that you should take in count when you create a template which will make your and your co-worker’s lives easier :)

     

    1. Give everything a name

    Layer 1 and Layer 0 are not really helpful in a file with dozens of layers. Please, name your layers and groups appropriately e.g Header, CTA, sidebar. If you are using the image generator name the layers and folders you want to export in small caps with the files extension in the end e.g logo.jpg

     

    2. Image Generator

    If you are using Photoshop CC 2014 you can use the image generator to export your assets straight away. That will make life easier for you and your developer.

     

    3. Don’t be a hoarder

    Delete everything what you don’t need anymore

     

    4. Group layers

    Group your layers logically e.g. Header, Footer…

     

    5. Arrange your layers

    Arrange your layers according to the flow of the document. Have the header at the top, content in the middle and the footer at the bottom.

     

    6. Use layer comps

    Use Layer Comps to display different states of your site e.g drop downs, hover—

     

    7. Use a grid

    Grid! Always use a grid to keep your objects aligned and in the right size.

     

    8. Smart Objects? YES

    Use smart objects to nest editable designs in your template. Smart objects are also good if you want to display the same graphic in more than one place in a mockup but don’t want to change each one when you decide to update. If you’re using a smart object and edit it, it will automatically update all the copies of that smart object in the document. This is for example very helpful if you’re using member profile pics or an illustrator graphic.

     

    9. No fancy stuff

    Try to avoid using blending modes. As pretty as they may be they are impossible to express in CSS (at least at the moment). The same applies to overlays such as bevel, emboss and satin as they are not yet supported.

     

    10. Don’t rasterise

    Last but not least don’t rasterise your layers.

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