Brainstorms and Raves

Notes on Web Design, Development, Standards, Typography, Music, and More

Fri

26

APR

2002

Friday Feast #6: Photoshop 7 Tips, Digital Web, WebReference, Standards, Networking, James Taylor, and More

My almost-14-year-old son keeps telling me I’m so predictable while I also keep denying it. Here’s the 6th Friday Feast in a row—could you have predicted that too? Maybe my son’s right, but don’t tell him I said so.

As I wrote about earlier this week, Photoshop 7 is out. A few tips and tutorials are already popping up, which I’ve listed below, along with the usual mixed pot of goodies from all over and on a variety of topics.

Tutorials and Tips For the New Photoshop 7:

  • Photoshop 7.0: Top-7 Tips & Tricks
    A guide to some of the hidden features in Photoshop 7, by Julieanne Kost for Digital Media Designer. Here’s a new and helpful tutorial on the Photoshop 7 with some great tips to help you get started with this new version.
  • Restore blemished images instantly
    At Adobe’s site, this is a new tutorial about using the new Healing Brush tool in Photoshop 7. (Amazing what this new tool can do!)
  • Create a natural-media brush
    At Adobe’s site, this is a new tutorial about using the new painting engine in Photoshop 7. Helpful introduction to this interesting new tool.

Digital Web’s Latest

New this week continuing on their "Make the Web Work" theme:

  • Suspended Disbelief, by Peter Fielding. What does scaffolding have to do with web design? More than you think. Peter explains.
  • Fare Thee Well, by Stephen Van Doren. Stephen’s last article for Digital Web and why.

WebReference

Constructing Usable Web Menus screenshotOf special interest to me was Andy King’s recent book review of Constructing Usable Web Menus, published by glasshaus. Written by Andy Beaumont, Dave Gibbons, Jody Kerr, and Jon Stephens, this book is geared more toward intermediate to advanced users and looks like an interesting one. Andy’s review gives great insight about it.

Standards

I keep going back to Jeffrey Zeldman’s Lecture Notes on Standards, referring back to it for reminders of details. I often notice something different that he’s either added or that I hadn’t noticed previously and the links he provides are so helpful, too.

NYPL Style Guide is one of the links Jeffrey Z. lists in his lecture notes above. Continually updated with the latest information and new things discovered, this is another one I check regularly, too. It’s got to be the most understandable style guide out there. Of course I also like it because of how well it covers standards issues.

New Macro to Convert Quotation Marks and Dashes to HTML

A small step for web typography
A terrifically helpful new Textpad macro that converts quotation marks and dashes to HTML with a button click. Slick. By Francois Jordaan.

Help for Netscape 6 with Macromedia Dreamweaver 4

Macromedia has updaters available for Dreamweaver 4 that corrects some problems when certain behaviors are viewed with AOL Netscape 6.

Network Computing

CMP’s Network Computing site is an amazing site for all things related to networking. You’ll find tutorials, opinion, reviews, sneak previews of products, CMP’s free VPN benchmark software, mobile and wireless computing, technology guides covering data and storage, mobile computing, and more.

Music To Design By: James Taylor

After all these years I’m still in love with James Taylor’s music. I admit it. I’ve been listening to him almost constantly the past 2 weeks, and while I can’t decide which I love best, at or near the top of my list is his Sweet Baby James album (Fire and Rain, Sunny Skies, Blossom, and other great ones).

I just about wore out the vinyl record when it came out in the 70s, I never tired of listening to it, and advanced to the cassette and then the CD as time and technology changed. His resonant, rich, beautiful voice continues to warm my heart and captivate me.

The later collections of his Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 are terrific ways to go, too, filled with many of his big hits and favorites from over the years.

James Taylor’s music is also fabulous music to design with, by the way, if you happen to like this style of music.

More on James Taylor: I wrote about James Taylor’s Fire and Rain at Brainstorms and Raves.


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