Sketch is good for quick but not perfect illustration. Fast at working on paper, it has a couple of quirks: most of the tools are the same whether you’re working in Sketch or choosing from the field of various brushes, gradients, and paint options in Photoshop; the final product is missing gradients and the ability to change colors in a radial- or brush-based paint system (you always go into Photoshop for that, so you lose some flexibility).
You can mix between brushes and paint, and use post-processing tools to add a vignette, change the hue and saturation of the entire image, separate the foreground from the background, copy a brush from another file, or recolor. You can even apply filters, but only to the entire file.
After digging through a couple thousand of filtered images, the top and bottom left corner tools are my favorite. They use perspective correction for the square canvas, but they really shine when you apply a filter. I found that the Halo space ball on the ceiling worked best when applied in these ways, especially when it’s used on a bicycle.
One of the most useful shortcuts for quickly creating a quarter-page woodcut is to use Photoshop’s Wave Design panel, accessible from the Home menu. I recommend you start with a regular photo panel, basic brush, and a simple color gradient and black-and-white gradients to get things started. Then progressively apply filters and other digital effects. I find the Dexter Nod filter works particularly well for quickly fixing perspective in certain direction, and then Color Ef-Fexor, Ink and Silver. Finally, try an app a friend designed titled VideoAid, created by designer Lisa Anton. 933d7f57e6
ABOVE: Full-page image using a combination of Photoshop and the SD Card Fire app to create a delicious DIY sushi roll. BELOW: Full-page image created using Photoshop CS5 using a graphic designer’s toolset, the Use QuarkXpress app to create EPS files for printing.
The portability of Photoshop has long been coupled with its file size — files go into your machine and never really go away until you delete them. The good news is that the file size issues have been addressed. Adobe made tweaks to a lot of little things, including using optimized rendering of layers that minimizes file size for several layers using that same technique. There are also options to reduce the number of colors, remove red-eye from portraits, and reduce the size of images significantly, often to a small hand-held of 4 MB.
An app like GoToMeeting or Google Hangouts is not a video conferencing solution for meeting with clients or outlets, but for collaborating remotely and making your app look impressive on your site. What makes these a more aesthetic choice for many seems to be the branding that comes with their user experience, and the proprietary video compression that they use so well.
Crop Tool (ALT-Q or on the keyboard by Q) is one of those tool such as ellipsis (…) tools that seem ubiquitous but, in truth, are not. The crop tool (short cut or by using up and down keys or mouse and left click button) alters the current selection, without using the clone (or copy, in business parlance) tool. This new crop tool offers the ability to stack (select multiple layers at a time), as well as the ability to group select; i.e., select groups of bits of layers at one time, even those that are below the selected area. The ability to crop layers without having to recreate the selection and loss of the original layers is one of the biggest advantages of this new crop tool. The crop tool also allows you to apply different crop options to those layers that are presently selected. For example, by using just the crop tool, you can crop only one or two layers and then you can adjust the crop entirely. By doing it all in Photoshop, it will allow you to create a much more effective design. You don’t necessarily have to just use the crop tool and then move the layers back into the proper position. This crop tool can save me from having to navigate all the different layers in the first place, which can take a lot of time. The automatic “Auto” crop can at times use overly vague parameters, so I always opt for manually choosing the crop parameters.