Tips, tricks, and advice for the graphic designer.


Paul Ace Diamond Blow's SAMURAI GRAPHICS
Graphic arts tips, tricks, and advice for the graphic designer.

by Paul Ace Diamond "Huggy" Blow



WELCOME to Paul Diamond Blow's SAMURAI GRAPHICS! Here you will find articles with handy tips, tricks, and advice for working with Photoshop, Indesign, Quark, PDFs, ect., etc. Paul Diamond Blow has been working in the graphic arts biz for over 15 years, mainly working as a Production Artist and production manager for a famous comics publisher (Fantagraphics Books) where he has attained a certain stature as a Photoshop wizard and Indesign guru. Paul Diamond Blow has written the following articles to help out other graphic artists and designers, as well as to remind himself how to do things the right way! Enjoy the articles, there will be more to come...


PHOTOSHOP RELATED ARTICLES

Photoshop File Formats: TIFF vs. PSD: When you should save your Photoshop image file as a TIFF, and when you should save it as a PSD file.

Photoshop: Torn and Frayed Edges Effects: A good tutorial on how to give an image worn, torn, and frayed edges with Photoshop.

LZW Compression: Why You Should Use it With TIFF Files: PDB lays down the law on why you should be using LZW compression on your TIFF files.

How to Color Comic Book Line Art: A detailed step by step tutorial on how to color comic book line art in Photoshop. PDB does this for a living!

How to Scan Black and White Line Art: A detailed step by step tutorial on how to scan black and white line art to preserve the details in the original art. PDB does this for a living!

How to Scan and Process Photographs: A detailed step by step tutorial on how to scan photographs and make them look great with Photoshop. A must read!


INDESIGN AND QUARK ARTICLES

How to Open an Indesign CS5 Document With Indesign CS3: Indesign tips from PDB, an Indesign master!

Indesign: CS3 vs. CS5: Comparison review of Indesign CS3 and CS5. Which is better?

Indesign CS5 Slow and Buggy? How to Speed it Up.: More Indesign tips from PDB, an Indesign master!

How to Combine Multiple Indesign Layouts into a Single File: More Indesign tips from PDB, an Indesign master!

Indesign Tips: How to Apply Faux Bold and Italic Formatting to Text: More Indesign tips from PDB, an Indesign master!

Indesign CS3 Crashes When Printing in OS Lion: Here's the Fix: The workaround solution to the problem of Indesign CS3 crashing when trying to print in OS Lion.

How to Convert Quark Xpress Documents to Indesign: More Indesign tips from PDB, an Indesign master!

Indesign CS3 review: Product review of Adobe's Indesign CS3.

How to Package up an Indesign Layout Detailed instructions on how and why you should package up your finished Indesign layouts.

MISC ARTICLES

Hyphens vs. Underscores in Web Urls: When naming your web page urls, which is best... using hypens or underscores to seperate key words? Read this and find out!