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Nov 30

Veerle on mcville

8 comments 2005 at 06.51 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Since the topic of my last post was all about peeking, you might as well get a kick out of my interview on mcville. Just to lift a corner of the veil, you’ll get a glimpse in my daily routine, my favorite food, etc. Marko’s questions were fun to answer. Hope you enjoy the reading…. and still like me afterwards :-p

Oh, and while you are there check out the other interviews. Some are fun reading.

Nov 29

How does your working environment look II?

36 comments 2005 at 01.58 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Today it is about a year ago that we started to have some fun with peeping into people’s offices. I think it would be fun to do this again. Many new people have arrived on this blog since last time and of course things change over time. In my case you’ll see that I don’t use my mirror doors G4 with 22 inch Cinema Display anymore.

Nov 25

250.000 multi-coloured bouncing balls

21 comments 2005 at 02.38 am posted by Veerle Pieters

What happens if you combine 250.000 multi-coloured bouncing balls and Filbert and Leavenworth Streets in San Francisco? Crazy idea? Maybe, but that’s exactly what Danish director Nicolai Fuglsig did for a Sony product in July this year. It was to announce the arrival of the BRAVIA LCD and 3LCD range In Europe.

Nov 22

Div thinking cap

39 comments 2005 at 05.53 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Time for a bit of CSS styling fun! When working with CSS you need to have the ability to analyze your layout and see how you would place your div containers. That’s what differs from working with a classic table layout. You need a whole different approach and think more in terms of containers. Stop thinking of how you’ll slice your layout, start thinking on how to put each graphic into a container… How much containers do I need without overdoing it?

Nov 17

Choosing 10 favorite paintings, a decision breaker?

14 comments 2005 at 06.25 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A few months back I introduced Flickr to my best friend Sylvie. She is, like me, a graphic designer.

Nov 15

Smart Objects 1

12 comments 2005 at 03.53 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Smart Object with a photo in CS2Some of you may know that Smart Objects work with stuff placed from Illustrator but that’s not all Smart Objects has to offer in Photoshop CS. When designing a mockup you probably work with images, then later in editing you scale the image to what you think is right. How many times have you dreamed of a possibility to scale it back with any loss of quality?

We all know that you really can’t do it, the image would pixelate and soften instead. This instance was true until CS2 entered the scene. Yes it is true now you can place a photo in Photoshop and make it a “Smart Object”, just select the layer of the photo and go to the “Layer menu” and choose “group into New Smart Object”.

When you do this it is linked to the embedded high-resolution original. So now when you resize it’s still crystal clear even if you scale it a dozen times. But wait there is more, you can also rotate images or even warp them, it always pulls data from the original so that everything stays crisp. It allows me to rethink the way I work and I can do things that weren’t possible before CS2.

One more thing, if you duplicate a Smart Object and make a change to the original all duplicate layers update automatically. So go ahead and update, warp, swap, etc. all without the fear of quality loss.

Nov 11

AFUP 05 - PHP stronger than ever

21 comments 2005 at 12.46 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Hi there, Kenneth here, Veerle’s regular PHP developer (she even called me a php guru once, though that’s overstated).  I just came back from AFUP‘s Forum PHP ‘05, the fourth edition of a yearly gathering of advanced PHP programmers in Paris. And boy was it interesting. Two days simply packed with great advice, demos and an insight in the future of PHP. (see the overview of all sessions here)

Nov 09

How to screw your potential buyers

11 comments 2005 at 11.38 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Yes the lords of the music industry are at again, this time in The Netherlands (and don’t get me started on the Stichting Thuiskopie). Geert and I are listeners of the Daily Source Code from Adam Curry and we love the Mashups, Hit Test from Jan Polet or the Backtracks Podcast Quiz. A fun way to give our brains a good workout.

Nov 07

Gradient background effect

8 comments 2005 at 05.19 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Sometimes you want to use an image but the background looks a bit boring or the dimensions don’t fit the required end result. Maybe my tip might help you out. Select a part of the image and reverse the selection (command + i / control + i).

Nov 04

Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

18 comments 2005 at 11.44 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Last month a remarkable building was inaugurated by Spain’s Queen Sofia. I’m talking about the new Valencia opera house “Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía”. Its nautical forms suggest its closeness to the sea and its setting in the former bed of the river Turia. The metal roof is like a feather held up by two supports.

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