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Chris McVeigh is an author, illustrator and toy photographer who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Adobe Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC2014 review: Adobe continues to add refinements that benefit illustrators

Usability enhancements to drawing and perspective tools round out this latest revision.

Review: Illustrator CC more refined than revolutionary

With Illustrator CC, Adobe has embarked on a new strategy of improving existing features rather than focusing on new capabilities. That's not a bad thing.

How to create your own animated GIFs the easy way

The infamous GIF89a emerges from purgatory to splash as the Web's new cool thing, again.


How to rid your close-ups of dust and scratches with Photoshop

If you took your close-up or macro photo under less than ideal conditions, you may need some cleanup later. Here's how to do it in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.


Print Customized Envelopes With Address Book

Mac OS X's Address Book app is capable of printing elegant envelopes, but if you use the default settings, you'll churn out envelopes that are workmanlike, but...

Icon Software Aids Desktop Makeovers

The need to customize our workspace--to enliven it and make it our own--extends well beyond colorless cubicles and dreary desks; we also feel compelled to...

Create Your Own Unique Icons

Icons have come a long way in the past decade, evolving from tiny, pixelated pictures into glossy, gorgeous artwork. Adding a custom icon to an application...

ArtRage Studio Pro 3

A stroke of paint can be much more than a simple swatch of color: it can have a wet gloss, a rippled surface, and seep into the canvas below it. Ambient Design...

Design Your Own T-shirt

It's fun to wear your own artwork on a T-shirt, and easier than ever to do so without resorting to poor-quality, iron-on transfers. Services such as Zazzle...

Customize a Twitter Background: Tiled Image Technique

Twitter opens up a huge opportunity for self-expression, and part of that is undoubtedly visual. While the Twitter interface gives you some basic backgrounds...

Customize Twitter Background: Single Image Technique

Twitter offers a number of basic backgrounds, but let's face it: they're mostly generic and boring. In order to get noticed for both your tweets and your style...

BannerZest Pro 2.1

Flash is an intimidating concept for novice Web designers and bloggers, and most tacitly accept that Flash-based content is far out of their reach.

Photoshop Tip: Masking 101

A mask is a selection that lets you isolate a subject or specific area of your photo. It's analogous to using masking tape to cover your baseboards before you...

Photoshop Tip: Vignettes Add Focus and Character to Photos

Vignetting, in photographic terms, is an effect of a camera lens that results in the darkening of a photograph around its edges. It was long considered to be an...