10 Tools To Help Designers Complete Projects Faster
GuideGuideAs someone that loves having things perfectly aligned, GuideGuide is my dream plug-in. But in case you haven’t heard of it before, let me give you the gist. You know how you can pull an alignment line in Photoshop and Illustrator? GuideGuide lets you do that by entering in various parameters — margin, number of columns, etc. — and then clicking one button to execute them all. What does that matter? Well I was working on a flyer design the other day, and in the process I needed to layout the bleeds. I could have pulled out four lines, but by entering it all in GuideGuide it was easy and quick. Then I organized that same flyer into columns with gutters, using the bleed lines as the inside edges. It basically does all of the calculations for you, which, if you’re no good at math like me, is amazing — and fast. Seriously, I can’t recommend this one enough. GuideGuide for Photoshop GuideGuide for Illustrator smarter people than I have already done the hard work for me. Point is, whether you’re hand drawing and then scanning your type, or creating it all in Illustrator, turning it into a real, live OTF font is easy. So what do you do with your new creation? Sell it, silly. fancy video, since it’s in Illustrator, you can resize it to whatever size you like with no problems. And doesn’t that make everything go a little bit smoother? See, tools like this that make my life easier are the reason why I feel like I’m living in the future. huge fan of Dropbox, but sometimes I have difficulties sharing my files. It’s not a problem with Dropbox, but instead with the recipient. Maybe they’re not too tech savvy, or possibly they just blame it on something stupid like, “My computer doesn’t like Dropbox.” Right. It’s the computer. Anyway, in those situations I use WeTransfer. It has two tiers: paid to send over 2GB of files, and free for everything under 2GB. And in my case, since I don’t have to use this often, I just send multiple batches to that computer illiterate friend. But the best part about the service for me isn’t the price, it’s the autonomy. I drag and drop the files onto a browser window and then move on with my life. I don’t have to keep it as the dominant window, nor do I have to follow up with it constantly. It just works. And since that helps me to work faster, I’m all about it. a pen tablet, but for me, my wishlist is filled with a 27-inch monitor. all traditional hard drives will eventually fail, so it’s just a matter of time. But the big issues is speed. The faster the hard drive spins, the faster it can read data and deliver it to you. An SSD (solid state drive), on the other hand, are super fast. They can go at least twice as fast as a traditional hard drive, with the potential to even triple and quadruple that speed. What does this all mean to you, the designer? If your computer isn’t already equipped with an SSD, upgrade it today. Not only will you be able to access and save your data faster, but you’ll be able to work faster as a result.
Work FasterIf I can do things more efficiently, I can get more stuff done. And if I get more accomplished, I can make more money. And if I have more money, I can buy that island that I’ve been eyeing, which means that I can finally realize my dream of owning a volcanic island that has a lair shaped like a skull. Wait — I didn’t tell you about my dreams of becoming Dr. Evil? Oh. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about it in public then. Until next time, keep on hustlin’!
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