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Faster layer renaming in Photoshop

The fastest way to manually rename a bunch of layers in Photoshop is to double-click / run your keyboard shortcut for “Layer” → “Rename Layer...” (in my case Shift+CMD+R) on one then use the tab key to apply the new layer name and jump to the next visible layer. I’ve known about this shortcut for a good long while now.

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To celebrate 25 years of Photoshop, Lynda.com is sharing “inspiring stories from luminaries who have helped shape the most prolific design tool of our time.” This particular one looks at a graphic design workflow before Photoshop. I didn’t know about the relationship between Rubylith and Photoshop’s mask tool.

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My iOS to Mac screenshot workflow

I have long found it amusing that after all this time, messaging ones self a set of screenshots is still the most practical way to go about transferring them from iOS to OS X. For a while I had a better solution but we decided to stop working on Ember for iOS, so I went back to Messages.

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“We dare to attempt these stories, but we don't get them right on the first pass. This is as it should be. Creativity has to start somewhere, and we are true believers in the power of bracing, candid feedback and the iterative process—reworking, reworking, and reworking again, until a flawed story finds its through line or a hollow character finds its soul.” — Ed Catmull, Inside the Pixar Braintrust.

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