This Week: Two Handy Tools

So I’m settling into my new full time position as a Graphic Designer, and over the last few weeks I have been introduced to some very handy tools for digital designers, which I thought I’d share with you.

How many times have you gone into Photoshop and spent ages dragging rulers onto your canvas to make a grid? It can be a frustrating and is often quite difficult to get right. Enter GuideGuide, a free tool which is essentially a Photoshop Plugin which does the work for you. You put the numbers in (how wide you want your columns, how many, margins etc) and it calculates it for you, and up pops a grid! This approach takes a matter of seconds rather than minutes, and will be properly accurate.

GuideGuide

GuideGuide

You can download GuideGuide now at their website.

The other tool is TinyPNG. This is probably more relevant to those of you in the digital arena, but it can reduce your file sizes which will help both the document you’re designing, and the website that you’re wanting people to visit – it will load quicker, yet there is no noticeable loss in image quality. Not much else to say about it really as it’s pretty self-explanatory; you just drag your PNG file (which you’ll have already saved in Photoshop) onto the website and it sorts it all out for you. Simple! It even appears to be run by a very clever Panda.

TinyPNG

TinyPNG

Shrink your PNGs over at the TinyPNG website now!

If I come across any more clever things, I’ll post them up on the blog. I don’t have too much new work to show you at the moment, but I’ve got a couple of branding/publicity projects coming up which will end up on my portfolio very soon! Stay tuned.