Corrie is the lead designer and developer for PixelMill and their in-house brand, jgtemplates. This would-be triathlete has a mathematics degree but wishes she had double-majored in computer science and art instead. Maybe next time...


  1. Making Curves

    So I got a question from someone about how to make those “curve-things” that you see on a lot of web sites. I was at first a bit surprised by the question since I thought I covered it in my vector graphics tutorials, but it sounded like they were looking for something more step-by-step. Well, […]

  2. New Article: Making XP-style Icons

    My “week” vacation turned into something more of a “two week” break! But I’m back, and I’m excited to say that SitePoint just published the third and last article in my series. Please visit Create XP-style Icons Using Illustrator or Freehand, which takes the foundational Illustrator/Freehand techniques from my previous two articles and combines them […]

  3. Powerful Duplication in Illustrator for a Stamp Shape

    One of my favorite tricks to use in Illustrator which I forgot to mention in my “favorite Illustrator tips” blog is Ctrl-D (Command-D), which allows you to duplicate your last transformation and is especially useful when you’re copying objects and want them to be spaced an exact distance apart. The command can be found under […]

  4. Photoshop’s Luminosity Mode

    Photoshop says this about the Luminosity Mode: Creates a result color with the hue and saturation of the base color and the luminance of the blend color. This mode creates an inverse effect from that of the Color mode. Just to prove the point, I’ll take a cherry blossom layer, duplicate it, and desaturate one […]

  5. Color Blend Mode in Photoshop

    The Color Blend Mode in Photoshop takes the “grey levels” of the base color and colors them with the blend color: Color Blend Mode: Creates a result color with the luminance of the base color and the hue and saturation of the blend color. This preserves the gray levels in the image and is useful […]

  6. Saturation Blend Mode in Photoshop

    We’re in the home stretch of the Photoshop Blending Modes series (good heavens, that means I have to come up with more topics to write about!), and today’s blog looks at the Saturation Blend Mode. Recall how the Hue blending mode kept everything the same on the base layers, but applied the hue (color) from […]

  7. Imitation 3D Graphics

    SitePoint just posted the second article in my “vector graphics” series, Create Imitation 3D Graphics in Illustrator and Freehand. It goes over how to create some easy, basic “fake” 3D vector shapes. Enjoy!

  8. Hue Blending Mode in Photoshop

    The Hue Blend mode is pretty straightforward: Hue Mode: Creates a result color with the luminance and saturation of the base color and the hue of the blend color. So essentially, the top blend layer, set to Hue, will “color” the layers below with whatever color you put on the blend layer, and adjust the […]