Jennifer Farley is a designer, illustrator and design instructor based in Ireland. She writes about design and illustration on her blog at Laughing Lion Design.
How To Use The Background Eraser Tool In Photoshop
The Photoshop Background Eraser tool doesn’t make a selection, but it allows you to select an area and then erase the background with just one action. Jennifer explains how this can be useful in speeding up the process of extracting a shape from an image.
Offline Design Inspiration, Part 2: Newspapers
Even if you don’t want to read the doom and gloom in the newspapers, why not have a closer look from a design point of view. Jennifer considers the front page.
Focus On Typography, Part 4: Space
Let your text breathe by putting some space around it, and, in it. This is an important design principle that is often forgotten by new designers. It’s often the case that less is more. In this post, Jennifer takes a closer look at space.
Focus On Typography, Part 3: Size
Using the corny cliche, that yes, size does matter, Jennifer looks at how to use a simple scale to select the font size for various sections of your web page.
Focus On Typography, Part 2: Hierarchy
In part two of the series “Focus On Typography”, Jennifer looks at how the concept of hierarchy can be used to define the flow of information on your site.
Focus On Typography, Part 1: Contrast
You won’t get many visitors to stay on your site if they can’t read your text. In the first of a four part series on Typography on the web, Jennifer looks at how you can improve legibility by using contrast.
Developing Your Design Process
Regardless of what colour might be in this season, there are some parts of web design which are pretty fundamental and really don’t change too much. Jennifer looks at a broad overview of the web design process.
Speed Up Your Workflow With The Crop and Straighten Command In Photoshop
Photoshop has many useful automated commands to help speed up your workflow. In this article, Jennifer demonstrates how to use the Crop and Straighten command.
Design A Successful Coming Soon Page
The Coming Soon page lets your visitors know that you are working on something great and it will be available shortly, so what should you include on it? Jennifer takes a closer look at the anatomy of a teaser page.
How To Customise Your 404 Page
The 404 page is becoming an art form of its own, but what exactly is it for and what should you put on it. Jennifer gives an overview of how to use the 404 Error page.