My Scanner Driver Won’t Work

Question: I’m trying to see if I can find a driver for my ancient flatbed scanner. Is there a site you use to look for stuff like this that isn’t spammy or virusey? Answer: I had the same exact problem. My old Canon flatbed scanner needed an updated driver, and Canon’s answer seems to be,…

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Industry Interview: Chrystal Boulanger

One of the things I like to do to is to learn from my fellow designers. This post features my fellow friend and designer Chrystal Boulanger, the professional dynamo from Chrystal Faith Design…for Moxie Businesses. Read along as I pick her brain to see how she handles the life of a designer. How do you…

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A quick and simple image placeholder service

Web Developers Rejoice! My friend and fellow designer Chrystal found this great share! It’s a way for web developers to easily create placeholder images in our work. Just put your image size after their URL and you’ll get a placeholder. Like this: <img src=”http://placehold.it/350×150″> Brilliant! Go to their site!

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How Can I Get A Better Email Open Rate on My Eblasts

If you are having issues with your e-blasts landing in spam filters, keep reading. Learn how to get a better open rate on your eblasts. What the spam filter does First you need to understand what throws an emails into a spam filter. Whenever an email is received by a server it scans it. It…

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Block Facebook From Your Computer

UPDATE: It’s not just a time waster. It’s slowing you down. When I first wrote this article a couple years ago, it took 3-4 rules to block Facebook, now takes about 30. Facebook has their fingers in more pies I guess. This last time I blocked it, I noticed something interesting. My browser speed improved.…

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Is my website really not working? Or is it my cache?

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How to Pick a Good Designer

Question How do you judge the quality of a designer? They don’t have a typical résumé like a sales rep. I’m sure there’s more to it than “ooh, I like this website”. Answer I can’t believe I haven’t answered this before. What a beautiful and potentially self-serving question. There are several things you can look…

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How to Create an Outlined Drawing in Photoshop

  Image –> Adjustments –> Desaturate. Filter –> Stylize –> Fine Edges Image –> Adjustments –> Brightness/Contrast (Adjust the brightness and contrast to your liking) Then go to Filter –> Sharpen –> Sharpen More.

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How to make a bootable OS X El Capitan USB Drive

Question I purchased El Capitan through the app store a while back for my Macintosh and there is no disk. Now I need to reinstall the operating system. How can I do this? I would really like to have a clean install of my operating system. Answer Make your own bootable disk of El Capitan…

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Change a Script to Use the jQuery Library Included in WordPress

In your WordPress travels you may want to use some script that uses some external jQuery. The problem is if you ask the script to pull from an outside source (like Google) it can conflict with the jQuery you are using in WordPress. Instead of including jQuery yourself you need to ask WordPress to include…

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