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Personal digital artwork

I have been getting back into digital artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator, lately I have been browsing through Behance for ideas and inspiration. Here are some of my recent creations within Photoshop. This is a personal project for myself, I am only sharing the work here on this blog because it is a part of me, all my other artwork can be found here;
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How to change the eye color on any photo in Adobe Photoshop

This is a quick tutorial showing you how to adjust or change the eye color of an image in Adobe Photoshop.

Issues with the new MacBook Pro

I don't hate my new MacBook Pro, I actually like it a lot. But, I agree with quite a few things Colin says in the above video, I also disagree with a lot of what he says. Most of his complaints are subjective, so when I say disagree I just mean I don't have the same complaints, not that he is wrong.

For me the Track Pad is fucking annoying, it is way too big and it gets in my way more than not. I want to smash my MacBook Pro over the head of whoever thought making this fucker so obnoxiously big was a good idea. If it had Apple Pencil support, that would have been one thing. It doesn't so it is needlessly big! There is nothing better about this trackpad being so big, matter of fact it is worse because it causes so many unwarranted mistakes when typing.

The keyboard is okay, I don't hate it, but the trackpad makes the keyboard annoying sometimes. I have resorted to using my Magic Keyboard with my MBP, which I prefer anyway.

Everything else he mentions, I didn…

Better Touch Tool with Touch Bar Support

If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, then Better Touch Tool is a must have. You can customize the Touch Bar with a ton of shortcuts that you can't customize it with by default in macOS.

As an example, I can open Motion 5 with shortcut of instructions to open Motion with a 1920x1080 project with 24FPS with a 7 second duration all with one tap. It will open up my empty template and is ready to go.

Also, if you have purchased Better Touch Tool in the past you can update for free, if you have purchased Better Snap Tool (which I own) then you can download Better Touch Tool for free also. The developer has a "pay what you want model" with the minimum being $4.50. Personally, I would give this dev at least $10 as this is an extremely powerful Mac app and he deserves as much.

Download the 45 day trial here;
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The huge trackpad on the MacBook Pro

I have been using my new MacBook Pro for exactly 2 weeks as of today; I wanted to discuss this new huge trackpad. Let me just get this out of the way: I am not in love with it! I have noticed the palm rejection sometimes causes issues when I am typing. It seems like it will select entire paragraphs and move them around, or completely select and delete entire paragraphs. I am not even sure how in the hell it is deleting things? It doesn’t cause issues all of the time; but, it has caused enough issues for me to take notice. The problem lies with my palms resting on top of the trackpad. I believe that when I go to use something in the Touch Bar that my palms are sliding on the trackpad and it thinks that I am swiping on it; or at least that is what I assume is happening? The funny thing about the trackpad, I can put my palms on the trackpad and move them around and the cursor never moves! But when I start typing all of sudden it magically activates at certain times. Then other times I ca…

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Battery Life

I have been using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for over a week now and the battery life has been really good. This was one of the things I was worried about when deciding to buy the new MacBook Pro, as I read so many articles stating the opposite. There was the whole Consumer Report debacle, in which CR did some crazy testing which caused the battery life to be very sporadic in their testing.
Marco Arment claims he was not getting the 10-hours of battery life that Apple was claiming users should get:
“Apple claims it lasts 10 hours, but I’ve never gotten that — in a fairly light web-productivity workload, I average around 5–7 hours, and if I’m using Xcode, I’m lucky to get 4–5 hours. This seems common — many other customers and reviewers have noted similarly disappointing battery life in the 5-hour range.” Of course everybody users their machines in different ways with different applications running which would cause battery life to greatly differ from user to user. I have notic…

How to View Your Backgound Tasks in FCPX (10.3.2)

Ever since Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to 10.3 back in October, a lot of casual FCPX users have found the new interface a tad confusing. Keep in mind, everything still functions the same, things are just in different places. One such change is the Background Task button, which has been moved to the upper left toolbar, it used to reside above the timeline, next to the timestamp. Here are 3 ways to open up the background tasks dialog box:Click the circle with the checkmark, which is located in the upper left toolbar. (Fast-forward the above video to the 0:11 mark). In your Apple menu bar (with FCPX selected) click on Window, then scroll down to Background Tasks. (Fast-forward the above video to the 0:24 mark).My preferred method, use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + 9. You can also use Command + 9 to close the Background Tasks dialog box. (Fast-forward the above video to 0:33 mark). For more information about Background Tasks, please check this Apple Support page.