Idiot Tip #2

Zoom in

Thanks for joining me, and congratulations on completing Idiot Tips 101. You're ready to level up, so pay attention. JENKINS! Stop playing Angry Birds in the back. I know you're playing it, you keep missing with the boomerang bird.

Anyway, I'm here to tell you this: throw away your books. They're no good to you any more. Throw away your copy of Fireworks, too. This is a Photoshop lesson.

Good, now we're ready.

Zoom in.

More than that. More. More, damn it! Keep zooming in until you hit 6400%.

What's that, you can't? Then you're not a real designer. Keep zooming in! Use your mind. Focus, young pixel-warrior.

There's no way you're going to ever be able to produce quality work if you can't see every last pixel.

You know what? Screw this. Go wash my car. Zoom on, zoom off. Wax on, wax off. Zoom on, zoom off. Wax on, wax off. Only then will you truly understand the meaning of true zoom.

Seriously, though, zoom in. Inspect every pixel, make sure nothing's out of place, and sweat those details. I'm off to go learn how to teach properly.

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