Adobe Illustrator Variable Data with the NEW Variable Importer on!

Great news everyone, there’s a NEW Variable Importer script in town, and it has even more cool features! Even better, I’ve created an in-depth **2-HOUR** course to walk you through it over on

Adobe Illustrator Variable Data – Multiple Datasets With VariableImporter Script

Adobe Illustrator Variable Data - Multiple Datasets With Variableimporter Script

If you’re familiar with InDesign’s Data Merge, you know how it can take your one design, then “build” the page by creating as many of those designs as it can on your page, at which point it will create a new page and continue building until it has enough pages for all of your data. Illustrator’s Variable Data feature won’t do this, but we can get pretty darn close with this method of creating multiple datasets on the artboard.

Adobe Illustrator Variable Data – The EASY way!

SUPER-DUPER Update: I’ve completed a 2.5 hour course on how to use the NEW Variable Importer 8.0 script, and it’s available on! Click to check out more info on the Adobe Illustrator Variable Data course! And now back to our in-progress blog post… Previously, I wrote up a tutorial for an easier method […]

How to Use Adobe Illustrator Variable Data with XML

If you’ve ever had to use Adobe Illustrator to set up multiple variations of a single file, then using the “Illustrator Variable Data” feature could save you a lot of time. It’s not very intuitive to set up, though, so I made up this tutorial.

Firebug Web Developer: A Guide To Making Your Web Developing Life Easier

This one is an intro to Firebug tutorial for those looking to get started. The video deals with Firebug, Wordpress and TextWrangler but you can apply it to your own tools of choice (ie Joomla and Notepad, etc.).

Targeting the BODY tag with CSS in WordPress

I recently had cause to resort to an old trick to target a single page with CSS. It turned out to be a bit of an ordeal in WordPress, although I must admit it’s still easier than in Joomla.

Preventing downloading of your Facebook hi-res images

I was uploading some pictures to my Facebook Fan Page and I noticed the “Download in High Resolution” link on the bottom right of the image. A few months ago I had read that FB was going to implement this feature but I’d forgotten all about it.

Getting your Facebook share out of Facebook Cache HELL!


Actually maybe that should be Facebook Cache Limbo? It is a mystery. Anyway, great news, people! An issue that came up in the comments section of my previous article on Facebook thumbnails has been solved (or at least reliably worked-around). Commenter Nélio (man, you rock!) tipped us off to the existence of the Facebook URL […]

WordPress Related Posts Plugin and Database Woes

wordpress database woes

I’ve had this site running on WordPress now for a little over a year, and I’ve wasted a lot of time by not optimizing it. For this reason, I decided to enable my related posts plugin to try to encourage some more reading of the articles on the site. To that end, I finally got […]

How to style your module display positions better in Joomla 1.5

I did another video tutorial recently on Joomla module positions, and I used the old trick of adding “?tp=1” to the end of the url to display the module positions. If you’re unfamiliar with this, try browsing to your Joomla site and adding that to the end of the url. So if I had: “” I […]

How to add a stroke to a raster in Illustrator

Here’s a quick video tutorial on adding a stroke to a raster object in Adobe Illustrator. It’s not very intuitive so it’s unlikely you would just stumble onto the answer. It eluded me for years until I finally decided to hunt down the method. Adobe really should just fix this, already. There’s no reason in […]

Daz Studio 3D Character Tutorial Part 2

Here’s part 2 of my 3D character walkthrough using Daz Studio 3. Parts 3 and 4 are up on my YouTube Channel as well. In this one I go through changing the materials and colors on your props and models. I had to move kind of quick to get in under YouTube’s 15 min time […]

JOOMLA Drop Down menus with SWMenu Free

I just posted a video tutorial on setting up the SWmenufree extension in Joomla 1.5. It’s true that sometimes people don’t know what to do first when they install this extension, so I came up with a basic walkthrough. Here’s the vid (and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you don’t want […]