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DTS is one of New Zealand’s leading business broadband providers and I was really honored to be asked to design & develop a new web site for them. Check out the new DTS website here. The site was developed with the WordPress framework so that it’s easy to maintain and is built around the concept… Read more »

Compositing two photos in photoshop

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Ash on the Great Wall in his jammies

I was looking through some photos on my phone recently and came across this hard-case photo of my boy. This is his “I’m stuck to the floor” pose but to me it looked more like kung-fu … and an opportunity to try a little more photoshop compositing. There were a number of steps in putting… Read more »

Relighting a person in photoshop (and adding luminous butterflies)

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Sticking with my theme of actually doing tutorials (and not just watching along) I wanted to experiment with a very cool lighting technique demonstrated by photoshop legend, Russell Brown, in this fantastic tutorial. We had a nice afternoon out at a local park when something caught my little one’s attention. We took a quick… Read more »


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The Discover Boating website is an initiative from the Marine Industry Association of New Zealand with the aim being to educate and encourage people on all matters boating. I worked closely with the the team at MIA to replicate the content from their existing site and set up a similar structure in the WordPress platform…. Read more »

Tutorial: Precomping in After Effects

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Here is my take on another fantastic Greyscale Gorilla tutorial from Nick Campbell – Precomping in After Effects. You can find the original tutorial here. Thanks Nick!

Tutorials: Do you do them or do you just like to watch?

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I have to confess that I spend invest a lot of my time in keeping up with the huge number of fantastic tutorials available these days. I’m addicted. Vodafone will be happy to hear that as I’m almost always going over my monthly data limit. One of the things that really interests me is motion… Read more »

Quick Tip: Copy and Paste from Illustrator to After Effects

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For some reason, copying and pasting between Illustrator and After Effects hadn’t been working for me. Perhaps I had changed an option somewhere. Turns out it was a really easy fix. So for all those that haven’t had any luck with copy and paste from Illustrator to After Effects (CS4 at least) it’s as easy… Read more »

Quick tip: Fireworks 9 slice symbols

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It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Adobe Fireworks and just recently I was reminded why. I was putting together a small job for a client who needed to put the finishing touches onto his website. He has a video trading website and one of the requirements when listing videos for sale is… Read more »

Site Launch: Creative Space

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Like so many businesses, Creative Space had a web site that simply didn’t reflect the nature and quality of their work. Until now that is. Creative Space are a Tauranga based architectural studio who had outgrown their previous web site. They needed a new look to aid in a marketing campaign and it needed to… Read more »