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Photoshop Tip: Set Print Design Work to CMYK

Posted on: February 11th, 2009 by Ben Bishop No Comments

Applies to Windows XP / Vista.

Just a quick tip. I have just designed my new business cards and needed to ensure that the artwork was correctly set to the CMYK colour space needed by my printers.

There are two areas you need to check, ideally before you complete your work else there is probably gonna be some colour correction required.

  1. ‘Edit’ -> ‘Color Settings’ and ensure your working spaces and color management settings are setup correctly. If you are not sure about this, contact your printers.
  2. ‘Image’ -> ‘Mode’ ->’CMYK Color’.

Easy eh?

BenBishop Blog Redesign: Refracted

Posted on: January 15th, 2009 by Ben Bishop No Comments

In the three years since I last redesigned benbishop.me.uk, my personal blog, there have been significant developments in web design. From CSS frameworks like The Blueprint, JavaScript library’s like jQuery to development WordPress themes like Sandbox, all have been designed to decrease development time from concept to implementation.

‘Refracted’ is the product of three years experience with commercial clients and the implementation of many of these techniques.


I had the idea of the logo image in my head for a while and was quite determined to go with a light and vibrant design. Contrasting significantly with the previous ‘Satin’ theme, a light text on dark background theme, I wanted ‘Refracted’ to feel like a change from the old.

The layout was sketched out with old fashioned pencil and paper (!) and the design was composed in Photoshop with Illustrator being used for the 3D typeface effect in the logo. Then Photoshop was used again for the rainbow striped effect for the backoground to the logo and the footer.


Using the Sandbox wordpress theme, I was able to rapidly convert the design into the valid xhtml and css WordPress theme that you see on the site at the moment. Using Dreamweaver, the code editor is excellent, I began the process of adding the header image, and then working methodically through the design as I got dirty with the CSS, making use of the semantic mark up included with Sandbox.

With the basic design done, I installed and configured the widgets to the preconfigured 2 sidebars and finally did the cross browser compatibility changes requried.

End Result

With the theme 90% finished, I still need to monetise it asap, I have gone live. More information can be found here or take a look at the site itself, benbishop.me.uk

How To: Backup and Restore Photoshop CS2 Settings and Workspaces

Posted on: February 11th, 2007 by Ben Bishop 1 Comment

Fairly regularly, it seems recently, I have had to backup and restore my settings for Adobe Photoshop CS2. This isn’t the most straightforward process but is relatively painless if you know where to look. This process can be followed for most of Adobe’s apps but in this example we will backup and restore Photoshop CS2.

This ‘how to’ applies to Vista/XP.


  1. Exit Photoshop CS2.
  2. Ensure that you can see hidden files and folders.
    • XP/Vista: From ‘folder options’ and the ‘View’ tab, select the radio button ‘Show hidden files and folders’.
  3. Locate your settings folder.
    • Vista: Usersuser nameAppdataRoamingAdobePhotoshop9.0Adobe Photoshop CS2 Settings
    • XP: Documents and Settingsuser nameApplication DataAdobePhotoshop9.0Adobe Photoshop CS2
  4. Copy this folder and archive securely.


  1. Exit Photoshop CS2.
  2. Locate the Photoshop CS2 settings folder in the same way as instructed above.
  3. Rename the folder to ‘Settings Old’.
  4. Copy the archived folder back to ‘9.0’ folder.
  5. Restart Photoshop CS2.
  6. When you are satisfied that you have all your settings and Photoshop is working correctly then delete the ‘Settings Old’ folder.

Always backup before making changes to files and folders on your system.