How To Create a Baseline Grid Pattern in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 24, 2015

The best designers will admit that grids are vital to any project. Whether you’re designing for print or the web, grids offer structure that can either be followed or ignored. Most people think of grid systems like 960GS where you create long columns across the full width of the page.

But there is another grid related to typography known as the baseline. It typically adds a new grid line every X number of pixels based on the website’s line height. As you can imagine, this would be exhausting to manually create by hand.

baseline typography style

Instead it’s better to create a pattern for your baseline and fill it onto a new layer. In this guide I’ll show you how to create a quick baseline pattern and apply it to your own mockup.

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The Difference Between Layer Masks & Clipping Masks in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 22, 2015

Adobe Photoshop is one of the more complicated programs because it can be used for a wide array of purposes. But once you nail down the fundamental tools it becomes a lot easier to envision how you might create certain effects in future work.

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One of the confusing ideas that often trips new users is the difference between a layer mask and a clipping mask. They behave similarly but should be used for different purposes.

This guide will cover the basics of both layer masks & clipping masks while demonstrating how you might use them in real-world projects. Both should be useful at different times and if you want to master Photoshop then you’ll need to understand these crucial differences.

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How To Use Photoshop Adjustment Layers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 13, 2015

Most people who are familiar with photo editing should know about image adjustments. These are used to affect a photo’s levels in light & color. The only problem with using typical adjustments is that they can damage an image’s pixels permanently.

preview adjustment layers photoshop

This brief how-to will explain the benefits of using an adjustment layer instead of a typical adjustment. Non-destructive workflow is crucial to becoming a master of Photoshop. We’ll be using many of the same tools and interfaces but they’ll be applied onto a separate layer rather than directly onto the image itself.

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