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So I have been using Ctrl+D (Transform Again) in illustrator for many year now and love to be able to quickly copy and repeat. I had throught that it was not posible in photoshop due to its pixel nature but today I found this on planetphotopshop.com:-

It talks about step and repeat which sounded like what I was after. So it turns out there is a transform again in photoshop and it is:-

Shift-Command-T (Mac) or Shift-Control-T (Windows)

For more info check out the link to planetphotoshop.

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Problem

So yesterday I was working on an iphone UI design and got desk dropped by the boss and a developer. They proceeded to fire changes at me which I tried to make real time. Now this involved selection multiple layers and shifting them around. I have to say that the workflow felt all wrong at that moment and I wished I was using fireworks or illustrator so I could select and move quickly without having to use the layers pallet.

Solution

Now I was aware the move tool had an auto-select option but I have not really used it as much as I should but from now on I will. To make it even better from most other tools you and hold ctrl which will give you move tool. But also you can hold shift which allows you to select multi objects in the document window.

shift + ctrl + click objects in document window.

You need to have the auto-select option ticked and the layer or group selected in the drop down.

There is also the option to Show Bounding Box, which means you can see what is selected. You will need to select the move tool to see these option.

Well hope this helps, I know next time I get desk dropped I will be able to move multiple items briskly without having to use the layer pallet which remain the only pallet I have open 24/7. Maybe one day I will work pallet less!

For further reading have a look here.

So I have recently started to design layouts for smart phones, clearly it is a different world from web design. One thing that struck me was the resolution/pixel density seems to vary depending on the handset in question ranging from 150 to 300 ppi. While looking around I could not find any one source of data for a mix of handsets so I thought I would start at list. If I miss any (and I will) than please feel free to add to the comments section

iphone

160 ppi

3.5 inch

480 x 320 pixels

itouch

163 ppi

3.5 inch

480 x 320 pixels

HTC Touch Pro

287ppi

480×640 pixels

Palm Pre

3.1-inch

480×320 resolution,

186 ppi

ipad

9.7 inch,

1024 X 768

(132 ppi)

For furth reading you might like to see this.

You might also like to try this pixel calculator.

If you have details from other phones please add in comments and I will update the post.

So last year Photoshop.com brought out a Mobile App on your iPhone. While still quite basic in it functionality it seems to be quite a nice start. Bellow are some images of the app.