iPhone 5 PSD Template

iPhone 5 Device PSD Template

The iPhone 5 is an amazing, well-designed, and versatile device. However, as usual, it’s extremely hard to find good lossless pictures of the device for use in promotions, blog posts, and on websites. The press graphics provided by Apple itself have very strict licensing and only scale so far since they’re already rendered and you don’t get access to the source files.

Given that most of this iPhone’s design will most likely stick around for at least 2 years to come, I thought it made sense to spend some time on making a fully vector based replica of it to save time for designers working on apps and websites for the iPhone 5.

This illustration was made in Photoshop to ensure pixel perfection but is composed entirely of vector based or scalable elements. You can literally use Image Resize to scale this image up to be as tall as yourself at 300dpi with the same level of detail and no pixelation. For convenience the template is fitted at Retina resolution, so you can easily drop in iPhone 5 screenshots of apps/websites into the template without having to resize the device itself to fit.

Download PSD Template

Download iPhone 5 PSD Template (zipped .psd, ~54MB)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Couldn’t find any better license than this. You’re free to use the artwork and modify it however you want for both personal and commercial use.

Information

These instructions are also embedded in the PSD template itself.

  • Right-click on the Smart Object the PSD opens to in the Layer palette and choose Replace Contents to fit your screenshot snugly in the frame.
  • The guides in the PSD are fitted to be exactly 640x1136px.
  • There are three pre-set slices in the PSD, two for exporting the entire device with padding and one for exporting the screen only.
  • A sample status bar exists in the “Screenshots” folder, use it to apply a custom carrier, time, and battery life.
  • There are two device shadows included: one that indicates a device balancing on it’s edge and one for when it’s laying flat on a surface.
  • Three backgrounds are bundled, disable all to get a transparent backdrop.
  • A device reflection is also included. Use in moderation!

Enjoy and happy shoppin’.

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For some reason the lovely Sheri Bigelow of DesignSimply just takes the best candid portrait pictures. Attending WordCamp San Francisco and the subsequent Hack Day a few weeks back she was roaming the halls taking pictures of everything that moved. Or hardly moved at all, in my case. This is my favorite:

Isaac Keyet - portrait by Sheri Bigelow
Image courtesy of Sheri Bigelow

The photos are upp on Matt’s blog, take a visit!

Side note: this post is a complete ego-trip if you hadn’t noticed already.

Celestica

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“Celestica is actually the name of the company in our home town that produces plastic, someone who worked there committed suicide by jumping into a large container of boiling liquid plastic and the workers couldn’t stop the machine so the body melted and became part of the stream of liquid plastic which they use to create products with.”

– Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles

If you like Crystal Castles, go check out my dedicated YouTube playlist: Crystal Castles forever

My Dvorak journey, part 4

A little over a month ago I challenged myself:

I currently have an average of 73 words per minute on Typeracer.com. Can I get to an average above 90 in 1 months time using a Dvorak keyboard? Source

It’s now been over a month, closing in on one and a half actually, and I’m happy to report… that I’m not there just yet. However, it’s got to a point where at least the thought of having to type something doesn’t make my fingers crumble. I don’t think too much about it anymore, to be honest.

The last month or so I’ve traveled some, which definitely didn’t help my speed typing recovery. If there’s one tip I have for people considering making the switch, it’s this: stay by your desk. Wether it be at home or in an office, make sure to stick with it and don’t give yourself any breaks. You simply haven’t earned them just yet!

So here we are. I’ve now been using DVORAK for 42 consecutive days, and I can’t type on a QWERTY keyboard anymore. I thought I would be able to alternate but this has not worked out at all. Now I just skip the umlauts when I write in Swedish, which makes me feel like a world trotter writing home in the 90’s.

This post took roughly 15 minutes to write. (Yay!)

My highest Typeracer score today (out of 3 races) was 44 WPM. Just a little over a month ago this was 12 WPM.

How to restart Bluetooth (blued) on a Mac

Update February 2016: If you’re on Mac OS X El Capitan or newer, please follow these steps to reset your bluetooth module instead.

Update March 2016: If you’re getting the “Bluetooth Not Available” error, please follow this guide instead: Bluetooth Not Available Mac OS X Problem

apple-bluetooth-illustration-old Sometimes when my computer runs out of battery, and Bluetooth devices are still connected, I can’t reconnect the devices when the computer is alive again. It seems to be a bug in OS X 10.6 that, besides not letting you reconnect the devices, also makes it impossible to restart the Bluetooth service (which otherwise is the first thing to try if you ever have problems with connected devices).

In the menu bar it looks like you can’t turn off bluetooth, if you dig deeper and go into System Preferences you’ll find that BT is actually turned off and from there the checkbox to turn it on again won’t accept your clicks.

After getting annoyed by this over and over again for the past few months or so, and with no OS X updates fixing the problem, I finally uncovered a simple way to force power cycle the process which seems to temporarily fix the problem for me. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open the Activity Monitor (Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor).
  2. Find the process called blued and select it. (Tip: sorting using the Process Name column makes this much easier to find.)
  3. With blued selected, click the Quit Process button at the top.
  4. A dialogue comes up asking you to confirm the action. Press Force Quit. Since this process is run by the “root” user, you will most likely have to enter the Administrator password to continue.
  5. Done! The process quits, and immediately starts itself again. You should now be able to turn Bluetooth on/off again, as well as connect your devices.

This was a guide on how to restart the Bluetooth process (“blued”) using the Activity Monitor in OS X Snow Leopard. I like to write these small basic tutorials for things I’ve had problems with myself, but then found a work-around for.

Do you have a better way of doing this? Let me know in the comments!

Absolute.Complete.Disaster.

As far as havocs go, I’ve never messed up more in my life than I have today. Let me summarize what’s happened so far.

The day starts with missing my flight back to Europe, I was 100% convinced I was flying out on the 25th and not the 24th. I think I was confused because with the time differences and the length of the flight, I would arrive on the 25th. Problem is I’m realizing this around 2-3PM, and due to the visa issues I’ve had before from entering the US, I’m very, very concerned about not breaking any visa regulations. One of the most important things is to be sure to fly out on the exact date your visa was issued for. For me, that’s today. The american border control officers have no compassion, even for missed flights.

So I book a flight to go to Atlanta, the closest major flight hub in the US, to make sure I leave the US soil within 8hrs. Rushing to the airport, I call an AirFrance rep to book an ATL-CDG-MIL flight (end destination Milano, Italy). That ticket alone ended up costing me over $2,000.

I’m sprinting through security, trying to get all my things together after the screening, and for the moment both my bags are on the floor. The conveyer belt makes the overweight carry-on belonging to the lady behind me in line fall right on my computer bag. I hear a cracking sound, but don’t have time to check the damage, and run off to the gate.

The BHM-ATL flight is only 30min, but is delayed an hour.

I get to Atlanta and find a check-in machine. Flight’s booked, but the AirFrance phone rep misspelled my middle name, even though we went through all names to make sure she got it right. Going to Concourse E and the Delta-AirFrance desk. They don’t want to touch my booking in fear that it will void my ticket. All they can do is, they say, is to write a note to the personell on the flight to give me a seat. I have another 3 hours here in Atlanta to wait for the flight to departure, a flight I might not even get on due to the mistake of one of their official phone reps, and with a ticket I’ve payed thousands of dollars for.

After a much-needed cigarette break in one of the smoking lounges, I open my computer to write this post. This is when I notice that the glass screen is cracked. My iPad works, but has a huge dent on the back.

The first thing I’m doing as soon as I get home is to sell my car, tv, and playstation 3.