Ever wonder what a designer’s screen looks like when they’re not designing screens?
A screen isn’t really something you can buy; it is an abstract representation of the product that they’re designing. So when they need a break from designing, they need a way to protect their work.
Many designers use a password-protected screen that only they can access, so if they accidentally leave the building for a second, someone else can’t access their work. Or if they’re working on a project that isn’t completed yet, they don’t want anyone else to see what they’re working on.
Like other protective measures such as screen protectors or anti-glare shields, the designer’s screen can also protect them from damage to their eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun. Some even have a stand so they can sit the screen while working and prevent strain on their back.
If a designer needs a way to protect their creative space, there are plenty of ways to achieve that with minimal effort. Here are a few of them:
Many smartphones and tablets now come with a ‘portrait mode’ where the screen becomes an extension of the camera. It is often used for taking self-portraits, so if you have one of these devices, why not use it to your advantage?
If a designer wants to take a break from designing and just relax, they can use their phone or tablet to access their workspace remotely. While in ‘portrait’ mode, their screen will show a live video stream of what is on their phone or tablet. This means they can see everything that is going on, and it also makes it easier for them to work as they can guide their cursor with their fingers on the touch screen. It is like having a second screen to look at. And if they don’t have ‘portrait mode’, they can use apps like Duo Camera to provide that extra screen.
Another great way to protect your work is to create a ‘locked screen’. This is where you keep your sensitive information securely and prevent people from accidentally or deliberately accessing it. The best part about a locked screen is that it only provides the information that the creator wants everyone to see. It makes sense for a designer to lock down important project files or sketches so that only certain people can access them, but it can also be used for passwords, logins, or any other type of sensitive information.
To create a locked screen, you will need to head over to the developer section of your phone or tablet’s operating system and search for ‘screen lock’. Once you have found it, you will need to follow the onscreen instructions to create a password-protected screen. In most cases, all you need to do is type in a password when prompted, agree to the terms and conditions, and you’re done!
You can use this feature for all sorts of things, but above all, it is essential that you protect your work from theft. It is also quite convenient to use this feature to create a secure area where you can keep all your private information, such as credit cards, passwords, and other sensitive data. When you lock the screen, everything on it is inaccessible by anyone else. And unless you want to give certain people access to your locked screen, you should lock it down with a password so that only the people you want can access it.
Blur And Distortion
If you really want to protect your work, you can take it a step further and apply a bit of ‘blur’ and ‘distortion’ to it. This will not only increase the screen’s hiding abilities but will also add a touch of randomness to it so that it is less likely to be replicated exactly. The best part is that you can do this on your phone or tablet using free apps like Instagram’s blurring tool or the Snapchat lens blurs.
While this may seem like an advanced technique, it is absolutely essential for anyone wanting to paint or draw on their smartphone’s screen. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes screen burn, which not only becomes irritating but could also damage your sight permanently. By applying a bit of blur or distortion to your screen, you will not only be able to hide your work from prying eyes but will also make your screen much easier on the eyes. In most cases, all you need to do is take a few images of your screen and apply those effects into one image that will look like noise has been added to it.
This may seem like an advanced technique, but if you really want to protect your work, you can use all of the above methods! It is always good to have more options, and as long as each one provides unique benefits, you should definitely try them out.