Dirk Metzmacher

  • Scratching The Surface: 40 High-Grade Textures for Print and Web Projects

    Textures are what you need if you want a surface to look realistic. Sure, you might as well create them digitally, e.g. using Photoshop. Yet, Photoshop’s results are much too clean to fake reality in a believable manner. If you want to create a photorealistic texture with your favorite image editor, you’ll need to combine filters with filters on filters, ’til days end. Why not walk the easy path and choose one of the following textures based on photos in different resolutions?



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  • Photoshop Time Travel: 40 Retro and Vintage Effects For That Aged Look You Don’t Want To See In The Mirror

    Vintage and retro effects, those that make images look dated, are common and beloved, while at the same time simple to create. It only takes a few steps in Adobe Photoshop to design that cool retro poster or that auld frame around the latest photo or to let that all too clean graphic age a few decades. The examples we dug up today will surely inspire, probably even impress you…



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  • 40 Extraordinary Package Designs For Your Inspiration

    Good package design does a great job. It urges customers to buy, it informs, sports a unique look and gives the product a memorable, at least recognizable face. What we are going to show you today are prototypes. Most of these didn’t yet make into your favorite shopping mall, but might do so any day soon. What do you think of these avantgarde designs? They are well worth the inspiration, aren’t they …



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  • Homepage Construction Kit: 40 Ready-made Elements for Web Design with Photoshop (+ how to create your own)

    It is quite common to prototype web designs in Adobe Photoshop. Although the final product will consist of large amounts of CSS driven looks, it usually turns out to be faster to use an image-editor for the first drafts. Photoshop still is designer’s first choice in many cases. Using very few basic shapes and forms you are able to creative high-grade user logins, buttons, sliders, video-players or even whole web sites.



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  • SEO 2013: 20 Most Important Contributions To Content Marketing Strategies

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    Google’s Penguin called it quits for some SEOs. Over-optimized websites with unnatural link structures and keyword stuffing got punished. New strategies had to be developed. Content marketing became the next big thing – a strategy I would have thought that was patently obvious. High-grade content, be it articles, videos, podcasts or infographics, proves to be the solution. Content like this needs no unnatural link support, instead builds backlinks automatically – because of the quality of it.



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  • To Hope Beyond Hope: iOS 7 Concepts Jony Ive Should Definitely Draw Inspiration From

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    Flat and very, very colorful is Apple’s new approach to iOS. Reactions are partly flat, partly very colorful, too. “Love it or leave it” seems to be the only option. Yet, iOS 7 is only a beta version, nothing needs to be carved in stone by now, Jony. We have collected numerous different concepts to show you and our readers, how iOS could turn out to become. Some are somewhat resemblant, some are totally different, but all are – much more beautiful! Please, draw some inspiration from these creations, if only a little…



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  • Better than Photoshop Tutorials: 50 Free, Detailed PSDs with Open Layers (+ Tips)

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    Today we are going to look over the shoulders of quite a few professional designers. Using their original PSDs with open layers, we will be able to exactly reconstruct, what has been done and how. If you are like me, this way of learning by doing proves more effective than working through step-by-step tutorials. The following files come with lots of layers to be examined, as we are going to dissect a camera, a sports shoe, a cell phone and lots more. Have fun looking through the eyes of the most able Photoshop professionals. Before I forget: watch out for some layer-related Photoshop tips, I may have left for you throughout the collection…



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  • Icons Galore – 48 Beautiful and Unusual Icon Sets Free for Commercial Use

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    The smallest, yet very important part of a graphical user interface is the icon. We have curated a large collection of hundreds of symbols in 50 sets. Only two sets are limited to private usage only, the rest is free for commercial use. From minimalistic and flat to photo-realistic and three-dimensional, any shape and color is represented. In between the sets, look for additional Photoshop tips on how to manipulate and extend the sets professionally…



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  • Maximum Quality: 44 Free Fonts for Creative Designers

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    We did it again. We curated more than 40 high-grade fonts for your designing pleasure. Each one is equipped with additional info as to whether the font is private and commercially usable and in which format it will be delivered. Most fonts contain special characters from several languages, but as our audience is international, we did not check that for each and every charset possibly demanded. You will need to do that by yourself. As you are on it, you should as well double-check whether the license has probably been changed and what kind of usage it allows. Have fun with these high-quality fontsets from all over the world.



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  • 44 Corporate Identities plus How To Create Your Own Using Photoshop

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    Corporate Design (CD) as a subset of the wider Corporate Identity determines how a company will be perceived in the public eye. Its logo or elements from it make up the outward appearance. Any means of communication, be it business cards or stationery and any means of advertising, such as flyers, brochure and of course digital representations in the form of a website or – growing more and more popular – apps derives from it.



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