Dirk Metzmacher

  • 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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  • 40 Entertaining Infographics Plus Some Tips On Creating Your Own Using Photoshop

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    Infographics are popular. They help reduce complex coherences to simplified illustrations. Information gets visualized. The best infographics are self-explanatory, needing almost no text at all. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And it’s true. In this collection, we share with you 40 entertaining infographics on popular topics from around the net. If you are a programmer, illustrator, designer or nerd of any other type, you’ll most likely find at least the majority of these informative pieces interesting. If you don’t like the content, probably you’ll be inspired by the way, the graphic has been done.



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  • 40 Matte Paintings To Push You To Real Photoshop Artistry

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    Traditionally, matte paintings stem from the movie industry. Used as extensions of a film setting, they provide more depth to the whole scene and removing the limitations of a studio location. Today, with green and blue screen techiques, these paintings are still in heavy use, while – certainly – digitally created backgrounds took over the heritage from their usually glass-based predecessors. To inspire the Photoshopper in you, we spared no effort and dug up the highest-class and most astonishing matte paintings we were able to come up with.



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  • There Is No Getting Round These 40 Inescapable Fonts In 2013

    We are sure that you will not even try to live without the following collection of inescapable fonts in 2013. All these fonts carry more than the basic character set, though mileage will vary. German readers will find all the special characters, others have to check by themselves. We have included the information, whether the creators of the font allow commercial use. These things should always be double-checked beforehand anyway. So do not only rely on our findings. Furthermore we tell you the format the fonts come in. To help you determine potential usecases, we have also included our rating regarding apperance and style of each font. Designers won’t probably need that much, though…



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  • 40 Amazing Tutorials For Illustrators And Photoshoppers

    The following roundup of high-grade and elaborate Illustrator tutorials will not only satisfy the fans of vector-graphics. It is also bound to inspire the Photoshop artist. This is because a lot of the effects shown can be achieved using Photoshop as well, though in slightly different ways. You will definitely have your aha-moments here. The spectrum ranges from infographics over typography to posters and really lovely comic characters. Every designer will find his own favorite here.



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  • 40 Must-See Portfolio-Websites Of Photographers, Illustrators and Photoshop-Artists

    Portfolios can be a great way to prove how multifaceted an artist is. But this is only true while it is true for the artist and for the website. You might be a superb photographer, but if your website is not representing these skills you might have a hard time acquiring clients this way. Today we show you portfolios of artists who understood the necessity to show their skills in a skilled way. Get inspired and learn from these best practices.



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