Design

  • Creativity-Powerhouse: 40 Free and Unusual Brush Sets for Adobe Photoshop

    One of the many strengths of Photoshop is its extensibility. Especially the brushes-section can be easily packed with hundreds and hundreds of different styles. Today we sort the wheat from the chaff and present you 40 high-grade sets that have the potential to unleash your creativity to whole new levels. All the brushes can be used free of charge, while it is always advisable to check the licence and its compliance to the project you are about to create.



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  • Business Cards that Work for You: Tips and Best Practices

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    Business cards are a quite popular topic and, depending on your method of acquisition, a decidedly important one. The web is full of examples in a wide variety of layouts. Today there’s no shortage of creative business card designs to buy ready-made or get tailored by a designer. Therefore the bigger problem is, how to avoid getting a card design that is nothing special.



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  • KISS: A Showcase of Beautifully Simple Blog Design

    Simple Blog Design

    As a member of the design community you have probably heard the expression ‘KISS’ before. For those of you who haven’t, it stands for ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’. It’s an established design rule that you should not over-complicate your layouts, but rather focus on the core aims for your page. The trouble is that designing a simple web layout is notoriously difficult. Despite containing less data and less graphics, a successful minimal web design is actually very difficult to produce. There is no hiding behind flashy graphics or other such distractions. Every detail must be just right, and it is these details that can make or break a simple web design. In this article we’ll show you how minimal minimal can be and how beautiful it can get…



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  • Freebie of the Day: Photoshop Action ‘The Wise Watson’

    The nice folks over at Lookfilter.com want to promote their yet to be finished collection of fresh Photoshop actions. Of the announced four actions only one is already available by now. Good for all of us, they give it away for free. Who wouldn’t appreciate a professional photography effect? And that’s exactly what you get for giving away your mail address.



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  • Get Your Form On: Modern Web Forms Tutorials

    This article is designed to show you (through tutorials) how to create and better understand CSS forms. With a proper understanding of each element (radio buttons, checkboxes, textareas ..), CSS know-how, a little patience and some creativity you can create beautiful and appealing forms.



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  • Make it Stretch: Full Image and Video Backgrounds in Web Design

    Big is the new trend around the web because nearly everyone wants it. It is imperative that one stays up on trends as a web designer. Never do you want to put yourself in jeopardy of offering someone (or yourself) a web design that is boring and outdated. It seems that almost every year or even every six months, there are new trends springing up across the web. For many the route now is go big or go home.



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  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Set of Sleek Web Ribbons

    In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a set of sleek web ribbons. We’ll start with two simple shapes and some basic masking techniques. Next, using a simple rectangle and some simple vector shape building techniques we’ll create the overall ribbon shape. Once we have the starting shapes we’ll continue with the smaller parts. Using some Pathfinder options, several Warp and Gaussian Blur effects plus some basic…



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  • Creativity Illustrated: Collection of Imaginative Vector Posters

    Vectors are quite the popular format to use for many graphic designers looking to create interesting character illustrations and more. With the versatility that continues to be offered with each generation of illustration programs that are on the market, the growing body of work being produced is not only quite stunning, it is creatively inspiring.



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  • Showcase of Incredible Design Portfolios From All Over the World

    No matter when or why you find yourself browsing the internet, there is no short of different logos, websites and print designs filling the web. Having experience in the fields helps one to distinguish the visual candy from the beauty of great web design. In this information age the competition remains fierce, always causing the bar to be raised. With so many creative people focused on web design, it takes a log to stand out from the crowds.



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  • Beautiful Button Design in Action: Examples & Tips for Creating Effective Buttons

    Designing beautiful buttons for the web is an art form in and of itself. The best buttons often appear simple and easy to design, yet are deceptively difficult, and are often comprised of many subtle design elements, backed by solid marketing theories. Today we’re going to look at some of the principles behind great button design, and give you some practical tips to improve your own website’s buttons, and boost your conversions/click-through rates.



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