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  • Let it Burn: 40 of The Best Text Effect Tutorials Crammed With Photoshop Expertise

    Tutorials on how to create amazing text effects with Photoshop are highly coveted. And rightfully so, as a burning, frozen or glowing or in other ways different looking text brightens up any invitation, flyer, poster or other print and web product. We have found loads of these. What we also found are 3D effects we found astonishing. There’s a lot you can do without having to fire up a full-fledged 3D software. We dove into the deep web and came up with these 40 high-grade tutorials, packed with Photoshop tricks for immediate usefulness. We are sure, you will yourself dive into more than one of the following brilliant guides.



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  • Elegant or Boring? Gray Color in Website Design

    Did you know that the human eye is able to distinguish something around 500 shades of gray? The range of gray lies between two non-colors – black and white. The darker a gray is the more black-like it is, and the lighter tones of gray are growing into white. Depending on the intensity of the color, it has been loaded with various meanings. Light gray shades are very neutral, they are perfect for a background design. Usually, light gray doesn’t evoke negative emotions, and, to be honest, it feels emotionless in most cases. On the other side, dark gray symbolizes mourning, depression, grief – strong emotions. The wide range of gray shades and their associated effects allow us to claim this color to be one of the most versatile and unpredictable.



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  • Magic.css: CSS3 Animations on Steroids

    It is almost a year ago, that Christian Pucci from Italy introduced his stylesheet-project Magic.css. Magic.css lets you build CSS3 animations with special effects. Last year, Christian, better known as miniMac, had only a handful of effects to show. Up until today, this number has grown to 55. All the effects come in a single stylesheet, prefixed for all modern browsers. Magic.css is published under the terms of the MIT license, and can be used freely.



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  • Red Color in Web Design: Provocative or Attractive?

    The color red is the most sexy, passionate and provocative. In the color psychology, red symbolizes energy, love and emotions. A man gives red roses to a girl he is in love with; when a girl is in love she secretly draws red hearts in her diary. Another positive meaning of the red color is appetite stimulation. It is nothing but suitable for a food industry to use red, as for example red accents in the interior design of a restaurant or red colored tableware. Red has also a negative meaning: it is aggressive, it symbolizes anger and hatred; it is the color of war and blood. Still, if to think negatively and be pessimist, one can find bad side in everything. Let me ask you one primitive thing: don’t men like watching girls walking on the street in hot red dresses? Aren’t red lips tempting and magnetizing? This is how red turns to be provocative, but in a good sense of it.



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  • CSS Vocabulary: Definitions for Beginners

    Even experienced designers are not constantly keeping CSS vocabulary in sight. Or are you permanently rattling off commands with your eyes closed? If so, people might start to avoid you. Did you notice such signs, now you probably know where to search. Thank me later. Probably it helps to know that there is a very conclusive technique to avoid running around murmuring CSS properties. Simply visit the project "CSS Vocabulary" and free your mind.



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  • Equinox: 25 Stylish Nightclub Website Designs

    All people have different goals in life and are interested in different things. Some take delight in working hard and building excellent careers, others are happy to watch their children grow. Some like to travel and see the world. It is our daily life, things we do in the daytime. But when the night comes, don’t we like to relax, have fun, dance, drink a cocktail or two, party with friends? There are many nightclubs all around the USA, and not just here. Every big city has its own nightlife and where do you think we will find the best clubs in the world? – It is easy to guess that websites will tell us a lot about this kind of enjoyment and fun people like to have.



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  • Google Web Fundamentals: Free Handbook for Multi-Device Web Design in the Making

    A few days ago, Google released a beta version of a stylish and comprehensive new online handbook for web designers and developers to the public. The project is a work in progress and will lead to a more polished version 1.0 in June. Yet, you shouldn’t wait until then, as Web Fundamentals is a fine collection of best practices in multi-device, responsive design just now. Work on the handbook is coordinated via Github, while the product itself has its own shiny website – a best practice example in itself…



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  • Cerberus Makes Your HTML Email Work On Any Client

    Ted Goas from New Jersey knows what he’s talking about. He calls his latest project Cerberus, which educated people surely know to be the three-headed dog from hell aka hell-hound. He thinks the naming to be appropriate for an ambitious project like his, that aims to make HTML email work (three-headed) over desktops, mobiles and – even – Outlook. Cerberus is a collection of patterns compiled into two templates for you to build your email newsletters upon.



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  • Common UX Mistakes That Are Killing Your Design

    When it comes to product design and user experience, many companies are heads-down in the process. A good design is achieved due to a combination of multiple factors, such as the hard-work of the designers and the supportive collaboration across multiple teams within the firm. However, more often than not, many UX design projects suffer from some common mistakes. In this post, we shall be taking a look at such mistakes and discussing ways to avoid them.



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  • Get Prepared: 40+ Top Free Vectors for Spring Holidays

    Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving (in the US) are such big holidays in the winter that it can be easy to forget the smaller holiday that occur at the end of winter and into spring. Valentine’s Day is today, so we are little late for that, but we still have St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and even Memorial Day at the end of spring.



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