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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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  • CSS3 Lifelike: A Slightly Different Box Model with {box-sizing:border-box}

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    The classical box model in CSS has never been the most intuitive. Thanks to CSS3, we now have an alternative to consider: {box-sizing:border-box}. This model has lots of advantages, especially when it comes to flexible layouts.



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  • Photoshop Etiquette: Basic Knowhow for Designing The Web Using Photoshop

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    Adobe’s Photoshop still is the market’s most common and most popular choice for professional designers. Besides photography and print design, which Photoshop once got invented for, it is widely used in the designing of websites, too. The last ten years saw the product grow in functionality especially in terms of web design features. A large part of the world’s most successful websites started as a draft in Adobe’s market leader. Photoshop Etiquette is a new and free service, aiming at beginners in web design with Photoshop. It offers the absolute basics and makes for a very good starting point.



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  • CSS Rooted: Flexible Type Sizes With REM

    Best practices of defining font sizes are discussed throughout the web since its inception. Besides the traditional candidates, such as px, em and %, rem represents a fairly new alternative, taking the best of the other units and combining them into one.



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  • HINT.css – Tooltips In Pure CSS3 And HTML5, No JavaScript Needed

    Tooltips in HTML pages general do not need any effort from a developer’s side, as long as they put proper title attributes to their elements. The title is then used for showing the tooltip, but also for other things, such as providing a screen reader with proper content. Speaking of the use case of tooltips, the visual presentation depends on the browser your site gets visited with. Developers with the need for more control turned to JavaScript bases solutions years ago. Kashagra Gour created Hint.css, which proves as a decent alternative, based completely on CSS and HTML.



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  • Agile Designers: A Collection of Resources for Web Designers

    Agile Designers by Webalys is a platform for web designers, currently in beta. Up to now already around 1,900 designers have registered and put up 740 resources. This is massive, considering that the service just launched on the 7th of November of last year. Reason enough to take a closer look at what’s in store.



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  • The Accessibility Project – How To Integrate Accessibility Into Your Daily Designs

    A few days ago we brought HTML_CodeSniffer to your attention, a bookmarklet for testing websites in terms of accessibility. Today we encountered a brand-new project, that aims at the average designer and is set to be the starting point for everything around accessibility. Community-driven and crowdsourced, A11Y as the project abbreviates itself, wants to support and encourage accessible web designs. The project is refreshingly different and growing rapidly.



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  • AI -> Canvas: Export Fully Functional HTML5 Canvas From Within Adobe Illustrator

    Mike Swanson, though having been aboard Microsoft for more than 11 years, has created a plugin for Adobe Ilustrator that resembles a good wine. The older it gets, the better it grows to be. More than two years ago, still employed at the Redmond company, Swanson pushed out the first version of AI -> Canvas. At that time HTML5 canvas was already of some prominence, but who would have dared to use the element in production environments? Today things look different, entirely different…



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  • 50+ Fascinating Promotional Booklets to Inspire

    No digital format can compare to the unique impression that printed materials leave with an audience. In today’s era of computers and mobile devices, an excellent way for businesses to stand out is by printing booklets or other materials such as posters and postcards. In fact, an article on the PrintPlace.com blog points out that readers are much more engaged when reading print materials than when reading digitally. If you want your target audience to slow down and notice your products or portfolio in more details, then a promotional booklet may be your answer.



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  • The Psychology of Business Card Design

    We know you! We know that you are keen to know everything about business cards. At least that’s what Google Analytics tells us. You like design templates, sample designs for inspiration purposes and engage in games where you can win sets of cards of your own. This is why we’d like to point you to a brand-new infographic by our friends over at UPrinting. They know their ways around everything printable and have now put together some essential tips on the psychology of a business card. You will definitely want to take a look…



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