How To’s

  • 10 Beginner Tips for Unique Product Photography

    Most photographers know the basics to good product photos – using a tripod, setting your camera to the widest aperture, using a white background, creating an out-of-focus background, and more. But what about those really unique product photographs? You know the ones. They simply don’t look like a normal product photo you’d see in a regular catalog. These are usually used for full page features in a catalog or in ads for top brands.



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  • Tablet Web Design Best Practices: Free Ebook Offers Loads of Useful Tips

    Who would dare to not call the guys and girls of Canadian Mobify experts in mobile web design? They actually are. Though not everyone will find their cloud-based design concepts appealing. A short while ago the people at Mobify decided to publish an ebook on the best practices in tablet-focused web design. They titled the 25-pager "Tablet Web Design Best Practices: 30 Ways to Create Amazing Web Experiences on Tablets". Even more amazing, they give it away for free…



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  • CSS Architectures #1: Principles of Code Cleanup and the New Best Practices

    Box-Models in Real Life Can Come Over Complicated, too

    All too often, the CSS for major (and minor) websites is a textbook case of code bloat and redundancy, with lines of code that boast unnecessary use of qualifier elements, overly specific selectors from unnecessarily long selector chains, overdependence on descendent selectors when other selectors would be more appropriate, and the inappropriate or unnecessary use of !important. We’ll show you better ways in the following article…



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  • How To Pin Web Apps As Tiles To The Brand-New Startscreen Of Windows 8

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    The new user interface of Windows 8 needs a lot of getting used to. The upside is, the introduction of the so-called tiles, which are intended as the main way of interacting between user and system, brought new possibilities to provide the user with additional information. Tiles are not limited to showing an icon, the way it was before Windows 8, only without the tiles ;-) Inside the tiles notifications can be placed and kept in sync. This is not only possible for apps, but also for websites. Microsoft provides several specialized meta-tags to customize the looks and contents of tiles with links to websites.



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  • Code School + Noupe: Claim Your Complete Sass Course for Free

    Recently we teamed up with the nice folks over at Code School to offer you a comprehensive course on how to use Sass effectively. Sass is a CSS preprocessor that makes coding style sheets a whole lot easier and the sheets themselves much more maintainable. “Assembling Sass”, that’s the title of Code School and Noupe’s free offering, explains the basics of how to enter the world of structured CSS in an entertaining, yet profound manner. Even though “Assembling Sass” is definitely worth paying for, Noupe readers can claim lifetime access to this course for free. You have to be quick, though…



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  • 30 Elaborate Tutorials To Teach You PSD to HTML Conversion

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    Designing in PSD and then porting to HTML is still common these days. Responsive design will probably alter the ways of the design industry, but up to today it hasn’t. In the following post we gather some useful and highly elaborate tutorials on PSD to HTML conversion. Each tutorial in this collection provides information in an easy to follow manner, so that you can actually learn all the conversion techniques. So, take some time, look into this collection and try to grab the techniques. Here is the complete collection of 30 tutorials on PSD to HTML conversion.



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  • Digital Artistry Series #1: Planning Your Work

    Planning Your Work

    This article is the first in our new Digital Artistry series. This series will focus on the key elements of producing professional quality digital art, walking you through in a series of articles and tutorials covering the theory and techniques behind the world’s great digital art. We will identify common mistakes in amateur’s works, and teach you applicable tips and tricks to take your own work to the next level.



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  • Humble Freelancer, Assertive Businessperson – A How To

    If you’re a freelance designer, or you work for another company, you got there not because you love business, but because you’re a designer at heart. The business side of things came as a necessary evil, but you really love nothing more than to doodle all day, mess around in photoshop, or bang out semantic code. There are a lot of traits of being a good designer which are counter-intuitive to being a good business person



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  • How to Make Images Unique

    We all use images — photos and illustrations — in our daily design work. Lots of them. And while the best way to make sure your images are unique is to have custom photography or illustration done for you every time, this is not very realistic. Often, due to time and/or budget constraints, we have to use royalty-free images. And, royalty-free images, by definition, are available to anyone who pays their fee…



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  • Surviving Design Blog Saturation : Is The Future in the Niche?

    One of the topics that the design blogging community touches on from time to time, concerns the saturation levels of the blogosphere with regards to design blogs. There are so many design centric blogs filling the landscape that the chances of capturing enough of the available audience out there so that you can generally consider your blog a success amongst the rabble are decreasing with every new RSS feed introduced…



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