Inspiration

  • Best Practice: 10 Small Businesses with Powerful Brand Designs

    As a small business, it can be difficult to devote the amount of funds needed to hire a designer who can create a stand out brand for your business. Yet, having a powerful and impressive brand look is arguably THE most important element of a small business, next to customer service and smooth operations, that is. When most small businesses use unoriginal fonts, a boring logo, unimpressive color scheme, a common WordPress website layout, and stock images, the one small business that chooses the unique route is that one that will get noticed, and more importantly, be remembered long after the initial encounter.



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  • Virtual Plastic Surgery: 40 Photoshop Beauty Retouch Tutorials for That Perfect Look

    Retouching pictures of human beings is one of the most common tasks in image editing. Beauty needs to be perfect these days. We don’t want to see how people actually look, but how we imagine them to look. Only superlatives suffice. If you like that or not, chances are if you are part of our industry, you’ll have to deal with these tasks more often than not. The variety is wide – from removing pimples, whitening teeth and establishing a noble paleness to butt reductions and breast enlargements. Create your own beau ideal. If you want or need or have to get skilled in virtual plastic surgery, these 40 tutorials will do the job. You’ll have to bring Photoshop, though.



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  • Art of Photoshop: 40 Impressive, Digital Paintings for Your Inspiration

    The following collection is dedicated to the talented, digital artists who are able to transform Photoshop into a canvas and a brush. These people are able to create masterpieces of art from nothing but their own fantasy. You’ll find brave warriors, bulky monsters, starships, robots and mixes of all of that. It’s not untypical that some of these artworks show a slight sense of humour, while others delve into the dark regions of anyone’s souls. There are only two things, these pieces all have in common. They were created in Photoshop and they will surely inspire you.



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  • Color Theory and Typography: The 10 Commandments (Infographics)

    Life as a designer is far from simple. Although the word "designer" in itself is fairly short and people do have a decent assumption of what such a designer actually does, reality is much more complex. I know we all got cupboards full of literature and other than others we don’t just need to learn in perpetuity, but indeed permanently, continuously. Thus, it is much appreciated to be served small pieces of information in a visual and comprehensive way, without the need for digging up that 1,000 pager again. The following two tables of 10 commandments (each) by DesignMantic are of this kind. I actually printed them out and put them under my desk pad…



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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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  • 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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  • Beyond Light X-Rayography

    You know that we love art here at Noupe headquarters. And while we are dedicated to digital artists mostly, once and again we stumble upon other art forms impossible to ignore. The x-rayography by Albert Koetsier from the Netherlands is one such singularity and definitely worth more than a quick superficial look. Albert creates photos using traditional x-ray technology and then colours the pictures manually. His project Beyond Light cooperates with Photowall to bring x-rayography as wall murals or on canvas into your own four walls.



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  • Time Lapse Videos: How to Quicken the Pace of Your Movies

    You can choose between two equally great methods to let videos run faster than in real-time. One is doing it directly from your camera, the other is postprocessing them in a suitable software such as Adobe Premiere. Both methods reduce long hours to a mere few minutes or seconds, even, while needing a speedy eye. Yet, nothing falls through the grid that way…



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  • Webydo vs. WordPress vs. Wix: Who Wins The Web Design Race? (Infographic)

    The web design industry is changing. Web design was once dominated by hand-written code, using tools that were pimped text-editors at best. Then tools evolved to help web designers spare some of the repetitive tasks of hand-coding and support them more by offering auto-completion or syntax-highlighting. It’s only since a few years that we see tools which are able to achieve much more than that. A new generation of website builders has arrived to help people not only stint on coding but dismiss it completely. But, not all website creators are equal. Webydo, who wants to be the center of your web design business, has teamed up with visual.ly to show the state of the industry as of today in a comprehensive infographic. Lets’s take a deeper look into it. It’s worth it…



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