Aug 20 2012

Creep Factor: A Collection of Dark and Spooky Photography

Photographers not only use their work to freeze moments of time, they often set a mood through the shots that they capture. No matter what direction they are aiming, their ability to compose just the right image to connect the viewer with that particular feeling is inspiring. When that aim comes down in the dark or spooky territories it is easy for the work to feel more contrived than anything else. Which is why, when it’s done well it can truly send shivers down your spine.

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Aug 17 2012

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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Aug 16 2012

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Simple Drop-Down Menu

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed web element, a simple drop-down menu. We’ll start with a bunch rectangles and simple paths, some basic vector shape building techniques and the Rounded Corners effect. Once we have our starting shapes we’ll continue with the colors. We’ll use multiple fills and strokes along with the Drop Shadow effect and some simple blending techniques. Finally, we’ll add the text. Let’s get started.

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Aug 15 2012

A Vibrant World: Stunning HDR Photographs

Photographers have many techniques and tricks up their sleeves for pulling off some amazing, often breathtaking captures. One technique that is very popular for achieving these kinds of results is HDR. With layers of images taken mere moments apart, the photographs are given a vibrant new life. Below is a collection that looks at some of the stunning HDR photographs these talented artists manage to capture.

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Aug 14 2012

Incredibly Photorealistic 3D Characters

Making a realistic and lifelike human character is one of the hardest tasks in 3D graphics. For a long time it was known as the “Holy Grail” among 3D artists in the community. The reason why this skill is so desired, is the possibilities it gives you in the movie or advertising industries. Imagine you could create fully artificial digital actors and make the audience believe they are real. So real that there would be no questioning it…

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Aug 13 2012

Following the Masters: Showcase of Design-related Pinterest Boards to Follow

Of late, Pinterest has taken the social networking world by a storm. Pinterest makes it extremely easy to find and share content of your liking and interest. Whether you prefer typography, or are into photography and interior décor, you are sure to find many like-minded individuals on Pinterest who are sharing content related to your topics of interest. Further more, if you like design inspiration and infographics, you should really be on Pinterest.

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Aug 10 2012

Make ‘em Laugh! A Collection of Humorous Photography

Most know the saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’, and even more know that there is a lot of truth in those words. There is little that can uplift the spirit as quickly as a flurry of infectious laughter. Many who work from behind the camera’s lens know how powerful humorous photography can be.

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Aug 09 2012

3D Text Effects: Ultimate Collection of Photoshop Tutorials

Typography is not just about the arrangement and placement of letters and words, rather it has become a field of art where artists can express themselves solely through the use of different styles of fonts with varying sizes. Typography has continued to expand as an art, though one must always heed the design principles behind it. Then one finds themselves freer to explore the more artistic sides of this element.

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Aug 08 2012

Color the World: A Gallery of Pantone Inspiration

Ask almost any designer about custom colors and the name that will probably be waiting on the tips of their tongues would be Pantone. Such a rich selection of patented hues rest under the Pantone umbrella, but their reach does not end there. Far from it, in fact. Pantone’s custom color service has given brands the world over the ability to coordinate in style.

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Aug 07 2012

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Create a Detailed Dynamite Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed dynamite illustration. We’ll start by turning some plain text into a symbol, and by making some simple rectangles. Once we have our starting shapes, we’ll continue with some Extrude&Bevel and Warp effects plus some Pathfinder options along with a bunch of basic blending techniques. For the final touches we’ll use some complex linear gradients and some blur effects.

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