Dec 20 2011

Awesome Free Texture Packs from 2011

As the year draws to a close, we tend to take a look back over the year and take stock. This post is here to not only sort of serve that purpose, but to also stock up on some of the year’s top free texture packs from around the web. Knowing how much use the web design community gets from resources like these, we felt like it would close the year in style to showcase some of 2011′s freshest and most useful textures that were released throughout the year.

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Dec 19 2011

Design in Motion: Inspiring Speed Art Videos

When designers use YouTube, most times they are looking for a great tutorial or looking to learn about the basics of a new topic as quickly as possible. Some of the most popular places to turn are speed art videos. Speed art videos are an overlooked source of inspiration for many designers in the community, though. Something we hope to change with this post.

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Dec 16 2011

A Showcase of Portrait Photography

When photographers set out to take a picture of someone, there are those who say they are out to capture a lie; while others will argue that what they are really trying to get at the heart of is the truth. Not matter what side of the fence it is you come down on, the fact is, when the photographer gets up close and personal with their subject, truth or lie, something magical happens. With so little between the model and the viewer, the emotions and impact come across so much clearer. No interference.

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Dec 15 2011

A Festive Collection of Christmas Themed Wallpapers

“Tis the season!” as the saying goes. And given that giving is the theme of the season, we figured that we should gather up some Christmas themed wallpapers to pass along to our readers. With so many wonderful and whimsical desktop decorations out there on the web, we wanted to be sure that we grabbed the best there was available for our seasonal offerings.

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Dec 14 2011

50 Useful and Free Seamless Pattern Sets

Employing seamless patterns are an extraordinary way to give your design some additional depth and personality. Either by delicately highlighting important areas or for producing a background that will elevate your layout design to top notch status.

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Dec 13 2011

40 Fantastic Movie Related Websites

The internet is a popular place for movie fans. It’s a place where you can read the latest reviews, watch trailers of upcoming films and argue plotlines with other film buffs. Big movie studios are vastly aware of how important the internet is to marketing their new films, and as a result they spend a lot of money developing interactive websites to help promote new releases.

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Dec 12 2011

Winter Wonderland of Photography: A Collection of Snowy Photographs

As winter’s grip tightens on numerous areas around the world, the shortened days can be filled with so much beauty and emotion with the generous application of snow. This pure and frigid precipitation can take even the most plain of landscapes and cover it in a layer of personality that it would otherwise lack. Snowy days can be grey and dreary or bright and energizing, but either way they come to us, they can produce a winter wonderland of photography captures.

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Dec 09 2011

A Wintry Collection of Inspired Snow Sculptures

Every year as winter’s grip takes hold and pours its icy precipitation down upon us, many of us will marvel in the beauty it creates upon the landscape. However, many talented artists look at the snow and ice and see it a bit differently. They see the beauty that can be carved and created from it. There are even annual competitions held around the world where teams of artists come together to sculpt amazing works of art from huge blocks of snow. Move over Frosty, these sculptors are raising the bar year after year with their creations.

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Dec 08 2011

25 Delicious Food and Drink Related Websites

The internet is a fantastic resource for anyone who has a passion for food. There are thousands of recipe websites available for those who want to try something new, and photo blogs where users simply share a picture of what they are eating. Ordering food through the internet has become very popular too as it allows people the opportunity of purchasing obscure foods they can’t find locally. There are some great discounts for those who purchase bulk orders too.

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Dec 07 2011

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Creating a Realistic Curtain

Adobe Illustrator has an amazing feature that allows us create many realistic illustrations. Today we will have the opportunity to practice with the Mesh Tool once again. We will use it to create an interesting damask curtain. The Mesh Tool will help us to create the illusion of the silk look of the curtain with a nice floral design. You can use this simple technique to create similar illustrations (a waving flag, for example).

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