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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Dec 06 2011

Jaw Dropping Light Paintings From the Masters

Light painting has always wowed audiences, right from it’s inception in the 1930s. Light painting is a photographic technique, whereby exposures are usually taken at night or in a darkened environment, using a moving light source or by moving the camera.

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Dec 05 2011

Designer Spotlight: Interview With Illustrative Designer Von Glitschka

As we turn our designer spotlight on once again, this time we have it fixed on Illustrative Designer Von Glitschka of Glitschka Studios. With years of design experience under his belt, and an artistic background to boot, Von has made a lasting impression on the field where he has made his home. And we are lucky to have gotten a moment of his time recently to get him to answer some questions for us and our readers.

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Dec 02 2011

Awesome Dual Screen Wallpapers to Decorate Your Desktop

Knowing how much of a hot commodity wallpapers are to the design and development community, and to anyone in general who tends to spend a large amount of time basking in the glow of a computer screen, we decided to collect more screen art for our readers. Given the number of users who are donning a dual monitor setup on their desktop, we thought we would turn our attention their way this time around.

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Dec 01 2011

40 Beautiful Free HTML5 & CSS3 Templates

There have been some great free templates released over the last year so we thought it would be appropriate to share some of these great new designs with you all. In web development, it’s important to move with the times and embrace the latest changes. As such, all of the templates listed in this article were designed using HTML5 and CSS3; both of which will help future proof your website and make them more accessible.

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Nov 30 2011

The Force of Inspiration: The Jedi

As we have done in the past, we have turned our inspirational eye towards a galaxy far, far away to help our readers recover some of their creative juices. Rather than bowing to the dark side, as we did in the last Star Wars related artwork post, this time we are shining our spotlight on those generally battling for good. The Jedi.

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Nov 29 2011

40+ Useful and Fresh jQuery Plugins

Plugins are there to assist you and let you perform the desired action in a more convenient and speedy manner. Therefore, today we decided to come up with an exciting and interesting collection of 40+ fresh and cool jQuery plugins for our reader’s convenience. This compilation is targeted at the designers and developers who want to create amazingly interactive websites that are attractive and accessible to the broadest assortment of browsers.

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Nov 28 2011

How to Find Your Individual Design Voice

In the design world, volumes have been written advising the newbs, and those with some established street cred, on the ins and outs of being a top shelf designer, and many of these posts will either be focused on or at least include a brief mention of finding your own voice. Your individual style that will give your work that unique and distinctive edge most crave…

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Nov 25 2011

50 Free Social Media Icon Sets

Social media icons are integrated into every major website design today. They are frequently displayed prominently in sidebars and headers in order to promote such things as RSS feeds, Facebook fan pages and Twitter profiles. They are cropping up all over, creating a near endless demand for these resources.

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Nov 24 2011

How to Improve as a Graphic Designer

One of the major threats to your career as a graphic designer is to let your work stagnate and your improvement slow down. It’s very easy to fall into a comfort zone where you stop exploring new design techniques and simply stick with what you know. This is why most designers experience the greatest learning curve early on, and why after they ‘find their style’ their future improvement is far more limited.

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