Jul 17 2011

How to Create a Knight’s Shield in Illustrator

Today we will will go through creation process of a Medieval Knight Shield in Adobe Illustrator. We will try to create nice, shiny Shield that can be used as the website icon or a company  logo. Creation process is quite simple. All we have to do is to use simple shape as ellipse, to distort it a little bit and to combine it with other shapes. Beside that we will get the chance to play with nice metal gradients, trying to create an impression of the light reflection on the shiny metal.

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Jul 14 2011

The Secrets Behind Great Call To Action Buttons

Within web design ‘calls to action‘ can be defined as any element of the page that prompt an action of the user. However, clearly some actions are more desirable than others. For example, any site owner would prefer users to click on a ‘buy now’ link than a ‘twitter’ link.

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Jul 13 2011

Obscure and Valuable Keyboard Shortcuts

If there is one thing that many of us in the design and development fields love, it is shortcuts. Those lovely little timesavers and workflow improvers that quickly get us where we need to go in fewer motions. Effectively keeping us in stride, as we navigate our computers and various apps using the shortcuts that we have picked up along the way. But even the most alert of those among us will have numerous hotkeys go under our radar, as there are just so many out there.

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Jul 12 2011

A Collection of Retro & Vintage Design Resources

As summer hits and gets underway, many are drawn back to those summer days of our youth. Memories of summer breaks filled with vacation from school, home, and many other places or responsibilities get us in a sort of retrospective mindset. It is with that theme in hand that we have compiled this bountiful resource post for our readers in a retro frame of mind.

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Jul 11 2011

50+ Useful CSS Tools And Generators for Developers

CSS tools are essential for web developers because they act like a sort of magic lamp that can simplify the job at hand. Most development tools are time savers that are there to help developers create stylish, functional and optimized websites with a few shortcuts.

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Jul 08 2011

How to Create a Circus Tent in Adobe Illustrator

Today we will be learning how to create a cute circus tent in Adobe Illustrator. Get ready to use some basic tools such as Pen Tool and some quite useful Pathfinder features. We will create colorful balloons and flowers as well. The illustration can be used for multiply purpose such as Birthday invitations, Circus posters, etc. Now let us move from words to deeds!

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Jul 07 2011

Sunrise Color Palettes

Once the sun had set on our Sunsets and Color Palettes post the search was underway for the yin to its yang. Knowing how photographers like to turn to the skies to capture the natural colors that each new day paints upon the waiting canvas, we have turned our attentions there as well. Once more showcasing some inspiring photos, this time of sunrises, and offering the accompanying color palettes derived from them.

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Jul 06 2011

3D Modeling Tutorials to Ignite Your Creativity

3ds MAX, Maya, Zbrush, RealFlow & VRay are all highly regarded software solutions that not only model but also animate, render and create realistic designs. They produce mesmerizing results that can take nearly anything that you can imagine, and transform it into a breathtaking reality. These programs have become something of a magic wand for graphic designers as they are equipped to create near life-like creations.

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Jul 05 2011

The Rise Of The Virtual Sculptor

Virtual sculpture artists are immersed in the digital world. They’re not to be confused with digital sculpture or info sculpture artists, who use computer-aided design (CAD) to create physical objects. Sculpture is thought to be one of the truest forms of art, perhaps because it is tangible. You can see and feel the product; you can see where the artist used their hands or tools to fashion its shape.

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Jul 04 2011

Sci-fi/Futuristic Digital Works & Resources

One place that designers tend to turn when they are looking for something of an inspirational recharge is to the worlds of science fiction and futuristic fantasy artwork. These rich, highly detailed works tend to be a fantastic testament to the creativity it takes to bring about something spectacular from nothing other than the idea of a world often so unlike our own.

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