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Weekly Freebies: 25 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Custom Shape Sets

Weekly Freebies: 25 Incredibly Useful Photoshop Custom Shape Sets

Photoshop custom shapes allow for quick and easy vector insertion into your artwork. Countless artists have spent hours building some amazing shape sets and distribute them free! Today we’ll have a look at the best sets we could find from deviantArt and other sites.

July 15th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Build Awesome Color Palettes Effortlessly in Illustrator

Build Awesome Color Palettes Effortlessly in Illustrator

Here at Design Shack we can’t get enough of good color schemes. We recently discussed some Awesome and Unusual Places to Steal Color Palettes From and today we’ll follow up that discussion with some tips on how to build your own awesome color sets in Adobe Illustrator.

We’ll go over the extreme basics of working with color in Illustrator and jump into how to use the excellent built-in Color Guide to get you on the path to lightning-fast generation and manipulation of custom color schemes.

July 14th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Get 100 Jaw-Dropping Images for Your Design Projects for Only $29!

Get 100 Jaw-Dropping Images for Your Design Projects for Only $29!

This week’s Design Deal allows you to save 76% on an absolutely stunning collection of image packs.

Read on to see a little more about this amazing deal and the 100 image resources you could be using daily in your designs.

July 14th, 2011 Posted in Deals
CSS Attribute Selectors: How and Why You Should Be Using Them

CSS Attribute Selectors: How and Why You Should Be Using Them

Today we’re going to learn about Attribute Selectors. What are they? How do I use them? What are the new CSS3 Attribute selectors? We’ll answer these questions and more.

July 13th, 2011 Posted in CSS
5 Quick & Simple Design Tricks to Liven Up Any Project

5 Quick & Simple Design Tricks to Liven Up Any Project

Sometimes you have a perfectly good layout, but your design needs a bit something extra to finish it off. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get stuck and become completely void of ideas.

Today we’re going to help you solve this problem by highlighting five random design ideas that you can incorporate into your back of design tricks. Let’s get started!

July 12th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
How to Teach Someone Graphic Design

How to Teach Someone Graphic Design

Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who is considering design as a profession and looks to you for guidance? Your instruction could mean the difference between a meaningful career and a non-starter.

Today we’ll offer up some basic advice that everyone should consider before attempting to teach someone to be a graphic designer.

July 11th, 2011 Posted in Business
Weekly Freebies: Exclusive Wooden Texture Pack Pt. 2

Weekly Freebies: Exclusive Wooden Texture Pack Pt. 2

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Last week we brought you an exclusive wooden texture pack with three textures built from scratch in Photoshop specifically for our readers. This week we’re following that up with a photographic pack of seven real wooden textures once again created just for you guys.

Keep reading to get a peek at these great free textures, which you can download and use in all of your projects completely attribution free!

July 8th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
10 Unbeatable Premium Memberships and Courses for Professional Design Training

10 Unbeatable Premium Memberships and Courses for Professional Design Training

As a professional designer, it’s absolutely crucial for you to stay up to date with your skill set. With web design moving along at a rate so fast that even the best quickly fall behind, it’s helpful to have a solid lifeline to quality educational resources.

Today we’re going to look at ten awesome premium design memberships and sources for training courses that will help you learn a plethora of new skills and help you stay current on the topics that you’re already versed in.

July 8th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Get 100 Custom Printed Plastic Bags for Only $39!

Get 100 Custom Printed Plastic Bags for Only $39!

Looking for a great new way to show off your business? Well then, hurry up and jump on this week’s deal! We’re offering half off an order of 100 full-color custom-printed bags at Custom Bags HQ.

Keep reading for more info or jump over to our deals page to see how you can take advantage of this awesome offer.

July 7th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Helpful Tips & Tools for Web Design Experiments

Helpful Tips & Tools for Web Design Experiments

Today’s article encourages you to get into the habit of devoting time to little experiments. Testing ideas and solving problems in a low-pressure and possibly even fun environment can massively boost your education and lead to awesome innovation.

We’ll start with some benefits and tips for experimenting with web development projects and finish up with a brief look at a few of the tools that I personally use to compose my own experiments. Let’s get started!

July 7th, 2011 Posted in CSS
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