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Weekly Freebies: 150 Cloud Brushes for Photoshop

Weekly Freebies: 150 Cloud Brushes for Photoshop

For this week’s post we’ve rounded up fifteen cloud brush sets that collectively contain over 150 brushes to add to your Photoshop library. Some are super realistic, others are more artistic so you can pull off any look you’re going for.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below!

March 1st, 2011 Posted in Freebies
Web Design Critique #39: Sabina Nore

Web Design Critique #39: Sabina Nore

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is the personal website of Sabina Nore.

February 26th, 2011 Posted in Critique
Layout at Light Speed With the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote

Layout at Light Speed With the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote

The Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote allows just about anyone with a basic grasp of how to use presentation software to rapidly build user interface mockups for iOS and the web. If you don’t have Keynote, don’t worry, there’s a Powerpoint version included as well!

Today we’re going to give you super quick run through of how to use the Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote to build a basic web app layout. If you can copy and paste, you can do this!

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
10 Expert Tips for Selling Your Designs on Etsy

10 Expert Tips for Selling Your Designs on Etsy

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Etsy is a community that fascinates me. Thinking it was limited to scrapbooks and crafts I paid little attention to the site for years, but recently I discovered that there’s a lot more to this group than meets the eye. It turns out there are several very talented designers on Etsy making a decent amount of cash selling stock designs.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at some of the successful sellers of graphic design templates on Etsy to see if we can glean any trends and tips from them.

February 25th, 2011 Posted in Business
How to Prepare for Your First Design Job Interview

How to Prepare for Your First Design Job Interview

So you’ve finally graduated and you’re ready to hit the bricks and start looking for your first real 9-5 design job. You searched some job postings and lined up a few interviews, what now? How can you impress potential employers fresh out of school?

In this article we’ll go over some of the dos and don’ts of preparing for design job interviews. You’ll learn what employers are looking for in a portfolio, resume and candidate so you can be better suited to land that dream job.

February 24th, 2011 Posted in Business
Weekly Freebies: 10+ Abstract Watercolor Textures and Packs

Weekly Freebies: 10+ Abstract Watercolor Textures and Packs

Abstract watercolors are useful when you need a background that really draws interest from the viewer. No two are exactly alike and all of them are fascinating to behold.

Today we’ve rounded up a great collection of abstract watercolor textures and texture packs for you to use in your designs. Collectively you’ll be able to grab over 60 awesome textures from this post!

February 22nd, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Winners Announced: Win One of Three $300 LemonStand Licenses!

Winners Announced: Win One of Three $300 LemonStand Licenses!

Congratulations so our three winners! Jano, Dave and Lance will be receiving emails soon from the good people at LemonStand with more details.

Jano Garcia: @janogarcia
Dave Mozdzanowski: @dave_moz
Lance Heiskell: @lheiskell

Thanks to everyone who entered!

February 21st, 2011 Posted in Competitions
This Week’s Deal: Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote – 50% Off

This Week’s Deal: Wireframe Toolkit for Keynote – 50% Off

This week’s deal gives you a fantastic saving on the Keynote Wireframe Toolkit. This Keynote/PowerPoint package contains all the elements you need for mocking up and designing iPhone, iPad and Web applications.

It will make your wireframes look incredibly professional, and saves hours over creating each graphic manually. Not a Keynote user? Don’t worry – the wireframe kit also functions perfectly in PowerPoint!

Usually priced at $12, today you can download the wireframing kit for just $6!

February 21st, 2011 Posted in Deals
Web Design Critique #38: Domains4Less

Web Design Critique #38: Domains4Less

Every week we take a look at a new website and analyze the design. We’ll point out both the areas that are done well in addition to those that could use some work. Finally, we’ll finish by asking you to provide your own feedback.

Today’s site is Domains4Less, an Australian domain name company.

February 19th, 2011 Posted in Critique
How to Make Slicing Suck Less: Tips and Tricks for Slicing a PSD

How to Make Slicing Suck Less: Tips and Tricks for Slicing a PSD

I have a dirty little secret, I hate slicing Photoshop files. By that I don’t mean that I hate turning PSD comps into websites, I mean that I hate Photoshop’s slicing tools. The whole process makes my PSD look busy, cluttered and overly complicated so I usually skip it altogether and instead opt to manually crop and save out images individually as needed.

In order to fight this tendency and attempt to see the true usefulness of Photoshop’s slicing tools, I embarked on a mission to learn all the intricacies of how slicing works. Below is a collection of tips and tricks that resulted from this journey. Hopefully, you’ll learn a thing or two you never knew!

February 17th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
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