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Web Design Critique #45: Optimized Cable Company

Web Design Critique #45: Optimized Cable Company

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 Optimization-World.com, home of the Optimized Cable Company.

April 9th, 2011 Posted in Critique
6 Useful CSS Button Recipes You Can Copy & Paste

6 Useful CSS Button Recipes You Can Copy & Paste

CSS3 is completely changing the game for creating buttons on the web. Techniques that were once only possible with images are now easily executable with just a few lines of code. For this post we custom built six attractively styled CSS buttons for you to copy and paste right into your projects, zero attribution required.

As with anything good in CSS3, the buttons below work great in Webkit and Mozilla browsers, but various versions of IE will fall short.

April 8th, 2011 Posted in CSS
A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Masking in Photoshop

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Masking in Photoshop

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Several years ago a friend of mine asked me to teach him how masks work in Photoshop. This is my incredibly late response.

We’ll go over the basics of what masks are, what they’re used for and how wielding them properly will take your Photoshop skills to an entirely new level.

April 7th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
550+ Vandelay Premium Textures & Brushes for $29

550+ Vandelay Premium Textures & Brushes for $29

This week, we’re offering a huge collection of Vandelay Premier bundles, containing textures, brushes and stock photographs for designers. Totalling over 550 different resources, this is an invaluable design package to have at your disposal!

Read on for some more information about what’s on offer, and a few fantastic examples.

April 7th, 2011 Posted in Deals
Print Design Tips for Web Designers

Print Design Tips for Web Designers

I started my career in print almost a decade ago and gradually moved over to the web. This whole new medium brought several creative and technical hurdles that I had to learn to deal with and even embrace.

Today’s article is for a new generation of designers making the opposite jump. You’ve been designing for the digital world for some time and are ready to learn print design. We’ll help ease the transition with some dead simple and practical advice.

April 6th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Weekly Freebies: 350+ Human Vector Silhouettes

Weekly Freebies: 350+ Human Vector Silhouettes

This week’s set of freebies contains 15 of our favorite sets of free human vector silhouettes. Because they’re vector, you can of course use them on something as small as a web graphic or as large as a billboard.

No matter what your project is, if you need a human silhouette, the 350 below should get you off to an awesome start!

April 6th, 2011 Posted in Freebies
The Benefits of Social Media Badges in Your Blog

The Benefits of Social Media Badges in Your Blog

There are far too many social networks to keep up with these days. This article will give a quick rundown of which networks offer significant benefits for blog owners looking to integrate social media.

April 4th, 2011 Posted in Graphics
Web Design Critique #44: Owain Lewis

Web Design Critique #44: Owain Lewis

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 portfolio of Owain Lewis, a freelance web designer.

April 2nd, 2011 Posted in Critique
20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From

20 Great Sign Up Form Examples to Learn From

Sign up forms come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are a single field, others are a multi-step process that stretch over several screens.

Today we’ll take a look at 20 attractive and functional forms to see if we can find any useful ideas that you can apply the next time you’re building a sign up form.

April 1st, 2011 Posted in Inspiration
Apply Graphics to Textured Surfaces With Displacement Maps

Apply Graphics to Textured Surfaces With Displacement Maps

Do you ever wonder how Photoshop masters create such realistic compositions? Seemingly simple tasks such as throwing some text onto a brick wall can easily lead to lackluster results if you don’t know what you’re doing.

So what sets you apart from the pros? Why are their final results so believable while yours reek of Photoshop? The simple answer is that they know more tricks than you! Let’s fix that.

March 31st, 2011 Posted in Software
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