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Apply Graphics to Textured Surfaces With Displacement Maps
Software / 31 Mar 2011

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.

UI Design: Should We Really Be Afraid of the Uncanny Valley?
Graphics / 30 Mar 2011

UI Design: Should We Really Be Afraid of the Uncanny Valley?

Realism in UI design is a hot topic right now. Every design blog worth anything is openly telling Apple that they are way off in their suggestion that iPad apps should mimic reality.

Join us as we add some life to the debate by tackling some of these notions head on. We’ll go over when realism is effective and when it is destructive and how you can wield it in your own designs without ruining your interface.

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fractal Brush Sets for Photoshop
Freebies / 29 Mar 2011

Weekly Freebies: 20 Fractal Brush Sets for Photoshop

Today’s collection of free design resources includes twenty awesomely abstract fractal brush sets that collectively contain hundreds of brushes for you to add to your library.

Graphics like these instantly add life and character to your design and can be used to add texture in the background, a main focal point, or anything else you can dream up. Their natural beauty is easy to leverage!

Pepsi vs Coke: The Power of a Brand
Graphics / 24 Mar 2011

Pepsi vs Coke: The Power of a Brand

Today we’re going to jump into an age old rivalry between the two biggest soft drink companies on the planet and their flagship products: Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

The main theme will be brand evolution. We’ll take a look at how both brands have changed over the years and which seems to have the better strategy.

Effective Package Design Does More Than Look Good on the Shelf
Graphics / 23 Mar 2011

Effective Package Design Does More Than Look Good on the Shelf

Package design is deceptively simple. Many designers wrongfully approach this task as merely a matter of aesthetics and give no thought to the fact that packaging has to succeed on many variables.

Today we’ll go over some basic principles to keep in mind the next time you’re designing either the package itself or merely the artwork. Along the way we’ll see a few amazing and not-so-great examples to learn from.

Weekly Freebies: 30 Seriously Useful Seamless Textures
Freebies / 22 Mar 2011

Weekly Freebies: 30 Seriously Useful Seamless Textures

A designer can never have too many seamless textures and patterns in his arsenal. These resources make it effortless to flood a background with something more interesting than a solid color.

Today we’re showcasing an awesome collection of over 30 fully tile-able textures and patterns that you can download free. Some are raster images for Photoshop others are vector swatches for Illustrator, all of them will make great additions to your resource library!