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Is Fireworks better than Photoshop? Learn. Rapid Fire #1: Photo-Realistic « SixThings. Make your digital images more convincing and lifelike with just a handful of gradients and custom shadows.
Once you’re done, your pictures will look like real photo prints, you’d swear they popped out of the screen. Note 1: This is the first issue of Rapid Fire, a series of tutorials aimed at intermediate and advanced users of Macromedia Adobe® Fireworks®. I’ll be demonstrating some tips and tricks that take advantage of Macromedia Adobe® Fireworks®’ vector tools and Live Effects. No schedules are planned for subsequent releases, so I’ll just post my tutorials as I finish them. Note 2: This tutorial was done in Macromedia Adobe® Fireworks® 8, and requires knowledge of gradient fills and Pen Tool usage. Update 2006-03-10: Thanks to simonline and Greg for pointing out that the Average blend mode can be substituted with a decrease in opacity. Update 2006-09-20: Thanks to Uriel, this tutorial is now available en español!
Setting Up The Photo First, we create the base photograph. Web Safe Fonts - A Tutorial. What Are Fonts?
Even if you've never hear the term Font before, I'm sure you've seen different fonts all over. As defined by Webster's, a font is: (Print.) A complete assortment of printing type of one size, including a due proportion of all the letters in the alphabet, large and small, points, accents, and whatever else is necessary for printing with that variety of types; a fount. Already on this page you've seen two separate fonts ( a Sans-serif Font [probably Arial] and a Serif Font [probably Times New Roman] ) and several variations of each ( bold, italic, large ).
Why Use Fonts? Fonts can be used to give printed material a uniform look and feel. In today's world of mass information and intense visual stimulation, fonts are a very important part of conveying information, emotions, and ideas. Take for example these two boxes for the Web 2 Market Quick Order Module for AbleCommerce. Logopond - Identity Inspiration. The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine. Advertisement Editor’s Note: You might want to read Nathan Yau’s article The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design: Revisited here on Smashing Magazine which is a response to this article. Since the dawn of the Internet, the demand for good design has continued to skyrocket. From Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and beyond, designers have remained on their toes as they define the trends and expectations of our online universe. The Internet is a great designer’s playground, and online businesses are growing more and more appreciative of what can be gained from a bit of well-executed eye candy.
Over the past two years, this fact has become the backbone of a growing trend in online marketing: the infographic. Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days. Of course, just as Web 2.0 changed 1.0, today’s infographics are far more eye-catching than simple pie charts and bar graphs. Wrapping Your Mind Around Data Viz Show, Don’t Tell. Photoshop Tutorials.
Introducing The 6 + 1 Model For Effective Copywriting (Better Than AIDA!) - Smashing UX Design. Advertisement AIDA.
Attention, interest, desire, action. It’s the classic copywriting formula, studied and used by almost every copywriter on the planet. Well, I’m not a fan. Not because it isn’t accurate, and not because it doesn’t work. If your writing isn’t doing these things, however, then I don’t think AIDA will help you very much, because it doesn’t do enough to explain how to do any of these things.
16 Pixels: For Body Copy. Anything Less Is A Costly Mistake - Smashing Magazine. 16 Pixels: For Body Copy.
Anything Less Is A Costly Mistake Advertisement I know what you’re thinking. Simple Genius: A Desk That Grows With Your Kid. Kids grow.
Their belongings do not. Which sucks for parents who could be spending dough on a hot new car college fund but instead have to buy new shoes, bedroom furniture, and the like every time their offspring sprouts a few inches. Enter the AZ desk. Designed by Lyon-based Guillaume Bouvet, it includes a chair and writing surface that get taller as your child morphs from a shrimpy toddler to a full-blown adult. Even the writing surface "grows up," converting from a kiddie-friendly chalkboard into an ergonomic table that could pass for something at mom or dad's office.
Clever, right? Envira Media. Climate iPhone Application. Climate is the ingenious weather app for iPhone that offers at-a-glance access to current time and forecast with soft natural soundscapes and brilliant, photorealistic scenery in tune to the season.