Design trends for 2011 Everything inside the design world is permanently changing, evolving and adapting into new ways of expression and communication looking to satisfy the new consuming needs and set innovative exchanging channels. 2010 made a huge closure for the final year of the first XXI century decade, we witnessed the rising of tablets (iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tablet among others), the demise of Internet Explorer 6 and the absurd fanaticism towards Flash (though it’s losing a lot of fans), which is going to be slowly replaced by HTML5 (we’re not saying that Flash is dead, only that HTML5 will begin to cover many of its current uses). Editorial disclaimer Of course that the common design elements such as typography, navigability, color and more have also changed and as you will see on this article, these changes must be apprehended by every designer that wants to set his mark during 2011. No more clutter, it’s time to clean things up
This Instagram Account Adds A Sweet Twist To Pantone Swatches If there's one thing we like around these parts, it's Pantone. They give us the tools to pick the colors we need for our projects, and each swatch has its own distinctive and yet visually similar look. So when people combine Pantone swatches with items found in everyday life — in this case candy — we get particularly intrigued. That's why we love PantoneIRL PantoneIRL is an Instagram account that pairs Pantone swatches with candy — and a few other things, too.
Design trends for 2012 Around the end of the year you’ll find in all web design theme oriented blogs and sites countdowns on what trends you should look out for in 2012, you may be thinking that this is just one more of those repetitive listings but you’re wrong! This is not your usual countdown …….it’s THE COUNTDOWN for web design trends 2012, complete with all the information, inquire, showcase, video tutorials and controversy points of view that the other trends listings don’t show you. Yeah, yeah, so our categories in the trend listing can be alike to others seen in the web now days. But here at webdesignshock.com we’ve looked to make the difference by giving you a much more thorough guide to web design in 2012, that besides providing a general description of each trend and two or three examples, it also brings you detailed information concerning each trend!
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Unique Lady Portrait Manipulation Create Unique Lady Portrait Manipulation with Flower Patterns In this tutorial, I will show you the steps to create this awesome photo manipulation of a lady portrait shot with flower patterns in Photoshop. Have a try! This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be challenging.
60 Highly Clever Minimal Logo Designs Depending on the flavor of your business, your logo may appear big and flashy, bold and colorful or just plain simple and clever. In this roundup, I’ve turned the spotlight towards the more simple and clever logo styles that leave a strong impression. As simplistic as they may appear, there is genius behind these 60 highly clever minimal logo designs. OneFund
50 best Photoshop tutorials - Features Learn techniques for Photoshop across art, illustration, graphics and photography in these tutorials from the world's best practitioners. Photoshop is a very versatile software tool, as flexible for seamlessly compositing disparate elements into a beautiful photomotage as it is making your photos look even more stunning. It also provides an effortless platform for creating dynamic graphics for both web and print - and let's not forget its pragmatic usefulness as a day-to-day tool for tranforming graphics and photos into the perfect format for your output requirements. Here we've created a round-up of the best Photoshop tutorials from the past decade of Digital Arts, covering everything from collage and illustration to photography and typography.
50 New Free High Quality Icons Sets - Smashing Magazine Advertisement Feel free to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee right now because you’ll be investing an hour or so in today’s post. We’ve published our last icons round-up1 six months ago and since then we’ve collected over 50 new free high quality icon sets that you can use for your projects. While most of the listed freebies may be used for commercial projects as well, some of them may not. Create Leafy Face Photo Manipulation in Photoshop Create Leafy Face Photo Manipulation in Photoshop In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this “Leafy Face” manipulation in Photoshop. We will go through techniques such as layer blending, layer masks, filter effects, and the use of adjustment layers. Have a try! This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky. Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version.
35+ Free Abstract Background Pattern and Texture Designs Background pattern designs are pretty useful for web designers as they can really make a website stand out from the crowd. Some websites simply are in need of a neat background pattern, in order to get rid of the simplicity and boredom. A nice texture always adds up an elegant or funky touch to the design of a website and it is a great choice if you are not into too many graphics in order to make your design look good. There are tons of background pattern designs and they come in different colors and textures from simple repetition of some stripes or dots to more complex designs that give that rich look you are looking for. One thing you should take into consideration though is the fact that the background texture shouldn’t be too distracting, and should go with the overall design of the website. For photography blogs or websites for instance, a really pale or dark background should be chosen, in order to stress out what is really important – the photos.
500+ Free Exquisite Vintage Textures and Backgrounds The scariest thing about time is how fast it goes. It’s so fast that most of us doesn’t even know what we’ve missed, and before we know it, they’re all gone in a blink and all that is left are vintage images of the past which will just oftentimes, bring nostalgic feelings of the good ol’days. Sorry, I just can’t help feeling nostalgic this new year prompting me to gather some good ol’stuff like this round-up of 500+ free exquisite vintage textures and backgrounds that you can download and use right away without the hassles of going to antique shops or searching in your granma’s attic. These are all free, but please make sure your read each of their terms before using. Blast your way to the past, download and enjoy. 8 Old Books Textures by Flowersong