index #f0f0f0 #ebe3e2 #f2decb #bdb3b3 #7485a6 12 Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos Photography has always been an integral part of web design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing crappy stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but some of them cost money! Thankfully, there’s been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Lettering: A Reference Manual of Techniques by Andrew Haslam Lettering: A Reference Manual of Techniques by Andrew Haslam and published by Laurence King This newly published book (September 2011) is a comprehensive reference guide for any designer wanting to know more about the techniques and production processes to create lettering themselves or to commission work from external sources. Using a combination of explanatory text, step-by-step photographs and classic and contemporary examples, this unique survey brings together over 80 processes involved in creating lettering and applying it to many different surfaces. Included are hand-drawn lettering techniques (from sign writing to tattooing); dimensional lettering (hand engraving to laser cutting); typesetting (from letterpress to lettering in food); printing (Letraset to printing on bank notes); lettering on textiles (embroidery to flagmaking); and illuminated type (neon signage to holography). 1,400 colour illustrations 270 x 210 mm 240 pages
Clever & Creative Logos Advertisement As designers, we are always in constant need of inpiration. Whether it be Web or graphic design, other work to fuel our creativity is essential. www.technixupdate Advertisement Although it quite late now, but the April fool day has not ended and moreover I just want to blog about these computer pranks which you can play on your friend computer any day you want to. We will tell you some of the hilarious computer tricks with which you can annoy your friend any time you want irrespective of any april fool day. All these are portable so they do not require any installation on the target computer and you can remove them anytime just by deleting the program exe. Here is the list of all these computer pranks with their descriptions about what they do.
Cool Photoshop Abstract Effect Tutorials « PixelDetail Photoshop is a powerful tool that belongs in any designers toolbox. Abstract works is a mysterious of web design header, beautiful photo effects, vibrant desktop backgrounds or it can be beautiful art. One of the most unique and creative things you can accomplish with Photoshop are abstract effects. In order to save your time, I have collected some of the best Photoshop abstract effect tutorials of all time. These are selected from our Photoshop users and readers.
Best 20 webfonts from Google Web Fonts and @font-face embedding At the moment there are several ways to use non-system fonts on a website. We will focus on the two least complicated, least expensive systems, Google Web Fonts and the @font-face rule. Fear not, we have not ruled out other paid methods such as Typekit, Fonts.com Web Fonts, Fontdeck, Webtype, WebINK or Fontspring for future posts as they certainly offer high quality typefaces and deserve to be considered. It’s important to be aware that web fonts can generate inadequate visualizations on operating systems which have subpixel rendering turned off in the case of Windows XP. They can also be represented differently depending on the browser used to visualize them. The aim of this post is to facilitate the choice of a series of fonts (out of the hundreds available) whose technical and visual characteristics make them more readable and compatible with a wide variety of devices, browsers and operating systems.
When logos look alike It gets more and more difficult to create original logos. No matter how clever your idea, the chances are someone has come up with something very similar. Why is that? Well, we’re all surrounded by the same influences and exposed to the same shapes, forms, and patterns. With the importance of branding in the marketplace, and thousands of designers working on similar projects, it’s obvious that ideas will, from time-to-time, look almost identical. Here I have compiled a few similar logos, showing them side-by-side so you can see what graphic designers face today.
37 Free PSD Magazine, Book, Cover & Brochure Mock-ups Trying to find Mock-ups to present your Print Designs? Here are some absolutely free design mock-ups for you. Mock-ups are always a valuable resource for graphic designers to present their raw designs in real world environments and objects. www.premiumbeat If you’re in a creative slump or just need some assistance with keyframe timing, these free animation reference libraries have you covered. Animation reference footage is real live-action footage used by animators to help with timing the subtle movements that are required to make animation realistic. No need to shoot this footage yourself – the following online animation libraries cover a wide range of subject matter. 1.
How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone. After lots of trial and error I finally managed to figure it out, so here’s an in depth tutorial on how to create a realistic money illustration effect in Photoshop (with some help from Illustrator!). 35 Free Big, Bold, and Beautiful Headline Fonts – You The Designer Resources November 15, 2014 [This post was originally published on September 14, 2010 by Ronald Bien] The headline is the first thing that we see in every article. It’s seen on newspapers, magazines and even in marketing materials such as flyers and posters. The headline is very important because it needs to catch the attention of your audience and give them a preview of what to expect.
Best of CSS Design 2007 For those who don't know, I'm also the guy behind Best Web Gallery and N.Design Studio . In 2006, I started Best Web Gallery as a gallery site where I feature the best CSS and Flash sites. I'm glad that I started the project because it gives me the opportunity to keep my design sense up-t0-the-trend. In the past year, I've seen a lot of sites from the submissions (some are great, some are horrible). As 2007 is wrapping up, I would like to share the best design sites with you. 32 Free Photoshop PSD Flyer/Poster Mockups Before even printing the flyers, posters we can achieve the final product looks with the help of high quality and amazing psd mockups. Expecting the same output of that a mockup in real world might not be completely possible but 95% of it portraits realism. There are many naming used for mockup especially photo realistic mockups where usually real world backgrounds are used. Added your flyer front page to display in style with these free psd mockup files is easy as they provide smart objects to manipulate the psd file. Photoshop is the best option to do the design for your product showcase before it is released to the public. As these are free resources you must take time and be creative to transform your design to meet the final product as resolutions may differ for these psds.