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Five Minute Upgrade - Making Your Design Pop

Five Minute Upgrade - Making Your Design Pop
1. Brighten Colors If you have a design that you just feel isn’t anything special – stop – crank up the color intensity – then reevaluate. Saturation plays a big role as far as mood goes. If you ever feel like you’re lacking inspiration when it comes to color schemes there are some great online tools, not to mention our own color series. 2. Monochromatic themes are great, there are some great black and white designs and sometimes using only a single color makes designing easier. 3. Here’s the deal, align your text and things will look better, not to mention it will increase your scannability. 4. This was discussed wonderfully over at PsdTuts a while back but there are a few key things to keep in mind. Don’t be afraid to use shadows sparingly, helps fight the flat and boring look.1px lines are great at clearly defining edges.Using faint gradients over text and backgrounds gives a subtle 3D look. 5. Overlap your images in ways that are out of the ordinary. 6. 7. 8. The Wrap Up Google+

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1,075 Awesome Free Fonts For Designers Share on Twitter109Share on Facebook256Share on Google Plus31Share on Stumbleupon115KShare on Reddit0 This is meta collection of free font lists from various respected design websites. In total there are 24 lists showcasing 1,075 fonts which are all free to download. These font collections are shortlists of the best free fonts of 2013 and 2014 which which will hopefully save you a load of time if you are on the hunt for quality designer typography. For more web designer resources check out our freebies section. The fonts vary in style and are ideal for websites, flyers, brochures, logos and graphic designers.

40 Minimalist Icon, Symbol & Pictogram Sets Minimalism is always a hot topic in web-design and there are many well-crafted minimalist websites and interfaces out there. While searching for some icons for a recent project I came across some great minimalist icon and symbol sets and thought I’d expand my search and share my findings here with you. Please note that some of those sets are not free and of course make sure you read the license before using them. 35 Inspiring Color Palettes from Master Painters Putting together a great color palette for your design work can be one of the most challenging aspects of any project. And many times, color palettes are built from some source of inspiration. So why not be inspired by some of history’s greatest master artists? Colour Lovers has a lot of great tools including the ability to create color palettes auto-magically from pics you find around the web. It’s a great way to find inspiration when building your palette. Of course, computer algorithms are not perfect; they miss key accent colors frequently and make questionable decisions on extracting the dominant tones.

Great Resume Grabbers Inspiration June 21, 2011 When applying for a job, you have no choice but to do your best to outshine competition. Even before winning an interview, your qualifications (or in some instance, your character) are already judged by the resume you’ve submitted. It is then important to make your resume or CV as honest, concise, and striking as possible. If you are looking forward to a creative position, you will be expected to come up with something grand and extra creative as well. Take a look at how other designers compose their creative resumes. 68 Striking Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials You can find thousands of Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials around, but it’s really difficult to find the good collection of top Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials When it comes to Typography then there is no limitation of creativity in terms of presentation, instructions and most importantly final results. Now days Typography took very seriously by modern time designers as it shows your skills in font selection and latter placement. In this selection we’re glad to present you various Typography Related Photoshop Tutorials which might help you to get inspire and learn some tips.

50 Useful Tools and Resources For Web Designers - Smashing Magazine Advertisement An effective, well-organized workflow is an important asset of professional web designers. The more useful and time-saving your tools are, the more time you can focus on important things, thus creating a foundation for timely good-quality results. The problem is that there are just way too many tools, services and resources out there, so it has become difficult to keep track on them and find those tiny little time-savers that will spare you headaches and save time in a long run. And this is where we come in.

Are We Taking CSS Too Far? CSS is a remarkable technology, capable of doing things that I wouldn’t have even dreamed of when I was first introduced to it. And, with added support for rounded corners, box shadows, text shadows, rotation and a wide range of other possibilities, web designers and developers can accomplish all sorts of amazing things when it comes to applying a design to a website. But are we starting to take things too far? Best Free Handwritten Fonts on the Web  Often in order to underline the informal nature of the project, where the text is involved, designers use handwritten fonts. Such fonts can give a personal touch to the whole project, ensuring reader’s predisposition and loyalty from the very first glance. From classical handwritten fonts to eye-catching sketchy fonts and to cute outlined typefaces – this collection of free handwritten fonts is a good source of high quality fonts for your designing projects. [ank]* Jellyka CuttyCupcakes

65 Beautiful Fonts You Can Download For Free Freebie 65 Beautiful Fonts You Can Download For Free by Alex on Aug 9, 2012 • 9:43 am 11 Comments There are so many free fonts all around the web these days and sometimes it makes me think is their any really point purchasing fonts. I’ve decide to collect 65 fonts which are suitable for web, print, etc just overall high fonts which can be used in design projects. Neuton Font Family How To Use @font-face In CSS And 21 Great Typefaces The 2 most popular typefaces used on the web today are surely Verdana and Georgia. They’re great and I used them all the time since they’re web-safe fonts. I use them mostly because I’m not a big fan of flash replacement techniques or solutions that require Javascript (sIFR, Cufon, etc…). But what about the @font-face CSS property? While @font-face may not work in all browsers, I think it’s still one of the best solution available today. Of course not all type foundries will let us embed their fonts on our webpages.

15 sites web developers and designers should know Creating a good website isn't an easy task, but there's a few tools that can definitely make your developer or designer life easier. In this article, I have compiled 15 extremely useful website that any web developer or web designer should have bookmarked. ColorCombos When designing a website, one of the firsts (and most important) steps of the process is to choose a color scheme. Color Combos allow you to browse thousand of different colors combinations for getting inspired for your upcomming design. Color schemes can be browsed by colors.Visit colorcombos.com

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