The Lost Principles of Design In the instant age that design has evolved into recently many of us often stray away from the basics. If you had a professor in college who taught you the fundamentals of design these may be engrained into your head. For the self-taught, you may have a book on your desk with these very principles. However, the more and more people that flood the internet for design content need to learn the basics before trying to make a stellar gradient in Photoshop. While this is cool and amazing right now, there will come a point where this style is strayed away from and a new style is made. In history, this lesson has repeated itself with movements like the Bauhaus and Swiss Modernism and will soon come label our current trends as part of history. Balance Arranging parts to achieve a state of equilibrium between forces of influences. Examples: Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, Radial Contrast Interaction of contradictory elements. Emphasis & Subordination Directional Forces Proportion Scale Repetition & Rhythm
40 Beautiful Grunge Photoshop Tutorials Advertisement By Jacob Gube Grunge is a popular trend that gives designs a more organic and realistic look. It also provides a stark contrast to the simplistic, polished and rigid Web 2.0 trend, opting instead for a less uniform and more elaborate form of design. We’ve discussed grunge style in modern Web design before, as well as tips and tricks to achieve the grunge look. Beautiful Grunge Photoshop Tutorials Antique Ace of Spades This tutorial shows you how to create an old, stained playing card by using Blending modes. Creating an Old-Collage-Effect Poster Create a textured, old-school collage poster by following this excellent Photoshop tutorial. Quick Grungy Poster Learn how to create a grungy poster by using smart filters and a few image adjustments. Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an old-world look using stock vectors imported into Photoshop. Want to find more Photoshop tutorials? (al) It's done.
40 Best Free Fonts for Logo Designing Finding awesome free fonts for logo designing is not that easy. In this world of premium internet, most of the things you find need money. Today we have collected 40 Best Free Fonts for Logo Designing to save your time and little bit of money too. 1. Teardrop 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Let us know which fonts you liked the most.
How to Create a Grunge Web Design Using Photoshop In this step-by-step web design tutorial, you will learn how to craft a beautiful and eye-grabbing grunge-themed web layout using Photoshop. This tutorial is geared for beginners and intermediate-level Photoshop users. This is a two-part tutorial series that will show you how to create a grunge web design using Photoshop, with the second part as a follow-up web development tutorial providing you instructions on how to convert the design mockup to a fully-functioning web page using standards-based HTML and CSS. Update: The second part of this tutorial series has been posted: Part 2: How to Code a Grunge Web Design from Scratch Final Result Click on the following image to view the full-scale version of the design that we will be creating together in this Photoshop tutorial. Setting Up the Photoshop Document 1 Create a new document in Photoshop with the dimensions 1200px x 1160px and with the document settings shown in the following figure. Creating the Layout’s Background 9 Create a new layer.
40+ Useful Online Generators For Web Designers Oct 11 2010 Generators can be a great way to save time in your web design projects. High-quality generators can create graphics or code or even layouts in a matter of seconds or minutes, things that might take an hour or more if done by hand. Below are some useful generators to help you speed up your web design process. There’s everything from color scheme tools to complete layout generators included. If you know of other useful generators out there, please share in the comments! Color Schemes A good color scheme is the cornerstone of a good website design. Color Scheme Designer 3Color Scheme Designer 3 has a really fantastic user interface that’s both attractive and easy to use. ColorSchemer Online V2ColorSchemer lets you create color palettes around RGB or HEX values, or using a color selector tool. KulerAdobe’s Kuler is one of the best color scheme tools available, with multiple options for both creating and finding color schemes. Layouts There are CSS generators for almost everything.
Create a Sleek, High-End Web Design from Scratch In this tutorial, we'll put together a high-end Web design using a crisp, thin font, gorgeous background images, and clever use of space and layout. You can easily use the technique to create your own unique designs. Then when you're finished reading this tutorial, you can cross over to our sister site NETTUTS and follow along as we build the design into clean and simple HTML. OK let's rock'n'roll! The End Design It's quite an elegant design, which would probably suit a designer portfolio-type site, but really could be altered for all sorts of purposes. The real power of this design is to show you what can be accomplished by keeping it simple. It's a simple structure: horizontal menu, main heading panel, and content area. Step 1 First of all, create a new document. Now our first task is to create a nice abstract background. Step 2 Now we want a visually interesting background which is abstract enough that it doesn't distract from the text. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
The Ultimate Guide to Designing with Black Whether you're a student designer learning the tricks of the trade, a web designer looking to delve into the world of print or an accomplished designer looking to broaden their knowledge, there's always something to be learnt when it comes to designing for print. One of those areas is how to approach using blacks in your design and knowing how it will end up when it comes back from the printers. Read on for a few tips and techniques on how to create artwork containing black. Black is just black, right? Selecting Black in Photoshop The default black setting in Photoshop is not ideal for print. Issue one, importing into Illustrator or InDesign Let's say you have created the above image in Photoshop using the default black, and you want to place it into your InDesign or Illustrator design document on a black background. You open up the InDesign or Illustrator package, draw the square on the artboard, fill it with the black swatch and place the artwork onto it. The Five Blacks Summarised
35 Tutorials for Creating Website Layouts in Photoshop Photoshop is an excellent tool for creating attract websites. Fortunately, if you’re looking to brush up your skills or learn some new tricks for creating layouts and designs in Photoshop, there are plenty of tutorials specifically for this purpose. The 35 tutorials featured here will each take you through the process of creating an example website design in Photoshop. The are all different types of websites and styles of design represented, so you should certainly be able to find some useful tutorials from this group. Looking for hosting? WPEngine offers secure managed WordPress hosting.
Free All-in-One Graphic Design Starter Kit Graphic design has an amazing community. Comprised of both the vets from the pre-computer era to the newbies who were raised on the internet and computer-editing applications, there is a huge gamut of people sharing their work and expertise online. I know when I was starting out in design, I found tons of inspiration and information from sites like JustCreativeDesign, DesignNewz, and more. If there’s one issue, however, it’s that there’s almost too much great information out there. I know – good problem to have, right? But for those designers just starting out, or for those designers who are considering getting into design, the amount of information can be a little overwhelming. This “kit” was originally intended to be a zipped file containing all of the links below; however, it clocked in at about half a gigabyte, which I thought most people wouldn’t want to sit and download (plus it would put a strain on our hosting). Software GIMP (Snow Leopard) (Leopard) (Windows) EBooks Textures Fonts
90 New And High Quality Photoshop Web Layout Tutorials I am continuing my research and this time I thought I’ve never done Photoshop layout tutorial roundup and wanted to become better in this matter. One of the reasons I didn’t make this kind of list, because I saw there are already many of similar articles. But as always to stand out I invested two days in this article, collecting only really high quality tutorials and also ordering them all by date. Maybe such measure isn’t right – but I am sure you are tired of lists featuring old tutorials you have seen over and over again. I was searching only for Year 2009/2008 tutorials and was surprised myself, how many of them I found, which I really enjoyed and was high-quality ones. Keep updated because this article was created also to study already created tutorials and get inspired to create my own layout tutorials trying to teach you what I already know about web-design! Year 2009 Created in 2009, August 1.Create a Clean and Colorful Web Layout in Photoshop Created in 2009, August 4. 19. 22. 28.
Making a Beautiful HTML5 Portfolio Martin Angelov In today’s tutorial we will be making a beautiful HTML5 portfolio powered by jQuery and the Quicksand plugin. You can use it to showcase your latest work and it is fully customizable, so potentially you could expand it to do much more. The HTML The first step is to write down the markup of a new HTML5 document. index.html <! In the body, there are a number of the new HTML5 elements. The #stage unordered list holds our portfolio items. You can put whatever you want in these li items and customize the portfolio further. Beautiful HTML5 Portfolio with jQuery The jQuery What the Quicksand plugin does, is compare two unordered lists of items, find the matching LIs inside them, and animate them to their new positions. First we need to listen for the ready event (the earliest point in the loading of the page where we can access the DOM), and loop through all the li items detecting the associated tags. script.js – Part 1 Each tag is added to the itemsByTags object as an array. Great!
How To Create a Sleek Grid Based Website Design Want to get your teeth stuck into a website design project to sharpen your skills? Follow this step by step tutorial to create a sleek website design for a fictional eyewear company. In part one of the tutorial we’ll build the Photoshop design concept with a dark colour scheme and lay out the content to a solid underlying grid. Here’s the complete website we’ll be creating. It’s a sleek design with subtle gradients and eye catching imagery based on an overall dark black/grey colour scheme. View the large scale website design concept The fictional client I’ve made up for this tutorial project is a small eyewear brand named OPTIK. The design we’ll be creating as part of this tutorial begins on paper as a sketch along with simple notes. Fill the background with black, then use the zig-zag pattern from my Line25 pixel patterns freebie to fill a new layer. Draw a selection in the centre of the document measuring the full width of the grid and fill it with black on a new layer.
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