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27 Must-Have Starter Kits For Web Designers

27 Must-Have Starter Kits For Web Designers
Starter kits are great timesavers for web designers and they are particularly useful for those who often create mock-ups for project pitching on daily basis. If you are a designer-cum-programmer think of it as your code snippets So what’s in a starter kit? We think it varies – depending on what each designer routinely worked with. For GUI designers, keeping a copy of form elements (buttons, checkboxes, tab, drop down menus, etc) helps speed up the process of creating screens and layouts; on the other hand, browser (IE, Firefox Safari) templates with web safe area keep web designers reminded how/where they should prioritize their contents. Experienced designers will usually customize and keep a personal version of starter kit, some might have few too! In today’s article, we attempt to show you some of the best design starter kit we’ve come to know. GUI, Form Elements and Web Components Yahoo’s Design Stencil Kit Probably one of the most complete kit for designers. Browser Screens Templates

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The Elements of Retro Web Design The vintage and retro style is becoming more and more popular in today’s digital artwork. The use of retro and vintage themes in design is probably one of the most pervasive trends since the industry went almost completely digital. In today’s post, we’ll look at examples of work sourced from the wonderful Dribbble, which helps us focus on snippets of a piece, rather than the entire design or illustration. From here, it’s possible to identify what techniques have been used and to describe how they impact the overall design. You will become familiar with these design trends and be able to replicate them. To help you, short tutorials are scattered throughout the article.

70 Tutorials Using Photoshop To Design A Website This article features a huge amount of Photoshop web design tutorials, which will teach you simple effects which can be combined together in order to create a great website design. Theses tutorials are perfect for first time Photoshop users because there short and sweet. I hope you enjoy the article and feel free to leave a comment below. 1) Carbon Fiber Layout you’ll learn how to make this sleek layout with a carbon fiber background that would look great as a landing page for a website. 2) Design Studio Layout

Slyd Slyd is an easy-to-use, highly-customizable slider plugin for WordPress. There are plenty of plugins out there that allow you to easily insert a slider into your WordPress using a shortcode but they require creating a custom slide for every post you write. With Slyd you can shirk those inconveniences. Slyd automatically pulls in all of your latest posts (or just the ones in a certain category). All Slyd requires is that you upload a Slyd image or a Featured image on your post page. Taking Type to the Next Level with Alternate Characters Are you sick of your type looking plain and boring? Many OpenType fonts have alternate characters built into them that can transform your type into a beautiful piece of art. By using these alternate characters you can add things like flourishes and flair to your type with ease.

Sharing Widget, Sharing Button, Sharing Plugin - ShareThis Sharing Button Add CopyNShare to your ShareThis Widget. Check the box on Step 3 to start tracking your users' copy and paste shares. FAQs . If your site is not hosted on any of the blogging or CMS platforms listed above, please select 'Website'. 25 New Illustrator Tutorials That Will Make You A Master Of Vector Art Just because you can usually get a similar effect in Photoshop doesn’t mean the end result will be as good as using Illustrator (depending on the project). If you are like me (and I will bet most of you are) you will go ahead and use PS because you know it much better even though the final project will not be as good or as functional as it could be. Well it’s time to buck up and get this learning curve completely out of the way so you make the right choice next time. Below are some sweet Illustrator tuts that will leave you in vector heaven once your done.

25 Free Must Download Design Programs 25 free must download design programs, the article features a range of different design programs including alternative programs for some of the most popular design programs such as Photoshop, flash and illustrator. A great collection of programs available for free which is perfect while currently suffering from a recession. Image Editing 1) Paint.net 33 FREE Well-Designed Navigation Menu PSD Startup Framework Close 2011, Sep 27 // Kevin Liew // 4 comments // Web Design 33 FREE Well-Designed Navigation Menu PSD Advertisement Introduction Our 5th series of free psd file, we have collected 33 free psd menu layout. How to Create Inset Typography in Photoshop (Build 2010040108053 By Jacob Gube In this beginning-level design tutorial, I’ll show you how to apply a beautiful and super-easy text treatment in Photoshop: the inset text effect. It’s also often called the letterpress effect because it looks similar to text created by a Letterpress printer. Final Result Here’s a preview of what we’re about to create. Creating the Photoshop document

Obfuscated code In software development, obfuscation is the deliberate act of creating obfuscated code, i.e. source or machine code that is difficult for humans to understand. Programmers may deliberately obfuscate code to conceal its purpose (security through obscurity) or its logic, in order to prevent tampering, deter reverse engineering, or as a puzzle or recreational challenge for someone reading the source code. Programs known as obfuscators transform readable code into obfuscated code using various techniques. Writing and reading obfuscated source code can be a brain teaser for programmers. A number of programming contests reward the most creatively obfuscated code: the International Obfuscated C Code Contest, Obfuscated Perl Contest, and International Obfuscated Ruby Code Contest.

Beautiful/Decay Cult of the Creative Arts Gabriel Moreno does beautiful work with such basic materials: a pen and a brush. His illustrations begin in black and white, upon which Moreno builds, adding layers of color and images of other places and people tattooed into their skin. Flowers, birds, and faces organically expand from his subjects, as if a rush of creativity, or a dream, is escaping them. 20 Methods for Upping Your Current Web Design Skills Design All great designers are constantly improving their skills. There has never been a successful designer, or anyone of another profession for that matter, that has stopped at a certain point and said, "Good enough".

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