Design tools and resources, best of 2010 Another year ends and a new year begins, there have been 12 months full of news in the web design world, from the New Twitter design to the constant grow of HTML5 and CSS3, there has been tons of events that have changed the web panorama during this year. We spent all the year digging across the web to find those little secrets that were waiting for being discovered. We have reunited a huge collection of news and resources that saw the light during 2010, we did the work for you and now everything that you missed during this year that ends is here, ready for you to look into it. This roundup covers several aspects that will definitely help web designers and developers, including wireframing tools, widgets, color management apps, text editors and more; you will find along with the link a short review about each item of the list, let’s hope that this list will help you to remember all the good things that the last year of this decade has left for all of us. New GUI sets iPad GUI set Minus
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10 Reasons why I prefer Fireworks CS4 to Photoshop for Web Design Design: The estimated time to read this article is 8 minutes I have been a Photoshop user for over sixteen years, ten of which have been in a production web design environment. I’ve got used to the way it works. I’m used to its feature set and how it does what it does. I’ve worked happily within that framework and mostly not digressed unless my requirements have been to design a logo – where a vector illustration package like Illustrator has come into its own. Just after Adobe’s CS4 suite was released, I decided to have another look at Fireworks – a package I had looked at a few times in earlier versions, but repeatedly given up on – each time falling back to Photoshop. 1. A Photoshop file consists of a single image with multiple layers. As well as having multiple pages within the Fireworks .png file (the native file format) the powerful Master Page allows you to define consistent template elements which appear across all other pages. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 9-Slice Scaling 10. 1. 2. 3.
Fudgegraphics Make Better Flyers - an inspiration source for flyer design World of Faerie Firebug Make Better Websites - Inspiration & Showcase for Quality Design and CSS Websites CLASSIC PHOTOSHOP & ILLUSTRATOR TUTORIAL: Create breathtaking fantasy light effects Learn how to combine brushes and blur effects in Photoshop to create a beautiful fantasy scene in this step-by-step guide by Murilo Maciel. Fantasy art scenes are usually handled with a liberal sprinkling of Photoshop plug-in fairy dust – but you don’t have to slavishly follow that route. By creating your own brushes in Adobe Illustrator, and using scanned elements with Photoshop, it’s a simple process to create otherworldly scenes that are alive with glow effects and shafts of virtual light. This masterclass takes a standard stock model – a super high-resolution version is included on the cover CD, or you can use your own – and applies layers of light and vector shapes to generate the main image shown left. During this masterclass, you’ll learn to wrap your source image into a multitude of layers that add a fantastical theme to your art. The key here is to tread softly. Step 1 Open the file ‘wonderland.psd’ supplied on this month CD and create a new top layer.