25 Photoshop Tutorials for Web Designers Adobe Photoshop is the tool of choice for most web designers. From creating a website template to objects and components such as content boxes and buttons, Photoshop doesn’t fail to deliver. In this collection, you’ll find 25 excellent Photoshop tutorials geared towards web designers. You’ll find a variety of tutorials that include creating full web page templates, navigation menus, headers, and content boxes. If you know of a good Photoshop tutorial for web designers – why don’t you share it with all of us in the comments.
Hand-Drawing Style In Modern Web Design - Volume 2 Advertisement When it comes to web design too often perfect, colorful and boxy designs make the cut; however, the reality is different as it is hard to find objects with a perfect shape and a perfect color in our daily routine. To achieve a unique and communicative design we need to consider more creative approaches. For instance, we can draw sites by ourselves — or at least some parts of it. The main purpose of hand-drawn elements lies in their ability to convey a personality and an individual note in times when perfect, boxy and rounded elements can be found almost everywhere. And in fact, this is done quite often: whether a blog, a shop, an ad, a private page, or some collaborative project — doesn’t matter whether with Flash or (X)HTML. Please also have a look at our previous showcase Hand-Drawing Style In Modern Web Design What’s new? Few months ago we’ve declared that, in our humble opinion, shiny and glossy design elements were officially outdated. Script fonts gain on popularity 1.
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Designing a WordPress Theme From Scratch A lot of people are martyrs and want to get their hands in the dirt and design their own WordPress Theme from scratch. That’s okay. I did that, and then got smarter. First, find a WordPress Theme architecture that you like, be it one or two sidebars, or no header, or whatever you want. If you aren’t worried about bandwidth on your website or your Internet connection, you can style your site right on the Internet. Get familiar with your site’s layout and structure by checking the source code and the style sheet, and begin your modifications one at a time. I recommend that you backup your test Theme folder frequently as you go, in case you make a big mess and you need to go back, but not to start over. Determined to Start from Total Scratch If you are determined to redesign your WordPress Theme from scratch, you probably already know how to do this. One of the best tools recently developed for web page designers is found in the Firefox Internet Browser. WordPress Theme Design Help Digg | Furl
Retro and Vintage In Modern Web Design Advertisement Retro and vintage are becoming a new trend. Once rarely used in this robust, dynamic medium, early, retro and vintage elements are now becoming more and more popular in a variety of design contexts. Retro and vintage designs exhibit graphic solutions that are strongly influenced by the time period that they are supposed to represent. Such elements create a nostalgic atmosphere, awaken feelings and memories and attempt to communicate information effectively using emotions. The Secrets Of Vintage and Retro Designs What elements do designers use to create a genuine vintage or retro atmosphere? illustrations from old posters, movies, newspapers, CDs, vinyls, ads; old-style typography (e.g. vintage and retro are often combined with a hand-drawing style2 and grunge style3. Some designs go even further and not only use retro or vintage elements but try to achieve a Renaissance look. Below, you’ll find a showcase of 50 beautiful retro, vintage and Renaissance designs. AdaptD.com8
50 Stylish Navigation Menus for Design Inspiration Six Revisions Skip site navigation 50 Stylish Navigation Menus for Design Inspiration Apr 10 2009 by Jacob Gube | 39 Comments A site’s navigation menu is one of the most prominent things that users see when they first visit. In this article, you’ll find a showcase of beautiful, creative, and stylish navigation menus for your inspiration. 1. netdreams.co.uk 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 15. 16. rzepak.pure.pl 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. csharpdesign.co.uk 36. 37. okb 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. toby-powell.co.uk 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Related content 39 Comments Alex April 10th, 2009 Here is another one: (top navigation) Kayla April 10th, 2009 Very cool menus. Jamiel Sharief April 10th, 2009 Nice collection. David April 10th, 2009 thx for sharing! Danny Hinde April 10th, 2009 Caroline April 10th, 2009 Great list – one missing – using tag clouds as part of navigation kayintveen April 10th, 2009 Tony Creamy CSS
Using jQuery for Background Image Animations After reading Dave Shea's article on CSS Sprites using jQuery to produce animation effects, I felt like playing around with things to see what could be done but accomplish it with a simpler HTML structure (no need for adding superfluous tags) and simpler code, too. Changing the position of the background image felt to be the best approach to creating the type of effect we're looking for (and I'm not the first to think so: see the examples at the end of this article). jQuery is a great library for this type of task but out of the box, it can't animate background position properly because of the need to animate two values instead of just one (too bad not all browsers implemented the non-standard background-position-x and -y like Internet Explorer). You'll have to use the Background-Position plugin that is linked in the demo (the original plugin is no longer available on the jQuery site). Previous versions didn't support negative or decimal values properly. The HTML The Basic CSS The Image