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35 Examples Of Masterful Lighting Effects In Web Design

Using a light source the right way can add dimension and beauty to a website design. Strong light sources create a stark contrast between light areas and shadows in a design, making the elements look more realistic and dimensional and less flat. Some...
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50 Creative and Inspiring 404 Pages

Whenever a user is trying to reach a website’s page that is non-existent or missing, they are usually directed to a page where they’re informed that that specific page cannot be recalled by the HTTP server; this is what is called a 404 error...
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Applying Mathematics To Web Design

   “Mathematics is beautiful.” This may sound absurd to people who wince at numbers and equations. But some of the most beautiful things in nature and our universe exhibit mathematical properties, from the smallest seashell to the...
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Facebook Connect: Plugins to Integrate FB and Wordpress

When I first decided it was time to add Facebook Connect to a website, I figured it would be no big deal. Facebook is a social media powerhouse, I figured, so they must have tools to simplify the process. Plus, I use Wordpress! So I was fairly confident...
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Free Medical Icons Set (60 Icons)

  Today we are glad to release a Free Medical Icons Set, a set with 60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. This set was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade and released...
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Free, Quirky Icon Set: The Dream Geek Team

Iconshock, providers of professional icons, is back again to share to you wonderful Six Revisions readers a quirky and unique icon set: The Dream Geek Team. The set features well-known IT celebrities: Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Steve Jobs,...
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The Life, Times (and Death?) of Internet Explorer 6 (Comic Strip)

  In recent years Internet Explorer 6 has become the browser web designers love to hate. Security issues, JavaScript errors and inexplicable CSS rendering quirks have made it the brunt of many jokes. With IE6 in its twilight and big companies...
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The Future of User Interfaces

User interfaces—the way we interact with our technologies—have evolved a lot over the years. From the original punch cards and printouts to monitors, mouses, and keyboards, all the way to the track pad, voice recognition, and interfaces designed...
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Free and Exclusive Icons: Brown Social Icon Pack

In the pack, you will find 12 glossy polished icons in different size variations: 32×32px, 64×64px and 128×128px for maximum flexibility. All files are .PNG format and are mainly brown-colored especially for all you brown fanatic bloggers...
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Developing Sites With AJAX: Design Challenges and Common Issues

  Almost every movie has a scene in which a character pull the protagonist aside and says, “There’s something you should know about [insert another character's name here].” Most of the time, we find out some dark secret about...
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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet (PDF)

  Over the last months we released a variety of icon sets, tools and templates, but now we would like to release something a bit different for a change. In this post we are glad to release Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts, a PDF-file with a handy...
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5 Ways to Prevent Social Media Disaster

As the NFL season kicks off in the U.S., I’m just waiting for this year’s top end zone celebration to be someone pulling an iPhone out of their pants and sending out a tweet or updating their Facebook status with a misplaced comment that...
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Choosing the Best RSS Feed Plugin for Wordpress

Using RSS feeds with Wordpress for fun and for profit. At one point or another most bloggers will want to display articles from another website. You may be sharing articles with a syndicated author, setting up a news ticker, or simply listing the current...
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The Three Golden Rules of Site Redesigns

Last month I made a New Year’s resolution to schedule myself as a client and rebuild my website. Basically, the design and code had become entirely embarrassing to me. Additionally, the chaos caused by three years of feature-creep and band-aids...
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5 WordPress Comment Plugins to Engage Users and Promote Discussion

If you’re a new user to WordPress, then you’re probably perfectly content with the comment features you already have. You may not yet realize the positive effect that adding a comment plugin (or three) can have on your site. Better comment...
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How to Create a Somber Composition in Photoshop

This one’s another collaboration with my good friend Toma Alin Gabriel. In this tutorial you will learn how to manipulate stock images and turn them into your puppets to express your desired feelings.Final Image PreviewTake a look at the final...
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A Quick Look at Mobile Web Designs

If there’s anything web designers learned from the past year, it’s that mobile web usage will continue to soar. Thanks to smartphones and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook that promote on-the-go interaction with web applications,...
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Amazing X-Ray Vision, Meets Walkman: Icon of the 80’s Poster Design Tutorial

Introduction The premise for this photo manipulation and poster design was inspired by stories such as The Borrowers and Tom Thumb. The concepts used are not new, but I don’t think they’ve been explored nearly enough, especially digitally....
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10 Great Tips for Using Twitter as a Designer

Twitter was founded in 2006 by Odeo (a podcasting company). It was first used as an internal service for Odeo employees, and later, it became public and then took off as its own company in 2007. Today, Twitter is ranked in the top 50 websites on Alexa,...
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15 Fantastic Finds on the Google Code Repository

Google Code Repository is a section of Google that, just like SourceForge, allows developers to upload their code for others to use under license. The repository was launched in 2006 and after searching through its archives, I found a number of interesting...
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Common Misconceptions about Web Designers

As a web designer, I’m proud to be a part of an Apple-loving, forward thinking, technologically advanced group of people that devour tutorials and web design blogs, hoping to create a stellar design that that gets posted in every CSS gallery out...
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SimpleFolio: A Free Clean Portfolio WordPress Theme

  Today we are glad to release a beautiful, simple and clean portfolio WordPress theme — SimpleFolio, designed by Omar E. Corrales and released for Smashing Magazine and its readers. SimpleFolio is a portfolio theme that includes a blog...
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CSS3 Techniques You Should Know

Many of you have probably heard all the buzz around CSS3, but exactly which techniques can we use today? In this article I’ll show you some different CSS3 techniques that work great in some of the leading browsers (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Safari,...
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Free Photoshop Shapes: Download Custom Shapes Sets

Photoshop shapes are different than Photoshop brushes, although some people use the terms interchangeably, they refer to completely different tools. Both tools will allow you to easily add custom elements that be stamped out over and over again, used...
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A Basic Guide to Photoshop’s 3D Tools

From opening a 3D file to rotating, scaling and moving it, working with meshes, creating textures or even materials, adding lights, and more, this tutorial covers most of the secrets of the useful feature 3D Tools of Photoshop CS4 Extended. If you have...
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Skull Board Walkthrough

Many techniques and/or “accidents” as I like to call them, were used in creating the design for my “Skull Board”. It was designed as pure fun, but was then printed and applied to a skateboard for entrance in to a local art show...
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Create a Stunning City Skyline Made of Text

Introduction I came up with the idea for creating a skyline made of text after some creative thinking and seeing this amazing stock photo. After a brief look around the web, I still can’t find a manipulation quite like it. In this tutorial, we...
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Streamline Your Blogging With Actions

Intro Blogging, as we all know is much more than writing an article. In most posts, you need to take screen captures, edit, copy, paste, format, etc.. Basically, there is much more to it than meets the eye. Any decent article will take at least an hour...
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Design A Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene In Photoshop

Tutorial Overview In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Surreal, Ancient Fantasy Scene in Photoshop. We will take several real world objects and seamlessly blend them together to form this artwork. We will also use a number...
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Create A Simple Preview/Highlight Circle

There are a lot of cool and effective ways to call attention to portions of a design. When writing 6 Ways To Take Your Webdesign From Good To Great I used a simple blur technique that proved to be quite popular. I’ve seen the effect a lot of places...
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Create An Airforce Inspired Mesh Pattern Overlay

Not too long ago I stumbled across the US Air Force site, and was immediately struck by it’s style and slick patterns. The inner pages of the site focus on large background images with a cool mesh overlay. I decided to play around in Photoshop...
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Getting to Know Clipping Masks and Layer Masks in Photoshop

Today, we are going to look at two of Photoshop’s primary masking techniques – layer masks and clipping masks. We’ll be comparing the two by looking at how they work on a practical level, the basic similarities, and the much more significant...
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6 Ways To Take Your Webdesign From Good To Great

Content Jump Make Subtle Use of Gradients Add White Space Stay On A Grid Improve Your Typography Have Clear and Effective Navigation Use An Awesome and Useful Footer Intro The difference between good and great webdesign is relatively small. The average...
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Free Exclusive Vector Icon Pack: Web User Interface

The Web User Interface vector icon pack is a group of five free beautiful and high quality icons released exclusively to you, Six Revisions readers, by Iconshock. They’re released royalty-free, so you may use them for any commercial or personal...
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30 Beautiful Artworks of Robots

Robots are often the subject of art because they’re a symbolism of futurism; and as people, we enjoy trying to envision what’s to come. In this collection, you’ll see some amazing robots created by talented digital pixel pushers from...
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The Art And Science Of The Email Signature

  Email signatures are so easy to do well, that it’s really a shame how often they’re done poorly. Many people want their signature to reflect their personality, provide pertinent information and more, but they can easily go overboard. Why...
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Social Media Expertise – Designing the Myth

You see the label everywhere cropping up all over the cyberspace landscape these days as people pridefully rush to establish their dominance and touting themselves as a Social Media Expert. The media mavens meandering through the different social circuits...
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A Roundup of Quality jQuery Tooltip Plugins

I recently attempted to add a jQuery tooltip to my website, but I had some trouble putting together a decent solution. Through that experience, I’ve assembled this round up of some of the best and most popular plugins I’ve found. jQuery Tooltip...
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Sizzle – A Look at jQuery’s New CSS Selector Engine

What is Sizzle Anyway? John Resig and the jQuery team recently released Sizzle, a new CSS selector engine as a spin off from the jQuery project, announcing its release when jQuery 1.3 was made available for download. The component is a standalone project,...
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How to Create Ice Cubes in 3ds Max

‘Tis the season for snow and ice in the northern hemisphere, so I decided to create some cool ice cubes (please excuse the pun). In this tutorial we will go through the steps needed to create realistic ice cubes inside 3ds Max and add some finishing...
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Building Clout for Your Design Blog The Bard’s Way

I recently read a post (which will remain anonymous) that spoke on the topic of garnering online celebrity status through means that seemed…well, I’ll just say that I did not agree with. Telling you to make your online interactions not about the...
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3 Powerful Ways To Make Typography Talk On Your Website

Typography is a very powerful tool in a web designer’s arsenal. We have seen simple websites glorified in an instant with the use of proper typography. We have seen brilliant websites pale because the “type” tone they used was all wrong. Understanding...
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7 Tools You Should Be Using For Better Web Designs

We’ve all come across websites with amazing designs only to be frustrated because it was hard to find things or confusing to use. As a web designer or developer, how do you know if this is happening to your website? Statistical applications such...
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How To Repair Scratches, Tears, and Spots on an Old Photograph

In this tutorial you will learn how to repair cracks, scratches, and spots so this photo of the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind, looks just like new. We will purposely avoid using some of the quick fix tools such as the healing brush so that you can...
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Freelancers: Invoice your clients

Create invoices and manage account receivables online using one of these 9 web apps. You’ll save time and maybe even earn more money. The ability to successfully run a freelance design business, requires more than just graphic skills. You’ll...
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A Look into Registration Buttons in Web Design

Designing an informational/content-centered website (such as a portfolio or a blog) is much easier than designing a website where we have to deal with registered users. The target of websites that enable user accounts (such as Amazon.com or Gmail, for...
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Let Your Audience Guide Your Design!

There is an old saying that rings true, no matter what forum or context it’s applied in. ‘You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.’...
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5 Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If so, then these photo gallery plugins for WordPress must be worth volumes. Each plugin creates the photo gallery a bit differently — jquery slideshows, flash slideshows, automatically from  your flickr...
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Sync Your Life: Great Tools to Sync, Backup and Store your Files

You probably remember that one time when you really needed a copy of that spreadsheet for the meeting; only to realize it was sitting on your hard drive at home. Or the time you wrote up that great list of ideas and forgot to e-mail it to yourself. If...
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How to Use Google Maps with WordPress Blogs: 5 Plugins to Get You Started

It wasn’t long ago that Mapquest was the only quality mapping tool online. Then, the rise of Google Maps, possibly the best and most sophisticated mapping tool available online. Google Maps inspired regular people to become cartographers — mapping...
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