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How to Create a Gorgeous Glassy Text Effect

I Worked on this tutorial with a good friend of mine Negreu Andreas. This text will be created using a series of shapes with different transparency and color effects. Let’s get to it! Final Image Preview Take a look at the image we’ll be...
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Book Review ‘Beginning CSS Web Development’, by Simon Collison

The cascade, inheritance, contextual selectors. As someone who has been using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in the real world for a while it’s sometimes easy to forget it can be tricky to get started. Beginning CSS Web Development, written by Simon...
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The Standards Way to Do Dynamic Data

Somewhere in between presenting static information graphics and complex, interactive data dashboards there’s a need for a way to visualize moderately dynamic data on the web. Oftentimes the solutions you see implemented are clunky, for example,...
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60+ Beautiful Logo Design Tutorials And Resources

When we talk about a famous brand, the first thing that comes to mind is its logo. The logo is the most essential component of any personal brand and also the hardest part to execute. A logo must be appropriate, aesthetically pleasing and a reflection...
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Creating Sexy Stylesheets

Lately, I have taken interest in discussing methods of creating sexy stylesheets. While CSS can be used to create sexy websites, writing CSS can actually be an artform by itself. The way in which CSS is created, structured, and maintained can be a thing...
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Stay on :target

In this article, I want to introduce you to a really powerful CSS3 pseudo selector called :target. Much like :hover, :target is invoked during certain interactions with the website. Specifically, when applied to a fragment identifier. On a page such...
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Handy Tips from Tipster

There have been a ton of helpful and interesting tips posted to Tipster recently, so I thought we’d pull a few out for you all (and give the submitters a bit of well-deserved publicity). Topics that we’re covering are: MySQL, CSS, JavaScript,...
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Best Tutorials For Cinematic Visual Effects

It doesn’t matter whether you are a designer, a developer, an artist or an amateur learner â
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The Ultimate Motion Graphics Tutorials Round-Up

Although static graphics is obviously much easier to scan and therefore can be easily perceived, motion graphics brings dynamics and life into otherwise static content. Animation can help designers to convey a deeper meaning with the use of various video-techniques....
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60+ Amazing Poster and Advertisment Tutorials

Everyone in the business world knows the importance of posters and ads in advertising for specific products. Posters are an integral part of advertising. An eye-catching, attractive poster that conveys a professional, compelling message about a product,...
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HTML Emails - Taming the Beast

HTML email - you either love it or you hate it. Some love the simplicity of text-only emails, while others praise the flexibility and good looks of HTML. But it doesn’t really matter whether you love it or hate it because sooner or later a client...
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Ensuring your HTML Emails Look Great and Get Delivered

Boy what a difference 18 months can make! In my last Vitamin article I was singing the praises of standards based email and encouraging the use of CSS in your email designs. While the browser market has continued to strive for better standards support,...
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Review: Campaign Monitor, Email Newsletter Software

Campaign Monitor is an online email marketing application that enables designers to create, send, manage and track branded emails for themselves and their clients with ease. Freshview, the company behind Campaign Monitor recently updated the software,...
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Design Contest: Free Business Cards for the Next 20 Years

Overnight Prints is hosting a fun design contest where the winner gets to win a lifetime supply is up to 1,000 single or double-sided business cards per year for 20 years. Contest Rules To enter in the contest, go to web page on Overnight Prints’...
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How to Create a Dark and Sleek Web Design from Photoshop

In this web development tutorial, you will learn, step-by-step, how to create a beautiful dark and sleek web layout using standards-based HTML and CSS. Along the way, you will witness how to use CSS Sprites and CSS Text Image Replacement. This is the...
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How to Create an Imaginative, Magical Painted Scene

In this tutorial, we will be using several basic tools and stock images to create a fantasy artwork where everything seems to come alive from what is being painted on an old piece of paper. Let’s get working! Editorial Note: this tutorial is influenced...
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Why Designers Should Learn How to Code

More often than not, designers have rightfully been accused of retreating into their cocoons of ignorance as soon as their work of creating a web design is finished, leaving the dirty and more hands-on work of putting it up on the web to developers....
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12 Excellent Free Tools for Monitoring Your Site’s Uptime

A website or web application’s high availability is very crucial; users who constantly encounter problems accessing the content of a site will not likely come back. For web applications - poor uptimes means users won’t be confident about...
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20 Time-Saving Tips to Improve Designer’s Workflow

Want to save some time? Of course you do! You are probably always looking for ways to do this faster and make that easier, it’s human nature! One of the best ways to save time is experience. The more experience you have, the more comfortable you...
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12 Tips For Designing an Excellent Checkout Process

Shopping online can be a great experience. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home and you can quickly compare and read about all the competing products in order to pick the best one for you. But it can also be a little frustrating if...
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How to Create a Virtual Auto Using 100% Brush Techniques

First of all I would like to thank my friend Pavaloi Lucian also known as Leeloo for working with me on this tutorial. This tutorial will be all about using the Brush Tool (B) and about knowing how and where to place lights, shadows and reflections....
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Photoshop Tutorial: Tilt-shift Miniature Faking

Hello fellow photo editors! Today we’re going to learn how to make everything in your picture look like it’s teeny-tiny by simulating the extremely short focal plane that macro photography creates. It’s fake tilt-shift photography....
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Six Revisions Mobile Version Officially Live!

With today’s increasing demand for mobile device compatibility of websites and web applications, it’s imperative to make a site as accessible and friendly to a wide range of mobile technologies as possible. With the help of Mobify, a service...
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30 Must-Have Tweaks For Your Mac

In one of the recent posts, we looked at some reasons why some developers switch to the Mac. If you’ve decided to make the switch yourself, you can do a lot to make the transition smoother. We will take a look at some must-have software, configurations...
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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...
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Effective Strategy To Estimate Time For Your Design Projects

How many times have you been completely confused at how that ’small’ project turned into such a big one costing double and taking three times the length you estimated? Many of you will say estimating time for web projects accurately is an...
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10 WordPress Plugins to Monetize Your Blog

With the increase in people blogging, and especially the increase of blogs becoming authoritative sources of information, people now want to know how to make money blogging. Before trying to make money from your blog, it’s important to first start...
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10 Ways To Make Your Site Accessible Using Web Standards

Without argument, one of the most important things to consider when creating a website is that it be accessible to everyone who wants to view it. Does your website play nice with screen readers? Can a user override your style sheet with a more accessible...
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10 Places to Download Free Icon Sets

Whether you want to spice up the look of your desktop, create a unified theme on your website, or use them for graphic design, matching icon sets come in handy. Although in recent times the use of icons has shifted towards web and interface design, icon...
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Choosing a CMS

If you went to your Twitter or Facebook page right now and typed in the question: What is the best CMS; odds are high that you’ll get 10 different answers. Depending on what type of content management system you want, Wikipedia provides an extensive...
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Five Ways to Harness Social Media Tools to Survive and Thrive During a Tough Economy

There are more and more people logging on to different social media outlets every day â
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Software Review: Vertus Fluid Mask 3

I was a little hesitant when I signed up for this review. A masking program? I’ve seen quite a few masking programs that were hard to work with, with steep learning curves, bad tools, poor quality and more. I went in to it with pretty low expectations,...
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How to Create a Moka Express Icon

The staple of every Italian breakfast is home espresso coffee, brewed with the iconic “Moka Express” pot. In this tutorial, we’ll create a Moka entirely from scratch using shapes, layer effects and a bunch of productivity-enhancing...
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Feedback. The Creativity Killer.

If you don’t deal with bad feedback it can disrupt, slowly corrode, and in the end, kill your creativity. If you’ve ever said "Yes, I can change that" and know deep down inside of you a little bit of your creative soul died, then...
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Create a Dynamic Scene with a Fallen Angel Theme - Psd Plus Tutorial

We have another professional Psd Plus tutorial exclusively available to Plus members today. If you want to take your Photoshop Manipulation and creative composition skills to the next level, then we have an exciting tutorial for you. Discover how to...
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10 Social Media Plugins for your WordPress Blog

With the increase in bloggers using WordPress over the last couple years combined with the increase in the use of social media, one of the most frequent questions blog owners have is how to bring the two together. You’ve...
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Super-Handy Photoshop CS4 GPU Features Unraveled

The latest version of Photoshop CS4 offers a variety of new features that save time and work. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at all the new GPU based features and how to use them. On the one hand they save you a lot of time, on the other hand...
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Photoshop Tutorial: Getting that great X-PRO LOMO look

Let me explain the title real quick, in case any readers aren’t in the know yet. LOMO is a russian optics company that makes cameras. They use the word Lomography to mean a wide-angle, shoot-from-the-hip, distorted colors, plastic lenses, expired...
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25 Excellent Typography Tools for the Serious Designer

Typography is an integral part of designs that use text. There are many tools out there that are available at your disposal for helping you work with type. In this article, you will find a collection of the best typography tools available on the web....
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How to Create a Slice of Nature Photo Manipulation

Today I’m going to show you how to put together a complex tree illustration. The idea for this tutorial is to show a workflow from concept to finish, not just so you can copy this illustration, but so that you can take the ideas behind it and use...
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Creating a Spy Fly Photo Manipulation

Welcome to a new Photoshop based tutorial. This time I’ll try to describe the main steps in creating a dead robot fly. Before we get started, I would like to thank Hortensiu Milstein (Personal Portfolio) for the great collaboration. We decided...
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Using Your Camera’s Histogram to Take Better Digital Photographs

The histogram is one of the best ways to check for accurate exposure in the camera, and yet it’s underused by many photographers. Use this tutorial to learn to use histograms in-camera and as part of further Photoshop processing. 1. Understand...
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How to Design a Stunning, 3D, Sunset Type Illustration

Today we’re going to run through multiple platforms to create a warm and sunny typographic treatment. We’ll use C4D to create the text, Illustrator for several decorative motifs, and Photoshop to bring them all together. Let’s get our...
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50 Beautiful Flash Websites

Flash enabled designers and developers to deliver rich content over the browsers, creating motion, interactivity and an impressive visual experience. Good Flash-sites do not require too much bandwidth, load fast and allow for a smooth interaction; besides,...
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What your website should do

Traditionally, corporate websites have been offensive, built to sell. But offense is not enough. In sports, there are three facets to every successful team: offense, defense, and coaching. The most effective websites have a similar three-pronged approach:...
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Web Project Management

Project management is an art and soft science that has had hundreds—if not thousands—of years to emerge. The process—whether it be for huge industrial construction projects, humanitarian endeavors, or even the day-to-day management and workflow...
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Twitter followers counter PHP script

We have created simple PHP Script to count your Twitter followers and cache the result. As you can see the script is very simple and it can be used in every application. It returns text value of the number of followers for given Twitter username.
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PHP Speeds to the Cloud With Zend Framework 1.8

Zend Framework 1.8 expands the PHP framework to work with Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service. Zend Framework has also added new rapid application development (RAD) features to accelerate PHP development. The Zend Framework is the PHP competitor...
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Jquery ajax utility function - $.ajax()

For those times when we want or need to exert a fine-grained level of control over how we make Ajax requests, jQuery provides a general utility function for making Ajax requests named $.ajax(). Under the covers, all other jQuery features that make Ajax...
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