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14 Most Useful Web Design Cheat Sheets

A well rounded web designer’s day is spent immersed in multiple graphic design programs and writing front end code. All of this moving from one environment to another can make it hard to memorize such things as hot keys and shortcuts for each....
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11 Excellent Solutions for Creating Tooltips

Tooltips in web design are becoming more and more commonplace. Even though I don’t think they are appropriate for every type of site, they can be a very useful addition when implemented correctly. If you are planning on using tooltips in your next...
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20 Excellent Blogs for Those Who Love Design

Whether you’re a web designer, a print designer, or a photographer, you probably share a common trait with me and other creative types – a love for all things design related. I’m a web designer, but I love reading blogs that cover anything...
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18 Seriously Helpful Cheat Sheets for Easier Coding

A few weeks ago, I showed you the best cheat sheets for web designers. Following that post, many of you showed interest in having cheat sheets to help you write code. That is no surprise since the skill set of many web designers today go beyond visual...
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MOO Business Card Special Offer for WDL Readers

If you’re creating a portfolio of your work, whether it is graphic, website, or even user interface design, choosing which images should represent your work is a tough (and time consuming) task. Combine this with the number of times a potential client...
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50 Excellent Circular Logos

A graphic symbol is often used as part of logo design in order to convey a particular idea or concept in an effective and eye catching way. The shapes of these graphic symbols vary a lot, but one of the most commonly used shapes is the circle. Circular...
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9 Tips For Brand Building With Web Design

First of all, what is a brand? A brand is a symbol. Symbols are designs which represent something else, and a brand is meant to package all of the associations, experiences and characteristics into an abstract construct. This construct can be evoked...
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26 Examples of Online T-Shirt Shops

Many e-commerce and shopping websites suffer from poor quality design. However, when it comes to online t-shirt shops, creativity is high and there are plenty of designs that are worthy of mention. Many of these sites target the artists who create t-shirt...
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10 Web Design Rules That You Can Break

As web design and design in general have evolved, rules have been established to ensure consistent and usable designs. Some of these rules were created simply because website creators abused certain principles without regard for their users. But these...
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6 Ways To Kickstart Your Customer Service

Most web design companies are one or two person operations, with little to no free time for items like after-sales service. You are usually so busy with current projects that answering calls from past customers can seem like an unnecessary and non-profitable...
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10 Tips for Working With Clients Remotely: Part 1

Collaborating with clients you never meet face-to-face has become normal for most web workers. Ours is an industry where working remotely poses very few real obstacles — nearly every part of the web design process can be done from the comfort of...
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10 Tips for Working With Clients Remotely: Part 2

When you’re working with clients remotely it can sometimes be difficult to keep everyone happy and your project on track. Without the benefit of face-to-face meetings, it’s easy for a client to feel neglected or out of the loop. The key to successful...
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15 Online Financial Tools for Freelance Designers

Efficiency and organization are critical for freelance web designers. Managing finances and tracking down payments is not what drew most freelancers into this line of work. Fortunately, while handling finances is a necessary part of the business of freelancing,...
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5 Things Your Clients Should Know

Do you ever feel like you are endlessly repeating the same day? I do, every time I attend a kickoff meeting with a new client. Each time I find myself covering the same old issues from explaining the client’s role, to encouraging investment in...
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10 Tips for Surviving The Economic Downturn

The immediate challenge for smaller web design companies is how to attract new business and keep old clients in a downturn economy. Customers are falling off of maintenance contracts and smaller businesses may not be looking to start a website right...
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7 Mistakes To Avoid On Your Next Job Application

Whether you are a web designer or a copy writer, if you’re going to freelance, you need to learn how to look your best on a job application. Having worked on both sides of job applications, I’ve seen enough to recognize what gets a person...
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100 (Really) Creative Business Cards

Whichever business you’re in, and especially for anyone in the field of design, such as web designers, a business card can be as important as your website identity. A business card creates a physical connection and bond between you or your business...
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Should you go Beyond Relational Databases?

Relational databases, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL and various commercial products, have served us well for many years. Lately, however, there has been a lot of discussion on whether the relational model is reaching the end of its life-span, and what may...
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Photoshop Quick Tips #8: Making a Planet

I know a lot a people think it must take hours to make a planet and it's too much work to do it, well in some cases yes, but today I will be showing how to make a simple Planet in Photoshop that should take less than 10 min and it's very useful...
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Awesome Milk Typography Effect in Photoshop

Following the series of effects with text, there were the Water, Clouds, Light, and also some time ago the Frilly Bits... Now I will show you how to create a nice effect I saw a few months ago on DeviantArt that is a text mixed with some milk splashes....
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Wallpaper of the Week #46 - Giovanni Tabolacci

The wallpaper of this week is from Giovanni Tabolacci a great designer and illustrator from São Paulo Brazil. Brazil. Giovanni uses a Wacom tablet to create the basic sketch then Illustrator and Photoshop to add colors and textures producing...
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Photoshop Quick Tips #9: Using Photoshop Actions

A really good element of Photoshop that a lot of people don't even know about is the Photoshop Action, if you never used it before you should definitely check out this tutorial and see what these actions are all about. I also selected some great...
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Super Cool Wallpapers by Pokedstudio

I was just browsing through the works of this awesome UK design studio called Pokedstudio when I came across their free wallpaper section and loved them so much I just had to share. They have a good range of styles from illustrated to 3D rendered to...
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20 Beautiful Cityscape Wallpapers

Everybody loves changing their desktop wallpapers from time to time! But finding the right image can be really tricky, since there are virtually billions of images to choose... here, I've selected 20 beautiful cityscape wallpapers to ease your search....
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Reader Tutorial: Dark Water in Photoshop by Julien Brionne

This is my first Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how I did my first creation whose name is Dark Water. The idea of this image was exactly to create a tutorial. To achieve this creation, you will need to download some pictures, you can find the links...
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Meat Text Effect in Photoshop

Last week I published a tutorial showing how to mix a custom font created in Illustrator with some stock photos of milk to create a nice effect. Now on this tutorial we will sort of repeat the technique but this time using stock photos of meat and add...
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Wallpaper of the Week #47 - Ee Venn Soh

This week we have another really cool wallpaper created by Ee Venn Soh, a digital artist and illustrator from Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Ee Venn Soh is very talented with a really impressive portfolio. You can check more of his work out at http://www.behance.net/vennsoh....
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Wallpaper of the Week #48 - Hocus Pocus by Craig Shields

The wallpaper of this week is from a depthCORE artist and it's an incredible digital art featured in their new exhibition, the HER chapter. Hocus Pocus was created by Craig Shields, a young and very talented illustrator from the UK. For more information...
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10 Incredible Wallpapers from Desktopography

A good way to start up a new week is to give your desktop a new look, no better way to do that than choosing one of the 10 incredible wallpapers from desktopography. They have the best selection of wallpaper I have ever seen and I have been using them...
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Sparkling Hot Girl in Pixelmator

This tutorial will demonstrate how to create great effect using Pixelmator. It is based on an image that I created two years ago using Photoshop. The idea is to mix a photo of a girl with some light effects, using basically default filters, brushes and...
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Wallpaper of the Week #49 - Osmala

The wallpaper of this week is from a Waldemar Anton Osmala Júnior a Brazilian digital artist that has been playing with 3D for a couple of months, but it was enough to create this really cool image, parodying the Swine Flu subject. For more...
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Creating an amazing Palm Pre icon on Fireworks

This last saturday we saw the release of the awesome new phone Palm Pre. A lot of people already bought their gadget, but if you want one, at least a icon one, we made that for you. This tutorial will show you how to create in Fireworks the icon for...
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Wallpaper of the Week #50 - Draco

The wallpaper of this week is the incredible design created by Draco to our new t-shirt called GODDESS OF ABDUCTION. It's the first tee for the Abdutees Limited Edition Series and coming from Draco we can't expected nothing less than awesome....
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Wallpaper of the Week #51

The wallpaper of this week is from Genaro Desia, an illustrator also known as Surround with a simply incredible style. The 80's color scheme mixed with vectors and stars give to his work a very modern but at the same time retro feel in it. The wallpaper...
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Photoshop Quick Tips #10: Using Pattern Overlay

Today I am going to be showing a real simple tip on Photoshop that a lot of people don't know about and it can be very useful. Creating patterns and making patterns overlay can save you a lot of work and also can look really good if you know how...
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All Access to Project Chameleon

From the Dutch master of design Martijn van Dam comes a piece of art called "Chameleon" which is a poster for a event with such a rich design that the author decided to make a video of how it was made and the illustration for the posters also became...
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Wallpaper of the Week #52 - Brett Whatmough

The wallpaper of this week was created by Brett Whatmough, a young and very talented graphic designer from the UK. Brett has a nice porfolio with some cool commercial works and also a set of impressive personal pieces where he shows his skills mixing...
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Photoshop Quick Tips #11: Creating Glow Lines

Today I am going to show the basics of how to create a glow line, very easy but very useful. A lot of people have been using glow lines on their illustrations and it's really good to see a well worked piece with some good glow lines taking over,...
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Wallpaper of the Week #53 - Starchild

The wallpaper of this week is from Luke Davis, a 19 years old student from England also known as Starchild. Luke has been playing and working with Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter for the last 4 years. My name is Luke Davis, aka Starchild, I'm...
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Reader Tutorial: Aurora Borealis Wallpaper in Photoshop

Our reader Máté Tóth brings us something cool. "There are some phenomenons of the nature that are really beautiful. The Aurora Borealis is surely one of them. It is so awesome Apple has been using it for its wall...
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Wallpaper of the Week #53 - Eric Sin

The wallpaper of this week is from Eric Sin, a 20 year old student at California State University, Fullerton, studying Graphics Design and Illustration as majors. He is currently in his second year going onto third, and he has been active working in...
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5 Beautiful Landscape Wallpapers by Julia Starr

Julia Starr aka Night-Fate is one of the good illustrators I watch at deviantart an as I was looking for a cool new background for my desktop I remembered she has some beautiful landscape wallpapers, so I decided to share with you guys, enjoy a new peaceful...
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Wallpaper Contest

It's contest time guys, and we are bringing great prizes for the winners. This contest is hosted by Abduzeedo and Media Militia. This can be your chance to be recognized for the great work you always did and a great way to promote your self, so...
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Reader Tutorial: Illustrating a Camaro 2010 by Julio Leite

Hello guys!! My name is Julio Leite, I'm a brazilian web designer living in Sao Paulo. In this tutorial I will show you how to illustrate a Camaro 2010. In case you want to check out my work go to my profile at deviantART. So, let's start the...
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Photoshop Quick Tips #12: Alien Eye

On today's quick tips I will be showing you how to create an alien eye, a simple and easy effect that can give an extra coolness to you next manipulation or just freak out one of your friends by getting them and alien eye. <!--break--> Ok, to...
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Reader Tutorial: Fireworks - Interactive Prototypes in PDF

This is my first tutorial and I really want to explain to you how to generate interactive prototypes directly from Fireworks in a PDF format. This kind of prototype can be very useful for layouts approval with clients or just to make the communication...
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Super Cool Watercolor Effect in 10 steps in Photoshop

Last year I wrote a Photoshop tutorial for PSDTUTS showing how to create a very nice design using watercolor brushes. It was inspired by the work of guys such as Bruno Fujii, Margot Mace, Raphaël of My Dead Pony and Stina Person. This time I will...
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10 Unusual Places to Get Design Inspiration

Inspiration isn’t something that just pops into a designer’s head. Most of the time, we must make an active approach to discover it. This obviously isn’t a new concept, and there are thousands of inspiration websites from CSS galleries...
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The 12 Skills That Have Served Me Best in My SEO Career

Posted by randfishI've gotten a lot of email recently from folks asking what they can do to get involved in the world of search marketing and SEO. Tonight, Mystery Guest and I attended the Seattle Job Social event and had a really interesting experience...
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5 Time Saving CSSEdit Tips

CSSEdit is another fantastic web dev app, which takes Apple’s WebKit by the reigns to deliver a fantastic real-time visual CSS editing experience. But that’s just it! People only know it as a visual CSS editor, when it is actually much more!...
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