20 Useful Free Photoshop Patterns


20 Useful Free Photoshop Patterns


Patterns actually can be found almost everywhere in print design, web design, graphic design etc. For example if you use pattern in web design, just set CSS repeat-x-y and you’ll get beautiful background, but image will be very small and page load time will be much faster. There are very big varieties how you can use and implement patterns, but the fact is free resources like patterns, brushes, shapes are big time savers. Of course it’s better to create your own stuff, but sometimes you receive project with fast deadline and you need everything to do fast and this is one of the solutions.

This list just features 20 useful free photoshop patterns collections, it was very interesting for me to write this article, I am hoping it will be interesting reading and useful resource for bookmarking.

8 Seamless “Dark Metal Grid” Patterns

Grunge Patterns

Micro Patterns

Pixel Art Patterns 1

20 Seamless Photoshop Grid Patterns

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The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client


The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client


The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client
photo credit: EveBB

If you asked someone who works in web design what the hardest part of their job is, it’s likely that most of them will say “working with clients”. Whilst some clients are great – they’re organized, they’re always on time for meetings and delivering information – others leave web designers with considerably less hair and sleep at the end of a project. It can, however, help to be prepared to deal with bad clients and, by looking out for these red flags, you can ensure that you know exactly what’s coming:

  • “Can we make this a little cheaper?”
    This is one of the most common indicators that you have a bad client on your hands, as someone who wants you to lower your prices does not respect, understand or value web design work in the slightest. You should also be wary of clients who don’t want to pay a deposit before work on their project begins and who want you to sign a payment clause (one that, for example, requires their website to receive X amount of traffic for you to get paid the final sum).
  • “I need it done yesterday”
    After clients who want to tamper with your prices, the second most common indicator of a bad client is one who demands that a project be finished yesterday. These people have absolutely no understanding about how long theweb design process actually is – and nor do they care. These clients are likely to set impossible deadlines, which even the most basic of websites would not be completed by. Leer más “The Red Flags Which Indicate A Bad Web Design Client”

Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order


Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order


Today we present you some useful script for Adobe Illustrator. These scripts have been designed by a talented Ukrainian developer and a friend of mine – Yemz, who is also known as the developer of the Free Mesh Tormentor Plugin. The Random Order script places the selected objects in random order in the Layers panel.

You can download Random Order script by clicking the Download button on this page.

Install the scripts into the following folder:

  • For Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Presets\en_GB\Scripts
  • For Mac: Applications / Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Presets\en_GB\Scripts

To demonstrate the work of the script we take any symbol from the Symbol library and using the Symbol Sprayer Tool splash it on our Artboard.

Now select other symbols and repeat the action couple of times.

Select all the Symbol Sets and go to the Object > Expand and then ungroup the received groups (Object > Ungroup). Leer más “Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order”

20 Killer Sites To Download Photoshop Brushes.


20 Killer Sites To Download Photoshop Brushes.


Hi friends, here in today’s post you can browse for the best ’20 Killer Sites To Download Photoshop Brushes’. When it comes to Photoshop Brushes, there is no limit to it, you have variety and variety of Photoshop Brushes lying around in the web. I came up with the top 20 killer sites to download Photoshop brushes. Talking about the brushes, they are must and should for an artist who is well versed in artworks, drawings and paintings, these 20 killer sites will help them to browse and download their favourite brushes and beautify the artwork.

Here are the list of websites.

Myphotoshopbrushes

Brusheezy

Brushking

Deviantart

Fbrushes

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45 Extremely High Quality Free PSD Website Templates


45 Extremely High Quality Free PSD Website Templates


Creating a website from scratch could be a lot of hard work and creative thoughts. Designers like to fire up Photoshop and start to craft ideas. The different settings of layers, gradients, etc may vary from designers but beginner could learn how to best configure them from high quality templates. We collected 45 free PSD website templates from recent months and share with you. Thanks to all the designers and communities that create and share these high quality templates.

More Useful PSD Files: 

Retro Style

Fox Free PSD Website Templates

 

Blanq

Blanq

 

Majestic

Majestic

 

Creative Free PSD Website Template

Free business portfolio template psd

 

Halftone

Halftone

 

Zeni

Zeni

17 Stunning Pure CSS3 Menu Techniques


17 Stunning Pure CSS3 Menu Techniques


Menu is probably the most important part on many websites. It’s sitting there for merely one single purpose: easy for you to navigate through all the pages. Before CSS3, the background images of each menu item can bring you a heck load of pain, as well as the javascript powered drop-down items and sub-sub menu . Now we are able to create stunning menus only using pure CSS, even including awesome animations. The following pure CSS3 menu techniques and tutorials are for you to experiment and get a hang of it. Let’s get started.

More CSS Techniques from Previous Articles: 

Pure CSS Drop-down Menu

Pure CSS Drop down Menu

 

Stunning Menu in CSS3

Stunning Menu in CSS3

 

Code a Responsive Navigation Menu

Code a Responsive Navigation Menu

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac


Adobe Photoshop CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac


via http://design-newz.com/2012/08/24/adobe-photoshop-cs6-keyboard-shortcuts-for-windows-and-mac/

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows and Mac


Parallax Scrolling Effect: The Old New Concept


We bet you remember those games of 80’s-90’s, like Mario Bros and Mortal Kombat. In such games the technique of parallax scrolling can be noticed in the moment when several background layers with different textures move with the different speed which creates an effect of a 3D space.

 

Siebennull
Siebennull

Head2Heart
Head2Heart

Netlash bSeen
Netlash bSeen

Jan Ploch
Jan Ploch

Nowadays parallax effect is being used while designing websites, though we see it not very often because the technique is rather difficult to implement. Nevertheless, parallax scrolling is a cool design effect which unstoppably walks into the world of web design. If you look on one of the websites with the parallax scrolling you will notice that while you scroll the page down several different elements, which are on the page, move with the different speed. This is how parallax scrolling is displayed when different layers of the images are imposed upon each other and move with their own speed while the page is being scrolled creating a 3D effect.

However, parallax scrolling is not limited with the vertical page scroll or straight line scrolling only. If you remember the Nintendo games where the heroes were moving horizontally from L to R along the screen, you understand the plot. As you see, this concept is also not so new. Apart from it, the use of parallax scrolling should not be limited with a chance to create an artificial 3D effect only. You can add various effects on the site page, for example, icons moving according to different paths, their zooming in and out during the scrolling.

Parallax scrolling effect will help you to enliven the website where not a lot of content is presented. It can be a perfect solution for the sites with About Us section, Contact Us and Mission Statement only. Parallax is an excellent trick which you can use to catch the eye of your clients. You can make use of it either when creating a single-page site or a multifunctional website.

Taking into account that parallax scrolling is a visual effect we’d like to proceed from words to something more obvious – to the real examples of parallax scrolling effect. That is why you can now estimate a showcase of websites which perform the effect in the best way.

 

Unfold
Unfold

Saucony Kinvara
Saucony Kinvara

Nike Jumpman
Nike Jumpman

Lois Jeans
Lois Jeans

Michel Bergerbooze
Michel Bergerbooze Leer más “Parallax Scrolling Effect: The Old New Concept”

Who is a King? Design vs Content


 

What is more important: Design or Content? It’s a quite eternal question, which comes up every single time the beginner appears in the web. Everybody wants his website was noticed and had users, which would be willing to come back. These two things walking side by side, I can say, like the body and soul of a website.

As the saying goes, “never judge a book by its cover”. You examine how a site looks first and then you get to know what it talks. Of course, it all depends on individual, because every rule has the exception. There are people, who spend all the day long searching for inspiration, browsing the web looking for good design and caring less about the website content. There are also other people, which are interested in the useful information and they don’t care about design. But the most people don’t know what they are looking for and their searching end up in the incredibly beautiful website that has interesting content as well. Therefore this site would be bookmarked and shared on the social networks. If you want to have such kind of site, you should be sure that it has a good design and people keep coming back because of the quality and useful content you have. It sounds like a very difficult task, but not impossible.

Who won: Content or Design?

Before you would choose one from these two things, ask yourself first. Most of the people, who have created a site or just going to do it have any idea about designing a site and writing content for it. This person would go to the professionals which are able to do these things for him and to manage success, but first they need particular information, but not the general one. A writer needs any ideas on what to write about and I’m sure, without a mockup or sketch design, he would not be able to write something really good.

design and content

I do believe that content is the main thing, it’s a thing on which the whole website works. But still, content is a goal, but design is just a fulcrum and a bridge between your ideas and reality. When you manage to make a person stay on your site with the help of a good design, you need to make him come back with a quality content. I’m trying to say that formally the design is obtained as a secondary player, but it could be decisive reason in the certain case. If you spoiled the design, you would had low traffic even if the info would be best of the best. Design is the medium in which content is presented, both should be good.

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25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials


When we talk about Image Effect or Editing, Photoshop is the first thing that comes to our minds. These 25 Fresh & Brilliant Examples of Photo Manipulation Tutorials helps to bring your ideas into reality and improve your creativity skill and make the most stunning photo effects. With the correct tools and techniques you can create most historical photo effects in Photoshop. The art of photo manipulation requires some imagination and creativity. Before starting design effects you need to understand how to create it. The listed below tutorials help you to learning various creative techniques of how to manipulate images using Photoshop.

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01. Abstract

Learn how to create this eerie abstract photo manipulation called “The Pain”. You’ll learn how to combine different stock photos to create this scene then apply a cold color tone to it.

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

02. Mythological Statue

In this Photoshop photomanipulation tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a stock image of a person, turn them into a statue using various texture mapping methods, and then how to superimpose this statue into an incredible scene. You’ll see how to handle various stock images of various colors and lighting, as well as how to work with a variety of photomanipulation techniques.

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

03. Miniature City Wildlife

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a conceptual surreal photo-manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advanced tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, masking and several adjustment layers.

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

04. Molten Shattered Statue

Photo composites often require several Photoshop tools and techniques to achieve a desired effect. In this tutorial we will combine several photos to create a statue from a photo of a model. We will then explain how modify the statue to create cracks, and molten rock using layer masks, adjustments, and several blending and painting techniques. Let’s get started!

 

25 Fresh & Brilliant Photo Manipulation Tutorials 

05. Space Station

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a sci-fi artwork featuring a space station. You will learn advanced blending techniques, but also some fantastic drawing, lighting and detailing techniques.

 

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7 Inspiring Interviews That Every Web Designer/Developer Should Read


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Written by:  Rean John Uehara

It’s already August and the year is about to draw to a close…how are you doing with your work and projects? I know that inspiration is quite often hard to come by, and with our line of work inspiration is mainly the driving force. To give you a boost, why not read these 7 inspiring interviews by famous bloggers, web designers, and web developers, who have garnered success in their fields?

Are you ready to be inspired?!

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7 Inspiring Interviews

Four of the interviews below actually focus on how their design blogs became a huge success. These blogs they have started simply as pet projects to teach other people about their passion: web design and web development. In the end, they managed to not only fulfill their wants, but they also managed to create entire communities for designers and developers by providing useful resources. This is one of the reasons why I once asked, Hey Web Designers and Web Developers, Are You Blogging Yet?

The following interviews will redirect to Founder Tips (except #1), 1WD’s sister website where we publish interviews and success stories of people.

Ready to be inspired? Go!

1. An Interview With Chris Coyier – Founder of CSS-Tricks Leer más “7 Inspiring Interviews That Every Web Designer/Developer Should Read”