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So many businesses out there set up a website and then think, "There, that's done with" and never bother to re-evaluate their website's design or position in the marketplace. But looking at a website as a static, unchanging bit of advertising...
Organic design is commonly applied to products such as chairs, electronic equipment, books and home décor. Following the same principles, organic web design has recently emerged as a trend. Professional designers and companies have taken...
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms available today. And for good reason. It's powerful enough to be a complete CMS, has every feature or function a blogger could dream of (either built in or available via plugins or custom...
The front page of a blog is obviously of great importance to the overall design. Up until a few years ago, most blogs simply showed posts in order of publication, the most recent at the top. Then excerpts became popular, and later magazine-style...
The last two years have been the most exciting of my life. I made the jump to freelance work, which has given me the freedom to work when and however much I want. The transition from a regular job to freelancing was not easy, but I managed it. This...
Many articles are floating around that tell web professionals exactly how to build an online presence. Techniques, best practices and all the other “what to do’s” can be great motivation, but that is exactly what this post won’t do....
A blog is a great tool with which to express your opinions, build a community, network with others and drive traffic to your website. However, a lot of designers are not sure how to get started or what to blog about. I've been blogging for a couple...
We designers tend to get frustrated with developers when they take liberties with our work. But we have to understand they're not entirely at fault. Put yourself in their shoes: imagine what it's like opening a Photoshop file (PSD), only to...
There are really only a few tricks to writing properly for the web. If you know how to write, you are already 95% of the way there. These are some of the more common mistakes that I've seen in web copy and some tricks that I use every day to write effectively,...
Realistic renderings can be done easily in Adobe Illustrator. With vector shapes, the objects can be preserved and edited infinitely which is a great advantage over raster objects. A few simple tweaks from the Effects menu and an understanding...
In this tutorial we'll create a realistic 3D text scene using Photoshop with a little help from Illustrator for the 3D text. You need to have medium to advanced knowledge of Photoshop in order to complete this tutorial. To get started, go ahead...
Simply put, a portrait is a representation of a person.They usually focus on a person's face, mood and expression. Traditionally portraits were sculptures or paintings however, in modern times, a photograph is the most recognized way of...
Anyone can cobble together a few photos and textures and create a humdrum montage. To elevate yours beyond this it takes a few simple tricks using Photoshop's awesome array of tools. Do it right and the style has got dozens of applications from...
Photomontage is a technique widely used by graphic designers and consists of cutting and joining multiple photographs in order to create a unique image, using graphic applications such as Photoshop. The idea here is to create the illusion...