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Photoshop is probably one of the most indispensable pieces of software in a designer's toolbox. It can be used for everything from retouching photos to creating entire web layouts or original artwork. And specific design tutorials are a great...
In this post, we'll discuss how a thoughtful, well-designed business card can help your company give a good first impression and send the right message. We'll look at elements to include in your design and the different approaches to take....
Bad stock photography is a cliché, there's nothing worse than going to an "about us" page and seeing a bunch of people in suits with telephone headsets who all look really happy. Good stock photography on the other hand has a lot of value, the...
Do you want a simpler design for your blog? One that’s lean, elegant and attractive? Well, there are five easy steps to making your blog look better and to attracting more subscribers, customers and members. And you don’t have to be a design...
Usually the subject of contrast is reserved for beginners. Books will say "black and white have contrast, red and orange do not" - but there's so much more to it. Beginners books usually only touch on color contrast, but what about size and shape...
On screen, the colors of pixels are a mix of red, green and blue values. A fourth value, opacity, controls how pixels blend with pixels laid over them. In image-editing programs such as Photoshop, changing the opacity of a layer is easy but not...
Sometimes, web stores get too artsy with their designs. Some use flash animations that can slow down the shopper’s browser, while others use color schemes that send the wrong signals to shoppers. There are many cases where experienced web...
Let's face it, we designers love to start from scratch. For example: How may times do we revamp our own portfolios? Staying simple is crucial when starting from scratch. We hear this “staying simple” phrase a lot these days. Is it just a bunch...
We often complain about the multitude of limitations which we're faced with every day as designers. From browsers, to screen resolutions, to user interactions, we seem to constantly be struggling to find some way of thinking outside the tiny...
When creating a website, so many things need to be planned and considered before even beginning the design — content, audience, goals, usability, color schemes, and so much more. The design of a microsite, on the other hand, would seem to...
As designers, we need to be creative in order to be successful at our jobs. Coming up with ideas and creative solutions to problems is what we do on a daily basis. But that doesn't mean it's always easy to do so. Sometimes we get blocked creatively,...
Flickr is probably the most famous of all photo communities on the web. It's a place where photographers from all over the world come together, share their work and admire the work of others. Flickr however, like any other social network, has...