It can be tempting for a lot of designers to consider buying Photoshop Elements rather than regular Photoshop CS5. After all, Elements will cost you less than $100, whereas Photoshop could cost you ten times that amount. And not everyone is clear on what the differences are between the two. Elements 9, the newest version, adds some functionality that brings it closer to the full version
Light painting is the process of using long camera exposures to create stunning lighting effects. By having a camera’s shutter open for extended periods of time, often well over a minute, trails of light can be drawn with LEDs, flashlights, or even sparklers. Light painting, also known as light drawing or light graffiti, can produce some truly stunning results but don’t
One of the worst nightmares of some designers can be dealing with the coding aspect of a website. Design comes easy for many of designers, but not everyone. This is where Code My Concept comes to the rescue. They’re a great company offering PSD to HTML conversions at really great prices. All their work is 100% hand coded, and they don’t just do plain HTML conversions, they
The trouble with the word “template” is that its meaning depends on one’s point of view. To some, a template is a ticket to an instant website. Many content management systems allow owners to change plug-and-play themes as easily as they change clothes, and inexpensive skins are just a Google search away. To others, templates are learning tools. Studying samples of real-world code and style
A few weeks ago we gave away some copies of Bundle Hunt to some of our readers. As you probably know by now, Bundle Hunt compiles awesome applications, products and services and slash the price really low to make it as affordable as possible. Today, the Bundle Team has announce a brand new Bundle, called simply Bundle Hunt 2. I’m personally excited to see some great Mac apps, attractive
Every week we tweet a lot of interesting stuff highlighting great content that we find on the web that can be of interest to web designers. The best way to keep track of our tweets is simply to follow us on Twitter, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the best tweets that we sent out this past week. Note that this is only a very small selection of the links
Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a
Social media integration has become an important part of modern web design. And icons are one of the most useful methods of adding social media links to your site, whether you want to add only a service or two or dozens. In this post we’ve collected over 100 of the best free social media icon sets available. Although we’re sure you’ve seen many of these before, we’re
Working as a designer day after day can be laborious. Luckily, the field has expanded, and so the process has become simpler. Many free tools and resources are out there. Wireframes bring elegance to design mock-ups. They are the basic structure of a website, with colors and enhancements removed. They are used to view design concepts with just the bare essentials, and they can provide
Thanks to all of you who participated in last week’s contest from Wix is a free web based tool that allows you to quickly and easily create and deploy quality Flash websites. Their tools allow you to create a website that can look great without fussing with programing, just using a simple drag n’ drop tool that makes the process easy and fun to do. We have a total of 3 winners
In a world filled with CSS galleries and showcase websites, everything starts to look the same. Gradients, rounded corners, drop shadows, it’s extremely hard to get away from the strongest of trends in our industry. Each year however, some people manage to set themselves totally apart from everyone else and produce stunning designs with inspiration seemingly flowing directly
In the past few years, the popularity of WordPress has skyrocketed, which has led to a growing demand for themes. With this growing demand, we’ve seen new premium or commercial WordPress theme shops popping up everywhere. Some may say that the premium WordPress space is getting a bit saturated, and they’re probably right. However, more premium theme providers does