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February 13 2014

15:12

9 Free E-Learning Authoring Tools

In this round up, we have put together a list of top 9 free e-learning authoring tools for you. Thanks to the internet and the technology, today we have several tools to make our work easier. These tools can be used in many different ways and we can take benefit from them if we use them wisely.

Below, we are listing top 9 and free e-learning authoring tools for you. we have chosen the best out of best tools for educational writers that they must start using as soon as possible.

CourseLab

CourseLab is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, e-Learning authoring tool that offers a programming-free WYSIWYG environment for creating high-quality interactive e-Learning content that can be published on the Internet, Learning Management Systems (LMS), CD-ROMs and other devices.

Smart Builder

Smart Builder is the elearning authoring tool that enables you to create custom elearning without writing code.

Vyew

Vyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. Upload images, files, documents and videos into a room. Users can access and contribute at anytime.

Writing House

The fully automatic bibliography and citation maker. Save time by creating a cited page instantly in the MLA,APA,Chicago,or Harvard referencing styles! It’s easy, fast and it’s free!

MOS Solo, The Free Authoring Tool Offered By MOS

MOS Solo is simple yet powerful: it requires none or minimal training but offers the power of a sophisticated multimedia tool. It lets you create highly interactive, graphically appealing, and media-rich eLearning modules, with ease and efficiency: courses, quizzes, evaluations, demos.

Landing

Izzui is a platform for building customized Learning Channels on Facebook. Deliver an unforgettable Learning Experience to your fans when and where it matters.

Easy Generator

Easygenerator brings together ease of use with the flexibility and power needed for a variety of project types and instructional styles.

Zenler

Zenler Studio is a powerful, yet easy-to-use, eLearning authoring system that offers a programming-free environment for creating high-quality interactive eLearning courses which can be published on the Internet or to any SCORM compliant LMS.

Lesson Writer

Create comprehensive literacy lesson plans and student materials from any content in minutes.

November 07 2013

15:25

40 Infographics & Cheat Sheets For Social Media Marketers

Today, social media is more than a platform for friends to meet. Businesses all over the world are taking advantage of social media platforms to market their goods, services, websites, tools or wares. Thousands of people use social media and spend many hours a day on different social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and so on. Social media is a powerful platform to market your goods and services whether you are running a big business or have just started up a small business. Social media is a sure way to success.

In this round up, we are presenting for you some useful cheatsheets and infographics for social media marketers especially. These infographics and cheatsheets will help you learn more about trends in social media and how you can give your brand an increased exposure and let your message spread all over the world. Enjoy!

The Most Thorough Social Media Dimensions Cheat Sheet Ever

Pinterest: How eTailers Can (and Should) Use it to Their Advantage

Twitterverse Infographic

The Ultimate Social Media Size Cheat Sheet

2013 Social Media Cheat Sheet

Social Media Networking Site Cheat Sheet

A Complete Cheat Sheet for All Social Media

Social Media Sizing Guide for Designers and Marketers

The 4 Cs of Social Media

Leveraging Social Media to Showcase Your Expertise

Email Marketing Knocks Out Social Media in 5 Rounds

Social media is going corporate

Choosing The Most Effective Social Media Platforms

Social Media Monitoring Tools

Your Cheat Sheet for the New Facebook Page Timeline Design

Complete Social Media Design Cheat Sheet

Google Plus Design Cheat Sheet 2013

Google+ for Business

The Viral Marketing Cheat Sheet

Social Media vs Traditional Media

What Today’s Social Landscape Can Offer Small Businesses Tomorrow

The Noob Guide to Online Marketing

The Psychology of Social Commerce

Social Media For Business In Two Camps: Too Much and Not Enough

Copywriting Cheat Sheet: How to Write for Email, Social and the Web

How to Show Your Clients the Value of Facebook in 7 Easy Steps

Why and How Consumers Like and Subscribe

Your Cheat Sheet for the New Facebook Page Timeline Design

The Top Benefits Achieved in Social Media in 2013

How Much Time, Money Do Small Businesses Spend on Social Media?

Manage Social Media the Easy Way in 2013

Why Your Business Must Go Social?

The Conversation Prism

Social Compass

Facebook Shortcuts

How To Get More Likes On Facebook

10 Strategic Mistakes On Twitter

Social Spam: What It is and How to Avoid It

Social Media Brandsphere

Pinterest Images Cheat Sheet Infographic

March 26 2012

14:26

40+ Fresh And Useful Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

Ever wonder why tutorials are so famous and so much in demand? This is because tutorials are the best and easiest way to learn new techniques and skills without leaving your room. Yes, in order to learn a new skill or technique, all you need is a computer and internet connection; and voila! There are plenty of tutorials available online for Photoshop, Illustrator and for many other software.

For today’s collection, we have put together some useful and fresh tutorials for Adobe Illustrator. These tutorials are designed in such a way that they help you use the Illustrator in more effective way. The tutorials are created by some intelligent members of the designing community, so you must check them out. Enjoy!

Create a Beautiful Lily Pad Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a beautiful lily pad in Adobe Illustrator. We will use basic drawing tools: like the Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool, and Pen Tool for drawing. For coloring we will use the Gradient Mesh and Blend extensively. So let’s begin!

How to Illustrate a Sausage with Ketchup

What can one say about sausage? A sausage is an appetizing food that allows any person to feel the strength returning after hunger. And if you want to increase your vector illustration skills, then learn how to draw a sausage with ketchup in Illustrator. Let’s get started!

How to Turn a Photo into Vector Artwork

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, we’ll create a vector illustration of a high-heeled shoe by tracing a reference photo of it using the Pen Tool. Using reference photos is a popular vector-creation technique.

How to Illustrate a Microscope in Illustrator

The microscopes is a symbol of our civilization. Throughout this tutorial on how to illustrate a vector microscope you’ll take advantage of numerous Illustrator tools. You will learn how to use blends, art brushes and 3D rendering in Adobe Illustrator. Let’s get started!

How to Illustrate a Handgun Using Adobe Illustrator, Phantasm CS and VectorScribe plugin

Do you want to illustrate a handgun? If yes then let’s get started!

Create a Business Icon from Scratch an Adobe Illustrator Tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn how to Create a Business Icon from Scratch an Adobe Illustrator Tutorial.

How to Create a Steaming Kettle Using Adobe Illustrator CS5 and VectorScribe

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a boiling kettle using 3D modeling.

Create a Stylized Performance Car in Illustrator CS5

In this tutorial, learn how to create a stylized performance car from a reference image using many gradients, custom art brushes, patterns, clipping masks and not a single gradient mesh or blur in sight! If you are looking to take your skills to the next level then Log in or Join Now to get started!

Gift Pack

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a beautiful gift pack.

How to Illustrate A Yacht in Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will use Meshes, Bristle brushes, Art brushes, and other tools and techniques for creating a racing yacht in Illustrator. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to creating various objects. So let’s get started!

Create a Burning, Vector Match Using Gradient Meshes

In this tutorial you will learn how to create realistic vector fire, using the Gradient Mesh Tool and Screen Blending mode. Believe me, there’s nothing overly complicated. Let’s strike a match!

 

How to Illustrate a Vector Kitchen Pot

In this tutorial well be creating a kitchen pot in a shiny, realistic vector style. Learn to use various Illustrator tools to create this high quality artwork, step-by-step, using a professional vector workflow.

Craft a Dramatic Vector Landscape Environment

This tutorial will show the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a dramatic landscape environment. You should have a basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator tools before you begin this tutorial, as the tutorial moves at a rapid pace.

How to Create Anaglyph Stereo Image

In this tutorial We will learn how to create 3D objects quickly and efficiently, place them in a perspective plane and create a vector Anaglyph Stereo Image.

How to Illustrate Crocus Flowers in the Snow

In this tutorial you will learn how to Illustrate Crocus Flowers in the Snow.

Create a Peacock Illustration in Illustrator CS5

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how we created a peacock illustration with mainly brushes and symbols. Learn how dividing an image into areas and remedying it with the use of art brushes, scatter brushes and symbols can make your workflow quicker and easier.

How to Create an Isometric Shopping Basket Using Illustrator, Phantasm CS and VectorScribe

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a Shopping Basket with the help of 3D modeling. We will share with you some secrets of working with such objects, and we will teach how to find shades for basic color quickly.

Create a Detailed Surveillance Camera Illustration

In the following Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed surveillance camera illustration. Discover how to use professional vector build methods, pixel based highlighting, and vector effects to design this artwork.

Quick Tip: How to Create a Cute Snail Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to draw a snail using tools such as the Pen Tool (P), Selection Tool (V), Direct Selection Tool (A), Ellipse Tool, and Gradient Tool (G). Some shapes will be created with the help of the Pathfinder panel.

Create a Designer Gift Bag Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial you will learn how to draw a designer gift bag using basic shapes and various patterns, which are made available in Illustrator. You will also learn to add your own customized details to the design.

Create a Cute Robot Using Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial contains unusual technique for creating Opacity Masks and plenty of effective techniques that allow us to achieve stunning results.

Easy Hulk Logo on Illustrator and Photoshop

This is a intermediary tutorial, so it’s not as long and it’s not as hard as my usual tutorials. As always, a tablet will be pretty handy here, but in case of not having one, you still can do it with a mouse, you’re just going to have a bit more of difficulty on some parts. Anyway, hope you guys have fun and understand the simple dinamics behind this logotype formation.

Create a Picture Gallery in Illustrator

In this tutorial we have used 3D rendering, Blends, Opacity masks, making this three-dimensional stage with vanishing points. Learn every step in how to create this picture gallery work.

How to Create Watercolor Background using Phantasm CS and Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a vector Watercolor Background in an interesting way. You do not have to get yourself dirty with paint and waste expensive paper. It turns out that all you need is right within your reach, which is the Internet! I will teach you very quickly how to create vector paint brushes sets and re-model the default ones.

How to Create a Gift Card and Prepare Artwork for Printing Using Adobe Illustrator and Phantasm CS

This tutorial covers the issues concerning the creation and pre-press workflow of a vector file. When creating an artwork that you are going to print, you should take into consideration the design’s technical factors.

How to Illustrate a Lighthouse

Do you want to illustrate a lighthouse? If yes then let’s get started!

How to Create a 3D Film Strip Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a 3D Film Strip Using Adobe Illustrator and VectorScribe.

Create a Vector Bamboo Forest with Blends, Brushes and Profiles

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a bamboo vector illustration with the help of custom art and pattern brushes, blends and profiles on strokes in Adobe Illustrator CS5.

How to Create a Night City Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator and Phantasm CS

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a night city and glow of lights on the highway using the Adobe Illustrator CS5 Perspective Grid Tool, Blend Tool, 3D modeling and Phantasm CS. This tutorial is filled with professional and creative instructions.

How to Create Realistic, Vector Bubbles

In this tutorial we will learn how to create realistic colorful bubbles. We’ll cover numerous techniques and build this illustrations step by step. Set aside a couple hours for this one!

Create a Cocktail Glass in Adobe Illustrator

In this very detailed tutorial we will learn how to create a cocktail glass with a colorful drink and fancy decoration. Creating a glass object can be a challenge since there are just few colors you’re allow to use, mostly white, light blue and light gray.

Create a Magical Vector Landscape Using Illustrator

In this tutorial we will Create a Magical Vector Landscape Using Illustrator.

How to Create a Grass Background

Here you will learn how to create a grass background using the Transform & Distort effects and Phantasm CS Halftone.

Create a Jellyfish with Brushes in Adobe Illustrator CS5

In this tutorial, we wil going to show you how to create a stylized jellyfish using blends and brushes within Adobe Illustrator CS5.

Easy Clock Icon on Illustrator

In this tutorial we’re going to do a really simple exercise on creating this slick clock icon on Adobe Illustrator. If you’re beginning in using this software, well this tutorial will be very suitable for you, so let’s begin!

How to Illustrate An Abacus Icon

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a realistic, vector abacus icon, using 3D Renders, Brushes, Blends and other tools of Adobe Illustrator. The skills you will learn can easily be transferred to creating various objects. So let’s get started!

How to Create Vector Denim Texture Using Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a realistic vector denim texture. It’s easier than it might seem at first sight, and I think it can be done by those who are taking their first steps into the world of vector graphics. Creation of other elements of this tutorial is more advanced, although I tried to describe each step clearly. Let’s continue at it’s an interesting and useful tutorial…

Quick Tip: How to make a Classic Air Mail Envelope with Adobe Illustrator

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a Classic Air Mail Envelope with Adobe Illustrator.

Quick Tip: How to Illustrate a Simple Piece of Paper

In the following steps you will learn how to create a simple piece of paper. This tutorial will introduce you to the Appearance panel. First, you will need two basic tools and some Pathfinder options to create the starting shape. Next, using some fills and strokes, several effects, a built-in pattern and some nice blending techniques you will create your own simple piece of paper. Let’s get started.

Creating a Simple, Snowy Seamless Pattern

In this tutorial, we will going to show you how to create a very basic snowy seamless pattern. It is aimed at those who are new to Adobe Illustrator and goes over some great tools that you can benefit from in future projects.

Create a Traditional Razor Illustration

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a traditional razor illustration. Learn step by step how to make this vector razor art drawing. This straight razor is a classic item from a retro barber shop. Learn to build this straight blade shape by shape, color it with gradients, and add some razor sharp shine.

Create a Classic Baby Stroller in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a classic baby stroller illustration. If you’re looking to create vintage stroller art, modern baby stroller graphics, for stock art or to illustrate your next graphic project, then jump into this tutorial and learn every detail: from constructing the bassinet area, carriage handle, to wheels and more.

How to Illustrate a Tomato Using Adobe Illustrator

You will use Meshes, Gradients and Blends for creating the resulted picture. The skills you will learn here can easily be transferred to creating various objects. So let’s get started!

Create a Vector Gift Box

In this tutorial we will be creating an attractive gift box in Adobe Illustrator. We are going to use few usual types of tools, such as, Rectangle Tool (M), Ellipse Tool (L), Extrude&Bevel 3D effect and some nice colors to create an eye catchy illustration.

March 01 2012

21:55

Collection Of Zbrush Tutorials You Would (Really) Like To Learn

Didn’t hear before about Zbrush? Let us define it for you; ZBrush is a digital sculpting tool with which you can combine 3D/2.5D modeling, texturing as well as painting. It is an amazing tool that brings “pixol” technology into play. pixol technology puts in lighting, color, material, as well as depth information for all objects on the screen.

Here we demonstrate a collection of some useful zbrush tutorials that will help you learn correct and proper usage of the ZBrush software. We hope that these tutorials will provide you a general idea of the techniques applied in controlling the software to your advantage. Enjoy!

Making of Reichskrone

In this tutorial artist will show you how he made his 3D project: the medieval, German imperial crown.

Beast Horn

In this tutorial you will learn how to build a beast horn using Maya and detail it in ZBrush.

Making Of ‘Artist’

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a cat using ZBrush and Photoshop.

Using Topology Tools

How and what are alphas? it is time to start exploring brushes and alphas, how to make them and use them.

Making Of ‘Cliffside’

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an awesome fantasy scene.

Making of Warlord by Darukin

In this project artist used mainly Zbrush for most of the modelling and all of the sculpting and posing, and he used Never-Centre Silo for much of the hard-edged modelling of several accessories. Finally, the lighting and rendering was done mainly within Zbrush where he exported several layers including lighting layers and special material layers and composited them in photoshop which he also used for the texturing and post-work.

Creating Quick Cloth

In this small 5 min tutorial learn how to use simple but powerful tool inside ZBrush through which you can simulate a cloth.

Worm Head Speed Sculpt

ZBrush Speed sculpt of an alien bust. Though out these videos you will see JonnyD Artiste use ZSpheres to create his base mesh. Then he will use an assortment of ZBrush sculpting tools to bring out the form.

Normal Mapping Workflow

In these 11 video tutorials you will understand about the normal mapping workflow.

Ears For Beginners

This tutorial will teach you how to create the simple subject of the ear.

Strokes and Alphas

In these three tutorials you will learn how to create “Strokes and Alphas”, “Creating a Custom Alphas Horn”, and “Creating a Custom Alphas Zipper.

Making The Captain

In this tutorial we are going to show you how to create the making of “The Captain” from modelling and rendering, to composing and post effects.

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January 26 2012

22:30

15 Best Magento Themes For eCommerce Websites

Magento is the best platform for any e-commerce store or website because it comes with large numbers of terrific features that make it the preferred choice of many e-commerce website owners. On the other hand, finding out elegant or helpful Magento resources is rather difficult. Nearly all Magento extension and themes are so pricey if you compare them with other Content Management Systems (CMS).

Therefore today we have gathered some free but tremendous as well as high quality Magento themes for you. Scroll through our amazing collection and be inspired to create your own artworks, as well. Have fun!!

Grayscale Free Magento Template

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Em Computer Store

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Magento Classic Theme

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mEbay – Free Magento theme

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Hardwood Magento Theme

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Magento Absolute Theme

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Telescope Magento Theme

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JM Mesolite

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mHitech

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mApple

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Electronics Store 3

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Fitness Theme

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POLO

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Soccer Sports

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Inspire blue

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December 26 2011

16:35

Best Of 2011: Best Useful jQuery Plugins And Tutorials

jQuery is one of the most accepted JavaScript library that possesses an enormous collection of plugins which makes it even more powerful. On the other hand, there is a good deal of additional codes or modules, from simple alert functions to multifaceted galleries or form validation methods, that are hard-coded inside websites & not convinced to plugins.

Of course, not each code must become a plugin that would be worthless. However converting the ones to be re-utilized will save loads of improvement time & if shared with the community, will make the code itself better.

In this post, you will unearth some of the most excellent, interesting fresh and useful jQuery plugins and tutorials that were created in 2011.

File Uploads with jQuery

( Demo | Download )
This plugin will allow people to upload photos from their computers by dragging and dropping them onto the browser window, possible with the new HTML5 APIs exposed by modern browsers.

ComboGrid

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Combogrid, like autocomplete, when added to an input field, enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated list of values as they type, but in a tabular and paginated manner. Combogrid provides keyboard navigation support for selecting an item.

MotionCAPTCHA

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MotionCAPTCHA is a jQuery CAPTCHA plugin, based on the HTML5 Canvas Harmony procedural drawing tool by Mr Doob and the Unistroke Gesture Regonizer algorithm (and the more recent Protractor algorithm improvement), requiring users to sketch the shape they see in the canvas in order to submit a form.

Elastislide

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With the responsive awakening in web design it becomes important to not only take care of the visual part of a website but also of the functionality. Elastislide is a responsive jQuery carousel that will adapt its size and its behavior in order to work on any screen size. Inserting the carousel’s structure into a container with a fluid width will also make the carousel fluid.

Spin.js

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The spin method creates the necessary HTML elements and starts the animation. If a target element is passed as argument, the spinner is added as first child and horizontally and vertically centered.

Craftyslide

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Craftyslide is a tiny (just 2kb) slideshow built on jQuery. Craftyslide aims to be different, by providing a simple, no-frills method of displaying images; packaged into a small, clean and efficient plugin.

Arbor.js

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Arbor is a graph visualization library built with web workers and jQuery. Rather than trying to be an all-encompassing framework, arbor provides an efficient, force-directed layout algorithm plus abstractions for graph organization and screen refresh handling.

Recurly.js

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Recurly.js allows you to easily embed a PCI compliant order form within your website. Recurly.js is a Javascript library designed to be easily embedded and customized to match your website.

Ideal Forms

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Ideal Forms is a small framework to build powerful and beautiful online forms.

How to Block Adblock

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With this friendly jQuery plugin you can easily blog Block Adblock.

Power PWChecker

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Power PWChecker jQueryPlugin observes passwords as users type and provide instant password strength check (Weak, Medium, or Strong). This encourages users to review their password selection and ensure that the password is strong and secure. Power PWChecker also allows you to enforce password length policy by specifying minimum and maximum password length. It also matches password entries and provides visual alert in case of inconsistent passwords.

Sisyphus

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Imagine you’re filling a complex form on site, or typing effervescent and extensive comment. And when you’re almost done with that browser is crashed, or you closed tab mistakenly, or electricity is turned off, or something else break your efforts. Disgusting, huh? With Sisyphus on site you just reopen page in your modern (with HTML5 support) browser and see all your changes at that forms. It’s lightweight (3.5 KB) jQuery plugin uses Local Storage to prevent your work being lost.

Response Javascript

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Response JS is a lightweight jQuery plugin that gives web designers tools for building performance-optimized, mobile-first responsive websites. It provides semantic ways to dynamically swap code blocks based on breakpoints and serve media progressively via HTML5 data attributes. Its object methods give developers hooks for triggering responsive actions and booleans for testing responsive properties.

Responsly.js

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Responsive designs are cool! Not only do they allow you to reach mobile and tablet users with minimal effort, they also make your context scale up for desktop users with larger screens.

Fitvids.js

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A lightweight, easy-to-use jQuery plugin for fluid width video embeds.

Isotope

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Isotope: An exquisite jQuery plugin for magical layouts

Slidorion

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Slidorion is a combination of an image slider and an accordion; displaying beautiful content through various effects.

Diapo

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With Diapo plugin you can creat a beautiufl slideshow.

Minimit

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Minimit Gallery is a highly customizable Jquery plugin that does galleries, slideshows, carousels, slides… pratically everything that has multiple states.

Circular Content Carousel

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The idea is to have some content boxes that we can slide infinitely (circular). When clicking on the “more” link, the respective item moves to the left and a content area will slide out. Now we can navigate through the carousel where each step will reveal the next or previous content box with its expanded content. Clicking on the closing cross will slide the expanded content area back in and animate the item to its original position.

HTML5 Music Player

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With this plugin you can create HTML5 Music Player.

jQuery Mobile

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A unified, HTML5-based user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, and has a flexible, easily themeable design.

Lettering.js

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A jQuery plugin for radical web typography.

Multi Node Range Data Slider jQ Slider

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JQ Slider is a multi-node range and data slider that allows to provide easy-to-use user data selection and filter tool. It can be used in many ways.

Xml Driven Vertical News Scroller Script Using jQuery vScroller

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Adding scrolling content to your website or blog makes much sense – it allows you display latest news, promotions, product updates, announcements, upcoming events, calendar items and much more in a limited space. It also allows you to add dynamic content to otherwise static web pages.

jQuery Sliding Content Bar Plugin

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It is a smart and quick content bar that you can integrate easily in any website or web application. It is integrated seamlessly in your website and can be popped up whenever required. PushUp Content Bar is easy to customize and strong enough to rely upon. You can add your contact details, location map via Google Maps, and a simple contact form that visitors can use to make contact with you.

Gmap3

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gmap3 is a jquery plugin which allows many manipulation of the google map API version 3.

Skitter

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With this plugin you can generate outstanding slideshows for your website.

jFontSize

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The jFontSize plugin was developed to facilitate the process of creating the famous buttons A+ and A-, which alter the font size on sites with very large texts, such as blogs, journals, tutorials, etc. This tool is also used to increase the accessibility of sites, helping people who have visual problems to see better content

Wave Display Effect with jQuery

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How cool is it to sometimes just display content a little bit differently? This plugin let’s you show images and content in a unique form – a wave. The idea is to initially have some smaller thumbnails rotated and placed in the shape of a sine curve. When clicking on a thumbnail, we’ll “zoom” in to see a medium sized version. Clicking again will make the large content area appear; here we will show some more content.

Simple jQuery Fluid Thumbnail menu Bar

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The idea of a fluid thumbnail bar is simple: Create a list of thumbnails within a space where the overflow can be flipped through page by page.

Useful image hover slide effect with jQuery

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jQuery plugin: Easy Image Zoom

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This is a simple technique to animate an image when hovering using jQuery’s animate() effect. We will use this effect to manipulate our CSS, creating a seamless transition between two areas of an image.

ImageLens

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Use this jQuery plug-in to add lens style zooming effect to an image

Slides

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Slides is a slideshow plugin for jQuery that is built with simplicity in mind. Packed with a useful set of features to help novice and advanced developers alike create elegant and user-friendly slideshows.

jShowOff

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Slides is a slideshow plugin for jQuery that is built with simplicity in mind. Packed with a useful set of features to help novice and advanced developers alike create elegant and user-friendly slideshows.

Easy Paginate

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This plugin allows you to browse easily through the list of items with pagination controls. It is very easy to implement and very lightweight so it might come in handy to use in your own projects. It’s main purpose is to view certain number of list items at once, but it can also be set up to view one item by one.

Responsive Image Gallery with Thumbnail Carousel

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Today we want to show you how to create a responsive image gallery with a thumbnail carousel using Elastislide. Inspired by Twitter’s “user gallery” and upon a request to show an integration of Elastislide, we want to implement a responsive gallery that adapts to the view-port width. The gallery will have a view switch that allows to view it with the thumbnail carousel or without. We’ll also add the possibility to navigate with the keyboard.

PhotoSwipe

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Today we want to show you how to create a responsive image gallery with a thumbnail carousel using Elastislide. Inspired by Twitter’s “user gallery” and upon a request to show an integration of Elastislide, we want to implement a responsive gallery that adapts to the view-port width. The gallery will have a view switch that allows to view it with the thumbnail carousel or without. We’ll also add the possibility to navigate with the keyboard.

Elycharts

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Elycharts is a pure javascript charting library, easy to use and completely customizable.

Blueberry

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Blueberry is an experimental opensource jQuery image slider plugin which has been written specifically to work with fluid/responsive web layouts.

GALLERIA

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Galleria is a JavaScript image gallery framework built on top of the jQuery library. The aim is to simplify the process of creating professional image galleries for the web and mobile devices.

jQuery Image Gallery

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With this plugin you can create a beautiful jQuery Image Gallery.

Shuffle Letters Effect

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This jQuery plugin that will shuffle the text content of any DOM element – an interesting effect that can be used in headings, logos and slideshows.

SmartGallery

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SmartGallery is an interactive image gallery that is specifically designed to support huge data. It is lightweight, lightening fast and fully customizable. Powered by jQuery, SmartGallery comes with twelve transition effects including some unique transition effect and thumbnail navigation.

BxSlider

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BxSlider will allow you to create a beautiful Content Slider for your website.

FitText

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FitText makes font-sizes flexible. Use this plugin on your fluid or responsive layout to achieve scalable headlines that fill the width of a parent element.

jQuery Pagination revised

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The pagination plugin combines a varity of features. It can be used to divide long lists or areas of content into multiple seperate pages, load paged content with pre-calculated database offset-parameters via Ajax and anything with full control to adapt the style properly to your site-layout. Of course, creating simple links with no event triggering is possible as well. The plugin also offers the facility to “overlap” pages, which means you can show elements of previous pages on the subsequent sites in order to allow a straightforward flow of reading.

E24TabMenu

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AJAX PAYPAL CART

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AJAX PayPal Cart is a easy to use JQuery plugin for web developer to add a full function shopping cart in their website. The AJAX cart can included a cart widget which allow display of cart information easily. Support PayPal Website Payment Standard.

jQuery is one of the most accepted JavaScript library that possesses an enormous collection of plugins which makes it even more powerful. On the other hand, there is a good deal of additional codes or modules, from simple alert functions to multifaceted galleries or form validation methods, that are hard-coded inside websites & not convinced to plugins.

Of course, not each code must become a plugin that would be worthless. However converting the ones to be re-utilized will save loads of improvement time & if shared with the community, will make the code itself better.

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December 13 2011

15:57

Best Of 2011: Ultimate Collection Of High Quality Photoshop Tutorials

Every so often, you may discover it complicated to search for some of the highest quality Photoshop tutorials by means of search engines. Seeing that most of time, approximately all tutorials would tag themselves to be excellent, high quality or even the best Photoshop tutorial you can get. When exploring all the way through all these tutorials, your time is wasted.

With the intention of saving your time, we have been spending more or less a whole year to seek out the best Photoshop tutorials for you. Finally, we come up with this massive collection of best Photoshop tutorials from 2011.

Create a Nature Text Effect Poster

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to make a poster inspired by WWF creative posters. With a couple of images, we will create a beautiful realistic typography with natural theme. We will learn how to blend these images together to make them become a nice one.

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Apple Habitat Scene

In this tutorial you will learn how to Manipulate a Photo into Surreal Apple Habitat Scene.

How to Create a Colorful Text Design

This tutorial shows creating a beautiful and vivid, typography based artwork. You will learn to combine different elements and applications effectively to complete a design task.

How to create an Impressive New Year 2012 card with Neon text

If you want to learn how to create an impressive card for the holiday, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. I’m going to show you how use brushes and Layer styles in Photoshop CS5 to create eye catching digital illustration with neon text effect. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

Photo Manipulate a Dramatic Battle Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a dramatic action scene. During process of making this piece, you will learn how to combine different stock images, create exciting effects, effectively use blending modes, adjust color correctly and much more!

How to Create A Detailed Cassette Tape

In this step-by-step tutorial we will reinvent the tape … again! artist will walk you through the process of creating a detailed audio cassette, from scratch, in Photoshop using shapes, layer styles and filters. Interested? Let’s start!

Flaming Car

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a flaming car. We saw this effect before and it’s quite simple but it’s a good exercise and the result is quite good. You can also apply this effect on other images.

Create “Cool” Typography

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create some “cool” custom typography. Let’s get started!

Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph

In this tutorial, Artist will show you how to spice up a fairly dull and flat photograph. It’s very easy and fast! Go from flat photo to a uniquely lit style.

Create an Underwater, Vector-Style Illustration

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a fun, underwater, vector-style illustration using Photoshop. Let’s get started!

Create an Exploding Light Text Effect

In this tutorial artist wanted to take a look at a couple of techniques for an exploding text effect.

3D text effect in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial is about how to create 3D text effect in Photoshop using editable text and layer styles.

Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene Poster

In this tutorial you will learn how to Design a Retro Futurism Space Scene Poster.

Cosmic Rocker

In this tutorial you will learn how to Design the Retro Futurism Photo Manipulation ‘Cosmic Rocker’.

Create a Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will learn how to Create a Dark and Surreal Photo Manipulation.

Create a Detailed Colourful Heart Illustration

In this tutorial we will be creating a beautiful, very detailed heart illustration. We will use some stock images and develop our drawing skills in Photoshop.

Design a Super Sleek Sports Web Layout

In this tutorial you will learn how to Design a Super Sleek Sports Web Layout.

Color a Medieval Robot Character Illustration

In this tutorial you will learn how to color a Medieval Robot Character Illustration.

Create a Fabric Textured Web Layout

In this web design tutorial we will create a portfolio web layout using fabric textures. You will be taken through the process of designing the logo using Adobe Illustrator, creating spotlights for the “services” area and how to apply textures to the layout in a subtle way that will increase the quality of the final result. Let’s get started!

How to Create a Unique Fantasy World Featuring Your Logo

In this tutorial we’re going to explore some techniques for compositing images to make a fantasy world scene. We’ll also look at a method for converting the composition into a creative logo mockup.

Liquify Filter

Below is the method artist used to essentially paint with fire and change the direction of flames.

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with colorful stars and baubles

If you want to learn how to create a greeting card for the holiday, then we have an awesome tutorial for you. We will learn how to create an abstract Christmas background using brushes then we’ll create baubles using Ellipse Tool and Layer Styles in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

Create an Amazing Greeting Card with Abstract Christmas Tree

In this quick tip tutorial, Artist will show you how to create a nice Christmas card for your friend using Adobe Photoshop CS5 techniques. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

How to create Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles

In this tutorial artist will give you some tips on how to Christmas greeting card with snowflakes and colorful tree baubles in Photoshop CS5. You will learn how to add a Layer Style, draw Christmas baubles with Ellipse Tool, apply brushes, use Custom Shapes etc. Layered PSD file included. So let’s get started!

How to create Happy New Year 2012 Colorful Greeting Card

Today we’ve got a really nice and simple tutorial demonstrating how to create abstract Christmas card with colorful shapes using simple tools and techniques like Ellipse Tool, Brush Tool, Layer Style, etc. in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

Create an Elegant Greeting Card with Vintage Christmas Baubles

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how a greeting card with vintage Christmas baubles can be designed in Adobe Photoshop CS5. You will learn, how to create vintage background, Christmas baubles, draw snowflakes, customize brushes etc. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started!

Medieval Metal Text Effect

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a nice metal text effect using just layer styles. It’s a simple tutorial and won’t take you more than 30 minutes to go through the step by step.

RAWZ Light Effects

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create the RAWZ light effect in Photoshop. It’s a beginner/intermediate tutorial and it will take you 45 minutes to go through it. I hope you have fun doing it as much as I had.

Vintage Typography Experiment

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a nice vintage/retro typography based on an artwork from the book New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital Age. The whole process will take you 2-3 hours, but it’s quite simple. However it requires time.

Nike Hair

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a funny photo manipulation to create the Nike Hair ad. The tutorial is very simple and won’t take you more than 30 minutes.

Captain America Shield

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create the Captain America shield using Photoshop. The whole process is quite simple and won’t take you more than 45 minutes.

Dark Knight Rises Poster

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create the Dark Knight Rises poster in Photoshop. Be ready, it might take you a few hours, but the result is really nice and you will be able to apply this technique in other future projects.

Create a Minimalist Blog Layout

In this tutorial you will see how to create a minimal and clean blog layout using Photoshop. You will also learn some useful methods and practices for creating web layouts in Photoshop.

How to Create a Deus-Ex Inspired Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will be shown how to create a Deus EX inspired high-tech eyeball by using retouching techniques and creating a futuristic iris using Shape layers and Layer Styles.

Create Delicious Cookie Text

This tutorial will explain how to create delicious frosted cookies text effect. You’ll learn some useful tips for using layer styles, filters, and brushes while creating the various elements of the “cookies”.

Create a Vivid Alien Invasion Scene

Create a surreal alien photo manipulation with vivid colors. This tutorial will show you how to create an alien creature and add multiple UFOs.

Create a Leatherback Book Icon

Learn how to create this leatherback book design in Photoshop. This tutorial will show you how to draw a book and apply textures and layer styles.

How to Create a Disturbing Scene of a Flooded Room with a Giant Hand Carrying a Fish

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will learn how to create a dirty, flooded room with a giant hand saving a fish inside a glass ball. We will learn how to blend images together seamlessly using several stock photos by using several Photoshop tools such as the Transform tool and the Brush tool.

Create a Stunning Parrot Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial artist is going to show you how to use a picture of an animal to create an awesome abstract. Also, He is going to show you more techniques that can help you to understand how to manipulate layers.

Make smurf wallpaper with photoshop montage

This beginner photoshop tutorial is inspired by the movie Smurf. If you have not watched it, go and see it! They are so incredibly cute and the movie is just so funny and adorable. So, if you like to make a cute smurf wallpaper or poster, this photoshop tutorial is for you.

How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will learn How to Create a Surreal Photo Manipulation.

Create a Rocky Text Effect with Space Background

In this Photoshop tutorial, Artist will show you the steps he took to Create a Rocky Text Effect with Space Background in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try :)

Create a Futuristic Bicycle Icon

It’s fun and challenging to create items from scratch in Photoshop. In this tutorial we will create a futuristic bicycle icon from scratch using some basic Photoshop tools. Let’s get started!

Create Detailed Vintage Typography

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to customize a typeface in Illustrator and then use Photoshop to create a stunning vintage detailed typographic design. Let’s get started!

Create Convincing Text-Shaped Buildings

Creating convincing buildings that appear like text in a cityscape can be a challenging task. In this tutorial we will learn how to create building-shaped typography in Photoshop using photos that you have taken yourself. Let’s get started!

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November 17 2011

17:31

7 Excellent HTML5 Tools And Resources

There are many tools and resources out there for designers and developers, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing 7 Excellent HTML5 Tools And Resources. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best.

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Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator

The Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator is a free online tool which you can use to generate scripted preloaders (spinners or throbblers) for your HTML projects. The Creator is using the CanvasLoader UI Library.

Html5 File Upload with Progress

Html5 finally solves an age old problem of being able to upload files while also showing the upload progress.

Making a Beautiful HTML5 Portfolio

In this tutorial, you will be making a beautiful HTML5 portfolio powered by jQuery and the Quicksand plugin. You can use it to showcase your latest work and it is fully customizable, so potentially you could expand it to do much more.

Create a Stylish Contact Form with HTML5 & CSS3

Here is a step by step process to create your own stylish contact form completely out of HTML5 and CSS3.

Periodic Table of the HTML5 Elements

The table here shows the 106 elements currently in the HTML5 working draft and two proposed elements.

Interactive Typography Effects with HTML5

This tutorial outlines what is really just the tip of the iceberg that is interactive design. It will go over the development of dynamic, and generative banners to give your website that little extra wow.

JavaScript Mobile Framework for HTML5 Web Apps

DHTMLX Touch is a free open source JavaScript library for building HTML5-based mobile web apps. It’s not just a set of UI widgets, but a complete framework that allows you to create eye-catching, robust web applications that run on iOS, Android, and other mobile platforms.

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November 15 2011

15:16

50 Photoshop Tutorials For High Quality Photo Editing

Although for editing your photos digitally, there are numbers of different photo editing software and tools available yet Adobe Photoshop is the most commonly used and well accepted photo editing software that is being used all over the world not only by pros but also by the novices.

With Photoshop, it’s most likely not significant even if you suck at taking photographs or being marked an inexpert photographer provided that you pick up a couple of Photoshop photo editing skills. You can always impress the onlookers of your photos with the help of photo editing skills.

Some time ago we have published a post about Awesome Tutorials and Techniques to Become a Master of Photography and that was greatly appreciated by our readers. Now we have gathered another great collection of Photoshop Photo Editing Tutorials for photographers. You can take into reference so that next time you can consider editing your photos before publishing them online for a more impressive look. Enjoy!

Professional Hair Processing

This tutorial will make you a more effective retoucher and help keep your portraits looking clean and realistic. Subtlety is – going too far will only make the results noticeable. The best comment you can get after presenting a final image is “I didn’t even notice you did that”. Let’s get started!

Add Cool Fireworks to the Photo

If you are interesting in pyrotechnics then this tutorial special for you!

Make Up Effect for the Face

In this Photoshop tutorial artist will be walking you through the creating new make up for the face.

Retouching a Studio Portrait

This Photoshop tutorial is written for experienced Photoshop users and will show you unique techniques for retouching photos. You’ll learn how to enhance backgrounds, dodge and burn, brighten eyes, and add hair shine while keeping a low count of layers. The techniques you learn from this tutorial can be used for other portrait photos.

Add Dynamic Lighting to a Flat Photograph

In this tutorial, artist will show you how to spice up a fairly dull and flat photograph. It’s very easy and fast! Go from flat photo to a uniquely lit style.

A Perfect Lie

In this Photoshop Tutorial Cameron will present us what he has found out over this last year of Photoshop experiments.

How To Give Your Photos a Dark Processed Lomo Effect

Follow this step by step post processing guide to give your photos a dark lomo style effect with high contrast, blue tones and vignette burns. The effect is based on the popular lomographic technique and is similar to the processing effect used in many fashion shots and advertisement designs.

HDR Photography With Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to shoot and edit HDR photographs in Photoshop. We will discuss what bracketing means and how to shoot multiple exposures and then merge them together into one HDR image with the HDR Pro option in Photoshop CS5.

Selective Sepia

Learn how to use Photoshop to create selectively add a dramatic sepia effect a photo. This Photoshop effect works best when used with Photoshop CS3 but will also work with Photoshop CS2 or older using an alternative method.

Adding Reflections To Sunglasses

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going learn how to add reflections, or at least, different reflections, to sunglasses. This is a popular Photoshop effect and opens up a world of creative and artistic possibilities depending on who is wearing the sunglasses and who or what you have them looking at.

Remove Freckles

Reduce slight freckles naturally without using the Healing Brush. In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to subtract freckles using a layer. This process provides the most natural results for light-brown freckles (ephelides) but will not work for dark freckles (lentigines).

Galaxy Angel

The new lesson we’ll see how to retouch the skin of a model, imitate the make-up, draw the tattoos, represent the hair out of the smoke, use different textures, represent the clouds and insert the wings on the picture, enlarge the background the model is situated on, not cutting it out and create the effect of an old picture, at least on its edges.

Old Style Photo Effect

In this tutorial artis is going to show you how to create old style photo effect with interesting accent.

How to Turn Humdrum Photos Into Cinematic Portraits

There are a plethora of ways to treat a portrait, for a myriad of uses, but that is for another feature. Let’s tackle adding drama or a cinematic quality to a regular, humdrum portrait. Let’s even throw in a little bit of faking HDR. That way if you work on a project that requires a stunning shot without the stunning photography, you’ll be able to cobble something together using your mad skillz!

Reducing 5 O’Clock Shadow And Beard Stubble

In this Photoshop photo editing tutorial, we’re going to learn how to reduce the appearance of 5 o’clock shadow and beard stubble in a photo. Of course, if the photo is of a guy out in the rugged outdoors and he’s dressed like he’s off to wrestle with a mountain lion, you may not want to remove the stubble.

Super Fast and Easy Facial Retouching

In this tutorial, I will show you how to repair some image noise from a low-quality shot, and I will show you an extremely quick and easy way to smooth out a person’s face. The woman in this shot is not a model, and she has a lot of character so we don’t want to overdo it with the smoothing. We will make it look real and natural.

Thermal Photo Effect

In this tutorial you will learn how to convert your photos into Thermal Photo Effect.

Turn Your Own Car Into a Customized Street Racer

If you’re the type of person who likes to customize your car, then you’ve probably wondered what your car would look like after you’ve made some changes. In this tutorial we will snap a photo of a car with an ordinary point and shoot camera and then modify the car using another photo and some drawn elements. Let’s get started!

Photo Effects Week: Use Curves Adjustment to Turn Day Into Night

In this tutorial you will use a Curves Adjustment layer and additional techniques to change a scene from day to night. Let’s get started!

Adding Light Streaks To A Photo

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we’re going to look at how to add colorful streaks of light to a photo. You’ve probably seen these light streaks used in ads for everything from shampoo to cellphones, and in fact they were used most recently in a cool ad for a new cellphone from Sprint and Samsung.

Halftone Dots and Linear Light

In this tutorial you will learn a very cool linear light halftone dot effect in less than 2 minutes.

How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography

In this tutorial you will learn how to Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography.

How to turn your photo into movie-like

In this tutorial you will learn how to turn your photo into movie-like effect using Photoshop.

Instagram your images

In this tutorial artist will show you a quick tutorial about how to achieve that same effect on your images. It’s a very simple effect and very easy to accomplish in Photoshop.

Landscape Photography

In this article artist will show you how to make the “normal” adjustments to your photo so that it looks as it is supposed to.

Landscape Photography Editing – Gradients & Adjustments

In this tutorial artist will show you how to effectively use gradients and adjustment layers together to selectively edit parts of your landscape photos. In photography you can use polarizing filters, colored filters and other kind of filters to achieve different effects.

Aligning and Blending Images Together

This tutorial is part of a 25-part video series demonstrating everything you will need to know to start working in Photoshop.

Let’s Change the Background, Shall We?

This tutorial is demonstrating everything you will need to know to start working in Photoshop.

Take 10 Years Off a Male Portrait Via Photo Retouching

For the purpose of this tutorial artist is going to demonstrate how to take roughly 10 years off of a middle-aged male subject. He is using a male subject rather than a female one means that I can expose a few different styles than are exposed by most Photoshop tutorials on the subject. Enjoy!

HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, we’ll use a landscape image to take a closer look at HDR Pro as well as applying HDR Toning to a single image.

How To Fake a Tilt-Shift Photo

In this tutorial we will learn how to fake a tilt-shift photo.

How to Use Light and Shadow to Create a Dramatic Photo Effect

In this tutorial you’ll learn how you can change light scene in your photography or photo manipulation to get dramatic atmosphere.

Perspective Correction

In this tutorial you will learn how to do perspective correction in photoshop.

Using Liquify Filter and Photo Retouching

In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to use the Liquify Filter in Photoshop. This filter will help you to retouch your photos but also lets you have a little fun if you just want to play! After you’re done with Liquify Filter you will learn how to do some makeup.

5 Really Easy, yet Essential Photo Retouch Techniques

In this tutorial, artist will show you 5 very simple, however very important techniques for Photoshop beginners when it comes to photo retouch. You will discover how easy it is to add more contrast and depths to the image to make it look better. This tutorial is really simple but effective, Have a try!

Cropping Photos To Specific Frame Sizes

In this tutorial, we’re going to look at how to easily crop a photo to whatever frame size you need.

Worn, Torn Photo Edges Effect

In this Photoshop photo effects tutorial, we’ll learn how to give a photo a worn, torn edges effect. Creating the effect is easy, requiring nothing more than a few layers, the Eraser Tool, one of Photoshop’s built-in brushes, and some layer styles to help finish things off.

Old-Fashioned, Hand-Tinted Photo Effect

In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, we’re going to learn how to easily create an old-fashioned, hand-tinted photo effect.

Vintage Photo Effect

Give your photos a soft and memorable feeling. This easy Photoshop tutorial is suitable for beginners and will show you how to use four adjustment layers to create this photo effect. A Photoshop action is also included at the end of this Photoshop tutorial.

Simple Image Retouching

This tutorial will teach you a simple technique to enhance the colors of your image making it more vivid and alive.

Movie Like Sunset

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a piece of romantic movie like sunset in Photoshop. This tutorial is made to show some very cool Photoshop techniques that beginners can quickly pick up.

Achieve HDR Style Effects

In this tutorial artist is going to show you how to create a piece of romantic movie like sunset in photoshop. This tutorial is made to show some very cool photoshop technique that beginners can quickly pick up.

Gradient Mapping effect

Learn how to use the gradient mapping tool to transform a standard photograph for use with a specific colour scheme or brand image.

Creative Edges Using Smart Filters

In this tutorial you will learn how to creative edges using smart filters.

Impressive Color Blending Technique

In this tutorial you will learn impressive color blending technique.

Giving your Photograph an Antique Loo

This simple tutorial is an alternative method (from many others available on the Internet) for making a photograph look aged. Suitable for Photoshop beginners.

Superb Skin Airbrush Technique

In this Photoshop retouching tutorial, you’ll learn how to retouch skin like the professionals. Find out how to make skin look healthy without looking plastic or blurred.

Remove Blemishes

In this tutorial we are going to use the spot healing brush to removing blemishes. We can greatly improve a portrait by removing skin imperfections which are rarely a desirable feature in a photograph.

Dramatic Gritty Effect

In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to add a dramatic, gritty, bronzed effect to your images.

Professional Hair Processing

Here in this tutorial artist will show you how to make professional processing of hair in Photoshop, add different shades and bring some shine to the hair.

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October 31 2011

14:11

45 Realistic Gadgets Designs Photoshop Tutorials

This is the era of gadgets, and we all love them. Creating levelheaded gadgets designs in Photoshop that look real is not an easy task particularly for the novices. But you can definitely get better in your general skills in Adobe Photoshop and then can design your own set of gadgets.

Keeping this in mind, 45 tremendous and realistic gadgets designs Photoshop tutorials are rounded up here. Go through this collection and learn new tricks in two of the most utilized graphic software the world has ever seen.

Fragmented golden phone

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing fragmented golden phone.

Designing Canon Digital Camera

In this detailed tutorial we will learn how to design Canon digital camera.

Make a Floating in Air USB Key Illustration

In this tutorial, Artist will show you how to illustrate a USB key floating in the air and reflecting on a surface. We’ll be adding numerous details that will make this illustration shine. Notice how the Psdtuts+ name reflects off the floor in the illustration. These are the little details that add a degree of realism to your work.

Design a Vintage Radio Icon

In this Photoshop Tutorial, you’ll learn how to design an old vintage radio using simple shapes, gradients, patterns and textures.

How to Create a Detailed Audio Player

In this tutorial, artist will show you how to create a detailed audio player from scratch. This tutorial will be a great opportunity for you to practice those Shape Tools and Layer Styles skills, with lots of adding and subtracting of Shapes. Enjoy!

Design a Sleek Nature Themed Phone Advert

Here you will learn how to create a Sleek Nature Themed Phone Advert.

Creating Camera

This tutorial is made for Photoshop 7 for advanced users but it also can be done in 6 and it will teach you how to create a photo camera from scratch in adobe photoshop.

Designing a Black Zune 2

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a beautiful Black Zune in Photoshop.

Design an MP3 Player

In this tutorial you will learn how to design a product in Photoshop. The product is a RCA Lyra X3030 portable media player. Although the chances are, you are thinking “why would I need to make it?”, the reason for this tutorial is to teach people the techniques used for mocking up a product design.

Creating a Custom MP3 Player

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Custom MP3 Player with Photoshop.

Create a Vector-Based Zune

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Vector-Based Zune with Photoshop.

MP3 Player Illustration

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an outstanding MP3 Player Illustration.

iPod Shuffle

In this tutorial you will learn how to re-create an Apple iPod Shuffle by using the original image from apple’s website as a reference and using the gradient tool, layer masks and basic selection and guide techniques.

3D Mp3 Player

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an awesome 3D Mp3 Player.

How to Create the Zen Mosiac Mp3 Player

In this tutorial you will learn how to create the Zen Mosiac Mp3 Player.

Create iPhone

Here in this tutorial we will learn how to create iPhone from Scratch in Photoshop.

Nokia 5300 Cell phone interface

This tutorial shows you how to use multiple vector shapes, layer styles, and various tools to create a mobile phone design. It’s a nice design with multiple small details explained.

Create a Mobile Phone Styled Like the HTC Touch Diamond

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a Mobile Phone Styled Like the HTC Touch Diamond.

Strawberry Cell Phone

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Strawberry Cell Phone.

Super Retro Game Cartridge Design

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a very easy, but really cool, 3D and geometric effect in Photoshop. After that, we will go a bit further and create our own retro Atari-style video game cartridge.

Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons Part 4 – Digital Tablet Icon

For this forth installment of the Creating a Set of Digital Painting Icons series we will create a pen tablet from scratch, specifically the Wacom 12″ Cintiq tablet. This model combines touch and pressure sensitivity, which allows users to draw directly on the screen. These capabilities make it a favorite for illustrators. Let’s get to work.

Create a Slick Black iMac

In this detailed tutorial we will learn how to design a Slick Black iMac.

Bluethoth Logo Icon

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a Photoshop design bluethoth logo icon in photoshop.

USB portable speaker logo icon

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a Photoshop design USB portable speaker logo icon in photoshop.

How to Design the Apple iPad

In this tutorial, you’ll be learning how to design the Apple iPad in Adobe Photoshop. We’ll be using various different tools, such as shape tools, gradient tools, different blending mode tools and loads of great techniques. Let’s get started!

Create A Realistic Video iPod Nano

Learn how to paint / recreate an object in Photoshop from an existing photo. This is a great exercise for working on your layer structure and pen tool skills. Breaking down the object and being able to separate and place in the correct order is what will take your artwork to a whole new level.

MP3 digital player logo icon

Today artist will show you how to create a Photoshop design sell MP3 digital player logo icon in Photoshop.

Draw an MP3 Player

In this tutorial we will learn how to Draw an MP3 Player

How to Make a Bangin’ Woofer Embedded in Wood

In this tutorial, we’ll illustrate a woofer and make a simple wood texture for the background. We’ll place the speaker so that it appears to be inside the wood texture. Also, we’ll create screws that appear to hold it in place. Put some good music on and lets get working!

Ipod Portable Speaker Icon

In this detailed tutorial artist is teaching you about How to Create Photoshop Ipod Portable Speaker Icon.

How to Create a Stylish Media Player in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to replicate Apple’s iPod Nano. Not only will we recreate it’s signature body form, but also the headphones and put them in a unique setting that makes it pop.

PC Mouse Tutorial

In this tutorial artist will be showing you how to create a PC mouse from scratch. Right lets get started!

How to Create a Stylish Pair of Headphones

In this tutorial, you’ll see how to create a sleek pair of headphones, mainly using the Pen Tool and Blending Options. The tutorial is based on teaching some simple ways of using the Layer Styles to create some great shadows and a realistic sense of 3Dimension.

Make A Watch

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a watch from scratch in Adobe Photoshop. I will guide you step by step until it is complete.

LG LCD Monitor Icon

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a LG LCD Monitor Icon.

How to Create a Super Retro Style Game Controller

In this tutorial, we’re going to be drawing a retro game console controller. Rather than a perspective look, this one will have an isometric look. This tutorial is extremely detailed, and will be fun for all you classic arcade lovers.

TV aquarium. Digital drawing

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an outstanding TV aquarium.

Blackberry Fruit phone

This is step by step Photoshop tutorial that teaches you how to create original and nice blackberry glossy device concept design from blackberry photo using simple tools, filters and layer style effects.

Creating A Vector Style MacBook From Scratch

This tutorial is quite a long one, we are going to make a MacBook Pro in Photoshop using shapes and different blending options, combining these two simple things we get a realistic vector outcome which can be used in many different situations, so…let’s begin,

Audio Receiver Illustration

The new lesson we’ll try to represent a style illustration, dedicate to a certain topic, in this case, to the musicals.

Design a Stylish Retro Game Boy Poster

This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a vector Nintendo Gameboy in Illustrator and then using it to produce a cool retro poster in Photoshop.

Create a Sony Ericsson W800

This tutorial teaches you how to draw the Sony Ericsson w800 Walkman phone from scratch in photoshop.

Make a Realistic LCD HDTV

This tutorial will teach you how to create a photorealistic widescreen LCD HDTV from scratch. The LCD HDTV that we will be making is modeled after Samsung’s LCD HDTVs.

Create a Sony Playstation 3

This tutorial teaches you how you can create a realistic looking Sony Playstation using Adobe Photoshop. Each stage is simply outlined allowing you to follow along.

Bamboo Fun tablet

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Bamboo Fun tablet.

About the Author:

Akhter is a veteran web designer with more than 10 years of professional experience. He is also pioneer member of webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and and developers.

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October 19 2011

17:13

7 Must-Have Web Apps For Designers And Developers Toolbox

There are many online tools and web applications out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. Today, we are sharing 7 Must-Have Web Apps For Designers And Developers Toolbox. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best.

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Golden Ratio

There are two scenarios the calculator is designed for. The first is that you have a column with a certain width (perhaps to achieve a nice word:line ratio). You wish to find a matching column. Type in the width and use the left side, which gives you both a smaller and larger column. The second scenario is that you have a container and wish to divide it in two. Type in the container width and use the right side measurements.

SpiderScribe

SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online.

Profitably

Profitably helps you plan for the customers you want, measure how you’re performing, and then execute. It’s web-based software connects securely to business applications like Intuit’s QuickBooks to provide insight to the ~6M small businesses in North America. CFOs, bookkeepers, and business owners alike use Profitably to understand customer profitability, manage cash flow, and plan for future growth, all in real time.

Manifested

Manifested is a new utility for getting a jump start on converting your existing web site to work offline using HTML5?s cache manifest. Manifested scrapes a website for images, stylesheets, and JavaScripts that you may want to cache. Manifested then gives you a custom cache manifest file as a starting point for upgrading your website to support offline functionality.

repl.it

The repl.it project is an attempt to create an online environment for interactively exploring programming languages. It provides a fully-featured terminal emulator and code editor, powered by interpreter engines for more than 15 languages. All our interpreters are written in (or compiled to) JavaScript, and run completely on the user’s device, regardless or whether it’s a desktop, laptop or phone.

Subtle Patterns

Subtle Patterns is a collection of 93 high quality design patterns for you to use freely.

Timeslot

Timeslot makes planning your day a breeze. It simply add items to your day’s agenda, and specify how long each will take. Timeslot will automatically generate start and end times for each item, so when you have to make a change, your entire agenda will update to flow around it.

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October 12 2011

03:46

Seven Premium Style jQuery Plugins And Tutorials To Display Images On Websites

There are many jQuery plugins out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. Today, we are sharing Seven Premium Style jQuery Plugins And Tutorials To Display Images On Website. Read each entry in the list and see which one suits your needs best.

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Orbit: A Slick jQuery Image Slider Plugin

Orbit is a jQuery slider developed by ZURB. The plugin is lightweight(4KB), easy to implement and has a good set of features.

Moleskine Notebook with jQuery Booklet

In this tutorial, you will learn to create a virtual Moleskine notebook with latest posts from the blog.

SIDEWAYS – jQuery fullscreen image gallery

A simple, yet elegant fullscreen image gallery created with the jQuery framework and some simple CSS.

TN3 Gallery

TN3 Gallery is a jQuery image gallery with slideshow, transitions effects, multiple album options, CSS skinning and much more. It’s compatible with all modern desktop and mobile browsers.

PhotoSwipe

PhotoSwipe is a FREE HTML/CSS/JavaScript based image gallery specifically targeting mobile devices.

Sponsor Flip Wall With jQuery & CSS

Sponsor Flip Wal is using PHP, CSS and jQuery with the jQuery Flip plug-in, to do just that. The resulting code can be used to showcase your sponsors, clients or portfolio projects as well.

Nivo Slider

The Nivo Slider is world renowned as the most beautiful and easy to user slider on the market. It’s completely free and totally open source.

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September 26 2011

11:33

35 Photoshop Tutorials To Get Visually Appealing Photo Manipulation Artwork

Photoshop is like a magic for the designers as loads of different tasks can be accomplished through it. Designers all over the world are exclusively using Adobe Photoshop not only to create creative and visually appealing web designs but also to create something very amazing. With Adobe Photoshop, designers can even play with the real photographs and make them look what they want them to be looked.

Here we are sharing an amazing collection of some useful Photoshop tutorials that will guide you remarkable and interesting tricks regarding photo manipulation. Photo manipulation lets you to bring your creativity into play and place it to apply with Photoshop. There are copious numbers of great tutorials available on the internet but in this collection we are showcasing 35 tutorials that are great for learning more about photo manipulation.

Don’t Leave Me – Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial we will show you how to turn a free stock image into a beautiful manipulation.You will learn how to manipulate light and how to create beautiful realistic shadows.


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Create a Fallen, Rain-Soaked, Angel Composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a lonely, fallen, rain-soaked, angel composition in Photoshop using photo manipulation techniques. Let’s get started!


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Make a Dark Statue with 3D Tentacles Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial we will create a dark statue photomanipulation using Photoshop and Cinema 4D.


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Create a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a devastating tidal wave in photoshop.


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Fantastic Tree

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a fantastic tree.


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Photo Manipulate an Explosive Magical Reading Scene

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a magical scene, where a girl’s reading book comes to life and explodes with a fantasy world.


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Create A Unique Steampunk Photo Manipulation In Photoshop

In this tutorial you will how to create a composite image using various elements that will come together to make a unique Steampunk design. We will be using the Pen Tool, Layer Masks and Adjustment Layers, and doing quite a bit of Photo Manipulating throughout the tutorial.


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Dazzling Dance Photo Manipulation

In this detailed and lengthy Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to combine photos and add special effects to turn a normal photograph into a stunning artwork. You will also learn several tricks to reduce your Photoshop document file size and number of layers and layer styles.


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Create a Minimalist Portal Scene in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an stormy landscape with a portal to another dimension. This tutorial will show you how to blend images using blending modes and use brush sets to create a stormy desert scene.


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Create a Dark and Mysterious Fantasy Portrait

In this tutorial we will combine several stock images, adjust color, use retouching techiniques as well as make and control custom brushes to create a dark and mysterious blue portrait.


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How to Create Feet Shoes in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create this photo manipulation of a feet shoe. This tutorial will show you basic photo manipulation techniques that you can use on your own projects. A PSD is included with this tutorial.


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“Sleeping Girl in Tub” Photo Manipulation

In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to learn how to seamlessly combine photos to create a realistic image of a girl sleeping in a bathtub on a beautiful field while the sun sets. We are going to learn how to use the Brush tool to create light and shadows and how to make the colors of an image more vivid.


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How to Change Ordinary Photo into Fantasy Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will learn how you can change ordinary photo into a fantasy photo manipulation and also different ways how you can play with lights and shadows.


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Create a Beautiful River Scenery in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a breathtaking and fantasy-themed, painting-like photo-manipulation. You will learn how to create this scenery by combining images, using Photoshop brushes, then finishing it with a soft photo effect.


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Creating the Terrifying Photo-Manipulation ‘Wrath’

In this tutorial you will learn how to create the terrifying photo-manipulation wrath, using a combination of advanced blending techniques, adjustment layers, masking and lighting effects.


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Make a Story Book Come to Life in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create this surreal photo manipulation in Photoshop. You’ll learn the basics of combining stock photos, how to blend them in by adding light and shadows, and complete it with a vintage photo effect.


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Facing a New Day Photoshop Manipulation

In this manipulation tutorial we will show you how to create a really nice sunrise scene.we will show you how to transform a day picture into a sunrise using some adjustment layers and gradient maps.


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Create a Surreal Apocalypse Photomanipulation Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a surreal photomanipulation, and then add a touch of apocalyptic destruction to it. You’ll see how to balance colors, integrate stock images, and also how to create realistic looking smoke trails.


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Create a Floating Over-Grown “Tree House” in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will combine several stock images to create a floating over-grown tree house in Photoshop.


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The Making of the Nutty Boat Trip

In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to place a couple of squirrels in a coffee mug that is floating in a body of water.


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Create a Surreal Out of Bounds Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a lonely, fallen, rain-soaked, angel composition in Photoshop using photo manipulation techniques. Let’s get started!


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Combine Images to Create a Surreal Portrait in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will use the liquify tool and several image blending techniques to create a surreal and slightly creepy photo manipulation. Let’s get started!


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How to Create a Photo Manipulation of a Flooded City Scene

In this tutorial, we will learn how to manipulate a simple photo into a flooding torrent of a scene. We will use some relatively simple techniques to give this image a semi-realistic, stylized feel. Let’s get started!


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Create A Striking Nature Scene In Photoshop

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a nature inspired design that is both organic and visually arresting.


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How to Apply Textures to Uneven Surfaces

In this tutorial you will loearn how to apply textures to uneven surfaces.


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Quick Tip: Straighten and Level Out a Crooked Photo

In this tutorial you will learn how to create straighten and level out a crooked photo.


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How to Create a Flaming Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial, we will manipulate a picture so it looks like a woman burning in flames. The idea behind this manipulation was to create a nice looking illustration, only by using simple techniques and tools such as the Brush tool and Warp command. I hope you enjoy the tutorial and try it with your own stock imagery.


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Create a Nature Inspired Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to combine several images to create a nature inspired photo manipulation. Let’s get started!


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Combine Stock Photography to Create a Sleepy Japanese Village in Photoshop

In today’s tutorial, we will create a sleepy Japanese village in Photoshop by combining several stock photos. Let’s get started!


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How to Create a Traditional Painting-Like Surreal Image using Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a surreal image that has the look and feel of a traditional image.we will learn how to blend images seamlessly together.


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Undress a Giraffe in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to undress a giraffe by removing its spots. We will then show how to turn its spots into an outfit that will be draped over an ironing board. Pretty cool! Let’s get started!


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Army Squirrel Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a army squirrel photo manipulation.


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Create an Intense Apocalyptic Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial you will learn how to create this amazing apocalyptic photo manipulation with Photoshop! You’ll learn how to blend elements such as water and moon, create seamless structures with the Clone Stamp tool, and finish it off with a cold movie photo effect.


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Create a Lost Fantasy Micro World with Powerful Photo Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop

In this tutorials you will learn how to build up your own micro society using many different pictures and some cool photo manipulation techniques.


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Create Surreal Human Face with Flame Hair and Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will show you how to create surreal human face with flame hair and disintegration effect in photoshop.


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September 14 2011

16:29

40 Extremely Useful Adobe Fireworks Tutorials For Designers

Over time, Adobe Fireworks became fashionable and popular among web designers. The space and capability to use Adobe Fireworks in web design is simply huge. In addition, Web designers will find it very fun to experiment with different techniques with Adobe Fireworks. They attempt to learn how to use a variety of features in Adobe Fireworks for adding vitality to boring pictures and renovate them into works of art.

Many designers who are interested in finding out new techniques for using Adobe Fireworks do not make out where to get help from. So for all those designers who are desperate to learn new skills, here is a compilation of tutorials for Adobe Fireworks. In this collection, you can find variety of advanced tutorials and resources. We hope that you will like this collection.

Creating Fading Light Vectors in Fireworks

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create some cool effects with fading light linear vectors in Fireworks. It’s really easy to do and takes just a few minutes. Create fading lights using vectors, then convert these vectors into bitmaps, and learn to use effects from Fireworks CS3.

The Abduzeetles Rockband Website in Fireworks

We are going to use nice commands on this tutorial, and what is really cool is trying to test other values on each step, other colors, other shapes, always exploring the whole potencial from every tool.

Web Site Design Tutorial

In this tutorial artist will show you how he created a beutiful web layout using Fireworks.

LED Cinema Display in Fireworks

In this tutorial artist will teach you how to created a beautiful LED Cinema Display in Fireworks.

Page Curl in Fireworks Tutorial

In this tutorial artist will show you how to add a stylish page curl to the corner of your image. To start, lets get an image that we can add the page curl to.

Awesome Light Effects

In this tutorial you will learn how to create awesome Light Effects in Fireworks inspired by the James White’s O series.

Blend Mode Effect

This tutorial teaches you how to create a blend mode using Fireworks and thus assumes you are familiar with some design software, even if you are new to Adobe Fireworks. However be assured that our detailed instructions can be followed by even a total novice.

Simple Orbs Tutorial

The Simple Orbs Tutorial is a very simple technique , yet it could add some dramatic touches to your design. It is just one layer object but you can replicate it over and over, and change the sizes.

Easy Camera Icon in Fireworks

In this tutorial artist will show you how to create a camera icon in Fireworks. Artist will focus on the lens pretty much, but as you will see, to create a realistic effect it’s all about playing with gradients.

How to fast prototyping

In this tutorial, artist goes over some of the features that help with fast prototyping, like the fit canvas button and the optimizing panel.

Creating AIR Applications with Adobe Fireworks

In this tutorial, Tom Green shows how to design a simple Flex application and export it from Fireworks.

Photoshop Image to Web using Fireworks CS4

Tom Green shows off how to bring a Photoshop image into Fireworks and export it as an html document.

Create a Vibrant Digital Collage Mixing Buildings and Vector Shapes on Paper

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Fireworks CS3 and Illustrator CS3 together. You’ll create some illustrative vector elements to add to the final composition. You’ll also mix in photos and light effects. Learn how to use a cool paper background and tips to improve your workflow.

Build a Promotional iPhone App Website Wireframe in Fireworks

In this tutorial We’ll cover the design process of creating a wireframe for an iPhone application website in Fireworks.

Creating an amazing Palm Pre icon on Fireworks

This tutorial will show you how to create in Fireworks the icon for the Palm Pre frame.

Awesome Floral Type in Fireworks and Photoshop

In this tutorial we will use Adobe Fireworks and Adobe Photoshop. Actually the whole effect will be done in Firewors, then in Photoshop, we will add some textures and a old paper background effect.

Twist and Fade Technique

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create some fun abstract effects using Adobe Fireworks CS4. This tutorial explains how a single Image/Vector can be converted into various Images/Vectors using the properties such as Steps, Spacing, Rotation and Opacity.

Highway Sign

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing Highway Sign.

Create a Night Scene

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a beautiful night scene in fireworks.

How to blur background in Adobe Fireworks

In this tutorial you will learn how to blur the background of digital photos with Adobe Fireworks in a non destructive way.

3d Text

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an outstanding 3D Text in Fireworks.

Dot Matrix Effect

In this tutorial you will learn how to create Dot Matrix Effect.

Barcode

This tutorial will show you how to create a barcode for any purpose.

Mobile workflows using Fireworks CS5 and Device Central CS5

In this tutorial Liz Myers will show you how to harness the power of Fireworks combined with Device Central in these common workflows:

Interaction design and rapid prototyping with Fireworks

In the following four short video presentations, David Hogue demonstrates how to use Adobe Fireworks CS4 for information and interaction design and creating interactive prototypes quickly, and how you can use Fireworks as a design tool that fits into your complete design process, from concept to development.

Prototyping for the Apple iPhone using Fireworks

This tutorial shows you how to use a few scripts to make your Fireworks prototype work for the Apple iPhone.

Making of Darth Android

In this tutorial you will learn how to Making of Darth Android.

Designing a Website in Fireworks CS4

At this MAX session, XD’s Paul Dorian showed attendees how to use Fireworks CS4 to rapidly prototype websites, application interfaces, and other interactive designs, then output their designs to Adobe AIR, Flash CS4 Professional, Flex, HTML, or CSS-based layouts. Paul also shared tips on making the most of the new Fireworks user interface and core functionality, such as consistent text handling, via the Adobe text engine.

How to do simple 3D text with Adobe Fireworks

Creating 3D text with Adobe Fireworks is very simple job. Here is a quick tutorial how to do funny 3D-letters in few steps, just using one layer.

Create a barcode

This tutorial will show you how to create a barcode for any purpose.

Extracting Logos

This tutorial shows you how to extract a logo and/or logotype from a raster image, using only Adobe® Fireworks®‘ Live Filters. With this method, you also have the option to re-color the lifted logo in anyway you want: solid, gradient, or textured. All of this, while avoiding the temptations of the quick-and-dirty Wand Tool

How to create a thick text outline

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Thick Text Outline.

Photo Blur Effect

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to partially blur a photo or focus on an image part using Adobe Fireworks CS4/CS5. The image below shows how we have blurred the background that will help you create step-by-step.

Optimize Photos

In this tutorial artist will show you the basics of taking an old or under-saturated picture and optimizing it.

Add Radial Gradient in Text

This is a tip good for poster art. Add a radial gradient in bold text to spice things up. If you’re tired of using borders and bevels, try this.

Papel de Parede 2009

Learn how to create a grass text effect in adobe fireworks.

Light Painting

How to create Light Painting in Fireworks.

Designing a media player skin

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a media player skin in Fireworks.

Designing a website application

This tutorial shows you the process of creating a website application in Adobe Fireworks CS4—from sketching the original page design to developing wireframes, to creating the final design. All the essential tools and instructions will be covered in this article to help you begin creating websites and designs within Fireworks CS4 right away.

Fireworks 101

In this tutoria you will learn how to play with paths, combining, subtracting and much more. Also you will end up creating a logo.

Night Vision Effect

This tutorial demonstrates how to give a night vision effect to an image in Fireworks MX 2004.

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July 26 2011

16:01

40 Useful CSS Tutorials, Techniques And Resources

We have previously posted many articles on CSS tutorials and resources you can learn CSS from. Today, again we come up with yet another great list of 40 CSS tutorials, techniques and resources that you will enjoy exploring. Every developer knows very well how important it is to learn and use CSS effectively. Therefore, tall the developers keep themselves updated with the latest development and advancement in the technology.

Below is the list of 40 useful CSS tutorials and resources you cannot afford to miss. We hope this broad list will train you something innovative, or moreover jog your memory and help you recall some methods you haven’t used for a while.

Minimalistic Navigation Menu

In this tutorial we are making something practical, a simple CSS3 animated navigation menu, which degrades gracefully in older browsers and is future-proofed to work with the next generation of browsers.

Sleek Card Pockets using CSS Only

In this CSS3 tutorial, you’ll learn how to create web card pockets using some great new CSS3 techniques.

CSS Absolute Positioning: Create A Fancy Link Block

Absolute position is a feature of the CSS2 specification that is supported by all of web browsers. If you posit an element (an image, a table, or whatever) absolutely on your page, it will appear at the exact pixel you specify. In this tutorial, we will use some tricks to create a fancy link block that make our links more attractive.

Create a Button with Hover and Active States using CSS Sprites

Too many designers neglect the click state (active: property in CSS) in web design, either because they’re unaware of it, underestimate the importance of it or are plain lazy. It’s a simple effect that improves usability by giving the user some feedback as to what they’ve clicked on but can also add depth to a design.

How To Create A Sexy Vertical Sliding Panel Using jQuery And CSS3

In this tutorial will will create a Sexy Vertical Sliding Panel Using jQuery And CSS3.

Style a List with One Pixel

A one-pixel background image can be a pretty versatile thing. With repeat-x it can be a horizontal line, repeat-y makes a vertical line, and repeat makes it a fill color. Just as a little fun proof of concept, we can use that to create a depth-chart looking unordered list.

Pushing Your Buttons With Practical CSS3

Calls to action are critical for any website, and a compelling, attention-grabbing, clickable button goes a long way toward driving that engagement. In the past, really awesome buttons needed extra markup, sliding doors or other trickery. We’ll show you here how to create nice button styles without any hacks or cheats.

Build Multi-level Multi-column Multi Menus with pure CSS

In this tutorial we will learn how to build multi-level multi-column multi Menus with pure CSS.

Elegant Drop Menu with CSS only

In this tutorial, you will see a simplest way to build a same effect by using CSS only. With some CSS make-up, your menu will be elegant. Not sure which one is easiest, but for sure it’s the simplest menu comes with drop effect: horizontal and vertical navigation.

HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL DROPDOWN BLOGROLL WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT

In this tutorial author is going to walk you through how he have set up the blogroll in our upcoming redesign. Load up the example page to see how our final product will look.

How to Build a Simple Button with CSS Image Sprites

Let’s take a look at building a simple button using CSS image sprites, starting right at the beginning in Photoshop and finishing with the complete coded example. This one’s a good one for anyone getting started with CSS!

CSS3 Hover Tabs without JavaScript

A quick tip on CSS3 Hover Tabs without JavaScript.

How To Use Pure CSS To Style Web Form Dynamically Plus 12 Awesome JavaScript Plugins

In this article you will learn how to use pure CSS To Style Web Form Dynamically Plus 12 Awesome JavaScript Plugins.

Horizontal Subnav with CSS

In this tutorial author would like to go over how to create a simple navigation with a horizontal subnav.

CSS3 Speech Bubble

In this tutorial you will learn how to create CSS3 Speech Bubble.

How to Create Nice Scalable CSS Based Breadcrumbs

In this tutorial author will teach you how to create nice scalable CSS Based Breadcrumbs. Author is using only one simple graphic. The rest is basic CSS styling with an unordered list as HTML code.

Fluid searchbox

Creating a fluid search box when you only have a single element next to it is trivial. What you do is wrap the input in an element and use padding to create space for the fixed element, then position the fixed element absolutely (or relatively) in the space created by the padding.

Using Rounded Corners with CSS3

As CSS3 gets closer to becoming the new standard for mainstream design, the days of rounded corners through elaborate background images is fading. This means less headache and time spent working out alternatives for each browser.

6 Ways To Improve Your Web Typography

Typography on the web is anything but simple, and for many, it is a troubling mystery. In this tutorial we’re going to review six ways that web designers and developers can improve the typography of the sites they create.

Create a Letterpress Effect with CSS Text-Shadow

The letterpress effect is becoming hugely popular in web design, and with a couple of modern browsers now showing support for the text-shadow CSS3 property it’s now simple and easy to create the effect with pure CSS. No Photoshop trickery here!

3 Easy and Fast CSS Techniques for Faux Image Cropping

These techniques can be very helpful if you need to keep images at a certain size, i.e. thumbnails in the news section or something similar. Being able to use CSS to control which portion of image to display is a great bonus.

How to Create a Fancy Image Gallery with CSS3

Here author have prepared a tutorial about how to use CSS3 to make an image gallery with animation. He recommend to use one of these browsers to see the animations; however, the gallery is going to be usable in browsers without support of the animation.

Creating an Animated CSS3 Horizontal Menu

This tutorial shows us how powerful CSS3 can be and how we can save some JavaScript code to achieve the same result. As you know, right know the transition property is only supported by Safari and Chrome.

How to Create a Cool Anaglyphic Text Effect with CSS

Let’s take a look at how a similar style can be created for sprucing up your web designs, while taking into consideration semantics and avoiding the repetition of any markup.

How To Create Depth And Nice 3D Ribbons Only Using CSS3

In this tutorial you will learn How To Create Depth And Nice 3D Ribbons Only Using CSS3.

How To Create Simple, Stylish and Swappable Image Captions

In this tutorial you will learn How To Create Simple, Stylish and Swappable Image Captions.

CSS Polaroid Picture Tutorial

Polaroid pictures (or fake ones anyway) can be created using Photoshop or a similar graphics package but author aim to create the same kind of look by using CSS.

Advanced CSS Menu

In this tutorial author will show you how to slice up the menu design (step by step) and put them together with CSS.

CSS Techniques: Using Sliding Doors with WordPress Navigation

This sliding doors CSS hack allows you to create sophisticated tabs for your navigation bar.

CSS Dock Menu

This tutorial is really very helpful, very nice and useful tip on creating Mac’s Dock menu.

Sexy Drop Down Menu CSS

In this tutorial author would like to go over how to create a sexy drop down menu that can also degrade gracefully.

Coding Apple’s Navigation Bar Using CSS Sprites

This tutorial is not going to go in depth about all the benefits of sprites, but will show you how to use the technique correctly.

CSS Sprite Navigation Tutorial

This tutorial teaches how to build a css navigation using sprite images. With the mobile web becoming more important than ever before, load time and the size of a web site are some of the biggest factors to consider when developing a site for mobile users.

Breaking Out of the Box With CSS Layouts

It’s true that CSS is heavily reliant upon a grid — everything flows on x and y axes (and can be positioned as such, much like designs built in Photoshop). However, this doesn’t mean that your design has to be boring. If you understand how the grid works, you can fracture or abstract that grid to make your layout more dynamic and interesting.

CSS Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Design and Converting it to HTML and CSS

Minimal and Modern Layout: PSD to XHTML/CSS Conversion

In this web design tutorial, you’ll see a process for converting a Photoshop mockup to working HTML/CSS template. This is Part 2 of a tutorial series that will show you how to create the design, and then convert it to an HTML/CSS template.

Create YouTube-like adaptable view using CSS and jQuery

In this tutorial you will learn how to create YouTube-like adaptable view using CSS and jQuery.

How to distribute elements horizontally using CSS

In this tutorial we will learn how to distribute elements horizontally using CSS.

Sticky (Fixed) SideNav Layout with CSS

In this tutorial author would like to go over how to create a fixed sidenav layout for your blog or website.

Useful CSS Tricks You Should Know

Here are 25 incredibly useful CSS tricks that will help you design great web interfaces. You might be aware of some or all of these techniques, but this can be your handy resource to nifty CSS tricks that you should know.

11 Classic CSS Techniques Made Simple with CSS3

In this tutorial, author will show you eleven different time-consuming effects that can be achieved quite easily with CSS3.

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July 25 2011

12:18

7 Tools To Find What Error Codes Mean

Anyone who uses any modern gadget (PCs, laptops, smartphones, gaming consoles etc.) faces some errors which need to be resolved. The first step in the resolution of errors is that the nature of the error be found. Usually, error type can be judged from the error code which accompanies the error. Today we’ll be compiling a rather unusual list; this list contains seven tools to find what error code means. This way user can get a rough idea on where to get started for resolving the errors they face. Have a look:

About.com Find By Error Message

A service provided by the popular website About.com, this Find By Error Message page lets users browse common error messages seen on PCs. The list is pretty huge and if you face a problem while using your PC, there is a very likely chance that you can find the error details on this webpage.

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BrianDunning.com – Windows Error Codes

The BrianDunning.com error codes websites provides users the ability to browse as well as search for error codes which normally occur on a Windows installation on a PC. Along with that, the webpage lists the top most common and searched error codes in a list and also provides the error code information about MySQL database engine.

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ErrorHelp

This website brings an element of sharing error codes. It not only lets users search for common errors from their huge error code database, but also allows them to collaborate with their friends and other people who have received similar errors in the past. They let users bookmark errors on their website so at later stage if the error re-occurs, they can quickly go to the webpage and open the bookmarked error.

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ErrMsg

A desktop tool which lets users perform lookups on the errors they encounter. All one needs to do is launch the utility and enter the error code and the tool will return with the basic description of the error. The great thing about this tool that it works for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 so there’s no problem with all the latest error codes.

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WELT

Acronym for Windows Error Lookup Tool, WELT is another error lookup tool like ErrMsg. It also takes the error code from the user and provides back the description of the error. Works pretty well with common Windows and system errors. It also lets users save the error message as a note which can then later be used to find out more information about the error.

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ErrorKey

After using ErrorKey, I was forced to label it as the Google of all error codes. This websites has a huge collection of error codes and they can be readily searched using the simple user interface (UI). Also, it has the common error search tags/keywords listed on the main page thereby helping users pinpoint some of the common error messages and categories.

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Error Goblin

Similar to Error Key but more useful due to its support for Mac OS errors. This websites covers both Windows and Mac error code searches. Moreover, an iPhone app for this web service is also available. Quite handy for Mac users.

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July 21 2011

16:19

7 Library Tools Students Would Find Handy

Internet as we know it has become a major source of information for many students. Getting maximum amount of knowledge on all sort information such as books, journals, electronic articles is now just a few clicks away. Today, we have gathered a list of 7 online library services all students should get their hands on.

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WorldCat

WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat is one of the largest network of library content and services which students can use to complete their projects, essays and other school/university related work.

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LOC Catalog

LOC Catalog contains a massive library of books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials which can be useful for students. They can search for different books to study for their exams, complete assignments and much more.

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Smithsonian Institution of Libraries

SIL was founded in 1846 and manage around 20 branches today which contains hundreds of thousands of books and electronic journals which students can check and take help from.

Libweb

Libweb consists of over 8000 pages in over 146 countries which can be used to search libraries, their location, name and other information and can be used by students to find out about libraries in their areas.

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National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library and collects materials, provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

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Library Elf

Elf is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings and helps users keep track of what they have on loan from the library.

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IPL2

ipl2 is a public service organization which helps students get answers to different academic questions from other students, volunteer library and information science professionals.

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June 20 2011

16:37

50 Truly Eye-Catching And Detailed Web Layout Tutorials

An eye-catching web layout can help capture the attention of your potential customers by giving them a feel of confidence and trust. Designers mainly use Adobe Photoshop to create beautiful and stunning designs. Adobe Photoshop is the most widely used graphics software that is being employed all over the world.

Here we are showing 50+ most useful tutorials of Adobe Photoshop that show you the creation of beautiful web layouts by the sole use of Photoshop. We hope that you enjoy this collection.

Full Photoshop Web Design

Web Layout for Italian Restaurant

Create a gritty portfolio layout

Nature Portfolio Layout

Design a Clean Corporate Website Layout

Design a realistic website layout in photoshop

How to Create an Effective Coming Soon Page

Design a Heavily Textured Portfolio Website

Create a Professional App Store Web Layout

Learn how to create a Grunge Portfolio Layout

Create a cool Travel Agency layout

Create a Blog Web Layout With 3D-looking Elements in Photoshop

Create a Beautiful and Elegant portfolio in Photoshop

Create a colorful wordpress layout using Photoshop

Photography portfolio

How to create a recipe template in Photoshop

Urban layout perfect for Web Design Company

How to create an elegant business psd template in Photoshop

How to design a law/justice website in Photoshop

3D Studio

How to design an elegant website in Photoshop

How to design a health/nutrition or a fitness website in Photoshop

Design Agency Layout

Elegant, Wallpaper style template layout

Learn how to create a stylish/elegant web layout in Photoshop

Old paper layout

Create a minimalist web site design in Photoshop

Create a Valentine’s Day Layout with Photoshop

Learn how to create a website layout in Photoshop

How to create a trendy/colorful wordpress layout in Photoshop

Learn how to create a Sports Car layout in Photoshop

How to design a professional website for your school, college or university

Design a Sleek, Professional Travel Blog

Photographer layout

Personal Portfolio Layout

Create an Amazing Layout Using Textures

Design a Cool Textured Portfolio Website

Design a Quick and Clean Portfolio Website

Design a Trendy Yet Professional Website Layout

Create a one-page iPad/iPhone application web layout using Photoshop

Interior Design Layout

Create a Food Blog Layout in Photoshop

Web 2.0 Professional Blog Layout Tutorial

Chopper layout

Code a Textured Outdoors Website

Create a cool and trendy grunge web layout in Photoshop

Create a green energy website in Photoshop

Create a Real Estate Web Layout in Photoshop

Cheerful Website Interface in Adobe Photoshop

Elegant and Simple CSS3 Web Layout

Create a Web Application Website Design in Photoshop

Create a Vibrant Professional Web Design in Photoshop

Create an Elegant Patterned Web Design in Photoshop

Design a Modern Blog Layout in Photoshop

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June 02 2011

10:22

45+ Useful Yet Free eBooks For Designers And Developers

Internet has made the world of knowledge and information so much open than it ever had before. With thousands of tutorials available online and proper standards in place, it just takes few days of study to master even the most complicated skills.

Designing community always require useful resources and new techniques to bring novelty in their designs. Here, we are showcasing an incredibly useful collection of 45+ free e-books that every designer and developer must read. We hope that you will learn some new techniques and get help in mastering your own area of expertise. Enjoy!

Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML

A learner’s guide to creating standards-based Web pages.

How To Be Creative

MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself. If you’ve ever felt the draw to do something creative but just haven’t been able to pull it together, you’ll love this manifesto.

Web Designers Success Guide (PDF)

Web Designer’s Success Guide is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business.

Design Your Imagination

WebGuru is glad to offer an ebook named “Design Your Imagination”; a one stop resource for the beginners and learners of website design. Though this e-book is mainly targeted for the beginners of website design, it might prove helpful for the experienced web designers as well.

HTML5 WTF?

From Simon Schoeters, the author: Yet another overview of the changes introduced by HTML5. How does it look like? What is sexy? What is sexy? This presentation, that’s what.

HTML & XHTML

The definitive guide to HTML & XHTML.

JavaScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner

For the Absolute Beginner, No Experience Required

Pro Drupal Development

Learn how to use the content management framework to create powerful customized web sites.

Web design in a Nutshell

Completely revised for standards compliance, including CSS 2.1 and XHTML 1.0.

Using XHTML

Molly Holzschlag has her finger on the pulse of what web developers need to know. And small wonder, she has been working in the trenches herself for years.

Joomla!

Building a Successful Joomla, Powered Website

Up to Speed on HTML 5 and CSS 3

A presentation to Refresh DC about the emerging HTML 5 and CSS 3 standards, namely about aspects that are beginning to become applicable to web design and development.

Faster, and More Secure Webfonts

Font embedding for the web is a great step in making the web look better and become more functional, but what about security and load times?
Bram Pitoyo’s slide deck takes the top layer off font embedding and shows us how things work, and ultimately how to improve performance and make it more secure.

20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web

What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?
For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.

Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (HTML)

Accessibility is designing products so that people with disabilities can use them. Accessibility makes user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities, and people in a wide range of circumstances, environments, and conditions. Thus accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, and organizations that develop accessible products.

Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)

Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites

Type Classification eBook

This book has been made to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.

Time Management for Creative People

It’s subtitled ‘Manage the Mundane – Create the Extraordinary’ as it’s designed to help you maintain your creative focus while dealing with your other commitments.

Forty’s Pocket Guide to SEO

Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.

Taking Your Talent to the Web

Rated Five Stars at Amazon.com since the day it was published, “Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com

The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

Are you a professional designer? Would you like a process to create more consistently creative work which distinguishes itself from the work of your peers?
Would you like a process which would help translate the often vague, unclear wishes of your clients (and yourself, for that matter) into a clear and solid basis for your design? This manifesto will show you how.

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web (HTML)

A practical guide to web typography.

Design Patterns

Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns – A Free New Book

Why design?

The booklet is written to provide some core messages for which we can create a common chorus. It defines the power of Designing, a larger concept that includes strategy as well as artifacts across a variety of disciplines.

The Woork Handbook

The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design… directly from Woork.

A Concise Guide to Archiving for Designers

In 10 short chapters the guide provides designers with the proper ways to store and describe their collections.

Getting Real

Discover the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web-based application. A book by 37 signals.

Lateral Action

Freedom, Money, Time,Key to Creative Success

Dive Into HTML5

Dive Into HTML5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards.

Scribd in HTML5

As fans of HTML5 and its possibilities for the web, it’s nice to see major sites like Scribd jump on board the train and push it forward. Your move, Slideshare.

Learning PHP 5

A pain free introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.

HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

This guide introduces you to just the main elements of HTML5 that you’ll probably want to use right away. This guide is for those who want to get the basics figured out first, and worry about the finer details later on.

Dive Into Accessibility

This book answers two questions. The first question is “Why should I make my web site more accessible?” If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is “How can I make my web site more accessible?” If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.

Eloquent JavaScript

Eloquent JavaScript is a book providing an introduction to the JavaScript programming language and programming in general.

Search User Interfaces

This book presents the state of the art of search interface design, based on both academic research and deployment in commercial systems.

Access by Design Online

A universal design approach to web usability.

Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines

Throughout your Web design or redesign project, you should take advantage of what is already known about best practices for each step of the process. The Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, compiled through an extensive process of research and review, bring you those best practices.

Practical PHP Programming

In this eBook you’re about to learn to use the most powerful web development language that can be found, and, what’s more, you will do so with the minimum of fuss.

HTML

A Beginner’s Guide to HTML.

Knock Knock

Knock Knock is now available for you to read for free. It’s a short take on how to use the new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.

CSS Cookbook

Quick Solutions to Common CSS Problems.

Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

Cascading style sheets (CSS) are the modern standard for website presentation. When combined with a structural markup language such as HTML, XHTML, or XML (though not limited to these), cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document.

Ajax Design Patterns

Creating Web 2.0 Sites with Programming and Usability Patterns.

Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity

Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity.

Ruby on Rails: Up and Running

Lighting Fast Web Development

Essential ActionScript 3.0

Action Script 3.0 Programming Fundamentals.

Foundations of Ajax

The expert’s Voice in Web Development.

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May 19 2011

15:11

Six Useful Tools To Create Distraction Free Writing Environment

Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and various other things on your computer distract you from important tasks that you turned on your computer for. When it comes to writing these distractions can be very problematic since writing requires your full attention. Normally writers distance themselves from all distractions just to be able to focus completely on their writing. Thankfully there are computer tools that let you do the same on your computer.

Check out our list of 6 very useful tools that let you write on your computer in a distraction-free environment. The list is a collection of web tools and desktop apps. Pick the one that suits you best.

Darkcopy


Darkcopy is a free to use web service that lets you type green text on a black background. You can setup the canvas to full screen and then your browser to full screen. This way the only thing your monitor will display is the black background with your typed green text on it. You can save your text by downloading it as a simple text (TXT) file.

FocusWriter

FocusWriter is a desktop application that comes in different versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This desktop app lets you setup a black background and green text combination much like Darkcopy. Additionally it can set a transparent writing screen with a custom background. You can start using whichever writing canvas you prefer.

QuiteWrite

QuiteWrite is a distraction-free online tool that offers options to actually use your writing in addition to saving it. While writing new pieces you are able to title them, revise them, and even publish them on your WordPress blog. This service is very helpful for people who blog their writings.

Write Space

Write Space is a free to use browser extension for Google Chrome that provides you with a distraction-free writing environment. The extension lets you write in white on a black background. By setting the browser tab to full screen you can eliminate the distractions from other windows. A complete count for words, lines, and characters is shown below your text. The text is automatically saved and present on the canvas on your subsequent visits to the writing canvas.

Koi-Writer


 

Koi-Writer is another distraction-free online tool. Unlike other online tools in this list, Koi offers numerous formatting options along with different heading fonts, font styles, and bullets. It also offers different backgrounds for your text. You can save separate versions of your text and find them available on your subsequent visits to the site.

PenZen


PenZen is a web application that can be used as a distraction-free writer and an online note-taking application. You can start writing on a white background that can be set to full screen to eliminate distractions. The text can be downloaded in a PDF file. Alternatively you can save the text online and obtain viewing URL and an editing URL along with a password.

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