Category Archives: Design Resources

Huge Essential Collection of Photoshop Actions to Speed up Your Work

In this article tripwire magazine presents a very large collection of Photoshop actions. A Photoshop action is a series of tasks that you play back on a single file or a batch of files. Actions can make nearly any change to an image and examples could be changing the image size, adding new layers, appling…
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Photoshop PSD files: Free files for you to download

One thing that is great about viewing other graphic artists Photoshop PSD files is that you can examine what kind of methods and techniques they use to achieve their works of art. I have assembled an amazing set of high quality, free PSD files such as iPod, iPhone, badges, credit cards, photo manipulation, and DVD…
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SupraSlider Basic – AS3 Flash Component

The SupraSlider Basic Component represents a basic must-to-have tool for every Flash developer. The component has resizable slide bar which is based on the height of the scrolled movie clip. All the parameters in the component inspector can be accessed dynamically by code. The component has a set of public methods that give you a…
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Countdown timer

You can use this countdown timer to show the time left until an event happens. This timer has an XML file where you can control the colors. A sound starts playing when the time is almost finished, and the colors change. Check out original source
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Map V. 3.0

Map Component displays geographical locations and polylines, allowing for easy map navigation. Component uses Equidistant Cylindrical Map Projection and Longitude and Latitude position data to display location points. Component also allows user to set a custom map and location icon. Check out original source
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Flash Bookmarks

The Flash Bookmarks component was created to give a FREE solution for web page creators/owners to include social bookmarking buttons within their sites and let visitors share the pages on most of the basic social bookmarking sites like Digg, Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Facebook, Google and Reddit. Check out original source
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phpBB

Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.0 “Olympus” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes. Check out original source
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Welcome to MediaWiki.org

MediaWiki is a free software wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis, including this website, the home of MediaWiki. Check out original source
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3D Walker Gallery XML

Create photos, CDs, magazines, products, landscapes navigation with 3D Walker Gallery XML. Check out original source
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Expand table rows with jQuery – jExpand plugin

jExpand is ultra lightweight jQuery plugin that will make your tables expandable. Typical for line of business applications, this feature can help you organize tables better. This way, tables can hold more information such as images, lists, diagrams and other elements. Check out original source
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New And Comprehensive WordPress 2.8 Tutorial and Hack Toolbox

Wordpress just becomes more and more powerful, it’s very hard to keep up with new features. Thankfully there are several very active people behind great blogs, who write very well explained tutorials and premade code snippets to let you learn everything in very easy way. Today I made my exercise to find such sites and…
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CSS3 @font-face is not as ready as you would think

@font-face is one of the new CSS3 feature that has been implemented in every major browser beside IE, this is also the kind of stuff that can degrade really well in non compliant browsers. Let’s face it, sIFR is really painful to implement as with most text replacement techniques. @font-face could solve this problem, web…
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Javascript For Designers: Getting on Your Feet Fast

Web designers are a special breed – we’re one of a small group of professionals that actively seeks out to improve ourselves and our craft through any means possible. This generally means on our own, from each other, and through an awful lot of ‘guess, test and revise.’ Web design isn’t for the faint of…
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Flext: MooTools Auto-Growing Textrea Plugin

A while back David Walsh published a list of 7 MooTools Plugins You Should Use on Every Website which included ‘AutoGrow’ a text area expander plugin. ‘AutoGrow’ is very similar in results to the class I wrote for Education.com, Flext. I decided to release this code as ‘AutoGrow’ has a few things I don’t like…
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Best Joomla Extensions – June 2009

Having trouble navigating the Components menu in the Joomla Administrator when you have dozens of extensions installed? Advanced Administrator Menu has been designed to give you the ability to create additional menus in the Administrator Menubar. Group components from your favourite vendor together, your most commonly used extensions or just balance the length of your…
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5 CSS3 Design Enhancements That You Can Use Today

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is the language of Web design, and the next generation of CSS design properties are just chomping at the bit to be released. Are you eager to start using them, but don’t know where to start? Although many of the new properties are not yet “official”, some browsers have already implemented…
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10 Great Domain Tools To Help You In Domain Search

When you start a website, everyone talks about finding a domain name. But, going straight to Godaddy or some domain buyer does not help if the name you want is taken. Domain registrars are not very good at giving creative options to a particular word. That is why we have listed 10 good domain tools…
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40 (NEW) High Quality Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

Adobe Photoshop is probably one of the most popular graphic editing program used extensively. There is one simple reason for that. Photoshop is easy to learn and offer a variety of advanced tools to optimize and emphasize some impressive results. In today’s post, you’ll find an assortment of new & high quality Photoshop tutorials that…
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10 New Design Blogs You Should Keep An Eye On

We’re always scanning the web for new interesting stuff in the design field to show you guys the best finds. Today we have for you a list with the coolest newcomers in the blog business. Please feel free to add your suggestion in the comments and we’ll update the post. Cheers! Check out original source
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15 Great And Free Photoshop Alternatives

Adobe Photoshop is definitely the most powerful image editing software. It had a lot of great features and can be used by professional such as web designers and graphics designers. Its filters, plugins, actions, brushes and easy-to-use are the main reasons why most designers prefer Photoshop than other tools. However, Photoshop is very expansive and…
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Showcase Of 45 Mind-Blowing Signage, Street And Urban Typography Photos

Looking for design inspiration on CSS and logo galleries and similar sites is great, but sometimes you need to take a good look outside the window and see what’s out there and get your creative juices flowing. Being a typography addict, I’m always looking for some examples of great-looking typography. I’ve always liked signage and…
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Roundup of PHP Cheat Sheets & Free Quick Reference Guides for PHP

The following article is a list of PHP Cheat Sheets & Quick Reference Guides for PHP Web Designers, Web Programmers, Coders & for Web developers for Quick coding with PHP. These are very helpful for those of us who haven’t memorized all of the PHP functions, classes, properties, etc. This compilation of PHP cheat sheets…
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Mind-mapping the new age user

Studying the mind patterns of today’s web user has become very complex. The inherent contradictions are far too many. However a modern marketer has no choice but to follow the demands of this new-gen, new-psyche user. Here is what I could see when I peeped into one such mind: Check out original source
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Social media marketing for small businesses

Social Media Marketing is ideally designed for small businesses. At the core of social media is something called ‘relationships’. For relationships, you need to invest time and not money really. While small businesses are in short supply of money, they can afford time. Check out original source
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Info Overload vs Info Synthesis

The term “information overload” was introduced about 35 years back. Wikipedia defines information overload as a term coined by Alvin Toffler which refers to an excess amount of information being provided, making processing and absorbing tasks very difficult for the individual because sometimes we cannot see the validity behind the information. As the world moves…
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Custom Design vs Template

We keep hearing the pros and cons of each often. Here, we attempt to simplify the concepts and the benefits associated with each. For some, templates seem like the most convenient and economical answer, especially when launching a website for a new business. In the last few years, designers have created templates that are more…
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Yellow Pages iPhone Application popularity soars in Egypt

Egypt Yellow Pages Ltd, the Local Search company and official publisher of Yellow Pages products in Egypt report that their recently released Yellow Pages iPhone application is now the Top Free Application download in the Apple Egypt AppStore. Check out original source
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Don’t let projects get stale.

Content First It is always better, if not essential to have content gathered first. Good design is all about making color, layout and typeface choices that honor the content and overall goal. Designers need to know what they are working with before they can begin. It’d be like picking out spices and making a sauce…
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Stop Site Degradation

This is an ugly and expensive problem. Too often, while browsing online portfolios and web design showcase galleries I come across a really great looking screenshot of a site the day it was launched, but when I visit the live version, it has fallen apart. The original, simple logo has been cluttered with extra elements.…
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How to Work With Creatives

Brief them on the game plan. While it is important to define a purpose, plan and scope for the creative project itself, I find it equally important to define how the roles and collaboration will work. Talk about who will be providing feedback and how much artistic freedom is warranted by certain aspects of the…
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Interweb Piracy

Frame bars are those foreign horizontal top-toolbar stripes superimposed by referring sites (the ones you click out of) onto the site you’re clicking into. The frame bar usage that will come to mind for most of us first is Google Image Search. Websites like Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Digg all have a symbiotic relationship with their…
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W3C Release Updated Working Draft for CSSOM View Module

The W3C have released an updated working draft of the CSSOM View Module, edited by Anne van Kesteren. Many of the features defined in the CSSOM View Module have been supported by most browsers for a long period of time, with many tracing their routes back to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The goal of this specification…
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Plugins That Make WordPress Into A Company Intranet

Wordpress has become a great platform for a wide range of website needs. Originally designed for blogging it is now a common package for full fledged content management systems and even complete web based applications. Now we even have great opportunities to use Wordpress as an internal communication and back office tool. With these assortments…
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Pure CSS text gradient (no PNGs)

Folks, grab a copy of Safari 4. This is what we’ll be making today: That’s not an image, it’s HTML text with real fonts provided by Typekit and embedded via CSS @font-face. You can see the actual thing here: Nice Web Type likes Bello and Proxima Nova. Underware’s Bello Pro sure makes this example look…
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Better Web Forms: Redesigning eBay’s Registration

Designing interactive forms is one of the most challenging aspects of web design. Done with the user’s experience in mind, and some finesse, it can be one of the most rewarding, too, resulting in increased visitor satisfaction and conversion. Let’s walk through some of the fundamentals of good web form design by taking an existing…
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Front-End Design Conference ‘09 Wrap-up

The Front-End Design Conference was made from a lot of “firsts”. Many of us speakers were speaking in front of an audience of peers for the first time since college Speech. For Dan Denney, it was his first time organizing and promoting an event. For me, it was my first time speaking or even attending…
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Texturing a 3D Logo

This is a well presented video tutorial by a master at work. Elias will show you how to create this beautiful design. You can check out his work http://3rdelement.com/ Check out original source
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Adobe Updates Camera Raw, Lightroom and DNG

Adobe today released the final Photoshop Lightroom 2.4 and Camera Raw 5.4 updates, available for immediate download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/. Both updates bring additional raw file support to 31 camera and camera back models including the Canon EOS 500D, Nikon D5000 and 18 Hasselblad models. A full list of the newly supported camera and camera back…
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How to Create an Amazing Flood Scene in Photoshop

This tutorial is going to teach you to create an amazing flood scene. The tutorial looks very simple, but it is not. To make it realistic, you have to be familiar with the shadow and light direction. Have a go! Check out original source
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New Spray Paint Photoshop Brushes – Psd Plus Pack

This is a new pack of Photoshop brushes available exclusively from Psdtuts+ for Psd Plus Members. We have a new set of Spray Paint Brushes for you. They are great for adding an artistic touch to your next project. This set of high quality brushes is available for Psd Plus members to download today! Check…
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CSS Hacks for Different Versions of Firefox

In a perfect world, I don’t use CSS hacks, and certainly don’t recommend them. In the unpredictable, chaos of the real world, however, there are many situations where applying styles to particular browsers is indeed the optimal solution. Most of the time, I am targeting or filtering Internet Explorer (because it is so incredibly awesome),…
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Find a Diamond in the Rough

Getting the best possible web hosting is for obvious reasons something that all website owners aim to do. However, you might know what type of web hosting you are looking to get but still do not know what provider to partner up with. Many of the web hosting top lists you find on the web…
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HTAccess Password-Protection Tricks

Recently a reader asked about how to password-protect a directory for every specified IP while allowing open access to everyone else. In my article, Stupid htaccess Tricks, I show how to password-protect a directory for every IP except the one specified, but not for the reverse case. In this article, I will demonstrate this technique…
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The Power of HTML 5 and CSS 3

Web designers can do some pretty cool stuff with HTML 4 and CSS 2.1. We can structure our documents logically and create information-rich sites without relying on archaic, table-based layouts. We can style our web pages with beauty and detail without resorting to inline and tags. Indeed, our current design methods have taken us far…
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The 5-Minute CSS Mobile Makeover

More people are surfing the Web via mobile device than ever before. It’s just so convenient to have that mobile access to anything you need. Sadly, most websites have not yet considered their mobile visitors, who probably move on to the next site before trying to make sense of a jumbled mess. Those of you…
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Embed Flash or Die Trying

Web designers and developers looking to embed Flash content into a web page currently enjoy a wide variety of methods from which to choose. The most common methods vary along several key dimensions, including standards-compliance, user-friendliness, and universal support. Some methods make it easy to provide alternative content, others enable auto-activation of Flash content, while…
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Unobtrusive JavaScript Dynamic Clock

In this tutorial, I present an easy way to add a little extra flair to your site by adding some dynamic clock functionality. Using unobtrusive JavaScript, a bit of (X)HTML markup, and a dash of PHP (optional), we will create a dynamic clock that degrades gracefully to a static date/time-stamp when JavaScript is unavailable. No…
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Display Random Posts from Specific Tags or Categories

When developing the colorful Quintessential Theme (opens in new tab), I initially planned on displaying five random posts from each of my most popular tags and categories in the super-slick sliding-panel sidebar. Because I am running an older version of WordPress, however, this task proved to be quite the educational experience. Check out original source
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Top Floor – iPhone Highrise Client

Top Floor is a mobile client for Highrise in your iPhone that enables you to: Manage your business contacts - Synchronize your business contacts and receive a new ones in your iPhone with no computer around after your colleague puts it into contact list of Highrise. - Perform a quick search for your business contacts…
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