Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

45 Brilliant Tutorials for Learning Pixelmator

45 Brilliant Tutorials for Learning Pixelmator

Looking for an alternative to photoshop? Pixelmator is a popular image editor for Mac OS X. While Photoshop is the industry standard, Pixelmator has a lot to offer for Mac users. In this post we’ll feature 45 tutorials for using Pixelmator, including a number of video tutorials. Some of the tutorials are rather basic and will help you to get familiar with the interface and tools, and others teach specific techniques. You may notice that some of these tutorials are re-makes of popular Photoshop tutorials, except this time showing how to create the same end result in Pixelmator…

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65 Outstanding Photoshop Manipulation Tutorials to Sharpen Your Skills

35 Outstanding Photoshop Manipulation Tutorials

Photo manipulations allow you to explore your creativity and create stunning and surreal works of art. If you like experimenting and learning new techniques in Photoshop, following along with some photo manipulation tutorials can be a great exercise. You’ll learn techniques that you can put into practice in your own manipulation experiments, not just for following along with the example in the tutorial.

Here you’ll find links to 35 outstanding tutorials that will teach you how to create a photo manipulation in Photoshop. With the skills and techniques you develop through these tutorials you will be able to stretch your creativity and create beautiful works of your own in Photoshop…

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25 of the Best Photoshop Illustration Tutorials of All Time

Photoshop Illustration Tutorials

While Adobe Illustrator is the preferred tool by most designers for illustrating and drawing digitally, Photoshop can also be used for some types of illustration. This post includes a selection of tutorials that cover the process of drawing various objects in Photoshop. We have selected these tutorials because we feel they are cover a variety of in-depth styles and techniques that all photoshop users could follow…

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43 Brilliant Free jQuery Image Gallery/Slider Plugins (And 14 Tutorials to Make Your Own)

jQuery Image Galleries

jQuery image galleries (also known as homepage sliders, slideshows or image carousels) have become more and more common on websites since the inception of jQuery in 2006. Designers and Photographers are especially attracted to them because they allow you to present many beautiful images in an interesting way. You can easily load up multiple images in the carousel and present them in a single position on your site without taking up too much room.

However, there are several issues with using jQuery Image Gallery/Sliders that you should be aware of before you jump the gun and add one to your homepage. They aren’t ideal for every type of website, and in some instances they could actually hurt your website.

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Win a Free One Month Membership from CrocoBlock

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*Sponsored* We have teamed up with the new WordPress theme club, CrocoBlock to offer six lucky winners the chance to win a one-month membership at CrocoBlock worth $55, $75 or $95. The price depends on the membership plan you win (Standard, Developer, Premium).

Crocoblock is a new WordPress Theme Club. At the moment, there are over 70 WP themes on the site, but the CrocoBlock team keeps working and adds 2 new themes every week. Click to continue reading and learn how you can enter to win a membership.

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10 Practical SEO Tips for E-Commerce Websites

Getting your e-commerce site at or near the top of the rankings for your targeted keywords and phrases can lead to a massive increase in sales. The problem is that SEO can be a real challenge for e-commerce sites. There are a few major aspects of the typical SEO process that don’t always work very well with e-commerce sites, and this often results in poor rankings and very little search traffic. Google, now more than ever, wants to see pages with unique and original content, and a lot of it. Many product pages on e-commerce sites are very light on content with brief product descriptions, and in some cases the content is duplicated across a number of different product pages. Link building is another major challenge, because getting quality links to e-commerce sites and product pages is not easy.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of SEO for e-commerce websites. Everything that will be covered is very practical and can be realistically achieved to help increase traffic for your own e-commerce site, or for a client.

Amazon

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10 Sexy Ways to Integrate Social Media With Your E-Commerce Website

Social media is often regarded as one of the best ways to attract visitors and to grow the audience of a website or blogging. Social media and blogging work very well together, but typically social media and e-commerce do not complement each other as well. Getting users to share products that are for sale is much more of a challenge than getting blog readers to share an interesting post with their friends and followers.

However, that doesn’t mean that if you run an e-commerce site you should just give up on using social media to grow your business. In fact, there are a number of ways that e-commerce sites can integrate with social media, and the more integrated you are, the better your chances will be for getting exposure through social media.

In this article we’ll look at 10 different ways that e-commerce sites can integrate with social media. Since we often recommend Shopify as an excellent e-commerce platform, this article will reference many Shopify apps that can be used to get this functionality at your site. We’ll also mention some other popular platforms like Bigcommerce and WooCommerce, as well as some apps and plugins.

Social Login

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25 Awesome Online T-Shirt Shops For Your Inspiration

Whether you are looking to buy a creative t-shirt or interested in finding inspiration for your next web design project, browsing the websites of t-shirt shops can be a fun experience. T-shirts have been a popular product in the e-commerce world for the past several years, and although some shops come and go, the abundance of e-commerce sites selling t-shirts has continued.

If you’re a designer looking for inspiration, there are a number of well-designed t-shirt shop websites, and we’ll showcase 25 of them in this post. If you’re looking to start your own e-commerce site, browsing other online shops is a great way to get some ideas for your own site.

AwesomeTees

The AwesomeTees website features a beautiful, clean design and layout. The t-shirts are showcased an a white background, which really helps them to pop. The homepage uses a nice slider to showcase several different products in a stylish manner. The product pages also use a slider to show multiple photos of each t-shirt.

AwesomeTees

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25 Inspiring Dark Website Designs

Since the majority of websites use light background colors, choosing a dark background color is one way to help a web design stand out from the crowd. Dark websites with light text often have an elegant look and feel.

While dark backgrounds aren’t always an appropriate choice for text-heavy sites, certain types of sites are well suited for dark backgrounds. Websites that make heavy use of photos and images will often look great on dark backgrounds. You’ll often see portfolio sites using dark backgrounds for this reason.

In this blog post we’ll showcase 25 different websites that look great with dark backgrounds. If you’re working on a design of your own I’m sure this showcase can provide some inspiration.

Grilled Pixels

Grilled Pixels

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Who Offers the Best WordPress Hosting?

For any business or website, choosing the right host is an important decision. However, when you’re using WordPress to power your website there are some additional decisions that need to be made, including whether managed WordPress hosting is the best option for you. In this article we’ll look at some of the things you need to consider when choosing a host for a WordPress-based site, as well as some basic categories of hosts.

Whenever you’re looking at different hosts and comparing various plans, it’s important to remember that no hosting environment is perfect for every website. Different types of sites have different needs, and the budgets also will vary. So keep in mind the specifics of your site in order to find the best option for you.

WP Engine

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