Entries Tagged as 'Design'
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Characters and mascots are often used by brands, products, and websites to help with identity and communicating a specific message to customers/visitors. For many web designers character design is not an area of particular strength. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality tutorials that are readily available to explain the ins and outs of character design and to lead you through the process of designing a sample character.
Being able to design characters and mascots for your clients can be a great way to allow your services to stand out and to offer something that can make a big impact for your clients. If you’re looking to get started with character design or to improve your skills, here is a collection of 30 tutorials on the subject. This collection includes tutorials for Illustrator and Photoshop, and CorelDRAW is even represented.
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.
If you’re looking to create designs with a grunge style, you will want to choose the right font to get the look you’re after. While you can add texture and grunge effects to the text manually, another option is to simply use a font that has been designed with a grungy style.
Here we’ll showcase 25 different grunge fonts that you can download for free. These fonts all make it quick and easy to create your own designs and graphics with a rough and grungy style.
WordPress is one of the best blogging platforms and general CMS systems out there. Its flexibility is a testament to the amazing codebase behind it. In this article, I want to take you to one of the “deeper” areas of the system, the $wpdb class.
The $wpdb class is a simple utility for interacting with the database directly. If you’ve been around WordPress code you’ve probably seen the get_posts() function or the WP_Query class. These let you retrieve posts in a flexible fashion, but sometimes you just need more. The $wpdb class lets you add/modify/delete any data in WordPress modularly, making it a very powerful tool. Be careful though, with great power comes great responsibility (and awesome features).
What Is wpdb
Wpdb is a class which is based on the ezSQL class by Justin Vincent. It provides an easy way for us to talk to the WordPress database. $wpdb is am instance of this object. It is created ny WordPress, all you’ll need to do is start using it.
Photoshop opens up all kinds of creative possibilities for designs. Those who are looking to learn more or to improve their own Photoshop skills often look to text effects and styling as an area of focus. Whether you are working on a typographic design or simply using text for something like a poster design, knowing how to create beautiful text effects can have a big impact on the end result of your designs. With that in mind we have compiled this collection of 30 outstanding tutorials that will teach you how to create a wide variety of different types of text effects in Photoshop.
Photoshop provides designers with all kinds of possibilities when it comes to creating interesting lighting effects. With a solid understanding of Photoshop and some creativity you can create stunning effects for your images and photo manipulations.
With so many different possibilities for lighting effects and different ways to create them, it’s important to know your options. In this post we’ll showcase 25 tutorials that can teach you how to achieve different types of light effects in Photoshop. You can follow any of these tutorials to learn a new technique that can be applied in your own work.
The vintage and retro inspired style is popular for web design as well as for other types of graphic design. Font choices are important if you’re hoping to create a retro or vintage feel, and fortunately there are a number of free fonts available that can easily give you this look.
In this post we’ll showcase 30 free fonts with a retro/vintage style. If you’re looking for fonts to use in your own designs you’ll surely find a few here that will suit your needs, and you won’t have to buy premium fonts. As always when you are using free resources, be sure to check the license to verify that your intended use is allowed.
Having a user-friendly website is as important as having a beautiful original website design. Sadly, in our pursuit of excellence it’s all too easy to forget about usability and focus instead on aesthetics and originality.
Yet it’s the right combination of beauty, uniqueness, AND a user-friendly design that keeps our clients coming back for more. That’s because a usable website draws and retains readers, making them much more likely to become customers.
Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting about the end user experience when you design a client website.
What makes a website user-friendly? In this post, I identify four keys that will make any website design more user-friendly. Keep these handy tips in mind to design a more usable site.
Once you get the hang of it, the Table of Contents generator in Adobe InDesign is a breeze to use, and if you’re using an InDesign template, most of the work is already done for you, making your job flow that much easier and faster.
InDesign’s Table of Contents generator works with Character Styles and Paragraph Styles to generate a Table of Contents. The generator searches your document for Styles of various titles, subtitles, headings, and subheadings, as specified by you, the user, and generates a Table of Contents based on these Styles, along with certain formatting options that you choose from the generator dialogue.
Your InDesign template most likely comes with a handful of Styles predefined, and you can make new ones easily by formatting your text with the Character and Paragraph palettes, highlighting your text, and choosing New Paragraph Style from the dropdown menu in the upper right hand corner of the Paragraph Styles palette. Be sure to name your new Style by double clicking it in the palette’s list and entering a name that you can remember.