12 of the Best Sources of Premium Vectors

There are a number of resources online for finding free stock photography, vectors, custom shapes for Photoshop, and all kinds of other useful items for designers. However, sometimes the quality you need will not be there with free items, and you may also spend more time searching for something free than it’s worth. There are certainly times when it’s appropriate to pay for quality work.

With that in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to put together a small collection of the best sources for buying premium vectors. If you know of other good sources that have been excluded from the list, please leave a comment.

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Thinking of Selling Premium Themes? Group Interview with Four Leaders in the Premium Theme Industry

You’ve probably seen a lot of information about premium themes, and maybe you are considering creating some of your own to sell. If so, I think you’ll be able to learn a lot from this brief interview with four leaders in the premium theme/template industry.When selling premium themes, you have a few different options. You can sell them at your existing blog or portfolio site, sell them through a larger marketplace, or create a new business around the theme sales. In this post you’ll hear from designers and business owners that have a variety of different approaches to the end result of selling themes.

The four participants are Cory Miller of iThemes, Collis Ta’eed of ThemeForest, Ben Harper of Templamatic, and Adriaan Pienaar of WooThemes.

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Best of September: This Month in Web Design

As always, it’s been a busy month for design blogs. Here is my collection of the best articles and resources I’ve come across this month.

Web Design and Development:

How Do Cheaters Redesign and Still Win? – Pro Blog Design

Body Border 2: Fade in with Gradient – CSS-Tricks

75 Really Useful JavaScript Techniques – Smashing Magazine

30 More Must See Comment Designs for Blog Designers – Blog Design Blog

CSS Typography: Contrast Techniques, Tutorials and Best Practices – Noupe

2 Great Web-Based Alternatives to PHPMyAdmin – Primal Skill Blog

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Observing Major News Websites

Designers of news websites face significant challenges in trying to develop an attractive, usable site that gets all of the necessary items on the page with as little clutter as possible. Studying the layouts and design techniques used on news sites can be a beneficial experience even for designers who only work on smaller sites and blog design.

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35 Tutorials for Mastering Photoshop Brushes

For Photoshop users, downloading free brushes and creating your own custom brushes can quickly help you to achieve more effective results and improve productivity and efficiency at the same time. There are essentially unlimited options when working with brushes, so it’s a skill that can always be further developed.

Regardless of your skill level in working with brushes you should find some tutorials here for you. Some cover the basic uses and functionality of brushes, some will teach you various ways to create your own custom brushes, and some will help you to develop your skills by using them as an integral part of a design.

Rotating Brushes

A simple way to rotate any brush to fit your needs.

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