Web design galleries started out as a novel idea several years ago when the first few were launched to showcase excellent work of designers from all around the world, specifically those that were exemplary in their use of CSS. However, there are now literally hundreds of design galleries out there. Throughout the design community there are mixed reactions to design galleries. Many designers visit a few specific galleries on a daily or weekly basis to see what’s being added. Others get more annoyed each time a new gallery is launched.With a number of design galleries drawing significant traffic and advertising revenue, others who are wanting to run their own profitable websites are often drawn to the idea of a gallery. However, with so many established galleries out there already, the opportunities for new ones are rather limited in most cases. Still, some new galleries are finding ways to interest visitors through specialization in a specific niche. While niche galleries are unlikely to ever generate the traffic statistics of leading galleries like CSS Mania, they do offer something unique to visitors that can allow them to stand out from the hundreds of other galleries.
For graphic designers, working with custom shapes in Photoshop can be a big time-saver. While free brushes get a lot of attention, custom shapes probably get less. Here is a rundown of some of the best resources to download free custom shapes for your own work in Photoshop.
Photoshop Custom Shapes from the Adobe Exchange (370 sets)
The Adobe Exchange is a great place to find all kinds of resources, including custom shapes for Photoshop. There is plenty of variety and a huge amount of sets to choose from.
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.
Apple and its innovative products and marketing are the focus of some excellent design tutorials for Photoshop. Since I kept seeing tutorials inspired by the iPhone and iPod, I decided to compile the best tutorials of this kind that I could uncover. Here are 35 for those of you who can’t get enough of Apple.
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.
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
30 More Must See Comment Designs for Blog Designers – Blog Design Blog
2 Great Web-Based Alternatives to PHPMyAdmin – Primal Skill Blog
Regardless of what type of website you’re developing (a blog, a portfolio site, an e-commerce site, etc.), the success of the site will hinge on being able to communicate effectively with visitors and readers. On the subject of communication, there are a number of potential issues that need to be considered:
One of the first things new visitors will notice upon arriving at your website is your header. Some sites are able to make an excellent first impression by featuring an artistic or creative header. This mini gallery post is a collection of some of the more inspiring headers out there.
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.
Thanks to everyone who commented and showed an interest in the contest from a few days ago for a free premium WordPress theme from Templamatic. The response was very good and apparently a lot of people wanted the theme! The winners of the With Style theme are: Ben’s Choice – IcyOne2 (chosen because theme theme […]
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