September 2014

Sep 30
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FreeIconMaker.com Review – Create Icon Sets, Flat Icons & More

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:59 — julie

Today we are reviewing Free Icon Maker, a website that allows you to create your own awesome icons. Let’s take a look at why Free Icon Maker is the website for you:

As designers, icons are a weapon that is regularly used in our arsenal of design goodies. And who would ask for anything better than to be able to create and customize the icons you need to use for your project with the help of an online tool? Many of you have Photoshop and/or Illustrator, but not all of you are proficient enough to create awesome icons. Free Icon Maker allows you to save a lot of time creating icons without sacrificing any quality and without any Photoshop or Illustrator skills.

I’ve put together a list of 12 reason why Free Icon Maker is an amazing service:

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Sep 29
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Best of the web and design in September 2014

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 03:00 — julie


A monthly compilation of the best design tutorials and web articles, for web designers and developers. A mixture of really good Photoshop and illustrator tutorials, alongside good web articles certainly worth reading about responsive design and CSS.

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Sep 27
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A Week in Review N.07

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 08:54 — julie

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Sep 25
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How to Use Text Layout Properties in CSS

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 21:44 — julie

In HTML, text appearance is very limited. You may want more line spacing between text or maybe you may want more or less letter spacing [kern]. With CSS you can control text layout. Follow the steps provided in this tutorial to control text layout properties.

Steps to use text layout properties

1. First of all, create an html file. You may use any IDE like notepad or notepad ++ or Adobe Dreamweaver to create an html file. In this tutorial, we are using plain notepad that is available on any Windows PC. Open notepad any type following code:

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Sep 25
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25 Realistic & High-Resolution Apparel Mockup Templates

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:14 — julie

Realistic Mockups are useful templates that apparel designers often use as a cost-effective way of testing a design before actually going into production.

This means that after you have designed your artwork you can convert your 2D design into a realistic 3D item very quickly.

Using one of the templates below, the process becomes even quicker as you can easily insert your own artwork using Photoshop Smart Objects and quickly edit the appearance to match your design.

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Sep 20
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A Week in Review N.06

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 12:16 — julie

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Sep 15
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15 Tumblr Themes for Creatives and Bloggers

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:33 — julie

A ‘tumblog’ is a quick and easy way for creatives or bloggers to set up their blog or portfolio without having to worry about complicated installation instructions. Make yours stand out with an awesome theme. Here are some of our favorite Tumblr themes currently on ThemeForest.

Which one is right for you?

Visage

Based on Foundation 5, Visage is a clean and lightweight portfolio theme made specifically for photographers and designers.

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Sep 11
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How to create a flower pattern using illustrator

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:00 — julie


This is one of my favourite illustrator quick tips we have produced to date on Creative Nerds. The is a superb quick tip, which shows you how to create petal vectors within illustrator, and how you can then turn those petals into  beautiful flower seamless pattern. I hope you enjoy this easy to follow video screencast. I would love to hear your thoughts  in the comments section, as well as any suggestion on any design techniques you would like us to cover in our next video screencast.

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Sep 08
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20 Blogs every web designer should be reading

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 03:00 — julie


As a web designer you should always be looking at skill development, and new tools and techniques to help further develop your skill set. Blogs are one of the easiest ways to learn new skills for free. We have put together an a great roundup of the very best web design blogs, which I read myself on a weekly basis, and that are great blogs which every web designer should be reading.

Please feel free to share any other great web design blogs you feel we may have missed from the roundup in the comments section below.

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Sep 06
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A Week in Review N.04

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:57 — julie

Envato Roundup

Collis announced that in the next two months there will be improvements to the purchase experience
…and you can read all about what’s changing in rates, fees, and other changes that affect authors here.
After we were made aware of serious vulnerabilities in the Revolution Slider and the Showbiz Pro (WordPress) plugins, we put together a set of steps affected buyers can take to secure their sites.

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Sep 04
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Learn Something New: Photoshop Actions

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:09 — julie

You really don’t have to be a Photoshop expert to use Photoshop Actions. You really don’t.

Put simply, Photoshop allows you to record the events you action, and can replay those steps for you. This is called an action. You are also not limited to just using the actions you have created yourself, you can download actions others have created, and apply them to your own files as well.

They are a great time saver, especially if you have to redo the same set of steps over and over again.

So, lets take a quick look at how to download, install and use a Photoshop Action:

What is a Photoshop Action?

Photoshop Actions are a series of predefined steps that can be applied to the files you work with. It can usually be applied with just a few simple clicks without needing to manually apply each event.

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Sep 02
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Best of the web and design in August 2014

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 03:00 — julie


A collection of some great photoshop and illustrator tutorials, whìch go over some fresh new design techniques to incorporate into your Workflow. We have also included in the post some great front end web articles we highly recommend reading.

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