April 2015

Apr 30
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An Introduction to Layers for WordPress

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 06:00 — julie

We would like to introduce to you a unique and brand new solution named Layers – an innovative WordPress site builder, from the awesome folks at Obox, that refreshingly makes creating themes and plugins such a quick, simple and painless experience.

And the most exciting thing of all? We’re the official source of ALL Layers Themes and Extensions!

Also, before you ask: yes, Layers is totally free and open source to use!

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Apr 30
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Best Of The Web And Design In April 2015

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 03:00 — julie


This months monthly round-up is an awesome collection of tutorials and articles. The focus this month is on the Photoshop tutorials, the tutorials we have included are all around enhancing your photo manipulation skills. There’s also some great web articles including an interview with infamous man Linus Torvald, the genius behind GIT celebrating GIT’s 10 year anniversary, which great interview certainly worth reading.

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Apr 29
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Create a Dark Landscape Matte Painting with Photoshop

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 22:15 — julie

Hey PSDFANs,

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a misty landscape matte painting with a dark castle. We’ll create a misty scene with the layered mountains and the light from afar. The main technique here is blending with adjustment layers, masking and brushes. There are something basic you should know about contrast, distance, intensity etc, and we’ll dive into all of those in today’s lesson!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Apr 27
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20 Absolutely Free HTML Website Templates with Incredible Designs

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:52 — julie

For web developers and web designers, free HTML website templates resources are the best freebies! New cool website templates are shared constantly on the web. To help you stay updated and complete your freebies collection, we selected some beautiful free HTML website templates with great designs.

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Apr 25
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A Week in Review N.35

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:02 — julie

Envato News

Apr 22
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What To Do When WordPress Plugin Updates Go Wrong

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 23:08 — julie

You have to love the fact that you can automatically update your WordPress plugins from within the admin. It turns what used to be a chore (uploading the updated files via FTP) into a nice neat process. Just a few clicks and you’ve got the latest and greatest versions installed. Except that, sometimes, a new version of a plugin may have an undesired effect on your site.

Those effects could be as small as a slight display issue that requires you to adjust some settings or CSS. They can also be so bad as to give you that dreaded "White Screen of Death" when trying to load your site.

Most likely, if you’ve used WordPress plugins for awhile, something similar has happened to you. If not, you’re either a) very lucky; or b) very careful.

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Apr 22
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35+ Gorgeous Free App Design Templates

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 18:29 — julie

Are you a fan of app designing? Take a look at these gorgeous free app design templates sets which will surely help you a lot in your next app project! Whether you’re looking for Android app templates or iOS app templates, these freebies will surely be a great addition to your collection. You can get over 35+ free app templates PSD files from these sets!

These free app design templates sets are suitable for various types of projects. From re-designs to recipe, music, weather and email app templates, you’ll find lots of useful free app design freebies here!

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Apr 21
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Create an Attractive Product Preview for Your GraphicRiver Items

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 13:31 — julie

You’ve designed a good product to sell on GraphicRiver, but it just isn’t selling. It’s like you’re swimming upstream. That’s because having a quality product for sale on GraphicRiver is only half the battle. How you display your product to potential customers is almost as important as the actual item.

Presentation is what convinces clients to take the leap and buy. Don’t just upload your hard work and hope for the best. Instead, create a beautiful preview using the techniques you’re about to learn in this tutorial.

Firstly, this tutorial will teach you how to create a simple, stylish mockup in Photoshop and then show you how to use multiple mockups to build an eye-catching product preview. You can use this technique for any of your products.

Let’s dive in!

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Apr 20
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20 Extremely Useful Free Codes For Web Developers

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 16:14 — julie

We use to share with you lots of design freebies for web designers, but this time we decided to focus our attention on web developers entirely! We searched the web for the best free codes we could find and selected 20 of the most useful free codes for web developers.

These awesome, useful free codes for web deveopers will help you save a lot of time when developing a new website. These can help you create various things such as: loaders, SVG patterns, hover effects, animated text fills, gradients, transitions, text effects and more!

Check them out!

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Apr 20
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20 fresh new Photoshop tutorials from 2015

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 03:00 — julie


Being a user now of Photoshop close to almost 10 years. I find myself always to striving to enhance my Photoshop skills, with no academic qualifications or courses studied in Photoshop I have found over time the only way to truly get better a Photoshop is to constantly keep learning and evolving my Photoshop skills. There now so many tutorials available online for mastering every aspect of Photoshop.

This round-up we have collated 20 of the best Photoshop tutorials, which where all created within 2015. It’s a great compilation where you can some nifty new tricks, whether your just getting your feet wet with Photoshop or a veteran user.

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Apr 18
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A Week in Review N.34

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:47 — julie

Envato News

  • Our Envato Remix contest is now over!

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Apr 16
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SEO Best Practices for Authors on Envato Market

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:33 — julie

The subtle art of becoming more easily found in a Search Engines Results Page (SERPs) — commonly known as Search Engine Optimization (SEO) — is the cornerstone of your success that will help drive a lot of targeted traffic towards your item pages.

How do you do that, you might ask? Well, I’m going to share with you some tips that you can painlessly and very quickly implement. Let’s get started!

Find Keywords That Buyers Are Actually Searching For

The idea behind getting the right keyword is to choose one that:

  1. has decent search volume,
  2. is not too competitive,
  3. and is relevant to your item.

I’m sure you’ve been given this advice before, but today I’ll show you how to go about doing this with some of my favorite tools. Most of these tools are fairly easy to use, and you can easily find lots of tutorials and how-to guides on using them.

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Apr 15
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20 Incredibly Awesome Polygon-Styled Designs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 18:23 — julie

Polygon backgrounds are a very popular design trend now and more and more designers are starting to incorporate it in their work. Polygon-styled designs look great used in app showcases, presentations, wallpapers, website backgrounds, prints, ads and more!

If you don’t know how to use this polygon backgrounds trend in your designs, we selected 20 awesome polygon-styled designs to give you some extra inspiration! Even more.. we “hid” some free polygon backgrounds packs in this list. Can you spot them out?

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Apr 14
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20 Smart and Free JS Effects and Plugins

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:51 — julie

JavaScript is used to engage users and make them remember your site. It can be used to create games, APIs, animations, dynamic effects and much more.

We selected 20 smart and free JS effects and plugins. These free JS effects can be easily used by web developers and added to their new web design projects. These free JS effects and plugins can be used for creating menu animations, modal windows effects, content filters, preloaders, typography effects, sliders and more.

Waste no more time and ger these free JS effects and plugins right now!

Slideout.js – Touch navigation menu

This is a touch slideout navigation menu for your mobile web apps. It has many great features such as: Dependency-free, Simple markup, Native scrolling, Easy customization, CSS transforms & transitions, Just 4 Kb!

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Apr 14
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What is UX Design?

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:20 — julie

UX design is one of the most important and often misunderstood segments of the design process. Often, many design projects place the least emphasis on the overall user experience, whereas, at other times, user interface is mistaken as user experience. In either case, the outcome is disastrous.

As such, the role of the UX designer becomes crucial to the success of any design project. Now, what makes a good UX designer and what is UX design? In this post, I will attempt to answer these question.

How is a UX Designer Different?

UX design is different, but does that mean a UX designer is different from other designers too? If so, how?

Simply put, a UX designer cannot afford to take luxuries that might be available to other designers. For instance, a web designer can complain about poor content that does not go well with the design. Similarly, a graphic designer can complain about things that are beyond the scope of his or her work.

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Apr 13
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Overview of SVG Animation in Web Design

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:18 — julie

Animated effects for the web have come a long way. With most browsers now supporting SVG image types it’s a lot easier to dynamically animate vector artwork. Newer CSS3 specs also make animation a breeze where JavaScript isn’t even a full requirement anymore.

But while many designers are familiar with CSS3 animation, the topic of SVG animation is slightly more nebulous. The following article covers a large swath of SVG animation tips and resources for web designers. You’ll learn how SVG images are created and why they’re great for websites. You’ll also find a collection of SVG animation tutorials and open source code to help new designers come to terms with building unique SVG animations from scratch.

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Apr 11
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A Week in Review N.33

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 11:11 — julie

CEO Hack Week

Hack Week has just ended, and we have a bunch of fantastic new releases for you!

We also released…

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Apr 11
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Creating an eCommerce Website With WixStores

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 02:21 — julie

Today we will be reviewing a new service from Wix called WixStores. As many of you probably know, Wix is a very powerful website builder that has been around for many years. Their new product, WixStores is something that many people have been waiting to use for a long time. If you are looking to create an eCommerce website, WixStores is a terrific option that allows you to do so. Let’s look over some of the features of WixStores and why it’s a great solution.

Mobile Optimized Store

Considering that Google is about to start counting mobile friendliness of a website as a major ranking factor, having your store mobile optimized is an absolute necessary. All WixStores come fully optimized for mobile devices, ensuring that you do not miss out on any potential orders and that you do not get penalized from search engines for having a website that is not mobile-friendly.

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Apr 10
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15 Professional Broadcast Package Templates for After Effects

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:49 — julie

After Effects has long established itself as a very proven and powerful tool for the creation of videos and other multimedia content. In terms of news shows and other broadcast related solutions After Effects is especially useful simply because of its universal availability and powerful set of features.

However, more often than not, broadcasters around the world wish to focus on the actual broadcast of their shows or content, be it news, sports, or even documentaries. Nobody wishes to mess around adding special effects within After Effects, and this is where the need for ready-made broadcast packages arises.

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Apr 09
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How to create a halftone vector effect using Illustrator

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 03:00 — julie


In this quick tip we will be sharing with you how with you how you can create a halftone effect, which is a scalable vector. This is a very useful technique, which is very popularly used within print design. The tutorial final outcome takes less than a few minutes or so to implement the technique, so why not try it out ?

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Apr 06
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How to Create a Custom Theme in Magento

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 18:08 — julie

Even though, Magento 2 is in development phase it has already made a lot of buzz in the e-commerce industry because of the new and improved front-end approaches, it is expected to offer. While the front-end improvements seems to make the Magento theme process a lot more efficient, many developers (especially beginners) aren’t still aware of the process of creating a custom theme in Magento 2.

Through this post, I’ll be covering step-by-step process of creating a custom Magento 2 theme. But before that let’s first have an overview of Magento Theme.

Magento Theme – An Overview

A theme helps to create a visual representation of your Magento store, using a combination of the following:

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Apr 04
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A Week in Review N.32

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 02:40 — julie

Envato News

  • Cmsmasters are out latest addition to the Envato Power Elite Wall of Fame!

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