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May 21
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Building Your First Website? Here Are 10 Key Elements You Should Consider First

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:16 — julie

What makes a great website?

Forget Hamlet and all that “to be or not to be” nonsense – how to build a great website is the real question that many web designers, developers, bloggers, and website owners have struggled with. There is no magical recipe or a one-size-fits-all solution, as the definition of a “great website” can depend on various factors, like your skills, budget, and niche.

However, there are a few general guidelines and practices that you should consider on your quest to build a great website. I’ve presented them here in the form of bite-sized tips. You can use them as a checklist to help you optimize and launch your first website. If some of these tips seem like common sense, that’s because they are.

A great website is not detached from reality; instead, it makes the most of its platform’s limitations and accommodates the needs of its audience. Here’s what you need to make it:

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May 21
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How to create a sunburst effect in illustrator

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:00 — julie


This is a popular effect I’m sure you’ve seen many times before, and sure you’ve even wounded how such shape is created image you think its fairly time consuming. Surprising a sunbursts effect can be created within a matter of seconds sung this handy little technique in the screencast below.

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May 19
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20 Useful CSS Snippets for Responsive Menus

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:49 — julie

Responsive web design has been around for years but it’s still undergoing tremendous improvement. Not all designers have caught onto this technique and others who have are working hard to build it out further. Although responsivity should be applied to every part of a layout, the navigation menu is one area that deserves extra attention.

The following responsive code snippets are perfect for any type of layout. You’ll find vertical and horizontal navs with dropdowns and slideouts and all kinds of animation effects. Responsive design is an emerging technique with cool new trends every year. These useful snippets are perfect for designers to seize and use as a launch pad for other web projects.

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May 16
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A Week in Review N.38

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 12:33 — julie

Envato News

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May 15
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15 Lightroom Preset Collections for Adding Professional Effects to Your Photography

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:17 — julie

Adobe Lightroom is a very popular tool for adding professional effects to photographs. For power users, Lightroom has one handy feature that can be tapped to the maximum to get tasks done within minutes: Presets. By making use of Presets in Lightroom, you can accomplish the oft-repeated tasks of applying effects to your shots quickly and efficiently.

Perhaps the best part about Lightroom Presets is that they are fully editable and flexible. Once you apply a preset, you can also tweak and customize them for individual photos as per your needs.

So, where does you start looking for Lightroom Presets? Yes, you are right. GraphicRiver is the place to go!

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May 14
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A Brief Introduction to Node.js

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 20:57 — julie

You’ll more than likely know HTML and CSS, you’ll be proficient in PHP, and you probably have lots of experience using JavaScript. All of The skills that a modern web developer needs for building powerful and robust websites.

Why stop your learning there? Why not push your skillset to the next level by learning something completely new. Maybe something like Node.js. You already know JavaScript anyway.

So, what exactly is Node.js and what are its advantages and disadvantages? In this post, I will briefly introduce you to Node.js and all that it can accomplish, as well as directing you towards some useful resources that will help you get started building powerful applications.

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May 11
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20 Fresh and New Free HTML Website Templates

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:29 — julie

If you’re a web designer or web developer who wants to stay permanently updated with the latest freebies, then you definitely need to bookmark this post containing 20 new free HTML website templates!

These are the best fresh and new free HTML website templates on the web! All of these have gorgeous designs and awesome features, plus they’re all mobile-friendly!

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May 10
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Shape Elements 2 – Over 500 Animated Shape Elements for Motion Designers

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 17:24 — julie

If you work with Adobe After Effects on a regular basis and need something to work as a possible intro or opener for your new project, this post is for you.

Today, I want to introduce you to Shape Elements 2, a huge project I created that contains a wide array of tools for motion designers.

Well, what is so huge about it, you might ask?

To begin with, it offers over 500 ready to use animated shape elements. Yes, you have circles, lines, rectangles, swishes, 3D lines, hands, arrows, transitions, 3D elements, speech bubbles, fireworks, animated maps, animated alphabets, color palettes, backgrounds, confetti, message toolkit, quick tips, and a lot, lot more!

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May 09
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A Week in Review N.37

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 01:00 — julie

Envato News

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May 08
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15 WordPress Plugins for Extending the Functionality of Layers

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 10:41 — julie

Last week we introduced you to Layers, the new site builder from Obox that makes it easy for anyone to create WordPress themes quicker and better than ever before.

While yes, Layers is very powerful and does come pre-packaged with a huge selection of useful tools and widgets, there may be times when it will lack that particular functionality the site your building requires. The good news is that there are now third party extensions and plugins available that will allow you to push Layers even further and fill any potential functionality gaps.

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