Comparing Photoshop and GIMP for Web Design

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The financial barriers to entry to most online pursuits are extremely low. It should never cost more than a few dollars to set up and maintain a website. Web design is the same – you can edit code, HTML and CSS using free text editors. However, there is one expense that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and that's image editors. Photoshop has been the market … [Read more...]

Whether To Use Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign?

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Adobe's Creative Suite of programs includes some heavy-weight applications that are mainstay tools for millions of graphic designers all over the world. Everyone knows what Photoshop does – it's the photo-manipulation software. It's forced it's way into the English language. You hear kids these days looking at a photo of a model saying "her skin's been Photoshopped". … [Read more...]

Create a Free 3D E-Book Cover

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If you would like to publish free e-books or even sell a premium e-book, it is a great idea to show a beautiful 3D image of it as a physical book. Even though the book does not physically exist, the image of a real book creates more of a desire in your website's visitors or your potential customers. Have a look at the video below where I explain how to create a 3D … [Read more...]

Removing Backgrounds and Cutting Out in Photoshop

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If you spend anytime designing, you'll know that cut out images or shapes are more interesting than square or rectangular images. Have a look at the two flowers below, which one makes the most impact? Cut outs look great. Just do a Google image search for "product" and you'll see that the advertising industry has cottoned on to this. So, how do we create these cut … [Read more...]

How to Improve Picture Quality in Photoshop

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Every designer knows that sometimes your clients will give you awful photos to work with. But when this happens there are many things you can do to improve the picture quality in Photoshop. Images can be improved by increasing contrast, increasing saturation, cropping and by employing a host of other Photoshop tricks. Increasing contrast Increasing the contrast of … [Read more...]

How to design and code a beautiful web button

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The internet is daunting, disorganized and idiosyncratic. Web designers should try to make the user's journey as simple and as pleasant as they can. What's more, there are certain actions that webmasters would like visitors to perform – to go to a page, to submit some information, for example. For these reasons, knowing how to design and code a beautiful web button is an … [Read more...]

Designing a Web Page with Photoshop

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It is usually better to show a client what a website will look like before the development stage starts. Here are a few tricks for creating website visuals in Photoshop. Getting started Create a large Photoshop document, at least 1200 pixels wide by 900 pixels deep (this can be increased later with Canvas Size), RGB at 72 dpi. I then usually center the design … [Read more...]

Free open source alternatives to Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator

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A guest post from Louise Baker of Zen College Life For web designers, developers and amateur creative types that work with a lot of graphics and image manipulation, the decision of which software to use is an important one. While Adobe Photoshop and its related Creative Suite programs are well respected throughout the world, open source software is making some big gains in … [Read more...]

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