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...]

Free Download: 2014 Calendar in PDF, Illustrator (AI), InDesign (INDD) Format

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It's never too early to plan ahead! I'd like to wish whoever's reading this all health, luck and happiness for the coming year, 2014. And, as a token of my appreciation, dear website visitor, I'd like to offer you a gift of free 2014 calendars in PDF to download, plus the files that created them in Illustrator (AI) and InDesign (INDD). Free 2014 Calendars to download as … [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...]

How To Make A Favicon For Your Website

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The "halo effect", as I mentioned in an article about why I'd never use cheap website builders, suggests the way we look, dress, speak and the sort of homes we live in influence other people’s impressions of us. This is why, when you're designing a website for yourself or a client, you should take care on all the little details – including the … [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...]

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