Giveaway: Joomla Templates from TemplateMonster

Giveaway: Joomla Templates from TemplateMonster

For this giveaway, we’ve collaborated with one of the oldest themes/template companies on the Web, TemplateMonster, to give out 3 premium Joomla templates of the winners’ choice. These Joomla themes are normally $50 to $85 bucks but it can be yours for free if you win! To participate in the giveaway, read this post.

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Impressive Hand Lettered 3D Typography by Marcelo Schultz

Impressive Hand Lettered 3D Typography by Marcelo Schultz

You’ll be astonished to discover that the 3D typography illustrations you’re about to see are drawn by hand, and not by any 3D graphics software. Uber-talented Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Marcelo Schultz has mastered the technique of creating eye-grabbing hand-lettered 3D typography, and for this feature article, he shared with us his workflow process and what it’s like to be an artist living in Brazil.

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10 Free and Beautiful Serif Fonts

10 Free and Beautiful Serif Fonts

Elegant, sophisticated, and classy are a few adjectives that come to mind when I think of serif fonts. Serif fonts, which have origins as far back as 700 BC, are timeless. Check out my hand-picked collection of free serif fonts that you can download and install in your computer. Make sure to read the licensing terms of the fonts before using them.

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Free Download: High-Resolution Woodworm Textures

Free Download: High-Resolution Woodworm Textures

Woodworm is any wooden item that’s been infested by wood-eating bugs. These woodworm textures have holes and rotting areas as a result of being feasted on. There are 5 high-resolution textures included in this pack, taken by a professional-grade DSLR camera.

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Create a Slider UI Design with Photoshop

Create a Slider UI Design with Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a simple slider user interface (UI) using Photoshop. We’ll use basic (but powerful) Photoshop features — shapes and layer styles — to achieve our goal.

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Captivating 3D Low-Poly Illustrations by Tim Reynolds

Captivating 3D Low-Poly Illustrations by Tim Reynolds

Sharp, blocky surfaces and simple geometric shapes, harmonized with organic textures and superfine environmental details create such a distinctive viewing experience of 3D illustrator and exhibit designer Tim Reynolds’s group of personal projects called "Low-Poly, Isometric Worlds" and "Low-Poly, Non-Isometric Worlds." Get inspired, learn about low-poly, find out about Reynolds’s creative process and see a hand-picked selection of his work in this feature article.

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Usability Mistakes to Avoid When Using Photos in Your Website

Usability Mistakes to Avoid When Using Photos in Your Website

When used properly, photos are effective, information-dense content that can quickly send your intended message to your audience. However, using the wrong photos can degrade your users’ experience on your site. In this article, I’ll go over 8 potential issues your photos can have that will lead to poor website usability.

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Free Download: Hand-Drawn Vector Arrows

Free Download: Hand-Drawn Vector Arrows

In this freebie, you’ll be getting an assortment of 6 hand-drawn vector arrows you can use for your illustrations and graphic design work. This free download comes in 3 vector file formats: AI, EPS and PDF.

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How to Create Simple Gold Text in Photoshop

How to Create Simple Gold Text in Photoshop

In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how to create gold text using one of the most powerful features of Photoshop: Layer Styles (read this guide on Layer Styles if you’re not familiar with this feature). Once we’re done, we’ll be able to save our layer style and apply it every time we need gold text in our designs.

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Why Prototyping is Essential to Your Design Process

Why Prototyping is Essential to Your Design Process

Whether it’s just a quick sketch in your notebook or a post-it note, a wireframe made using your favorite graphics software, or a high-fidelity mockup created by a web app — incorporating some form of prototyping within your workflow is a critical step. I’d like to share some reasons why I believe prototyping is an integral part of the design process.

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Free Download: Hand-Drawn Vector Speech Bubbles

Free Download: Hand-Drawn Vector Speech Bubbles

This freebie contains 8 hand-drawn vector speech bubbles. This free download comes with an AI, EPS, and PDF file for your convenience. You can easily use these vectors as part of your designs.

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40 Beautiful Web Designs that Use Photographic Backgrounds

40 Beautiful Web Designs that Use Photographic Backgrounds

There’s a popular trend in web design that makes use of huge photos as a site’s background. Often, the big background photos will automatically change after a set interval, giving the site a captivating interactive component. For some creative inspiration, check out these inspiring web designs that use large photographic backgrounds.

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