Mixed Grunge: Texture Pack

Mixed Grunge: Texture Pack

This free texture pack contains 7 unique mixed grunge textures that can be used in a variety of situations. These textures are perfect when you need to add some grit and grime to your designs, but can also come in handy to add more subtle texture using Photoshop’s different blend modes. This freebie is brought to you by Design Panoply.

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Font Collection: Thin and Light

Font Collection: Thin and Light

Ultra light or “hairline” fonts lend your designs a very delicate and luxurious feel. However, since these types of fonts usually have very small line weights, most of them are only useful in display sizes. The free fonts featured here all are very thin and light weight and we’re sure you’ll find amazing uses for them!

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Watercolor Splashes: Texture Pack

Watercolor Splashes: Texture Pack

Today, we have a really great freebie for you guys! It’s springtime and for some reason, springtime always reminds me of watercolors so I decided to make these high resolution textures for you to use in your various design endeavors. Check them out. Enjoy!

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30 Beautiful Gray Web Designs for Inspiration

30 Beautiful Gray Web Designs for Inspiration

Gray is such a versatile color. Lighter shades of gray can be used to make a web design look elegant, clean and professional. Darker shades of gray can make a web design look bold and edgy. In this showcase, you’ll see 30 beautiful websites that use gray as a principle color.

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Finding Creative Inspiration When You Need It the Most

Finding Creative Inspiration When You Need It the Most

Most of the time, creativity is a hard fire to get started. Then there are the times when it’s like trying to light a wet match; when getting started or getting unstuck on a project is just next to impossible. You’ve sat down, you know what needs to get done, but your mind is just blank or filled with useless ideas. We’ve all been there.

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Giveaway: Die-Cut Business Cards from UPrinting

Giveaway: Die-Cut Business Cards from UPrinting

In this giveaway, we’re giving away five sets of 250 die-cut business cards with free shipping from UPrinting, a top-notch company that provides online printing services. Read on to see how you can be one of the five lucky winners!

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30 Amazing Illustrations to Inspire

30 Amazing Illustrations to Inspire

We love illustrators here at Design Instruct! We love seeing their ideas come to life on paper and it inspires us to no end. It’s like witnessing the artist’s imagination at work. For this showcase, we’ve collected some really interesting pieces for you to feast your eyes on. Enjoy.

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Rough Concrete Tiles: Texture Pack

Rough Concrete Tiles: Texture Pack

We’ve got a really interesting freebie texture pack for you guys! This texture pack contains 12 very high-resolution textures found under some tile work. Check them out. We think you’ll just love these! Enjoy.

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Create a Shiny Stereo Receiver in Photoshop from Scratch

Create a Shiny Stereo Receiver in Photoshop from Scratch

In this tutorial, I’ll lead you through the process of creating a detailed stereo receiver from scratch using Photoshop’s vector-drawing capabilities. We’ll use fundamental Photoshop tools and techniques such as shapes, layer styles and filters (just to name a few). So fire up Photoshop and let’s get started!

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Rethinking: Rules and Creativity

Rethinking: Rules and Creativity

There are a lot of rules when it comes to design and the creative arts. In fact, one can even argue that design is built on well-tread techniques and methods that achieve results time and time again. Colors are chosen with purpose, layouts are composed based on grids and other rational means, and techniques are employed based on how effective they will be in a design. So then why does it seem that these rules are always being bent, sometimes even broken completely, and to great effect?

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Patterned Web Buttons: Free PSD

Patterned Web Buttons: Free PSD

Here’s a set of free web/UI buttons that you can use in your sites and app UIs. The buttons have a subtle pattern overlay featuring three of my favorite custom-made patterns from my personal Photoshop pattern collection. The PSD is fully editable (you can even resize the buttons), and I’ve organized them so that you can find the layers you need to edit. I hope you enjoy these!

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Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design: 30 Examples

Using Photo Backgrounds in Web Design: 30 Examples

Using large photos as a web page background is a popular technique that can result in a design that’s vivid and memorable. Caution though: Using large photographic images can significantly affect your web page’s page-loading time, so if you choose to go this route in your design, be sure to optimize your images. In this collection, feast your eyes on some excellent websites that use large photographic backgrounds!

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