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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Create a Powerful Mixed-Media Composition in Photoshop

Create a Powerful Mixed-Media Composition in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a mixed media composition using different “over painting” techniques with the help of only one brush with different sizes as well as using some stock images to produce a minimalistic yet powerful composition.

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30 Excellent Textured Website Designs for Inspiration

30 Excellent Textured Website Designs for Inspiration

Applying textures in your design can be an effective way to give it an added bit of intricacy and detail. If you’re thinking of using textures in your website layouts, we hope that these beautiful examples of textured web designs will inspire you.

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How to Effectively Manage Your Time

How to Effectively Manage Your Time

Going from a mid-sized company using SLDC, RAD, and the hybrid of other software development methodologies to a one-man shop was extremely difficult, to say the least. One would think that having the flexibility and autonomy of being an entrepreneur would prove otherwise. These advantages, ironically, were the root of my problems in getting my design projects done on time; I lacked the skills to manage my own projects by having too many options.

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Typography Inspiration Showcase: April 2012

Typography Inspiration Showcase: April 2012

For this month’s typography showcase, we chose some bold designs to get those creative juices flowing! There are a lot of fresh ideas and new perspectives displayed by the artists chosen this month. Check them out and see if it doesn’t ignite a few creative sparks.

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Custom Wallpaper: Yukari Terakado

Custom Wallpaper: Yukari Terakado

Today, we have a wonderful freebie download made by an amazing illustrator, Yukari Terakado. One look at Yukari’s illustrations and you’ll see the reason we asked her to make us a freebie download we can share with all of you. Enjoy!

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You, The Ideal Creative

You, The Ideal Creative

We all have ideal versions of ourselves. It’s the person in your mind who has become all that we’ve wanted to be, has achieved all that we wanted to achieve, and producing the kind of work we’ve always wanted to produce. Unfortunately, it’s never as simple as that. We are never the perfect versions of the people we envision ourselves to be but that doesn’t mean we have to stop trying.

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Artist Discovery Series: Vector Illustration

Artist Discovery Series: Vector Illustration

For this first installment of Design Instruct’s Artist Discovery Series, we’ll shine the spotlight on some very talented illustrators who work with vector illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.

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