There’s something about photographs that manages to attract the attention of web users. Indeed, photos can be excellent design elements in a web design. Watch the file sizes of your web pages though; you have to strike a balance between aesthetics and page response times. From images of scenic landscapes to photos of people, the sites in this collection demonstrate the inspiring and visually tantalizing use of photos as chief elements in a web design.
This free website design template is brought to you by Purlize, coders of web designs. This web design template follows web standards and practices, has a fully functional image slider in the featured area, and has support for IE6 and above. This is a companion freebie from the tutorial, Create a Modern Lab Theme Web Design in Photoshop. We would greatly appreciate leaving the attribution link in the footer of the design, but the attribution may be removed at your discretion.
In this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an antique golden compass. We will use simple Illustrator drawing tools such as the Ellipse Tool, Pen Tool and Line Tool. We will get the chance to use gradients and simple vector-drawing techniques throughout the tutorial. If you’re a vector illustration beginner, don’t hesitate to try this tutorial out — I promise it’ll be a great learning experience.
This step-by-step Photoshop graphic design tutorial involves designing a retro-inspired music poster for the hypothetical music event called "Get On That Funk Train," which was held in New Orleans at the Design Instruct Club, in July 1974. The process involves creating a vinyl record from scratch (which will be part of our centerpiece) and combining various images, textures, brushes and a bevy of Photoshop techniques to arrive at the final design.
This is a free Photoshop brush library containing 5 high-resolution, large-scale (~2,500px in width) leaves. Use it to accent your design work for an added organic character. You can use them any way you want except redistributing or selling the actual brush library. Enjoy!
In this web design tutorial I will show you how to create a web layout with a sleek and modern look using Adobe Photoshop. We will go from finding sources of inspiration to setting up the document in Photoshop and creating design elements that fit with the theme of the web layout. I will also give you some practical examples of how using smart objects in a web design project can improve your workflow and save you some time.
A thin sans serif font can help produce elegant and modern typography designs. However, you have to be careful at smaller font sizes because fonts with narrow widths can become illegible or hard to read when the characters are too small. If you’re on the hunt for thin/light/narrow san serif fonts, check out these 10 free fonts.
In this Photoshop tutorial, we’re going create a dynamic and powerful design with an eagle as the centerpiece. We’ll use Photoshop to bring together our concept by combining various hand-drawn elements with stock photos. If you’re ready to rock, then fire up Photoshop and let’s go!
Lifesavers (also known as lifebuoys) are iconic objects associated with maritime life. In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a lifesaver using excellent Illustrator techniques, including the creation of a custom Illustrator art brush (which we will use for the rope around the lifesaver). We’ll end up with an illustration which can be used as an icon or design element in your projects.
Are you looking to add a little spark to you work? At Design Instruct, we’re always looking for ways to electrify your imagination – figuratively of course, but in this case, literally — and in that spirit, we’re providing you with some free stock photos of some power lines to shock your work back into life. We hope the 6 high-resolution photos included in this pack helps you flip the creative switch to the always desirable “on” position.
Using textures in a web design is a popular technique for adding a touch of detail to your work. Textures can be used in backgrounds, user interface elements, imagery, etc. to create visual intricacy. Sometimes, though, using bold textures can be overpowering and can become a distraction. In this visual collection, you’ll see web designs that use textures subtly and elegantly.
After college (about 3 years ago), I bought myself a used camera from a little camera repair shop in London. I paid 40 pounds. It was this manual 35mm film camera from that magical decade, the 80′s. It worked, had a sharp lens, a neck strap, and the old man who sold it to me gave me a free roll of film (which, at the time, sounded like the deal of a lifetime). Come on! Free film!