Category Archives: Photoshop

Photoshop Essentials – Thousands of Free Brushes, Gradients, Layer Styles and More!


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Photoshop is an amazingly powerful tool. It alone can allow you to create fantastic designs and photo manipulations. But, there are many, many other resources available to designers to enhance Photoshop and increase your productivity.

I’m talking about free gradients, patterns, brushes, layer styles and more that you can download and add on to Photoshop.


CSS Sprites – Easily Use CSS To Replace Images


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If you’re not using CSS Sprites (also known as the CSS Image Replacement Method) you should be. Many coders seem to fear this easy and basic way to use images with CSS and I’m not sure why.

The benefits of CSS Sprites are plentiful, but you (and your visitors) will benefit from this method ten-fold. For the coder it’s less slicing and cropping of images, and for the user it rids us of that annoying image loading flash when you use CSS to replace background images.

I’ll take you through some quick steps to get started with CSS Sprites.


Give Images Polaroid Style Treatmeant


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I’m a big fan of polaroid’s. I love the fact that you can snap a photo and the camera will spit out a photo for you instantly. I love the style so much in the new version of CSSgirl (to be released within the next two weeks!!!) has incorporated their style in the new design. I thought I’d share how I went about creating the image and the HTML/CSS behind it!


17 Great Resources – Color Inspiration For Web Design


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One of my favorite parts when creating a new design is the process of choosing a color scheme. There are times when the colors just fall into place after I have my main color, or when using a photo the colors just flow around it. But sometimes you need a little help.

Whether your looking for a color scheme to base your design on or you need a little help picking out complimentary colors the generators, articles, color wheels and more below will assist and inspire your color creativity.


What Is Graphic Design



Well, I have had very little time since I started my new job to get new articles out (expect a new article soon!) but I did have a few spare moments to enter Veerle’s awesome “What Is Graphic Design” contest and while I didn’t win anything, I thought it was super cool that one of my entries had caught Veerle’s attention (4th on page, can’t miss it, the one with all the yummy looking cupcakes!). You should definitely take a moment to check out all the super-awesome winning entries, and all the entries in the flickr pool!

These three were my entries:

Graphic Design is... Yummy Graphic Design is... Love Graphic Design is... Freedom

I wish I could find more contests and challenges like this so I can really exercise my creativity and push myself!

PS: I would have posted this in a timely matter a week ago, but unfortunately my WordPress wasn’t working correctly due to an update by my host. Thankfully we’re back to normal, and finally using the most recent WP release!