30 Useful Web Tools for Professional Writers

The majority of full-time professional writers are usually on the lookout for any utilities that will help in improving workflow as well as boosting efficiency. Writing is a passion for many, but if you want to take it up as an occupation, you need something more than just passion. A freelance writer requires improving his… Continue reading 30 Useful Web Tools for Professional Writers

Maintain Consistency With a Website Style Guide

Creating style guides is fast becoming common practise for web designers, especially when dealing with content heavy sites. With a website style guide, designers are able to set and maintain a look and feel by creating a set of rules which the design follows. The process becomes flexible, easily updateable and consistent. During this tutorial… Continue reading Maintain Consistency With a Website Style Guide

Stunning Time-lapse of an Illustration of a Dying Star

When a star like our own reaches the end of its life, it begins to run out of hydrogen fuel in its core. Like a car running out of gas, it will begin to sputter, swelling to a size that could encompass every planet in our solar system out to Mars. When this happens, the… Continue reading Stunning Time-lapse of an Illustration of a Dying Star

10 Very Creative And Fresh Free Fonts For Your Designing Projects

Hi guys, I’ve collected latest, unique and useful trendy fonts for our designer community. Being a graphic designer myself I perfectly know how these fonts play the essential role in today’s graphic designing and to find a perfect font or simply making it can take a lot of precious time which can other wise be… Continue reading 10 Very Creative And Fresh Free Fonts For Your Designing Projects

21 Examples of Texture Use in Web Design

Here at WDL we believe that textures can add a beautiful touch to a web design, giving a page personality and depth. From subtle textures to bold and colorful ones, there are a lot of different approaches on using them in a web design, and this is why today we gathered a few examples to… Continue reading 21 Examples of Texture Use in Web Design

Hades PSD Gui: Menus, tabs, sliders, buttons, icons, scrollbars, players, widgets, text elements.

This excellent gui pack with more than 1000 elements, can make your job easier and faster, all of this loaded with fully editable sources in psd. Moreover, there are 15 totally free icons that come in 20 different colors each, plus 30 seamless patterns. It’s time to take them all. Design Shock

Design a Clean and Modern Pricing Table in Photoshop

Photoshop is often used to create graphics and layouts for web designs. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a pricing table for a hosting company using a combination of vector shapes and layer styles. Let’s get started!   Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. Pixel… Continue reading Design a Clean and Modern Pricing Table in Photoshop

Photoshop Prowess: 4 Time-Saving Blend Mode Tricks

The old adage is true: time is money. Using inefficient design techniques makes for slow work, which in turn results in fewer clients, a lower hourly rate, and a portfolio with fewer impressive projects. Knowing time-saving tricks can have a subtle but enormously positive effect on your work and your career. There are always multiple… Continue reading Photoshop Prowess: 4 Time-Saving Blend Mode Tricks

The Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6

In this tutorial, I explain the differences between the three new blurs in the Blur Gallery that have been added to Photoshop CS6; Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift. Plus, if you’re running Photoshop CS6 13.1, available to Creative Cloud members, you can now apply these blurs to Smart Objects! The New Blurs Field Blur works great… Continue reading The Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6

Strategies for Supporting WordPress Plugins

As a WordPress developer – specifically for plugins, in this case – determining the best way to provide support for your work can be a challenge. In fact, I’m currently in the process of evaluating what may be the best route for my current set of plugins, so this topic hits close to home. As… Continue reading Strategies for Supporting WordPress Plugins

40+ Great Rocking Band Website Designs

Most musicians and bands have a dedicated focus on building a strong brand and I large tribe of fans. Having a great fan or band website design is critical these days, so people can go online and find general information, pictures, event calendars and tracks. It is also important to link it up to social… Continue reading 40+ Great Rocking Band Website Designs

The Sci-Fi and Character Illustrations of Patrick Reilly

Patrick Reilly is a U.S. based illustrator who specializes in fantasy, sci-fi, character, and environmental art. In this article, we will take a look at some of our favorite works in his portfolio.   Tales From Another World Jack Houston – Junga Concept Art Aladdin 2 Chunk the Zombie Color Bug Frenzy War The Machine… Continue reading The Sci-Fi and Character Illustrations of Patrick Reilly

50 Things We No Longer Do Thanks to Technology [Infographic]

Thanks to our technological advancements, the world is quickly changing. The following infographic take a look at things that we used to do in the past. Remember Blockbuster?  Video streaming at that point and time was so alien to us. Look where were it’s at now… What about the Motorola Razr flip phones? They used… Continue reading 50 Things We No Longer Do Thanks to Technology [Infographic]

The Psychology of Color in Web Design

Whenever you are trying to design a new website, at some point, it comes the moment when you have to choose the right color. The right color selection is a very important matter and the choice should be made by taking into consideration some facts. The top aspect that should be kept in mind is… Continue reading The Psychology of Color in Web Design

Create your own world

Requirements: Photoshop CS6 Difficulty: Intermediate Time: max 1 hour   Outcome: Resources: Ripe Font This tutorial is just part one of “Create your own world” tutorial. Let’s begin: 0. Open your image. File > Open > Open 1. Use Magic Wand Tool ( W ) and click on white background. Tolerance: 25. Right click on… Continue reading Create your own world

Quick Tip: Erase Backgrounds Quickly With The Background Eraser Tool

Step 1: Chose an image to work with Open a photo that you want to extract a background from in Photoshop. In this tutorial I’m going to use a scene of two trees and a blue sky as background, but you can use the same techniques applied here to a variety of images and situations.… Continue reading Quick Tip: Erase Backgrounds Quickly With The Background Eraser Tool

Create a Stylish, Heart-Shaped 3D Gift Box in Illustrator

Valentine’s Day many only come once a year, but romance is year-round, and designers that can create a warm, romantic, emotional sentiment will be busy from January through December. Whether you’re a designer or just a spouse or partner, don’t wait until February to send some hearts to your special someone. In this tutorial, I’ll… Continue reading Create a Stylish, Heart-Shaped 3D Gift Box in Illustrator

Create 3D Objects by Inflating 2D Photographs in Photoshop CS6 Extended

In this tutorial, Steve Caplin will explain how to use Photoshop CS6 Extended’s 3D capabilities to create 3D objects by inflating 2-dimensional photographs. Let’s get started!   Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. Lizard Beetle

24 Cool PHP Libraries You Should Know About

It is an exciting time to be a PHP developer. There are lots of useful libraries released every day, and with the help of Composer and Github, they are easy to discover and use. Here are 24 of the coolest that I’ve come across. Your favorite is not on the list? Share it in the… Continue reading 24 Cool PHP Libraries You Should Know About

20 Perfect Fonts For This Year’s Design Trends

Every new year comes with new trends, and the design industry doesn’t make an exception. 2013 will be the year of responsive design which will focus more on typography. I believe that Flash will be completely replaced by HTML5 combined with jQUery, and unfortunately for others, skeuomorphism will gain more popularity and white spaces will… Continue reading 20 Perfect Fonts For This Year’s Design Trends

How to Create Amazing Valentine’s Day Background with Abstract Hearts in Adobe Photoshop CS6

February 10th, 2013 by admin Posted in Adobe Photoshop, Designing, Drawing Techniques Today, I’m going to show you how use custom brushes, shapes and Layer styles in Photoshop CS6 to create eye catching Valentine’s Day background. Layered PSD file included. Let’s get started! Final Image Preview Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in… Continue reading How to Create Amazing Valentine’s Day Background with Abstract Hearts in Adobe Photoshop CS6

55+ Cool Vintage Texture Designs

A good vintage texture is one of the most vital aspects in creating an authentic old-fashioned graphic design. If you are not sure how to apply the vintage style and use vintage textures, you can get help from this post at Tripwire Magazine where you find several cool vintage style Photoshop tutorials. Vintage textures help… Continue reading 55+ Cool Vintage Texture Designs