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The Difference Between Layer Masks & Clipping Masks in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 22, 2015

Adobe Photoshop is one of the more complicated programs because it can be used for a wide array of purposes. But once you nail down the fundamental tools it becomes a lot easier to envision how you might create certain effects in future work.

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One of the confusing ideas that often trips new users is the difference between a layer mask and a clipping mask. They behave similarly but should be used for different purposes.

This guide will cover the basics of both layer masks & clipping masks while demonstrating how you might use them in real-world projects. Both should be useful at different times and if you want to master Photoshop then you’ll need to understand these crucial differences.

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40 Material Design Android Apps for Clean User Interfaces

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 21, 2015

Google’s material design has become a language unto itself. Both mobile and web designers are swooning over the simplicity of Google’s systematic foundation for textures, animations, and icon styles. Material design is here to stay and only seems to be growing in popularity.

If you want to design apps for Android then material design is a great place to start. But what’s the best way to learn? Well most designers learn by copying, and these examples of Android app designs are perfect for beginners. Check out this gallery and try to replicate the best ideas that to further your understanding of material design.

Kipchat

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Your Competitors Are Using Parallax Scrolling…Are You?

by iulian
on May 20, 2015

Parallax scrolling, arguably the hottest trend in modern web design, is changing the way we interact with our favorite sites. In fact, there’s a good chance your competitors are using it too! So why all the hype surrounding a seemingly superficial element of web design? If you’ve ever wondered the same thing, read on to discover what your competitors may already know.

Or, you can skip this article and embrace Webydo‘s code-free web design platform. The product was developed by a bunch of web designers who understand the needs of modern websites.  And yes, Webydo is all about parallax scrolling.

It’s Fun and Efficient

You’ve heard the saying before: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Though you may never have given it much thought, a simple picture really can convey more than the same space filled with text. Thanks to this important quality, web elements that make graphics the focal point can actually feed more basic information to the user.

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A great example of this concept in action is the venerable infographic. These relative newcomers to the web marry text heavy data with fun, visually appealing graphics. The result is an element brimming with useful information under the guise of creative imagery. The graphics take the place of boring walls of text with only the most important text remaining. The audience is treated to a visually engaging experience while still being presented with critical information. A win-win for both the designer and the user.

Parallax scrolling embraces the same concept and even pushes it one step further. Using vibrant images to express the same information as a wall of text does wonders for keeping your audience awake. With parallax scrolling, you can entertain and engage at the same time. By letting the user control the action (by scrolling), you create an instant bond that will likely keep the user engaged as they move through your content.

 

It Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

With the power to quickly present abundant information while simultaneously engaging the interest of the audience, there must be a catch, right? Most people assume the catch is difficulty, that however couldn’t be farther from the truth! Modern web design platforms take the rocket science out of parallax animation and make it a simple drag and drop exercise.

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Much like the infographics we talked about earlier, parallax scrolling animations can actually make it easier to convey the same massage. As a designer, that should get you pretty excited. Rather than labor over the tension between design and content, with parallax scrolling you can bring them seamlessly together.

It’s in this unique ability that parallax scrolling’s true usefulness becomes apparent. You’ve no doubt seen it in action already. Entire pages composed solely of parallax scrolling animation. Light on wordy content, these sites typically hold just as much information as traditional designs, but accomplish the feat in a much more engaging manner.

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When you step back and take in the whole picture of what parallax scrolling has to offer, it becomes clear why your competitors have jumped on the bandwagon. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of modern web platforms and dive into the interactive power of parallax scrolling!

28 Datepickers for Website UI and Mobile Apps

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 7, 2015

User interfaces are littered with buttons and features just waiting for user interaction. While the standard elements are rather simple to design, complex items like date pickers require more attention to detail.

This gallery focuses on date picker design for website layouts and mobile applications. Date pickers are commonly associated with calendars and input fields meant to specify dates or date ranges. These interfaces are difficult to design without some sort of direction. If you’re looking for date picker style ideas follow along with these examples and try to mimic the best features in your own work.

Stylized Picker

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WebDesigner News Launches for Designers and Developers

by Dustin Martin
on May 5, 2015

A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.

You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Designer News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.

They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.

With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.

Click here to visit the Webdesigner News website and subscribe to the newsletter for the latest stories of the day.”

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The Fontastic Font Bundle

by Dustin Martin
on May 4, 2015

TheHungryJpeg.com has introduced their newest bundle. The Fontastic Font Bundle includes over 45 fonts and is only available for the month of May. Get all 45 fonts for only $29. Check out some of what you will be getting.

 

Angelline Script by Graptail

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Brayden Script by AF Studio

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Heartwell Typeface by FlavorType

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Hydrangea Script by Pixeled Paper Designs

 

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33 Clean Chat Interfaces for Mobile App Designers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 28, 2015

The process of designing a mobile application has become more streamlined over time. Apple’s iOS guidelines are much more straightforward and easier for first-time designers. Similarly Android and Windows Mobile are just as user-friendly offering beautiful interface examples and resources.

The following UI shots are from Dribbble designers who’ve created unique instant messaging chat applications. These are some of the highest quality interfaces which should provide inspiration to mobile app designers. Whether new or experienced, every designer can glean something magnificent from these mobile interface mockups.

Talking App

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The Basics of Illustrator Vector Manipulation

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 22, 2015

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program made for digital and print designers. Vector shapes are made to scale without any quality loss, which makes them quite different from pixel graphics. This means vector graphics can be manipulated differently and under different contexts which may be confusing for new designers.

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In this post I’d like to cover a brief how-to process of vector manipulation in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll explain the absolute basics of shape tools and how to manipulate them. Photoshop users who are familiar with vectors will recognize some of these terms. Others who are brand new to Illustrator will just need time to practice the fundamentals of this powerful design suite.

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35 Best Premium Shopify Themes for E-commerce Web Shops

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 13, 2015

Looking for a captivating layout to entice potential customers into your webshop? Well look no further than these brilliant Shopify ecommerce themes! Shopify is one of the safest content management systems that you could use to build an online store. Along with a manageable backend panel the entire website is often easy to customize with a unique theme.

In this post I’ve collected 35 unique website themes for Shopify. The designs are brilliantly hand-crafted to work with practically any market or product. Regardless of what you’re selling it shouldn’t be tough to find a theme which perfectly matches your web store. Take a peek at some of these examples and see if any specific designs catch your attention. There are several shopify plans for users of any type to choose from depending on your store needs and budget.

Finding a custom E-Commerce Shopify Theme will save you from having to pay a designer a handsome amount to get something from scratch. These Shopify E-Commerce themes look professional and give a business instant online credibility find your favorite or Start your FREE trial now! and give it a whirl. We hope to ease the pain of finding a quality shopify E-Commerce theme with this brilliant collection.

 

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Minimal Vintage Responsive

Great Shopify Theme for any line of products and you want that vintage, classic look.

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