Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

by Jay Hilgert
on February 9, 2015

Here are a nice set of PhotoShop Brushes from BittBox. I’m constantly going back and forth between Illustrator and Photoshop in my projects, and I’m starting to pretty much make everything from scratch. I often have trouble finding brushes that are big enough for what I’m doing, so I just made my own. The smallest Brush in this set is 1989px! I was limited by CS2 to 2500 pixels, so that is as big as they get. The set contains 18 brushes. Download below:

BittBox Free Hi-Res Watercolor Photoshop Brushes
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36 Dark Minimalist Portfolio Website Designs

by Jake Rocheleau
on February 6, 2015

It’s tough competing in the modern creative marketplace without a stellar portfolio. Creative people from every medium are pushing to make their own unique portfolio website that looks great, runs smooth, and incorporates a little touch of themselves. Dark portfolios are an elegant solution to this problem which plays upon contrast and deeply unsaturated colors.

This showcase is a collection of the best dark portfolios I’ve found from all around the web. It’s surprisingly difficult to find beautiful portfolios that also incorporate dark color schemes. But the dark vibe can work great on any design style whether it’s minimalism, realism, flat, or something else. Take a look at these shadowy examples and lose yourself in the dark side.

Danny Diablo

dark danny diablo website layout

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JotForm Releases FormsCentral Import Wizard

by Dustin Martin
on February 3, 2015

Adobe recently rattled the design community when they dropped the bomb that Adobe’s form building product, FormsCentral, is set to shut down this July. Users who have come to rely on the service for many of their business needs were caught off guard and called upon Adobe to reconsider their decision. They took to the Adobe support forums to complain. “The last 4 months I spent building forms which I know will not be able to use anymore,” one user laments. Other users express their frustration, anger, and are up in arms about where to go next.


FormsCentral users have depended on the service for lead collection, e-commerce, communication with customers and more, have begun to seek alternatives. JotForm got wind of the situation when their support team was flooded with requests from FormsCentral users, asking how they can migrate over to JotForm, a competing service. As a company centered around customer usability and ease, JotForm promptly set to work to make the migration process a breeze.



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Free Resources for Designers at

by Dustin Martin
on January 30, 2015

We wanted to share a great place for designers to get exclusive content and tons of resources that you can use everyday. offers free graphics, vectors, fonts, photos, brushes, and more. They have a great selection of resources and their site it easy to navigate with the search bar being the featured item so you can get what you are looking for quickly. We love free resources here at Bittbox, you should check out next time you are searching. Here are some Valentines Day  vectors they currently have available for free download.


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40 Examples of Flat iPhone App User Interfaces

by Jake Rocheleau
on January 28, 2015

Apple users should already be familiar with the updated iOS 8 operating system. Their flat trend became popular back on iOS 7 and has since been adopted by Google and Microsoft. It seems that flat design is meant to be an easy barrier for designers to climb without a lot of struggle.

So if you’re new to interface design it may prove quite beneficial to get started creating mobile applications. Once you learn more about vectors and icon styles it should be no problem segueing into web design. If you need some inspiration to get started these interfaces should prove more than useful. Take a peek at the gallery below and see if you can practice creating your own flat iOS interfaces.

VPS iPhone

flat dashboard vps app

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Create Non-Destructive Filters using Smart Objects in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on January 26, 2015

We all know about the tremendous benefits of Photoshop. It offers a solution for editing photos, designing logos, mocking up websites, and refining vector graphics all in one location. But while Photoshop can handle a number of different tasks it is most well-renowned for photography editing. Every graphic designer or photographer can find dozens of tools directly related to enhancing and retouching images.

For this post I’d like to demonstrate how to create smart filters applied onto any digital image. Smart filters behave just like regular filters but are more fluid and flexible in long-term work. Not every project has a need for smart filters, but understanding how to use them properly is yet another tool worth adding into your graphic editing tool belt.

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PatterNodes – A Unique Pattern Design Generator

by Jake Rocheleau
on January 22, 2015

The process of creating a seamless tileable background is never easy. If you’re not familiar with PatterNodes it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise – the program is tremendously useful but doesn’t have the same cult following as other design suites due mainly to the fact that it is a brand new product. PatterNodes is a Mac OS X tool for generating vector-quality patterns based on manual input from the designer. It offers controls based on pattern size, spacing, colors, and of course imagery located within the design.

patternodes software logo design preview

The following post covers an overview of the software and what can be accomplished using the product. The full version normally costs $19USD but if you leave a comment on this post you have a chance to win a completely free license for life! It doesn’t get much sweeter than this.

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The Basics of Photoshop Quick Masking

by Jake Rocheleau
on January 19, 2015

Selecting and rendering objects from their background can be a difficult skill to master. Nobody is inherently born with an understanding of Photoshop – it takes years of practice and lots of screw-ups to become even remotely good. Yet it seems that rendering and selecting an object always remains one of the most difficult tasks to incorporate into regular workflow.

photoshop featured quick mask preview

In the past I covered a method of selecting objects using the Photoshop pen tool. Although it’s always an option, the pen tool is traditionally considered to be the most complicated method. Excellent for advanced users but not perfect in every situation.

For this post I’ll cover how to get into quick masking with Photoshop by creating selections around objects. Much like the pen tool, quick masking will feel a little wonky at first. But stick with it and soon you’ll be rendering out images like it’s nobody’s business.

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Best Hosting Companies for WordPress Sites

by iulian

Need Hosting for your WordPress Site? There are many options and your specific situation will determine your hosting. Many users running there site on WordPress want something specifically tailored to that CMS. We have compiled the top ten hosting companies for your WordPress site. Depending on your visit you could spend anywhere from $1/month to hundreds or thousands . Review our list here and make your decisions.

Normally, you only know whether you’ve chosen the best web host when your website has a continuous online presence. What if you could ascertain that beforehand? I’ve compiled an up-to-date list with 10 of the best web hosting companies, which might help you come to the right decision.


1. KnownHost

To my mind, KnownHost may we be the only web hosting provider that is incapable of error. Indeed, it must be the most reliable web host that I’ve ever had the fortune to come across. All 250 servers come with 99.9% Network Uptime Guarantee, and that’s a rock-solid promise, because the guarantee is tied to a Service Level Agreement credit response, which kicks in as soon as that almost perfect value goes through a minor fluctuation. And just to illustrate the infrequency of website downtime, the offline percentage never bounced past 0.9% for any client. If ever an episode of website discontinuity occurs, users need only submit a ticket to the KnownHost helpdesk within 5 days of it happening, and they are automatically granted a credit which reflects that shortcoming.

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38 Online Store Websites Running on Shopify

by Jake Rocheleau
on January 16, 2015

Web designers around the world have been captivated by Shopify. It’s an online e-commerce CMS which is self-hosted and managed by the Shopify team. Webmasters can purchase their own domain name and launch a store just like any regular website – but without deep concerns over server management.

For anyone looking into Shopify it is truly a magnificent platform. I specifically love their open-ended theming system which allows for any style of template to be fitted into the e-commerce engine. I’ve catalogued a series of unique Shopify websites for creative design inspiration. Take a look at what other designers have built to generate your own ideas for new shops and storefronts.

Lunet Eyewear

lunet eyewear shopify website homepage

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