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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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How To Use Photoshop Adjustment Layers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 13, 2015

Most people who are familiar with photo editing should know about image adjustments. These are used to affect a photo’s levels in light & color. The only problem with using typical adjustments is that they can damage an image’s pixels permanently.

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This brief how-to will explain the benefits of using an adjustment layer instead of a typical adjustment. Non-destructive workflow is crucial to becoming a master of Photoshop. We’ll be using many of the same tools and interfaces but they’ll be applied onto a separate layer rather than directly onto the image itself.

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37 Best Websites for Online Tools & Design Resources

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 8, 2015

Free online tools have reshaped the way designers work on digital projects. The Internet is full of amazing resources for free photos, code libraries, icon sets, and loads of other splendiferous goodies. It can be difficult keeping up with new websites so I’ve organized this collection of the best modern resources and online tools for designers.

Everything in this gallery is 100% free to use in any type of project work. Many sites are resource-driven which share free graphics or code snippets. Other sites behave more like web applications where you can build wireframes or test a demo website live in the cloud. Be sure to check out these resources and see if anything in particular captures your attention.

Photoshop Etiquette

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All in One – Big Bundle for Creatives Super Deal

by Dustin Martin
on April 7, 2015

Head over to HeyBundle.com today and get their All in One Super Bundle with unique resources from authors of Creative Market. Get 26 Items and Bundles from 8 different Authors, Font, Logos, Labels, Badges, Graphics, Add Ons and more. This deal last for the next 15 days and run $29.

 

Caferus Font

Caferus is inspired and designed for restaurants and Coffee Shops who use vintage concept, for lettering, logo, posters, t-shirt, etc.
Caferus also gives you an easier usage with layouts because you’ll have all the fonts on OTF version:

Caferus Layer Family
Caferus Normal (Sans-serif Bold)
Caferus Slim Regular (Sans-serif Light)
Caferus Regular (Serif)
Caferus Ornament Regular ( OTF & Vector eps CS3 )

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Floral Super Bundle Graphics & Illustrations

by Dustin Martin
on April 2, 2015

TheHungryJpeg.com has another great deal for you. A Floral Super Bundle. Included in this bundle are over 1900 illustrations and graphics as well as 17 fonts. Retail for all of this would be over $600, they are giving it away for $29 for the next 30 days. Purchase this deal and you can use it for personal or commercial use. ( They also have a deal if you tweet the deal you can get 10% off). Here are a few examples of what you will get.

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Basic Shape Manipulation Techniques in Photoshop CS6

by Jake Rocheleau
on March 27, 2015

Adobe Photoshop has come a long way since it was originally released in 1990. While Adobe has put out their latest “monthly subscription” suite of Creative Cloud, many designers choose to stick with the last iteration of CS6.

The CS6 pack is still incredibly powerful and there’s not much of a difference from CS6 to CC. However going back in time there is a tremendous difference between CS6 and CS2 or CS3. So it’s worth getting up to speed with all the new tools and techniques for the CS6/CC collection.

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This how-to guide will focus on how to manipulate shapes in Photoshop CS6. The options bar has some new tools and there are brand new techniques for creating shapes at manual width/height values. If you’re using either CS6 or CC then these tips will dramatically improve your workflow.

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