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.
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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Online dashboards like Google Analytics are some of the most advanced modern web applications to date. They pull data related to stats, sales numbers, or conversion rates and display this information in sortable charts. Each dashboard has a set of personal needs which can be met through expertise in web design.
The following examples are perfect for any web designer currently working on a dashboard interface. Some designers may choose to create a dashboard merely for practice while others could be working on a real-world client project. Either way this gallery is perfect for anyone who’s looking for inspiration for an aesthetically-pleasing and usable dashboard.
Great photography is hard to locate and even harder to capture yourself. So whenever you can obtain a beautiful photo it’s often better to fix problems with the shot digitally instead of trying to capture another one.
A common problem with landscape photography is a slanted horizon line. Landscapes can be useful for any number of projects like photo compositing, digital painting, banners, backgrounds, or even 2D/3D rendering. The horizon line sets the perspective of the landscape and is a very important piece to the photo.
In this quick tip I’ll demonstrate how Photoshop users can hastily level the horizon line of any photograph. This can work even with shots of people, animals, or objects, as long as there is a horizon or some type of “straight” object somewhere in the shot.
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With so many ecommerce platforms to choose from, you can now have a powerful online business. Setting up a retail store online was never that easy! The right platform will empower you and offer the necessary tools to enhance lead generation and boost sales. Your only focus should be running your business successfully and catering to your customers while a competent ecommerce platform takes care of the technical details.
So, which platform should you choose to start your online retail business? With so many options available, let’s narrow down the choice to the two most competitive, popular and dominant online shopping carts on the internet, Volusion or Shopify. Read on to get a comprehensive comparative review of both the ecommerce platforms and then decide which platform you would like to opt for.
Both, Shopify and Volusion are online solutions that enable you to create and manage an online retail store. Although they offer similar services, they are very different in aspects like design, plans and pricing. Let us see who wins the debate of Volusion vs Shopify when we compare them on each aspect of their service.
Some of the most intricate and detailed website layouts are shops and eCommerce stores. Most of these websites have so many required features that a designer will need to plan long in advance during the wireframing & mockup stage. It helps to look at other great interfaces to gauge your own ideas and put them into perspective.
This gallery is focused on UI mockups for mobile shops and online web stores. Take a look over each of these examples to see if anything catches your attention. It’s a lot tougher to create a shopping interface for mobile screens because the process requires a series of terse decisions regarding which elements to cut. But guided by the following examples you should be able to push forward into an excellent design of your own.
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Landing page design is a tough gig which focuses more on snazzy design coupled with smooth page copy. In order to sell a product or service you really need to draw people into the site. This means colorful graphics and well-placed typography can make all the difference in converting new customers.
This gallery is perfect for any UI designer or frontend developer creating a new product landing page. These examples range from startups, mobile apps, online services, and even small webshops. Landing pages serve as a marketing tool and method for product branding – so the design needs to be air-tight. Feel free to use these mockups as inspiration for cherrypicking new ideas for your next web design concept.
Icon design is one of the most tricky fields of digital design. It often requires some understanding of composition and other art fundamentals like symmetry, lighting, and color. The best way to learn icon design is by studying under the best of the best. Unfortunately they probably don’t have time to teach you so it’s important to learn how to practice on your own.
In this how-to guide I want to explain the basics of tracing existing icons using Photoshop. This requires some knowledge of the pen tool because you need to edit paths and anchor points according to existing shapes. But everyone has to start somewhere so I highly recommend using the pen tool at every opportunity.
I’ll demonstrate how to trace the camera icon found in Apple’s iOS 8 SMS app. This uses a flat design style which is traditional and great for beginners.