30 Beautifully Textured Web Designs

Feb 21 2009 by Jacob Gube | 51 Comments

Textures in a web design have become a popular trend, replacing the sleek, glossy, and shiny effects that we commonly refer to as the "Web 2.0" design trend. Working with textures is difficult, but talented designers worldwide choose this route to add a depth in their designs and to exemplify their creative skills.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 gorgeous web designs that employ textures as a design component. Hopefully, you’ll become inspired to explore this design trend and apply it into your own designs.

1. WallSwaps

WallSwaps - screen shot.

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30 High-Quality Grunge Photoshop Brush Sets

Feb 18 2009 by Jacob Gube | 16 Comments

Photoshop brushes allow you to have a readily-accessible suite of brush tips to enhance your compositions.

In this collection, you’ll find 30 beautiful Photoshop brush sets to help you grunge up your designs. There are over 400 individual brushes here for giving your artwork some grunge.

1. Photoshop Grunge Brush Set (10 brushes)

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50 Excellent Icon Design Tutorials

Feb 11 2009 by Jacob Gube | 58 Comments

Icons are essential in any graphical user interface. They are effective visual cues for performing tasks or navigating to a certain location. There are many resources online that can help and inspire you in your own icon designs and – in this collection – we share some of the best tutorials on the topic.

In this article, you’ll find a wide selection of tutorials and resources to help you learn about designing icons.

General Tutorials

1. The Making of an Icon

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10 Websites to Help You Master GIMP

Feb 6 2009 by Jacob Gube | 31 Comments

GIMP – which stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program – is a testament to how open source applications can successfully compete with their proprietary, commercial counterparts. Rich with an amazing set of useful tools and effects filters in a user-friendly GUI, GIMP is an excellent application for image editing and graphics creation.

In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent sites that feature design tutorials and information about GIMP.

1. Gimp-tutorials.net

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15 Excellent Logo Design Tutorials Using Illustrator

Feb 4 2009 by Jacob Gube | 152 Comments

When creating a logo design, it’s good practice to use a vector-based application to construct it so that you’ll have a flexible logo design that can be used in numerous print and web-based mediums. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard when it comes to creating vector-based logo designs.

In this collection, you will find 15 hand-picked tutorials from a variety of talented graphic designers and illustrators that discuss the logo creation process using Illustrator.

1. Logo Design Project Step by Step

Preview of Logo Design Project Step by Step tutorial.

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40 Useful Photoshop Web Layout Tutorials

Feb 2 2009 by Jacob Gube | 73 Comments

Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard when it comes to creating web page layouts. Photoshop’s versatility, robust set of tools, and excellent workflow management make it the web designer’s preferred application when creating designs for the web.

In this collection, you’ll find 40 high-quality tutorials on creating web layouts from scratch using Photoshop. This article contains a copious variety of tutorials to help you learn and master the various techniques involved in creating beautiful web layouts.

1. Corporate WordPress Style Layout

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The Winners of the 10,000 Business Cards Giveaway

Jan 30 2009 by Jacob Gube | 16 Comments

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