25 GIMP Video Tutorials to Help Get You Started

May 5 2008 by Jacob Gube | 22 Comments

The GIMP is a very powerful, open source digital image editing application that rivals its commercial counterpart – Adobe Photoshop. Open source alternatives are great not only because they’re free, but because of the helpful community that typically surrounds them.

One of the quickest ways to pick up something new is by watching video tutorials. With that concept in mind, I’ve collected 25 awesome GIMP video tutorials geared to get you started, get you familiarized, and get you inspired. If you’re intrigued to try out GIMP after watching some of these videos, you can grab GIMP from their download page.

Basics

1. Gimp Basics

A showcase of some fundamental functions in GIMP.

Gimp Basics

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16 Free JavaScript Solutions for Displaying Your Images

May 3 2008 by Jacob Gube | 44 Comments

If you’re looking for a way to display your images on a website but don’t have the time to create a custom solution, there’s plenty of free and easy-to-use scripts available at your disposal.

Here, I’ve compiled 16 free image galleries and slideshows for you to take a look at. Though the effects are smooth and their features are robust, none of them use Flash, only JavaScript, and they require very little coding on your part.

1. JonDesign’s SmoothGallery 2.0

SmoothGallery 2.0 is a nifty slideshow gallery that transitions between images very… smoothly. The author tested SmoothGallery 2.0 in Firefox, Opera, IE 6 and 7, and Safari. It requires the mootools JavaScript framework.

SmoothGallery 2.0: Improved Mootools Mojo for Images

SmoothGallery demo

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20 Invoicing Tools for Web Designers

Apr 28 2008 by Steven Snell | 127 Comments

This post was written by Steven Snell of Vandelay Website Design.

Every web designer has a need to create invoices and track payments that have been received or have not yet been paid. Fortunately, there are a number of tools that can streamline this process, and we’ll look at 20 options here. There is a good deal of variety in terms of features and pricing. Some are better suited for organizations that have several employees, while others may be a good fit for a freelancer. Some of these tools will simply help you to create attractive invoices and other will extend further into the area of accounting software.

PayPal

PayPal screenshot

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30 Exceptional CSS Techniques and Examples

Apr 25 2008 by Jacob Gube | 83 Comments

In this article, I’ve pieced together 30 excellent CSS techniques and examples that showcases the capabilities and robustness of CSS. You’ll see a variety of techniques such as image galleries, drop shadows, scalable buttons, menus, and more – all using only CSS and HTML.

Clicking on the title will direct you to the documentation/tutorial, while clicking on the accompanying image will direct you to the demo page if it’s separate from the documentation.

1. Hoverbox Image Gallery

A pure css-based gallery; hovering over an image enlarges it.

Hoverbox Image Gallery

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Top 6 Internet Explorer Extensions for Web Developers

Apr 22 2008 by Jacob Gube | 19 Comments

Lead Image - Internet Explorer BrowserFor Web developers wanting to use Micosoft’s Internet Explorer as their primary browser, there’s some terrific IE extensions/add-ons that can aid you analyze, troubleshoot, debug, and speed up development of web pages.

Here, you’ll find the top 6 free IE extensions for web developers.

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7 Incredibly Useful Tools for Evaluating a Web Design

Apr 20 2008 by Jacob Gube | 88 Comments

leadin - analyticsAn effective web design is one in which your users are able to find information quickly and in a logical fashion.

Do they visit the content you want them to visit? Are they looking in the right places of your web page? Are you able to keep your user’s attention, or do they just leave quickly?

It’s not just about the content either. If your design loads slowly – or if moving from one section to another takes a long time – it affects the user’s experience.

These things can be the make-or-break factors between a user clicking on a link to find more information, or the back button to find it elsewhere.

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Awesome Things That Firefox’s Web Developer Extension Can Do

Apr 16 2008 by Jacob Gube | 21 Comments

photo provided by Benny Mazur (Bennimoto) of flickr - Windows and Firefox

Chris Pederick’s Web Developer extension for the Mozilla Firefox browser is one of the best tools in a web developer’s arsenal.

About a couple of months ago, I wrote an article about it entitled "9 Practical Ways to Enhance your Web Development Using the Firefox Web Developer Extension" and I’d like to follow up on that by showcasing even more things you can do with the Firefox Web Developer extension.

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