Bookmarked! Best readings of the week #17
Every week the design community releases a lot of interesting articles, tutorials and showcases that can charge your creativity in different ways. With this series we want to share high-quality contents from the community to provide interesting information for our readers. It’s just a small selection, but we are sure that it can help you to find cool stuff that covers a wide variety of topics.
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Below a collection of awesome articles and resources that we have found in the last week. We suggest you to bookmark and read them. Take your time, get inspired!
- written by Joe Moore
- topics: Photoshop
In this Surreal Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see how to create an incredible surreal abstract artwork with stylistic influences from traditional artistic masters combined with modern, digital and 3D techniques. You’ll see how to analyze a light source and identify where to place highlights and shadows, as well as how to use the pen tool, burn tool, dodge tool, liquify tool and others.
- written by DesigniousTime Team
- topics: Photoshop, Illustrator
In this tutorial we will create a superb candy cane type design using Illustrator and Photoshop. Apply this effect to your own text and create cool and unique Christmas cards!
- written by Catalin Rosu
- topics: Graphic design theory
JPEG, a compression algorithm optimized for photographic images, is something we encounter on a regular basis. JPEG is not limited to a certain amount of color (unlike GIF, for example) and is popular due to its variable compression range, meaning that you’re able to more easily control the amount of compression, and consequently, the resultant image quality. In this guide, we will discuss the important things you need to know about JPEG.
- written by Smashing Editorial
- topics: Html & CSS
Sometimes it feels that we are hiding behind the lack of cross-browser compatibility to avoid learning new techniques that would actually dramatically improve our workflow. And that’s just wrong. Without an adjustment, we will continue to undersell the Web we have, and the landscape will remain unexcitingly stale and bound by this underestimation and mindset.
- written by Andrew Burgess
- topics: jQuery
- written by Martin Angelov
- topics: jQuery
Continuing on our quest for building customizable alternatives for browser’s controls, this week we are building a cross-browser, custom confirm dialog in the form of an easy to use jQuery plugin. You can choose the text, buttons, and actions that will be executed when they are clicked.
- written by FontFabric
- topics: Font
Null free font is applicable for any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters, logos.
- written by The Coolist
- topics: Tech & Gadgets
2010 was a storied year for gadgets and technology. While we’re still waiting for flying cars, space travel, jet packs and photon cannons, the top 10 gadgets of 2010 were amazing in their own right. This was the year of the iPad, the electric car and controller-free gaming. While those technologies may not take us to Mars, they will make our lives more fulfilling and fun. From our perspective, here are the top 10 gadgets of 2010, new technologies worthy of celebration.
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