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How To Remove the Background from a Photo with the Photoshop Pen Tool

How To Remove the Background from a Photo with the Photoshop Pen Tool

By / Dec 17, 2014 / Tutorials

Rendering is the process of separating a particular object from the background so you have a completely clear image. This is useful for almost everything from digital graphics to web design and magazine covers. Removing the background from an image leaves only the foreground which could be people, objects, scenery, or some combination of the…

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Understanding & Designing Great Microcopy

Understanding & Designing Great Microcopy

By / Dec 8, 2014 / Tips

We all know about the importance of great copy on the web. It’s often easy to capture attention with visuals but strenuous to capture attention with verbiage. So if the word “copy” refers to the overall page text, then what’s microcopy? Well much like finding a great parking spot in a crowded plaza, microcopy refers…

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Best Practices for Creating Fullscreen Website Backgrounds

Best Practices for Creating Fullscreen Website Backgrounds

By / Dec 2, 2014 / Trends

The artistic use of fullscreen backgrounds has become a large part of the web design lexicon. Many different layouts from landing pages to agencies and social networks have used this feature with great success. It’s a fantastic way to draw attention while simultaneously branding a company or project.

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Ideas for Pushing Beyond your Creative Comfort Zone

Ideas for Pushing Beyond your Creative Comfort Zone

By / Nov 17, 2014 / Tips

Working under pressure can feel like you’re caught in the cross hairs of a critic scrutinizing your every move. Unfortunately you can’t see him because this critic sniper has mastered the art of hiding in plain sight – right inside your skull. We are usually our own worst critics and over time this can build…

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Applying the Rule of Thirds to Web Design

Applying the Rule of Thirds to Web Design

By / Nov 10, 2014 / Tools

This is a fascinating subject that doesn’t always get discussed in the realm of web design. Photographers are probably familiar with the rule of thirds related to photo composition. But how can interface designers use the rule of thirds to create interesting digital designs?

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Drafting Tips for Creative Wireframe Sketches

Drafting Tips for Creative Wireframe Sketches

By / Oct 28, 2014 / Tips

Much like other professional designers I’m a big fan of the wireframing process. Although it’s mostly associated with the field of web design, the concept of project planning is ubiquitous across all creative mediums. Logo designers sketch prototypes, animators sketch storyboards, and UI designers sketch wireframes.

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How To Balance Composition for Website Layouts

How To Balance Composition for Website Layouts

By / Oct 23, 2014 / Tips

Balance seems like a word directed at print designers and tightrope walkers. But the world of balanced web design is influenced just as much by print and circus folk! A sense of balance is achieved through repetition much like a pendulum swing – you add a little bit then take some away. You push content…

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Constructing a Scientific Approach to Web Design

Constructing a Scientific Approach to Web Design

By / Oct 9, 2014 / Tips

A polarity found in most work is the balance between logic and intuition. Web design along with most artistic endeavors favor creativity. Yet the process of actually coding and structuring a website is primarily logic-driven. Does this mean the design process can only be viewed as a creative touchy-feely kinda process? Not exactly, because most…

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How To Design Interfaces from a User Experience Perspective

How To Design Interfaces from a User Experience Perspective

By / Oct 3, 2014 / Trends

Both web design and mobile app design share many similar features. One of the most important features is that they’re both created for an audience, whether young kids or teens or adults or some kind of mix. The end user should be your most important priority when it comes to brainstorming new ideas.

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Clean UI Trends for Large Recognizable Website Headers

Clean UI Trends for Large Recognizable Website Headers

By / Sep 30, 2014 / Trends

Once a visitor lands on your website the first thing they notice is your header. Whether it’s only a small navigation bar or a large fullscreen photo slideshow, the header section is an important part to any layout. Larger headers tend to be more memorable and help to promote a website’s branding. When built correctly…