June 2009

The Tutorial Hit Parade (May).

There’s an enormous amount of tutorials, inspirations and resources for the graphic designer on the web. SmashingApps has compiled a list of the best from the month of May. Time to grab a cuppa.

Simply the best.

You see it all the time when you search: professional, high quality or even best photoshop tutorials here. And when you check the site, it leaves you flatter than a pancake. Thank goodness for the Photoshop Lady who provides you with 30 of the best photoshop abstract effect tutorials available. Wham. Bam. Thank you, ma’am.

343,814 free photos.

Business, People, Landscape, Backgrounds and Textures, Lifestyle, Architecture. If you need to find a royalty-free photo quickly, head on over to Photoxpress. At the time of posting, they had 343,814 available and appear to be adding more daily.

Another motherlode of free fonts.

How do they manage to accumulate over 10,000 free Truetype fonts? If you know the name of the font, you can search by letter, or you can search by style. Pimp Your Font claim to be the largest hand-selected archive on the net.

A dictionary of jargon for designers.

There are specialized terms referring to all sorts of aspects of web design. For someone just getting started in web design, or someone looking to have a site designed, all the technical jargon can be overwhelming. Especially the acronyms. Smashing Magazine clearly explains the jargon, and provide some resources for each term to give deeper information.

Wicked Adobe tips.

Don’t you just love to get a hot tip. Especially if it’s from an authoritive ‘in-the-know’ source. Well, the folks at Layers Magazine have gone straight to the horses mouth: the Senior Product Manager at Adobe. If you use an Adobe product (and what designer doesn’t), this post is for you.


You can never have enough photoshop brushes. Here’s another ‘ultimate’ collection, this time it’s for Best Ornament Photoshop Brushes. Head on over to Minervity to add that extra edge to your design.

T-shirt T-emplates

T-shirt design can be a lot of fun, but showing a mockup of the design can sometimes prove tricky. Not if you have a classy template. Spoongraphics have collected a fine selection of useful PSD and vector templates for you to display your creative flair.

Brand and color.

Choosing a color to represent your brand can be a tricky proposition. Research reveals people make a subconscious judgment about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone. So you’re going to need a guide, and usabilitypost has heeded the call.

What are you looking at?

One of the key principles to effective communication is knowing how people read and interact with your website. A study by Eyetrack III has revealed 12 tactics to maximise readership, based on eye tracking tests. Direct Creative presents these results in a user-friendly way.

Another eye tracking study reveals the guidelines for effective web form design. It can be found at cxpartners.