August 2011

Cloud Computing: The Layperson’s Guide to Distributed Networks.

Cloud computing is probably the hottest buzzword to hit the interwebs. The idea behind cloud computing is that software, services and information can be provided to users over a network connection and through a web browser, rather than running locally on a computer or a local network server. Still confused? Let Mashable enlighten you in simple terms.

Photoshop Color Gradient Sets for Designers.

Gradients are one of the fundamental building blocks of graphic design. Default gradients are neatly nested among Photoshop’s tools, or they can be created quickly and easily. Gradient Sets created by others are useful when you’re stuck, need some inspiration or simply don’t have time. You’ll find a bunch of freebies at NerdTreasure.

10 Killer Kinetic Typography Videos.

Typography can be sensational in two dimensions, but when you add motion and sound a whole new world is available to you. Check out these wicked examples of Kinetic Typography at Whskytngfxtrt. Porn for typoholics.

Moleskine Tips, Tricks and Hacks.

If you’re a hipster freelancer, you don’t use a notebook, you use a Moleskine. You can use them to jot down your stream of conciousness, like a notebook. Or you can doodle and draw, like a sketchbook. So if you need some tips, tricks and hacks (!) for your Moleskine, check out the monster collection at FreelanceSwitch.

Learning CSS3: A Reference Guide.

Using CSS3 to build websites is a no-brainer, it’s simply the best way to go. This overview features a hand-picked and organized selection of the most useful SmashingMagazine articles related to CSS3 published over the years. Hone your skills to build better websites.

Top 10 best free Online Color Tools.

Color selection can seem like an arcane art… mysterious and highly personal. It becomes a whole lot easier when you have some useful tools at your disposal, and this collection of online color tools at TechnoTab is no exception. Choose your favourite.

How to use new Presets in Photoshop CS5.

Staying current with the power of Photoshop can be daunting. The myriad new features, tweaks and nuances means the ‘power user’ needs to stay on top of each new release. This video tutorial at PictureSocial will walk you through the most notable additions to Photoshop’s presets. Power On!

Awesome Facebook Marketing Techniques.

Love it or loathe it, Facebook has a gargantuan online community that presents many marketing opportunities. Sadly these marketing activities are often ill-conceived and poorly executed. But wait, there’s more! AllFacebook has created a clever infographic to combine a variety of marketing strategies that work. Like.

Collection of free Hair Photoshop Brushes.

To be honest, I’ve never been able to draw hair. It’s frustrating because hair is everywhere… like noses (much easier). Thank goodness for Photoshop Brushes, always there to get you out of curly situations. 2ExpertsDesign has a killer collection of free Hair Photoshop Brushes for us ‘hair challenged’.

50 of the best Fireworks Tutorials for designers.

Take note, Photoshop is not the right tool to use for web and screen design. Photoshop was designed to be used for image manipulation. It was not designed to create effective pixel-precise layouts for computer screens, or  to make quick changes to screen layouts. Fireworks however was designed for this specific purpose. StylishWebDesigner showcases some of the best Adobe Fireworks tutorials for you to get stuck into.