Full photo backgrounds were claimed to be a trend for 2013 at the beginning of the year (the prophet’s article). The forecast was true, indeed. Nevertheless it wasn’t full enough.
Recently I met a lot of websites and templates with fashionable full or large photo backgrounds, and I noticed a certain tendency: they more often contain such remarkable feature as sliding backgrounds. Yes, the large image backgrounds are sliding the same way the pics in boring mainstream banner sliders do. Sometimes the sliding mechanism for backgrounds is influenced with parallax scrolling effect, giving more motion and depth to fashionable flat designs. I think that the best explanation is a practical one, so let me show you couple examples: one and two.
Sliding backgrounds definitely look cool, don’t you think? Well, if you agree with me, my efforts are fully renumerated, because in this post I gathered for you 7 clear sliding backgrounds tutorials. Enjoy.
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Hover effect is simply a change (of color, size, shape, image etc.) of some element while you put a mouse arrow over it. Commonly it is achieved with CSS coding. The hover effect is not cranky at all and can be used practically for any CSS element.
The easiest way to make the hover effect in CSS is using :hover selector, which is a CSS pseudo-class. It would take no extra efforts to put a hover selector in the code. Let’s review a background color change for a link: you just need to add this after selecting and styling a link.
Working in web design and development field, many smart professionals like to keep a kind of library with various goodies in order not to lose time searching for them in case of necessity. If such behavior is habitual for you, today you have a brilliant chance to fill your stock with a good portion of themes from DXthemes.
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We have a lot of ways to manage the web pages and to make them better and more attractive. If not talking about the objective characteristic, our choice is mostly determined by the difficulty of realization. Today I’d like to introduce one simple way to improve your projects.
CSS pseudo-classes are things adding special effects to certain selectors. Do you want the buttons to blink? Do you want the links to be dynamic? Sure, no problem, you just need to find out how to work with CSS3 pseudo-styles. For this purpose I want to share with you the 10 tutorials I found on the web – they should help you to get the basic knowledge of dealing with pseudo-classes.
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I believe it’s the most optimal tutorial for newbies, which contains general information. Nevertheless, “general” doesn’t mean truncated: the article is big and improved with examples, so you’ll need some time to learn everything from it.
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This guide is very simple and short, however it’s quite informative and can give an idea of what CSS3 pseudo-classes are and how they should be coded. It’s great for those, who doesn’r need to become a pro, but must know the basic minimum.
Shortly before an annual conference Adobe MAX, Adobe announced rebranding of its application suite Creative Suite. Now, the company’s products are distributed under the brand Creative Cloud. The recall of this service was announced last year at the same time with the Creative Suite CS6. In addition, Adobe has told about some of the new developments in the next generation of its graphics editor, known as Photoshop Creative Cloud.
Filters like Smart Sharpen, got an improved algorithm, plus opportunity to reduce digital noise. Intelligent upsampling option allows to increase size of images in low resolution without significant loss in quality and noise. The set of options Extended Features, previously available only in Photoshop Extended, are now the part of a standard set of Photoshop CC. In addition, tools for creating vector shapes were enhanced, support for Camera Raw 8 was added, for each individual layer comfortable grip shapes and paths in one go are implemented, and have an option to quickly eliminate blurry photos caused by an unsteady hand of the photographer (when shooting). Application of a set of Creative Cloud will be available only through subscription, which costs $ 50 a month.
Previous set of CS 6 will be available for purchase, if there the owner of Adobe product has no wish to pay monthly, Adobe updates will no longer be available for him.
The release of free pet theme is hot topic today. If you’re a constant reader of our blog, you know that our weekly series is dedicated to freebies that we are glad to share with you. Whether you’re a skillful designer, or just a beginner, these themes will help you quickly and easily start a website. Even moderately advanced developer skills will be enough for creating a site on the basis of this free theme. Besides, it will be completely free.
This layout is good for a variety of pet sites, but you can easily customize it according to the design needs of your project. Large photos in the top slider, cool images in content blocks, blog section for sharing the latest news with the visitors, Pets for Adoption slider – this theme offers you well-organized structure with elements you need for presenting business online. How will your site look like? Check out free template life demo to see it. If you like this theme and find it attractive, feel free to download it.
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Some web designers are so concentrated on the visual part of their work that they forget about the functionality and navigation – such hyperbolic aestheticism is a well-know detector of amateurs and noobs in this sphere of activity.
But unfortunately, even if designers are skilled and understand the importance of practical convenience, they often forget about the non-graphical ways of influencing a user’s perception. Remember about sound and music: hears play a significant role in interaction with the world around. Anyway, I want not only to remind about this elements, which can be appropriately used in web design, but also share with your some helpful materials you can develop musical component in your projects with. I gathered 7 websites containing bundles of free audio contents: sounds, effects, songs, melodies and so on.
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It’s an old and reputable archive for music tracks of various artists and genres. The website is directed by WFMU radio, which has always offered a free access to new music, and overseen by number of other curators influential in music world.
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Free Stock Music is a wonderful new resource that provides with free music in 10 different genres. Every track is available for downloading in three formats: wav, mp3 and aiff.
Oldschool (also written as “Oldskool”) is a traditional American and European tattoo style opening the tattoo tradition in the newest Western history. It can be called a bit rude: the graphics is characterized with bright colors (mostly solid red, yellow, green, blue) frames with bold black outlines. The shadowing is little or absent at all.
Sailors were the first who restored the tattoo practice on the West being in close contact with cultures of Polynesia and South-West Asia region, where picturing of bodies is a whole tradition. A term “tattoo” itself comes from Tahitian “ta-ttow”, which is a word imitation for the sound of Polynesian traditional tattoo-instrument in action.
Sailors depended a lot on the tricks of nature, so superstition was a quite widespread trait among them. Tattooing was like an act of symbolic defense against misfortunes on the sea. Also sailors put on their bodies portraits of their beloved girls left on the land or other symbols reminding about them. All these factors influenced a lot on the tradition of oldschool tattoo, which began to form in the end of 19th century. The most well-known classic oldschool motifs like swallows, anchors, mermaids, beautiful girls, hearts, roses, water, fishes, nautical stars roots exactly in the sailor way of life.
It wasn’t too long ago when linking together web pages was the only way for website designers to build a website. Now, thanks to big time technological advances in the web design and development industry, innovative web design techniques and trends are emerging. Notable among them are jQuery responsive content sliders.
Powered by jQuery, these animations evolved from slideshow technology and provide a compact, yet appealing way to present content in a limited space simply by sliding it across the page. Responsive jQuery sliders have made quite a name for themselves because they revolutionize the look of a website regardless of the viewing device and give designers a creative option for showcasing certain elements.
What’s not to like about responsive jQuery content sliders? They’re an attractive solution for presenting images, videos and content together in one presentation; they adapt to any computer screen or mobile device, making them completely responsive; they allow for lots of configuration options; and they offer different effect modes, like fade, rotate, blinds and stack, just to name a few.
The jQuery content slider is one of the most versatile tools of web designers today, which could explain why it’s the most popular, too. There are many jQuery responsive content sliders available, from the basic to full featured sliders, all designed to make a great looking, user-friendly website.
Although there are many jQuery slider plug-ins available to use for free on the web, not all are up to par. Some have glitches, others are too rigid and some are just not that interesting. But there are numerous others that are creative, full of fantastic features, allow for customized configurations, require little or no coding or image editing, and run error-free. Take a look at this list of the 10 latest jQuery responsive content sliders.
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1. WOW Slider
It touts beautiful skins and killer effects and WOW Slider delivers with stunning templates and an incredible array of visual effects, 14 to be exact, that range from blast to stack. It’s fully responsive on all browsers and devices. Its unique point-and-click wizard allows custom sliders to be made quickly without the need for image editing or coding. WOW Slider allows web designers to perform a lot of customization, such as adding descriptions, setting the size, speed and delay of the slider, and resizing, rotating, or sorting images.
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RSlider features a clean and simple design that brings sophisticated interaction to site content. It’s designed so no programming skills are required for creating an image and content slider. If quick and easy is what you’re looking for in creating a nice-looking slider that supports categories, then RSlider is for you. The full screen responsive jQuery slider automatically adjusts to the width of the browser screen.
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According to research by Flurry Analytics, mobile app users have hit 58 million. It is not surprising to know that most of these 58 million users are found in the 8 p.m prime-time slot for TV viewing. The survey further found that the number of mobile app users has exceeded of even that of desktops and laptops. This reminds me of a similar prediction by ComScore that by 2014 mobile will overtake desktop usage by a storm.
Enterprises must think of mobile as a medium to address multiple issues. With strategic investments in the mobile app platform businesses can not only increase their revenue but build a highly sort-after brand image. Whereas, mobile app developers can do much more to take advantage of the booming mobile scenario. Here’s how:
Identify potential idea and concepts for your next app-development project. Use a a holistic approach wherein your users find solutions and quality experiences. Refrain from the one-size-fits-all ideology and customize your app development.
Befriend a pool of talented and reliable developer community. Brainstorm and share your app development ideas. Find out what’s new and what has the potential to be deciphered. Though you may not get too much room for experimentation; practice and showcase your skills regularly with your community, and lastly allow feedbacks and suggestions to grow faster.
If you want to stand out in the crowd, which all of us wish at some point of time in our careers, simply focus on developing mobile apps with the best advanced user experience. Find out who your users are and what they actually want from your app? Consider every element individually and include a flow into what your app development project.
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