CSS Timesavers for Web Designers

Web design is about creativity, effective workflow and organization. That’s why being a web designer is not easy at all. Usually it takes a lot of time for searching new resources, tools and services which help to create really outstanding web projects. A professional web designer should always keep abreast of all events in web design industry, tracking the latest trends and new technologies. Time is a very limited resource, so we hope that these CSS tutorials and techniques will help in your working process. In this post we prepared for you some of the most useful and handy CSS timesavers which will become a must-have point for each web designer who wants to improve his or her skills and save the time!

CSS Guide for Beginners

In this guide you have a great opportunity to look at the very core concepts for how to rethink the CSS you’ve been writing by trimming the fat and reducing the redundancy. The result will be leaner CSS that’s easier to author and maintain.

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Filter Functionality with CSS3

In this tutorial you will be exploring those CSS3 properties by creating a experimental portfolio filter that will toggle the states of items of a specific type.

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“Metro Style”: Windows 8 User Interface

In 2010 Microsoft shocked the world releasing OS for Windows Phone 7 which interface looked unlike previous Windows versions (both mobile and PC).

The UI developed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 is called Metro, the most distinguishable part of it are the bright-colored tiles that serve as shortcuts for programs and live widgets reporting data from them. The new desktop was a complete break from the traditional desktop metaphor.

From the first glance these changes look absolutely terrifying. Windows 8 is designed to play a central role in Microsoft’s search for future with touch-centric devices. Metro isn’t just pretty it’s also highly efficient and supports considerably faster navigation than was possible with earlier Windows siblings.
Large tiles covering the screen seem to be really disorienting, but clicking through couple minutes in a row you’ll easily accustomed to the new interface. Metro’s live tiles display dynamic content that is a crucial piece of the whole puzzle:

  • Mail app shows several recent emails;
  • Calendar reflects upcoming events;
  • Photos app will cycle through images that are connected to your Windows account.

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Weird and Funny Photoshop Disasters That Will Surprise You

When Photoshop is transforming from helpful photo-editing application into dangerous tool? At the time when horrible Photoshop fails are appeared! Whether you’re reading a magazine, browsing online store or just looking through some photo images, you can find just awful Photoshop mistakes. Some of them you can notice from the first sight, some of them after a while. But anyway, such designers’ faults ruin the whole image’s presentation and distract viewers. Among big variety of different Photoshop clangers, the most frequently used mistakes are referred to misdirection, unnatural anatomy, erased or extra body parts, non-standard proportions of subjects. In today’s blog entry we are reviewing some of the most weird and funny Photoshop disasters which will attract your attention by their unusual details and rough flubs.

Photoshop Fail 1

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Photoshop Fail 2

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The First Cherished Responsive Animated WordPress Theme

Keep your breath, open your eyes wide! Right now you will get acquainted with first, brand new and unique Responsive Animated WordPress Theme created by TemplateMonster!

The template is a fruit of well co-ordinated team work. During the development only best practices were applied, which led to creation of original product having no equals. You can use this link to view the live demo of our pearl before we’ll start a closer analysis. We suggest you keep it open in a new tab in order to have the possibility to cast a glance at some animated elements not reflected on a screenshot but discussed in the blog post.

responsive theme

Do you remember what happened during scaling the responsive page before? We observed its progressive adjustment to the window width and content relocation. Test this theme, rescale the page and wonder how the content evenly conforms to the “new resolution”. No separate layouts any more, the theme can be called responsive “to the bone”.

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Top Downloaded Free Website Templates. Summer 2012

How to maximize the efficiency of your designer’s work? The inspiration will certainly help you find new solutions and present your ideas in the most effective way. If this inspiration is combined with professional stuff that can become useful in your works, it will certainly push the effectiveness of your working process up. Here is a great collection of goodies Top Downloaded Free Website Templates. Summer 2012 done by the creative designers from TemplateMonster.

This compilation features the items that we presented each week during this summer. We go on with this weekly series, and you will find more free website templates at our blog. For today, you are welcome to browse these attractive designs that are created for various online projects: business, agriculture, restaurant, wedding, medicine. Using their high-grade designs you can easily bring focus to your business ideas, thus making them interesting for your clients. These themes reflect the latest design directions, and gladden the eyes with stylish solutions. Being flexible and intuitive to use, they turn out to be nice solutions for the starting point of your project. It will not take you a lot of time to customize them, you can do it just in a few clicks. So, we can talk a lot about these free themes, but it’s always better to see than to hear. Here they are!

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Free Website Template with jQuery Slider for Diving Club

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Free Website Template with jQuery Slider for Restaurant Business

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New Kid on the Block: jQuery Website Tour Plugins

Using jQuery plugins as the most advanced tools in your website’s building process, allow you not only to create effective and multifunctional presentation of your website project, but also to provide your website users with rich visual experience. This time we brought to you the great set of jQuery plugins which includes website tour, help and instructional jQuery plugins. Each of them has detailed explanations and step-by-step instructions that will help you simply set the appropriate plugin and use it for your web project. So enhance your professional level working with jQuery plugins and move your website to the higher level!

jQuery Joyride Feature Tour Plugin

This jQuery plugin was build to provide you with simple settings which will help you to take control of how people interact with your tour. Also it was programmed to be compatible with modern browsers.

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Alvaro’s Simple Tour Plugin

The key feature of this jQuery plugin is that it has quite simple structure which gives all necessary elements, configurations and tooltips to this plugin.

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Review of The Best Examples of Facebook Covers

Today Facebook is one of the most famous social networking websites that unites the whole world together. With new launch of Timeline we can organize our events and wall activities based on time. Timeline makes Facebook account more stylish and fresh, so each user can add not only his/her photo, but also unusual cover that will contrast or integrate with the small photo. In this blog entry we’ve selected the most effective and extraordinary examples of Facebook covers which impress you by their designs and styles. So check them out and stay amused!

Shauna Winterol

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Fanta

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WebsiteDefender Free Version – The Easiest Way to Protect Your Online Business

The number of websites that have been harmed by hackers is increasing with scary speed. Hackers create malware in order to block the normal running of your website, destroying its database and turning it into one more stress instead of a successful business. Everyone who has an online project is aware of this problem, and we are glad to offer you a great solution!

WebsiteDefender Free Edition makes it easy to manage all the above mentioned troubles of your online project, as it monitors your website and find vulnerabilities, and malware makes you aware of their presence and possible ways to neutralize them. You will be immediately informed if website content has been changed or a domain name is expired.

Some of the features:

• The presence of your expired SSL certificate will be carefully checked
• DNS hacks for your website to another URL redirection will be detected
• Timely information about source code disclosure
• Detection of web server configuration problems (for example in .htaccess files)
• Detection of insecure PHP configuration
• Broken links will be found in a short period of time

You can see a full list of WebsiteDefender Features here. The Free Edition of WebsiteDefender is modern and meets all the latest demands and requirements.

In order to supply you with all necessary data concerning your website security, we should also point out the free WebsiteDefender WordPress security plugin. It is one more easy way to protect your online business by means of modern security tools.

Don’t wait for the moment you get hacked – you are able to prevent it right now and this will cost you nothing. Sign up for your free WebsiteDefender Account today.

 

Illustrator Text Effects Tutorials. Make Your Works Stunning!

If you want to decorate your designs with something stunning, you can easily do it with cool Text Effects. Where can you learn more about them? You can always search some useful tutorials for the information you need. Here is a compilation of Illustrator Text Effects Tutorials that will help improve your skills and teach you some useful tricks that can become handy in your work. They will show you how to transform the fonts you have chosen into bright designs that can attract the viewers’ attention. You’ll learn to manipulate text as well as graphics and do it in the most effective way. The presented here Illustrator Text Effects Tutorials will show you how to add the stylish custom feel to your works and make them stunning. Well, let’s see what they can offer you!

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Create a 3D Newspaper, Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

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Create Typography That’s Going Down the Drain – Psd Premium Tutorial

Illustrator Text Effects Tutorials
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Free Joomla Fashion Template

We are glad to announce the launch of the second Joomla goodie from the creative professionals. Here it is – Free Joomla Fashion Template with a bunch of cool Joomla features inside that are indispensable for the great site.

Using it as the basis of your project, you make use of Joomla power and you are able to start the site with attractive layout and good functionality. High-quality sites have to be user-friendly, and this rule is taken into account in the process of the creation of the presented here theme. Besides, it gladdens the eyes with the sophisticated style – the very effect you need to attract the visitors to your project that deals with fashion and modern trends in this industry. Whatever business ideas you have, they will be nicely presented with this high-grade product.

Free Joomla Fashion Template:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Joomla Fashion Template download page at TemplateMonster and type an email address that you want the free template package to be delivered to (don’t forget to uncheck the newsletter subscription checkbox in case you’re already subscribed, otherwise you may not be able to download the zip file). Feel free to use this template for your business, but you cannot resell it as a template.

Download Free Fashion Business Template with PSD files (4,35MB)

IMPORTANT NOTICE:TemplateMonster does not provide support services on free templates – including this one. We only provide support for the products that are being purchased from TemplateMonster. Our free templates are produced according to the latest web standards and we’ve been trying to make the process of working with them as easy as possible, so for people with minimum web development experience it should be easy to work with them. However, if you don’t have any experience, we recommend you to refer to the tutorials or community forums on how to work with platforms that each respective template is made with, or to hire someone to do the job for you.