Trick or Treat: Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

Happy upcoming Halloween to everyone! I suppose some of you are going to have some fun and great parties equipped with all the scary stuffs. For those who are staying at home in front of the computer, here are 20 photo manipulation tutorials ( in horror theme ), try them out!

Ghost Effect


Haunted House

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Create a Beautiful CSS Button for Print – Tutorial

Buttons are the main point of entry for users. They need to be inviting, exciting and just begging to be clicked on. But to focus only on the interactive elements of buttons – their active and hover states, for example – is to neglect another fairly widespread way that websites move from person to person – via personal printed recommendation. So what can you do to ensure that your buttons look just as good on paper as they do in-browser? We’ll take a look.


You can put that anywhere in the body of your document. Next up, let’s have a look at the CSS.
To style a button correctly, we need to consider what kinds of colour scheme are going to work in print. If you’ve sorted your print styles correctly, you’ll have stripped out all background images on the site when printed, to save your poor users their ink (most browsers will do this automatically). So white is going to be a part of your colour scheme, no matter what. Working with this, let’s pick a dark colour for our button. We’re also going to round the edges, as that makes a much more appealing, pressable button.

The CSS.

That might seem like an awful lot of code, but you can strip out things you don’t think you’ll need. You should also consider the kind of printer that your user might use. In Q4 2009, 70% of printers shipped were inkjet printers (23.8 million of the 34 million shipped), so it’s a fair bet to say your users will in the main use them. This means you should be prepping your button for printing with ink, such as HP Ink or Dell Inkjet Ink. Using Dell Inkjet Ink as an example, we can draw a few conclusions. Firstly, vibrant colours are best. Muted colours will blend in to the paper background. Secondly, liberal use of borders is valid. The black reproduction from this kind of ink is far superior to laser toner ink, and so will delineate the button – the important action access point for your users – from the rest of the printed page.

About the Author:
Natalie Smith studied International Relations in Glasgow, and currently works for a digital consulting firm in London. She writes tech and web design articles in her spare time, and also loves trying out new gadgets and reading the entertaining prose of P.G. Wodehouse and David Sedaris, her two favorite authors.

The Grandiose Advent of Bootstrap Templates on TemplateMonster

Did you have the association with the word bootstrap other than this before?

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After reading this blog post, the term will acquire an absolutely new sense for you.

So, according to our definition, a bootstrap is a framework for quick development of front-end web interfaces that has changed the way of web designs building for good and all. No wonder that since Bootstrap has become available, it turned into the most popular repository on GitHub, which is unprecedented.

You can get acquainted with all functional specifications of Bootstrap in this blog post.

Today is a special date as TemplateMonster launches Bootstrap templates. You are weclome to visit presentational page of this product. Hereinafter we will speak about the interpenetration of Bootstrap and TemplateMonster’s designs. The templates possess native Bootstrap functionality and large amount of fully-optimized original add-ons developed exclusively for this product line by TemplateMonster’s team.

All Bootstrap templates are built on the bootstrap framework. Comprehensive documentation on the product is enclosed into the template package. Each and every theme has a panel at the top with links to essential info the user should read.

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Scaffolding, Base CSS, Components and Javascript links are native features of the framework. Please admit that native Bootstrap features complement the popular flow of responsive design. Each theme is based on the fluid grid and supports a certain number of media queries:

Label Layout width Column width Gutter width
Large display 1200px and up 70px 30px
Default 980px and up 60px 20px
Portrait tablets 768px and above 42px 20px
Phones to tablets 767px and below Fluid columns, no fixed widths
Phones 480px and below Fluid columns, no fixed widths

Four major layouts are preserved to fit all popular portable devices.

TemplateMonster’s Add-ons

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Coolness of Blue in Web Design – Interactive Infographic

Why does Twitter use blue color scheme in its design? Why are blue designs so popular? What are the reasons for the choice of blue color as the primary one in your project? These questions will lead to the following cool infographic that I’m going to present you today. Coolness of Blue in Web Design. Interactive Infographic – here it is, and it seems for me that it will be a good inspiration for all of you, who are interested in design.

The psychology of colors is a powerful tool that helps create designs with a certain impact on its viewers. The visual presentation of information is of the primary importance. It is one of the first things that your visitors experience when enter you site. That’s why the choice of color scheme should be thought-out. This infographic focuses on blue color in web design, the tone that it brings in designs and the feelings that it arouses.

Blue is known as trustworthy and quality-related color, and that’s why a number of solid companies like social websites, computer technologies, finance, healthcare, airlines, political parties use it in their designs. A number of internet giants prefer it as the color of their logos. It is strongly associated with intelligence, stability, unity, conservatism, and this is one more reason for its immense popularity. Choose it if you want your web presence to appear as confidence-boosting

Do you know the number of shades of blue? What are the popular combinations of this color with others? What about its cultural meanings? All this you’ll find in the following infographic, and some other interesting facts like gender preferences concerning blue color, its power in branding, the sites that use it as the key color.

This infographic is interactive and features jQuery and HTML5 powered animation. Browsing it is a captivating pastime, ‘cause you choose your own way of working with it. Personally I enjoyed cute effect of hovering over the pencils at its header and bottom. And now it is for you to enjoy it.


(Here is a static and contracted version of Coolness of Blue in Web Design Infographic, at the bottom of it you’ll find the link to the full interactive version.)

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Perfect Decor for Interior Site – Free Joomla Theme

Hey guys, we are back with a good goodie for your inspiration and great designs – Free Joomla Interior Template. This is a perfect fit for the variety of sites that deal with interior designs.

Even if you face-lifted hundreds of interiors and decorated same number of houses, web presence of your Interior Desing Company will definitely give you additional flow of clients. The predominance of nature-related green in combination with silver grey and white transmit an adequate combination of patterns, shapes and images for your company.

The theme comes powered with Joomla engine one of the most popular and efficient today. What you will find useful and really helpful is that Interior Design Theme comes packed with a set of powerful Joomla features that will make your site fully-functional and user-friendly. What’s more, non-techies will be able to manage this theme “pain-free”. Before you start working with your web presence, check out free template live demo.

Free Joomla Interior Template:

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Joomla Interior 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 Joomla Interior Template with PSD files (16,5MB)

How to Build Your Design Brand using Social Media

Being a designer is not just about having the talent,drive and perseverance for success, but also about utilizing the right social media tools to make sure that your designs have the best chance to become known. This article will take a look at the major ways ideas spread through social media, and the tools you should be employing as an artist or a designer to continue down the road of success.

Understand how digital ideas spread

The spread of ideas is a delicate science, and one you should become accustomed to. You probably already know the most common tools of spreading your business or design, from Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, tumblr and personal blogs. However, an awareness of these methods is not enough; they must be correctly implemented. In the past few years, there has arguably been a shift from a focus on SEO (search engine optimization) to SMO (social media optimization). This means that a focus on effectively spreading your designs across various forms of social media– through posts, shares and likes – is currently the most effective way of creating a digital reputation. Here are some tips to optimize your social media presence.

Downward and Outward Projections

As a designer, you should spread your work with a dual-focused downward and outward trajectory. A downward trajectory represents connecting with fans, clients and consumers. An outward trajectory represents connecting with contemporaries, fellow designers, sponsorsand other professionals. Both of these methods of exposing your work are necessary as they provide different connections. While connecting with fans and consumers will secure the stability necessary for your continued work, connecting with fellow designers will help cement your place as an accepted member of that group. Sources of mutual inspiration should not be overlooked, and partnerships with other designers are a great way of increasing the number of people who are aware of both of your projects.

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Adobe Edge Web Fonts – a New Place for Free Quality Fonts

Developers from all over the world contribute by grains into the endless process of web enhancement. Due to their efforts our everyday visits to the net are so comfortable, pleasant and resultant. No one can deny the fact that open source stuff is really helpful when it comes to perfection, as the whole community can contribute to the cause. We believe that designers will be happy to hear that from now there are more reliable places to get beautiful quality fonts absolutely free!


The essence of the matter is that efficient cooperation of Adobe and Google teams led to Adobe Edge Web Fonts generation. Adobe Edge Web Fonts is a free font service powered by Typekit. Typekit is a web font service from Adobe that provides access to a library of commercial web fonts from the world’s best workshops, which is a guarantee of browser compatibility, velocity and consistency. Edge Web Fonts is one of the Adobe’s Edge Tools & Services providing access to the vast library of fonts you need for your website. All of them can be used for free during the infinite period of time. Working with Edge Web Fonts you can use your preferred kit or Adobe tools like Edge Code and Adobe Muse, where the service is already integrated. Soon it will be available in Edge Reflow and other Edge Tools & Services. You can find detailed instructions on how to use the service and preview the best fonts on

It’s worth mentioning that subsequent updates and optimizations are coming, precise attention is paid to better fonts rendering at small sizes.

The paramount goal of Edge Web Fonts is to improve the web by means of enabling more web font adoption. So try the service, use it in your web projects and make your own judgment regarding its practical features.

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Please have a look at some amazing free fonts from Adobe Edge Web Fonts collection.



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Tiny People in Macro Photography. The World of Miniatures

The art starts in place where the imaginary meets the reality. This world of art is full of wonderful things you can draw inspiration from and nourish your works with it.

The fascinating works of art I’m going to present you today are macro photography items that are created by the talented artists. These pieces of art offer your imagination to escape from the daily routine and broaden your outlook. The items that you’ll find here show the university of miniatures with tiny people, their houses, cars, roads and cities inside it. On these photos they are placed with other objects in their life sizes, thus presenting the correlation of the real world and its artificial counterpart. This type of photography is interesting for its cool presentation of the objects that surround us along with the tiny figures of people, or toys. Tiny People in Macro Photography is a spoon of inspiration that you are welcome to try.


DinoSlide by Hugobian


Fender Bender by Kurt Moses

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WYSIWYG Editors for Your WordPress Powered Website

The WordPress built-in editor has minimum features to create a blog post. It’s one of the reasons that many bloggers use desktop-based blog editors that provide them with additional features that is lacking in the WordPress editor. Here are 10 WordPress WYSIWYG plugins that will give you the functionality as a desktop-based editor without leaving WordPress.

Fantastic WYSIWYG editor on jQuery

Redactor is the most fantastic yet beautiful and easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor on jQuery. It is lightning fast, small, scalable, and powerful. You can easily make your web project much more attractive for your customers and visitors by implementing the Redactor as your default text-editor. You can upload files and images using drag-n-drop, set up autosave, develop your own plugins and extensions.



NicEdit is a WYSIWYG editor for websites. Its goal is to be as simple and fast as possible for users of your application. NicEdit is extremely lightweight and can be easily integrated in any site with minimal impact while providing visitors an effective means to express themselves in rich text.


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Joomla Foundation for Architecture Site! Free Theme

Hey guys, we are back with a good goodie for your inspiration and great designs – Free Joomla Architecture Template. This is a perfect fit for the variety of sites that deal with architecture theme.

This great theme is powered by Joomla, one of the most popular engines for today. It also goes with a set of powerful Joomla features that make your site functional and user-friendly. Being created in stylish and pleasant to eyes color scheme, it will catch your visitor’s attention for sure. Easy-to-browse-through menu and correctly arranged content blocks help make the work with your site pleasant and easy. Its customization will not take you a lot of time, and you’ll be able to accommodate your site to the desired format of your online project easily. Before you start working with your web presence, check out free template live demo.

Free Joomla Architecture Template

To download the whole package of this template, visit the Free Joomla Architecture 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 Joomla Architecture Template with PSD files (4,51MB)

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.