Fractalius Photography. Dream-Like Effects

All of you have seen the mind-bending examples of Fractalius Photography, and some of you were interested in the ways of achieving this wonderful effect. To cut the long story short, I can tell you that Redfield’s Fractalius plug-in is exactly what you need to create such effective images. According to its technical description it extracts so-called hidden fractal textures of the given image and enables the users to turn simple photos into amazing paintings. Using this plug-in, you obtain an opportunity to play around with the different settings to achieve the cool look of your photos. As you see, it is quite easy to create such masterpieces of Fractalius Photography, using this plug-in. But before you start creating your own pieces of art, let’s admire this tiny collection of Fractalius Photography that will certainly inspire you for your cool works!

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Fractalius Orchidlius by rgb48

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1956 DeSoto Fractalius by hz536nGeorge Thomas

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Wildlife Illustrations by Cristina Penescu

The highly realistic style of the works by this author makes them extremely interesting for the viewers. One more interesting fact about these wildlife illustrations by Cristina Penescu is their technical execution. She uses a special scratchboard (masonite panel covered with white clay and coated with a layer of ink) and a sharp knife to create her masterpieces. With the attention to each detail she creates her photo-like wildlife masterpieces. If you look attentively at her artworks, you will notice that each of them consists of a number of tiny scratches that are layered one upon the other. You can find a wide variety of wildlife subjects, especially wild canids in her artworks, and all of them will capture your attention due to the realistic tone and the expressive beauty. You are welcome to admire these wonderful illustrations by Cristina Penescu just in this post!

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Majestic

Illustrations by Cristina Penescu
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On The Prowl

Illustrations by Cristina Penescu
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1000 Business Cards for Free [Giveaway]

Despite the bad fame that Mondays have, today we have some great news for you guys! Design Float Blog along with online postcards printing company have prepared a superb giveaway for our dear readers – 1000 business cards for free. We offer you to win the opportunity to win full color business cards printed on thick 14 pt paper stock. All the business cards are printed in high end facilities shared for commercial print jobs for large advertising agencies and global brands. The rules are very simple – just leave a comment to this post about why your business needs cards topic and don’t forget to specify your email in the proper field in the comments so we could contact you and let you know you’ve won (that means this has to be a valid email address). And don’t worry – we won’t share it with anyone, because disclosing private info is for dorks, which we’re not. The contest will last for 2 weeks and right after it ends the folks from 1800postcards will choose the winner with the help of Random Integer Generator.

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1800postcards is a company that has over 30 years of business experience as full service offset printers and over 200 years of combined knowledge in their production department and press rooms. The main facility is located in the heart of the New York City, with an additional web offset plant in New Jersey for their larger orders 500,000 and up. This makes it possible to print and mail the highest quality postcards on the market today. You’ll be amazed with the variety of the products because at 1800postcards you can order business cards, flyers, bookmarks, brochures, postcards, banners, CD/DVD sleeves, hang tags, stickers, photo books and many more printing products. Well enough ranting, it is time to start the contest – so let it begin right now! We are waiting for your comments and exactly in two weeks from now we will announce the winners.

3D Max Tutorials. Roundup from DesignFloat

Being a powerful software, 3D Max can give your creativity the required edge. Using it, you give your works the real touch and make them look close to reality. These realistic models that you get are created using special 3D Max effects. Whether you work with rendering techniques or character animations, 3D Max can be of a great use. 3D Max Tutorials are on the line today and you can always find all the required information in them. Whatever questions regarding this software you have, tutorials will explain everything and show it using clear examples. Browse this compilation of 3D Max Tutorials and learn more!

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50 Useful 3DS Max Modeling Tutorials

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Most Useful 3DS Max Tutorials – February 2011

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Give This Trick a Place in Your Passion! Cinemagraph Technique from Jamie Back

She covers all things fashion… Her name is Jamie Back and she’s a NYC based photographer. Apart from beautiful vintage-inspired ensembles that one can find on Jamie’s blog From Me To You, there are also some intricate cinemagraphs that all have a subtle and delicate area of movement. But how is she getting that animated gifs? How is it possible to make everything else stand still while only one or two things are moving? Perhaps by making sequence of images and then looping those still shots on that one object. Or it’s a kind-of fluid motion locally incorporated to capture a moment of time. That’s simply mesmerizing how she brings life to an image! Every single picture leaves speechless… They all transmit such a splash of stylish dignity, elegance, and taste. Just pure love for this gorgeous cinemagraph technique! Now you gotta love this too!

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Free Abstract Photoshop Brushes

Adobe Photoshop comes with a basic package of brushes, but it is not enough for creative minds. That’s why so many designers try their best to create more Free Abstract Photoshop Brushes for you to choose. This immense variety can impress even the most exacting user, give the real edge to the creative workflow and take the designs to the next level. Using them, you can easily add whatever cool effects to your work and make it special. Here is a compilation of Free Abstract Photoshop Brushes that are ready to be added to your library. All of them are free and ready for immediate download. Create your own artworks easily!

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Abstract Photoshop Brushes by JavierZhX

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Paint Lines Brushes by brushking.eu

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Pop Culture Illustrations by Fab Ciraolo

This artist has interesting style of presenting himself. Once seen, you’ll recognize his artworks among a number of others. The amazing artist I’m talking about is coming from Chile in Latin America, and today I offer you to focus your attention on the illustrations by Fab Ciraolo. Probably, you have seen his works created in pop art style that is a mix of a number of cool psychedelic details. The most controversial elements are mixed in his illustrations thus creating the special memorable style. Here is the selection of illustrations by Fab Ciraolo that can add inspiration to your daily mood.

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Little Red Riding Hood

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Too Late to Die Young

Illustrations by Fab Ciraolo
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Informative CSS3 Navigation Menu Tutorials

I guess this post will be interesting first of all for the CSS3 fans and all web design junkies that are going crazy about various tricks and time-saving hints. Considering the growing populairty of various CSS3 tutorials now we can observe diversification of topics that can be covered by CSS3 tutorials. Current collection of CSS3 navigation menu tutorials clearly demonstrates that soon we will have great opportunities for creating different website components and important navigation elements with the help of CSS3 combined with jQuery etc. Our today’s post combines mostly fresh CSS3 navigation menu tutorials from 2011 but also we’ve included few “bestsellers” from 2010 and we hope you’ll appreciate that. Navigation menu is the cornerstone of any website and now you can easily create it with the help of these wonderful tutorials.

1. Creating a cool CSS3 Dropdown Menu

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2. Pure CSS DropDown Menu using :target pseudo class

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Photoshop Actions. Roundup from DesignFloat

Using Vintage Photoshop Actions, you can easily give a cool vintage look to the photo you are working with. Such recorded series of Photoshop tasks ideally suit the purpose of improving your workflow, making it faster and easier. Today, when there is a number of Vintage Photoshop Actions tutorials and resources, you have to try them out in order to see which of them can be useful for your own works. In today’s roundup you will find the ultimate collection of Photoshop Actions that will help to achieve the attractive retro and vintage look of your photos. Try these time-savers and create your own stunning works with cool vintage effect!

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100+ Outstanding Photoshop Actions to Enhance Your Photography

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60 Useful Photoshop Actions to Enhance your Photos for Free

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NYC’s Day and Night Combined in Stephen Wilkes Photography

For this Thursday we’ve made a series that captures a transitioning of day into night within a single photograph. In fact, this is going to be about a fine art project Stephen Wilkes has produced about New York in the beautiful patches of day and night. “Day to Night embodies a combination of my favorite things to photograph; people on the street melded with epic cityscapes, and the fleeting moments throughout the day and night,” noted the author. Well, we should admit that these exceptionally well done photographs add a surreal dimension to various iconic New York places. To split the landscapes from AM to PM and create such a surrealist effect, Stephen kept his camera at a fixed angle for up to 15 hours, then weaved and blended the shots into one frame. Let’s now contemplate all the bustle of the city within these breathtaking shots. Hope, those of you who have never been to NY will have the time to make it up to see this in person.

The Flatiron, NYC

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Coney Island

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