DAILY NEWS AND REVIEWS OF THE WEB TEMPLATES INDUSTRY

16Aug

No business can go without good presentation. Alongside with creating breathtaking web designs and memorable commercials, you should never forget about developing business cards. The latter have always been one of the most effective ways of business promotion. Though some consider this a somewhat outdated and low-tech marketing approach, business cards (or calling cards) can easily compete with other cool promotional methods, like websites, audio/video ads, etc.

Ideally, a business card should be custom-made. Don’t be lazy to find a specialist who will be able to create an impressive design or develop it on your own. Every detail of such designs matters, so one should think twice and use space effectively. However, not all businesses have enough money and resources to develop cards. In such cases, free PSD business card templates may come in handy. While there are thousands of such offers available on the web, not all of them can boast of breathtaking, remarkable presentation. In our today’s compilation we are going to introduce you to 30 amazing designs that really work. Picking these for promoting your business you will only benefit. All of the templates we list below are available in PSD format. So, you may feel free to download any of them and customize to your liking. In such a way, you can turn any design into a unique artwork that will help you stick into your clients’ mind.

Why Use Business Cards

Business cards have a long history. Everything started back in the 17th century, when English businessmen started using early forms of business cards to advertise their trade, provide a map and information about any business, as well as share contact details in order to get in touch with one person or another with ease. Nowadays, business cards are being used for the same purpose. When you need to find new clients or partners, provide them with information on how to reach you, etc. business cards come in handy. Among other benefits of using business cards one can highlight:

  • Convenience of use. Business cards are small in size. Measuring 3.5 inches by 2 inches only, these don’t require much space to be stored in your wallet, so you can always keep them handy any time you need to establish cooperation with new partners.
  • Business cards help in saving time when you need to write down important information. In order to free your prospective customers from unnecessary fuss, just give them a card with all contact info they might need, which can be easily placed in the pocket without being obtrusive.
  • These are a true way of building credibility. Putting your company name, contact details and other information on a business card you will be able to represent credibility, trustworthiness and reliability of your company.
  • In addition, business cards can be used as an effective promotional tool. Creating a cutting-edge design, you will not only stun people with your creative approach to doing business, but also build customer loyalty.

30 Free PSD Business Card Templates to Save your Time

If you are only starting your business or just lack time to create a card to promote your brand, then the following compilation of 30 free PSD business card templates should be of use to you. These come in different styles, which will help you find the one that would perfectly communicate your business ideas. As we’ve already mentioned above, all of them are toll free and come in PSD format, which allows editing any of these templates the way you wish. Click the image and you’ll be directed to the download page.

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13Aug

What brings glory to professional photographers and designers? How to make your works win world recognition and boost client base? One of the proven ways to make people talk is to bring your business online. The catchier your website looks the more likely it will stick in user mind. The free website template we are going to talk about today will be the perfect match for showcasing artworks online.

The designer has added elegant touch to each element of this design. Though it is content rich, the theme doesn’t look cluttered. Thanks to the usage of flat colors, catchy visuals, blurred background and ghost buttons, it looks neither formal nor austere. “What effect such choice may produce?” you will ask. The user mind will be captured with the stylish and effective way of showcasing your projects online.

Combining dark gray header and footer with light central part, the theme makes use of contrast and helps in drawing user eye to the things that matter. The easy to reach, vibrant photo gallery placed in the middle of the home page can’t be left unmarked. Sharing photos or designs from your recent projects is the proven way to better introduce people to your field of work. Website navigation has been made simple and intuitive, with easy-to-reach horizontal menu and handy back-to-top button provided to help you reach the necessary information in a few clicks.

You can have a look at the live demo below to enjoy all benefits of the given freebie on your own.

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11Aug

It seems TemplateMonster team will never stop surprising its fans with new releases. This time is no exception. Get ready to meet their next big project – Adobe Muse CC Templates.

I believe you’ve already heard about this product. For those of you who are not familiar with it, let us introduce this novelty to you. Initially, Adobe Muse was released back in 2011. From the very first days of its existence, the product impressed web designers all over the globe due to its simplicity of use. Even if you are not tech-savvy and have little to no coding skills, you will be able to create awesome designs with amazing interfaces better than skilled web masters. This may sound like a miracle, but this miracle can happen to you. Adobe Muse will do all the coding for you. The only thing required is some basic knowledge of Photoshop and that’s it.

Why Choose Adobe Muse CC Templates

Alongside with being easy to use and allowing you to create unique designs without a line of code, Adobe Muse has a number of other benefits, like:

  • With Adobe Muse templates, you are free to bring your design ideas to life without having to worry about coding HTML.
  • You can easily customize every element of such templates.
  • Even enthusiasts can develop breathtaking designs with minimal Photoshop knowledge.

Many men, many minds. While some consider Adobe Muse as a fast and effective way of making stunning designs on the go, others claim this is a step backwards since a professional web developers should build website with clear understanding of coding.

Anyway, it’s up to you to decide how to build your website. To simplify your decision-making, we offer you to consider several freshly released Adobe Muse CC templates by TemplateMonster. Look though these custom-made designs, check out their demos, and don’t hesitate to pick the template which can become a solid base for setting up your one-of-a-kind project.

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Marketing Agency Muse Template

No design agency can go without online presentation. Built with the perfect understanding of landing page requirements, this theme can be the great solution for setting up your site.

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11Aug

Adobe Photoshop is an essential tool for photographers, graphic designers and game artists who earn their leaving creating stunning designs. However, doing the same simultaneous job from day to day can be a tiresome and dull process. To save your time and achieve the desired results without spending much time applying similar effects to your artworks, we offer you to consider our today’s compilation of cool Photoshop actions.

The solutions we’ll offer you in this post come in either free or premium versions. We’ll illustrate what results each of the actions on the list can achieve, so you are free to choose any that meets your requirements the most. To simplify decision-making we’ll organize the best Photoshop actions in two groups – free and premium, so that you can go directly to any group you wish. But before we move to the chart, let’s find out what PS actions are and how these can be used.

What Are Photoshop Actions and How to Use Them

If you ask any professional designer about the benefits of using Adobe Photoshop actions, he or she will tell you without hesitation that these help to become more productive. While there is no exact definition of what Photoshop action is, I’ll try to define it in a couple of ways.

  • This is a set of steps recorded by the designer to help photographers achieve the desired look in a click.
  • These are shortcuts for photographers and graphic designers, which help to speed up their work in PS.

You can either download Photoshop actions from the web or record your own ones thanks to the powerful PS programming language. Using actions you can avoid spending time on each step in the photo editor by recording them once, saving and using as many times as you want. It will automate your work and help you reproduce each editing step absolutely the same way you did it while recording actions.

The next logical question should be “How to use actions?” It is very simple and can be managed even by a kid. All you need to do is to open Photoshop, find the Window menu in the top bar, pick the action you’d like to use and click the start button.

In case you’d like to record your own actions for further use, here’s how this can be done:

  • Select a New Action icon.
  • Double click on the icon and type the name.
  • Once you decide to start editing the photo, hit the record button.
  • When you are done with editing, click the Stop Recording button. That’s it.

So, to expand your collection of Photoshop essentials, we offer two groups of free and premium PS actions that are easy to download and install. Pick the solutions to your liking, follow the links, and start enjoying fast and smooth photo editing on your own.

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11Aug

Can you recollect how many times you had to make a screenshot or record a video from your browser asap but didn’t have the right tool at your disposal? I believe all of us have once faced this. You can no doubt press the Print Screen button on your keyboard and then paste the image into Photoshop or any other app that supports image editing. However, once coming up with a cool video, which you can further use in your personal or professional purposes, it’s not always possible to download or simply share it. I don’t know what about you, but I get really pissed off because of this.

We have decided to make an attempt to gather several initiatives for capturing videos and screenshots right from your browser, which you can use both on mobile and desktop devices. Have a look at what we have come up with. Maybe you’ll find the tool you can add to your favorites.

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JSCapture

JSCapture is a screen capturing library, which allows to record video of your desktop from your browser or simply capture screenshots using Vanilla JavaScript. The API for screen capturing is currently supported by Google Chrome, Canary and Chromium. Enable the experimental flag in your browser, restart it and start screen recording.

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30Jul

The way you present your business online can influence its success. Before picking up the phone to hire you, modern users will thoroughly examine your web page, your company story and the list of partners/clients who have once collaborated with you. First impression always matters. This is especially important for business web design. Your company web page should be clearly structured and feature an element that would capture their attention and stick in memory for long. Thinking about a new freebie design, we came up with the idea to treat you with something stylish, elegant and professional, something that can serve as a solid base for building a business web page. So, get ready to meet the all new HTML5 freebie for a consulting site.

In effort of gaining customer trust and loyalty, web masters are launching content heavy projects with a bundle of bright elements that distract user attention from the things they should consider. This week’s freebie is all about simplicity and usability. Its minimalist layout with clever usage of negative space helps focus user attention on the valuable information about your business. Like the rest of theme in TemplateMonster inventory, this design can be easily customized. The default theme features a large photo background in the header, which you can easily replace with any other image that would perfectly introduce your company online. The same deals with color scheme. We offer to choose turquoise hues to make your resource look professional and stylish.

In a word, every element of this theme was hand-picked to make texts more readable and images more vibrant. Picking it for a consulting company or any other business, be sure success will follow. Have a look at the demo version and imagine how your website will look like when built with this theme. Or click the download button to grab it and start adjusting it right away.

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28Jul

Coding is an indispensable part of web development. It includes a lot of hectic work, especially when you need to develop a complicated app. An incorrectly picked code editor can make the job even more complicated. So, choosing an effective code IDE editor is part of job. Among thousands of offers available on the web, it’s easy to get lost. To smoothen thins down for you, we have picked 10 most popular open source editors that come packed with plenty of outstanding features, multiple languages support, and run on the most popular OS. Watch and enjoy.

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Xcode IDE is an efficient tool for creating cutting-edge apps for Mac, iPhone and iPad. Supporting C, C++, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Java, AppleScript, Python and Ruby, Xcode lets you write, edit and preview the code right away. Initially, it used to be a paid service, however now it is available for free to web developers.

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23Jul

In order to establish a good market standing in today’s highly competitive web design industry, it is becoming needful for website owners to contemplate about re-designing their site in line with current industry trends. Parallax scrolling was a nascent trend but has now emerged as a big web design trend of 2014. This web design trend enable site owners to tell their stories so as to keep their sites’ visitors captivated and engaged. The idea behind parallax scrolling is that as a user scrolls down a page, your website will morph en route so as to tell your story in an enticing manner. It’s obvious, people will definitely love to re-visit your site if you’ll make reading a fun activity for the visitors, instead of forcing them to read long lines of text.

If you’ve running a WordPress powered site, but still missing out the parallax scrolling effect in your website, here’s a list of top 5 Parallax WordPress themes you can choose from:

Parallax

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If you’ve been racking the web for a dazzling single-page splendid design with parallax scrolling effect, then Themify’s Parallax theme best fit your needs. The best aspect about Parallax is that it make use of WP’s custom post types – in order to manage Portfolio, Highlight and Team post types. Besides it allows users to upload a custom header background or a slider and even help assign custom navigation menu. With parallax you can easily customize layouts with different columns options. In addition, it comes with an infinite scroll option that allows users to add multiple posts in the blog feed.

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21Jul

None of the modern businesses can go without online presentation. This is particularly important for the entertainment industry. Entertainment websites are all about engagement. These should grab user attention once they land on your page. If they find your web resource outdated, clunky or boring, chances are they will never come back again. If you don’t want this to happen, you need to be pretty fastidious around its appearance. The more visually appealing, user-friendly, and cheerful it looks, the more likely users will keep on dealing with you. To achieve the desired results and make your website the number one spot for everyone looking for the best party planning services on the web, this responsive HTML5 theme was developed.

Serving as a great visual presentation of your business, the offered design can be also used as a perfect promotional tool. Both site visitors and administrators will enjoy the ease of its usage. Thanks to its responsive nature, you may feel safe all content you share will be displayed on any device one is using. Taking into consideration all the aforementioned factors and combining these with outstanding usability, picking this theme for refreshing your entertainment company website would be a good move to gain customer loyalty.

The joyous mood can be seen in every element of this design. Just have a look at its home page below. Bright images, pleasant to the eye color scheme, stunning fonts will be hardly left unmarked. Once coming up with such a resource, people will be confident of the collaboration success. The implemented gallery with bright images will show what a great party one may throw, whereas a block with Shuffle Images will reveal all possible variants of party planning. The engaging Recent Events field with CSS3 hover effects will better introduce your company to the audience and help them with decision-making.

Building your website on a bright theme like this one will help you win user hearts and build strong online presence. Have a look at its live demo and imagine what a stunning effect it will have on your audience.

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Event-Services-Freebie

18Jul

Why die-cut brochures? Because of the tough competition in the modern marketplace, it has become rather difficult to stand out and win the hearts of the audience. Brands make use of various promotional means to invite new clients and attract them to their offerings. Opting for different means of print media, video and audio commercials, marketers try to catch the eye of their prospective customers and awake their curiosity. Today we’d like to focus your attention on the print media, i.e. die-cut brochures that can help you better present your brand, gain recognition, and engage more people in. However, to make a cutting-edge die-cut, one should master specific techniques on how to do this professionally and make each brochure work. Keep reading to find out what exactly die-cuts are, what types of the latter exist, as well as look though 20 creative brochure ideas as a source of inspiration for your own projects.

What Are Die-Cuts

Die-cuts are shapes cut from pieces of cardstock paper. The shapes can be printed at home with the help of a regular printer and then given to a crafter who will cut the shape himself with the help of a pair of scissors. Or you can make use of die cut machines that will help you get the desired results in no time. The latter come in two big groups – the ones that do not require any electricity and electronic die-cut machines. If you opt for the latter, you will be able to cut brochures of different shapes and sizes, however you will always need to have an electric outlet somewhere nearby in order to bring your ideas to life. Anyway, it’s up to you which of the aforementioned options to choose. You can simply go to the scrapbooking and craft stores and pick the desired shape.

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