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5May

Everyone working in the web design and web development industry needs to have a set of free website design tools at their disposal for work or just for inspiration. In this blog post you can find literally everything that a web designer might need to keep in handy.
53 websites with professionally taken artistic photos, 37 best web design galleries, 40 powerful web design tools, and other handy web design stuff can be found in a compilation.

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On top of that, the chart includes legal docs, invoice generators, domain name generators and other practical online tools that you will need to run your IT business. SEO and analytical tools, e-mail services, A/B testing and other solutions were all cleverly categorized and presented in a user-friendly manner. The best part about this compilation is that it features only free web design tools and resources, which can help businesses of any size and specification.

4May

We are often asked – what are the best WordPress plugins for blogs? What tools are better than the other? What functionality should we better pay attention to when choosing the best option for a blog? In an attempt to answer these and other questions, TemplateMonster’s team has decided to reach out the top WordPress blogs and requested them for the lists of plugins they have installed in their dashboards.

As a result, they have made up a compilation of 98 best WordPress plugins 2016 that 15 top WordPress blogs use. Some tools turned out to be more popular than the others, some of them were installed only on 1 or 2 of the blogs that the team has reached. So, in an attempt to create a more detailed categorization of the most handy tools for bloggers, TemplateMonster’s team has organized them into two groups – the first one contains plugins that are more popular than the others, whereas another group includes plugins that are installed on individual blogs only. Each of the aforementioned groups, in its turn, features categorization of plugins by their purpose of use (like navigation, social media, security, site performance, email, comments, etc.), so you can easily navigate to any section that is of the greatest interest to you with a click.

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29Apr

Web design trends come and go, so it’s highly important to keep track of the latest web design tendencies in order to remain competitive on the market. The team standing behind MonsterPost made an in-depth research of the latest website design trends, carefully examined 70 resources on the matter and made up a compilation of 65 top website design trends covering all aspects of the contemporary web design.

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Thus, the chart includes multiple examples and clear explanations of web design trends dealing with the layout structure, images, animation, scrolling, website usability, loading, coding and other. In addition to the clear, concise explanation, each trend is illustrated with a live example of how it was achieved on web resources.

The compilation is truly informative and helpful, so is worthy of being bookmarked for further references.

27Apr

Gone are the days when you needed to spend thousands of bucks on a custom-made logo design. Today, even a web design newbie can create a unique, impressive logo design without any extra help. How is that possible?

MonsterPost has decided to run a research in an attempt to make a compilation of the best tools from which you can choose the most relevant free logo creator.

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When working on you logo design, make sure that is look creative yet simple and easy-to-remember. Your logo shouldn’t contain more than two colors and texts written in more than two fonts. Another thing to consider is making your logo versatile, avoiding any stereotypes.

Getting back to the compilation, TemplateMonster’s team analyzed 8 free and 8 paid online tools that are available on the market and compared all of them based on the following criteria: custom symbols, industry categorization, styling options and mockup preview. So, if you are in search of the best free logo creator, go ahead and look though the comparison chart, which was made rather informative and easy-to-follow.

3Sep

The song says ‘Wake me up when September ends’, but for web designers it’s absolutely not applicable. Why? Because designers cannot be even sleepy in their business – they have to keep finger on the pulse to be in the know of the tiniest changes in web design trends.

Since autumn has come, it’s in your hands to change a color trends destination – use the autumn colors in your designs.

We offer you a piece of autumn web design inspiration – an ultimate set of websites which use the autumn colors (yellow, orange and red) in their looks.

Here are several facts about red color scheme.

First of all, it grabs attention. Web design with red color will always be the first to notice, regardless of its shade.

Secondly, red evokes appetite. Not surprisingly, it’s widely used in food-related business web design as main or complementory color.

Thirdly, having chosen the right shade of red color, you can convey passion, feminity, warmth, coziness or professionalism.

The biggest companies like Coca-Cola, Google, Pinterest, Lego and Virgin use red color as their primary, and the result of the logo impact speaks for itself.

Red varies in shades, but the influence it has – stays.

Get inspired!

And speaking of big brands, we’ll actually start with one of them. Check out the first one, KFC website:

1. KFC

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5May

Soon it’ll be 20 years since the Photoshop had been launched, and, if before someone or something above was in charge of how something looks, now Photoshop became the chief editor, at least of what concerns how everything looks in the pictures.

Not speaking of fantastical trees growing in magic places, queer animals that don’t obey neither physical nor biological laws, quaint insects of weird shapes and sizes – all this definitely deviates from what we are used to seeing in normal life. Now the power to create phantasmagoric images which used to belong to talented artists, belong to you as well. There’s no need to call Cinderella governess to be slimer and younger, no need to find Mordor to capture beasts or to be Neo to see the Matrix. Now you can create anything you want, whether it’s real, half-real or completely made up, if you know how to use image editors.

In the last 70 days many great Photoshop tutorials have been released and here 20 of the greatest are mentioned.

Check them out and create a different reality.

1. A Detailed Flour Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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19Oct

It’s no secret that a cleverly designed website predetermines the success of any business. Online presentation has become an indispensable part of any marketing strategy that targets to stand above competitors. However, if a website is poorly organized, looks cluttered and not so easy to follow, people will hardly stay on it. The success of any web project hinges on one basic thing – how comfortable users feel browsing it. So, in order to help you develop a resource that would be pleasant to use and bring its visitors some value, we offer you to consider 10 must read books for designers who want to get started and succeed in UX.

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UX Crash Course: 31 Fundamentals

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This is a quick overview of UX design fundamentals. As the name suggests, it’s an online course that contains 31 lessons on how to go from zero to hero as soon as possible. On following the link, you will be redirected to the table of contents where you can find the entire list of lessons you can learn. Start with the introductory ones, proceed to design psychology, visual and functional design principles, and complete test in the end of the course to check your knowledge.

14May

Cloud storage has become an indispensable part of our hectic lives. More and more often we browse the web from our handheld devices and having 24/7 access to the data from our desktops or other Internet-connected devices is a must. This is when online backup services come in handy. Allowing to store unlimited amounts of data in the cloud, such services let us access all valuable content anywhere, anytime.

If you still don’t have a service for storing your data, it’s high time to choose one and we are here to help you in decision-making. With so many various backup solutions available on the web, you need to choose a server that would safely store your data and provide you with constant access to it. The best cloud storage providers offer more than just storage. Selecting such solutions as Dropbox and Google Drive you’ll be able to enjoy multi-platform support, security, app integration, and much more. Consider our chart of the top 10 cloud storage providers and choose the one to your liking.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is an amazing cross-platform solution, compatible with so many apps. In addition, this is one of the mosts popular cloud storage solution preferred by millions of users worldwide. This is a cloud-based, automatic service that comes with support for any OS you’re using, both desktop and mobile. Though you’ll get only 2GB free to start, this can be further expanded for extra fee. If you’re going to back up some documents, 2GB will be more than enough, though if you’re planning to store any kind of media, then you may upgrade to the 100GB plan for around £6 a month.

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1Apr

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HTML5 is the latest hyper text markup language for websites released back in 2011 and supported by all major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE, and Opera. Today we offer you a set of the best HTML5 tutorials to learn about the latest of its features and see how to use HTML5 on your website.

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is the successor of HTML 4.01 launched back in 1999. The Internet has changed a lot since then and the release of HTML5 was a clear need. The latest markup was first made public in 2008, though the final version was released to the audience in 2011 when people could finally try it out on their own.

Being the latest version of hypertext markup language, HTML5 is one of the three main codes that describe web pages. While HTML provides the structure, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is responsible for presentation and JavaScript makes all this come true. HTML5 can do almost everything – from music to movies, animation to apps, as well as build apps to run in your browser.

HTMl5 public release didn’t rule out the possibility of packing it with new functions and more impressive features. Keep reading to find out what’s new.

28Mar

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Adobe Illustrator is the first program that comes to our mind when thinking about creating outline art. This is the best solution for making a cool company logo, a technical drawing, and the customized drawing of any commercial product. We often use its most recent and enhanced features, like new panels, enhanced edit appearances, etc. forgetting about some basic tools that can do magic as well. Today we’re going to talk about one of such Adobe Illustrator tools – brushes. Using Adobe Illustrator Brushes you can create a multitude of things – drawing and stylizing the appearance of paths, applying brush strokes to the existing paths, mimicking real-life calligraphy, sketching out, etc.

Adobe Illustrator Brushes Types

The first thing we should mention when we start talking about Adobe Illustrator brushes is that we may choose between 5 brush types or use them simultaneously – calligraphic, scatter, art, pattern, and bristle.

Adobe Illustrator Brushes

  • As the name suggests, calligraphic brush in Adobe Illustrator imitates the look and feel of a calligraphy pen nib (a)
  • Scatter brushes disperse copies of objects (flowers, hearts, leaves, etc.) along the path (b)
  • When using art brushes, the shape of the brush or shape of the selected object is evenly stretched along the path (c)
  • If you want to create strokes with the appearance of a natural brush with bristles, then select a bristle brush (d)
  • Pattern brushes feature up to five individual tiles (for the begging and end of the pattern as well as the inner/outer corner and the sides) that repeat along the path (e)

As you may see, calligraphic, art and bristle brushes resemble each other, though they differ slightly, while scatter and pattern brushes always make the same effect. The only difference is that unlike Pattern brushes that follow the path precisely, Scatter brushes don’t. Let’s now find out how to take everything you can from all these brush types.

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