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This week we have taken the time out not only to highlight some of the best articles available but also placed each article into one of five categories: Competitions and giveaways, Resources and tutorials, Showcases and roundups & Web Design, Interviews & Opinions, Word Press, Web design and everything else.

Inspiration and Motivation Articles

Resources & Tutorials

Creating Web Layouts From Scratch Using Photoshop15/08/2010

In this article contains tutorials for creating web layout from scratch using photoshop to help you learn and master the various techniques involved in creating beautiful web layouts.

Free Grunge Textures15/08/2010

20 New grunge textures, 100% free for personal and commercial purposes

Create a Blood Text Effect in Illustrator15/08/2010

In the following steps I will show you how to create a simple blood text effect. You’ll start with a simple text then you will use the Roughen and the Warp effects. Finally, you will need multiple gradients and some simple brushes.

Club Party Poster14/08/2010

Ready to print Club party poster, A4, format PSD. Free for private and commercial purposes.

Call-to-Action Brochure Designing12/08/2010

In today’s world, the success of a business greatly depends upon the effectiveness of its marketing communication. It is important for the organization to communicate to the potential customers and the best tool for one-to-one communication is the brochure. Brochures really help the marketers in their pursuit and to achieve their goals well. This source of communication provides greater details about the products in an attracting manner. Bas…

Freebie: Music Player UI (PSD)12/08/2010

It’s time for us to offer you some freebies. The first of Marked Lines is a Music Player UI that you can use everywhere! Also, a tutorial of the freebie will come soon!

Icons-Land Customized Icon Sets12/08/2010

Since late September of 2009 we at Designrfix have written about 8 articles on the importance of icons and their many uses on the internet. I find creating great looking icons is very important and creating an icon set that matches your web design is even more important in bringing your entire project together.

How to Create a Colorful Textured Tiki Mask in Illustrator11/08/2010

In this tutorial we will create a Tiki mask from scratch, starting from a pencil sketch and a few references.
Difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced
Completion time: 2 hours
Tools: Adobe Illustrator CS3, paper, pencil.

30 High Quality Metallic Texture Packs For Designers11/08/2010

Textures helps us to give the realistic look to our designs so its a must have tool for every designer. In the past we collected so many textures for our readers and this is another post where we are presenting you the high quality textures to give your design the realistic look. If you want to give the metallic look to your design then this post is just for you. This post has 30 high quality and free metallic textures for your next design.

Creating A CSS Layout In Dreamweaver from PSD11/08/2010

In this tutorial we will go through the steps of creating a CSS website starting from a layout received from the designer. We will explain how to understand the page structure and how to use the Flexi CSS Layouts to create the CSS layout without coding.

Tutorials : Creating Web Layouts From Scratch Using Photoshop10/08/2010

In this article contains tutorials for creating web layout from scratch using photoshop to help you learn and master the various techniques involved in creating beautiful web layouts.

20 Free Fantastic Novelty Styled Fonts10/08/2010

We have gathered an awesome little collection of free fonts. These are novelty styled fonts that must be added to your collection. To download the font just click on the picture and it will take you to the download page. These fonts are completely free for commercial and personal use, and will look great on any type of print/web media. We would like your feedback, so please comment below.

30+ Photoshop Creative and Beautiful Text Effect Tutorials10/08/2010

Learning and getting inspire is regularly task and designers do this both to sharper there skills. Here are 30+ Photoshop beautiful Text Effects to learn.

Create a Fantastic Grayscale Wallpaper in Photoshop09/08/2010

Today, we will create a nice wallpaper using stock vectors, images and a bit of imagination. Along, we will also learn some photo retouching techniques, enhancement and changing the lighting source. Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate
Completion time: 1-2 hours
Tools: Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS3.

How to Create Intense Lighting Effects in Photoshop09/08/2010

Add a touch of magic with lighting effects. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how introduce light streaks around your artwork’s subject using brushes, layer styles and line blends created in illustrator

Adobe Photoshop: 40+ Examples of .PSD Files and Tutorials09/08/2010

It is always a pleasure experimenting out different things, same is the case with Adobe Photoshop.

Showcases & Roundups

120 Unforgettable Sailing Vessels From Around the World14/08/2010

We are with beautiful sailing vessel photographs; sailing vessels have an complete history and always an luxury way of travel around the world. We just get an amazing collection and want to share with you all, because these are really beautiful photographs. In a present-day world one can barely find something more romantic than a sailing vessel. Of course, a trip by sea is in itself extremely romantic, a sailing vessel, however, is a crown of …

80+ Stunning Photographic Portraits14/08/2010

In this post I would like to introduce a new topic on photography. Its surprising that I have never made a post on photography considering that photographs are used in everyday design such as campaign ads, posters, magazine covers and photo compositions just to name a few.

120+ Gorgeous and Engaging Fashion Photography13/08/2010

We sharing an beautiful showcase of fashion photography, which appearance gives us various ideas about this fashion industry. In these beautiful photographs you can see charming examples of fashion around the world. These kinds of photographs usually used for online or outdoor advertisements. Kindly feel free to express your views on Fashion Photography and do let us know if we have missed your favorite one. We would try our best to include it…

25 Awesome Examples Of Abstract Drawings13/08/2010

Drawings is one of the oldest and most popular traditional art. Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Today we are presenting the mixture of both arts drawings and the abstract art. Lets see what happens when abstract meets the drawings

30+ Examples of Corporate Logo Redesigns13/08/2010

Logo is a representation of any corporate and this is the reason why companies spend sizable amount of resource when site for their logo design. It carries an extreme importance in making corporate a brand…

Beautiful and Dirty Grunge Posters Collection: 35 Examples12/08/2010

A collection of beautiful and dirty grunge posters to inspire your own designs.

32 Spectacular Examples Of Reflection Photography12/08/2010

Reflection photography always looks really cool. There are so many ways of capturing a reflection. You can capture a person with their reflection or you can only capture a reflection. I love this kind of photography, it looks really cool. This post is a collection of 32 spectacular examples of reflection photography to inspire the photographers.

30+ Exciting Examples of Wave Photography12/08/2010

Time for some more inspiration!!! Photography is a constant and ever green source of inspiration for designers. Professional photography is also a very difficult but equally interesting career.

30 Splendid Examples of Motion Blur Photography12/08/2010

We normally focus all our attention on getting sharp photos that we miss out on realizing how great motion blur photography can be. Motion blur photography is accomplished using slow shutter speeds, panning, or zooming, and can yield very cool results. By moving either the camera or the subject, an awesome sense of motion and action can be captured using these techniques. Here i have gathered a cool collection of Motion Blur Photographs for y…

Go Green! – 50+ Beautiful Nature Vector Illustrations12/08/2010

We know it’s hard to find quality nature vectors and, to save you some time, we’ve made a selection of over 50 superb nature designs to inspire you in your art work. Here they are.

60 Stunning Typography Wallpapers of All Time12/08/2010

In this post we present Massive Collection of Typography Wallpapers of All Time. Hopefully, everybody will find something interesting to spice up his or her desktop. All wallpapers can be downloaded for free from their original source please read the license documentation carefully because they changed time.

35 Stunning Examples of Digital Artworks12/08/2010

Amazing examples of digital artworks. All these creation of computer graphics will amaze you.

27 Amazing Photo Manipulated Wallpapers For Your Desktop11/08/2010

Photo manipulation can enhance the beauty of any normal photo. This is the reason I collected some of the best photo manipulated wallpapers for the readers of Creative Design Magazine. These photo manipulated wallpapers will enhance the look of your desktop screen. I hope you will love them all. Please do share your views in the comments section below.

50 Fresh Admirable Typography Wallpapers11/08/2010

We want to share some fresh creative typography wallpapers for make more beautiful your desktop, it is just nice and inspiring to look at I think. Adding typography art to desktop wallpapers seams to be quite common and it gives us a good opportunity to have a source of typography inspiration in a place where we won’t forget to look at it. Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type gly…

30 Job Boards for Finding Freelance Jobs11/08/2010

Freelancing is great! but finding a Freelance Job isn’t always easy. We all have to start somewhere, but do not always know where. The job boards are a great starting point for any designer.

Ice Cream Posters: Sweet and Saucy Examples11/08/2010

Now is the perfect time to enjoy this yummy dessert minus the calories with our roundup of 15 sweet and saucy ice cream posters!

30+ Amazing Commercial Photography for Inspiration11/08/2010

Commercial photography is photographic work done for commercial purposes, such as for magazine advertising, corporate publications, brochures, restaurant menus, etc. On a basic level, commercial photography involves a client that wants to sell or promote something for which they need photographs taken.?

iPad Wallpaper: 70+ Collection Of Diverse Designs11/08/2010

iPad as we already know, have so many different applications. One of my favorite uses of my iPad is browsing the internet while lying on the couch. It might sound lazy, but It definitely beats sitting behind my desk all day. In this article I have compiled an amazing collection of diverse iPad wallpaper designs. I hope that you will find one to choose from to refresh your iPad desktop. Enjoy!

Best of July 1010/08/2010

Discover July’s best web design and development content with this detailed blog post.

The Beauty Of Typography – 25 Beautiful Examples10/08/2010

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs.Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designers, art directors, comic book artists, graffiti artists, and clerical workers. Until the Digital Age, typography was a specialized occupation. Digitization opened up typography to new genera…

Creative Business Card Collection of 201010/08/2010

Business card also play main role in any business and any industry when we design according to our market and as per our business demand. Its very important to have a good looking business card, well designed business card reflects the seriousness of you involved in your own business. Sometimes all you need is a little boost of inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. In this 2010 collection of business cards, you will find aspects of…

30 Attractive Designs of Brochures10/08/2010

One of the best tools of advertising your corporate identity is corporate brochure. Brochure design is a key component to the marketing of many businesses large and small. Brochures are often relatively small in size and packed with lots of information. This makes it very hard for a designer because you need to make the brochure eye-catching and easy to read, but still work in all the important information. So in this post, i have gathered a …

Design on Wheels – 100+ Seriously Awesome Skateboard Prints10/08/2010

For skateboarders, the print on their skateboard is something like a statement of coolness and individuality. The more fabulous your skateboard is, the more attention and the more compliments you receive from your group.

35 Awesome Examples Of Conceptual Photography10/08/2010

Concept Photography is a kind of photography which is based on a concept. Usually the conception of the idea precedes the realization of the photography. This kind of photography often involves use of computer editing, to achieve the desired effects. I am always been a fan of conceptual art whether its photo manipulation or photography.

Fresh and Beautiful Illustrations from Vectorious.net10/08/2010

We’ve just released 160 fresh and beautiful illustrations for you to use in your artwork! The new illustrations from include some seriously awesome retro, vintage, grunge, floral vector art. Just check out the previews below.

Custom Printed Postcards Inspiration + Win Free Postcard Printing!10/08/2010

Design Inspiration, lots of postcard samples, marketing ideas plus writing contest! Celebrate summer by sending postcards to friends, inspiring others or promoting your business or your cause.

200 websites to submit your blog and RSS09/08/2010

There is nothing easier and cost effective to help you promote your blog and/or RSS feeders than the directories, which is the central subject of this article. We will be reviewing some of the essential places where you can submit your blog and/or RSS feeder.

30+ Dark & Emotional Examples of Surreal Art09/08/2010

Digital Art show the creativity of artist that worked on computer art and multimedia art. Artist has transformed traditional activities such as painting, drawing and sculpture, while new forms, such as net art, digital installation art, and virtual reality, have become recognized artistic practices. In this post, i have selected dark surreal artwork from digital art. Here are more than 30 creative photos of dark surreal art. I hope you do like…

7 Great Roundups for Design Inspiration | August 201009/08/2010

The August collection of inspirational design roundups includes some fabulous texture freebies, a bounty of Photoshop brushes and more.

Photo of the day09/08/2010

Design and photography blog with a ton of inspiration from a freelance designer.

Best Of: July 201009/08/2010

The best design and art related articles, wallpaper, app and websites discovered and published in July 2010.

50 Unbelievable Examples Of Space Wallpapers09/08/2010

This post presents over 50 space wallpapers . Some of the presented wallpapers are real photos, some of them have been created using Photoshop or Illustrator. In either case the result is pretty impressive and definitely worth a look if you are looking for some “cosmic” inspiration out there.

Yellow Logo Roundup09/08/2010

Colors add life to designs. Every color has its own symbolism and conveys a particular meaning. To create a successful brand identity it is very important that the logo of the business uses the right color to represent itself.

I Want Candy: Sweet Tooth Creative Photography Showcase09/08/2010

These photographs go out to all those people with a sweet tooth for a bag of Haribo, the penny sweets we all used to eat as kids from the candy shop or for those us who loved a good old Chuba Chups lollipop.

30+ Exciting Examples of Wave Photography09/08/2010

Time for some more inspiration!!! Photography is a constant and ever green source of inspiration for designers.

25+ Beautiful Examples of Black & White Photography09/08/2010

Photography has always been a great source of inspiration for designers. Specially, when we talk about Black and White photography because where colors represents the environment..

Voting Sites for your Design Articles08/08/2010

These are all sites you are going to want to submit your design related articles to. These sites allow readers to vote on the sites that they feel are worthy of a vote. These articles give back to the community, explain a great process dealing with design, an amazing tutorial or just all around amazing article. Submitting your posts to these sites will bring a large amount of traffic to your site depending on what the readers feel about it. Yo…

11 Must See Adobe AIR Applications for Designers08/08/2010

Desktop working with Adobe Air applications brings the web to your desktop on your PC or mac.I’m quite a fan of air applications because they are so easy to use and often much more efficient and effective than similar online tools.

95 Digital Art Images of Famous Game Characters08/08/2010

We sharing a stunning list of Digital art of famous game characters, character design goes a long way in determining the success of any given video game. These game related images found in this digital art gallery have a dark shaded most people with lightening effects will like them. You’ll see images of conflict, evolving machinery and technology, war, historic, Halloween inspiration, social scenes from different ages and an infusion of qu…

Interviews & Opinions

Interview: Pablo Larah Social Media and Illustrative Expert14/08/2010

Today we bring you an interview with Pablo Larah, a social media expert (especially on Twitter) and brilliant illustrative artist.

Maybe it’s time to switch your browser13/08/2010

Everybody uses the Web differently, so why should your browser be exactly like the next person’s? Firefox has more than 6,000 add-ons to help you customize it to your exact needs, plus thousands of Personas to instantly change the way it looks.

Plan Your Way To Hire A Drupal Site Developer13/08/2010

To hire any service provider, its very important for you to understand the whats and hows of that particular set of need.

The problem with creativity.11/08/2010

Dealing with creativity issues.

Up & Coming Design Blog’s To Follow11/08/2010

Today I will be showing you my favourite blogs I visit on a daily basis that are under 100 thousand page impressions a month (based on statistics!). Giving you the option to visit there Facebook fan page, follow them on twitter or even subscribe to there RSS feed.

UBD Network meets Charlotte Williams11/08/2010

Charlotte Williams first came to our attention when she scooped The New Designers Graham and Brown Award for her detailed fabric designs. We wanted to know more so we met up with Charlotte to ask some questions about her work and what the future holds.

How to Brand your Business on a Small Budget?11/08/2010

Branding techniques go a long way and can be easily incorporated by small businesses. They are very cost efficient and can be accommodated within a limited budget.

3 Reasons Why Design News Blogs Sucks?11/08/2010

You must have the knowledge of design news blogs, the blogs which only publish the links from other design blogs and never publish anything original from their side. These blogs are good for design blogs as these blogs gives chance to share their articles, but most of the design blogs are not doing any good to the readers as they are continuously publishing articles from 8 or 10 most popular blogs.

How To Set Up A Graphic Design Business11/08/2010

When setting up a graphic design business, keeping good records is extremely important to organize clients, payments, bills and taxes. Hire a bookkeeper before starting up a business in the graphic design field with information from the creative director of a design firm in this free video on graphic design.

What Does NTA and BTL mean?10/08/2010

Hi friends, this time I will talk about two concepts that are used often in advertising and perhaps for those who are not on the subject may not know wthat they are, these concepts are NTA ( Non-traditional advertising) and BTL (Between The Lines)

How Professional Web Development Company Helps In Business Development10/08/2010

In this cut-throat competition, to be able to survive has become a big question at the part of both the website owners, and the web designers.

Usage the shape of camera as the element of their logo design10/08/2010

Using the shape appropriate to the business being operated can be one important element in creating a logo design. The shape on logo used to represented the kind of business or service behind it. With it so target clients can easily know the type of business being offered.

An Ideal Business Card and All About It09/08/2010

A business card is the just the thing to begin marketing your business. However, the outlook of your business card describes the level of professionalism and your commitment towards your business. Your business card plays a vital role in establishing business contacts. It is important that your card should convey a clear message about your business and should have a positive effect at the onlooker. It should also be designed in a way that wou…

Web Design, Word Press & Everything Else

82 Fresh Examples of Single Page Website for Design Inspiration14/08/2010

In this article, you’ll find a variety of highly-creative, beautiful and most importantly inspirational designs which is following the same trend of 82 Fresh Examples of Single Page Website for Design Inspiration. We inspire your imagination to create your own design trend because your website represents you and your brand.

58 Really Cool and Inspirational Single Page Websites13/08/2010

For the last 2 years single page websites became very trendy and you can find hundreds of single page designs on the net.They are all wonderful and highly creative.

30 Examples of Clean, Simple & Minimalist Website Designs13/08/2010

Minimalism renders a clean, simple and uncluttered website that focuses on what’s most important, the content. When a web page has too many elements, the user may begin to feel confused or annoyed when trying to find what they are looking for. It seems that everyone has a different opinion of what qualifies as a minimalistic design. Here are 30 websites that make use of very little unnecessary design elements but still manage to pull off a b…

Learn How To Create a WordPress Theme in Photoshop12/08/2010

In this tutorial I will show you how you can create a wordpress theme using Photoshop.

20 Beautiful Websites Designed With Wix12/08/2010

Wix allows you to easily create high quality Flash websites that are search engine friendly. Oh and did I mention it’s free? Before you hop on this great service, I would like to take a moment and tell you more about it. Wix was founded in September 2006 and is one of the most popular free website builder services online.

Digg into HTML5: The Basic12/08/2010

HTML5 is the next biggest thing that ever happened to web since AJAX. It’s the way forward to create stunning web apps and seamless performance. In this article I’m going to introduce you to the basic HTML 5 semantics and how to make it browser neutral. To start off with HTML5 is only supported by…

Best Website for Database Design Schema Library12/08/2010

Here is a great reference site that I wish that I had found earlier. Some of you that are into Database Design and Construction, this website is absolutely amazing!
Basically is it a Library of Visual Database Schemas with tons of topics to choose from for every kind of websites imaginable all Free.

7 Beautiful Church Websites11/08/2010

Amazing Collection of Seven Beautiful Church Websites

34 Creative and Inspiring Examples Of Vertical Navigation in Web Desig…11/08/2010

Horizontal navigation menus are mostly used in websites or blogs and i know visitors are much more familiar to horizantal navigation.Personally, i also prefer horizontal navigation bars but there are some really creative vertical navigation examples on the net

Superb Examples of Textured Web Designs11/08/2010

A great way to add depth to a website these days is to help create more of a dynamic environment, or portray a lifelike material. Textures have been a driving force for a lot of websites, and rightfully so.. why not bring outside inspirations to our computer screens. Here i have 30 examples of textures used in Web Design, not only as backgrounds but textures can be applied to a lot of different web elements. I hope you do like them and get ins…

July’s Free Professional PSD Web Templates11/08/2010

Here’s a collection of 32 fully customizable templates which contain the graphic source files in .PSD format, fresh and creative resources from design community (July 2010)

Mobile Website Design Trends11/08/2010

There is no doubt to the fact that the area where there has been witnessed a lot of change are the website design trends.

13 Website Design Mistakes that Designers Should Avoid10/08/2010

Website Designing is an art as well as a science. In the last decade, web design market has become very competitive. You ought to innovate some or the other thing in your work if you want to survive in this market. Also..

What is Quality Website Design?10/08/2010

In the virtual world of marketeers, and where Internet has become more than just an addiction to extract maximum amount of information, website become the soul.

Joomla 1.6 Beta 7 Released: Time to Update Joomla!10/08/2010

Joomla is one of the top usable content management platform. Joomla! powered websites are in row these days. Joomla development services are being hugely demanded in the web design market. The key..

Top 8 Most Usable CMS Platforms10/08/2010

Content Management System is a revolution in the world of web designing as well as a boon to non-geeks.

6 Reasons to Choose Magento as your next E-Commerce Platform10/08/2010

Magento is one of the fastest growing e-commerce solution which has consistently been in high demand by the E-Commerce Solution

35+ Excellent CSS Website Designs for Inspiration09/08/2010

Now we present Excellent CSS Website Designs for Inspiration from around the web. So we add CSS Based, Creative, and Flash based websites in this post and only the best sites will be on display.

How Commercial, Customized and Open Source CMS are different?09/08/2010

Content Management is considered to be a revolution in the world of web design and development industry. It has proved to be a boon for non-geeks.

Competitions & Giveaways

Win a Free $1900 Copy of Adobe CS5 Design Premium! | BradsDeals Blog12/08/2010

BradsDeals is giving away a free copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium! Adobe CS5 includes: Photoshop® CS5 Extended, Illustrator® CS5, InDesign® CS5, Flash® Catalyst™ CS5, Flash Professional CS5, Dreamweaver® CS5, Fireworks® CS5, and Acrobat® 9 Pro. The contest ends August 15th, at 11:59pm CST. Visit the blog to find out more details!

Giveaway 2 Free Accounts on DepositPhotos.com11/08/2010

I’d like to take a moment and thank for allowing my readers a chance to win one of two $30 dollar stock photo accounts. Their library of over 1 million images can’t be beat and I’d like to give them a hand for making this giveaway possible. All you have to do is follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Let me know you did so in the comments and at the end of August I will select 2 winners at random and get you…

Giga Vector Pack 6 Found Within Bundle Hunt Treasure Chest – Get You…10/08/2010

If you’re a designer and never heard of Bundle Hunt, then surely you need to find out about it ASAP! It is a website meant to boost the design community with stock vectors, apps, eBooks, icons, premium memberships, templates and more, everything worth over $1400, and they cost only 49$!

Win a Free Website Design by Serene Destiny08/08/2010

Enter in this contest to get a free, professional website by Serene Destiny.

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