Dainis Graveris

Role: Integrator of Company's vision

Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

Bannersnack Giveaway Contest And 9th Month Feedback

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Hello! It’s been a while since I created just feedback article, telling about successes, what am I doing, what I am planning to do in future with this blog. And there is one more reason I am celebrating 1stwebdesigner site reaching 4,000 RSS readers and 260, 000 unique visits per month. This is my first blog and now it’s just 8 month old.. I am pretty impressed with such huge achievements and I don’t plan to stop! Now I am just a little more inactive because I still learn in academy and we have examination period, which I try to pass as best as I can. After that 1stwebdesigner site will get redesigned to suit even better for our readers needs, it will be much lighter design for readability and more features You should enjoy.

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27 Twitter Tools To Help You Find And Manage Followers

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This is my first Twitter related article, I am using Twitter a lot lately so it is really unforgivable not even have one article related to Twitter. Now I am starting to correct this mistake and here comes list with 27 Twitter tools, which will help You find more followers, manage them, find who doesn’t follow You back, who stops following, statistics and much, much more.

As Your first added follower on this list You should follow @1stwebdesigner, if You want design related tweet links.

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65 Very Creative and Funny Photoshopped Images

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There are countless tutorials, articles, resources all about how to use Photoshop more efficiently, tips, tricks. Photo manipulation is one of the most interesting skills and most creative art dressed in future/present digital age in my opinion. On this list You’ll find showcased many artists from Worth1000 site – which is popular with its numerous contests and amazing photo manipulation works. Every pick has been carefully picked from the crowd – some of these works are really funny, some works look unbelievably real – but all of those works will inspire You a lot, I assure this!

If You still don’t know – everything is possible with Photoshop and here You can see, what can be done with Photoshop power in it’s best performance!

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20 WordPress Theme Frameworks And Starting Resources

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A theme framework is a theme that is designed to be a flexible foundation that can serve as a parent theme for building child themes. The use of WordPress theme frameworks may ease theme development by reducing the volume of work which may be needed in creating a backbone for your theme (usually by using PHP and WordPress Template Tags). Theme frameworks also make theme development more accessible, removing the need for programming knowledge. I listed here the best WordPress theme frameworks available as well as several child themes and related articles to help get Your foot with WordPress theme developing.

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29 Online Photo Editing Websites To have Fun With

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There are a lot of online resources available where you can change, enhance and make funny photo editing without knowing and there are programs like Photoshop. Maybe you want to be on a magazine cover, want your own personalized dollar or maybe just want to change your mood? Now you can do it with just few mouse clicks and in just few seconds.

I collected all the best free photo editing services, which will keep you busy for quite a while and you will receive amazing results – maybe funny, maybe silly – but you’ll get original photos and few more reasons to smile.

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33 Outstanding Apophysis Tutorials: Part 2

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So as promised I’ll continue with Apophysis tutorial part separated in 3 parts for beginners, basic and advanced users. At the end of article You’ll find 2 more links, where You can continue Your research if You are serious about this program. It was real fun and interest compiling this article and through research I saw there are really a lot to learn, but everything is based on math so You can create unbelievable fractals as seen in previous Apophysis inspirational article.

Okay, now let the magic happen and good luck in Your own research!

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Huge List Of Highly Extensible Photoshop Plugins

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Photoshop plugins are very powerful addons to Adobe Photoshop, which many people seem to forget. Plugins are small extensions to make Photoshop even more extensive while retouching photos, adding simple filter effects and more. I selected separate plugins and featured them, however there were also many huge collections of plugins, so it didn’t make sense to copy&paste massive loads of text and images – I just put screenshot and link to them in that case. Hope You’ll enjoy this one and feel free to add Your comment about Your favorites and maybe links I didn’t list here.

Photoshop plug-ins are .8bf files. After downloading a plug-in, simply place it in the presets>plug-ins folder of the Photoshop’s installation folder (creating a folder with a name defining the plug-in & placing the plug-in files inside the folder will make it more organized).

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Amazing Retouching And Photo Enhancing Tutorials In Photoshop

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As graphic designer retouching photographies is essential skill You need to master. You could talk about principles, but at least I started with simple photo editing on Photoshop, trying to take off red eyes, lumps and change backgrounds of pictures I was using. In this You’ll find everything You need – facial and portrait, teeth, lips, eye retouching, background remove as well as simple color adjustments in video and image-based tutorials. In fact for color adjustments I would suggest You look for some premade actions available on deviantart, very handy if You’re just starting out. This list is not so big because it is carefully picked, I am starting to think it’s better to get quality than quantity. Enjoy!

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The Best And Fastest Way To Create Blog Post

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I’ve tested many different ways and weblog clients to create blog posts more effectively, but know I seem to find the best way and I wanted to share it with You. Maybe technique will seem very simple to experienced bloggers, but at least for me it was something I wasn’t aware at start and found out just by testing.

At first I would suggest to use any desktop editing program, because coding article by hand in my opinion takes too much effort, which is not worth it really. I have been using Windows Live Writer for some time, where I like to get automatic SpellCheker, but now I am sticking to another free weblog client BlogDesk. In my opinion these are the best choices if You’re using Windows ( I don’t know how about Mac).

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