Daniels Mekšs

Works at 1stwebdesigner, studies photography at ISSPand seeks to enjoy life. You can check out his photography blog and follow him on twitter.

40 Dazzling Photoshop Abstract and Lighting Effects Tutorials

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Well done abstract and lighting effects can enhance your artworks exceedingly and this is very popular trend now in photo manipulations, backgrounds, website headers – definitely useful tutorials to be aware of .

You can add them to premade photos, or create whole new scenes from scratch. Photoshop gives you those abilities and allows you to express in all ways. In this post you’ll find 40 best tutorials around web to master abstract and lighting effects.

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35 Security Plugins to Make Your WordPress Bulletproof

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WordPress is the most popular blogging platform today. It’s being used by thousands of people all around the world. But because of the popularity, it’s getting more attention by hackers and spammers too. WordPress is very secure by itself, but there’s never too much ascertainable.

For simple users,who don’t code a lot, plugins is the best way to secure your blog. They’re free, easily usable and safe. This post assembles 35 best plugins to make your blog bulletproof. They’re each devised for different purposes, so you will get the best protection from each field.

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50 Most Creative Character Illustration Tutorials

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Drawn characters are usually cute and they can make us laugh. Nowadays, designers can turn their pencil sketches into beautiful digital art with lot of beautiful effects. You can use striking vector character as a mascot for your business or website.

This article contains 50 best Photoshop and Illustrator character designing tutorials. Most of these tutorials require a hand drawn sketch, so don’t forget about your pencil and paper.

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50 Exclusive Commercial Business And Corporate WordPress Themes

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If you need a great, working WordPress theme, but don’t have or necessary skills, then these commercial themes are just for you. They’re completely ready to use, easy customizable and you are getting support too. This post assembles 50 good-looking corporate & business themes, so if you want to start a commercial site, this is the best option available. You get quality stuff with modern features for cheap price. Plus almost every theme has a help documentation so you don’t need to be a WordPress geek to set up and use them.

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How To Create Recognizable And Really Unique Article Thumbnails

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Picture can save a thousand words. That’s true and it works everywhere, even in blogs. Next thing visitors spot after the title is thumbnail. Well done post thumbnails will attract more visitors and they will explore your website with interest.

In this article I’m going to share some tips and advices about beautiful post thumbnails. You will see lot examples of using thumbnails and hopefully learn something new.

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Ultimate Guide to HTML Emails – Basics, Tips, Tutorials and Resources

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HTML emails is a great marketing tool, and if built good, they work great. In 2009 HTML email ROI was $43.52 for every dollar spent on it. If you are a freelancer be aware that sooner or later your clients will start asking for you to build HTML emails.

You might think that it’s not a big deal. Just a miniature HTML web page. But the difference from building HTML websites is that you aren’t building it to just a couple of browsers with very similar structure, but to 20+ email clients people are using. And believe me, they won’t swallow your code so easily. Each of them has it’s own particularities and that makes

HTML emails so hard to make. Below you will find 50+ tutorials, tips, resources, templates to get familiar with HTML email building.

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Improve Your Skills: 25 jQuery Beginner Tutorials Roundup

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jQuery is the most popular JavaScript library that highlights the interaction between JavaScript and HTML. With jQuery you can write less and do more. jQuery has become an active trend and it’s features are growing rapidly.

I have assembled 25 beginner level tutorials for you to start knowing and exploiting jQuery and it’s powerful tools. After reading these guides and tutorials you will be able to proceed and start testing jQuery’s limits.

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12 Tools To Reevaluate And Analyze Your Web Design

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Nowadays there are pretty many tools to analyze your site’s code and traffic, but there aren’t that much tools to evaluate design and accessibility. Personally, I think that best ‘tool’ to evaluate web design is other people feedback.

Surprisingly – there are just that type of tools available. Check them out together with some other useful tools and see if your design is easy accessible and practical. In this list less is more, you don’t need to much tools to analyze your web design, just few you really trust.

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Visualize Everything: 32 Free Tools To Create Different Diagrams

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Diagrams are often used to help visualize something. What to do if you need to create a chart but don’t have a software like Microsoft Office? I’ve collected 32 online tools for creating diagrams, flowcharts, charts and graphs and all you need to use them is a web browser.

Certainly, you won’t need them all, but I offer you the choise to choose best from the best. Each of them has it’s own pros and cons, and I hope you’ll be able to choose the best option for you.

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Complete Toolbox: 55 CSS Menu And Button Coding Tutorials

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Navigation menus and buttons with CSS styling are being used in almost every website. There are a lot of techniques to utilize and a good developer should have some basic knowledge about them all.

Below you will find a lot of tutorials each teaching you something different and appropriate. You will also find quite lot CSS3 tutorials, because CSS3 offered features are being used more and more and you should practise them too.

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