50 Excellent Text Effects Tutorials in Adobe Illustrator

Posted in Text Effects, Tutorials3 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

We are all well acquainted with the power of  the Adobe Illustrator and how important it is to a designer. Be it creating appealing text effects or creating awesome characters, Adobe Illustrator is always there to help out designers. In this collection, we are presenting some amazing and helpful tutorials regarding creating incredible text effects by using Adobe Illustrator. With this selection, you can learn how to create blurry, sketchy, bubbly, sticky, sleek, glossy, retro, or futuristic effects.

Without further ado, let us move towards the collection of amazing tutorials. Kindly note that some of these tutorials may also require the use of Photoshop intended for finer details.

If you think we have missed some cool tutorials out there, then let us know or share them with us in the comments. Enjoy!

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The Grim Future of Web Browsers

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Nothing new appearing today in the IT world is labelled as a surprise, because everything moves so fast and at some point in time you start to know when the big news hit the market. With the technology advancing so fast, especially all the mobile devices we call smartphones today part of the mainstream and are, maybe, the most important thing in our lives. So by sending a message from your QWERTY Android device or by playing Fruit Ninja on your latest iPhone, have you ever thought that you yourself are changing the IT world?

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Using The Magic Of QR Codes To Increase Mobile Website Traffic

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Are you using QR codes to drive traffic to your mobile website? If not, you should be. QR codes are the latest marketing craze here in the States, but they’re old news over in Japan. For those not familiar with QR codes they look similar to bar codes. They are those little square barcode-looking things that you’re seeing everywhere you turn. Marketers are putting QR codes in creative places in order to deliver a message or drive readers to their website.

When you see a QR code on a product, TV commercial, business card, etc. you can whip out your smart phone, open your QR code reader, and snap an image of the QR code. You are then taken to a marketing message or website landing page from whoever created the QR code. As you can probably guess, QR codes are great tools for driving readers to websites from anywhere on the planet. In this article we are going to review the benefits of using QR codes, list some of the top QR code generators, provide tips for creating successful QR codes, and review the steps you need to take to create your very own QR codes.

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Customize WordPress With Four Easy-To-Add Scripts

Posted in WordPress3 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Probably at some point you wanted to customize things in WordPress instead of using the “default” for every page. Like a pretty image gallery in a few posts, a syntax highlighter for your tutorial category or a demo page for your tutorials.

Well all those things break the standard, so people will see it as “impossible” to change. Should you put the following scripts on every page? No. That would be a waste of resources, since you’ll load a lot of useful things many times. Should you put them directly in your content (dear lord, please, don’t ever do this)? This would be really hard to maintain, since every simple change would be a big waste of time because you would have to make those changes post by post.

Let’s see a couple of ways to get this easily working.

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Tales That Will Bring You Closer To Typography

Posted in Inspiration, Typography3 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Typography is an integral part of our lives. We know it. But, have you tried to connect with your favorite fonts? I was pretty surprised when I was digging into the history of Ampersand due to its legacy stories. It inspired me to dig more into the broader range of typography. This discussion will dive into the backwoods of our print world and move along the journey which has already been covered by our typefaces.

Remember, basically typography is white. It is the black space in between that changes its forms.

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30 Beautiful Templates, Greeting Cards, Graphics To Get Ready for Christmas

Posted in Freebies, Patterns, Templates, Textures, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Winter is finally here and Christmas isn’t that far away now. Christmas is the time of giving and the time when we give gifts to the ones we love and spend time with our families. We all love to receive Christmas greeting cards. Plus it’s a great solution if you have lots of relatives living far away. This article presents 30 Christmas and winter related items from Envato marketplaces to create the Christmas mood, put on greeting cards or simply touch up your email templates.

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A Tale of Two Competitive CMS’s: WordPress And TextPattern In The Spotlight

Posted in Blogging, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

WordPress and TextPattern are two very popular blogging platforms. Both of them began as blogging platforms (and somehow insist on being blogging tools even to this day), yet have quickly evolved into full-fledged and extremely powerful CMS’s. Both of them have pros and cons, and each boasts of a very dedicated user base as well as communities and forums.

In this article, we shall attempt to compare TextPattern and WordPress and see which one emerges victorious.

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Manage All Your WordPress Sites From One Place: Meet ManageWP

Posted in Interviews, Plugins, Web Design, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

For a kickoff we’ve prepared a review of a really neat and useful service some of you guys will be keen on. Those of you who manage more than one WordPress blog will be more or less familiar with the management problems multiple blogs can create. Installing new plugins, updating platforms, keeping an eye on the posts – it’s getting pretty inconvenient if you’ve got couple of active blogs.

Yes, some of you might have already figured out what kind of service we’re writing about here. ManageWP is a service that allows you to manage all your WordPress websites from one single dashboard. What does it mean?

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The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site

Posted in Tools, Web Design, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

What do we mean when talking about reader engagement? Well, in terms of blogging the first things that come to mind are comments, sharing, questions, conversion rates. To sum up we could compare reader engagement with building a community. A community where readers care about each other, where action doesn’t stop after reading the final paragraph and where exciting discussions are born. Unfortunately, good content and neat design aren’t the only factors which affect reader engagement. You need to learn to focus readers attention and start a conversation. Developing an engagement is a win-win situation. Your visitors will want to explore more and join the conversation but you, as the publisher, will be looking at higher conversion rates.

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Modern Day SEO Practices That You Must Follow

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

Search Engine Optimization tactics have changed over and over. Webmasters have always been trying to figure out how to fight Google but every time Google seems to be the last man standing. The major reason behind this is Google’s ever-changing search algorithm and the search results that Google seems to play with every other year. You don’t believe me? Well, try observing search results for something as obvious as “car hire”. Do you think that you can push your blog in those search results? You think that your SEO tactics can push your URL in between all the results of Google Places and Google Maps. I seriously doubt your confidence.

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