Don’t Be a Wimp with GIMP Tutorials

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GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation program. It has been distributed as an open source, so therefore, anyone can easily download the software without any donation. It can easily work on different operating systems. It is also available in many languages as well. Are you ready for some awesome GIMP tutorials?

You can use GIMP in a variety of web designing activities such as:

  • Photo retouching
  • Image composition
  • Image authoring

GIMP is packed with plenty of awesome features.

  • It has a customizable interface that allows you to easily customize the view and behavior of the image as you like it.
  • GIMP saves you from other unnecessary details using the clone tool.
  • The hardware of the GIMP includes a unique support for the various input devices.
  • You can change the size, angle, or even the opacity of a brush while you are painting, binding your favorite scripts to buttons.
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Learn Fast with These 15 Apple Swift Tutorials

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Swift is the Apple’s new programming language that has become so popular among the programming community. Apple announced the release of Swift programming language 4 years ago. It was one of the many experiments done for replacing the next era of Objective-C language.

Since then, there are plenty of Apple Swift tutorials that have been released on the Internet by programmers. Although many of them are free, the problem with these tutorials is that most of them are not very good, especially the ones developed during the early stages of Swift.

However, you don’t need to worry because we have collected the best on Swift tutorials. You will surely find something worth learning from these tutorials. Swift is very important to any career related to  iOS development. If you are an experienced programmer looking to make some money, this is the perfect time for you to learn the Swift and stay in the developing game.

Here are some useful tutorials that are of the highest quality and have the ability to teach you everything about Swift. Hope you will find something useful from these tutorials.

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Life Outside the World Wide Web: How to Make Non-Professional Relationships Last

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If you are to review your life for the past years and ask yourself what relationships have you forged, what could your answer be? How do you make non-professional relationships last?

Probably, your list would include clients, prospective clients, co-collaborators, web design colleagues and basically, professional relationships.

But are these the relationships you want to spend your life with?

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Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should

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You may think that photography is just for people with cameras, that it has nothing to do with web design at all. At times, you heavily rely on illustrations, or, if needed, run to the caring shoulders of stock photos.

But I’m telling you right now, photography and web design are closely related. In fact, most web designers ignore the fact that they need photography to make their work look better.

Many web designers are oblivious of the truth that some websites look better with photographs rather than illustrations.

Why would I want to care about this?

Knowing the difference between good and bad photography will help you make your design more appealing. Think of this: you are designing a website, some photos were given to you to choose from so you can attach one of them as a header image.

Because you just don’t care about photography guidelines, you just choose that poorly-shot photo out of the blue. The result? A poorly designed website.

Of course, you would want to make your design better. To do so, you have to be capable of identifying which photo should be used and which one is not going to make the cut.

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MySQL Guide for Beginners: What You Must Know

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A database is an essential part of most websites. From simple blogs to complex e-commerce websites, everything is being driven by a database.

If you are a web developer, you definitely know a lot about MySQL.

  • Is the most popular open source database system
  • Uses SQL (Structured Query Language) to manipulate information inside the database
  • It’s free, very dependable and fast
  • It has several application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Easy to use to develop software or applications

This article is a MySQL guide article that tackles how does the program works and what it can do for both users and programmers.

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Reasons Why Minimalism Popularity Is Growing Steadily

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Minimalism popularity has grown steadily in the past years. Long before the emergence of Flat Design, minimalism has been playing a big role in influencing the designs of many artists: sculptors, theater directors, interior designers, graphic designers and of course, web designers.

In minimalism, the design is dissected and reduced in a way that only the most essential elements are left. Although difficult to master, minimalism is something you can learn easily. If you want to try out minimalism in any artistic endeavor, you have to strip the work to the barest that it can be. It’s about stripping it until the unnecessary is removed without going in the way of the purpose.

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Are You In Or Out? Internal vs. External Motivation Battle

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Every time I wake up in the morning, dragging myself out of bed, I always ask myself this queer question:  Am I happy? Am I motivated? It tortures my braincells slowly each time it happens because I consider happiness and motivation as having an affair.

It’s like one of Newton’s Laws of Motion (sounds overused…) that says to every action (force applied) there is an equal and opposite reaction (equal force applied in the opposite direction).

Get the picture?

Motivation is the power that comes from within that pushes you to take action towards to achieving your goal. Simultaneously powered by desire and ambition, and therefore, if these are absent, motivation has no effect.

But, then again, motivation is basically divided into two parts, which might lead to ask how internal vs. external motivation differs?

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UX vs UI: What’s the Real Score?

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There is sometimes a false impression among people in workplaces regarding the difference between ‘User Interface’ and ‘User Experience’. Many are asking about UX vs UI. What’s the difference between the two, anyway?

Whether you are in a client’s meeting or looking at any job description, chances are, you will find these terms interlinked. It is often expected that the interface designer knows the mechanisms of user experience.

Due to some common characteristics of skill sets mixed up in both concepts, an interface designer can be taken as the right person for user experience work. But, both terms are totally different from each other in terms of objectives and scope.

The term user interface is more focused towards actual elements that any user interacts with, whereas user experience is more than just the end result of user interface. User interface allows the users to easily interact with the system. User experience focuses on the whole part of giving the best experience to the user in every element of the site

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Customize Your Anchor Link Tooltips Using This Tutorial

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Tooltips, also referred to as ScreenTips, are a great way to show more information or messages that appears when a cursor is positioned over a hyperlink, icon, images or any other element. There are many ways to create anchor link tooltips.

The idea of tooltips came from older Microsoft applications like Microsoft Word. It had a toolbar where moving the mouse over the buttons displayed the tooltips.

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to customize your tooltips using pure HTML and CSS3 using a span element. Let’s get started.

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Design with Class: A Hundred Wallpapers for Web Designers

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Wallpapers are always a source of inspiration. Everyone likes good wallpaper, whether it is on the desktop screen or on the website. The simpler they are, the more beautiful they look.

Web designers are always searching for some inspiration that help them to expand their vision and go beyond possibilities. That is why most of the designers have a large collection of wallpapers with them. Web designers, I would say, give more attention to wallpapers than anyone else because they use them for computer wallpapers as well as in their websites.

Changing wallpapers can give you several advantages:

  • A fresh feeling while working
  • They can be inspiring and motivating.
  • Always encourage you to think beyond your imagination

Beautifully balanced colors with simple yet efficient design is what every designer looks in a wallpaper. These wallpapers are fine pieces of art in themselves.

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