Make it Artastic: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Brush Sets

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Photoshop brush sets can be a great time saver for the designers because these allow the designers to easily and quickly create fantastic artwork without the need to draw all the individual design elements.

Good Photoshop brushes have always been in demand, which is why every designer should have a great collection of Photoshop brushes in their tool boxes. It is not hard to find Photoshop sets but finding those with the highest quality can frustrate any web designer on the lookout.

In today’s post, we are featuring a high quality collection of brushes that can be of great help to every designer. Latest versions of Photoshop do come with nice pre-installed brushes but they are only the beginning of what you can possibly do with the Photoshop brushes.

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Font Awesome Review: Everything You Need to Know

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Ever wonder what Font Awesome is? Don’t look anywhere else because here is the Font Awesome review you are looking for.

Font Awesome is a web font collection that contains all the icons from Twitter Bootstrap framework. It provides you scalable vector icons that you can instantly customize. You can customize it in any size, color, drop shadow, or any other thing that you can do with the power of CSS.

The setting up of Font Awesome is as simple as adding two lines of code in your website. If you are an advanced user, you can customize as you like it. Just add the Font Awesome on your website with a single code line.

There is no need to download or install any software for that purpose. There are number of features that Font Awesome offers for your website. Let’s discuss each one of them briefly.

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Top 30 Free WordPress Themes 2014

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A lot of themes are now floating through the Web, some are free and others premium. Of course, most WordPress experts recommend premium themes because of its security and design advantages but that doesn’t mean that you should trump the free ones. Sometimes, the free themes are even more beautiful than the paid ones. Every year we collect themes for you. Checkout the free WordPress Themes 2014 below.

WordPress is the best blogging platform there is. Let’s accept it. More and more websites use WordPress to manage their content. This doesn’t only apply to blogging but can also extend to eCommerce and a lot more! With this growing market for WordPress, the growth of the WordPress theme market consequentially grows with it.

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40 Free Icon Sets Worth Checking Out

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Icons are very important in websites as they are used to make them look complete. These can be seen on every website. Their purpose is to guide the users and provide useful information to them. That said, designers are well aware of their meaning in web related projects and always looking for good icons to use in their websites.

Icons are symbols that work as the communicator between the user and web page. In addition to that, icons provide a smoother and easier navigation experience.

Designers who work to give usability to the visitors always include icons in their design.

Why?

  • Icons make the design of website look simple and creative
  • Icons are a great way to help your visitors finding their required information quickly

As the modern design technology is improving, more and more designers are using icons in their websites. Icon sets can be found easily on the Internet in both free and premium charges.

If you are a creative designer, you can create custom icons for yourself. However, using icon sets that are pre-designed by expert designers is always a good option. A lot of talented graphic designers share their icon sets with other designers so that everyone can utilize them.

In today’s post, we are sharing 40 free icon sets of 2014 that we have collected for web designers, developers and bloggers. You can freely download these sets and use them in your designing projects.

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40 Premium HTML Templates for Web Developers and Designers

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With thousands of websites standing in line, it can be very difficult to attract the visitors to your website. Developers have to give lot of attention to make the website perfect from every angle.

Premium HTML templates allow you to make the website look attractive and perfect without doing much work. They are very easy to understand. They even provide help in creating exclusive and eye- catching websites easily.

Premium templates have always been easy to customize; they offer plenty of useful features. With these templates, you can create your very own website in a few minutes.

All the websites created with these templates look great on tablets, laptops and smart phones.

  • Fully responsive layouts that are based on HTML5 and CSS3
  • Gives you a more effective website than the older versions of HTML
  • Easily adjusted on every screen size to give the same look on all the screens

But with tons of premium templates available on the web, it can become hard to choose the one that fits the needs of your website properly. So to help you out, we are featuring 40 premium ones that will be very helpful for the web developers and designers.

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30 iOS Apps You Should Have This Year

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As a designer, developer or a freelancer, we always look for those tools that can make our work easier. No doubt these kinds of tools are installed in our laptops and desktops, but what will you do when you are on-the-go and want to edit a couple of lines to the code? Or you saw an idea that you want to capture instantaneously?

This is the time when an iOS device comes in handy you. iOS, as we all know, is an operating system manufactured by Apple Inc. used in mobile devices. Although iOS apps have to face a lot of competition with the free Android apps, still, iPhone is considered the first choice for designers.

Why iOs is the preferred system:

  • It’s about the whole design
  • Think about the functionality

It doesn’t matter if you want to sketch on the move, or you are looking for a perfect app to help you out in your daily routine. You can use iOS apps to manage your projects, time and money for you.

To make your search easy, we have collected 30 iOS apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.

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Best 100 Free Fonts 2014

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I have always been a fan of beautiful fonts. Over the time that I have been writing here at 1stwebdesigner, I have discussed a lot about fonts: the types & kinds, how to sell them and which fonts are hideous and so cliché that you shouldn’t use them.

But for today, let’s take a break from criticizing fonts or learning about how they are made. Today, we will appreciate the best 100 free fonts 2014! Let’s take a look!

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The Top 50 Free Web PSD Templates for 2014

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With the Internet now so easy to use, designers and developers have a personal blog or website where they interact with their audience. Building a whole new website for these kinds of interactions can be very time-consuming for many designers since they can busy with certain projects. Therefore, using free web PSD templates can be very helpful for every designer and developer.

Adobe Photoshop is a very useful tool for designers. It is considered as the best software for designing any website. It is a very helpful source for start-up designers.

When you are working on a new project for any business, it is not easy to manage everything. A great technique is to use pre-designed, free web templates. Whether you have a low budget or you are starting out, I would recommend you to use these for your websites.

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NEWS: Project Naptha – Chrome Extension to Copy Texts from Images

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What if I told you that you can copy and even translate texts inside images you find on the Internet? Would you believe me?

For those who answered yes, thank you very much. For those who doubted me, I present to you, Project Naptha, a free Google Chrome browser extension developed by Kevin Kwok.

Project Naptha uses a series of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms that include libraries developed by Microsoft and Google. These algorithms and libraries quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters in nearly any image there is.

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5 Business Card Bonanza for Website Builders

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One of the must-haves of a web designer (and even graphic designers and bloggers) is a business card. Call it a little bit old fashioned but business cards are still very useful. They contain the most available point of contact for the possible employee. It makes your clients realize that you are a legit artist and very good one at that.

This calls for a very good and catchy business card. In order to attract clients, you have to be clever in designing your cards. They should also reflect the trade you do and details on how to contact you.

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