Retina-fy: Creating High Density Retina Displays for Your Website

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials, Tutorials3 days ago • Written by 1 Comment

High density retina displays or screens, like Apple’s Retina Display, have lots of pixels in a small space that it is almost impossible see the pixelation, thus, displaying smoother images and texts. Although Apple offered it first on the market, manufacturers have been releasing similar devices recently to compete with Apple.

When using Retina Display devices, you can see that other sites online appear blurry. This is because of the low-resolution images being stretched to fill the screen that makes the site look disgusting. A Retina Display scales 1px to 2px, making the size double.

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Creating a Responsive Email Template

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials, Tutorials2 weeks ago • Written by 9 Comments

As smart phones and tablets have become popular, more and more people are have been reading their emails regularly on their small screen devices. According to Campaign Monitor, mobile surpassed web and desktop client usage last July 2012. As the mobile email usage grows, web developers and designer must consider optimizing the look of their email newsletters on phones and tablet.

Email clients such as Outlook (Windows), Mail (OSX), etc. use different HTML engines. Many have some rules and regulations. That being said, some CSS might work while some might not.

So, in making an email template, it is highly recommended to use a different approach. Many email clients completely remove the head and strip out styles while some support a limited set of inline and internal styles for formatting. To many, an old-school table layout is the best way to go.

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Creating Shapes with SVG : An SVG Tutorial

Posted in Coding, Coding, Tutorials, Tutorials2 weeks ago • Written by 4 Comments

Have you tried using the SVG image format? Here is an SVG tutorial to help you delve deeper on how to use this image format to your full advantage.

In the past, the only image format that was supported by all browsers was the GIF, an image file developed by CompuServe. Then came the JPEG image file, which offered lousy compression without the loss of details, but the size is really small compared to the GIF file image.

After some time, the aim for advance 2-dimensional vector computer graphics on the Web came into being. With so much competing formats that were submitted to W3C, SVG was finally developed in 1999.

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Bend and Set Text on a Circle Without Using Photoshop

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials, Tutorials1 month ago • Written by 5 Comments

When web designer creates pages, sometimes they want to set an element where they need to bend  or wrap texts inside a circle (e.g. for the site’s logo or title). Photoshop and some image editing software is often the go-to software for creating these images.

On the other hand, bending and setting text on a circle without using Photoshop gives flexibility to the design and value to the SEO since search engines can’t read texts in images.

This can be an easy task using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator but setting text on web type using HTML and CSS might be a challenge. Thanks to the power of CSS3 and jQuery, this can be done.

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How to Create a CSS3 Pop-Out Menu Without Learning Programming

Posted in Coding, Coding, Tutorials, Tutorials, Web Interface2 months ago • Written by 8 Comments

Modern websites offer a more complex hierarchy of navigation. This navigation sometimes makes user-experience on the website’s menu a bit confusing. Using a CSS3 pop-out menu makes it easier to find your way to what you want on the site quickly. Thanks to CSS3, animation is now possible.

Using CSS3, you can simply hide and unhide an element under other elements. This will not only simplify your code but also makes it  easily updated. This means you can now perform some sliding animation even without the knowledge of programming.

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Learning LESS: A Comprehensive Introduction

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials2 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

Now that we’re done talking about SASS let’s now talk about learning LESS. If you haven’t seen my SASS tutorial, I recommend you check it here. In our previous tutorial, we listed down the drawbacks of CSS and how pre-processed methods can improve your workflow. We also talked about how to implement SASS using variables, nested, mixins, functions and so on. So we’re ready to take another learning curve with another pre-process method which is LESS.

LESS in a Nutshell

LESS is a dynamic style sheet language that extends CSS and, just like SASS, it has dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions.

It allows you to write CSS in a simpler way by just using and combining mixins, functions, and so on. LESS also increases readability and organization of CSS using imports, nested rules and comments with .less extension.

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Learning SASS: A Beginner’s Guide to SASS

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials3 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Writing a lot of CSS can be overwhelming that is why learning SASS and LESS can make  any web developer and designer’s life much easier. For a beginner, you might find it fine but as time goes by and your CSS skills are improving. You begin to wonder if there is a way so that you don’t need to repeat a lot of CSS codes in your style sheet. The good news is, there is one! Thanks to the CSS pre – processor, it’s now possible to write concise CSS codes without repeating each of them again and again. It is even formatted nicely. You can perform computations and do dynamic styling using these pre-processing methods. There are two pre-processing methods that I will tackle: SASS and LESS. For this tutorial I will talk about SASS first and then on a separate tutorial, I’ll talk about LESS.

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Simple Yet Important Cross-Browser Styling Tips Everyone Should Know

Posted in Coding, Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials3 months ago • Written by 7 Comments

Many have been searching for cross-browser styling tips that can help them solve their browser compatibility problems. After all, creating a website can be easy but developing one that looks the same on all browsers can be tough. For many years, browser compatibility is one of the hardest parts of web development.

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70 Best Web Design Tutorials of 2013

Posted in Coding, Quick Tips, Tutorials, Web Interface3 months ago • Written by 28 Comments

2013 has ended with a great blast and I’m pretty sure that everyone has done their countdowns and throwback blog posts, tweets and even status updates. It’s a pretty cool thing to do because you get to remember all the awesome things 2013 has given you. You look back at how bad you were design-wise last year and how well you’ve improved. With this, you get to assess yourself how much more you could exert and, in turn, how much more money you could earn. Retrospection also tells you what more could you learn. Seeing what you’re weak at will also allow you to see where you could trained. That is why self-correction and openness to new things is a great habit for a designer.

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Ultimate 6-Part Web Design Video Course: How To Build a Website From Scratch

Posted in Coding, Tutorials, Web Interface7 months ago • Written by 29 Comments

Hey guys, we’re really excited to release this resource for you. If you’re following my previous tutorials, I started with the basic one, which is boring for some of you and might be helpful for the beginners who just started learning. If you’ve missed it, check Basic Web Design Video Course.

In this web design video course, I will show you the processes involved on creating a landing page – from planning, searching for inspiration in the top design community, choosing fonts, colour scheme, wire framing and finally transferring the wireframe into Photoshop and rocking it out there. Once we have our PSD design ready, we will convert it into a working website using Twitter Bootstrap. We will be also covering how Bootstrap, scaffolding, base CSS, and JavaScripts work!

Get ready and let’s get started!

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