5 Free Web Design Resources For Commercial Projects

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Image from Gratisography 1. Creative Market Creative Market sellers pick their own prices and yes, you usually have to pay for the resources you find in their shops. There is also, however, an ever changing offering of free downloads including photos, illustrations, Photoshop brushes and graphics. Not loads, but what is put up for free download…

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Why You Should Never Have an ‘Admin’ User Account in WordPress

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If you set up a WordPress installation with ‘admin’ as the default administrator username you’re opening up an easily exploited security hole. If your site is subjected to a brute force attack, you’re playing right into the hands of the attacker. A brute force attack is password guessing and it’s very common. An attacker will try various…

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How to: Create a Stitched Fabric Effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial I’m looking at the basics of how you can use custom shapes and the text tool to create a realistic looking stitching effect. I start with a circle and apply a pattern overlay to make it look like a piece of denim. Then I create a second smaller circle inside which will become the path for the stitching itself. The smaller circle fill colour is knocked out and I use the edge as a text path for a continual line of hyphens, which I can then style with colours and effects to look like stitching.

How to: Cut Out Shapes in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

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Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting that line to a selection and then lifting that into a new layer. I use this method quite often myself because it works regardless of the background, giving good results even if the area around your subject is busy. You also get a nice clean line, although it takes practise and patience to make the initial outline accurate. I recommend zooming in!

How to: Cut Out Images in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

9 months ago No comments

Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting that line to a selection and then lifting that into a new layer. I use this method quite often myself because it works regardless of the background, giving good results even if the area around your subject is busy. You also get a nice clean line, although it takes practise and patience to make the initial outline accurate. I recommend zooming in!