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Blog Category: Tutorials

Working With Transparent Text Layers in Photoshop

Have you ever wanted to make text layers in Photoshop transparent and allow the background layer to show through? Layer masks and clipping masks cannot be directly applied to text layers in Photoshop, so we have to take a different approach if we want to avoid converting our text layers...Read more

How to Create a Vintage Badge Logo with Illustrator and Photoshop

Ever wondered how to create those awesome retro badges that are so popular at the moment? It is surprisingly easy to create your own unique brand identity with Illustrator, and add authentic finishing touches in Photoshop.Read more

How to Use the Active Store UI Kit to Create a Layout

If you've ever seen our UI kits and aren't sure how to start using them, then this is a must-read. This guide will show you how easy it is to create stunning ecommerce web layouts in a matter of minutes using the Active Store UI Kit.Read more

A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating an Outdoor Themed Vector Badge

Without a doubt, drawing graphics by hand is my preferred method of attack. I'm a fan of the slightly imperfect line made by the human hand versus the perfect line made by a vector drawing program. But, you can combine the two to create a powerful work flow. Let's take...Read more

Create a Vintage Style Vector Bottle Cap

I love vintage style, and there's something incredibly nostalgic about a retro bottle cap design. Creating one in Adobe Illustrator is easy and only takes a few steps. The result makes a great logo or badge for a vintage style website. Let's take a look at the process below.Read more

A Step by Step Guide to Designing an Indie Film Poster

I've always been a fan of film poster design. I think it's the whole idea of creating a story from a single image. Taking just a piece of a film and, telling enough about that film with one design, to entice the audience to see more is a challenge for...Read more

How to Create Animated Pre-loaders using only CSS3

Pre-loaders are essential on the web, they enhance the user experience by providing visual feedback to the user whilst waiting for content to load. CSS3 pre-loaders are an alternative to image based pre-loaders and have the advantage of being scalable and Retina ready.Read more

Create Your Own Custom Social Share Count Buttons

If you're tired of using the built-in styles of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and StumbleUpon's like and share buttons, you're not alone. Here's how we implemented them here on using PHP and jQuery. You may want to be familiar with HTML, CSS, and javascript to complete this tutorial.Read more

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