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10 Useful and Cool Colouring Books for Adults

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Colouring is very popular in our house. Not only do my children love to colour, but I actually find it quite therapeutic. As well as being a fun way to pass the time, I also think colouring – and experimenting with colour – can be a great way to stimulate and inspire.

There are obviously heaps and heaps of colouring books out there for kids, but you might not realise that there are lots of colouring books available for adults looking to add a bit of colour to their lives. I’ve rounded up ten of the best currently available online; I’ll leave the choice of pen, pencil or crayon to you…

1. The Sneaker Colouring Book

2. The Indie Rock Coloring Book

3. Gangsta Rap Coloring Book

4. DA Coloring Book, Volume 1

5. Salvador Dali Colouring Book

6. Coloring Book: Andy Warhol

7. Coloring Book: Gustav Klimt

8. Street Art Colouring Book

9. Devil Babe’s Big Book of Fun

10. Coloring Book for Critical Thinking

Conclusion

There is obviously some discrepancy here between the English spelling, “colour”, and the American spelling, “color”. If you want to know the history behind this, you can read more here. But both spellings obviously have the same meaning, and whatever side of the pond you’re on, if you’re looking for a relaxing way to pass the time, or even looking for new ways to find creative inspiration, you could do worse than to pick up a colouring book and let those colours flow!

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Interview with Site Manager Jeffrey Way of Envato

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Most of you are familiar with Jeffrey, for those who are not, Jeffrey Way is the manager of leading web templates Marketplace Themeforest and the editor of the most popular web development blog Nettuts. He is a well known personality and recently was the guest on the jQuery podcast.

1) First of all thanks for the Interview. Can you tell us how did got started in this field and first came across envato?

Sure. I, probably like many web designers, got started in this field after agreeing to build my parent’s website without a single shred of experience. Needless to say, the “great business idea” never took off. Anyhow, the next day, I walked out of a book store with “Eric Meyer on CSS,” and some other HTML book, $80 poorer. But, as we all know, these books quickly pay for themselves.

My position as Editor of Nettuts with Envato came out of shear luck. Around May of 2008, I contacted Cyan Ta’eed about contributing some articles to Nettuts. However, it just so happened that I soon, serendipitously, discovered that Envato were currently in need of an editor for the new site.

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato

After I submitted my first two articles, “15 Resources to get you Started with jQuery from Scratch” and “Solving 5 Common CSS Headaches” , she offered me the editor position — total luck. Luckily, this role allowed me to continue writing tutorials and recording screencasts for the site, which I really love. (More tuts from Jeffrey )

2) You are the manager of Themeforest, CodeCanyon, editor of Nettuts, you have your own blog and you have written a book recently. How do you find time to manage all these things and your personal life?

A few ways. The key is automation. I often joke that I waste so much time researching productivity tools, but the truth of the matter is, these tools have served me quite well. As an example, I use TextExpander religious, and utilize it for all my code snippets, as well as one liners, such as when answering ThemeForest support queries. This is essential; if you find yourself rewriting the same sentences over and over again, you’re doing it wrong.

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato.

Beyond that, I use tools like Forklift to expedite working with the file system and S3; and then there’s Teux Deux, which is laughably simple, but is the perfect solution for scheduling weekly tasks. For Twitter, I use a combination of HootSuite and Echofon to schedule tweets, and interact with the community.

But honestly, we find time for the things we enjoy. I genuinely enjoy working on these sites; so it doesn’t feel like work. Isn’t that the goal when searching for a job? Find something that you’d do for free…and then make money from it!

3) Many Authors on themeforest are making high incomes, what do you find in common in these authors?

The differences between the big earners – meaning the guys that earn five figures every month – is that they treat this as a full-time job; it’s a business to them. The wonderful thing about ThemeForest, or any of the Envato marketplaces for that matter, is that it can be whatever you want it to be. If you’d prefer to sporadically upload a new template once every few months or so, that’s perfectly acceptable.

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato.

Passive income is fantastic. However, with that said, some authors go above and beyond what’s convenient — and their efforts really do speak for themselves. This consists of constant promotion on social networking sites, continuously improving and updating older themes, promoting items, via BuySellAds.com, and plenty of other creative avenues.

4) Recently Themeforest surpassed Templatemonster, what is the success factor that is making TF go so well in such a short span of time?

To clarify, ThemeForest recently surpassed TemplateMonster, in terms of page rank. If you examine the graph below:

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato.

…you’ll realize just how far ThemeForest has sky-rocketed, when compared to even five months ago. Needless to say, we’re all really excited, especially when ThemeForest was, in response to this new data, declared as the “new king in web template marketing.” On a lower level, this means that, whether you’re a buyer or author, ThemeForest has proven itself to be the premier website for your needs.

So what’s the reason behind our success? I’d ask your readers to tell me even three different marketplaces to sell, for instance, their WordPress templates. It’s not quite as easy as you might think. Many of the popular marketplaces around the web are subscription based, and don’t necessarily appeal to individual WordPress authors. ThemeForest, and its siblings, fills that niche quite nicely. Beyond that, cheap prices, and a strong community are always helpful!

5) What do you think, the future of web development is going to be? Will digital stock goods dominate in the near future?

I think I don’t know! If you had asked me a few years ago, I would have wagered that Flash was really the way to go. It was booming in popularity at the time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still doing quite well for itself, but, between jQuery and HTML5, I think Flash has a tough road ahead. We’re specifically seeing this prove true in the last week or so, with the Apple/Adobe battle in full steam.

Speaking of which, what was Adobe thinking when they, in their global launch video, continued to promote their Flash -> iPhone feature. Shouldn’t that have been edited out? Apple’ not going to suddenly pull a 180 and change their mind. That one baffled me.

Okay, so I really haven’y answered your question. The truth is, I’m perfectly happy letting those far smarter than me determine what the future will be for our industry.

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato.

6) What are your hobbies? I know you love playing guitar, what are your favorite songs and any chance of launching guitar.tutsplus.com?

Growing up, the plan was to be a studio musician. I went to an arts high school, called Nashville School of the Arts, and was on scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University, where I studied music theory. But, life never goes according to your plans. Thankfully, I’m very happy with the way things turned out. Guitar can remain a hobby… an hour or so per day.

So yeah, I jokingly made a comment on Twitter one day about wanting to launch guitar.tutsplus.com. I strangely received a lot of positive feedback on the idea. It would definitely be fun for me — think… the weekly Nettuts video tutorials, except for guitar; things like, “How to Mimic Billy Gibbons’ Playing Style.” But, I doubt that the bosses have any plans at this time. It doesn’t quite fit in with our other Tuts site. But who knows, maybe in a couple years, I’ll convince Skellie!

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato.

7) CodeCanyon is almost 4 months old, how is it going and what advice would you give to new authors?

CodeCanyon is doing quite well, but we’re only now just beginning to dig in our heals. The first step is with our newly launched Plugins category. While we’ll be updating this with multiple subcategories over the coming months, we’re launching with Magento extensions (as a companion to our recently launched Magento themes on ThemeForest), and will soon be moving on to a new subcategory, that I’m certain the community will be happy about.

The advice I’d give to new authors is the same advice I always give: solve problems. As an example, we recently received a PHP script submission that could be used to determine if a particular website domain name was available for purchase. Whether or not this item was coded well is moot. Who needs such a script, when there are a variety of free options online? Solve a problem, and the sales will roll in. But that’s the challenge…determining where the problem lies! 🙂

Interview with Jeffrey Way of Envato.

8 ) Sneak Peak at new websites or features coming to Envato?

Absolutely. We’re all really excited about our upcoming Sessions website. At the beginning of each month we’ll be launching a two-week Session on a creative topic. Sessions will cover everything from digital illustration, to typography, to web design. The articles in each Session aren’t like your usual Tuts+ content. Instead of step-by-step tutorials, they teach the theory behind the techniques and practices. You’ll learn the Whys, not just the Hows.

9) Some quick questions:

  1. Your favorite OS – Mac
  2. Your favorite game besides Mass effect 2 😛 – “Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past” will forever be my favorite game of all time, if only for the nostalgia. I still play through it once every year.
  3. Your favorite IDE – Ahh, tough one. More than any other code editor, I find myself using Textmate the most – if only because it’s so dang fast; but that’s not really an IDE. If I had to choose right now, I’ve been super impressed with WebStorm, from the JetBrains guys, though it’s still in Beta. http://www.jetbrains.com/webstorm/index.html
  4. Your favorite Themeforest and Codecanyon Author – Can’t show favorites. 🙂
  5. Your favorite Nettuts Author – Again, no favorites. But I am truly thankful for people like Siddharth, Jeremy McPeak, Andrew Burgess, Burak Guzel, Dan Wellman, and James Padolsey, who consistently submit incredible tutorials and articles.

10) Once again thanks for your time!

Thanks!

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49 Fantastic Iphone Inspired Sites for Your Inspiration

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Websites that are inspired by iphone are one of the latest trends of web design. It qualifies as what web designers call web 2.0. Iphone inspired websites are not long, clean, easy to understand and very interactive. They are right to the point and show the main features of the website. Iphone websites are usually, but not limited to, iphone apps.

They are not long and boring. They are made to impress. Iphone inspired websites have an iphone with a lot of nice graphics and other beautifully made design elements such as header, navigation, footers, sliders etc. So, here are some of the best iphone inspired websites out there.

Acrylicapps

Wherecloud

Cha-Ching

Tipulator

Ecoki

Tic A Tac™ Poker

Mock_Draft

Panelfly

Fourtrack

Keypoint

Ubi Ubi

Dig Deep Fitness

Spiffing Apps

Satisfaction Remote

Pokeseo

Pastebot

Time Tracker

Spoonjuice

Bills

Simplytweet

Steven Troughton-Smith

Ego

Dropbox

Melatonin

Inquisitor

Magnetic Personalities

Rock Software

Happydangydiggy

Birdbrain

Classics

Snowreports

Outpostapp

Kodu

Awesome Note

Cookmate

Cinemobits

Frenzic

Paraplyapp

Ghostly Discovery

Wheel of Tea

Tea Round App

Ifood

Seeknspell

Bottle Rocket Apps

Guitartoolkit

Confessapp

Pretty Poo

Tap Tapas

Thermometer

Those were some of the best iphone inspired websites. As you can see, they have fulfilled their task of displaying their site in a very clean, beautiful and efficient manner. Some have put the iphone as their main focus and demonstrated their content on thee iphone, while others have integratedthe iphone as the part of the site without losing the main point of the site.

They are all unique in their own way. I hope you learnt some of the ways to build a web 2.0 site using inspiration from the iphone. Please share your favorite ones in the comments below. Sponsor: Windows 8

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10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

In the modern world, a lot of creatives rely on certain applications and web-based services to help get their work done at a faster speed, such as; tools to check their files over, both web-based and normal applications to send out invoices and popular “image directories” to search for inspiration.

This doesn’t only go on in the creative industry, but various others, too – so certain parts of this post will relate to anyone who is self-employed or even working as an employee for a larger organization.

By the end of this list, you’ll probably have a couple of new websites or applications to try out in the near future that are sure to help you get more done in a shorter period of time. Let’s get going!

Remember The Milk

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Remember The Milk is a superb way to keep track of your tasks in a to-do list that you can view virtually anywhere. You can access your Remember The Milk To-Do list from your: iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Gmail Account, Twitter, Google Calendar, iCalendar, iGoogle Gadget and even RSS Feeds. Alternatively, you could access them offline with Gears.

This is a great way to get more done. As well as being able to access it from almost everywhere, you can organize different tasks into different categories, and set deadlines such as “next Friday” or “2 weeks”. The best thing? It’s free!

Dropbox

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Dropbox is one I’ve just recently started using, and so far it has been pure gold. The application works between Windows, Mac and Linux, so there are absolutely no compatibility issues, which is always a good thing! Dropbox allows you to share files throughout all of your computers, no matter where you are.

As an example, you could install the Dropbox app (free) on your: iMac, Macbook, Windows Netbook and iPhone. You can put certain files in a folder called “Dropbox”, and all files in that folder would sync as soon as it finds an internet connection. You can also share certain folders with other people who use Dropbox, allowing you to share files with clients, friends and family.

Dropbox is free but does have premium packages. The free account comes with 2gb space, but premium packs offering 50gb and 100gb can be purchased from $9.99 to $19.99 a month.

W3C Markup Validation

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Chances are you already know about the W3C Markup Validation service, and don’t need much information on it. It’s amazing how many developers don’t actually use this free service, even though it only takes a minute or two of your time. Validating your website can find small errors you may have not noticed otherwise, allowing you to fix your site up making it 100% correct!

FileZilla

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

FileZilla is a free FTP application available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Its super-easy user interface is even simple enough for non-experts to use, so it’s not only good for you to use but a good piece of software that you can recommend to your clients in need of a FTP client – another way to put a smile on their face!

Paparazzi!

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

If you’re always taking screenshots of websites, Paparazzi! is a great application that you should have in your dock. Unfortunately it is only available for Mac OS X, so Windows users miss out here. Paparazzi! has the ability to take full screenshots of webpages (from the top of the page to the very bottom) and not just what you can see on the screen.

For Flash animated pages you have an option to set a delay, disallowing the application to capture image transitions or animations mid-flow. There are also options to set minimum sizes and crop sizes. A great touch if you plan to upload the screenshots to a webpage requiring a certain width or height.

Box Shot 3D

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Box Shot 3D is one of my favorite applications in this list. Designers are often asked to design items such as software boxes, eBook covers, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray art, business cards and packaging for bottles and cans. Some of these objects, especially bottles and cans, can be hard to present in a good manner unless of course you have the correct equipment to produce real-life (and quality) mock-ups. In a lot of cases, this just isn’t possible, and the chances are you’re skills aren’t completely up to scratch when it comes to three-dimensional rendering software such as Maya or Cinema 4D.

This is where Box Shot 3D comes in. It allows you to produce incredible 3D rendered mock-ups with ease – it’s so simple anyone could do it, provided they have the correct image size. The application is available on both major platforms (Mac OS X and Windows) and costs just $60, which is more than worth it if you find yourself creating mock-ups on a regular basis. Presenting your concepts like this is sure to earn you some brownie points!

COLOURlovers & ColorSchemer Studio 2

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

COLOURlovers is a fantastic site dedicated to color schemes. It allows you to create and share your own color scheme ideas across a huge creative community, as well as finding inspiration from others colors, color palettes and even patterns. There is also a great collection of color-related articles that is updated regularly.

The application screenshot you see below on top of the COLOURlovers website is called ColorSchemer Studio 2, a great application by COLOURlovers. Unfortunately it is only available for Mac OS X, so Windows users miss out (again). It is a professional color-matching application that will help you to build beautiful color schemes quickly and easily, for both RGB (web) and CMYK (print). It has COLOURlovers integration, allowing you to browse other palettes.

Flickr

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Flickr is one site I hope everyone reading this has heard of! Its primary use is to upload photographs, but over the years has become ever more popular for all kinds of images, from design to illustration, holiday snapshots to professional photography. It is a great source of inspiration, whatever it is you’re looking for. A great tip is to combine photos from Flickr with the software above (Color Schemer Studio 2) to create your own stunning color palettes for your next project.

Flickr is completely free of charge, but you are restricted on the amount you can upload per month. Alternatively, you could sign up for a “Pro” account, setting you back just $24.95 a year, which completely lifts your limits and adds various other features to your account.

FreshBooks

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

Everyone who is self-employed needs to send invoices, and this is often the most dreaded part of any project. Why? Because writing invoices is boring! FreshBooks allows you to track your time and invoice your clients, quickly. FreshBooks is also a great online “application” for bookkeeping. As well as sending invoices, you can track your expenses and manage all your accounts simply and online, meaning you can access it whereever you are.

There is a very restricted free account, but are plenty more options if you decide to use FreshBooks as your main accounting service, ranging from $19 to $149 per month.

Lost and Taken

10 Top Apps & Resources to Speed Up Your Workflow

If you’re a designer the chances are you’re always using images to add texture to your designs, whether they be print design projects, web design projects or vector illustrations. Lost and Taken is a superb blog dedicated to releasing free texture packs. Although it isn’t updated on a regular basis like most other design blogs, it has a huge directory of textures already and when it is updated, new packs are always of extreme quality.

This site is sure to save you some time – if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent hours before looking for a particular texture for a project – or end up making your own!

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Create a Cool Mask Transition Slideshow: Part 1

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Ever bored of simple sliders and fading slideshows. Want to create something different and unique. In this tutorial we are going to create a beautiful mask transition slideshow, starting from the photoshop to the final working product. To put a cherry on the top we will create this in the form of a jquery plugin, so you can use it your next project without having any limitations. Let’s get started !

Tutorial Structure –

In this part we will work till the html version of our project.

The Photoshop part –

Open up photoshop and create a 1000px by 800px document. Follow the steps –

Step 1 – Creating the background.

Creating a soft background is important as you want the viewer’s focus on the slideshow. Select the gradient tool and set #eaeaea as the starting color and #ffffff as the ending color. Now draw a linear gradient.

Step 2 – Creating the slideshow holder.

Now that we have created the background, create a new folder and name it holder. Now rule out grid lines with 150px distance vertically and 200px distance horizontally. Select the rounded rectangle tool with radius 15px and draw the rectangle with grid lines as the limiting boundaries.

Step 3

After creating the rectangle, we will add some effects to it. Open the effects panel and add the following effects to the rectangle.

Step 4 – Creating the inner holder

We would need an inner frame for placing our images, hold down the control key and click on the rounded rectangle, that will give you the selection of the rectangle, now go to the select menu and then to the modify submenu, select contract option with 10px as the value. Now create a new layer and fill that contracted selection with white color, optionally you might also want to add a stroke to it.

Step 5 – Creating the title and description holder

Since now we have got a nice looking frame, we will also create a holder for image description and title. Create a new folder elements, In that folder create a rectangle, 90px in height and width almost as same as the inner holder and place it at the bottom of the slideshow frame and also reduce it’s opacity to 30%.

Step 6 – Add a heading Background

We need a cool background to highlight the heading of the image, so goto 365 PSD, here these guys offer some awesome files free to download, the one we are interested in is a ribbon available at day 23. Download it and add it in our psd file, remove the text title. Transform it horizontally and place it at the lower left corner of the slideshow just above the label holder.

Change the following effects of the base layer present in the title folder-

Note: keep the rest of the values unchanged for base layer.

Step 7 – Adding a base shadow to the slideshow.

We will add a shadow at the base of the slideshow, for this create a ellipse using the shape tool with major axis equal to the width of the slideshow, rasterize the layer.

Add a gausssian blur of about 10px and adjust to opacity around 50%.

You can remove excess shadow by using the eraser tool, until it suits your needs.

Step 8

Now add a title to the ribbon, the font used is GeosansLight, which we will be using in the html too and also add some dummy data to the image description.

We will use GeosansLight in HTML using cufon and the text in the image description is Lucida Sans.

Step 9 – Adding the image

Finally add the image you want in the slideshow, I am using images from Elena Dudina’s awesome collection.

Phew, that’s it for the photoshop part. Time to convert it into HTML/CSS.

Slicing into HTML/CSS.

Before starting to code into html and css, we will see what are the images we are in need from our PSD file.

Since slicing images and exporting slices is easy, I have already skipped the steps and they are saved in a ‘ i ‘ folder in the css folder of our project.

Step 1 – Directory structure

Start off by creating a directory structure similar to the image below –

Step 2 – HTML

Create a html file index.html and add the following html code to it.

<html>
<head>
<!-- Importing javascript files to be used in the page -->

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery-1.4.2.min.js" ></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/cufon-yui.js" ></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/GeosansLight_500.font.js"  ></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/raphael-min.js"  ></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/custom.js"  ></script>

<!-- End of Scripts Block -->

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css" type="text/css"  />

<title>Mask Slideshow</title>
</head>

<body>

<div id="container">

<div id="outerblock">
<div id="innerblock">

<div id="slideshow">
<div>
<ul>
<li><img src="img/im4.jpg" />

<h1 class="title">Image Title 1</h1>
<p>
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Duis vulputate neque id diam adipiscing ullamcorper.
Nam sed metus et velit rhoncus hendrerit volutpat nec sapien.
Nam ut velit laoreet est feugiat porta eu et dolor.

</p>

</li>

</ul>
</div>
</div>
<span id="ribbon-left"></span>

</div>

<div id="frame">
</div>

</div>
<img src="css/i/shadow.png" id="shadow" />
</div>

</body>
</html>

The HTML code is fairly easy to understand, here we have imported javascript libraries that we will use later and a stylesheet for styling our slideshow.

Step 3- Creating the frame.

Creating a consistent cross browser rounded rectangular frame is really difficult, the best way to create it by using Raphael JS. Download raphael and copy it to our js folder, since we have already imported it in our html file. Now create custom.js file this is where we will write our js code. Here add the following code –

$(function(){

		   var div = Raphael("frame",701,401);
		   div.rect(0,0,700,400,15).attr({fill:"90-#e1e1e1-#ffffff",stroke:"#e7e7e7"});

		   });

Here first we create a canvas using Raphael function with element’s id, width and height as attributes. Then we created a rounded rectangle in our canvas and set its background with the linear gradient similar to that one in our psd and add a stroke.

Step 4- Adding Cufon

Cufon is a javascript library that allows font embedding, remember we have used GeoSansLight font in the heading. So download Cufon JS and visit their website to generate a JS file for embedding GeoSansLight Font.Generation is very easy, just upload the font and click generate. You will get a JS file similar to GeosansLight.font.js, we have already imported that one in our html page. In the custom.js file add one more line of code, this code embeds our font style on the elements with class title.

Cufon.replace('.title');

Step 5 – Adding the css code.

Create a style.css file in the css folder and add the following code to it –

 { margin:0px; padding:0px; }

h1 { font-size:36px; }

body { background:#ffffff url(i/auraslice.jpg) repeat-x top; }

#container { margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;width:960px }

First of all we reset margin and padding of all elements to eliminate any future problems, then we add the gradient background to the body. Finally we will align our container element.

Step 6 – Styling Slideshow

We will now style the slideshow, add the following css code in the style.css

#outerblock { position:relative; z-index:2; margin:50px; }

#innerblock { position:absolute; z-index:999;   }

#slideshow { padding:10px; }

#innerblock #ribbon-left { background:url(i/ribbonleft.png) no-repeat bottom left;  width:28px; height:72px; position:absolute; margin-top:220px; margin-left:-18px; }

#innerblock .title { position:absolute; background:url(i/ribbon-slice.jpg) repeat-x; border:1px solid #185381; border-left:0; padding:0px 4px 7px 0px; display:block; color:#fff; margin-top:238px; z-index:3; width:190px; height:44px; }

#innerblock p { position:absolute; width:670px; padding:10px 5px 10px 5px; text-align:justify; font-family: &quot;Lucida Sans Unicode&quot;, &quot;Lucida Grande&quot;, sans-serif; background:url(i/desc-overlay.png);margin-top:300px;z-index:2; line-height: 20px;}

Here –

Step 7 – Adding final effects.

Now we will style the shadow and remove list style for the ul that holds the image. Rest of the attributes we will see in detail in the next part.

#shadow { margin-top:-120px;margin-left:20px }

#slideshow ul { list-style:none;  }
#slideshow ul li{  position:absolute;   }
#slideshow ul li img{  position:absolute;  }

Finally we are done, now we have really awesome slideshow. In the next part we will create a plugin that will add the effect. Check out the demo, its really awesome. The PSD is also available, just in case your not that great in photoshop 😉

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50 Amazing and Gorgeous Apple Related Websites

Friday, April 9th, 2010

With the hype of the ipad taking over the news I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a number of websites that have been inspired or designed for an apple related product. The collection is outstanding. The attention to detail in each website seems to orginate from the amazing design of OSX. This maybe why there seems to be very few badly designed mac application websites.

1. Toffee Nut Design

Toffee Nut Design

2. Jilion

Jilion

3. Attic

Attic

4. Bills

Bills

5. They make apps

They make apps

6. Deli bar

Deli bar

7. Appzapper

AppZapper

8. Ramp champ

Ramp Champ

9. Outside

Outside

10. Transmissions

Transmissions

11. Finger

Finger

12. Spiffing Apps

Spiffing Apps

13. Kodu

Kodu

13. Buzapp

Buzapp

14. Cookmate

Cookmate

15. Tea Round

Tea Round

16. Broader Sheet

Broadersheet

17. Cloud App

cloud App

18. Billlings

Billings

19. Headquarters

Headquarters

20. 8interactive

8interactive

21. Spoonjuice

Spoonjuice

22. Tapbots

Tapbots

23. Panelfly

Panelfly

24. Firetask

Firetask

25. Versions

versions

26. Coda

coda

27. Atebits

Atebits

28. Cultured Code

Cultured Code

29. CSSedit

CSSedit

30. Macthemes

Macthemes

31. Real mac software

Real mac software

32. Espionage

Espionage

33. Task mate

Task mate

34. Cellar

Cellar

35. Bodega

Bodega

36. Silverback

Silverback

37. Check out

Check out

38. Ecoki

Ecoki

39. Paraply

Paraply

40. Tripmix

Tripmix

41. Foobi

Foobi

42. Classics

Classics

43. Bowtie

Bowtie

44. Bohemian Coding

Bohemian Coding

45. Acrylic

Acrylic

46. Alex Komarov

Alex Komarov

47. Dropbox

Dropbox

48. Macheist

Macheist

49. Droplr

Droplr

50. Mixr

Mixr

Conclusion

So what can you learn from these websites? Well, if you like this type of design and wish to replicate it then I suggest paying close attention to every element in your design. Make sure colour and size contrast demonstrates a good visual hierarchy, this will most likely lead to a good user experience.

A final point to make would be subtlety. When applying gradients, don’t make the color range too great, when adding a border make sure it is bright or dark enough to be noticed, but not so much that it distracts the user. I hope these websites and the couple of points I have just made help you with your next web design.

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