Deal of the week: SuperSpray plugin for Photoshop

Copy, paste, drag, copy, paste, drag…if you’ve ever built up a collage of images in Photoshop you’ll be well aware of how laborious the process is. Well labor no longer! Our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged a great discount on this superb plugin for Adobe Photoshop that takes over the hard work for you. Simply paint your intended area black and SuperSpray will paint the area with transparent PNGs. You can use any kind of transparent PNG in your designs, one of the 11 built-in objects,...
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The coder’s guide to finding the perfect color palette

I’m far more of a programmer than a designer. I can deal with hex and RGB color values all day and plug them into my CSS like a champ. I can poke around in Photoshop, take some color samples, tweak them in the palette tool, and come up with pretty colors. But how do I come up with real, usable color schemes? Thankfully, for both the color hack like me and the graphic artist with a more refined eye, we have a large array of color resources available online: tools to help create palettes from scratch or based on an...
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How to create a rich text editor with Quill

At one time or another we've all used a rich text editor on the Web; if you've ever used WordPress, you've used one. These types of editor are great for projects where you want to give the user the ability to edit something—such as a comment, or formatted message—but don't want to ask them to use markup. Today we're going to look at doing this, using Quill, a JavaScript plugin built for the purpose. Getting started ... If you visit the Quill homepage and scroll a little you'll see the download button. Click...
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Deal of the week: Gorgeous Gioviale fcript font

With the current fashion for hand-lettering, any designer who isn’t at one with a brush and ink may find themselves at somewhat of a disadvantage in the current climate. Fortunately our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged a tremendous deal on Laura Worthington’s beautiful Gioviale typeface; the elegant swashes and curves of which, are the next best thing to taking the years of calligraphy courses required to draw letters this beautifully balanced. Drawn with a wide-nibbed pen and...
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How to get started with Git

Git is a free open source distributed version control system. Which sounds incredibly dull, until you need to revert to a prior version of your code, when it's a godsend. It's software that manages your source code, by taking snap shots of it at particular points and stores them. You can view all these intervals as milestones in a timeline. This way it allows you to back track, restore code from particular points, and work in a team simultaneously. One of the biggest advantages of using Git, is that it is...
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How to create a 3D Scene using Seen.js

Just a few years ago we needed high-end 3D software to create any kind of 3D scene. Now, we have plenty of ways of creating even complex 3D scenes and render them directly in the browser. But if we want to take a really easy route, we can use a library, like the awesome Seen.js that makes life a little easier by creating 3D scenes with just a few lines of code. CoffeeScript ... SeenJS is built using CoffeeScript, and all of the examples that they provide are written in CoffeeScript. Although you can use vanilla...
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Deal of the week: Get certified training in all of Adobe’s software from Train Simple

Web design is one of the most exciting fields to work in, but keeping up with the technology involved can be a challenge; and when you add into the mix the industry’s favorite software, Adobe Creative Cloud, the amount you need to learn just to keep pace is staggering. However, thanks to our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, mastering both web design and the Adobe eco-system doesn’t have to be impossible, because we’ve managed to arrange an incredible 53% discount off an annual membership to Train...
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Fill the gaps in your toolkit with Skillswap

Nobody can do it all, no matter how broad your skill set is, it's likely that at some point you're going to take on a project where you need to bring in some help — somebody with the skills you lack. In this situation you can either pay to hire somebody with those skills, or, you can find somebody willing to do a skill-swap. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of skill swapping, it's based on the premise that you trade skills rather cash. For example, if I need somebody to help me with web development,...
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