There are many trends we see popping up in web design, but one that seems to really making a surge is a trend toward dark sites. I'm guessing it has something to do with everyone going "green" these days, and trying to do what they can to help the environment. I don't know if dark sites save much energy, but the sites listed here are stunning! They use the dark to create drama. Adding color to a dark design creates a rich and tasty contrast, and one of the most common features of these sites is the saturated imagery. If you're anything like me, you study amazing sites for inspiration, and hopefully, these won't let you down.
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Web-based image editors have several advantages to its desktop counterparts. The most obvious benefit is that they allow you to work on any computer (that has a browser). In most cases, you can save your work online, avoid having to install desktop software, and interface with other web based services such as Flickr or Picasa. This article shares 6 of the finest, free online image editors that are capable alternatives to desktop applications like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP.
One of the most popular post on Noupe is 40+ Extremely Beautiful Icon Sets Hand-picked from deviantART. So today we would like to present another 40 incredible icon sets which you can use for your web designs or your desktop. Let’s take a close look at some of the most beautiful icon sets we’ve found on deviantART. Some amazing Icon Sets are missing? Let us know!
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One of the best free stuff Graphic Designers can find on the Web for free are high resolution backgrounds and textures. Long gone are the days when you had to buy very expensive CDs in order to obtain good quality backgrounds for your design projects.
By that time, marble and granite textures were all the rage. But now it seems that paper is becoming the new king. Lots of Web Designers are embracing the delicate look of a piece of paper with a subtle shadow. And if it is torn or folded, much better.
This gallery shows some paper backgrounds I collected from different sites. If you would like to add some nice effects to some of these textures, you can read a tutorial I wrote about creating paper folds and creases to paper textures in Photoshop.
Please, read about the usage rights: All of these textures should be free for commercial use, but to be absolutely sure, check each web site usage terms and license before downloading. Below each image sample, there is a link to the usage license. In some cases, where the scope of the license was not clear enough, I placed a link to the author profile so you can contact him. You can also read this excellent Guide to Finding and Using Incredible Flickr Images to help you find more free images for your work.
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Grunge style is rough, rugged, torn, worn, and tattered. To most, these adjectives would describe something less than appealing, but in the hands of a talented web designer, elements possessing these qualities can be used to turn a web site into a work of art. So, if you are just getting started in grunge design or if you are already a pro, you should find the grunge freebies in this article to be very useful.