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Flat designs are taking over quite quickly it seems. I doubt anyone could argue against it being the latest and greatest for (fairly) new trends on the web, in mobile devices, and even in print. The simple description for a flat style of design is one that lacks 3D effects, such as bevels or drop shadows.

The stylistic details of a flat design can vary somewhat, just as with most design styles. Usually, though, a flat design is quite minimalist with primary-ish colors and lots of "white space". The font is usually thin without too much flare. Boxes and buttons are, of course, withou
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t strokes or 3D effects. Some flat designs do contain shadows, but these are usually flat-ish as well.

Whether you are new to flat design or simply need some fresh, new resources for your next project, most should be able to find a few items below to help. The list below is divided into 5 categories: UI kits, icons, templates, WordPress themes, and tutorials. The best part? All are free. The ones that specifically mention "free for commercial use" are noted as well. Have fun browsing and be sure to let us know of any other amazingly free flat resources.
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A UI kit is a user interface collection that comes with all the parts and pieces you need to design your own website. Usually they are PSD but sometimes will come with other components as well. While you can use the color scheme in the file, you can create your own color scheme. They also come with patterns, brushes, and much more. Hence, UI kits save a web designer a lot of time, improving workflow and decreasing time spent on projects.
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I understand your surprise. You went to this site as you usually do, expecting to see what you usually see, and then, holy cannoli! Everything looks different, and familiar features are in weird places, and there are a ton of things you've never seen here before.


Change can be hard when you've looked pretty much the same since the beginning, as we have here at CreativePro.com. But the Internet has moved on, and we didn't want to be the on

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line equivalent of our great-uncle Rob, who still sports the handlebar mustache he grew in the '70s. We knew it was time for a redesign.


Not Just Skin Deep

We did much more than simply spiff up our outward appearance. We took the opportunity to introduce major new site functionality, including community forums, RSS feeds, blogs, polls, and an article ratings system you control. (For an example, look for the ratings stars just below my name on this page.)


To enjoy some of those features, you'll have to log in. If you're not already a member, you can sign up here. It's free as always -- some things have stayed the same!


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New Users:



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Fill out the form with the required information, including your email address and the username you want to represent you on the site. If you plan on commenting on stories or participating in our forums, we'd appreciate you choosing a real name for your username. That's not required, just appreciated.

NOTE: If our system tells you that the username or email address you entered is already registered, you may have an existing account with us. In that case, click on the "Request new password" tab at the top of the page, and we'll send you a log-in email with the information you need.

After you fill out the form and click the "Create a new account" button, we'll send you a confirmation email message.

NOTE: Since the new site is on new servers, your spam filter may intercept our email message. Check your junk folder if you don't see the new-password message soon after requesting it.

Click on the confirmation link in the email and finish the registration process, including choosing a password for your account.

Click on the "Newsletter" link at the top of the page to sign up for the daily or weekly newsletters.

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Type in either your email address or username you used on www.creativepro.com before the redesign. You may be most successful if you use the email address where you receive our daily and/or weekly newsletters.

Click the "Email new password" button. NOTE: Since the new site is on new servers, your spam filter may intercept our email message. Check your junk folder if you don't see the new-password message soon after requesting it.

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Once you're logged into the site, you'll need to set a new password.

Look for the small tabbed items across the top of your

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There are many ways to find material on the new CreativePro.com. I could write about the navigation options for pages, but since you're a visual crowd, you might prefer this explanation:


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We add new content every day. To keep on top of the industry while keeping your sanity, try one or more of these ways to filter all that information:



RSS feeds let you tunnel in on a particular topic or type of article (for example, blogs or how-tos) and receive the content via your favorite RSS reader.

My List is our internal bookmarking tool you use to mark interesting and helpful articles for future reference (free membership required).

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Explication time is over, kids -- let's go exploring. Try these links:



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Cons: Pricey for an average designer


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PitStop Pro 12 is a significant upgrade to this all-purpose (and all-powerful!) tool for preflighting and editing PDF files. It operates as a plug-in to Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro, version 8 and higher. This review focuses on the new features in version 12, so for in-depth information on everything PitStop Pro can do, please see my previous review of PitStop Pro 11.


Enfocus, the developers of PitStop Pro, identified several areas that challenged users of previous versions and solved them, including:


• Missing fonts


• Flattening of transparency


• Editing images and gradients


• Identifying varnish separations


• Aligning objects


• Editing multiple similar objects at once


• Ink usage


• White objects that overprint


The biggest “wow” feature in PitStop 12 is that Enfocus has teamed with Monotype to automatically supply fonts that PitStop identifies as missing. For just $1.49 per font, per document, PitStop can instantly supply and embed the missing font into the PDF. (Currently, 30,000+ fonts are available in Monotype’s “Baseline” system, a subset of the 150,000 fonts in Monotype’s collection that includes Linotype, ITC, Bitstream and Ascender fonts.)


While this is a great first step toward making all fonts available to PitStop and your PDFs, the reality is that many (most?) creative layouts use fonts that are not available from those collections. If you’re lucky and all the missing fonts are available, one click will buy them and embed them into the PDF. Thankfully, PitStop shows you a preview of your PDF with the new fonts in use, so you can check for line endings and other possible text issues before continuing. If you don’t like what you see, or one or more fonts aren’t available from Monotype, then you can cancel and go get the missing font from another source. (As in previous versions, if the fonts are already active on your computer, PitStop can embed them for you without requiring a purchase.)


 


PitStop Pro 12 tells you which missing fonts it can supply, and which ones it can’t. When you click on a font, it highlights it in pink in the preview.


Still, this is a tremendously valuable step forward for PDF processing, especially for files from “average” business users who don’t use fonts from a wide variety of sources. You can try out the feature for yourself by installing the Test Drive version of PitStop — it requires a free account at Monotype, so you’ll also need to set that up from within PitStop. When I tested it on my documents it couldn’t supply fonts from Adobe, which could be a dealbreaker for some users.


PitStop’s other new features are smaller, but just as important for specific cases. For example, PitStop 12 can now report on ink usage, and the more advanced PitStop Server can even export that data. This can be helpful for large organizations who need to track how much ink is being used, and for planning their ink purchases. It can also identify fonts by lowercase x-height, which is necessary for European Union Regulation No. 1169/2011 requiring a minimum x-height for nutrition declaration on food packaging.


You can now adjust images using Photoshop-like curves, which lets you change contrast or remove a color cast (per channel or overall). You can also adjust brightness and contrast, or apply unsharp mask to enhance the edges of objects in the image — and you can apply these adjustments to multiple images at the same time.





PitStop’s Action Lists now include choices to add brightness or contrast, and to blur or sharpen the image. If an object has a troublesome gradient fill, you can edit the gradient’s colors, color mode, start/end points and rotation, or even replace it with a new one.


 


There’s also a new tool to align objects to each other or to the page, or to distribute the space between them. 


 


If the PDF includes spot varnishes, you can move them to a new PDF layer so that anyone with the free Adobe Reader can see where they are. 


 


White overprinting objects are now identified and can be changed to knock out items beneath them. You can flatten layers to the current view, and flatten Form Fields to become printable content. And the Server version of PitStop 12 now uses Adobe’s flattening engine, which makes the processing of transparency effects more predictable.


Editing page items is a bit easier and a lot more powerful. You can now right-click multiple page items to group them, which is handy when moving objects — especially in flattened PDFs, which can have a surprisingly large number of objects. You can now create separate layers (called Optional Content Groups or OCGs) for specific types of elements (text, images, graphics, and shading). This can help when editing items because you can quickly hide the ones that aren’t relevant.



Buying Advice

If you deal with a high volume of PDF files, PitStop Pro 12 can quickly repay its cost. Tracking down missing fonts is a time-consuming (and often thankless) job, so the new Purchase Missing Fonts feature may be enough to justify the upgrade. In fact, any one of the new timesaving features could fully justify the expense — to determine that for yourself, revisit the bulleted list at the beginning of this review.


System Requirements


Adobe Acrobat 8–XI Standard or Pro 


Windows


Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Professional or Home Edition 


Microsoft Windows 7, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate Edition 


(32-bit and 64-bit, running in 32-bit mode) Microsoft Windows 8, (32-bit and 64-bit running in 32-bit mode) 


Macintosh


Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8


Hardware requirements

Mac: Intel processor, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB hard disk space


Windows: 2GB Ram, 1GB hard disk space


Price

$799 (upgrades: $219 from version 11; $339 from version 10)



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lideshows and carousels are the best way to present images and this is usually achieved using jQuery. To have jQuery slider galleries or other image presentation on your web page you have to code or download a jQuery slider plug-in and integrate it. Those sliders give effective looks and are very attractive to users.


Here you can see 30 Different content slider plug-in for WordPress. Hope these plug-ins help you…Enjoy!!!



1. All in Banner ($18)

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2. CCSlider WP ($18)

CCSlider WP makes it easy to embed the CCSlider jQuery slideshow plug-in in your Word Press theme. CCSlider is an unique slideshow plug-in because of the fact that it supports 3d transitions! There are 14 stunning 3d transitions available, and also 16 stylish 2d transitions. You have the option for mentioning a 2d transition fallback for old browsers that don’t support HTML5 Canvas, which is used for producing the 3d transitions.


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3. Boutique Carousel ($8)

A ready to use jQuery slider/carousel to present your images in a unique, smooth and customizable way.Simply link to the JavaScript and CSS files and apply it to your HTML element like other jQuery plug-ins.


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4. Mark Sebastian (Free)

In this tutorial we are going to create a stunning full page gallery with scrollable thumbnails and a scrollable full screen preview. The idea is to have a thumbnails bar at the bottom of the page that scrolls automatically when the user moves the mouse. When a thumbnail is clicked, it moves to the center of the page and the full screen image is loaded in the background. Now the user can move up and down and the image will get scrolled automatically, giving him the opportunity to see all of the image.


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5. Matthewruddy (Free)

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6. Fancy Thumbnail Slider ($5)

Fancy Thumbnail Slider is a Full screen carousel slider with lot of features and settings. The slider fit automatically to the Browser size.

With just some small changes on the css file you can change the layout of your Slider.


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7. Jquery Slider ($20)

liJQuery Image Slider is carefully crafted slider/banner image rotator, full of features, easy to install and customize. Whenever you need a full featured slider image rotator or you need a simple ad banner, liJQuery Image slider will do the job with ease


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8. Ubill Board ($20)

uBillboard is a Premium Slider for Word Press. It is a jQuery based slider with a multitude of transitions and options for you to be able to customize it to your needs while not overwhelming you with options you never wanted or needed. Version 3 is a revolutionary release with most of the codebase rewritten from scratch.


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9. Blades Colors ($6)

BLADES jQuery is a flexible jQuery banner rotator that makes an impression. Easy to customize with several options including 5 unique transitions, BLADES jQuery is the type of banner that can easily headline your next project.


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10. DD slider Word Press Plug-in ($20)

DD Slider WP features EVERYTHING that the jQuery plug-in already offered PLUS a custom admin panel, with total management of slides.


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11. Book Shelf Slider ($12)

Multipurpose Bookshelf Slider Word press Plug-in is useful for displaying products such as books, magazines, DVD, cd and others. It’s a way to showcase products in an attractive manner.


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12. kreatura Media ($15)

This is a Word Press plug-in of the Layer Slider. You can create as many layers and sub layers as you want. You can use images or any other HTML elements, including Flash movies as layers. The script is very user-friendly, you can add global settings or local (per slide) settings to each layer or sub layer. You can change delay times, easing types, durations and much more with the WYSIWYG editor.


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13. Massive Pro Creation ($30)

Flip Book Word Press Plug-in is based on XML Flip Book / AS3 one of the three top selling items of all times on Active Den. It has been built from scratch. Almost everything you see on the page is easily customizable through the Word Press administration panel – easy installation, no coding skills required.


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14. Pixelentity ($20)

We’ve taken the solid technological foundation which underpinned the success of the Estro jQuery plug-in, and have pushed it even further. We have added a custom admin panel which will allow you to customize all aspects of your slider without having to touch a line of code. Drag and drop arranging of your slides, multiple slider insertion, skin selection, Ken Burns customization, you name it, we’ve included it.


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15. Phoenix Gallery ($18)

Word Press Media Gallery is the ultimate gallery for your Word Press site. It supports any kind of content from simple images to advanced inline content to videos. Because of this, it can be used not only as a gallery, but also as a slider, banner rotator, video gallery and more. This is the only gallery you will ever need.


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16. Theme Punch ($15)

A combination of Parallax Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations defines this slider. Customize unlimited sliders with our own Drag&Drop Slider Editor to your very needs. Give each slider a parallax caption to transport your message.


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17. Royal Slider ($20)

Royal Slider for Word Press is a cross-device jQuery content slider with touch-based navigation and responsive layout.


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18. Rama ($6)

Rama – The jQuery Slider Plug-in animates your image and text slides with transition effects of the wide library (21 transition and 10 object animation effects available). Easy installation, state-of-the-art transitions and text animations define the fresh line style.


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19. Product Viewer ($10)

This file is suitable for homepage banner, slideshow, product viewer, Gallery even though you can use as an intro. All animations are customizable so it suitable for any type of banners. You can use any number of layer on each slider. You can position and spacing each layer easily using data attributes. In download file, five default samples are available in separate html file.


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20. Presentation Cycle (Free)

Cycle is a script that supports image presentations to easily display multiple images. This script supports a lot of effects and the cycling of html elements. Presentation Cycle is a variation on the functionality of Cycle. Instead of generating a list of numbers that are clickable Presentation Cycle generates a progress bar that shows when the new slide will appear.


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21. Accordion ($4)

jAccordion is a flexible and lightweight jQuery (1.4.3+) plug-in full of features that let you customize it to suit your needs.


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22. Translucent ($8)

This is a jQuery Banner Rotator / Slideshow with translucent background set for caption. Supports Responsive and fluid layouts. Supports touch swipe navigation on iPad and Android tablets. 8 example variations included with source package, Around 55 plug-in settings included for deeper customization. The captions can be customized by both plug-in settings as well as CSS .


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23. Chop Slider ($15)

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24. Before-After ($8)

Before-After allows you to place two images on top of each other and use a drag gable slider to hide and reveal each image. This is especially useful for highlighting a Before/After makeover or Untouched/Photo shopped images side by side.


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25. Kenburner ($10)

Responsive Ken Burner Slider jQuery Plug-in is the premium way of using a slider in your website. A combination of Ken Burns Effect, state-of-the-art Slider, Text Animations and Responsive rebuilding defines this slider.


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26. Grid Slider ($17)

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27. Time Line Slider ($10)

Timeline Slider is the definitive plug-in to build your history timelines. Its main configuration can be easily customized due to its compact config parameters, directly from the html file. Also more configurations can be edited through the css style sheet file. It comes with 2 skins, Dark, Light, to make easy the integration on your web project. The powerful jQuery library makes this component cross-platform.


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28. CJ Shuffle ($4)

CJ Shuffle A jQuery Banner / Ad Rotator, is a nice departure from typical banner rotators. It will instantly grab a users attention with its shuffle effect and help engage your website’s visitors.


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29. Jaw Dropper Slider ($5)

Jaw dropper Slider is a jQuery image slider that comes with some really unusual transition effects.


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30. Stack Banner Slide Show ($5)

Use this sexy and stylish banner slideshow to spice up your website. Place images, inline HMTL content, media (video etc) vie pretty photo inside the slider. Some of the options include vertical or horizontal orientation, with or without rotation, and 4 different types of movement. Embed multiple instances in same page (example included in download package). All 9 demo examples included in the download package for easy setup.


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Hope you enjoyed watching this different sliders, tell us what you felt by dropping down your comment.




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Today’s freebie is a not so scary Halloween spider. Feel free to use it in commercial and non-commercial projects, personal websites and printed work, as long as it’s a part of a larger design. Please do not sell it, redistribute it yourself, claim it as your own or give it as a bonus item to boost sales for your own products. Download it now!


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If you love making collages with scissors, glue, mom’s magazines and dad’s subscriptions when you were growing up, there is no reason to stop now. Collage is a specific technique of art that is made from different pieces of artworks which create a new, improved, sometimes perfect look. These days, you can make an awesome Collage with Photoshop!


Here are 50 excellent Collage Photoshop Tutorials that will teach you to combine photography with hand-drawn elements and turn an otherwise ordinary image into awesome photo manipulation. You

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’ll get to know how to incorporate lots of objects into one stunning image.



Who knows, later on you might be able to create gift cards, postcards or even a beautiful cover for your own book. Let’s get inspired!


1. How To Make A Photoshop Montage



2. Free Psd Premium Tutorial: Create A Mixed Style Collage



3. Learn How To Design A Charming Collage Composition



4. Create A Nature-Inspired Digital Illustration In Photoshop



5. Futuristic Collage



6. Photoshop Tutorial: Create A Stunning Pin-Up Collage



7. New Premium TUT – How To Create A Digital Collage With 3D Shapes, Patterns, & Colors



 


8. Surreal Collage Creation



9. Premium Tutorial – Recycle Vintage Images To Create A Photoshop Collage



10. How To Create An Abstract Photo Manipulation



11. Create A Mock-Retro Poster Concept



12. Photoshop Tutorial: Create A Digital Collage From Hand-Drawn Elements



13. Photoshop Tutorial: Create An Amazing Summer Flyer Design



14. Creative Collages And Mixed-Media Effects



15. Photoshop Tutorial: Advanced Compositing Techniques



16. A New Take On Cityscape Collage



 


17. Be Clear Through Abstraction



18. Construct Beautiful Distortions



19. High-Rise B-Movie Poster Case Study By Falcon White Design



20. Design An Awesome Urban City Photo-Montage In Photoshop



21. Create Atmospheric Digicollages



 


22. Case Study “Deadliest Catch”



23. Create A Surreal Urban City Montage with Lightning Effect in Photoshop



 


24. Collage Of Polaroids



25. Create A Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage In Photoshop



26. Photoshop Tutorial: Making of “Color Combustion” A Photo Manipulation



27. How To Create A Fantasy Photomanipulation In Photoshop



28. Photoshop Tutorial: Retro Collage Techniques



29. How To Create An “Alice in Wonderland” Inspired Artwork With Photoshop



30. Add A Vintage Feel With Custom Brush Strokes



31. Add Depth To Mixed-Media Collages



32. Construct A Kaleidoscopic Collage Effect In Photoshop



33. Create An Abstract Collage effect



34. Digitally Collage A Camouflage Paper Jacket



35. Create A Striking Collage Fusing Ancient And Modern




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This set of Photoshop /GIMP brushes is made up of paintable textures. You can see some of them in the preview image above. These are great for digital artists or graphic designers that want to paint with some texture, rather than just a plain round brush. They’re also great for adding texture to just about anything with a few clicks. These are all high resolution images, with the average brush size being about 1900 pixels. READ MORE...

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The logo of a company breathes life into its image in the market. A logo literally defines your company to a visual onlooker and thus creates a 'first impression' of your company.
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When it comes to technology, the only thing constant about it is that it keeps changing all the time. When I say 'latest trends' in web designing, I actually mean all the new changes that we now need to learn and use when it comes to designing websites that will be up to the mark and much more.
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