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The days of only using web design programs like Dreamweaver (and not knowing any code) are pretty much over ... if you want to be a professional web designer.



These days, web designers need to learn code and a few different coding languages, to be able to effectively build modern websites.



... The good news is that it isn't that hard with the right training.
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Mobile websites are predicted to be just as big, if not bigger, in 2014 as they were in 2013. More than 80 percent of stores have either developed mobile sites or have plans to develop them over the next couple years. For informational sites, the challenge is in discerning how they can translate their typical communication measures onto a mobile website. The forum, for instance, remains popular on most informational sites, even with the proliferation of social media platforms like Facebook. If your site has a forum, here

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are some things you want to remember when translating your forum into a mobile-friendly format.


Think Big Buttons


One of the biggest challenges with forums on a mobile website is the fact that they rely so heavily on small buttons. From the forum menu to the individual threads and responses, a forum requires significantly more clicking than the average website. Because the average mobile user will be using his finger rather than a mouse, precision is significantly compromised. The best way to avoid your visitors from clicking on the wrong link over and over again before they finally get frustrated and leave is to make sure that you have very large buttons for the forum itself. On most mobile devices, this means that only two or three threads may be visible at a time. But it also means that when visitors click on a link, they can actually hit it.


Enable Continuous Browsing


When it comes to the best mobile web design, continuous browsing is definitely an effective component. Continuous browsing allows the user to immerse himself in the online experience without having to click on additional pages. When you set up a forum on your mobile website, you need to make sure that continuous browsing is enabled and works efficiently. Once you set up large buttons, only a few of the threads will be visible at any given time. But with continuous browsing, your visitors can keep scrolling down until they find the threads they want.


Cut All Tails


In most forums, people can respond with the full text of the previous post in the message. But when you are setting up a mobile friendly website and forum, you need to cut this tail. Set it up so the default requires that visitors only submit original content. Tails will automatically be removed. If a visitor wants to quote a section from a previous post, he can opt to do so, but make sure that they can’t just copy and paste the entire post as this will slow down the browsing experience for everyone.


Adding a forum to your mobile-friendly site can be an important way to keep up the communication, particularly if your visitors expect that from your traditional site. However, to make it work, you must be prepared to make some changes. You will need to develop large buttons for the forum options to the people can easily access the sections they want. You should also enable continuous browsing, and you need to make sure that all tails are cut to minimize excessively long posts.




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Many K12 teachers are now being asked to teach web design for the first time. This presents a challenge since few teachers have professional web design and development ex...
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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




Related posts:
50 Excellent Photoshop Photo Effect Tutorials [Part III]
25+ Water Effect Photoshop Tutorials and Brushes
20+ New Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials
55 Just Gorgeous Dance Photo Manipulation Artworks (And Tutorials!)


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Have you even thought how all the designers around the world are coming up with unique design ideas? Inspiration is the key behind it. Have a look at all the following creative web layouts and I am sure you’ll find some inspiration.



1. Matteozanga

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2. Spoon

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3. Torpedo

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4. Vob

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5. Weight Shift

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6. Jeannie web

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7. Coocoocore

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8. Kathryn Cornelius

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9. Jiri Tordek

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10. I am Federica

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11. Meomi

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12. Muslimanie

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13. Nuances

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14. Play mogul

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15. Quazar Web Design

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16. Tbwahakuhodo

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17. Dedoce

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18. 3D Polystyren Roman Gallas

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19. Adline

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20. Believe In Work

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21. Foxie Graphic

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22. Luvra

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23. Amundsen

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24. Accept Joel

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25. Bandar arts

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26. Rainy day

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27. Finger Boardy

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28. Gesty

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29. Morphix

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30. Vegas Uncork’d

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31. Realmac Software

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32. Ready made Designs

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33. Rekkiabilly

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34. Sam Rides To Paris

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35. Themble

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36. Esteban Munoz

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37. Hitmo

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38. Web Is Love

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39. Zizzi

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40. Arvorecer

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41. Serial Cut

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42. Ralph

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43. True Rope

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44. OBZ One by Zero

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45. Art 4 Web

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup.




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Educational Institutions and Universities need attractive websites to attract new students and serve exceeding students. Educational websites have lot of information to show, they need to provide details of admissions, syllabus, results, information of a student. So these types of websites need

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good designers to be worked on as UI is very important to make it reader friendly.



Having a nice website became mandate for any educational institution as right from admissions to certificates go online these days.


Here are 35 Different Educational Website Designs for Inspiration.


1. University of Washington

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2. Biola Undergraduation

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3. Johns Hopkins University

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4. Northwestern University

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5. Bea Long Horn

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6. Lovely Professional University

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7. Liu Global

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8. Indiana University

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9. Loyola Marymount University

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10. The University of Texas

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11. University of Notre Dame

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12. UT Health

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13. Virginia Common Wealth University

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14. University of Delaware

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15. The University of Nottingham

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16. The University of Chicago

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17. Seoul National University

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18. Washtenaw Community College

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19. The University of Melbourne

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20. Virginia Tech

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21. Denver Seminary

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22. Champlain College

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23. Boston University Alumni

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24. American University

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25. Asheville School

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26. Penn University of Pennsylvania

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27. Oregon State University

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28. Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

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29. Mississippi State

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30. Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

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31. Tennessee

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32. Maryland Institute College Of Art

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33. Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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34. Stone Laboratory

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35. William & Mary

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Hope you enjoyed, please post your valuable comments.




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Unemployment is a global problem as many countries still find themselves in the midst of a recession (or are just crawling out of one). That means, competition is high for open positions in almost every field.


Managing a profitable business during a recession is not easy, especially for the self-employed. However working from an office is not the only safe option. Despite the dim outlook, many opportunities for home based businesses still exist. Any task that can be accomplished at home can become a home based business.


Online Businesses

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Many home based businesses choose to start an online business. Online businesses are no longer limited to virtual storefronts selling a product. Today, home based businesses include blogs about product reviews, political commentary or humor, and are created and owned by a single individual, working from a home office; also, they are pretty easy to make using a free website maker. Social networks have expanded the reach of the party business, allowing the party organizer to sit at a desk while reaching out to potential customers across the globe. Freelance workers are no longer only writers and journalists, but include programmers, web site designers, graders for university courses, editors, publishers and artists. Consulting services for making green choices for the home and business, help organizing and removing clutter, or public relations can also be home based businesses. While sales of physical products are still the most widespread home based business, new ideas are constantly being explored. A quick search will yield pages of results for websites dedicated to ideas for home based businesses and the tools to manage an online business. The possibility of generating income from home is not declining, but growing.


Revisited Idea


The idea of a home based business has been in existence for centuries. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most businesses were managed from the home. Farming was not only for subsistence; excess crops would be sold or bartered. Homes produced goods for commercial sale including cloth, lace, medicines, baked goods, toys and other necessities. Workers in skilled trades such as furniture making or blacksmithing worked out of their homes or a nearby shop. Writers would sit at home putting pen to paper creating novels, poetry, newspaper and journal articles.


After the Industrial Revolution, the home based business declined, as machine made products were less expensive and produced more quickly. Yet families still lived above the stores operated on the ground floor, and clothing alterations were still carried out by individuals. In the 1950s, the party plan (or Tupperware Party) opened a new type of home based business, that has expended to the cosmetics and kitchen goods industries. Today, home based businesses still include farms selling their produce, crafters with handmade goods ranging from clothing to home decorations and artisans producing custom work with more detail than mass-production machinery. The methods by which products and services are bought and sold may change, but the home business opportunity will always have a niche in the marketplace.


The exact number of home-based businesses today is unknown. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor report, there are approximately 18.3 million home-based businesses, while other reports have that number at close to 38 million. Either way, millions are taking the plunge back into home-based businesses, thanks to the ease of working from home through Internet opportunities.




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Pros: Offers users the ability to find, buy, and embed missing fonts; much easier editing of page items


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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