The Best of Designzzz in the First Half of 2011

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Telling me to choose the best posts from Designzzz is like telling a mother to choose her best kid. It’s unfair and it’s impossible. And also theoretically, why would we publish something if we don’t think it’s the best. Yet I did make an effort for you and chose 31 posts which I think are the best of the best from the past six months, the first half of this year.

You must have a look at this because it is the “cream” of Designzzz. All the juice, in one single post, you shouldn’t miss a single drop.

If you have been a subscriber of our Free Rss Feed or Following us on Twitter for over six months, then this post will only be a recap. :)


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Free Premium Quality PSD Web Gallery Template

Free Premium Quality Web Gallery Template PSD This web design could also be used as a gallery page of any website. The rules are that the color-scheme should be kept dark, because this template uses a lot of images, and pictures look good on dark colors. Small header is good, the big the header is the less amount of content the visitor will be able to see, so small header is a good practice. As usual, it’s royalty-free, download it, customize it, sell it.

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Apps

16 Essential iPhone Applications for Photographers

16 Essential iPhone Applications for Photographers

Using iPhone as the primary mobile phone device is a good idea for photographers.

iPhone has captured so much success that it is now one the most successful smart phones ever made. When equipped with proper apps, it could beat any other smart phone in the market. So here we are sharing a collection of the most useful iPhone applications for photographers and designers. All of these apps are Absolutely Free.

Productive iPad Apps for Graphic Designers

Productive iPad Apps for Graphic Designers

iPad is a great tool graphic designing. This post is a compilation of some great iPad Apps i.e. iPad tools for Graphic Designers. Most of these apps are universal, which means that they would run on iPhone as well as iPad.

Did I mentioned all of these are free?

Hand-picked Free Android Apps for Designers

Hand-picked Free Android Apps for Designers and AlikeAndroid is a serious competitor for the crown of “best” smart phone OS.

Conventionally the word Android means a robot or machine that is made to act and look likes normal human beings. But ever since 2005, this word has gotten a whole other meaning when Google purchased Android Inc., a mobile operating system. Many Android supported mobile sets have met with enviable market success.

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Resource Collections

Free WordPress Plugins for Security and Protection

Free WordPress Plugins for Security and Protection What makes WordPress so special? its widgets and plugins play a big role making it so much popular. You can find all kinds of plugins to improve your site. These plugins and widgets are mostly developed by third party companies and individuals. They may relate to designing, SEO, development and all kinds of stuff.

This post is about the plugins which will help you fight spammers and other threats to your site.

2000+ Free Icon Files for Web Designers

2000+ Free Icon Files for Web Designers & Developers This is the mother of all icon set posts. Over two thousand, yes 2000 icon and logo files of various types, formats and sizes. These resources are equally valuable for graphic designers, as well as web designers. All the icons are not for one type of task only but this is a compilation of graphics and images which are frequently required by web or graphic designers. This post includes routine clipart, addon images and plenty of readymade graphics.

Free Web Based Operating Systems

Free Web Based Operating Systems – A Magical Resource for EveryoneA Magical Resource for Everyone. Do you know anything about cloud operating systems? If not, this article is the “post of the century” for you.

An internet based (cloud) operating system gives you the power to store your data and settings online on a cyber operating system so that it is available to you even on public PCs. You to connect to your online OS using a mobile phone. This post is a collection of FREE cloud operating systems.

Free Photoshop Actions and Installation Guide

50+ Handpicked Free Photoshop Actions and Installation Guide

This sharing comprises a big collection of ready-made Adobe Photoshop Actions. If you don’t know what actions do in Adobe Photoshop, here’s an introduction.

An action is a set of recorded commands that you may use on several images for a particular purpose. For example, you are getting a photo album ready for a website. You have to sharpen, resize and add a few effects on every image.

Free Photoshop Alternatives and Their Brief Reviews

9 Free Photoshop Alternatives and Their Brief Reviews Adobe Photoshop is the most powerful image editor on the planet. Photoshop can do almost everything in the field of graphic designing, agreed. But is it free? Never. It costs a whooping $700 ($699 for US citizens).

If you play intelligently, you might not need Photoshop, there are many freewares which perform various tasks as good as Photoshop.

Handy Collection of Minimalist and Modern Fonts

Handy Collection of Minimalist and Modern Fonts for Designers Elegant and Modern free fonts which are put together from various resources. Of course, our members can download all these fonts in a single ZIP file easily, to do that, just find the download link at the end of this post.

The criteria for the selection were style, readability and modernity, in the same order. These kinds of fonts come very handy while designing business cards and other kinds of print media elements.

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Articles and Tutorials

The Gospel of Website Redesign

re-designing a website

Blasting art is one of the most prolific online art, design and photographer communities in the world. These days BA (Blasting Art) is phasing through a redesign process. The Web Designer, Web Developer and Administrator of Blasting Art were holding meetings where they discussed the whole process. The Designzzz’s team was invited as an honorary observer to analyze the proceedings and present their views. Attending these meetings was by far the best experience a designer/developer could ever have. Seeing the masters brainstorming and learning all those tips and tricks was like “Learning on Steroids”.

If you are a designer/developer and you haven’t studied this post… This like committing a sin…. if not anything bigger. This is our first custom post and if arguably, it might just be our best creation yet.

Open Gospel

Timesaving Photoshop CS5 Shortcuts and Tips

Timesaving Photoshop CS5 Shortcuts and TipsAdobe Photoshop is a huge program with loads of commands, but it is quite a time consuming experience to perform a task when we don’t know the shortcuts (short keys). So today I decided to post a list of routinely used shortcuts and tips that will greatly increase the speed of your work.

All of these shortcuts are tested on Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Creating a Dazzling Golden Pearl Teapot in 3ds Max

How to Make a Dazzling Golden Pearl Teapot in 3D StudioMaxThis is the first of its kind post on Designzzz.It is a tutorial of 3D Studio Max. This is something new, something unique for our visitors – so here’s a great article for making a teapot made of Dazzling Golden Pearls.

This tutorial is based on visualization and artwork in 3D Studio Max. Without a doubt, it is a treat for designers.

Coding a Clean Minimalist HTML CSS Website Layout

How to Code a Clean Minimalist HTML CSS Website Layout A long time ago, one of our authors named Jillz created a tutorial about Designing a Minimalist Website Layout in Photoshop. Ayaz Malik used that exact PSD file and created an HTML CSS Layout for our readers – so that you can learn some coding lessons or download it and use it as your own site (naturally free of charge).

15 Minutes Photography Crash Course

15 Minutes Photography Crash Course

This article is intended for the newcomers and amateurs, but no matter how seasoned professional you are, you should find something new here.

These techniques, tips and tricks work almost each time you take a photo. And these are the methods that you MUST know if you have plans to become a photographer.

Photoshop Good Practices – Key to Success

Adobe Photoshop Good Practices – Key to Success Every business has some good practices and some bad practices, so does Designing.

This article will tell you about some of the best ‘good practices’ of Adobe Photoshop (CS5). I wrote this article not just for one type of readers, such as beginners or seasoned professionals; it is instead divided into sections, the first one is for beginners and the second one is obviously for the experienced guys.

How to Capture Breathtaking Long Exposure Photos

Breathtaking Long Exposure Photography and How to Capture It As the name suggests, long exposure photo is when the camera’s image sensor was exposed to light for a longer period of time than usual. Traditionally this technique of is used for taking images at night, since the light is low, the lens is exposed the light longer, hence pictures become clear. But this technique also adds kind of a special effect to the photos. This post was intended for professionals but its massive success proved that even the non professionals loved it.

Things Not to Say to Your Boss!!

Things Not to Say to Your Boss!! This article starts off this article with some wise words which lead the way to success, yet this article ends in an absolutely non-serious hilarious manner. But then again, since its Designzzz, even the funny stuff would not be meaningless. In this article, we’ll take a look at the sentences and behaviors which can ruin your impression in the mind of your boss.
So learn wise advice at start, and have a laugh in the end.

Advanced Level Photoshop CS5 Video Tutorials

14 Advanced Level Photoshop CS5 Video Tutorials In this post, we will learn some Master Strokes of Phtososhop CS5. This is a collection of tutorials, tips and tricks and methods of working with the very latest features of Adobe Photoshop. These are the magic tricks that raise you from the level of an average user, to an admirable pro, who has right to brag about his skills.
If you think you know Photoshop very well, let’s see if you already know this stuff. Even the masters would learn something here.

How to Stop WordPress Editor from Removing iFrame and Embed Code (Youtube Code)

How to Stop WordPress Editor from Removing iFrame and Embed Code A few days ago, we published a post “14 Advanced Level Photoshop CS5 Video Tutorials” which consisted of 14 iframe/embeded videos from youtube, vimeo etc. But it’s a known issue that WordPress editor will remove the iFrame code as soon as the tab is changed from html to visual or vice versa. This is a real problem needed to be sorted out – so we did a little googling and found several fixes for this issue.

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Inspiration

The Best and Historic Magazine Covers of All Time

The Best and Historic Magazine Covers of All Time A Magazine Cover is the most complete form of graphic design. It has concept, design, punch-line, typography and art. Magazine covers provide you more inspiration compared to any other kind of articles. This is a collection of some of the very best and trend-setting magazine covers and titles for you to inspire, aspire and admire.

This is one Designzzz most viewed posts ever.

30 Spectacular Lightning Bolt Photographs

30 Spectacular Lightning PhotographsAn inspirational post for photographers.

A lightning in the sky, it’s gorgeous, it’s frightening, this is Mother Nature’s one of the greatest creations and it leaves us spell bounded, almost each time we see it. I’m sure there were many times when you saw a lightening and wished that you had camera to capture it. Some of us are actually lucky enough to confine this spectacle in a photo.

Wildlife Photography Examples of Killer Instinct

Wildlife Photos – Marvelous Examples of Killer Instinct Inspiration for photographers and fun for everybody. We all know that humans stand on the top of evolutionary chain here on Earth. It has happened thanks to intelligence, and should we not have one, ruthless hunters from the wild would replace us very quickly. A cheetah, a lion, a tiger… there are tens of natural “population regulators” and you will now witness how animals rule the vast spaces of jungles and admire their merciless strength, agility and… beauty.

Photographic Collection of Natural Phenomenon

Photographic Collection of Natural Phenomenons You will love this post…. Promise!!

This is a mind wobbling collection of Nature’s Phenomena. It is a very rare collection of photos with the introduction to that phenomenon. I personally think this is one of my best works at Designzzz. Many of these pictures can be a great as wallpapers, so do consider making them your background image. The image on the left is a mix-blend of all those phenomena.

The Spirit of Spring – Photographs

The Spirit of Spring – Photographs

Without a doubt, spring is the best of seasons. It is a symbol of hope, strength, energy and love. And this season is upon us now. The excitement demanded to make a post that depicts all these splendors of spring I just mentioned. So here is a beautiful collection of spring related nature photographs. Even though there’s a lot of time till the next spring comes, but these post is still full of magic.

Effective Outdoor Ads With Genius Ideas

Boundless Creativity: Effective Outdoor Ads With Genius Ideas The Effective Creative Outdoor advertisements series was one of our most popular posts ever. And so Back by public demand, here we produced another handpicked collection of clever and genius creative print ads from all around globe.

The post contains humorous and concept print advertisements. This is one of those posts which everyone loves.

Incredible Collection Of Vector Artworks

Incredible Collection Of Vector Artworks Digital Vector Art. Here we collected examples of the best digital art pieces made from vector graphics. The uniqueness and different flavor of this art form is simply stunning.

The portraits made from vectors are just amazing. If you are into digital artworks, don’t you dare miss it.

Spectacular Examples of Ocean Life Photography

Spectacular Examples of Ocean Life Photography Almighty God has created countless creatures in the world. They show us each and every day what kind of miracles is nature capable of.

Ocean life is very attractive and it is a marvelous example of the creativity of mother nature. There have been many expeditions for the purpose of exploring the seas and the oceans, yet we know very little about it.

Mother’s Day Special – Mother and Child B&W Photography

Mother’s Day Special – Mother and Child B&W Photography Now let me also describe a little bit about Mother’s Day. It is widely celebrated all around the world but in most countries it doesn’t have a fixed date. In USA and many other countries, it is celebrated on second Sunday of May. In some Muslim countries, it is celebrated on the second Friday of May, because Friday is the holiday there. Still there are a few exceptions like Afghanistan, where it is celebrated on the second Saturday of June.

Astonishing Collection of Artistic Underwater Photos

Astonishing Collection of Artistic Underwater Photos Water is the universal solvent, it can dissolve almost anything in itself, including beauty, passion and art. Today, I’ll be focusing on the beauty, passion and art part. This is a collection of artistic photography taken under water, in oceans, rivers and anywhere in the waters. We have shared such conceptual photo collections in the past but this one has a different flavor. This is a blend of art and photography.

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  1. janded July 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

    thanks for this wonderful collections.

    1. Tayyab July 4, 2011 at 12:58 am

      Hello Janded!
      Thanks for appreciating the the effort.

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