25 Artistic Themes for WordPress

Last week I posted a collection of some of the best grunge-style themes for WordPress. This week we’ll feature 25 excellent themes with an artistic style. Most of the featured themes are free and some are premium. If there are others that you think should have been included, feel free to leave a comment.

Premium Themes:

Timeless ($45) | View Demo

Artistic WordPress Themes

350+ Retro and Vintage Photoshop Brushes

In this post we’ll take a look at 23 sets of Photoshop brushes that will make it easy for you to create your own vintage and retro styled designs. There’s a variety of different types of brushes shown here, so take a look around and see if any might be of use to you.

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Retro and Vintage Brushes:

Retro Brushes (3 brushes)

Retro Brushes

23 of the Best Grunge-Style WordPress Themes

The grunge style is obviously very popular in modern web design. Many WordPress theme designers are creating high-quality, grunge-style themes. In this post we’ll feature 23 themes, some are free and some are premium.

Premium Themes:

Grunge ($35) | View Grunge Demo

Grunge WordPress Themes

10 Principles of Successful Freelancers

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How do you know when you are successful? If you’ve ever questioned your freelancing success, you’ll want to learn the principles of successful freelancers.

75+ Articles to Help Freelance Designers Find More Work

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Where do you find work?

For freelance designers and developers, finding work on a consistent basis is one of the biggest challenges. Especially in the current economy, this is one aspect of freelancing that prevents some from achieving everything they want as a freelancer. Fortunately, there are plenty of great articles available online that can help you to improve in certain areas that will help you to have a steady workload.

In this post we’ll feature more than 75 articles on various topics that can help freelancers to find more work and achieve a more stable and significant income.

Gaining Confidence as an Inexperienced Freelance Designer

One of the reasons that freelancing attracts so many people is the ease of entry. With a computer and a few basic programs anyone can learn enough to put together websites and start working as a freelancer. It can be be debated (and it has been) whether this is good or bad for the industry as a whole, but the fact is that there are a lot of freelancers out there, part-time and full-time, that don’t have loads of experience as a designer.

However, just because it’s easy to enter the market as a freelancer doesn’t mean that it’s easy to find and retain clients, do build quality websites, and to make a living from your work. Many freelancers start out with high hopes, only to be discouraged by the reality that they find in their work. With so many other freelancers and design studios out there, one of the most important things that an inexperienced freelancer needs to develop is confidence in themselves and their work.

Top 10 Tutorials for Converting PSDs to HTML/CSS

Many web designers start a new project by designing a mockup in Photoshop before actually coding the website. For a designer who is comfortable with Photoshop and with this process, less time can be used to create the end result.

For those designers who have not mastered the process of converting a design into a fully coded website, these 10 tutorials are excellent learning resources. (For tutorials on creating layouts in Photoshop, see 35 Tutorials for Creating Website Layouts in Photoshop).

From PSD to HTML, Building a Set of Web Designs Step by Step

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Top 10 Tutorials for Working with WordPress Comments

WordPress offers plenty of flexibility to designers and developers, and the comments section provides some opportunities for creativity. These 10 tutorials will show you some different things that you can do on your own WordPress blogs, or those of clients, to make more of an impact with comments. Some focus on functionality and others on appearance, but all serve a purpose.

Hack Together a User Contributed Link Feed with WordPress Comments

This tutorial from NETTUTS has been used by a number of blogs, particularly in the design niche, for creating a community news section. I use a different approach for the news section at DesignM.ag, but Collis’ technique works and it’s not that difficult to set up. It’s a great way to add some user interaction to your blog.

WordPress Comments Tutorials