How to Design a Portfolio Site in Photoshop, Plus Free WordPress Theme

by Steven Snell
on January 18, 2010

in Tutorials

I’m happy to release a free WordPress portfolio theme called Modest Folio. It’s a simple design and layout that will allow your work to take center stage. It features a tabbed featured area on the front page to show the different services that you offer. Modest Folio was design by me and coded by our friends at Snobby Slice. They offer PSD to HTML services, as well as PSD to WordPress (and other CMSs).

ModestFolio, WordPress theme and Photoshop Tutorial

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30 Gadget Design Tutorials for Photoshop

by Steven Snell
on December 22, 2009

in Tutorials

Gadgets are a favorite subject for many designers. There are some excellent tutorials out there to help you create amazing results in Photoshop for this type of design, and we’ll feature 30 of them here. You’ll find tutorials for designing iPods, iPhones, a Blackberry, cell phones and more.

MP3 Player Design

MP3 Player Design

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Design an Ecommerce Website in Photoshop

by Steven Snell
on December 15, 2009

in Tutorials

Today we are going to design the homepage layout for an ecommerce site in Photoshop. Our sample site will be an electronics shop, and since we are in the holiday season, our site will include some special promotions, which is typical of ecommerce sites at this time of year.

A Preview of the End Result:

Here is a look at what we will be designing in this tutorial (click the image to see it in full-size).

Tutorial: Design an Ecommerce Website in Photoshop

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10 Tutorials to Take Your WordPress Development Skills to the Next Level

by Steven Snell
on November 30, 2009

in Tutorials

As the community of WordPress designers and developers continues to grow, and as new versions of WordPress are released, there are more opportunities to learn different techniques and tricks that you can apply in your own work. In these 10 tutorials you will find strategies that should prove to be very useful in your own theme development.

1. Using Custom Taxonomies to Create a Movie Database

Custom taxonomies in WordPress are similar to tags and categories, but they provide almost endless possibilities. In this tutorial Justin Tadlock shows a practical use for custom taxonomies while working on a movie database website. He shows how to set up custom taxonomies for actor, director, genre, producer, studio, and writer. This will make it easier for visitors to navigate the site as they can click on the actors name and see all of his/her movies. Justin also wrote an introductory post to Custom Taxonomies in WordPress 2.8.

You can also find more about custom taxonomies in Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr’s new book, Digging into WordPress, which I highly recommend.

Using Custom Taxonomies to Create a Movie Database

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