Design a Stylish Blue Blog Theme in Photoshop

by Steven Snell

August 24, 2009 in Tutorials

Today we will be going through the process of designing an attractive blog theme in Photoshop. The design uses a textured background and a basic two-column layout with a right sidebar. At the end of the tutorial you will be able to download the PSD file if you would like to work with it.

What We Will Be Designing:

Before we get started, he is a preview of what we will be designing (click the image to see it in full size).

Blog Layout Tutorial for Photoshop

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Freebie: High Res Bark Texture Pack

by Steven Snell

August 20, 2009 in Freebies

Today we are releasing a pack of 15 high res bark textures. You can use these textures in your own work for personal or commercial purposes. If you see an image that you like, click through and you can get it from Flickr. The textures can be used for personal or commercial purposes.

DesignM.ag Bark Texture - 2

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9 Tips to Help Freelancers Prepare for a Vacation

by Steven Snell

August 19, 2009 in Business/Freelance

While being a freelance designer (or any other type of freelancer) brings plenty of advantages in terms of flexibility and independence, it also comes with its share of negatives. One of the biggest is that it’s difficult for freelancers to set aside time to actually take a vacation and get away from the work for a while. Because there are no paid vacation days like there are for employees, freelancers usually wind up taking very little time off.

If this is something that you struggle with, there are some things you can do that will help you to prepare for the time off and to minimize it’s impact on your business. In fact, getting the time away should actually help your business since we all need some time off to relax and get re-charged.

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10 Excellent Options for Managing To-Do Lists Online

by Steven Snell

August 17, 2009 in Resources

Most designers have a lot of different things going on all at once. There are multiple projects that need attention, deadlines that must be met, and there are always personal tasks that have to be done as well. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you with managing these tasks. In this post we’ll feature 10 of the best options, and 14 alternatives are also listed at the end.

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk is a free to-do list manager that offers a number of features, including use of a map to locate your tasks, sharing your tasks with others, and the ability to search your tasks. It’s also available for the iPhone.

Remember the Milk

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