Pixel-Perfect Design using Photoshop on a Retina Display

by Jake Rocheleau

September 2, 2014 in Photoshop

I recently purchased a MacBook Pro with the infamous retina screen display. Everything does look beautiful and there is a noticeable difference in comparison to non-retina icons. However I noticed a problem using Photoshop that others in the web design field have also likely noticed.

Every new document is shown at half-size while the document view claims to be 100%.

Anyone running CS5 or below should not find this to be much of a problem. But CS6 and CC have been updated to include retina-based icons and interfaces. This creates a pixel-dense display in Photoshop(and other Adobe programs) where new documents appear twice as small instead of “regular size”. Another way to put this is @1x images will appear tiny because retina Photoshop only uses @2x documents.

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Wall Street Presents The Top 50 Business Themes: WordPress vs Joomla vs The World

by Julia Starlark

August 29, 2014 in Themes

The point being, when you put WordPress vs Joomla, it’s the world that is winning.

And it’s simple, really. A lot of new templates means a lot of new websites that all look different and feel different and please the eye in various ways. Diversity means new ways of thinking. New ways of thinking means new ways of making the world a better place – and a richer place, too.

And the world needs that kind of victories. Desperately. After surviving through a huge financial crisis of 00′s and having embraced the current uncertain, difficult money situation (we like to call it the Moneygeddon), it needs something good. It needs a website, working on a Joomla template, that will look so good, that people would easily pay just to have a glance at it. It needs a blog, on a WordPress theme, so professional, that it would attract new clients every second of its existence. The world needs to get back to winning again.

And the businesses of the world need turning of the tide, too. Have we mentioned the difficult economic situation already? well, it is indeed pretty difficult.

However, the on-going crises brought something good. Something better. It’s the spirit of rivalry and the law of justice: only the best product wins. That’s the reason why your website needs a new website theme today, that’s the reason why your business needs a new business template as well. We don’t have the time to sit and wait and relax. This is the time to get up and go there and win.

Only with the best design you can attract customers today. Best service and best design. People learnt how not to lose their time on things they don’t need. Build it and people will come. With such a powerful message we start our today’s showcase of 50 (fifty!) best Joomla and WordPress templates to make your business successful, revitalized, creative and profitable. Because you need, and economy needs it and the world needs it, too.

Who said that money couldn’t be beautiful?

The Simple Business Template: WordPress on Business

Doing Business WordPress Theme

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Real Life Examples of the X Theme in Action

by iulian

August 28, 2014 in Themes

It’s never easy to decide on a specific theme when making a website for one of your clients. So, unless you’ve already heard about this by now, you may be pleased to know that there is no need to seek any further. A certain Theme.co release has gone viral over the past months. The genesis of Theme X is linked with powerful secrets imparted by the world’s leading specialists in copywriting, SEO, e-mail and video marketing.

With X, you get everything you could possibly need for your projects. The live previewer is a great means to accurately assess interventions related to site appearance, functionality, and administration – before you apply them. Besides, some brilliant new shortcodes are included, as well as free updates, and full integration with WooCommerce and BuddyPress.

X Theme is comprised of four stacks (more in development): Integrity, Renew, Icon, and Ethos. Check out some example websites created with each Stack to see just a sample of what is possible with this incredible theme:

Integrity

 1-chickart

Website:  http://chickart.de/

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How To Design Hover Effects for UI Elements in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau

August 25, 2014 in Tutorials

Designing in Adobe Photoshop is a different experience compared to building websites right in the browser. It requires an understanding of the various tools, effects, and positioning techniques. One major difference is how you would create interactions such as hover and click events.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how you might go about designing interactive states with Photoshop Layer Comps. These behave like document states where you can rearrange elements and save a snapshot of each particular style. I’ve also released my PSD file for free which you can download and modify for your own needs.

photoshop layer comps button nav menu screenshot

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