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

Host Up to 100 Websites with the Media Temple Grid Plan

Everyone’s been there. You set up a website for a small business and after a sudden burst of traffic from Reddit or Slashdot the site becomes temporarily unavailable. All the visitors interested in your content are left with a blank screen and an impersonal message which politely informs them that the server had to take five. It’s a nightmare.

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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

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

PSD to HTML Tutorial

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

35 Excellent Adobe Fireworks Tutorials

Fireworks doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other products from Adobe, but it is still a valuable resource for many designers. If you’re interested in improving your skills with Fireworks, here are some of the best tutorials available.

Fireworks Tutorials:

Circular Shadows and Highlights

45 Free Sets of Adobe Illustrator Brushes

While there are not as many free brushes available for Illustrator as there are for Photoshop, there are still some excellent, high-quality options. In this post we’ll look at 45 sets of brushes in several different categories.

Abstract Brushes:

35 Free Abstract Illustrator Brushes