Tag Archive: design


Element 3D not only provides effects, it can animate your objects.  This terrific plug-in is actually a program within a program for After Effects.  It even has its own interface that comes up when activated.  Objects can be completely manipulated, duplicated and animated within the scene.

Techsnoop puts this in the top 10 must-have designer tools.

Don’t just veg out on Saturday, learn something new!  Techsnoop has gathered some awesome tutorials to help you keep your design skills on the cutting edge.  Make a digital comic, or try out Adobe Creative Suite 6 with new javascript integration in Dreamweaver or make mobile designs or mobile apps.  CS6 has a host of powerful features designed to serve up mobile content.  And, in a nod to mobile platforms that are not Flash-friendly, Flash can now output to HTML animation instead of SWF.

So get your favorite energy boost (yay Coke!) and learn something new to wow your friends and co-workers with next week.

We are at the final day of voting in the Mission Small Business event.  DKemp Designs needs more votes to be in the final running.  Please note; you may vote for more than one business.  Each business must have 250 votes to be reviewed, the votes do not determine the winners.

Please show support for DKemp Designs and any businesses that have less than 250 votes.  We are looking to leverage the power of Social Media for something fantastic.  Up to 12 businesses will have the opportunity to buy goods and services from you and hire some of the great talent currently languishing untapped.  If you want to improve the economy, go vote now.

Login with Facebook, put in the business name and vote.  Please share on your page to get others to vote also.

Thanks to everyone.

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Web designers and developers have to work smarter and faster to keep up with new technologies.  The more great tools you have, the more efficient your workflow becomes and your productivity soars.  Mozilla’s Firefox keeps the tools coming to help designers keep on top and the latest is a doozie.

Firefox 15 (Nightly) allows you to test out various viewscreen sizes inside the browser window.  This means no more manually resizing your entire browser and losing shortcuts and menus.  Take a look and tell us what you think.

Techsnoop strikes again with awesome tools for the Graphic Designer.  It is impossible to be successful in this field without continuous learning.  Finding the right resources to quickly learn new tips and tricks is essential.  Here are some great resources and best of all, they are FREE.

My favorite site these days is Video Copilot.  Andrew Kramer rocks as the tutorial King.  While his tutorials assume that you have some idea of the programs, it is possible for even beginners to follow along by using pause and replay.

If you need an e-commerce solution, try out the free, open source Open Cart.  This software takes a little practice to install and configure, but the administration is worth the setup.  Flash is not dead, but who wants to spend a lot of time on a technology that is being phased out?  Try Giotto for Flash effects without coding or pain.

Hope these help you out.  For more freebies, check my site.

Several options for importing files in Adobe Premier Pro CS5

Working with Green Screens.  This is for more advanced users.

This video on making a rough cut is on the Adobe TV site and shows how to efficiently create a rough of your video.

Premiere Pro rough cut tutorial

For more in depth instructions, use the resources at Adobe Support and Adobe TV.

Please post links to your work in the comments if these resources help you.  And keep learning!

For every Comic fan who didn’t like the ending of their super hero movie, this site re-imagines what should have happened.  While I admire and like the site, Avengers really could not have ended better.

There has been lots of buzz about the new Adobe releases, so Techsnoop will be presenting overviews and reviews of the most important features so you can decide if its time to upgrade.

This feature will become a favorite of everyone; editing video (camera phone anyone?) with Photoshop.

If editing hair in Photoshop gives you fits, take a look at this use of the refine edge tool.  Many thanks to LordReserei01 for the help.

Take a little time this weekend to work on your craft and also view the Supermoon and meteor shower.

Happy Designing!

Smutty WorksResponsive, HTML5, CSS3, mobile-optimized.  If these terms mean nothing to you, you must not be a web designer.  If you are a web designer today is a fantastic day to start logging resources.

If you have not bookmarked the Unstoppable Robot Ninja, go do it now!  Brilliant, easy reading details for getting your sites optimized for responsive design.  Another great resource is Web Designer Wall.  This site provides freebies and great tutorials to get you kick-started in leveling up your designs.  And here is a Smutty approved site; Cats Who Code.  This is a must read for anyone who dreams of being a designer or developer.

And the ultimate must-have for responsive design; a FREE responsive slider.  Many thanks to Smashing Mag for coming through as usual.

Need to create a WordPress site, but don’t know how?  Visit ThemePURE, a great site with low cost templates for WordPress designs.

Once you have your responsive design created, test it out at responsive px.  Make sizing adjustments accordingly and publish!

Network with great people like my Cybermap.  And if you need inspiration on starting a freelance design business, click here.  The story will inspire you to get up and get started now.  If not now, when?

Techsnoop wishes you great design.