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Tom Blachford’s New Midnight Modern Photos: A striking photo series capturing architecture in Palm Springs, lit only by a full moon with the help of an unusual tool

Tom Blachford's New Midnight Modern Photos

Debuting during Palm Springs Modernism Week 2015 (a 10-day cultural event celebrating mid-century modern design, architecture, fashion and culture), photography exhibition “Midnight Modern” captures the sublime essence of lunar illumination. Melbourne……

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Quit your day job and help change the world

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youtube: LnfgcVSWX2I?list=PLb_ziuDPiUzYpkUsqcAtx1OG728lDdisP Generate New York, this April’s conference for web designers, is all set to run a series of talks by the most inspiring people working in and around web design.

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10 Tips to Help You Choose the Right SEO Keywords [Infographic]

Picking up those correct SEO magic keywords is never simple, however it’s totally basic. Without the correct keywords, your business will squander significant time, cash, and assets catering to a crowd of people that doesn’t even know you exist.

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The FAA wants to help US companies do business on the moon

US companies might be able to use the existing licensing process used for space launches to claim lunar territory, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

In a letter to Bigelow Airspace — a maker of inflatable space habitats — the Federal Aviation Agency says it intends to “leverage the FAA’s existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.”

That means that just by setting up a habitat, Bigelow would be able to claim exclusive rights to that territory. Furthermore, any company staking a claim could tap “related areas” for mining, exploration, and other activities.

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A Collection Of Exciting Tutorials To Help You Mastering The Adobe Photoshop

All designers want to use Adobe Photoshop like pros and create perfectly perfect images. Photoshop is a most powerful tool to creating powerful works of art by Adobe; and it is the most commonly used and easily accessible software by all the professional designers out there. Mastering the tools of Photoshop is not entirely easy but it has definitely become easier through all the tutorials that are available online. Every tutorial has something new to offer and to be learned from. Some very princely designers have eased the task of creating surreal images for the rest of the designers who are not as well versed in Photoshop by releasing very educating tutorials that guide through in every step of the way.

We have brought you just such amazing tutorials that will guide you in creating wonderful pieces of art. With the help of these tutorials you can let your imagination run wild and give your ideas a tangible form with the help of Adobe Photoshop.

Luggage Design in Photoshop

You will learn how to use some Photoshop tools like Rectangle Tool, Rounded Rectangle Tool, Ellipse Tool etc. and also how to work in Photoshop by using some of its basic commands like Layer Styles, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Drop Shadow, Satin, Gradient Overlay, Contract Command etc.. So not a difficult tutorial but an interesting one. Lets Start.

Sparkling Glass-Textured Text Effect

Photoshop’s Filters can be used to create nice textures easily and quickly. This tutorial will show you how to create a simple glass texture, then use it with a couple of Layer Styles to create a sparkling shiny text effect.

Using the Path Blur and Spin Blur in Photoshop CC 2014

One of the more powerful features that came with the new Photoshop CC is the addition of the Path and Spin Blur filters. This quick tip will explain how to use those filters in order to achieve interesting effects quickly and easily.

Minimal Long Exposure Photo Manipulation with Photoshop CC/CS6

In this tutorial we will be creating a minimalist fine art photo manipulation using just two images and a couple of brushes in Photoshop CC / Photoshop 2014.

Using Navigator Panel in Photoshop Cs6

In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to describe the various ways in which the Navigator Panel can be used to zoom in and zoom out of an image. The Navigator Panel is like a second monitor that you keep side by side when working on any project in Photoshop.

How to Colorize a Black and White Photo

In this tutorial, we are going to explore three different ways to colorize black and white photographs. We are going to learn how to work with the Color Replacement Tool, the Color Blend Mode, and Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Let’s get started!

Create an Address Book Icon in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an address book icon using Adobe Photoshop. I will begin by explaining how to set up a simple grid, and how to take full advantage of the Snap to Grid feature.

Illustrate a Traffic Cone Icon in Photoshop

Today we’ll be drawing a traffic cone, another handy icon for “under construction” elements. Our cone icon is inspired by one I saw on the VLC Player site recently.

How to Use Focus Area Selection in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to use focus area selection in adobe photoshop.

Create a Seamless Argyle Pattern With a Fabric Texture

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a realistic-looking, seamless, argyle pattern in Photoshop with a fabric texture. Let’s get started!

Create a Mobile Downloader App Interface in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a downloader app design for an iPhone, in Photoshop. Once completed, you will have a good understanding of how to create modern interface elements, as well as, charts and graphs in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

Create a Mobile Checkers Game Interface in Photoshop

In this tutorial,We will show you how to create an interface for a mobile checkers game in Photoshop.

The Ultimate Guide to Adjustment Layers – Exposure Adjustments

In this tutorial, I will take a close look at some of Photoshop’s tonal adjustment layers. We will start off with the Exposure, and Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers, then, we will compare them to the Shadows/Highlights, and HDR Toning adjustments, and learn how to use them all non-destructively. Let’s get started!

Create a Kaleidoscope Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I would like to show you how to take one of the lesser quality photos in your collection and quickly turn it in to something that you can use for a project.

The Ultimate Guide to Adjustment Layers – Color Balance and Selective Color

In this tutorial, we are going to have a look at the Color Balance and Selective Color adjustment layers in Photoshop.

Create a Vivid Arabian Night Composite

Learn how to create a beautiful Arabian night photo manipulation with Photoshop. You will learn several blending tricks and composting tips that will help you create a vivid vector-like landscape.

Making of ‘Victory!’

In this tutorial We will explain how I created a futuristic cyborg character with weapons and accessories, finished off with a plinth for the character to help tell a story.

How To Create a Washed Out Vintage Matte Photo Effect

Follow this step by step tutorial to process and transform your shots in Photoshop to create a warm washed out vintage matte effect using non-destructive editing.

Strawberry Fruit Pie Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial

In this tutorial we are going to create a fruit pie typography in Photoshop.

Create a Simple Pencil Icon in Adobe Photoshop

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple pencil icon in Adobe Photoshop.

Inflated Text Using 3D in Photoshop CC

In this exercise, we’ll create some inflated text using the 3D features in Photoshop. With the enhanced surface properties, you can create a reflective metallic look in a matter of minutes.

Create “Fury Unleashed” Digital Art In Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this “Fury Unleashed” digital art in Photoshop.

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Extracting Transparent Elements

In today’s tutorial, we’ll make quick work of extracting a busy, transparent water splash element from a white background using channels.

Grungy Marble Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to create cutout text from a shape, then style it to give it a grungy, marble-like look using layer styles and a couple of textures.

Chrome Type Effect in Photoshop CC

Metallic Rivets on Denim Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s Layer Styles and a simple Brush to create a metallic rivets – inspired text on a denim background.

Elegant Glossy Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s Layer Styles and some simple Brush settings to create an elegant, slick text effect.

Simulated Motion on 3D Objects in Photoshop CC

Using a texture layer created in After Effects, Stephen Burns uses the texture as both background and luminance map to create a movement simulation on a 3D object.

Impressionistic Multiple-Exposure Effect

In today’s tutorial, we’ll reproduce this in-camera impressionistic look while also softening the effect and adding drama to the scene.

How you can help to improve WordPress

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We love WordPress but we all know it’s not perfect. If you’ve found a bug in the platform, or you’re simply frustrated with how a feature works, it’s easy to take to Twitter and vent. There is a better way though: why not contribute? Why not join the WordPress community and help make it a better platform? Here’s a quick guide to getting involved in the WordPress community. And don’t worry if you’re not a developer, your ideas, efforts and contributions are always welcome. 

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Google Translate will not help you have stoner sex in Paris

Google this week released an updated version of its Google Translate app, with two major new features. The first lets you point your phone camera at a sign or piece of text and see a translation of it in real-time. The second instantly translates speech into different languages. All you have to do is press the microphone icon on the app’s interface, select the two languages you want to bridge, and speak into the microphone on your device. The app will automatically recognize which of the two languages you’re speaking, and a female voice will repeat it to you in the other language.

As an American who’s been living in Paris for seven years, my life is basically one big language barrier. I’ve chipped away at it over the years, thanks to…

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Charlie Hebdo will publish one million copies next week with help from Google

In the wake of yesterday’s tragic attack, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is planning its biggest print run ever. Hebdo’s usual circulation is around 30,000, but the surviving staff are planning to print one million copies of next week’s run, in a gesture that’s equal parts defiance and grief. Eight members of the magazine’s staff were killed in the attack, alongside four other victims. The magazine has solicited contributions from journalists and cartoonists across Europe to fill the pages of the upcoming issue.

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5 Tools To Help Audit & Optimize Your CSS Codes

Once your website starts to grow, so will your code. As your code expands, CSS may suddenly become hard to maintain, and you may end up overwriting one CSS rule with another. This complicates things and you will probably end up with plenty of bugs.

If this is happening to you, it’s time for you to audit your site’s CSS. Auditing your CSS will allow you to identify portions of your CSS that is not optimized. You can also reduce the stylesheet filesize by eliminating lines of code that is slowing down your site’s performance.

Here are 5 good tools to help you audit and optimize CSS.

1. Type-o-matic

Type-o-matic is a Firebug plugin to analyze fonts that are being used in a website. This plugin gives a visual report in a table, bearing font properties such as the font family, the size, weight, color, and also the number of times the font is used in the web page. Through the report table, you can easily optimize the font use, remove what is unnecessary, or combine styles that are way too similar.


2. CSS Lint

CSS Lint is a linting tool that analyzes the CSS syntax based on specific parameters that address for performance, accessibility, and compatibility of your CSS. You would be surprised with the results, expect a lot of warnings in your CSS. However, these errors will eventually help you fix the CSS syntax, and make it more efficient. Additionally, you will also be a better CSS writer.

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3. CSS ColorGuard

CSS ColorGuard is a relatively new tool. It’s built as a Node module and it runs across all platforms: Windows, OS X, and Linux. CSS ColorGuard is a command line tool that will notify you if you are using similar colors in your stylesheet; e.g. #f3f3f3 is pretty close to #f4f4f4, so you might want to consider merging the two. CSS ColorGuard is configurable, you can set the similarity threshold as well as set the colors you want the tool to ignore.

4. CSS Dig

CSS Dig is a Python script and works locally on your computer. CSS Dig will run a thorough examination in your CSS. It will read and combine properties e.g. all background color declarations will go underneath the background section. That way you can easily make decisions based on the report when trying to standardize your CSS syntax e.g. you may find color across styles with the following color declaration.

 color: #ccc; color: #cccccc; color: #CCC; color: #CCCCCC; 

These color declarations do the same thing. You might as well go with the #ccc or with the capital #CCC as the standard. CSS Dig can expose this redundancy for other CSS properties too, and you will be able to make your code be more consistent.


5. Dust-Me

Dust-Me is an add-on for Firefox and Opera that will show unused selectors in your stylesheet. It will grab all the stylesheets and selectors that are found in your website and find which selectors you are actually using in the web page. This will be shown in a report, you can then press the Clean button and it will clean up those unused selectors and save it to a new CSS file.

You can download this tools from Firefox Addons page or the developer’s site, and if you are Opera fans you can get it from the Opera Extensions Gallery page.

Haruki Murakami wants to help solve your problems

Famed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is about to become the internet’s agony uncle. Yesterday, Murakami’s publisher announced that the reclusive writer will launch a website where fans can ask for advice and pose questions “of any kind.” The site will be called “Murakami-san no tokoro” or “Mr. Murakami’s place,” though his publisher, Shinchosha, has not announced a URL or email address for it.

“After so long, I want to exchange emails with readers,” Murakami said in a statement published by Shinchosha.

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