Friday, December 4, 2009

December’s Free File of the Month on Envato Network

The Envato Network is a great marketplace known by huge numbers of people. This December you can grab the December’s Free File of the Month which is designed by DeltaForce. The free file includes a stylish and clean set of modern backgrounds. There are 20 super amazing nice abstract backgrounds with high resolution (4000×3000 pixels).

Enjoy and find it useful for your commercial or non-commercial but you may not use the file in multiple projects unless you purchase licenses.

Download the Envato-December's Free File

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Design Process of Danielku Logo

A month ago, I was working on a brand identity project together with Daniel Keller. He is a music producer, blogger & audiogadget lover from Switzerland, who is also the owner of this project :D. I'm so happy that after long brainstorming process, the re-brand of Danielku logo is finally here.

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I just want to share the design process with you and I would love to read your feedbacks too :)

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UPDATE

Recently we've made another version to fit the 'ActiveDen' marketplace environment. We selected two font characters that can symbolized Flash ActionScript, which are 'd' and '<' ~ so both characters create Daniel's initial.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

COLOURlovers: It's Coffee Time!


It's Coffee Time
Originally uploaded by pninaN

To be honest, I'm not a real coffee addict. You know, even many people believe that drinking coffee is unhealthy, still there is the goodness of coffee if you consume it in a decent way :P

But we are here not only to talk about how energizing to have few cups of coffee in your daily creative activities, because I also wanna share 10 color palettes from COLOURlovers ... and it's Coffee Time!

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These could be another goodness of coffee. The Coffee Theme color palettes collection could be useful for your design inspiration. Add me to your COLOURlovers circle and tell me which one is your favorite color palette ;)

Brown Water
Brown_Water
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee With Love
Coffee_With_Love
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee Lovers
Coffee_Lovers
Color by COLOURlovers

My Morning Frapp
my_morning_Frapp
Color by COLOURlovers

Nice hot Capo
Nice_hot_Capo
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee Ma'
coffee_ma
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee Break
coffee_break
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee and Merlot
Coffee_and_Merlot
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee Cream & Mint
Coffee_cream__mint
Color by COLOURlovers

Coffee Mocha
Coffee_Mocha
Color by COLOURlovers


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Free Folder Menu Tabs

Hello! I come back again with another Free Design Box files. A set of Folder Menu Tabs in PSD file format.

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The set includes 10 different sizes and 10 gradient variations menu tabs. They are sleek, and there's a shading effect layer for each tab.
You will have multi-layered and well arranged menu tab vector shapes based on color choices.

PSD file example (demo) to use the folder-like menu tabs is also available. Therefore you can set a box under the default state of it, along with the shading shape for each tab. I use Arial font for the demo file.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Fully Customized TweetMeme ReTweet Button for Your Blog Post

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Just few weeks ago, I added a TweetMeme Button to Graphic Identity Blog post. As you know already, that Twitter has became a big community to exchange links about latest news, pictures, blip of songs, and of course a blog post. These exchange is made happened by some ReTweet actions chain.
If you have a particular blog and you are familiar enough with this ReTweet term (or you can make it short as "RT"), then you may want to know about how to add a TweetMeme ReTweet Button to your blog post. It will track the number of RTs made for each blog post.
Actually the instruction to install the TweetMeme Button is clearly stated on Tweetmeme Help page. But I just want to let you know that I've combined several codes all together, so you will know that it is a fully customized TweetMeme RT button.

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First of all, let's try to understand some options that make TweetMeme button as a smart RT add on for you blog.


Custom RT @username

tweetmeme_source = 'talktweetmeme';
By default the RT button will direct you in the format of "RT [@tweetmeme] [blog post title] [link]". If you want to see different format as if the RT comes after you, just change 'talktweetmeme' with your own Twitter username. This is pretty good because not only your blog post is spread out via RTs chain, but the other Twitter users can check your Twitter profile when someone RT your blog post and probably become your new follower :).
This is the example of how the customized code like:
 tweetmeme_source = 'graphicidentity';
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Your Blog Permalink URL

tweetmeme_url = 'http://yoururl.com';
As it is intended as a RT for each blog post Permalink. Be sure to add your Permalink (permanent link) of your blog post with an exact CMS link format code. I'm using Classic Blogger Blogspot CMS, so I included ‹$BlogItemPermalinkURL$› to have a correct blog post link in the RT. Here is how the code will look like:
 tweetmeme_url = '‹$BlogItemPermalinkURL$›';

If you are using New Blogger Blogspot, there is a great tutorial to get the right permalink posted by Chetan. He is also my nice Twitter mate :)
Wordpress CMS users won't find any difficulties with coding to install this add on, because TweetMeme has provided a TweetMeme Button Wordpress plugin.



URL Shortener Service

tweetmeme_service = 'bit.ly';
The TweetMeme button add on allows you to use any URL shortener you like. The default option is: bit.ly URL shortener. Long URL won't help other Twitter user to RT your blog post right? :D
If you prefer to have tr.im as the URL shortener, just change the "tweetmeme_service" parameter as shown here:
tweetmeme_service = 'tr.im';



Button Styling

tweetmeme_style = 'compact';
The last options to complete the customization steps could be the button styling. Some of you may like a compact button. For that you just need to include the code above. Don't include this code if you want more bigger button.
Here is another tutorial, written by AllBlogTools.com to style your TweetMeme button if you are a New Blogger Blogspot user.

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The next step is to to save all combined codes to your template. Please remember that I'm using Classic Blogger Template. So here is the codes that I've included in the end of Blogger HTML post tags, just before the comment tags:
‹script type="text/javascript"›
tweetmeme_source = 'graphicidentity';
tweetmeme_url = '‹$BlogItemPermalinkURL$›';
tweetmeme_service = 'bit.ly';
tweetmeme_style = 'compact';
‹/script›
‹script src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js" type="text/javascript"›
‹/script›

If you wanna know where your TweetMeme code is supposed to be added in New Blogger Template? Just visit this Anshul Dudeja's tutorial post to find out.

I hope you will find this tutorial useful and a RT is much appreciated! ;) Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Photoshop Pen Tool Resources

Pen Tool is a powerful tool in Photoshop that every designer should master. It is not difficult to understand how this tool work, but it would challenge most of us in its practical uses. Here are some resources links that may help you to figure out some Pen Tool tricks and its best practices for your creative design.
Feel free to drop another links in my comment box if you have another favorite Pen Tool resources to share. Thank you ;)


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Pen Tool graphic is designed by Markus Nielsen

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Creative Tip: Adobe Pen Tool Cheatsheet by CreativeTechs.com
A simple PDF file cheatsheet that shows how easy Adobe’s Pen Tool to be used across Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (CS2/CS3) .


Photoshop Pathing: How To Use Photoshop Pen Tool by MakeUseOf.com
A very quick tutorial for pathing out a simple object from its background.


Making Selections With The Pen Tool by PhotoshopEssentials.com
It is a very good tutorial especially if you are a Photoshop beginners. Because it has lots of informative visual & textual explanations to create selection and therefore very easy to follow. The points of explanations covered:
  • Pen Tool & Path introduction
  • Turning A Path Into A Selection
  • Handle Directions Control
  • Drawing A Curve
  • Moving An Anchor Point
  • Combining Straight Paths With Curves
  • Practical example of how to select an object with curves



Photoshop’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide
by PSD.tutsplus.com
A very comprehensive tutorial that has many visual examples, tips, best practices and instructions about Pen Tool. You'll find explanations of functions, keyboard shortcuts, cursors, mouse & keyboard controls and option to use Pen Tool. The tutorial also provides you the downloadable Pen Tool Exercise file so you can follow the guides to create precise paths, using the hints and shortcuts covered in this article.


Photoshop Pen Tool Guide by Tutorial9.net
It is a well explained basic Peen Tool tutorial. The tutorial shows you how to create simple shapes with the help of Grid and snapping in your work canvas.


How to use Photoshop's Pen Tool by MelissaClifton.com
In the end you'll learn how to cut out an image with the pen tool and then creating custom shapes from the work path.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Create your own Gmail theme

I've been using "Shiny" theme for months. It is a theme provided in Gmail theme settings, which has glossy Web 2.0 style design in every corner of it. But then I want to see something different, because I always checking my Gmail everytime I'm online, I thought it would be a great idea to create my own Gmail theme in simplified look. I wanted to have custom Gmail theme that has similar color schemes as my Twitter background. A Dark grey-scale theme with soft green color in some parts.

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Wanna try to create something like mine? I'm using the web-safe default color schemes, so all you need is do the same thing as I did on your Gmail theme setting dashboard and save it. If you don't know how to create your own Gmail theme, just read this Gmail Help answer page for a start ;)

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Custom Gmail theme dashboard settings
When you hover on some parts of Gmail section boxes with your mouse, you'll see a tiny button in every corner of each box. Click the tiny arrow so you can see the Color pickers in a drop-down tray.
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Main background
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Frame
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Sidebar frame
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Button bar
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Messages
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Box
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Box content
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Selected message
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If you follow this correctly, you'll have a custom Gmail theme like this:
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Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Real-time replies notification using Twitter Web

Twitter web has been improving its features for better usage. You used to click @your_username at your sidebar to find out who has replied your tweets. But right now you can save your time by making good use of "Real-time results" of Twitter search system. I wanna share this tips to you today, but before that :D, I also want to tell you that Graphic Identity's Twitter background is featured on Twitter Backgrounds Gallery in Brands category. You can give a vote love if you like ;)

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Here is how to get real-time replies notification using Twitter web


I assume you've registered to Twitter, and please do sign up if you haven't.

Once you're logged in, find the search box on the right sidebar and type your username after the "@" character. For an easy example, I'm gonna use this query: @your_username.
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Save the search query by clicking the green button on the top of your tweets updates section.
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Twitter will confirm this and you can also check your Saved Searches section at Twiter web sidebar to make sure that you have saved your search query using your own Twitter username.
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You can remove this saved search later if you don't need it anymore.
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It is so simple and every time you send tweets, Twitter will give real time reply notification, like this:
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I only just click the "Refresh" link (you see I have 4 new replies right there) and there it goes, Twitter web will show the real-time replies of @graphicidentity.
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Keep your window browser active and Twitter will generate numbers of real-time results whenever there are any new updates coming up. Trending Topics seemed having better example to understand how this thing works, as you'll see the number of real-time results keep growing and growing within secs.

I also use Twitter real-time search result to find out how many Twepls who has tweeted my latest blog post. I included my blog post title on my saved searches for this. You can also do the same thing for any search queries to track them just in case you want to get fresh news, trending topics, tweeted conversations, hashtags or to follow your most favorite Twitter mate's latest tweets if you need.

Have fun to explore this new Twitter feature and have a great weekend everyone!

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