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Create Swirls & Whirls in Photoshop

Posted on September 15th, 2015

We’ve just created an A5 flyer/leaflet for celebrity magician, Michael Gee; one of the key elements of this design is the ‘magical’ light energy whirls and swirls around Michael’s image. We wanted this to flow naturally and look like it had some motion in it. After all, it’s not a naturally occurring thing, so making it look authentic was paramount. Here’s how we did it.

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Fixed CSS Background Image on iPad Not Working?

Posted on April 28th, 2015

If you’ve been relaxing, thinking your pretty solid CSS code for adding a fixed (or not fixed) background image to your website pages was foolproof, then it’s time to think again. The mobile smartphone revolution is one thing, but tablets and iPads just might be an additional issue…

Ok, I admit it – I got lazy and didn’t check one site with a fixed background image on my iPad; after all, it’s Internet Explorer that causes us designers all the problems right? Not necessarily so these days. But there is a fix for the CSS code for your fixed background image not working.

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Responsive Web Design: Equally Spaced Horizontal Menu

Posted on November 28th, 2014

A menu is one of the first and most basic things your site needs. Styling a menu to fit a static web page that is say, 960px wide is one thing, but how do you create a horizontal menu that stretches across the width of the site in a responsive design?

We’ve already showed you how to create equally spaced divs in a responsive web design, so it might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with that first.

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Check For Stolen Website Content

Posted on November 10th, 2014

Plagiarism is rife – and most people think they can get away with it, but technology allows you to check who’s stealing your fine, eloquently written website text. This is important; it’s not just the cheek of someone stealing your work, it can actively effect your SERP ranking in search engines – Google doesn’t like copied content and just may let you know by punishing your site.

All sounds a bit extreme of course and yes there is tons of duplicated content out there, but we all want to control our written content and where it goes – and we can..

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Best Spooky Halloween Websites

Posted on October 29th, 2014

Personally, I love Halloween. I’ve always been fascinated with the beauty of sinister fairy tales and the quirky designs of classic old horror films, so this year I’ve been on a┬ámission to search for the most entertaining, spooky, creepy and ghostly Halloween themed websites – keep reading, if you dare…!

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Should Designers Now Make Responsive Websites as Standard?

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

When I first started making websites, we were basically just evolving from adding style code to the HTML file rather than adding it neatly to a separate CSS file and linking to it. As soon as we managed to put that one to bed, the looming horror of multi-sized screens became a reality (or nightmare if you prefer!) leaving us with more work to do to get the same end result – a website that works well.

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Make CSS Background Image Fit Dimensions of Div

Posted on September 4th, 2014

Using in-line styling, you can adjust the size of an image in your HTML code; but it often poses a problem for coders when they require a background image to be resized to fit the constraints of an existing div.

Why would you want to do this, you may ask? Well one example of usage would be when using an image as a send button perhaps or more likely these days – when using responsive design where your div will respond to the size of the user’s browser (desktop, iPhone, Android, Tablet, iPad etc etc).

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