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Whether you’re into photography or UI design, Photoshop is considered the premiere tool for both. Workflow tips and keyboard shortcuts are great ways to save time but Photoshop actions can be just as useful. These are automated tasks which run over any number of documents at the click of a button.

Most designers create their own actions but some are happy to release actions online for free. This gallery includes 20 free actions that you can download and reuse in your own Photoshop design work.

No More Banding

photoshop free action no more banding

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As new UX and UI tools come on the market, many of them have new and improved features that can make your design efforts faster, easier, and with more satisfying results.

Nearly all of the highly-rated tools listed below have powerful rapid prototyping features. Most of them make it easy for you to share your work with others, and several of them are especially suited for use by widely dispersed project teams. Our listing also includes UI design resources. Stay tuned and check-out the newest and perhaps the best UI and UX tools and eesources on the market.


Proto.io

Proto.io performs many of the same functions as do many of the other tools in this list, but this tool takes the art of rapid prototyping to the next level. It is especially adept at giving you valuable insights as to what your final product will look like and how it will perform, while you are still in the early stages of design. Thanks to its extensive and comprehensive UI library, Proto.io has made the use of static mocks and hotspot prototypes obsolete.
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  • Not every designer loves prototyping but it is a huge part of the creative process. Learning how to prototype on paper can be a great start, but it’s not always the easiest method. Software and webapps have been created to make the process easier for wireframing interfaces and drafting prototypes or storyboards digitally.

    Take a look at these tools and see if anything catches your attention. Getting started with prototyping is much easier than you would think! Just like any skill it requires patience and lots of practice. Some of these products are free while others offer a free demo/trial account. But even if you don’t like prototyping on a computer you can always go back to drafting on paper.

    Frame Box

    framebox lightweight wireframing tool

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    Apple has been a big proponent of the cloud revolution with their iCloud service and cloud-based apps. Now most websites and social networks offer solutions to keep data in the cloud. Naturally the next step would be creating web applications that run solely in your web browser. How far into a futuristic utopia do we have to wait for these webapps?

    Thankfully we have quite a few available to us right now(the utopia part is debatable). This gallery includes 11 very helpful web applications for designers who want to work directly in the browser. It’s possible to create mockups, wireframes, patterns, and color schemes all from the comfort of your web browser. George Jetson would be so proud.

    Wireframing

    wireframe cc webapp minimalist prototyping

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    Ever wanted to earn some cash off your digital work? It’s becoming much easier to earn money online by selling digital music, videos, icons, templates, scripts, even writing e-books. But how do you host these files online and get the download link to customers after payment?

    Check out these solutions below which are great for selling digital products online. Some are free to use while others may charge a small membership fee. Whichever service you use depends on your needs and what the service can offer. I would say the free options are usually best since they just take a small percentage out of your earnings – but the account lasts forever and you don’t need to worry about maintenance or file hosting.

    Sellfy

    online digital sales sellfy website

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    Have you ever wanted to understand the craft of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, or similar design programs? Many professionals have offered their lessons online as premium services for a one-time fee or based on a recurring subscription. I’ve been amazed at how much great material can be practiced online without needing to physically relocate near the teacher.

    If you’ve ever wanted to polish your design techniques I would highly recommend looking over some of these websites. Classes range from traditional art to digital painting, vector design, icons, animation, print design, and so much more.

    CG Master Academy

    2d artwork cg master academy classes courses

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    It is always important to keep your website fast so that your users are happy and don’t give up on checking your page because loading time is crazy. And a good way to load your site faster and consume less bandwidth is to always optimize your website’s images, reducing their file size as much as possible without compromising quality. This way you can still display beautiful images without penalizing your users. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • While developers may love diving under the hood, those are usually marketing people who end up using content management systems and paying money for web design agencies. And so great content management systems must be built with the actual content managers in mind first. One of such systems is ImpressPages.

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    Writing clean CSS is a laborious task when you get into newer CSS3 properties and their respective browser prefixes. Thankfully some crafty developers have built online web applications to save us all that tiny bit of frustration.

    Take a glance over these links and see if you can find any gems. Those who understand Sass/Compass will find some cool webapps in the list. Plus a number of code generators and other helpful CSS tools for any frontend developer.

    CSS Comb

    webapp tool css comb logo

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    HackingUI, a website focused on interaction and front-end design, is sharing a handy script for SVG fans.

    It is a Photoshop script that automates the exporting of Photoshop layers to SVG.

    Photoshop to SVG

    The script is smart enough to detect only the right layers and searches for the layer names that end with ,svg.

    Simply, no more going through each layer one-by-one for the conversion and all work is done in a single click.

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