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There is no limit on the effects that can be created/applied with Photoshop. Once you have the time, it is possible to fine tune any filter to get great results.

Once you don’t have that time, using actions created by professionals is a very smart step to get things done quickly and still nicely.

MightyDeals, the website of creative deals, is now offering a pack of 205 high-quality Photoshop actions for a price of $17 rather than $238.

MightyDeals Photoshop Actions

The pack is created by PhotographyPla.net and includes actions for Sunset & Sunrise, Black & White, Fashion, Autumn, Vintage, Faded & Hazy, Light Leaks, Monochromatic, and even more.

Once an action is applied, it leaves the original image layer untouched but adds the effects as layers.

MightyDeals Photoshop Actions

This is not only smart for keeping the original but also gives the power to easily edit and/or any of the effects applied.

These Photoshop Actions is a very handy set for Photoshop + photography fans and it is only available for the next few hours.

Showkase LogoIf you are looking for a quick way to create a good-looking portfolio website, there is a nice and professional option for that: Showkase.

Showkase is a self-hosted, PHP-powered and very easy-to-use app for building HTML5 portfolio websites.

It has a portfolio-focused, simplified admin interface where new pages (about and contact us pages) can be added, galleries can be created and images uploaded.

Showkase

Images can be uploading with multiple ways, Showkase auto-creates the thumbnails and they can be ordered with drag ‘n’ drops.

The galleries can be presented with a choice of multiple viewers (JuiceBox or SimpleViewer) where both supports a chic navigation with thumbnails prev-next and/or bullet navigation options.

There are 3 built-in themes and new themes can be created with ease (uses Smarty 3 template engine).

Showkase Demo

Besides these galleries, there is also a “Library” feature for uploading images and using them within the site.

Websites created work pretty fast as the app creates lightweight HTML pages and doesn’t make any database queries.

Also, when it comes to different devices and browsers, Showkase themes are responsive and they work well on tablets + mobile as well.

The giveaway

Showkase is giving away 3 Standard licenses ($49/each) to WRD readers.

In order to join the giveaway, just comment this article and winners will be sent 1 week later (4 Feb 2013) randomly with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=3627 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck.

The winners

Here they are:

  • dan linsky (comment #1066874)
  • Aaron F. (comment #1065950)
  • Barry (comment #1070139)

Congratulations.

ayaSlider is a flexible jQuery slider plugin with a very simple usage and setup.

The slider can display an unlimited number of items  where any HTML can be used for the slides.

It has few options to define like the easeIn/easeOut values, the delay between each slide and the prev/next selectors.

ayaSlider

However, each slide can behave differently with the help of ” the options per slide”. These include the starting points of each animation, opacity, delay, easing and duration to be used.

ayaSlider doesn’t force any styles, the look and feel can be completely customized with CSS and the options provided.

Photobox is a good looking jQuery image gallery that uses CSS3 transitions and animations.

The gallery is lightweight (14kb, not gzipped) and presents the items as a wall where each item can be viewed inside a modal box.

When the modal box is “on”, it automatically displays a list of other images as thumbnails and browsing is possible with the help of the thumbnails, prev-next buttons or keyboard.

Photobox - jQuery Image Gallery

Images can be zoomed in/out with the mousewheel and there is support for looping galleries.

There are very few settings to define, which is both good and bad, depending on the way the gallery will be used.

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  • Forward is a fresh e-commerce application (that is in the alpha stage) built with PHP and using MongoDB for storing data.

    The application is free, open source and built with developers in mind makes with easy custom coding, powerful templates and expressive syntax.

    It has a REST-like API for interacting with every feature from orders to customers or products.

    Forward PHP E-Commerce

    Thanks to MongoDB, the capabilities of the store is not limited to the default database schema and it is a breeze to have new fields/structures for everything.

    Design of the storefront can be changed with a powerful templating engine (Smarty 3) and the backend is built with Bootstrap.

    Vegas is an exciting jQuery plugin for creating fullscreen backgrounds for web pages.

    The plugin’s capability is not limited to displaying a single image but can also rotate a list of images automatically.

    It has settings for defining the interval of the slideshow, fade value and enabling preloading of the items.

    Vegas jQuery Plugin

    An API helps manually controlling the functionality with functions for prev-next, pause-play or jumping to a specific image.

    Also, there are callbacks on every level for further customization.

    Scrolling a list of items, like an image gallery or a news feed, is a frequently-used pattern in websites.

    Any List Scroller is a very handy jQuery plugin that can perform the scrolling with any list and in any dimension.

    Any List Scroller jQuery Plugin

    The list elements can be sized differently, it can stop on the first/last items or work infinitely, there is auto-scroll and the number of items to be displayed can be set.

    It is also possible to define the scrolling direction (for auto-scroll) and its speed.

    Presentz is a JavaScript library that allows us to synchronize videos and slides however we want.

    The library is handy for anyone that prepares/makes presentations or for any website that uses videos and slides side-by-side (mostly, landing pages).

    Presentz - Video and Slide Synchronization

    It has support for YouTube, Vimeo or self hosted videos and slides from Slideshare, Speakerdeck, Rvl.io, your own Flash files or images.

    The project has actually 2 parts, presentz.org (its source), the website with an editor which allows us to create such slideshows freely and the Prezents.js (JS library) where both are open source.

    Baraja is a jQuery plugin, created by the talented Codrops team, for presenting a list of items similar to a deck of playing cards.

    The plugin makes use of CSS transforms for rotating + translating the items and comes with different spreading methods.

    Baraja jQuery Plugin

    It is possible to define the direction, speed, range + easing of the effect and they can be browsed with prev-next buttons.

    Once an item is clicked, it is the deck closes and focuses to the clicked item.

    The demo page for the plugin features various different uses and how the functionality can be extended.

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  • Content sliders are one of the most used elements of today’s web design. They help us a lot when we have limited space but more things to display.

    jQuery Slider Shock is a very impressive (probably the most-customizable and feature-rich) jQuery slider plugin (with WordPress support) that comes with both free and paid versions.

    jQuery Slider Shock

    The plugin is capable of presenting both images and videos that are hosted locally or from external sources like RSS, YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter and Instagram.

    It has 30+ transition effects which include very original, creative ones and they can be customized as well (like the number of slices, delay or speed).

    Items featured can be browsed with thumbnails that can be placed on any side of the slider, prev-next buttons (multiple designs exist) or keyboard.

    Captions can be added to each slide and HTML can be used in them. Also, captions can be improved with background images as well.

    jQuery Slider Shock

    Like mentioned, the plugin has WordPress support. Actually, it integrates with WordPress deeply.

    It can use WordPress posts, custom post types and taxonomies as the source for the slider or captions can include author and date info.

    And, there are ~40 ready-to-use skins for changing the layout instantly.

    jQuery Slider Shock is very well-documented (both the jQuery and WordPress versions).

    How to join the giveaway?

    In order to get a chance to win one of the 10 Combo WP+jQuery licenses being given away, you can do one or both of the stuff mentioned below:

    That’s all.

    The winners will be selected randomly on 15 Nov 2012 (1 week later) randomly and good luck to all.

    Winners

    Here they are:

    • @Smartik89
    • SamChan (comment #827509)
    • Hani (comment #825308)
    • Rin Chan (comment #825733)
    • @venced0r
    • @hasentopf
    • zahid (comment #833130)
    • Carlos (comment #824784)
    • der_robert (comment #825025)
    • Jeff (comment #825268)

    Congratulations to everyone and thanks to everyone for joining.

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