5 Ways To Impress Your Clients

You’re one of many freelance designers striving to make a positive, long-lasting impression on your clients. For clients who understand design, your amazing portfolio will show off your skills and style.

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Learn How To Create Your Own jQuery Plugin

JQuery offers a very practical and easy way to build plugins, as well as a very good documentation on this subject. However, it could be useful to see how a plugin is written step-by-step.

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10 Tips for Writing Better jQuery Code

jQuery is totally cool. I’ve been using it for a year now and I find myself constantly learning new tricks and running into great improvements.


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MyInkTrail: Best of the Design Community, July 2009

This month’s roundup focuses a lot on HTML 5 and CSS 3 techniques. Along the way I also found some quality write ups on logos, spec work, Wordpress and much more.

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How To Correctly Use Bevels & Drop Shadows in Photoshop

You read the advice on virtually every design blog populating the cyberspace landscape, and if you haven’t, you don’t read enough design blogs. Kidding, but seriously, people say it all the time, ‘If you want to be taken seriously as a designer, you cannot use the Bevel or Drop Shadow tools in Photoshop’.

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A Thanks To Our Valued Sponsors

I’m so thankful for the sponsors here on MyInkBlog! Without their support it would be financially impossible to keep things running. But they serve as more than just a support system for blogs like mine.

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10 Free Grungy Spray Vectors

‘The time has come,’ Houle hath said, ‘to give more freebies away!’ So we had answered the call, with some grungy vector sprays.

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Add Progressive Icons to Your Site Using :after pseudo-element

This tutorial will show you how to add descriptive icons to your links using a CSS pseudo selector element. This small progressive enhancement greatly improves a site’s usability.

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An Explanation of Photoshop Blend Modes

The definitions used here are from the Photoshop help files, with a few bits of added explanation where I saw fit to add them. The Blend Modes specified in the options bar control how pixels in two separate layers interact with and effect each other. It’s helpful to think in terms of the following colors when visualizing a blending mode’s effect:

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Don’t Freelance If…

Freelancing has treated me very well. I’ve been able to make some decent money while doing something that I love to do. Recently, I wrote an article called “Take the Plunge into Freelance Work” on my blog, The Creative Lab. However, freelancing isn’t for everyone; here is a list of reasons why you’d want to avoid it.

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A Collection of 20 Stunning Nature Inspired Desktop Backgrounds

Desktop backgrounds are a huge source of inspiration for me. I’m constantly changing mine in an effort to keep things fresh, and keep my creativity flowing. Because of my quasi-obsessive behavior and all the cool wallpaper and photography sites out there, I’ve developed quite a large library of photos.

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Choosing a Hosting Company: What to Know

When working with and setting up your website you will need to decide on a hosting provider. Hopefully the two of you will have a happy relationship but make sure that you have an understanding of everything involved before agreeing to a plan.

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