links for 2009-01-05

  • When I am making seamless tiles, sometimes I start with an existing photo and use various filters or Photoshop actions on the image. Other times I will start with an existing pattern or tile and paint on top of it, adding layers to it. Sometimes I just start painting on a blank canvas with the default brushes or custom brushes and image sprays. It all depends on the type of tile I am trying to create. The two most important tools for creating seamless tiles is your image editor's offset filter, and the clone tool. If your image editor does not include an offset filter, I suggest you download the free simple filters which includes the "half-wrap" filter. This filter performs a similar function to the offset filter, but with some limitations. The offset filter basically shifts your image in the canvas horizontally and vertically, by a numerical value that you can specify. It may be a number of pixels or a percentage.
  • Searching for that perfect background for your design can be pretty difficult, from these resources you can browse through 1000s upon 1000s of backgrounds and patterns. Hopefully this will make your search that little bit easier, mind you with this number of resources it may make it harder. Happy browseing!!!
  • Call to action buttons are the buttons that you, as a web designer, want all your users to click on when they land on your page. Usually they’ll be a link to a download, signup or sale. Seth Godin (The Big Red Fez) calls them bananas and your users are the monkeys. The objective is for the monkey to find the banana in less than 3 seconds (before they give up and leave). “Force yourself to design each and every page with one and only one primary objective. That’s the banana. Make it big. Make it blue (or red). Make it obvious.”
  • It seems that many creative and original ideas that are posted on the Wizards of the Coast's D&D Message Boards are lost forever. An excellent idea that is refined through all the posts is soon lost as it is moved down the list because it does not need to be changed anymore. The Message Boards are also not ideal for editing an idea, because sometimes only people that have read the idea from the beginning will bother to read down to the newest post. This site was created so that new ideas for Classes, Equipment, Feats, Monsters, etc, are not lost forever, and can easily be changed by anyone. If someone thinks something is overpowered or underpowered they can change it, and make it exactly as they see it would work best.
  • James A. Arconati's profile – Disqus, pronounced "discuss", is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. The Disqus comment system can be plugged into any website, blog, or application. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

    Disqus is a free service to the general public with absolutely no inline advertisements. A premium service for large-scale websites is in the works but is not yet available.

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