Collection of Beautiful & Free PSDs For Charming Designs

For many users, according to the Photoshop knowledge level, it is sometimes hard to create what is in mind. And, for everyone, having a well-designed object can call the inspiration & help us to create better.

In both cases, for Photoshop users, quality & free PSD files are a treasure. Whether you use them in a tiny part of the whole or build your composition around them, they will help a lot.

Here is a collection of 35 beautiful & free PSDs for charming designs:

Colorful Nature

nature

80 PSD Raindrops

PSD Raindrops

Slick and Clean Button (With Tutorial)

PSD Submit Button

Swirl Mania

PSD Swirls

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Some Important and Effective Tips and Tricks from the Masters of CSS

Peter-Paul Koch: Avoid CSS Hacks

As web design has progressed, the endlessly nested table has transformed into the endlessly complicated CSS hack. In many cases, CSS hacks solve one bug by exploiting another one; not exactly the most stable way to fix something. When the next version of the browser is released, it might fix neither or both bugs, or it might fix one but not the other. In any case, it?s likely your hack might end up not working, or not being necessary any longer.

Jonathan Snook: Avoid Unnecessary Selectors

To keep your style sheets as short and condensed as possible, avoid repeating yourself by only specifying the minimum number of selectors. In other words, do you really need to specify UL and LI? Why not just specify the UL? The same goes for other elements likely to be nested. Just specify the upper-most level and leave the rest to inherit those styles.

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Free Ajaxed Events Calendar Script: dhtmlxScheduler

dhtmlxScheduler is a free & Ajaxed event calendar script providing a scheduling solution similar to Microsoft Outlook Calendar or Google Calendar.

It is possible to create new events with a double-click & created events can be drag?n dropped, resized (for updating the times), updated or deleted with ease, fully Ajaxed.

ajax-event-calendar

The scheduler can present the calendar as day, week or month views & data can be loaded in XML or iCal formats.

With the help of the detailed documentation, it is possible to use any server-side scripting language to make dhtmlxScheduler fit any application. Continue reading

Flexible Modal Windows With jQuery Superbox

jQuery Superbox! is a jQuery plugin for creating easily customizable modal windows (lightbox-like).

It is an accessible script, uses the rel attribute of an element for triggering & href attribute is used for defining the source to be displayed.

To change the look & feel, it is enough to play with the CSS as no styles are set by default.

jQuery Modal Window

It can display any type of content as every
HTML content can be presented. But by default, images (single or
gallery mode), text content & iframes are supported

Dimensions of the modal window can be choosen to resize
automatically according to the content or width & height can be
defined for a standard size.

Requirements: jQuery 1.3+
Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Website: http://www.pierrebertet.net/projects/jquery_superbox/

Free Collection of CSS (in some cases with jQuery) Navigation and Menu Tutorials

The most important part of designing a new site is the navigation or menu system, but this can be tricky, time consuming and often frustrating. You need something that will fit into your design and most importantly, allow your readers to navigate with ease. Below you will find 24 CSS (in some cases with a little jQuery) Navigation and Menu Tutorials to help you on your way.

Vimeo-Like Top Navigation

CSS Navigation and Menu TutorialsURL : Vimeo-Like Top Navigation »
Description : If you like the top navigation used on Vimeo, you will love this tutorial. The menu drops down when you hover over the search box and tt offers you different search options that you can choose and narrow your search.
This is an excellent tut to give you an insight into how the high-end sites cleverly use CSS.
Demo : View Demo »

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1. Don?t have much money; will tell you they don?t have any money or both

I?ve been a freelance designer for over 10 years and I don?t think I?ve ever encountered a client that said, ?Do whatever you have to do and charge me whatever for the project?.

95% of time I?ve found that the only reason why the client didn?t work with me is that they didn?t have enough money to make the project happen, or they figured they could get it cheaper.

As a designer it?ll be your job to figure out which situation your client is really in: either they actually don?t have any money or they?re just telling you they don?t.

You do this buy qualifying them and their budget on the phone BEFORE you agree to meet with them. Continue reading