Few intersting posts of designing from Evolutionary designs Blog

So many essential factors affect your blog’s orientation. However, there is a recurring point of consideration for every aspect – Originality. It is an accepted fact that you have to work to create original content. Your posts have to stand out as your authentic opinion on your niche’s important topics.

However, images are just as much a part of your post presentation as your blog post itself. As such, how much of an importance should you put on the optimization of your blog’s images and their levels of originality? There are many instances where freely available images have been used by MORE >

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Balance, Another Responsive Child Skin From StudioPress

FEB 13TH

Posted by James in wordpress

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Are you looking for a modern theme that is professional and will make your content look good on any screen size? If you so, you need to check out the new premium WordPress theme by StudioPress.

Actually, the new theme by Studiopress, is a child skin for the Genesis Framework and that skin is calledBalance. The Balance skin was released earlier today and it’s their their newest responsive designed theme to be released. The theme is a great looking theme, its professional, elegant, and full of tools and features to help you share your content. This theme is part of MORE >

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Top 3 Reasons To Add A Blog To Your Website in 2012

FEB 10TH

Posted by James in Blogging Tips

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There are a myriad of benefits to blog writing for your business as well as some great SEO advantages. Below are the three reasons I find most compelling.

#1. Custom platform to interact with your customers and site visitors-Let’s face it word of mouth from friends and family is about the best sales pitch any business can get. Recommendations from family and friends trump all other consumer touch points when it comes to influencing purchases. This should not be news to anyone savvy in marketing. In fact, a study done some years back at Publicis media network ZenithOptimedia confirmed just this in MORE >

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5 New Portfolio Themes from ThemeForest

FEB 6TH

Posted by James in wordpress

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When it comes to choosing a look for your site, it takes time. I could spend hours just on one site looking through all the great themes they had to offer. Believe me, there are a lot of theme sites out there and some of my favorite sites are StudioPressThesis, and Elegant themes, but sometimes these sites, just do not have what I want for some of the projects I am working on. When this happens, I like to look through the great themes from ThemeForest. ThemeForest has a ton of themes, and they are always adding more.

What I MORE >

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10 of the Best Photoshop Tutorials Created in January

FEB 3RD

It’s the start of a new month, so its time once again for me to share list myfavorite Photoshop tutorials created in the last month. This was a great month for tutorials, if you like photo manipulations. The list that I gathered is mostly intermediate level tutorials but, if you are comfortable with Photoshop’s tools, then you should be able to complete the tutorials. There a couple of photography related tutorials that are beginner level but worth checking out if you are into photography or if you just want better processed imaged.

The Best Photoshop Tutorials of January Create an MORE >

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Avenger by ThesisAwesome

FEB 2ND

Posted by James in wordpress

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Are you looking for a professional theme that works off of Thesis? If so, I have the perfect theme for you. It looks good, its fully features, and designed to make your author’s profiles look good.

Earlier this morning, ThesisAwesome released their latest theme for Thesis. That theme is Avenger. Its full of great features and I have to say, I love this theme. The features are what every professional theme should have and the best part is that it runs on one of the best frameworks available for WordPress.

Avenger FeaturesAvenger comes with a ton of built-in features such as related MORE >

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4 Rusty and Painted Metal Textures

FEB 1ST

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It time for the weekly design resource. This week I have another set of textures. This set of textures I took earlier this week when taking some time off and did some shopping in Historic Downtown McKinney with the wife.

This set of textures is tree rusty metal textures taking from various buildings and structures that were around 100+ years old. Plus I also added one peeling paint (not really people, just worn down) diamond plate on an outdoor winding stair case.

Free High Quality Textures CreationsYou are free to use any of my (Evolutionary Designs) textures on your projects MORE >

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Author hReviews Makes it Easy to Add Google Rich Snippets for Reviews

JAN 30TH

Posted by James in wordpress

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Do you like to do reviews about products and services on your blog. Do you companies offer products and services for you to review? If so, I have a plugin for your WordPress blog that will only help you out with your reviews.

Author hReview WordPress PluginThe plugin that will help you build your review articles is the Author hReview Plugin by Hesham Zebiba. He originally created the plugin as a Thesis Only Plugin but had a change of heart. He made so everyone can use it. All you have to do is have a self hosted WordPress blog and MORE >

Weekly Mash Up #28: Topics in Blogging Design, Development, Freelance, and Inspiration

JAN 29TH

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It’s the start of a new week, so its time to share this week’s Weekly Mash Up. Last week was a great a week. I actually had the time to read a lot of great articles in the world of new media. Believe me, there were so many great articles last week, that I had a hard time figuring out what articles to share with you. But I finally was able to narrow the list down to my top favorites.

This week’s Mash Up has twelve great articles. The topics include blogging tips, design, development, freelance and a collection of really MORE >

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Tools to Make Your Link Building Life Better

JAN 27TH

Posted by RogerPanella in SEO

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We all know that high-quality inbound links are an essential ingredient in an SEO campaign.  We also all know that it can be extremely time consuming, and sometimes frustrating, looking around the web for sites to approach for links.  I’m going to show you one technique for quickly putting together a list of sites that could be link prospects, without having to scour the internet for hours on end.

What is This All About?Here’s what this post will show you how to do:  quickly create a spreadsheet of 100 (at a time) sites that may be good link prospects.  In MORE >

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Get 44+ StudioPress Themes for $270.00

JAN 26TH

Posted by James in wordpress

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Earlier today I received an email from StudioPress that they are raising the price of their Pro Pack All Theme Package on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Currently you can get all 44 StudioPress Child Themes plus every theme they make in the future for $299.95, but after the 31st it will go up.

StudioPress is offering one last deal before they raise the price. That deal is 10% discount off the Pro Plan! That brings the price from $299.95 down to $270.00! To get that deal, all you have to do is purchase the plan and add the code, TEN, at the time MORE >

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5 Popular Premium Themes from StudioPress

JAN 23RD

Posted by James in wordpress

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Studiopress is one of the more popular premium WordPress theme companies out there. They offer a framework (also know as a parent theme) that was designed to empower websites owners with a secure and search-engine optimized foundation to build their WordPress website on.

They also offer a large collection of professional and personal child themes that look great and are full of the features to help you run a successful site.

5 Free High Quality Metallic Textures

JAN 19TH

Posted by James in Resources

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Once again it’s time for the weekly design resource. This week we have another free high quality texture around up. But this time, I found 5 metallic textures from the texture community over at DeviantArt. These textures are all free and most can be used for commercial work. Make sure to read each creator’s rules before using them. Most require a link back or a comment on the texture pack that used it and where to find the completed work.

Free High Quality Metallic Textures Metallic Textures 2Image source: Metallic Texture 2

DreamingImage Source: Dreaming

TexturaImage Source: textura

DRAKNESSFALLSImage MORE >

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WordPress Mondays: Are Your Contributors Getting Notified When You Publish Their Articles?

JAN 16TH

Posted by James in wordpress

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Do you run a multi-authored blog or have the occasional guest writer submit articles to your site? If so, does WordPress automatically notify the author when their article is published? If you aren’t sure you might want look into that? Some themes, may not have this function built into the theme. So that means you will always have to email your writers when you submit their articles.

If you have the occasional writer, then it isn’t a big deal. However, if you have a lot of articles going live everyday or you like to set dates for the articles to MORE >

Weekly Mash Up #27: Topics in Blogging, Content Creation, Design, Freelance, jQuery, SEO, and WordPress

JAN 15TH

Posted by James in Mashup

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It’s time once again for the Weekly Mash Up and it was a great week. It was so good I had a hard time cutting the list of articles down to only 11. But I did and I only choose ones that would be helpful.

This week’s Mash Up includes articles in Blogging, content creation, freelance topics, design, jQuery, SEO, and WordPress. All great topics and all worth reading.

Blogging Tips10 Titillating Tips For Struggling Bloggers – Famous Bloggers

www.famousbloggers.net1/13/12

“I sat down at the antique desk in absolute agony, my groin screaming. My jaw was clenched tight as a drum. My MORE >

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30 Popular Portraits From 2011

JAN 14TH

2011 was a great year in photography. The web has revolutionized how people interact with photos and photographers. Lots of sites encourage peer-to-peer critiques and reviews through sharing and “likes” of content. Due to this increase in social feedback, photographers have been eager to host their photos all over the web and gain ratings. The idea is that the higher the rating, the more a photographer can sell print or digital versions of the photo, such as for use in commercial printed brochures.

But does highly rated photography translate to “good” photography? This collection is of 30 photos from 2011 that MORE >

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5 Free High Quality Rock Textures

JAN 12TH

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Its time for the weekly design resource again. This week I decided to share another set of free high quality textures I created a few months back.

This week’s textures are 5 rock textures that were shot just a few miles from my house. The first two are of a new retaining wall that was built for a new neighborhood. The last three are of limestone rock formations at park. In our area this type of limestone is called Austin Chalk.

Free Textures Terms of UsageYou are free to use any of your projects as long as they are MORE >

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WordPress Mondays: 8 Things You Can Do to Speed Up Your Site and Get More Traffic

JAN 9TH

Posted by James in SEO

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Lately Google has mentioned that website owners need to be aware of how fast their site loads. Because they are aware how fast your website loads even if you are not. They also mentioned that if the site loads to slow that it could factor into your site’s search rankings. Image Source: Traffic Trails – Flickr

So with that in mind a few months ago I decided to work on speeding up Evolutionary Designs. Before Google mentioned load times, I always tried to keep the load time on the site as fast as possible. But the load times weren’t the best. MORE >

Weekly Mash UP #27: Topics in Blogging, Freelance and Design

JAN 8TH

Posted by James in Mashup

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Just a few minutes ago, I was working on my schedule for tomorrow and I realized its been almost a month since I last shared a Weekly Mash Up here on Evolutionary Designs. I looked at the time, and I realized that if I skipped the article this week and put it off till next week, I could actually get to sleep before midnight! I rarely get the chance to do that.

So I decided to finish up my schedule and call it quits for the nights. But, I just couldn’t let it go. After a few minutes I realized that MORE >

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3 Wood Bark Textures

JAN 4TH

Posted by James in Resources

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It’s the start of the new year so it time to start of the weekly design resource articles. This week is another set of textures I shot at a local park up in Plano Texas, last spring. The textures are of tree bark that is peeling and cracked and with the right editing you can make the bark of an aged look or keep it as is.

Free Textures by Evolutionary DesignsAll textures that I create are copyrighted and I own the rights to them. However, I also gave them acreative commons license. You are free to do what you MORE >

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124 of the Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2011

DEC 31ST

Posted by James in adobe photoshop

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It’s the end of the year, actually the last day of 2011! So happy New years! Anyways, I decided to share with everyone, all 12 monthly “best of” Photoshop articles so for those that missed out on all the great tutorials from the last year, they can find them all in one place.

The Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2011There are over a 120 great tutorials for you to try out. Of course, these aren’t the only ones created this year, but these are in my opinion the most helpful, the coolest, and the most impressive tutorials created this year. You MORE >

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The Best Web Apps for Web Designers and Developers of 2011

DEC 31ST

As a designer and general lover of software and technology, I am always looking for new ways to make my life easier. When it comes to design and blogging, its no different. Lately, I have noticed that all these great programs can be resource hogs. They take up so much space and some of them I may only use three or four times a year. With that in mind, I am always on the look out for web applications that will do the same thing or better than what desktop apps can do.

Over the last year, I have found MORE >

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The Best HTML5 and CSS3 Cheat Sheets of 2011

DEC 28TH

Posted by James in Design Resources

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Now that HTML5 and is CSS3 is out and many website designs andWordPress themes require HTML5 and CSS3 its a good idea to at least get familiar with the elements and the coding of CSS3 and HTML5. To do that you could always check out the HTML5 Resource collection I wrote back in May of 2011 or you can do a quick an easy check for certain HTML5 elements by checking HTML5 cheat sheets.

HTML5 Cheat SheetsThis collection of cheat sheets are the best HTML5 cheat sheets of 2011. Some of the cheat sheets are a little older, but the information MORE >

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11 of the Best Photoshop Tutorials Created in December

DEC 27TH

Posted by James in adobe photoshop

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It’s the end of the month again, so its time to share our favorite Photoshop tutorials created in December. This month was a great month for Photshop tutorials, there were so many great tutorials that we couldn’t list them all. So we grabbed 11 of our favorite tutorials.

The Best Photoshop Tutorials from DecemberThis great collection of Photoshop tutorial include beginner, intermediate, and advanced user level tutorials. Most tutorials are photo manipulations, but we do have a few other tutorials such as; sharpening techniques and how to create a web ribbon in Photoshop.

What is the Genesis Framework?To get started with StudioPress you need to purchase the Genesis Framework. The framework is what makes Studiopress what is. Genesis was designed to add MORE >

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A Field Guide to Web Apps

By  | 15 February 2012 | Category: CodeDesignHTML5MobileWeb Apps,Web Industry

Field Guide to Web Apps

Bert Appward of the Google team recently released a superb interactive book titled “Field Guide to Web Applications“. Through the literature Bert presents the best skills and practices of building modern web apps. The guide covers the following topics:

  1. KNOW YOUR WEB APPS
  2. DESIGNING WEB APPLICATIONS
  3. CASE STUDIES OF WEB APPS IN THE WILD
  4. BUILDING GREAT WEB APPLICATIONS

Not only is it a great read but a fun experience. The guide has an almost tangible feel to it as the pages flip and has a strong emphasis on texture. I recommend checking it out.

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Free Video: Getting Started with Accessibility

By  | 14 February 2012 | Category: Accessibility

In this 5 minute video, you’ll gain a broad understanding of accessibility and learn about its place in web design and development.

This video is from Treehouse, a high-quality video training site with hundreds of short videos on topics like …

New videos are added regularly, so it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on all the latest technology and methods. Browse the entire library of videos.

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Detect What A Mobile App Is Sending To Its Servers

By  | 13 February 2012 | Category: Asides

Recently there has been a lot of chatter about mobile apps uploading your entire address book to their servers. The app makers claim that their intentions are noble, yet they have no right to the data unless you give consent. As an informed consumer, we should learn how to detect that an app is phoning home and what information it is sending.

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Are There Problems Web Apps Can’t Solve?

By  | 09 February 2012 | Category: Asides

I’m a developer, have been for a long time. I’ve been wrting code for the web for the past decade in my life. I think I might be stuck in a bubble, I look to the web to solve problems that can be solved better in simpler ways. And looking around, I know I am not the only one.

I want to tell you a story of a couple of problems that we’ve tried to solve several times with technology, when all we needed was a couple dollars worth of office supplies.

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Free Video: Getting started with iOS development

By  | 07 February 2012 | Category: iOS

In this 6 minute video, we will get you started with iOS development by learning about the benefits of Apple’s iOS Dev center and how to gain access to the integrated development environment (IDE) called Xcode.

This video is from Treehouse, a high-quality video training site with hundreds of short videos on topics like …

New videos are added regularly, so it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on all the latest technology and methods. Browse the entire library of videos.

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Future Insights Live – Early Birds Extended!

By  | 06 February 2012 | Category: Events

If you caught Ryan’s article last week, he told you about our brand new, not to be missed Vegas event – Future Insights Live! We’ve combined the Future of Web Apps, Design and Mobile into one massive five day event all geared toward you! Whether you’re a Web Designer, Developer or Entrepreneur there will be something for everyone.

We are launching a brand new scheduling app within the next couple of weeks which will list full details of the huge conference schedule and give you an overall feel for the event. So with that in mind, we have decided to extend our Early Birds (saving you $200) until 24th Feb! That way you can see EXACTLY what you’re paying for.

We’ll be launching the full schedule by the end of the week, so please check it out and join us for our biggest event yet!

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Full Day Web Design Workshops: Which Would You Pick?

By  | 02 February 2012 | Category: BusinessEventsMobileUX

At Carsonified Towers, we’re all getting super excited for May, when The Future of Web Design hits London for another three days of learning and inspiration. As ever, we kick off the show with four full-day workshops – each lead by a totally inspirational industry leader. From 9am am to 5pm, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and knuckling down for a serious hit of web savvy. Numbers are capped at 40 for each workshop, ensuring a great learning environment.

This year’s chosen workshop topics are already proving popular. First up, we’ve got the unstoppable force of web awesomeness that is Paul Boag. Director of Headscape, Paul will be leading a crash course in Running A Successful Web Design Business: ”We like to think that being a successful independent web designer is about creating great websites. Its not. Running your own business is about a lot more than having the right professional skills. ”

After wowing the crowds as a Rising Star back in 2011, Steve Fisher has rapidly become one of our most popular speakers. He’ll be joining us again in London to lead his Rock Solid UX Deliverables workshop: “No longer something that has to always be hugely complex and costly, we’ll cover the back-to-basics approach to UX design in this workshop and how to practically dispatch a rock solid responsive web design UX deliverables package.” 

Next up, creator of the uber popular Coach to 5K app, Josh Clark will be crossing the Atlantic to deliver his Teaching Touch workshop – a sell out success at FOWD NYC last year: “The workshop presents nitty-gritty ‘rule of thumb’ design techniques that together form a framework for crafting finger-friendly interface metaphors, affordances, and gestures for a new generation of mobile apps that inform and delight.

Last but not least, longtime Carsonified favourites, the Web Standardistas will be joining the fun, to teach their Good Ideas Grow On Paper workshop: “Armed with some fundamental design principles and an abundance of tools – which naturally includes the Standardistas’ ‘Bag of Awesome™’ (containing a veritable cornucopia of material) – we show the aspiring analogue designer a range of methods for breaking out of the stranglehold of the often clichéd digital world.

Which workshop appeals the most to you? For detailed information on all of them, head on over to our schedule page

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SQL Fiddle

By  | 02 February 2012 | Category: Asides

If you like jsFiddle, then you will love SQL Fiddle. It allows you to select a database, build a schema, populate the schema and run queries against it. The service currently supports MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL. Why is this interesting? You can compare databases, post questions to forums along with your schema and query or just prototype an idea.

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Free Video: Control Flow

By  | 02 February 2012 | Category: Ruby

In this 4 minute video, you will learn about the concept of control flow in Ruby. This goes in to using if/else statements and case statements

A screenshot from the Control Flow video demonstrating a case statement.

This video is from Treehouse, a high-quality video training site with hundreds of short videos on topics like …

New videos are added regularly, so it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on all the latest technology and methods. Browse the entire library of videos.

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Git For Designers (Part 1)

By  | 01 February 2012 | Category: CodeDesign

Hi designers! I’m not a designer. Sorry. I’m a developer. I can barely tell when things look good or not. This week I learned that there are different ampersands out there (thanks, Allison!). But that’s not why I’m writing today. We all have to work together. Professionally, one way we do that is by using version control. A version control system tracks changes to your code. There are a lot of different version control systems out there. Today we’ll be talking about git. Specifically, as it relates to designers making web sites.

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Showcase of the Best Google Fonts

By  | 01 February 2012 | Category: TypographyWeb Fonts

It’s no secret that I am in love with Google Fonts. In fact, I use Google Fonts frequently in Treehouse videos. 🙂

A screenshot of sans-serif typography that replicates the text from Darwin's book The Origin of Species.

The ongoing drawback to Google Fonts has been the smaller selection compared to other font services, but that’s rapidly changing. Even better, an editorialized web page called “Beautiful Web Type” has popped up that showcases the best fonts that Google has to offer. Loving this!

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Styling Images with CSS3

By  | 31 January 2012 | Category: CodeCSS3DesignUser Interface

Nick La over at Web Designer Wall put together a great article on how to style images with CSS3. The styles include: Basic Style(rounded corners), Embossed Style, Soft Embossed Style, Cutout Style and Glossy Overlay. I personally love the Embossed Style, it’s ideal for interface buttons. Originally Nick ran into some issues when styling for a responsive layout. He quickly fixed them with an alternate solution. Check out the article to see his solution. Great job Nick, we appreciate the tips and tricks!

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Android Camera Apps: The 25 Best Android Photography Apps

 Many Android phones have respectable cameras on them, and mobile phone photography is gaining in popularity among amateur and professional photographers alike, because of the light weight and ease of use.  However, to achieve some of the better Android photographs, you will need some Android photography apps to help you edit and post process your images.  Android camera apps can range from post-processing photography apps, to Android camera apps that will help you take motion photography or even sync them to your portfolio or social media sites.

In this post, I’ve scouted out the 25 best Android photography apps, both free Android camera apps and paid Android camera apps.  Luckily, many of the best Android photo aps have both free and paid versions so you can upgrade if you need the features, but you can still use the app without it.

If you found these Android camera apps to be helpful, please share this post on your favorite social networking sites.

And don’t worry, if you’re an iPhone lover, we have a post in the works to help you out as well!

The Best Android Camera and Photography Apps:

Photoshop Express for Android (Free Android Photography App)

Try quick fixes and cool enhancements to make good photos great. Then share on sites like Facebook to make friends smile.

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Pudding Camera (Free Android Photography App)

Pudding camera offers many kinds of camera, and kinds of film settings. You can use any combination of these options by FREE so enjoy many kinds of stylish photos with this Pudding Camera!

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Camera Zoom FX (Free Android Photography App, Paid Upgrade Available)

Camera ZOOM FX Android App features cool effects for taking photos plus offers digital zoom (something T-Mobile G1′s don’t come with natively). This app is LOADED with features and settings, we’ll try to cover them all. Features includes a multitude of special effects with the Normal Camera, Color, Mirror, Art, Distort, and Frame effects. Adjust how much or little to apply to your pics. Share photos easily to Flickr or share via social media or other apps. Check outCamera ZOOM FX Flickr Pool, g1 photographer’s pictures taken with a G1 and this app are very impressive!  When ready to take your pics, there’s more options in “Quick Settings” on-screen menu; download Composite yourself with a celebrity, select Shutter Skins, Buddy, Borders, fun Props, set Filters, Anti-banding, White Balance, and Night shot, toggle Auto Focus, Timer with voice activation, Stable shot and Burst modes of up to 1 minute!

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Foottr (Free Android Camera App)

Spectacular “Lomo, Camera, Photo, Footprint, online Album/Storage, share” App – Foottr

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Pic Paint (Free Android Photo App)

Pic Paint is Android’s highest res photo editing app. Take photos with the camera or use existing pics and then mark up .

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Photo Scrapbook Widget (Free Android Photos App)

Create a scrapbook of photos on your homescreen. Tap the widget to display full screen version of pictures of your children, friends, kids, pets, babies, holidays, etc

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Vignette (Free Android Photography App, Paid Version Available)

Vignette allows you to apply a variety of effects to your photographs at the click of a button.

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Lightbox: The Connected Camera (Free Android Photography App)

Enhance your photos and quickly share them with your friends. All of your photos are automatically synced to your photowall on Lightbox.com and to your Android tablet.

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Little Photo (Free Android Camera App)

Little Photo: Add film and retouch effects to your photos.

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PicsIn Photo Studio (Free Android Photograph App)

One of the best photo editors! Tons of photo effects, frames, stickers, text effects, cliparts graphics, crop, rotate, adjust color and add artistic effects.

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SugarSync (Free Android Photography App)

SugarSync puts ALL of your data from all of your computers right at your fingertips…anytime, anywhere from your Android device. With SugarSync, it is dead simple to sync and share your files online, giving you easy access to everything directly from your Android device. If you like Dropbox, MobileMe, or Carbonite, you’ll love SugarSync.

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PhotoFunia (Free Android Photography App)

PhotoFunia is a photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience. Put your face on a billboard, a stamp, or in a Warhol-like work of pop-art. Become the Mona Lisa or a bodybuilder. You get over 150 scenes to play with. You’re not cutting and pasting; instead, the app “finds” the face in your photo and integrates it with the scene of your choice.

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Action Snap (Free Android Camera App)

Simple camera app fantastic for capturing action and movement. Take multiple photos and combine: ActionSnap supports combining 4 or 9 photos. You can choose a time interval from 0.1s to 5s and start capturing photos by one click only, or you can use the custom mode to take photos one by one.

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Pho.to Lab (Free Android Camera App)

More than 400 awesome effects for your photos! With Pho.to Lab you can easily create fun photomontages, cool contact icons, animated effects, virtual postcards and phone wallpapers! You will love the user friendly interface and the ease of use Pho.to Lab provides.

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Photobucket App (Free Android Photography App)

The Free Photobucket Mobile app helps you access your Photobucket account, find whatever you want, or take pictures and videos and share them with everyone in your network…wherever you’re at.

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Color Touch Effects (Free Android Photography App)

Color Touch Effects allows to recolor images and apply cool effects to them. You can select an image, turn it to gray (or sepia, ..) and bring the color back with your fingers.

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FX Camera (Free Android Photography App)

FxCamera enables you to take a picture with various effects such as ToyCam, Polandroid, Fisheye, SymmetriCam, Warhol, Normal

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QuickPic (Free Android Photography App)

This is the best picture viewer/gallery/photo album you are looking for and you can replace the stock gallery!

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BeFunky Photo Editor (Free Android Photography App)

BeFunky, the popular online photo editing application is now on your Android. Edit your photos, apply special effects, add frames, save back to your phone with more than 20 high quality photo effects, powerful editing tools and marvelous photo frames.

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Camera360:Art in Your Hand (Free Android Camera App)

The most famous and perfect camera app helps your photo more amazing, funny and interesting.

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PicSay (Free Android Photography App, Paid Upgrade Available)

Free lite version of the award winning photo editor. Color-correct your pictures and add word balloons, titles, graphics, and effects like distortion. All in a fun, intuitive, and easy-to-use interface.

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Master Your D-SLR (Paid Android Photo App)

Step-by-step guide on setting your camera for amazing photos. “Learn Photography and Master Your D-SLR on your Android)

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Creating Effective Advertisement

Creating effective advertisements is one of the biggest jobs for a graphic designer.  The advertising industry is one of the largest employers of graphic designers, but creating advertisements requires a mastery of many different skills.  From photomanipulation, digital painting, 3D, and vector graphics, graphic designers need to have strong skillsets in order to be able to work on a given project.

In this graphic design tutorial, we’ll cover the essential advertising workflow.  By following along with thisPhotoshop ad tutorial, you’ll see how to take just a simple stock image and build a pixel perfect artwork around it, while also communicating valuable information about the brand to viewers.

Final Image Preview

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 1

First, we need to isolate the photo of Mercedes and put it on a white background.  This will give us the base of our advertisement and a focal point to build around.  The pen tool or magic wand will work best for this extraction.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Then we start to make the shadows with soft round brush.  You can just paint below the extracted car layer on a new layer, based upon where you will place your light source.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 2

Invert the background layer using ctrl+i and make a new layer, with soft round brush paint some blue areas behind the car.  Alternately you can create your own fill layer with a different color.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

After that, we use a smoke brush and add a little mist on the left.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 3

To make it more realistic, I decided to add a clouds texture (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=24208522) on the background.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

With the layer mask on, we erase the areas on the bottom right corner.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Next, I took a green grass texture and desaturated it using hue/saturation (ctrl+u) or ctrl+shift+u.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 4

I think it is a little bit too dark, so we use the adjustment layer – curves and brighten it up.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

On new layer, make the left corner a little dark, the light is not going there so strong, that is why we make it darker.  You can paint it with a dark brush and set to Overlay or Soft Light.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

I want to make it all in one colour pallete, so we need to use a hue/saturation, colorized check.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 5

On the top of the layers we start to adding the trees (http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-1204409-bonsai-tree.php?st=996a73c).

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

As you see, every tree is blended, so use the curves to make it darker or brighter, and hue/saturation to make it desaturated or more colorful. Don’t forget about the shadows, paint it with a soft round brush just like we did for the car shadows.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Once you’ve added some stock photos, now you can paint the rest with a small brush, use the same colours like the tree and start to paint your wooden root.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 6

Now, it is time to make the base. We have a dark and relatively ugly looking grass texture. So we need to search a stock photo, on http://www.sxc.hu and start to blend the green grass.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Use the layer mask, and erase some areas to fit the texture more.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

I found some stock photos of the stones and put it on the bottom of the project, also add one more wooden root on the left.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

The same stones I put on the left background, that give as an effect, like the car is staying on rocks.

Step 7

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

We add the rocks on the background from a mountain texture (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/916133). As you see they don’t fit to the image in terms of color.  To fix this, we use the hue/saturation adjustment layer.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

I also paint some mist with soft round brush.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

The final touch is the flying birds. This is always a good thing, because birds show you the scale of the illustration… the same is with the people on the images.  The human eye understands certain sizes for things, such as people, or birds, so they help establish a scale for the eye.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Step 8

Now it its almost done, but the adjustment layers will bring it on the next level. 🙂 First a little more contrast with brightness/contrast and new color pallete with a channel mixer.

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial

Final Image

Car Advertisement Poster Design Tutorial