A really nice tool for creating Instagram-esque filters. I like the option for selecting images from Unsplash, a nice touch.
Search through thousands of free (CC0 licensed) stock photos.
Lots of quality images here, also features a nifty search by colour option. Definitely worth a bookmark.
Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain?
That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.
The visualisation tool is a nice touch and there is plenty of good material here, including photographs, postcards, illustrations, prints, maps, menus etc. I’d imagine these images will get remixed a lot. See below for a sample image.
One of the latest capabilities to fall into the hands of web designers is image processing with blending modes. Blending modes allow us to easily create colorization and texturization and apply other special effects without having to crack open an image editor. This saves time by not having to manually reprocess graphics whenever a change is needed, and prevents the headache of having to recall the exact settings of a visual standard that may have been created months earlier. Instead, graphics can be neatly specified, maintained, and manipulated with a few CSS declarations.
I really like that it’s now possible to use image blending modes with CSS. The only problem is:
Blending modes are supported in most major browsers, except Internet Explorer and Edge. The silver lining is that Microsoft lists the properties as “under consideration” for Edge, and that browser does already support all of these blend modes in SVG, so one can hope for a speedy implementation.
With Windows 10 now installed on over 200 million devices, a speedy implementation would be good.
The largest database of free vector icons
I’m not sure if it is the largest, but there is a decent collection of free icons to choose from.
Learn how to create a repeating floral pattern that’s perfect for gift wrap, desktop wallpapers or textile designs. This tutorial uses one of our very own free vector packs and is great for readers with a beginner to intermediate skill level.
A really good guide for creating repeating patterns.
As a Christmas/holiday present, here are some exclusive free icon packs for Just Creative readers, courtesy of Vecteezy, an awesome free & premium vector resource.
The files come in AI, EPS, PSD, PNG and SVG format and are free to use on personal & commercial projects. They can not be resold or redistributed.
A nice collection of free icons.
Filter effects in CSS have been around for a while, and together with things like blend modes, they bring new possibilities for recreating and manipulating stuff in the browser that we previously had to do in Photoshop. Here, Emil explores a performance technique using one of the more forgotten filter effects – the filter function – as well as recreating it with SVG.
This technique has the potential to get used way too much, so I’m preparing myself for a year of blurriness.
THE ULTIMATE TOOL FOR WEB 2.0 DESIGNERS
Haha. Seriously though, it is the tool I used to create the header tile for this site. Cheap and easy, but I like it. Interestingly, or not, I think the “Web 2.0” design trends are now well and truly dead, so it is once again perfectly acceptable for a website to dress in stripes. Am I wrong?
jQuery plugin for ‘responsive cropping’. Dynamically crop images to fill available space without cutting out the image’s subject. Great for full-screen images.
Warrants a play.