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Paul Andrew (588 Posts)

About: Paul Andrew is the editor and founder of Speckyboy Design Magazine.

40 Detailed Drawing Tutorials for Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator can at first seem a little bit intimidating and daunting (speaking from first hand experience) to work with, whereas it is in many ways similar to working within Photoshop (or any other graphic editor), but in others very very different. And the thing is, quite often certain design techniques with Illustrator may seem at first complex, but in actual fact are very very simple – Its just about learning these techniques.

15 CSS3 Navigation and Menu Tutorials and Techniques

CSS3 is slowly but surely creeping into mainstream web design, more and more designers are using it, albeit in small doses, but it is certainly gathering momentum. It is an exciting time for web design.
A few weeks back we published an article called 20 CSS3 Tutorials and Techniques for Creating Buttons, just to start the CSS3 ball rolling, this time around we focus on some menu and navigation techniques that make use of the wonderful new properties that CSS3 offers.

50 Examples of Creative 404 – Page Not Found Pages

There are two ways you can go when designing a 404 page for your website – you could go the sensible route and make it usable and try to help the reader find exactly what they were looking for or, you could design a 404 page that not only defines the character of the web site or the designer, but also makes it a pleasure and surprise. Its amazing the effect a sprinkle of humor and some creativity can have on someone and it will certainly make your site that little bit more memorable.

jQuery 1.4 Reference Guide – Free Book Giveaway, Comment to win

The book has been revised and updated for version 1.4 of jQuery, and it offers an organized menu of every jQuery method, function, and selector. Each method and function is introduced with a summary of its syntax and a list of its parameters and return value, followed by a discussion, with examples where applicable, to assist in getting the most out of jQuery and avoiding the pitfalls commonly associated with JavaScript and other client-side languages.

Falling Off the Wall Text Effect – Photoshop Tutorial

At some time or another we have all seen it – neighborhood walls with old and deprecated graffiti or, just as common, you may have seen some flyers or posters that have been stuck for so long on these walls that they start to peel and hang on by their edges. It is this effect that is recreated in this tutorial. Rather than use typical graffiti or a common poster this tutorial opted to combine the two, and have old and peeling posterized letters graffiti slowly peeling and falling from the wall.

Extend the Firebug Console with these 15 Extensions

There are a lot of useful tools for web designers and developers, they do tend to come and go and it usually depends on personal preference whether or not any tool is used. There is only one tool that has lasted the test of time and is not only universally used but also loved, and that is the Firefox extension Firebug – it is by far and away the best tool within web design.