Free Bokeh Textures & Bokeh Tutorial

Posted: June 21 2018 Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the out of focus, blurred parts of a photograph. The exact shape and characteristics of this effect is determined by the lens used when taking the photo, but you can artificially achieve a similar effect using photoshop and a texture layer to give your photos some extra character. If you’re looking for an easy way to add some bokeh textures to your next project, then here are some completely free textures for you to use, along with a simple tutorial… Read more »

Image Carousels: Should You Use Them?

Last updated: May 3 2018 I’m sure you’ve seen a million image sliders over the years. The big banner of images and text cycling through the homepage. These are seen on many websites and is one of the most universally requested features by my clients, usually because it’s a ‘standard’ feature they expect to see on a website, or because there are various people in the business all clamoring to get their content on the front page. But do they actually work? Lets find out! No One Interacts With Your… Read more »

Christmas Gift Guide For Designers

Last Updated: 3rd December 2017 Cool Christmas Gifts For Designers It’s that time of year again. Yup! The holiday season is fast approaching. Buying gifts can be a tough task, but finding the perfect present for a graphic or web designer can be extra tricky – we’re a special breed. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift or stocking stuffer or just want to treat yourself, check out this list for some awesome ideas. Books Books are, in my opinion, a great gift for anyone involved in design. These are… Read more »

WordPress Hacking Prevention

Last Updated: 29th September 2016 Lately I’ve been dealing with a lot of hacked WordPress websites. It’s the same story every time. The site was developed years ago and no one’s bothered to update it since. The ancient version of WordPress and outdated plugins, all of which are full of security flaws, opened the site up to hacking attempts. When you’re dealing with any kind of Content Management System, this kind of situation would leave you open to hacking attempts. But with WordPress being the most popular CMS in the… Read more »

Web Design Tools

Last Updated: 10th August 2016 The website is the main component of almost any online marketing venture. And if a website fails to perform, a business’s online marketing efforts will suffer as a consequence. This infographic by Nirmal Web Design outlines 13 web design professionals along with their 3 favourite web design tools.

4 Free Stock Photo Mailing Lists Worth Signing Up For

Last Updated: 27th July 2016 Building up a library of stock photos can take quite a long time, and if you’re using paid stock photo sites for all of your photos, then the costs of adding more photos to your collection can get quite high. Although paid stock photo sites often have the benefit of massive selections and excellent quality, there are many free alternatives for padding out your stock photo libraries. If you’re looking to build up your library of stock photos without breaking the bank, then these sites… Read more »

Coffee Stain Photoshop Effect Tutorial


Last Updated: 23rd January 2019 A simple coffee stain effect. As someone who drinks a dozen cups of tea and coffee every day, adding a coffee stain effect to a project would be as easy as printing it out and using it as a coaster for five minutes. However, for those of you out there who have slightly less ridiculous caffeine consumption habits habits, this tutorial might be for you. In this post I’m going to go over one of my favorite methods of getting an easy coffee stain effect in photoshop. 1. Setting Up… Read more »

What Your Small Business Website Needs In 2016

Last Updated: 15th April 2016 I often see small business websites lagging behind when it comes to their websites. For some, it’s an issue of money, and for others it’s an issue of time. And some just don’t have any interest in their online presence at all. Another really common problem I see is small business owners focusing on the look of their site above all else, thinking that a better looking or more trendy website will solve all of their problems. In practice, many of these businesses would benefit… Read more »

Page Speed Optimization: A Brief Guide

Last Updated: 26th March 2016 Simple Advice For Faster Load Times It doesn’t matter how patient you are, no one likes to wait in line. So why make your sites users wait? That’s essentially what you’re doing when you allow your site to have long load times and it could be having a disastrous effect on your customer experience. So Why Worry About Page Speed? Slow loading times can cause high bounce rates, high levels of cart abandonment, and a general sense of frustration amongst your users – all of which… Read more »