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Faux Absolute Positioning

Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

There are two popular approaches to positioning with CSS: float and absolute positioning. Both approaches have their pros and cons. My teammates and I have developed a new positioning approach that gives us the best of both worlds. After quite a bit of experimenting and testing, it’s time to share the technique with the rest of the world and see how we can work together to improve it. I’m calling it “faux absolute positioning” after the faux columns technique that simulates the presence of a column.

Faux Absolute Positioning from A List Apart

Tutorial Dog

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Tutorial Dog is a tutorial web site that seeks to help people learn Adobe Photoshop, CSS, Javascript, HTML and OS X Tips (and have fun). Tutorial Dog tries to provide the most insightful tips and coolest techniques to advance your knowledge of the subject covered. Having said that, we try to always include a psd (Photoshop Document File) with every Photoshop Tutorial so that you can go hands on with results we show. We also like to give away cool resources such as OS X icons and handy templates for free.

Tutorial Dog

PSDTUTS' Favourite Photoshop Tutorial Sites

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

As you know, we here at PSDTUTS are absolutely and totally committed to being the best place for Photoshop junkies to click to. With that goal in mind, I try to keep an eye on all the other photoshop tutorial destinations around. Lately I've been coming across some really awesome sites - both old and new. This is great because it keeps us here at PSDTUTS on our toes!

My Favourite Photoshop Tutorial Sites (Besides PSDTUTS!) from PSDTUTS

100 Awesome Webmaster Videos on YouTube

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

While many people see YouTube as a fun and mindless distraction, the fact is that it's really quite useful. The video site is full of educational tools for just about anyone, webmasters included. These 100 videos for webmasters include clips with subjects ranging from SEO (search-engine optimization) to domain buying.

100 Awesome Webmaster Videos on YouTube from Inside CRM

Web Form Context Highlighting Using jQuery

Saturday, July 12, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

In my previous article "Labels in form layouts" I wrote about how I have implemented "underlined labels" on web application forms. However, due to complexity of web appications I developed I often needed to find a way to focus a user on a current context. When I discovered jQuery I decided to use it because of its powerful features.

Building a Better Web Forms: Context Highlighting Using jQuery from Janko at Warp Speed

Create a Simple, Intelligent Accordion Effect Using Prototype and Scriptaculous

Friday, July 11, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

We've all seen the "accordion" type effect used on many Web 2.0 sites; however, many accordion scripts are heavy, make poor use of the libraries they are based on, and don't handle things like ensuring that the accordion maintains a consistent height. In this tutorial, we will use the Prototype and Scriptaculous libraries to create a lightweight, intelligent accordion.

Create a Simple, Intelligent Accordion Effect Using Prototype and Scriptaculous from Nettuts

Sliding Top Menu with jQuery

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Sliding menus are very effective in areas where we have limited space. This is a sliding top menu built with jQuery which can be fired through the open & close buttons or with any tag with the related class name. You can also use it as an info box, login area & more.

Sliding Top Menu with jQuery from Web Resources Depot

Create Favicons and iPhone Bookmarks

Saturday, July 05, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

And as long as we're building favicons, why not trick out your site with a iPhone/iPod Touch icon? The process is almost identical to favicons, and reaps the same rewards. True, most people probably won't use it, but the few who do will appreciate the effort.

Create Favicons and iPhone Bookmarks from Webmonkey

105+ Logo Design Tuts and Resources

Friday, July 04, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Logo design in today’s world has come to be one of the most important aspects of creating a brand identity and connecting with consumers. Logo’s are everywhere - the web, books, magazines, newspapers, television, movies…you name it, there is some type of logo. Logos have become a symbol of corporations, business, and success. Nothing says “professional” like a well designed logo. Today, I want to showcase 105+ logo design tuts and resources to help you take your logo design to the next level.

105+ Logo Design Tuts and Resources from Elite by Design

Easy Vertical Centering with CSS

Friday, July 04, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

One of the first things I learned to do in CSS was how to horizontally and vertically center a fixed width and height element. This could be an image for a splash page (god forbid) or a small centered site that some designers love to do. Originally this was accomplished with absolutely positioning an element 50% from the top and 50% from the left of the viewport. This of course only places the top left corner of the element at the center of the viewport and you then need to drag the element back into a central position with a negative margin equal to half the height and half the width of the element.

Easy Vertical Centering with CSS by Paul OB

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop

Thursday, July 03, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Sometime ago I wrote an article on my blog listing some fashion style illustrations from really amazing designers such as: Bruno Fujii, Margot Mace, Raphaël of My Dead Pony, Stina Person, and others. The coolest thing in their design work is their use of watercolor effects. So in this tutorial I will show a quick way to simulate that effect using only Photoshop and some Brushes.

Create Cool Watercolor Effects in Photoshop from PSDTuts

Pastel Color Menu with Dynamic Submenu Using CSS

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

This tutorial illustrates how to design a nice pastel color menu with a dynamic submenu which appears when you select a link in the main menu, using CSS and some lines of javascript code.

Pastel Color Menu with Dynamic Submenu Using CSS from Woork

Applying Divine Proportions to Your Web Designs

Saturday, June 28, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio — especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio. The rationale behind it is the belief that this proportion is organic, universal, harmonic and aesthetically pleasing. Indeed, being evident everywhere in the universe (in fact, many things around us can be expressed in this ratio), divine proportion (which is also called Golden ratio, divine section, golden cut and mean of Phidias) is probably the most known law of proportion which can dramatically improve the communication of your design.

Applying Divine Proportions to Your Web Designs from Smashing Magazine

Coda Slider Effect

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Although Panic didn't really invent the effect, the sliding panels on the Coda is great implementation of this effect. This article will pick apart the pieces required to create the effect, and how to better it.

Coda Slider Effect from jQuery for Designers

Beautiful CSS Buttons With Icon Set

Monday, June 23, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

I love clean design and in general simple solutions to design nice and attractive elements for my websites. This tutorial illustrates how to design nice clean buttons using some lines of HTML, CSS code and proxal icon set.

Beautiful CSS Buttons With Icon Set from Woork

How To Create A Keypress Navigation Using jQuery

Sunday, June 22, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

The key to a succesful website is the ease with which a user finds what they are looking for. Thus, it's worth spending a lot of time and effort in creating both useful and visually appealing navigation systems. Lately, I have began experimenting with new ways to navigate a website. In this tutorial I'll show you how to let the user make use of their keyboard to get around your site.

How To Create A Keypress Navigation Using jQuery from Nettuts

How To Make an Accordion Menu Using jQuery

Saturday, June 21, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

In this post I’ll show you how can you create fancy accordion menu using jQuery. In this post, you’ll see two examples of accordion. First menu’s visibility get’s toggled on clicking on the header while the another menu’s visibility get’s toogled when mouse is moved over it.

How To Make an Accordion Menu Using jQuery from Roshan's Blog

Want to be an Icon Designer? 15 Amazing Photoshop Icon Tutorials.

Saturday, June 21, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Ever wondered how the great icon designer do it? Well, here are 15 Photoshop Tutorials that lets you peek behind the curtain and get you started.

If you want to learn how to design icons like a ninja, check out Icon Resource (not free by the way).

Want to be an Icon Designer? 15 Amazing Photoshop Icon Tutorials. from Speckyboy

How to Theme any CMS Using Firebug (and MediaWiki as an Example)

Friday, June 20, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

Often in my career as a web ninja, I've been asked to skin or theme open source projects to bring them in line with my clients brand. Depending on the project this can be more, or less frustrating (I'm looking at you Magento) but MediaWiki is one of the easier projects to work with because of the limited number of files and things to adjust. In this tutorial we'll go through the theming process I used to style the upcoming PSDTUTS Wiki, but the process, particularly using Firebug, could be applied to pretty much any CMS.

Firebug is good, but you might want to check out CSSEdit if you're a Mac user :]

How to Theme any CMS Using Firebug (and MediaWiki as an Example) from Nettuts

How to Load In and Animate Content with jQuery

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - Lawrence Hsu | BC

In this tutorial we will be taking your average everyday website and enhancing it with jQuery. We will be adding ajax functionality so that the content loads into the relevant container instead of the user having to navigate to another page. We will also be integrating some awesome animation effects.

How to Load In and Animate Content with jQuery from Nettuts

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