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Design Resources For Christmas: 80 Fonts, Icons, Vectors And Tutorials

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Design Resources For Christmas: 80 Fonts, Icons, Vectors And Tutorials


Design Resources For Christmas: 80 Fonts, Icons, Vectors And Tutorials

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 07:01 AM PST

Christmas is that magical time of the year when everyone becomes a kid again. The thought of finding gifts under the Christmas tree, Santa and his flying reindeer, Christmas dinner and family get-togethers – it’s the most wonderful time of the year (commercialized, or not).

If you are looking to give a holiday look to your website design, you know you are at the right site. I spent a lot of time collecting the following Christmas-themed fonts, icon sets, Photoshop/Illustrator tutorials and vectors for your use. A note of warning, your fingers are going to get tired from scrolling down.

If you like what you see, please click into the link to go straight to the goodies you need to download them, and maybe leave a thanks to the nice designers who are offering these resources to you for free.

Christmas Fonts

These Christmas-inspired free fonts will fit perfectly in both crafts and graphic projects. They are decorated with snowflakes, bulbs, toys, candies, and gifts – all great elements to the Christmas design.

Kingthings Christmas by Kingthings

Ice & Snow Font by AARRGGHH!

Candy Cane by Michel Bujardet

Christmas Eve by Vanessa Bays

Christmas Lights by GreyWolf Webworks

DK Father Frost by David Kerkhoff

Snowflake Letters by Darrian Lynx

Kingthings Flashbang by Kingthings

Christmabet by Cat Neligan

Janda Sparkle and Shine by Kimberly Geswein

Bodie MF Holly by Richard William Mueller

Christmas/Flakes by Randy Ford

KerstKaarten by Peter Digstra

101! Gift by Nght’s Place

Chris Box by CROLrene

Ananda Neptouch by Ananda K. Maharjan

PW Christmas by Peax Webdesign

KR Cane Letters by Kat’s Fun Fonts

Kingthings Willow by Kingthings

ChopinScript by Diogene

Christmas Icon Sets

Below you'll see Christmas icons for any style: flat design icons with long shadows, tiny cute silver icons, social media symbols, Christmas sticker icons, and a whole lot more.

Exclusive Icons for the Holidays: "Xmas Stickers" by Webdesigner Depot

Beautiful Free Christmas Icons by Zee Que

Flat Long Shadow Free Christmas Icon Set (PSD) by Tutorials Share

Free Smashing Christmas Icon Set by The Smashing Editorial

Christmas Dock Icons by chicho21net

Freebie: Festive Christmas Icon Pack (20 .EPS Icons) by The Smashing Editorial

Merry Icons Free by Hand Drawn Goods

35 New Free Long Shadow Christmas Icons by Ferman Aziz

Christmas Free PSD by Jack / H. Lande

Christmas Icons by gpritiranjan

Christmas Icon Mega Pack (108 Icons) by Pascal van den Essenburg

Free Christmas Vector Icon Set by Speckyboy Editors

Merry Christmas by jj-maxer

My Christmas by harwenzhang

9 Free Christmas Icons by Sheriff Aden

Free Holiday Social Icon Set by rhea

Smashing Christmas Icon Sets by Vitaly Friedman

Free Cristmas Social Icons in Vector Format by PeHaa

Santa Claus Icons (5 Icons) by Fast Icon Design

Christmas Social Icons by Noctuline

Christmas Vectors

Christmas baubles, Santa Claus, stockings and sleighbells, and snowflakes – it's all about Christmas and fun! These vector patterns and pictures can be useful for creating postcard designs, logos, flyers, and decorating your website. You can download them in both Photoshop and EPS formats.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 Font Design Vector by jacknet

Christmas Vector Art Characters Pack by Pixeden

Elegant Christmas Background Pattern Vector Material

Christmas Pattern Background Vector

Christmas Pattern by Como Yo Dsg

Christmas Snow Pattern

Stars and Snowflakes

Christmas Night Vector Wallpaper

Christmas Seamless Pattern by vectoresgratis

Christmas Vector and New Year Label Vector by LogoOpenStock

Christmas Balls with Ribbon by VisionMates

Christmas Trees Vector Background

Christmas Glitter Balls

Xmas Gift Ribbon by Kevin Granger

Free Christmas Seamless Pattern

Vector Santa Claus

Merry Christmas Logo by Logo Open Stock

Christmas Tree by Vector Open Stock

Christmas Pattern by vectorbg

Santa Claus Vector Design by Zezu

Photoshop & Illustrator Tutorials

These Christmas tutorials for Photoshop and Illustrator are good guides for those who want to create a holiday postcard, wallpaper, stunning typography piece, photo manipulation, or decorate a website header with Santa.

80s Christmas Artwork in Photoshop

Make a Sketchy Wallpaper for this Christmas

Create a Festive Ornamental Christmas Text Effect

Illustrator Tutorial: Create Your Own Typographic Design

Christmas Night. Magic Scene with Flying Santa

Create an Elegant Greeting Card with Vintage Christmas Baubles on Background in Photoshop CS5

We Wish You a Merry Christmas Illustration

Unusual Christmas Card. Photoshop Tutorial

Create a Vintage Christmas Card in Photoshop

Christmas Design in Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Red and Gold Christmas Ball on Stars Background

llustrator Tutorial: Create a Christmas Santa Text Effect

How to Create Christmas Greeting Card with Snowflakes and Colorful Tree Baubles in Photoshop CS5

Create a Novel Pop-Up Holiday Card – Tuts+ Premium Tutorial

How to Draw the Header from the Christmas Greetings Template

Create a Merry Christmas Zombie Poster in Illustrator

Create a Cute Vector Reindeer Character in Illustrator

Christmas Photoshop Tutorial

How to Create Abstract New Year Illustration with 3D typography Using Photoshop CS5

Create a Delicious Type Treat – Psd Premium Tutorial

Painting a Santa Christmas Greeting Card with Adobe Photoshop

Also, please share and bookmark this page for your future reference. Here’s to wishing you a wonderful Christmas celebration and a happy new year.


    






Innovations Rise And Fall: 8 Instances Of Major Takeovers

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 05:01 AM PST

Finding success in the tech industry is a mix of a variety of factors: entering the right market at the right time, pioneering a new change, establishing dominance and further expanding the potential and possibilities in the field. For those who have already reached the top, they are not guaranteed long-term success, especially when leading in a cut-throat industry.

We will be looking at major innovations that have made an impact in our daily lives — so much so, they can be considered "household names" — and also at how each predecessor loses out to the successor in the quest for dominance in their respective fields.

being first

The following 8 comparisons will depict the circumstances that surround the fall of the predecessor and the rise of the successor. The factors and reasons for each differ, and for some of the cases, the tables could still turn at the last minute. Nonetheless, this gives us a look into the complexities of decision-making, which in many cases, can make or break your business.

Windows vs Macintosh

Windows vs. Macintosh is the classic example of a successor triumphing over its predecessor. Back in 1979, after being inspired by a demonstration from Xerox PARC on Graphical User Interface (GUI), Steve Jobs took the idea and created Macintosh Operating System (Mac OS) with Steve Wozniak. The result was an indisputable commerical and technological success.

Having witnessed the commercial success of Macintosh, Bill Gates from Microsoft further developed his own GUI for the Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS), and released it as Windows in 1985. Although it had no success until version 3.0, which saw better design and features, Windows offered something that Mac OS didn’t: openness.

Windows could be licensed to hardware developers as the primary OS for their computers, but Mac OS was only available as a bundle with its designated hardware.

os market share
(Image Source: Statista)

As it could be installed on any computer, Windows appealed to people of various income classes, dominating the OS landscape in the PC market, and eventually took over 90% of the market share today.

Google vs Yahoo!

In 2009, former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz declared that Yahoo! was never a "search" company. Until 2003, the core of Yahoo! Search was a huge directory with a searchable index of pages. Needless to say, the search engine was not nearly as accurate as Google’s self-automated crawler bot, armed with PageRank algorithm focusing on link relevance, and authority above all.

Although Yahoo! had done its best later with tech acquisitions, it was just too little, too late. It simply failed to realize the change early enough. This could be credited to the company’s conventional business strategy with emphasis on advertisers. Yahoo! didn’t change, but the world did. Users were fast becoming the source of profit in the age of Web 2.0.

Yahoo!’s anti-innovation management culture has also indirectly pushed talented individuals to head toward its rival company, thereby leading to a failure to innovate and create better products. The chain of consequences resulting from poor business decisions offers an explanation as to why Yahoo! was overtaken by Google. As of July 2013, Google has 67% of market share compared to Yahoo!’s 11.3%.

Facebook vs MySpace

MySpace was once the king of social networking sites in US, which saw its peak in 2006 when it surpassed Google in terms of site visits. It generated $800 million in 2008 and contributed to the success of mobile game company, Zynga. Basically, it was all smooth sailing until Facebook came into the picture.

facebook map
(Image Source: Mark Zuckerberg)

It was perhaps just a matter of time before the inevitable happened for MySpace. After all, it was merely a clone of another social networking site called Friendster. To make matters worse, in recent years MySpace has been focusing intensely on generating profit to the extent that they had lost sight of what’s truly important for a social networking service: helping users connect with each other better.

Eventually, the site slowed down, and became cluttered with nasty display ads and blinking GIFs, effectively forcing users to look for a better alternative which turned out to be Facebook. MySpace had declined to acquire Facebook for (a mere) $75 million in 2005.

Three years later, in 2008, Facebook had matched MySpace in terms of unique global site visitors every month. Since then, Facebook has gone from strength to strength with 1.15 billion active users as of July 2013.

YouTube vs Vimeo

Vimeo was founded in 2004, a year when video sharing was still in its infancy. Although Vimeo founders foresaw its potential, they were more concerned with the legal trouble they could get entangled in: copyrighted material. Vimeo was launched with strict rules to prevent users from uploading any potentially copyrighted material. Largedly viewed as a side project by its founders, it was also not allocated much cash flow for storage and bandwidth.

YouTube, on the other hand, is a totally different story. It was well funded by venture capital, and had much lower legal thresholds for video uploaders. Its influence was strengthened later when it was acquired by Google. Eventually, YouTube overtook Vimeo and became the no.1 vide-sharing site you frequent today.

However, unlike the other cases we’ve discussed so far, Vimeo’s decision to protect its core businesses was a step in the right direction. On the other side of the fence, Youtube, even after being acquired by Google, is still trying to find a way to profit without relying on external investment. So, perhaps getting to the top is not always as good as it seems.

Chrome vs Internet Explorer

Browser wars have always been one of the fiercest tech battles of our time. Internet Explorer once reigned supreme with a whopping 95.97% of market share back in 2002 — because it was pre-integrated into Windows. Despite having overtaken Netscape Navigator as the dominant web browser, it was full of security bugs and worst of all, it stopped improving beyond IE6.

Mozilla Firefox and Opera came into the market but none did much damage until Google Chrome came along. Within 5 years, Chrome has overtaken Internet Explorer in both performance and web standards support, while IE is having a hard time in shifting its user base to its latest versions (thanks to its monopolistic bundle strategy).

browser usage market share
(Image Source: Royal Pingdom)

As of September 2013, Chrome has 46.02% of usage share compared to 20.71% for Internet Explorer in the web browser market. Internet Explorer’s dethronement carries a valuable lesson: releasing a flawed product just to outpace your competitors will doom you for years.

HTML5 vs Flash

In April 2010, a public letter from Steve Jobs explaining the ban of Flash on iOS platform was published. This ignited a heated battle between HTML5 and Flash, a war so intense that Flash was later hailed as a prime feature for non-iOS smartphones.

What’s so wrong with Adobe Flash, the technology that has been powering all interactive websites since the dawn of the Internet? For Steve Jobs, it was security, performance and reliability issues, and incompatibility with mobile devices. Also, Adobe failed to improve Flash fast enough. Upgrades kept getting delayed. Whenever a security bug was discovered, developers could do nothing but wait for the next release.

All these pitfalls made developers jump ship and crown HTML5 as the leader of the next era of web interactivity. After 1.5 years, Adobe announced that they would halt the development of Flash player for mobile, literally marking the end of the Flash era on the smartphone platform.

Android vs iOS(?)

Android vs. iOS is pretty much the same story as Windows vs. Macintosh, except that it’s still ongoing right now. iOS owned the entire touchphone market, until Android OS (acquired by Google), came into the market, trying to establish itself as a direct competitor. Available on both affordable and more recently premium phones, it steadily improved its features from Android 1.5 Cupcake to Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

Now, Android dominates the smartphone market with 79.3% of market share compared to 13.2% for iOS. In terms of smartphone unit shipments, Android leads with 187.4 million units to 31.2 million units for iOS.

In the tablet market, Android also has the lead with 62.6% of market share compared to 32.5% for iOS. Android has also exceeded Apple in app download numbers with a lead of 10%, and soon it will overtake iOS in terms of app developer’s revenue as well.

mobile os revenue share
(Image Source: Developer Economics)

It looks like a comprehensive victory for Android, but Apple’s CEO Tim Cook mentioned that market share didn’t matter if "users dump [Android devices] in the drawer" and use the iPhone for everything instead. Yet Apple did release the iPhone 5c, a "budget" version of the iPhone (Apple has a different version of budget, apparently), so maybe they are feeling "a little bit" threatened by Android’s rise. Let’s put a pin on this one and revisit it a year from now.

E-Publishing vs P-Publishing

For many years, print publishing was the definition of publishing, but if you have heard of or used an e-book, you are part of the revolution that is changing the face of publishing as we know it. E-publishing allows publishers to cut down on printing and distribution costs, and their books are available for order, 24/7.

Social media became the online version of "word of mouth" and book recommendation sites e.g. Goodreads flourished during recent periods. In spite of these benefits, publishers are still ironing out the creases when it comes to author royalties, discoverability of new titles and piracy problems with copyrighted material.

Nonetheless, the publishing industry is going through an overhaul as evidenced by the disrupted businesses of magazines and newspapers. Yet print publishing, or more precisely, books will always have the support of its hardcore fans. Although many print publishers were initially hesitant in joining the switch in medium, most have come to embrace it as an additional outlet, rather than a full-on replacement.


    






15 Calming Color Palette and Tile Wallpapers

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 02:01 AM PST

We all love looking at beautiful things, and while beauty is subjective, it is hard to go wrong with colors. If however, you find single color or two-tone wallpapers boring you, perhaps it is time to try color palette and tile wallpapers instead. It is abstract, strangely calming and doesn’t scream for attention like other wallpapers do.

color palette wallpapers

If you are looking for wallpapers that will not divert your attention away from what is at the screen, this is the post for you. We have here 15 color palette and tile wallpapers for a variety of sizes, both on desktop and mobile. Name your favorites in the comments!

Color Palette. Wallpaper available in a variety of sizes.

Pixel Wash. Wallpaper available in 1920×1020.

Pixel Matrix. Wallpaper available in 2560×1600, 1920×1200, 1680×1050, and 1600×1200.

Parallel Wallpapers. Wallpapers available in 2560×1600, 2880×1800, 1440×900, 2048×2048, 768×1024 and 1136×640.

Flowers. Wallpaper available for iPhone.

CUBEN Space Series. Wallpaper available in 2048×2048.

Flowers Of Life. Wallpapers available for iPad Retina, iPhone4 and iPhone 5.

Geometric Wallpapers. Various wallpapers available in iPhone size.

Wallpaper by Chris Locke. Wallpaper available for iPhone.


    






3 Ways to Turn Web Images to Grayscale

Posted: 10 Dec 2013 11:01 PM PST

I’ve always been a fan of grayscale images as I think they look more artistic. Many photo editors such as Photoshop let you turn colorful images into grayscale easily. There is even the option to tune the color depth and color tones. Unfortunately, it is less straightforward to do so on the Web due to the differences in browser capabilities.


(Image Source: Kenneth Thewissen)

In this post, we are going to walk through some methods that we can use to turn images grayscale. We’ll also look into the stumbling blocks of each method and near the end, we will combine these methods to achieve a grayscale image that works across different browsers.

1. CSS Filter

Using CSS filter property is perhaps the easiest way to turn image into grayscale. Back in the old day, Internet Explorer has a proprietary CSS property called filter to apply custom effect including Grayscale.

Today, filter property is part of CSS3 specification, and supported in some browsers, like Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Previously, we have also mentioned about the Webkit filter that allows us not only to turn images grayscale but also apply sepia and blur effect.

We can add the following style rules to turn images grayscale with the filter property.

 img { -webkit-filter: grayscale(1); /* Webkit */ filter: gray; /* IE6-9 */ filter: grayscale(1); /* W3C */ }

This code will take effect in IE6-9 and Webkit browsers (Chrome 18+, Safari 6.0+, and Opera 15+).

(Note: IE10 dropped support for the legacy IE filter nor it also support for the prefixed version, -ms-filter, for applying grayscale. This code does not work in Firefox either.)

2. JavaScript

The second alternative is by using JavaScript, which technically should work in all browsers that have JavaScript enabled, including IE6 and below.

Here is the code from Ajax Blender.

 var imgObj = document.getElementById('js-image'); function gray(imgObj) { var canvas = document.createElement('canvas'); var canvasContext = canvas.getContext('2d'); var imgW = imgObj.width; var imgH = imgObj.height; canvas.width = imgW; canvas.height = imgH; canvasContext.drawImage(imgObj, 0, 0); var imgPixels = canvasContext.getImageData(0, 0, imgW, imgH); for(var y = 0; y < imgPixels.height; y++){ for(var x = 0; x < imgPixels.width; x++){ var i = (y * 4) * imgPixels.width + x * 4; var avg = (imgPixels.data[i] + imgPixels.data[i + 1] + imgPixels.data[i + 2]) / 3; imgPixels.data[i] = avg; imgPixels.data[i + 1] = avg; imgPixels.data[i + 2] = avg; } } canvasContext.putImageData(imgPixels, 0, 0, 0, 0, imgPixels.width, imgPixels.height); return canvas.toDataURL(); } imgObj.src = gray(imgObj);

Using JavaScript method, we will be able to apply the Grayscale effect upon certain condition, such as when the image is on hover or being clicked. We can also use it along with jQuery effects to apply smooth animation when the image is transitioning from gray to full-color. The only downside that I can see from using JavaScript is that the effect will be discarded when JavaScript is disabled on the browser.

3. SVG

Another way is by using an SVG Filter.

All you need to do is create an SVG file, and put the following codes in it. Save and name the file to e.g. gray.svg.

 <svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg"> <filter id="grayscale"> <feColorMatrix type="matrix" values="0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0 0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0 0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0 0 0 0 1 0"/> </filter> </svg> 

Then, using the filter property, we link the SVG file followed by the ID of the filter element in our SVG file:

 img { filter: url('img/gray.svg#grayscale'); }

You can also embed the codes directly within the CSS, like so.

 img { filter: url('url("data:image/svg+xml;utf8,<svg%20xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2000/svg'><filter%20id='grayscale'><feColorMatrix%20type='matrix'%20values='0.3333%200.3333%200.3333%200%200%200.3333%200.3333%200.3333%200%200%200.3333%200.3333%200.3333%200%200%200%200%200%201%200'/></filter></svg>#grayscale");') }

This will return the same result.

Conclusion

To have cross-browser support for the grayscale effect, we can put the abovementioned methods together, using the following code snippet. This code will apply the grayscale effect in Firefox 3.5+, Opera 15+, Safari, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

 img { -webkit-filter: grayscale(100%); -webkit-filter: grayscale(1); filter: grayscale(100%); filter: url('../img/gray.svg#grayscale'); filter: gray; }

We can utilize the above code along with the JavaScript method, and only provide CSS filter as the fallback in case JavaScript is disabled. This idea can easily be achieved with the help of Modernizr.

Modernizr will add js class in the body, if JavaScript is enabled, and it will switch the class name to no-js if it is disabled. With CSS, you can do the following.

 .no-js img { -webkit-filter: grayscale(100%); -webkit-filter: grayscale(1); filter: grayscale(100%); filter: url('../img/gray.svg#grayscale'); filter: gray; } 

That’s all, you can see the demo in action below:

Sources

Head over to the following sources for references on Grayscale and filter effect:


    






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