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Posts from 2011

How To Create a Stylish Drop Cap Effect with CSS3

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Drop caps have been around for years in the print industry, but they are still pretty rare in the web world despite the :first-letter selector having been around for a fair few years. Let’s take a look at how we can create a cool drop cap for our web designs and spice it up with some stylish CSS3 text-shadow effects.

Create a Typography Based Blog Layout in HTML5

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Last week I posted part one of this tutorial series covering the process of creating a typography based blog design in HTML5 and CSS3. We finished off the Photoshop concept with the design based on a strict grid and text laid out in our desired typeface. Now let’s replicate the design in a static HTML5 and CSS3 prototype before finishing it all off as a fully working WordPress theme.

How To Create Repeating Texture & Pattern Images

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Repeating background images are safest method of styling up your website background other than a plain old CSS background color. Websites are viewed in all types and sizes of browser these days, so a repeating background ensures the whole of the user’s screen will be filled with your design, unlike a static image that can often end up being cropped off or lost in a sea of flat colour. Let’s take a look at how seamless or repeating textures and patterns can be created in Photoshop.

You’re Doing it Wrong: Common HTML Tag Misuses

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View the source code of a hand full of websites featured in CSS galleries today and you’ll often see the same errors appear time and time again. These mistakes are usually habits we picked up during our early days of coding that have stuck around due to lack of clarification. This post rounds up a collection of common HTML tag and element misuses and describes the best practice to correctly and semantically use them in your markup.

25 Web Designs with Full Page Background Photos

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The use of full screen background images isn’t particularly new in the world of web design, but designers are continuously thinking up new and cool ways of implementing some kind of full size photo into the design of their sites. Sometimes the photo will set the scene and introduce the topic of the site, whereas other times an inspirational photo is used to set the mood and to draw the user in. This post rounds up 25 examples of great uses of full screen background photos in website designs across the web.