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Free CSS Layouts And Templates

As a web-developer you don't have to re-invent the wheel all the time. If it just has to work, and has to be valid, and has to have a nice, visually appealing design hierarchy, you just can use css-techniques developed in the web-dev-community over the last few years. If you take a look around, you'll find many templates, which include basic (X)HTML/CSS-markup.

You can start from there, learning and exploring the possibilities of CSS and modifying templates for your exquisite taste. Below you'll find a list of resources which offer free, gorgeous and valid CSS-based templates - usually with images and full layout structure, such as headers, navigation bars, content containers, sidebars and footers.

Usually developers require a link to the site where the template was downloaded from. So before using these templates it might be useful to take a look at the license agreement the developer provides.

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Where can I find textures and background images?

If you are a graphic designer, you probably know that textures and background images are essential for every project which is related to graphics or design. But where to search for quality images if you can't find anything usable on your PC?

Web offers many useful resources one should always keep in mind searching for textures. Below you'll find a hand-picked selection of some useful resources related to textures and background images. We tried to pick the best ones which offer quality and professional content without annoying advertisement.

Following repositories offer "free" textures, which means that you can use them for both personal and commercial projects according to the license mentioned on the web-site you've downloaded the images from. The images in this article have been taken from the sites described in this list.

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Christmas Wallpapers

Our recent article on the wallpapers for desktop and web-design has been making rounds for a while, so we decided to make another present for our readers. Christmas themes might not be everyone's favourite themes, but in december they can be found everywhere. So, who knows, maybe you'd like to decorate your desktop accordingly? Let's take a look at some Xmas specials - for your desktop or current web-project.

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Selected Wallpapers: For Desktop & Web-Design

Creative wallpapers can serve as a nice source of inspiration. Particularly if you are having another creativity block, but don't really have enough time to take a walk or browse through Flickr pools. However, it isn't easy to find some really nice wallpapers - the choise is too big, and there are simply too many sources.

Over the last few days we've searched for the best posters, wallpapers, galleries and background images on the Web and collected them in an overview below. Especially Mac-Users will find some nice sources. Feel free to suggest further resources in the comments section.

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AJAX, DHTML and JavaScript Libraries

Ajax, DHTML and JavaScript components are important in the era of Web 2.0. Recent Web-applications tend to use them to provide more interactivity and guarantee better functionality. But what Javascript libraries can be used for a new web-project? What functions, effects and useful techniques are actually provided by them? We deliver answers.

The result is an extensive list with over 60 Ajax, Javascript and DHTML Libraries - with detailed description. Links checked on May/07 2008 - screenshots added.

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Online Generators

One can discuss whether web-generators are useful or not. On the one hand, they don't challenge our creativity, but on the other hand they make our life easier and save our precious time. However, it doesn't matter really. What matters is that we use them if we have to solve some problem quickly and efficiently. We've taken a look at the most useful online-generators for web-development and listed them below. Links checked: May/10 2008 - screenshots added.

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Design Patterns: Download Buttons

In the era of Web 2.0 download-buttons are becoming more and more important. Grey and simple few years ago, now they've become bigger, more colourful and come in dozens of variations. As the name says, download buttons are supposed to motivate visitors to use, or at least try the product which is offered on the site. Consequently, also visual appearance of download buttons has changed.

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