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Swirls Vector Illustrations Set

Today we are glad to release Swirls Illustrations Set, a sets of 10 high-quality vector illustrations, created with Adobe Illustrator and available as .eps source files. These illustrations were created by Designious.com and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers. [Content Care Nov/10/2016]

Swirls Vector Illustrations

You can use the set for all of your projects for free and without any restrictions. You can freely use it for both your private and commercial projects, including software, online services, templates and themes. The set may not be resold, sublicensed, rented, transferred or otherwise made available for use. Please link to this article if you would like to spread the word.

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Smashing Pumpkins: A Free Halloween Vector Icon Set

As the Halloween is approaching, it's best time to spice up your design with some quick Halloweenish icons. And since we are, apparently, smashing and the Halloween is all about pumpkins, we are glad to release Smashing Pumpkins: A Free Halloween Vector Icon Set.

Halloween Icon Set

This set includes 14 exclusive Halloween icons (.png, up to 512×512px) as well as vector sources (.ai CS3 file and .eps file), so you can modify and scale them as you wish. This set was created by Pien Duijverman from Netherlands, especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. [Content Care Nov/10/2016]

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Splatter and Watercolour Brushes For Photoshop

Another day — another fresh freebie. Today we are glad to release Splatter and Watercolour Photoshop Brushes, 3 sets of 21 high-quality brushes, with the average size of 2500px or 2200px. These brushes were created for Adobe Photoshop CS, CS2 and CS3 and also work with GIMP 2.4.

Splatter Brushes For Adobe Photoshop

The sets are created by Abdullah, the creator of Qbrushes.com where you can find further high-quality Photoshop brushes available for free download. This set was designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

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Practika: A Free Icon Set

Today we are glad to release Practika: a free set of 11 practical and useful high-quality icons, designed by DryIcons, especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The icons are available in resolutions 64×64px, 128×128px and 256×256px, in 32-bit transparency PNG. These icons can be used for a variety of purposes — in particular, in portfolios and in corporate designs. [Content Care Oct/26/2016]

Icon Set

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Health And Beauty Photoshop Brushes Set

In our previous releases we focused on icons and Wordpress themes; however, there is a variety of further tools that graphic designers need on a regular basis; for instance, Photoshop brushes. You can find dozens of our other releases in our Freebies section. Grunge Photoshop Brushes Today we are happy to release Health and Beauty Photoshop Brushes: a free set of 67 Photoshop brushes ranging in resolution from 69 to 2463 pixels. The set is compatible with Adobe Photoshop 7.0, CS, CS2 and CS3 (you can use it in Photoshop Elements, Paint Shop Pro, GIMP and Paint.NET, too). The brushes were designed by Silvia Bukovac Gasevic, the creative mind behind graphics-illustrations.com, especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. Read more...

53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn’t Live Without

CSS is important. And it is being used more and more often. Cascading Style Sheets offer many advantages you don't have in table-layouts - and first of all a strict separation between layout, or design of the page, and the information, presented on the page. Thus the design of pages can be easily changed, just replacing a css-file with another one. Isn't it great? Well, actualy, it is. [Links checked February/01/2017]

Over the last few years web-developers have written many articles about CSS and developed many useful techniques, which can save you a lot of time - of course, if you are able to find them in time. Below you'll find a list of techniques we , as web-architects, really couldn't live without. They are essential and they indeed make our life easier. Let's take a look at 53 CSS-based techniques you should always have ready to hand if you develop web-sites.

Thanks to all developers who contributed to accessible and usable css-based design over the last few years. We really appreciate it. Thanks!

You might want to take a look at the article Powerful CSS-Techniques For Effective Coding.

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