Back to Black: Beautifully Designed Black Websites

In web design, for quite some years now, trends have come and gone, but black has remained the ‘new black’. Black is, maybe surprisingly, the most versatile colour for website design – it can be used for both very formal and very casual websites, and everything in between. This article is showcasing some extremely effective, beautifully designed black websites for your inspiration.

Back to Black: Beautifully Designed Black Websites

Red, Red Wine: Beautiful Wine Related Photography

Imagine the scene: a beautiful sunny day, no pressing, urgent work or engagements, the rolling hills in perfect view just outside the door, a gentle breeze and a table and chairs waiting to be occupied. A bottle of wine on hand, along with a couple of glasses, and the person you most like to spend time with right there to share the wine with you… idealism to the max! Of course, that is not the situation most of us are in right now, so here is a selection of beautiful wine-related photographs to take you off to dreamland for a few minutes.

Red, Red Wine: Beautiful Wine Related Photography

Moonlight Sonata: Beautiful Moonlight Photography

Moonlight is considered to be a romantic time by many. Sunshine tends to throw yellow light on everything it touches, while moonlight often makes everything look blue. To achieve an excellent moonlit photograph long exposure times are required, water and moonlight together can create a fantasy-like scene, making water – the ocean, a river or even a pond, one of the best settings for moonlight photography.

Here we have selected some beautiful, romantic examples of moonlight photography for your viewing pleasure.

Beautiful Moonlight Photography

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: The Need for Speed Desktop Wallpapers

Planes, Trains and Automobiles was the title of a very funny 1987 film starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Surely the name was no accident…. those three forms of transport are the fastest means of getting from A to B, and represent ‘boys’ toys’.

You don’t have to be a boy to appreciate speed and motion, and having a desktop wallpaper in that vein may inspire and motivate workflow (no guarantees here!). So today we bring you a selection of wallpapers featuring Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Vehicle Desktop Wallpapers

Cat in the Hat: Photographs of Cats ‘In’ Things

Cats are known for being their own personalities – they don’t do things to please humans, they do things purely to satisfy themselves! Cats have a great ability to find places to curl up that suit their immediate needs – with no consideration given to whether the humans wish them to be in that place. The result is often a cute cat in ‘the wrong’ setting!

Here we have collected 20 cute images of cats ‘in’ things – some of which they shouldn’t be in at all!

Cat in the Hat: Photos of Cats 'in' Things

Free Textures – 2 Packs to Download

Today I am bringing you 2 sets of free textures. The Satin Stripes is a set of 8 textures each with a different gradient overlaid. They are 2434px x 2434px 72ppi.

RGB Textures is a pack of 3 in red, green a blue – quite different and unusual textures. 3000px x 2000px 72ppi.

I hope you can use and enjoy these free packs.

Click on the images to download the .zip files.

Satin Stripes Textures

RGB Textures

Still Life in Urban Decay: Memory-Invoking Photography

Urban decay is all around us, I don’t think there is a country in the world that doesn’t have some kind of urban decay. It’s a sad fact of life.

However, we can try to find the beauty within the destruction. Sometimes the old saying holds true: Beauty is more than skin deep.

In this round-up I have gathered some images of urban decay that incorporate still life. I have chosen these photographs to invoke memories… albeit not your own memories – if you really get your imagination going with these images, the whole experience can be quite sad and moving.

Still Life in Urban Decay

Create a Liquid Gold Text Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to create this liquid gold text effect. There are many gold text effect tutorials out there, but with this one I will show you how you can easily adapt it to create just about any liquid-filled text.

It is a fun effect using a method that can be played around with to achieve very different and interesting results.

Liquid Gold Text