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Pure CSS DropDown Menu using :target pseudo class

Pure CSS DropDown Menu using :target pseudo class

Today, CSS3 has become a buzzword of modern web designers and developers around the globe. With its ground-breaking features, CSS3 has made a profound impact on the web designer community by making the lives of web designers easier and fun filled. Here in this post I am going to explain such a cool CSS3 feature called :target Pseudo Class. By playing around and experimenting with the :target pseudo class, I have developed a cool looking pure CSS dropdown menu. This ...

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My first wordpress plugin – Delicious Bookmark Button with realtime bookmark count

My first wordpress plugin – Delicious Bookmark Button with realtime bookmark count

del.icio.us needs no introduction, and if you still do not use delicious bookmarking service, there is something obviously missing in your life! Delicious is a famous social bookmarking site that has achieved rapid popularity and growth ever since it was being purchased by Yahoo Inc in 2005. Delicious is my all-time favorite bookmarking service. Many features have contributed to this, including the website's simple interface, human-readable URL scheme, a novel domain name, a simple REST-like API, and RSS feeds for ...

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Free High-Resolution Social-Media Iconset – PriceTag Style

Free High-Resolution Social-Media Iconset - PriceTag Style

I am really happy to present my first FREE icon set here, which was actually created to use in my personal blog, but later I have decided to share it online. There are total 18 social media icons including twitter, facebook, linkedin, orkut, myspace etc... and it comes in two sizes of transparent PNG 24-bit format. The photoshop source file (PSD) is also included, so that you can modify and create different versions if required. And they are all free, ...

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Cool Sprites – Free overlapped CSS menu using CSS Sprites

Cool Sprites – Free overlapped CSS menu using CSS Sprites

It is said that 70 to 80 percentage of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. A major portion of this time is exhausted on downloading all the external components in a web page including, stylesheet, images, scripts, flash etc. An extra HTTP request adds 200+ milliseconds to a page (worldwide average). Since most of today’s browsers limit about 3 or 4 parallel requests at a time, a page with so many external references can cause the ...

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RGBa vs Opacity: The Difference Explained

RGBa vs Opacity: The Difference Explained

To be able to effectively handle the alpha transparency or opacity of a particular element purely using CSS/HTML was the dream of any web designer. Because, with alpha transparency or opacity they can make visually more beautiful and easily maintainable websites with less effort. Now with CSS3 we can achieve these using properties such as RGBa and Opacity. What is RGBa? In addition to RGB (Red Blue Green) CSS3 has introduced a new feature to color setting, which is called RGBA. ...

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Cool Sprites – Free overlapped CSS menu using CSS Sprites

By: Deepu Balan on 01/18/10 10:48 AM 90 Comments »
free overlapped pure css menu using css sprites It is said that 70 to 80 percentage of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. A major portion of this time is exhausted on downloading all the external components in a web page including, stylesheet, images, scripts, flash etc. An extra HTTP request adds 200+ milliseconds to a page (worldwide average). Since most of today’s browsers limit about 3 or 4 parallel requests at a time, a page with so many external references can cause the requests to get queued up. This may eventually cause the page loading time to increase. In short, the fewer files the [...] Continue Reading...

Colourful Swirls : Collection of 25+ stunningly beautiful wallpapers

By: Deepu Balan on 01/11/10 12:20 AM 29 Comments »
colorful-swirl-wallpaper For me it’s always been a mind-refreshing and relaxing experience to browse through some of those colourful and beautiful wallpapers available online. Because, simply looking at these beautiful wallpapers alone can at times prove more inspiring and relaxing than reading a nice motivating article. Here is a collection of more than 25 stunningly beautiful and colorful wallpapers, created by some of the most creative and talented designers around the globe. Most of these images are very high quality vector based images which are best suited for creating designs for print media such as brochure printing, postcard printing, car magnet printing [...] Continue Reading...

POV-Ray : The Power of Ray Tracing

By: Deepu Balan on 01/3/10 1:14 AM 14 Comments »
Pebbles - by Jonathan Hunt (2008) Have a look at the below photograph of a busy city, Just click on it and open the larger version and see the details. Would you believe me if I tell you that it’s an artificial graphic created with the help of a computer program, by applying millions and even billions of complex mathematical calculations? Believe me it’s pure mathematics which rules over creativity and in-born talents like ability to paint, draw or sculpt. This wonderful mathematical model is called Ray-Tracing. [ad#ad-3] What is Ray-Tracing? Ray-tracing is a method of creating visual art in which a description of an object [...] Continue Reading...

My New Year Resolutions for 2010

By: Deepu Balan on 12/30/09 11:05 PM 6 Comments »
Hi there! Another year has come and gone, and 2009 was a great year for me personally. There were plenty of good things that happened in my life during this period, but not such a great year professionally though.  Since we’re getting to that time of year again when everyone starts to think about their New Year plans, I’ve come up with a few ideas for my New Year’s Resolutions. In 2010, I will… Make my portfolio page ready. Read at least 2 articles or blog-posts related to web/graphic design each day. Do more research on typography techniques, learn all [...] Continue Reading...

What is Data URI scheme?

By: Deepu Balan on 12/20/09 10:05 PM 12 Comments »
Have you ever felt the need for holding an embedded image inside an HTML file, without referring to an external image file? Personally I felt like so many occasions, where the need for a completely self contained HTML page, with all its supporting images embedded within that page itself. This may seem pointless in normal situations, but it can prove very useful when we want to make a standalone page, that we can pass on to other people. We give them just one HTML file. They do not even need to unpack anything, they can simply open the file in [...] Continue Reading...

Free High-Resolution Social-Media Iconset – PriceTag Style

By: Deepu Balan on 12/14/09 3:15 PM 52 Comments »
free high resolution social media icon set price tag style I am really happy to present my first FREE icon set here, which was actually created to use in my personal blog, but later I have decided to share it online. There are total 18 social media icons including twitter, facebook, linkedin, orkut, myspace etc… and it comes in two sizes of transparent PNG 24-bit format. The photoshop source file (PSD) is also included, so that you can modify and create different versions if required. And they are all free, of course [ad#ad-1] Continue Reading...