“Wow, that’s amazing!” and “How to achieve it?” – this is the most usual first reaction of people who see the cool background effects on websites. Interactive sites with movable background images look really stunning, and draw much more viewers than the usual ones. Most of such sites use Parallax scrolling technique to achieve this effect. It makes the viewers’ journey around the site pleasant and exciting, observing how the background images move slower than the foreground ones. It’s not only visually intriguing, more important is that it makes the navigation really simple. In major cases when you scroll a parallax website, you can move on to another page actually staying on the main.

What other techniques are used for creating the background scroll effect? Just using a certain code you can make the background move. It is widely used in creating video games. In this compilation you’ll find the examples of Background Scroll Effect Tutorials for both of the mentioned above cases of usage. Video tutorials will show you the process of creation of these effects in detail.

We hope that this post will give you enough examples of implementing such a cool effect in your works. Show the world how it should move, and please the visitors of your site with its visual attractiveness and simple navigation.

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A Simple Parallax Scrolling Technique

 

Background Scroll Effect Tutorials

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jQuery Randomised Background Scrolling Effect Tutorial

 

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Changing userpics, covers, backgrounds on our social media profiles, we want to show our mood to the world. Choosing the right image, we try to find something special, that will help us stay apart of others and not to become copycats of somebody’s idea. “That’s how I feel today” – it is the message all these images send to the viewers. You can write whatever you want on your walls, but the visual message of the profile can has much greater impact. If you’re searching for more and more cool images for decorating your social profile on Twitter, here is a nice compilation of various 40 Free Twitter Covers and Headers that are attractive enough to be used on your pages.

Abstract, nature, animals, people, cars, movies – that’s only a part of the topic list of presented here twitter covers and headers. Some images are linked to the pages where you can choose the right option you need: download the image, set it as a cover or background image. The other you can download only as headers just following the links. One thing is for sure – all of them are completely free, and you’re welcome to choose the one that corresponds to your mood today, and use in your profiles.

Meet each day with a great mood, and spread it with nice Twitter covers via your profile.

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New York City

 

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Running Jogging

 

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Snow Dog

 

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The Adobe Photoshop software is essential for anyone who is designing a website. It is the most popular and useful photo editing package available on the market today. This software is being used by amateurs and professionals alike. However, Photoshop will take a long time for someone to master. It is advisable for beginners to familiarize first with the basics such as creating a color splash effect on your images. This Photoshop Tutorial will provide you with the detailed steps on how to apply color splash effect on your photos.

What is a color splash effect?

It is one of the basic techniques in Adobe Photoshop that accentuates certain parts of your image by keeping the selected areas in full color while converting the rest of the photo in black and white.

Here are the steps on how to apply color splash on your images:

1. Select and open your image in Adobe Photoshop

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Say yes for attractive look of your design works! If you want your project be worth a million, put emphasis on its visual attractiveness. Want to find cool design elements that will bring it to your works? Then visit our category of vector illustrations for variety of nice images that will not disappoint you. Today you’re welcome to get Free Vector Illustration of the week that is a perfect fit for your nice designs. This illustration features 4 cartoon robots performing different actions: holding a TV set, singing, carrying slippers and playing football. Feel free to download it and decorate your works with its coolness.

You can download this image in two formats (.PNG, .AI) and the following resolutions: 485 x 653, 1011 x 1361, 2022 x 2722. As a vector image, this item keeps its high quality while being printed in different formats. Downloading is affordable and easy. It is possible after the registration at Templates.com. This registration is completely free.

Please note: This free vector illustration is free only for one week (starting from today). You can download the particular free illustration only during one week, the next week it will be changed for another one.
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St. Patrick’s Day is coming, be ready to raise your cups!

Of course, Lá Fhéile Pádraig is not only about beer: the holiday stretches its roots from the ancient Éire. The legend tells Irish people began to honor the memory of St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland who christianized that land. He died on 17 March 461, so that date was chosen to commemorate this great figure in the history of Ireland.

Subsequently St. Patrick’s Day transformed into the feast of Irishmen and Irish culture (mostly thanks to American immigrants of Irish descendant). Nevertheless, this holiday has an outstanding peculiarity: being the national holiday the celebration has spread all over the world and become international. So, as one popular expression states: Everyone’s Irish on March 17th.

Beer and a festival parade are two essential attributes of St. Patrick’s Day. What country has the brightest and briskest carnivals? I think no one would deny it’s certainly Brazil. Regarding the beer I wouldn’t claim, which is the best, because it’s the matter of taste, but I like the Brazilian most. As the web researcher I was interested in how my favorite brands are presented on the web and was pleasantly impressed about the professional level of Brazilian beer websites. Below you can check the result of my analysis.

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Brahma

 

The design focuses on big resolution of illustration and related to them big fonts. The gigantism spreads all over the website, event the social media buttons are larger than the ones of traditional size. And I’m not saying about the Facebook widgets: they are everywhere, the header is basically consists of giant Facebook button imitating the Brahma bottle surface.

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Xingu

 

Xinge impresses with originality of its website front-end. It’s not overloaded with elements, so can be called kind of primitivist. From the other side the concept of depicting the Amazon jungles is really outstanding. Besides, the developers granted their web offspring with awesome animation while changing the web sections.

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Kaiser

 

The proper word to describe the Kaiser website – it’s modern. Seems like the designers are totally into internet trends and tendencies: fig fonts, fancy typefaces, videos in the slider, minimalist elements+background, attractive integration with social media. Also I wasn’t lazy to check the website from the smartphone – and, as I expected, the design is responsive.
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WordPress themes have become real “chart-toppers” recently. The audience wants them, and the developers are glad to reinvent the huge amount of existing ones. And we want to share with you a bunch of cool themes of this kind that are completely free. If you’ve decided to start a travel website, you’ve hit the right spot – this compilation of Free Travel WordPress Themes will assist you in choosing the best skin for it. All the templates listed here are freebies without the compromising on their quality and attractive layouts. Minimal, clean, grunge and others – these are the design styles you can choose from.

Within the themes you’ll find the following characteristics:

1-2-3 column layout
widgetized areas
large background images
attractive styles
flexible layouts
ability of changing layout and style, etc.

All of them are professionally coded and it means that regardless of your professional skills, you’re able to turn these themes into efficient sites. By clicking the images, you’ll see the themes in live action. Following the links above – move to the page where you can download them.

Ready to see them? Just do it!

NB: Of course, you know where to find more pre-made designs made by TemplateMonster. WordPress themes of premium quality with the emphasis on the visual impact and user-friendliness. Thought-out navigation and good search filters will help your customers find everything they need at your site. Their good execution means easy customization. You only need to choose the theme that fits your business.

P.S. After your brand new theme is installed on your website, why not think about getting some WordPress hosting from Rackspace?

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Adventure WordPress Theme

 

Free Travel WordPress Themes

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Round the World WordPress Theme

 

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The modern web design left the brightness and fussiness of Web 2.0 websites. Instead the tendency shows progress towards flat minimalism and clean simplicity. Of course not all the websites are in the trend. Some resources don’t have designers skillful enough for original developments; the others simply don’t want to shock the conservative part of the audience. As for the last point there is a certain class of websites, which don’t actually care about standards – toy websites.

One can think toy websites are mostly oriented on the kid audience. But I prefer to consider they are designed for parents that think these websites are for their children (maybe, they forget of who would pay for toys). This fact gives a great advantage for creativeness in web design: the interface and usability should be on highly professional level (adults need it), on the other hand developers are extremely exempt to embody any innovation concepts.

One more type includes websites offering toys for adults: geeks, collectors etc. This hobby is considered to be quite extraordinary, so these guys don’t mind the websites to looks extraordinary as well.
Below you can see few examples of attractive websites created with great UX.

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Lego

 
Toy Websites Creative UX Design
 
Lego impresses with graphical animations on the slider: these short clips featuring the Lego heroes are really cool and they change the whole style of the design. I wouldn’t say it’s much about creativity, so you see how important to have a team of good professionals. Above that, the website has well-structured content without anything unimportant.

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Cubeecraft

 
Toy Websites Creative UX Design
 
The design combines strong minimalism with some kind of volumetric cubism. In certain elements I can also descry the influence of 8-bit aesthetics. Besides, Cubeecraft carries connection with wide range of social media being granted with more more internet vitality.
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The choice of navigation determines the usability of your site. It’s the way the user interacts with the website, and it should be short and easy. When it comes to designing the layout of mobile version of the site, the question of navigation becomes of the key priority. With so little space, it’s hard enough to do everything correctly, but quite possible.

The main idea of a good navigation is to guide the users to the key areas of your mobile website in no time, and make this journey really interesting. The navigation type should be chosen according to the amount of content you have and the way it is presented.

When choosing the particular type of navigation the following points matter: the screen size, load speed, the size of buttons, the navigation options etc. If you act smartly, you can make your mobile site really user-friendly. It’s a challenging to do it, but let’s try. We want to share with you 15 separated categories of the most used types of mobile web navigation patterns. While browsing these bright examples with descriptions, you’ll find out what type of navigation you need for the mobile version of your website.

The Right-to-Left

Instead of various drop-downs and flyouts, this type of layout features following: you hit the button and the switching menu items goes from right to left or backwards. It looks as if the whole page moves from side to side.

Coosh

 

Priority+

The name “Priority+ pattern” speaks for itself. The essence of this layout is to hide less relevant (menu) items, and to reveal most important ones. All that remains is to press “More” button to see all items.

ESPN

 


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If you want to boast some visually attractive design, provide your work with the captivating concept, and add a good execution. Catchy graphic elements will never be superfluous. Want to get some created by the skillful illustrators? Then have a look at Free Vector Illustration of the week and feel free to download it following the link in this post. Nice image in bright colors sets up a sunny mood. It pictures a red mouth-watering apple and a vial of pills, reminding you about the importance of healthy way of life. This illustration can be a perfect suit for your projects that illuminate health-oriented topics and everything that deals with them.

You can choose among two formats (.PNG, .CDR) and the following resolutions of this illustration: 699 x 435, 1456 x 906, 2911 x 1813. As a vector image, this item keeps its high quality while being printed in different formats. Make your works always catchy with our professional stuff.

Please note: This free vector illustration is free only for one week (starting from today). You can download the particular free illustration only during one week, the next week it will be changed for another one.
! You can use this free vector illustration only for your personal or educational purposes. Do not use it for commercial purposes, it is forbidden.

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They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. And while there may be some truths in it, these realistic logos more often than not come with a sting in the tail. Humorous, highly polished and bitingly clever, this collection of realistic logos take some of the world’s most famous and successful brands and subtly subvert the message. And while they are fun and entertaining, pulling off this kind of visual gag takes a great deal of skill and artistry. Here’s some of the best we’ve seen online recently.

Going straight for the big guns, here’s a twist on one of the most famous and iconic brands the world’s ever seen. It’s a brave designer who faces takes on the Golden Arches, and this perfectly executed example of creative plagiarism is super-sharp and sadly right on the money.

And here we see a twist on what is generally considered to be one of the best visual brands of our generation. World Wildlife Fund or the World Wrestling Federation? Why can’t it be both, like the weird tag team we’ve got here?
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