Design

Stock up on over $1K of digital design goodies

Digital commerce startup, StackSocial, has recently launched their Mega Design Bundle 2.0, packed full of design element goodies. Built for designers of all levels, the bundle has over $1K worth of art resources for the low price of only $50.

Pros will appreciate being able to expand their collection of stock vectors and icons at a discount. Enthusiasts can give their digital media a cleaner and more professional look. Newcomers can step up their game with... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Mac , Windows software , Photoshop , design

CorelDraw X6 knows how to handle colors

With a focus on both the occasional graphics user and the professional, CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6 (download) hits the market toting a wealth of tools that make manipulating graphics much simpler than before. Hobbyists can check it out to make newsletters, calendars, or banners, while business users can use it to make simple marketing collateral or sales presentations. And of course, designers can use it design things as well.

The new version of the Suite, X6, comes with native... Read More »

Tags: Windows software , image , design

Firefox to talk pretty to tablets, one day

While the desktop version of Firefox seems to have settled into an interface design, going largely unchanged since version 4 debuted in March, Firefox for Android (download) apparently has some alterations coming its way as part of a heightened focus on mobile development. A blog post by Ian Barlow, a visual designer for Firefox Mobile's User Experience team, revealed three coming changes for Firefox on tablets. The upshot of these changes is that the browser will feel... Read More »

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Windows software , design

Firefox could get even more Chrome style

Early design concepts for Mozilla Firefox indicate that the browser continues to bend toward the light emanating from Google Chrome. Designs released for the interface-focused branch of the nightly version of Firefox reveal a look that brings the browser even closer to looking like its Google competitor, although it definitely has its own approach.

The most notable changes come to the search bar, tabs, and add-ons. The search-specific search box, long a staple of Firefox, finally has been removed. Most... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla , Windows software , design

First Look video: Art Text

This low-cost graphics app makes creating Web buttons, banners, and stylized text easy. With tons of premade templates and samples to get you started, Art Text lets you spend your time fine-tuning your work instead of starting from scratch. When you're done, you can export your work in several formats, letting you put the final touches on your design in your favorite graphics or image-editing program.

Still not convinced? Then check out this First Look video of Art Text for Mac... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: First Look , video , design

Featured Freeware: DAZ Studio

From the makers of the popular scene-rendering program Bryce comes DAZ Studio, a powerful 3D-modeling and CAD program for Windows and Mac that looks great but is a resource hog and can be sluggish for the average user.

The publisher recommends having at least 256MB of RAM, but that's wishful thinking. The program runs choppily on anything less than 1GB, although some of the more complex rendering was processed more slowly than others. It also requires an OpenGL-compatible graphics... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Windows software , design

Featured Freeware: Lego Digital Designer

Lego Digital Designer for Windows and Mac gives users the chance to play with Legos without paying for Legos. Loaded with features, the drawbacks are minor and this program is a lot of fun to use. The program links to the Lego online store, but there's more going on here than corporate shilling.

The graphics-intensive program seamlessly zooms in and out, rotates your point-of-view 360 degrees, connects bricks to each other, rotates them, and moves any hinges they might have so... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , design

Google SketchUp makes modeling easier

Long before I got into the business of writing about tech and Mac stuff, I worked with 3D graphics on Macs for my father's visual analysis firm. We were hired to create 3D models of architectural projects and superimpose them on photographs of a proposed site to study how a project would look before it was built and how it would affect its surroundings.

Some of our clients wanted to make the project look nice for city officials so it would... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Google , Windows software , 3D , Google Earth , design

Test-build your Lego masterpiece digitally

Do-it-yourself magazines like MAKE and basement-brewed steampunk anachronisms might be at the forefront of home engineering projects, but 50-year-old Lego is still the name builders know best. Now you can play with them on your computer in the official freeware program Lego Digital Designer, available for both Windows and Mac.

Aimed at users who just want to play around and those looking for a bit of planning before diving into intricate projects, the program gives you the chance to build whatever you... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , Windows software , design

Make your own Valentine's Day cards

If you think you've got it tough on Valentine's Day, consider your poor, humble Download.com editor. My wife's birthday is on Valentine's Day! Luckily, we've been together long enough that I don't have to impress her with dozens of roses, buckets of chocolates, and the rest of the conventional commercial holiday paraphernalia. However, a homemade card is always a great way to demonstrate my love.

Creating your own Valentine's Day cards with commercial design software like Adobe Photoshop or CorelDRAW will... Read More »

Tags: freeware , Windows software , design , Paint.NET