Kim Maida

Resources and Downloads for the discerning Web Designer

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Gradient Strokes in Illustrator


As of CS5, Adobe Illustrator still does not have the inherent ability to apply gradients to strokes. Hopefully a future version of Illustrator will introduce this functionality. However, there are various ways to finagle the software into imitating this capability (which is a commonly-used feature of Adobe Photoshop). Here is a fairly easy way to simulate gradient strokes in Illustrator. more



Adobe Fireworks for web design


Adobe Photoshop still holds its place as the primary tool of most web designers these days, but there is another contender on the market that– I daresay– does the job better.

Have you ever found yourself coming up with Photoshop tricks or shortcuts to achieve fairly simple ends (resizing boxes with rounded corners, for example)? Ever used layer comps to simulate pages functionality? Used smart objects to simulate instances? Used the marquee tool and the Info panel to make sprites? Had to pass files between Photoshop and Illustrator to get those vector elements just the way you want them? Moved between several softwares for the wireframing, prototyping, and mockup phases? more



Photoshop Styles 01


This is a set of Photoshop styles intended for web interface use. It contains input field styles, letterpress effects, and a small selection of matte, glossy, and satin buttons. Some styles are colored and others utilize blending options to achieve a consistent look on any background. more



Togglers (3) .psd File


This .psd file contains three variations of toggle switches inspired by design found on miscellaneous devices around my home. All switches have on and off states and are grouped on fully editable layers. The switches are handy for application UIs or a custom twist on web forms. more

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