All the links you could possibly need

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Three Link Directory.

The Internet carries an extensive range of information, resources and services like email, video, music, the web, file sharing and social networks to name a few. And there is nothing like surfing the web and finding links to great websites. But there are billions of sites and nobody has the time to look at all the websites that is no good. Web directories has solved that problem by collecting and categorizing the good sites.

Most of the directories are general directories that lists all kinds of sites, but some are niche directories and focus on regions, languages, or other specialist sectors. Two popular types of niche directories is business directories and shopping directories. Business directories lists business websites and shopping directories specialize in listing retail websites.

But there are several great website directories that has collected and sorted tens of thousands of good sites in subjects and categories, one of them is Three Link Directory.

Three Link Directory is human edited by an experienced team of editors that manually checks, sort and approves quality websites. This means you don’t have to spend hours of searching for great websites.

It is easy browsing the categories to find your favorite type of website. The main categories are arts, business, computers and web, games, health, home, kids and teens, news, real estate, recreation, reference, regional, science, shopping, society, sports, travel and world.

But these are just the main categories, there are actually several thousands of subcategories and even more subcategories in this website directory.

So if you are very interested in a specific subject, like arts, you can just click on the arts category and you can choose from over 50 subcategories, that also has subcategories. This means you can find just about any art related site no matter what kind of art genre you are looking for.

Here is just a sample of some of the art subcategories: animation, architecture, art history, awards, bodyart, book shopping, chats and forums, classical studies, comics, costumes, crafts and so on. It is almost endless. And obviously you can search the directory for any keywords you like for easy navigation.

But the best part is that all the link listings are handpicked, quality websites.

And after all, that is what makes the Internet so popular, you can find useful information on just about any subject you can possible think of without using hours searching.

Top 5 free easter fonts

easter-eggsMany churches hold special services on Easter Sunday, which celebrate the Jesus Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion. Many people also decorate eggs. These can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but may also be model eggs made of plastic, chocolate, candy or other materials. It is also common to organize Easter egg hunts.

But how about some decorative free fonts for easter? Maybe you are having a easter party for the kids, you need an easter invitation, your easter scrapbook or some other use for nice looking easter fonts?

You can download free easter fonts on FontDaddy.com.

Here is our top 5 picks for free easter fonts:

BillyBear EasterFont

KR Easter Rabbit

Easter Art

KR Easter Baskets

KR Easter Bunnies

There are many more free fonts on FontDaddy.com. Happy Easter!

5 great free script fonts

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Free script fonts.

Script typefaces are based upon the varied and often fluid stroke created by handwriting, pretty much like the cursive fonts just typically more elegant.

As the designs of script fonts are based on the fluidity of real handwriting, they can add a personal touch to almost any design, especially one that involves typography. Therefore, script fonts are truly handy tools when designing things like postcards, flyers, and wedding invitation cards.

Here are 5 great free script fonts you can download online on FontDaddy.com:

!PaulMaul

Wolf in the City

akaDora

Annabel Script

Hawaii Lover

You can find more free script fonts here.

A Few Smart Graphic Design Tips

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Use colors!

Images speak louder than words ever can! So, whether you are creating graphics for social media, web or print media, you need to smartly arrange all the elements in order to create a visually appealing design. Eye catching designs will help you drive more and more customers to your website and help your business grow.

Here are a few graphics design tips to follow:

Limit Fonts Usage

The idea here is select your fonts smartly and do not change them frequently. Select 2 -3 fonts if necessary to create an appealing visual effect. But make sure that you don’t change fonts very frequently on a single page. It is difficult to scan multiple fonts and keep reading. It’s just annoying!

Space out the elements

Give your graphics some space to breathe! Do not clutter all the graphics in one place. Or do not include too many graphical elements just stuck to each other! Make sure that you space out the graphics and text on your website and create a great visual effect for your site.

Colors!

Colors play a very important role in graphic designs. Each color we see creates a different psychological impact on our minds. Colors have the power to change your mood and buying decisions of your customers too. So select the colors for your graphics prudently. For example blue color depicts authority and purple color royalty. Similarly, each color has something to say.

Clean and Crisp Design!

A crisp design is one that conveys clearly the message behind it. The design in itself as mentioned earlier should not be cluttered and all the elements should be appropriately spaced. Also use good contrast so that the text and images are easily visible and do not merge.

Keep it simple

The basic idea of graphic design is to keep it simple. Make sure that your message is conveyed in the simplest possible way. Remember that sometimes simple is glamorous! Ensure that the image and the text is sharp and crisp so that users can read without extra effort.

Research

The fundamental behind a good graphic design is the research that goes behind it. Do not blindly start without understanding the purpose of the design. Gather all the necessary information and all the necessary materials and then begin your design.

Contrast

Maintain a contrast between overlapping elements or the message will be lost! Contrast if used artistically, makes your graphics look awesome! Ensure that you maintain appropriate contrast between the various elements of your design.

Well, graphics design is not just about putting images together, it is about creating magic with images. The moment your customer sets eyes upon the image, they should be urged to buy! This is possible if only if the graphics are designed with all the basic principles in mind.

You can completely change the perspective of your customers about your business with the right kind of graphics designed carefully and used at the right places on your website. It could take your business to the next level.

Multidimensionusa.com is an US based Creative Graphics Design Agency which specializing in creating graphics that will help you sell and market your products in the right way. Here shares a few tips for creating excellent graphics.

Designing Your Own Hoodie? Here Are 4 Great Design Tips You Need

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Design a hoodie.

If you are looking to design your own hoodie, whether for a sports team or just for a social occasion, there are many custom clothing providers on the market today all offering easy-to-use and affordable services. In fact, it has never been easier to design your own clothing online, exactly to your tastes and specifications.

With that said, it can actually be quite difficult to go about the design process, no matter how simple and intuitive the online design tools are. This is because designing takes a lot more than a few vague ideas in your head order to come up with something that looks fantastic in real life; here are four useful design tips if you find yourself stuck when you design your own hoodie.

First of all, remember that the key component to any custom clothing item is colour – this single factor can make a huge difference to whether people will want to wear it or not, and how it will reflect the spirit of your team, company or the group that will be wearing it.

To choose the right colour, you will need to consider whether you will have to include any team colours or company colours, or if you are trying to reflect the spirit of a special occasion such as a hen party or a birthday party. Thinking carefully about this will help you come up with a few viable ideas to try out.

The second tip is to take your time coming up with a few concepts for the design. A valuable piece of advice here is to come up with a few ideas – even ones that initially you may decide that you are not too keen on.

Designing several options – even if you have one particular one in mind – will help get creative ideas flowing, and then you will be able to look over all of your designs and find the good and bad points about each one. Comparing several designs at once will help you pare down your ideas and refine that one design that you had your heart set on – or even choose something different altogether.

The next tip is to not be afraid of going elsewhere to find inspiration for your designs. This does not mean copying the designs of others, but simply means that you are a lot more likely to be inspired if you take your time to discover creations by professional designers first.

This can provide you with useful fuel regarding colours, styles, logos, patterns and much more. Whilst looking through catalogues or online portfolios of clothing items, make notes of what you like or do not like, and save images as examples of these. You can then show these to your custom clothing company to show them what you have in mind.

Our fourth tip to bear in mind when you design your own hoodie is to remember that complicated is not always the best route to go down if you are embarking on an endeavour for the first time. Although some complex designs can look really stunning, you should be aware that you may not yet have the skills to create such a design.

Furthermore, your custom clothing company may not have the equipment to produce such a design for you within your budget. Instead, focus on simplifying your design and making it striking. You can often take style elements from more complicated designs and turn them into something more simple and very striking indeed.

These are just a few handy tips to bear in mind when creating a custom hoodie design. Do not be afraid to seek inspiration for your designs elsewhere, and take your time to create a few different concepts to select your final design from. Think carefully about colour too, and finally remember that simple designs are often the best – so no need to complicate things to make a good impression.

Team Colours specialises in creating fully bespoke sportswear, offering great customisation options across all products so teams can get exactly what they require in the colours that suit. Our strengths include the flexibility of our design and manufacturing capability, and we are always keen to introduce new ideas and designs, giving teams a unique and distinctive look. Our range now extends to a wide selection of popular and niche sports, as well as sports leisurewear items such as custom tracksuits, polo shirts, hoodies and bags. We also stock various clothing ranges including school wear and workwear items. We aim to provide a uniquely friendly, one-to-one service to ensure we meet our customers’ requirements exactly, at a very realistic price. Find out more at: http://www.team-colours.co.uk.

Deals on Apple hardware and software

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Find deals on Apple stuff.

Because Apple’s hardware and gadets is so rarely on sale anywhere, bargain hunters know that deals on Apple hardware, software, gadgets and accessories presents rare opportunities to snag some significant discounts on a desired item.

While Black Friday often gets the most promotion, great Apple deals aren’t over. Some of the best deals on Apple computers, software or gadgets like iPhones or iPads are available online if you know where to look.

AppleShopaholic.com is an Amazon affiliate and has all the latest Apple products, the website even lets you compare prices and find customer reviews.

The AppleShopaholic.com site makes it very easy to get the best deals on iMacs, MacBooks, Apple Watches, Apple TV’s, iPads, iPhones, iPods, accessories and the latest Apple software.

5 great free valentine fonts

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Be My Valentine free font.

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? To make the day perfect you will probably need some great looking fonts to use for a card, an invitation or some decorations.

So what is better than free font?

Here is a collection of 5 great Valentine’s Day fonts you can download for free on the FontDaddy.com website:

Be My Valentine

A classic and really versatile font mad of small hearts.

KR Valentine Hearts

Another classic font made of heart shaped gift boxes.

AOS Valentine

A dingbat font (symbols), actually our most downloaded valentine font.

KR Valentine Dings 2002

Another dingbat font, this one is full of cute symbols and decorations.

Graphic Design Contest: – A Channel for Creativity

Contests are held for graphic design of any kind these days; t shirts, slogan and logo design, graphic poster design, website design or any other kind of graphic design. There is a great chance to express creativity, make money and friends and hang out with likeminded people as well.

A Graphics Design Contest may be in respect of any kind of graphic design; such as slogan and logo design, graphic poster design, website design, or just about anything. What is more, anyone not even trained in graphic design can send their entry and participate in all these online competitions.

How would you like to design a t shirt for instance? How would you like to wear a tee shirt that has been designed by you? Well this is a trend that is getting more and more popular on the internet these days. It works like this: tee shirt design contests are held by a lot of sites, where anyone can enter and participate by giving their own entry or tshirt design. These graphic design contests are a great way to express creativity. It gives people a chance to express their creativity, sense of humor, or even their existential angst! There are many sites that hold such contests. Inkfruit.com is an interesting one with attractive cash prizes for winners and fame in the form of their name being printed on the label. Contests2Win.com is another one that holds design and photography contests regularly.

Many of the sites that conduct graphic design contests have some very substantial prizes in cash or sometimes in kind which are up for grabs for the winning entry which are a great incentive. Another interesting thing about design contests is that you can visit the site and check out the forums that are often set up for likeminded people to hang out and exchange thoughts, ideas, news, banter or just chat and make friends.

Design forums or t shirt forums are places where you can view and post questions, communicate publicly or privately with members or moderators of the community etc. You can also set up or respond to or participate in polls. You can also sell and buy items of interest or from the classifieds that are set up on the forums. As a member of the forum you can take part in all the contests and giveaways and access many other special features. This is a great way to become part of a community where you can learn, share tips and experiences and get help from likeminded people as well as network for your own benefit.

Forums are a great networking tool and a way to keep abreast of what is going on in terms of new contests, announcements as to winner and prizes etc. Seeing other peoples’ designs, especially the winning entries can be inspiring and give you ideas for creating your own graphic design.

The great thing about these forums is that you can learn a lot and take the benefit of other people’s experiences. Marketing, business and finance are other matters which can be discussed which can be very beneficial. So don’t hide away your creativity, express it! And don’t think that you cannot do itFind Article, you can! Original ideas always get a lot of appreciation and perhaps it may be you that gets the appreciation as well as the prize money next time!

There is an ongoing tshirt contest held at InkFruit.com. Send in your tee shirt design and become famous! You can also buy great graphic tees at InkFruit.

The very basics of design

Design is a very subjective thing, therefore, if you ask me how to come up with a first class design for your marketing collateral or publishing mediums, it would be very unfair for me or anyone else to tell you what is a good design and what is a bad design…….

But there are certain elements and principles that we should look for in a design to determine whether the design and layout of the material will be able to carry the message across effectively to the readers and your potential market. The main aim of every design material related to advertising or promotion is either to sell something, promote something or brand a company.

Keep the design and layout simple and clean

The more cluttered or messy the layout and design is for your marketing collateral, the harder it would be for your customers to find the important stuff. So, don’t overcrowd the design of your marketing materials. First and foremost, it should be kept clean and very simple. Yes, we all want to fit as much information as we can into the design but hey, keep the purpose of the design of the marketing stuff in mind. You want to design a novel or design something that sells.

Design Colors

If you have a set of corporate colors (like the colors that you use on your logo, letterhead, envelopes…etc), keep to the same colors in your design. You should present a very simplistic, unique, corporate, professional, consistent image, not a haphazard one. How can anyone rely on you when you have that kind of image, right? It’s best that you not use too many colors for your design. And another important point about designing marketing materials is this; avoid using all the colors of the rainbow in one design! You’re not trying to confuse your customers, you’re trying to make it easy for them to find information, attract them and urge them to buy something from you! I would say using 2 or 3 main colors from your corporate color for the design is good enough.

Fonts

There are tons of free fonts (quite incredibly attractive ones at that) that you can find off the Internet for the design of your marketing stuff – but the sad news is that it’s not always possible to use all of them. Keep to one single font for the content in your design, and if you wish to, you can use a different (a bolder and louder font) for the headings and titles in your design.

Images in your design

Unlike web publishing, using images in the design of your brochures, flyers, menus, company profiles is always a good idea. Enticing your customers with useful pictures or diagrams that illustrates your point or including pictures of your products in the design of your marketing stuff is encouraged. Be careful and weary of using stock photos from the web for your marketing material. One, the resolution of such images (those that you can get off the Internet) is never good enough for printing purposes. Two, you’ll get in trouble with the people who actually owns the rights to those images. So, if possible, if you want to use pictures or illustrative images in your designFind Article, it’s best to either get the pictures for the design yourself (with your digital camera) or you should just purchase it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marsha Maung is a freelance graphic designer and copy writer who works from home. She designs apparel and premium items at http://www.creativejooz.com and is the author of “Raising little magicians”, and the popular “The Lance in freelancing”. More information can be found at http://www.marshamaung.com