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Free Download: Liquid Gauges for Crestron Smart Graphics

Crestron Smart Graphics Gauges

We just added a new freebie to the downloads area of NTDesignsOnline.com.  It’s a slick set of liquid gauges in 5 different colors.  These eyecatching elements will add flair and professionalism to any UI design project.  They are designed to be 9-slice scaleable.  The download includes a Photoshop file, the background and foreground images for each gauge in .png format, and a Crestron Studio archive file.  To add these gauges to a Crestron Smart Graphics Theme, simply open the archive and copy and paste the styles into your project.  We hope you like them, and encourage you to provide feedback if you have comments or suggestions.

You can download the gauges in a .zip file here.

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28 Media Provider Icons Added to “Avant” Set

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Our industry standard Avant icon set just got a significant upgrade — icons for 14 different media sources, each in two bold, eyecatching styles!

When we created these icons we were presented with a challenge; how do we stylize a simple logo so it will fit in with the rest of the Avant icon set?  What we came up with is two unique styles: a bold, badge style, and one we call “trophy style”.  Both look great alongside the rest of the Avant icons, and we hope you’ll be as pleased with them as we are!

The media sources included in the update are:

  • AirPlay
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple
  • Chromecast
  • Epix
  • Hulu
  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • Sirius XM
  • Slacker
  • Vimeo
  • Vudu
  • YouTube

If you already own the Avant set, drop us an email with the email address you used to make the original purchase, at support@ntdesignsonline.com and we’ll send you a link to download the update.  If you don’t already have this world-class icon set, it just became an even better value at $149, so stop by NTDesignsOnline.com and pick it up today!

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How to Make a Brushed Metal Knob in Photoshop

2015-03-17_16-02-55Creating the effect of a brushed metal surface in Photoshop can be done in many different ways, but the technique I’m going to illustrate in this tutorial is one of the most effective in my opinion.  Specifically, I’m referring to the technique used to create the texture or ridges in the surface of the metal.  This can be accomplished using radial blurs and several other techniques, but using a noise gradient, as I will illustrate in this tutorial, is the most effective technique I have come across.

I’ve provided the Photoshop file so you can refer to it for style details such as gradient start and stop points, etc.  Download it here. More…

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Free Glossy Black Orb Icon Set

Glossy Black Orb Icon Set

This set includes over 240 media icons in a glossy, black orb style.  These icons are free for use in personal and commercial projects, and are great for home automation and systems integration applications.  Feel free to share them and repost on your blog or social media pages.  We just ask that you credit NTDesigns and provide a back link if you do.  You can download the set from the link below.

Download free glossy orb icon set

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How To Use Text Effectively in User-Interface Design

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Text clearly plays an important role in touchscreen user-interface design. However, it quite often doesn’t receive the attention to detail that it deserves.  Many UI designers get consumed with the appearance of the buttons, sliders and other elements of their design, and they let the look of the text fall to the wayside.  One good look at any well thought out touchscreen user-interface, will reveal that just as much attention was paid to the text, as any other elements of the design.  Here I will share some of my own personal guidelines for dealing with text in touchscreen UI design.  Some of these are admittedly, based on personal opinion, but they have always served me well, and I hope you will also find them helpful. More…