Freeware Software for Web Designers

Image editing

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. It has many capabilities and can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. GIMP is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

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Free File Storage, Backup and Sharing Services

The following online file storage services allow to save, browse and share files, photos, and documents from any computer or mobile device.

Send Files by Email

Driveway enables to upload multiple files, upto a maximum limit of 500 MB per file. free account provides 2 GB storage. Users can manage and share file folders with ease, track file downloads.

FileFactory lets you host files up to 300MB for free. You don’t have to register and there is nothing to download. Your files can be downloaded an unlimited number of times.

MailBigFile requires no registration. You can send up to a 100MB file to one recipient.

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Free Photoshop Plugins

Photo Enhancement

Red Paw Media:

red paw bleachbypass

BleachBypass is a Photoshop-compatible plug-in designed to digitally simulate the traditional “bleach bypass” technique, producing pleasing film-like results. The bleach bypass, or “bleach skip” technique involves the partial or complete skipping of the bleaching stage during the processing of a colour film. This prevents the silver from being removed from the negative, and the result is a contrasty image with muted colours. The technique is often used extensively in motion pictures, such as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Three Kings”.

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Free CSS Menus and Techniques

Exploding Boy offers free CSS navigation menus that are created using the Sliding Doors technique. You may download the entire set and use any way you see fit. You may want to clean up the stylesheet, or alter the menu graphics to suit your needs. All the menus can be used for commercial or private use.

explodingboy

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AJAX, DHTML and JavaScript Libraries

Today JavaScript is widely used by web developers. There are a lot of libraries to add special effects, simple way to implement Ajax, complex components, forms, tabs or everything else. Here’s a collection of Ajax, Javascript and DHTML Libraries.

prototype

Prototype is a JavaScript Framework that aims to ease development of dynamic web applications. Featuring a unique, easy-to-use toolkit for class-driven development and the nicest Ajax library around, Prototype is quickly becoming the codebase of choice for web application developers everywhere.

AHAH is a very simple technique for dynamically updating web pages using JavaScript . It involves using XMLHTTPRequest  to retrieve (X)HTML  fragments which are then inserted directly into the web page, whence they can be styled using CSS. it is a subset with some very specific and useful properties, such as the lack of custom XML schemas. AHAH can trivially reuse existing HTML pages, avoiding the need for a custom web service. All data transport is done via browser-friendly HTML, easing debugging and testing. The HTML is designed to be directly embedded in the page’s DOM, eliminating the need for parsing.

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