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Design news of the week – Oct 29: CSS generators, pixel perfect buttons, AI/HTML sketching…

Each week we release a great array featuring the best web design news that were released during the previous days. We are currently browsing across the web to find the latest and most relevant web design articles to bring you a delightful roundup to find out what’s going on in the web design world. This week we included a couple of programming tools, a useful complement to draw over any website and more.


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MarkUp: Draw on any webpage and share your ideas


MarkUp is an online tool that you can use to draw over any webpage and share your opinions with your pals, the application works directly in your browser, so there’s nothing to download and install; just drag the Get MarkUp icon into your bookmarks bar and you’re done.


Anytime you want to make notes on a webpage, simply click over your bookmarklet to  load the MarkUp toolbar, then publish your drawings once you’re ready to share your thoughts.

ShareSidebar: Easily integrate social icons within your website

When you’re starting to develop your website, either if it is a blog, an e-commerce page or just anything related with web design and social networks, you will probably want to place some major social icons within your site, and that’s why ShareSidebar has arrived.


The site offer you the possibility to get the code that will let you insert the social icons of your choice inside your page. You can define where to place the sidebar (left or right side) and which icons to use (Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Digg, Google Buzz, StumbleUpon, Reddit or Yahoo Buzz).

This is definitely a great way to implement social icons on your site in a very easy way.

Ai to Canvas: Export Illustrator’s artworks inside an HTML5 canvas

The Ai->Canvas plug-in enables Adobe® Illustrator® to export vector and bitmap artwork directly to an HTML5 canvas element that can be rendered in a canvas-enabled browser. The plug-in provides drawing, animation and coding options such as events so that you can build interactive, well-designed canvas-based web apps.


To install Ai->Canvas, you only need to download either the Windows or OS X version, then extract the Ai2Canvas.aip file to your Illustrator’s plug-ins folder. Be sure to reboot your Illustrator if you have it running. Ai->Canvas automatically helps you rasterize your artworks to a bitmap and properly position the image over canvas.

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

This is definitely one of the nicest gradient editors from ColorZilla. Ultimate CSS gradient generator works similarly to the Photoshop’s gradient system, making it a very important tools to be considered when making web designs and interfaces.


Since HTML5, you are able to specify gradients using pure CSS3, without having to make any images and use them as repeating backgrounds for gradient effects. To use this ColorZilla complement you will need a recent version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari. The resulting CSS gradients are cross-browser, they will work in these browsers and will also fall back to a simpler gradient in Internet Explorer.

PHP Image Editor

Do you want to edit images directly on your CMS?, well this tool will definitely help you out with that requirement. The editor works also as a Joomla 1.5 plugin. You can simply insert the image into the editor and start editing and besides that, it’s very easy to incorporate it into your CMS and install it as a Joomla plugin.


PHP editor offers support for PNG, GIF and JPEG images. Image effects such as grayscale and contrast, it’s also an open code, make your own code modifications. Work with image rotating, cropping and resizing. The editor requirements are PHP 5 or higher, PHP with GD 2.0.28 or higher installed. (PHP must be compiled with the bundled version of the GD library or else image rotating and effects won’t work) and finally a browser with JavaScript.

50 Examples of Pixel Perfect Button Design

Making buttons is not as simple as trace a rectangle, fill it with a gradient, add it some shadows and write a text on top of it. True button design experts always look for the perfect pixel designs, crispy elements that not only work as interface objects but turns into truly pixel art pieces. This showcase features some of the nicest button design ideas for inspiration.


CSS3 button generator


Astounding online application for developers. This tool provides you the necessary components to generate a fancy button with pure CSS3, you can adjust different things, including the background, border width, text font and even play with shadows. At the end you can save your button and share it with your friends.

That’s it for this week’s roundup, the most relevant web design articles of the past days, look for our next countdown and in the meantime have fun reading all our other articles, only at Webdesignshock.

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