I've recently began reading up on more Photoshop tutorials and getting serious on gaining some real proficiency with these tools. It's interesting to read an article on some effect I always wondering about and Sitepoint has some of those right here.
My main concern is trendwhoring. I know what the term means and implies and I fear that I'm doing just that. I've never swiped a design from anyone but I do use some tricks that I've seen somewhere else, like some scanline discretely placed here and there, some grids, a few 45 degree angles, that sort of thing. But I keep away from obvious fluff like those arrows and tiny text. All my layouts are my own though and I try to move away from estalished layouts even as I get genre inspiration from other designers.
I've seen trendwhoring from the extreme (completel ripoffs of sites ) to just a few similar tricks here and there like what I do. So what am I then?