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Creative Bookmarks: Best of April 2010

April was an amazing month with spring creativity oozing from everywhere. Here’s Creative Bookmarks April!

Photoshop Tutorials

Create a Retro Urban Gig Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, from PSDTuts+, you’ll learn how to create a poster for a dance party using a textured and retro look that has become so trendy.

How to Create an Incredible Typographic Illustration

In this two-part tutorial you’ll learn how to create a typographic illustration without using any photos. You’ll build this composition from scratch using Cinema 4D and Photoshop.
See Also: Part Two

Create a Sleek and Stylish MP3 Player in Photoshop

This tutorial shows you how to create a sleek and stylish MP3 interface using many of Photoshop’s tricks and effects that add depth and realism.

Create a Cosmic Sci-fi Poster Design in Photoshop

This tutorial, from WeGraphics, teaches you how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and Cinema4D to create a sci-fi inspired composition.

Clash of the Titans Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, from Abduzeedo, you’ll learn how to create a text effect inspired by the Clash of the Titans posters and artworks that will take you close to no time to accomplish.

Combine 3D Shapes and Vectors for a Dynamic Composition

This tutorial teaches you how to use brushes, custom shapes and stock imagery to create a dynamic and eye-pleasing piece of artwork.

Create a Vibrant Colorful Alcohol Product Ad in Photoshop

In this great tutorial from Creative Fan, you’ll learn how to create a vibrant and colorful ad that combines different types of stock photography for an excellent result.

Simple & Cloudy Portfolio Layout in Photoshop

This tutorial teaches you how to use Photoshop’s various tools to create a practical and effective portfolio layout with a cloud-type theme.

Create an iPhone App Website in Photoshop

In this tutorial, from Devise Function, you’ll learn how to creat a simple yet practical app website in Photoshop. Plus: The complete Photoshop file is free for download.

Add Brilliant Light Effects to Your Work with Photoshop

In this tutorial, from Design Instruct, you’ll learn how to use simple techniques and brushes in Photoshop to create an amazing composition.

Creating Retro Folded Typography Using Photoshop

Using real strips of paper as a model, this tutorial, teaches you how to create a retro-looking piece of type that uses Photoshop’s tools and techniques excellently.

How to Design a Speedometer Icon in Photoshop

In this excellent tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an extremely detailed speedometer icon in which you’ll learn many tricks and techniques essential to icon design.
See Also: Part Two

Illustrator Tutorials

How To Create Outstanding Modern Infographics

An outstanding, from VectorTuts+, proving that data can be beautiful. You’ll learn how to use graph tools and other techniques that will definitely come in handy.

Create a Grimy Text Treatment with a Pen Tablet

In this tutorial, on Vectips, you’ll learn how to get grimy and create a text treatment using Illustrator’s Blob brush, Live Paint, and a pen tablet.


Create a Simple Storefront Icon

This tutorial teaches you some simple techniques, such as basic shapes, effects and gradients to create a great looking store icon.

Vector Plasma Television

In this great tutorial, from Vector Diary, you’ll learn how to use basic shapes and gradients to create a realistic television.

Create a Typographical Logomark

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to go through the process of creating a typographical logo from scratch.

How To Design a Sweet Linework & Typography Combo

This great tutorial from VectorTuts+, inspired by the guys at Mulheres Barbadas, combines the use of Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop to create this brilliant illustration & type combo.

Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish

This an excellent three-part tutorial that walk you through the process of designing a typeface from inspiration to completion.
See Also: Part Two | Part Three

How to Create a Baroque Pattern in Illustrator

Starting from a sketch, this tutorial teaches you how to create a stylish pattern with Illustrator in only ten easy steps.

Retro 3D Arcade Text Effect in Illustrator

Illustrator’s 3D capabilities are amazing. This tutorial tutorial teaches you how to use them the right way to create a retro, arcade-looking, typographic effect.

Web Tutorials

Build a Simple Image Slideshow with jQuery Cycle

Image slideshows can be a very useful technique to display multiple photos and maximizing space. This great tutorial, walks you through creating one of these using jQuery.

Coding Up a Web Design Concept into HTML & CSS

This tutorial on Line25, teaches you how to create a website from a Photoshop design into a coded website in HTML and CSS3.
See Also: How To Build Your Own WordPress Theme

The Intricacy of Simplicity: CSS3

This great screencast and written tutorial combo explains how to create great looking effects with CSS3 instead of using images, therefore, allowing for much more flexibility.

Using Twitter’s @Anywhere Service in 6 Steps

Twitter recently released @anywhere, which allows you to easily integrate Twitter’s capabilities into your personal site. This great tutorial from NETTuts+ shows you how.

15 Useful HTML5 Tutorials and Cheat Sheets

HTML5 is a new technology that is changing and will continue to change web design. This is a great round-up of tutorials, from Web Design Ledger, that will help you embrace this new technology.

Grid-Based Web Design, Simplified

This is an excellent article/tutorial, from Design Informer, that explains and teaches you how to implement grids into your webdesigns. Not only is this article great; it’s custom design is incredibly impressive.

Different Stylesheets for Differently Sized Browser Windows

Also known as “resolution dependent layouts”, this tutorial by Chris Coyier, teaches you how to implement different CSS styles depending on the screen size.

How to Make a Screencast for Your Website

Screencasts can be a great tool to engage with readers or teach in-depth techniques. This helpful article, from Webdesigner Depot, gives some excellent tips on how to do it right.

Freebies, Inspiration & Resources

Time-Savers: 400+ Stock Images, Retro Vectors

Stock images can save you valuable time to work on more important parts of a project. This is a great round-up that has collected over 400 retro-themed vectors for your use.

Subtle Grunge Textured Photoshop Brushes

This pack by Liam McKay comes with 42 high quality grunge brushes that are free for your use in any type of project.

Get Inspired

This is a beautiful collection from Media Militia that’s filled with inspiring artwork that is guaranteed to get your creative gears working.

World Cup 2010 Posters Inspired by African Pattern Heritage and Contemporary Football

The 2010 World Cup is rapidly approaching and with it being held in South Africa, not only can we expect the soccer games to be exciting; we can also expect to learn about it’s culture, music and aproach to art.

A Showcase of Creative Punctuation in Logo Design

The familiarity that we all have with punctuation makes their effectiveness as logos remarkably good. This is a great showcase of logos that use punctuation creatively to get their message across.

50 Beautiful Print Advertisements for Inspiration

Today’s ads are more than just advertisements. To stand out from the rest, they need to be works of art that capture the eye of potential costumers. This is a showcase of ads that accomplish that.

20 Clean White Letterpress Business Cards

This is a great collection of 20 clean white letterpress business cards that are sure to inspire. The white and minimal design of these cards, give you a sense of quality and elegance.

Evaluating a Graphic Design Curriculum

This is a great article where PSDTuts+ Editor, Sean Hodge, gives some great insight on evaluating the graphic design curriculum at your university.

An Interview with Jeff Starr

This is a great interview by Andrew Houle, with Jeff Starr, who co-wrote the book Digging Into WordPress with Chris Coyier.

Get Featured in Creative Bookmarks

If you’d like to be featured in the next volume of Creative Bookmarks, simply send us your tutorial, resource, or article link before the end of the month. If we think it’s a top notch link, we’ll be sure to share it with all of our readers!

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    Photoshop tutorials, from beginner to advanced. Including Photoshop text effect tutorials, photo manipulation tutorials, Drawing, Painting
    http://photoshop212.co.cc

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    Gebel Scarduzio (1 Point) June 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Download60s.com is a graphic designing website. photoshop tutorials.
    http://download60s.com

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    Bruce (1 Point) May 19, 2010 at 5:00 am

    cool thanks for the compilation

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    Jordy666sic (1 Point) May 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Had some great fun with these month’s inspiration. Thank you for that. Couldn’t get much out of the tutorials but that’s just me. They look pretty cool but not my style. Keep it up as always ;)

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    Kaloian Petrov (1 Point) May 5, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Many thanks! You really do inspire us!

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    Diana Eftaiha (1 Point) May 5, 2010 at 1:36 am

    cool thanks for the compilation

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    Matthew Heidenreich (1 Point) May 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    thanks for adding a couple of my tutorials! Always appreciated Tim. Also, great collection of other resources. Going to be sure to check them out.

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    Werner (1 Point) May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Like everytime really great and usefull!

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    Nathan (1 Point) May 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Very awesome roundup. Loved it! Thanks

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    French (1 Point) May 4, 2010 at 10:36 am

    “simply send us you’re tutorial”
    Maybe you should write : “simply send us your tutorial” ;)

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    Gustavo (1 Point) May 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Hey Tim, great recopilation, this will take sometime to read it all, i like it :).

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