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Creative Bookmarks: Best of December 2009
So many great links this month! It was such a great month to research and read in the creative community. So without further ado, here’s Creative Bookmarks December.
Sebastiano from the new wegraphics.net has quite a few useful techniques up his sleeves. In this photoshop tutorial he shows us how to create very stylish smoke effects that envelop their surroundings.
Lighting effect tutorials are pratically a dime a dozen now, but this article bears some great resemblance to the famed work from Scott Hansen of ISO50, and deserved some sharing.
Richard Carpenter shares a simple method for putting together a monitor icon in Photoshop using basic shapes and essential lighting tips.
A great tutorial on PSDTuts+ that teaches you how to use blending modes effectively to create an excellent photo manipulation.
For those of you wanting to get into icon design, this is a great tutorial for you. Using some fairly simple techniques, the tutorial walks you through making a slick envelope icon.
The new Magic Mouse design is just sexy. This tutorial on PSDTuts+ helps you create an icon out of it.
A great hybrid tutorial that teaches you how to integrate 3D text, made in Illustrator, into a great looking print-ready flier.
Although I’m personally not a fan of “Watercolor Themed” things, this is a great tutorial that helps you create a website mock-up that keeps in mind the code that will follow.
Having trouble wrapping your head around masks? This article from Smashing Magazine puts you behind the mask and shows you everything you need to know to begin your training as a non-destructive editing master.
This tutorial, on PSDTuts+, helps you make an urban scene using 3D scene as the foundation. Then, polishing it up in Photoshop.
A great tutorial by Asher Abbasi that teaches you how to create a realistic wooden box icon in photoshop.
Personally, I love interface design tutorials. This one is an excellent example of one, teaching you how to create an audio player interface with some cool Photoshop tricks.
A great video tutorial that will teach you how to create an amazing bokeh effect in a matter of minutes.
This great tutorial on Abduzeedo teaches you how to make a minimalistic poster using some stock photos, blending modes and filters.
This tutorial will show you how to create a Crazy Santa illustration from sketch using Adobe Illustrator. Great tutorial to keep as reference for the Holidays in 2010.
We’re pretty thrilled with the recent tutorials from aiMonkey.com. Their tutorial on designing a snowman in Illustrator is a great Illustrator Tutorial for starters, and produces fantastic results.
A great tutorial on VECTuts+ that walk you through making a promotional T-Shirt for PHP enthusiasts in Illustrator.
In this tutorial, David Laplante, shows you how to integrate 3D text and a custom illustration into a fun looking logo.
Is winter getting you down? Do this tutorial! It’ll walk you through making some very pretty, custom type with a variety of vivid colors and illustrator effects.
Awesome icon designer, Andrea Austoni, teaches you how to create an owl using mostly basic shapes and effects in Illustrator.
This tutorial, based on an actual logo design, shows you how to create a flower effect in illustrator to make a logo that’s full of color.
This three part tutorial is intended for readers who know the very basics of PHP and Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and would like to create a basic web application.
Brainstorming is one of the most powerful creative techniques ever devised. When used properly, it can produce more and better ideas than any other process. It’s based on the concept that two heads (or three, or four, or more) are better than one.
This is the last entry in the series of posts that have taught you how to take your mockup design in Photoshop, to a fully coded website.
This tutorial by NETTuts will teach you how to use CSS sprites and JQuery to not only increase your website’s performance, it’ll also show you how to make your navigation menu look good in the process.
Most big blogs have this feature to showcase the picture, bio and homepage of their writers. This tutorial on Line25 teaches you how to implement the same feature on your blog.
“Art Directing” or designing a custom page for each article, is a very popular trend that I hope is here to stay. Although the great, Jason Santa Maria pioneered the idea, Chris Coyier from CSS Tricks teaches how to “Art Direct” in this video tutorial.
Has your blogging effort decreased? Do you noticed you’re not as enthusiastic to write? This article gives some helpful tips on how to change that feeling.
The content is of upmost importance on a site. If it can’t be understood and interpreted, it really doesn’t matter how UX friendly your site is. This article, by Matthew Kammerer, gives some helpful tips on how to create user friendly content.
72nd Ave. makes the point that the internet is flooded with people that follow trends and don’t create new and unique things. Check out this article and their site and you’ll notice, they practice what they preach.
Freebies, Inspiration & Resources
A freebie from the Creative Nerds that comes with over 100 letterpressed icons in three different Photoshop files. Available for your personal or commercial projects.
Another great freebie from Media Militia! 21 images are included in the new Rust Textures Pack and all of them are high quality for your personal and commercial projects.
The Drips and Spray Paint Pack from Media Militia is a perfect addition to your resources folder. You can download them as Photoshop Brushes or high resolution PNG’s for your personal and commercial use.
Jason Cho created these beautiful and easily customizable icons. The pack comes with 108 different icons that are available for your commercial and personal use.
Winter is here and with it many designers come up with stunning artwork. This showcase, by Callum Chapman is an excellent collection of winter themed ads that are sure to inspire.
“Monkeys, chimps, apes, or any kind of knuckle dragging animal, as a group, are a fun illustration subject.” I started to laugh when I read that. Check out this excellent showcase of monkey inspired illustrations.
Brian Hoff from The Design Cubicle rounded-up some retro colored posters that are sure to give you some great ideas for your next project.
I’ve recently become a big fan of Brian Hoff and his work. This is a great interview on The Design Observer where he talks about how to use typography effectively in print and web design.
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