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Creative Bookmarks: Best of February 2010
February was a great month full of awesome tutorials, interesting articles and interviews, and stunning showcases for inspiration.
This tutorial, from Abduzeedo, will show you how to use the Displace filter and some Blend Modes to a great looking typographic portrait.
This tutorial shows you how to make a great looking grunge poster in Photohop. Blending modes, stock images and filters are used to create some cool effects.
In this tutorial, from PSDTuts+, you’ll learn how to manipulate stock images and other objects to create this amazing composition.
The tutorial is perfect for Photoshop beginners who are looking to understand how to manipulate colors using adjustment layers and filters.
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a worn out vintage beach ad in Photoshop. Brushes, color editing, filters, and masking are just some of the techniques used.
This Photoshop tutorial will show you how to replace a person’s head with a television—and how to create a stormy sky using brush strokes.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a cool neon looking effect using basic techniques such as Layer Styles and a few brushes.
With the news of the Apple tablet called the iPad, Chris Spooner, wrote this tutorial on how to create a detailed iPad icon.
In this Photoshop tutorial you’re going to learn how to create a professional website layout. A lot of techniques are used and all of them are explained in great detail.
In this tutorial, you’ll use the Blend Tool, Paintbrush Tool and textures to create a stunning abstract piece of art.
This tutorial will teach you the techniques used to create digital portrait illustrations that have the unique feel of marker and watercolor.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a briefcase icon with basic shapes and gradients. You’ll also learn some useful techniques that can be used for other projects.
This tutorial, from Vectips, uses Appearance panel in Illustrator making it easy to edit the text and apply the treatment to other fonts and vector elements.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn tricks and techniques to create a chocolate covered strawberry but can also be used in an array of projects.
This great tutorial from VectorTuts+, will show you how to combine basic shapes, blending modes and smart coloring to create a koala illustration.
This tutorial from Digital Arts, teaches you how to transform a pencil sketch into a beautiful, digital artwork using Illustrator and Photoshop.
This great tutorial on Vectordiary teaches you how to convert the beloved LEGO bricks into a cool looking typeface in Illustrator.
A great screencast tutorial from Colorburned that explains the steps needed to create a seamless arglyle pattern.
This tutorial from the guys of Build Internet will walk you through the creation of a customizable “Tweet this” link that integrates Bit.ly API and acts as a type of inderect polling system.
It’s interesting that as time goes by, more and more designers are “Art Directing” their blog posts. This article on Line25, gives some tips on how to do it right.
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This is part two of a tutorial that created a website layout in Photoshop. In this tutorial, that design is now converted into HTML and CSS.
This tutorial, on Nettuts+, will teach you how to create a lightweight and beautiful form and help you learn and understand CSS3 effects that can really spice up a design.
A well designed website has contrast to establish some type of visual hierarchy. This article, from Web Design Ledger, explains how contrast can be achieved in a website design.
A great post from the guys at Build Internet that explains their answer to a simple question: What makes an awesome company on the inside?
In this great guest post by James Chartrand on Fuel Your Blogging, you’ll learn how to get your guest articles accepted and how to make the best of the opportunity.
Working at home can have many advantages. However, it also has its temptations. This article on Freelance Folder talks about the five most common pitfalls of working at home, why they’re bad, and how you can avoid or overcome them.
Freebies, Inspiration & Resources
60 original medical icons in .png 32 bit in resolutions 32×32px and 128×128px. This set was designed by the user interface design agency Centigrade and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
A great new icon pack here on Tutorial9 called NIXUS is great for corporate and creative situations or any other project.
This is a great freebie pack from Media Militia that’s filled with 50 different types of glowing light streaks. The pack is available as either Photoshop Brushes or images. Great for your personal or commercial projects.
Ahh… the day of your wedding is a special one. What makes it even better is a beautiful invitation. This is a inspiring showcase of some of the best wedding invitations.
A beautiful & inspiring showcase of blog designs that capture the personality and writing style of its owners.
An amazing showcase from Line25 of websites that use typography effectively to communicate their message.
Inspiration can be found in a variety of places, one of them being light art. In this round-up Matthew Kammerer did a great job in collecting some beautiful forms of light art.
GoMedia had a chat with Adelle Charles & Joshua Smibert of Fuel Brand, Inc and talked about their background, goals, and views on the design industry. Very interesting interview complete with a video and conversation transcript.
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