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Creative Bookmarks: Best of June 2009

Don’t miss any of June’s best Tutorials: We got’em all right here! Over 40 outstanding tutorials, articles, and freebies for you to feast your eyes on!

Photoshop Tutorials

Design an Awesome Space Dancer Scene with Nebula Texture in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn the processes used to design this awesome space dancer scene with a Nebula Texture in Photoshop.

Super Cool Watercolor Effect in 10 Steps

In this tutorial we will create water color effects using Masks and Watercolor brushes. This technique is inspired by the great digital artist Scott Hansen (the mind behind ISO 50).

Create a Wooden Stack Dock Icon in Photoshop

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a wooden stack icon for your dock or any other programs using icons. We’ll use some wood textures and different filters to design a nice box we can fill with icons.

Digitally paint portraits

Create digital paintings that look like high-end comics from photos with great Photoshop tips from David and Sarah Cousens.

Draw Fairy Tale Characters in Photoshop

During this tutorial you will learn how to use Burn Tool, and Dodge Tool to create wonderful designs. To create such drawings will take you a lot of time.

Create a Clean and Colorful Web Layout in Photoshop

This photoshop tutorial teaches how to create a colorful and clean corporate website layout based on the Griminati Business Website Layout.

How to Create a Fantasy Atmosphere Style Car Ad

The initial concept was the creation of an ‘atmosphere’ – a background for the car. Using images and some painting techniques over that images I made a fantasy scene. This tutorial will explain some of those techniques and how various Photoshop tools work. Let’s get started!

How to Mold Paint Splatter to a Face in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to take splattered paint Photoshop brushes and apply them to the contours of a model’s face. This is a relatively simple technique, which yields excellent artistic results. Let’s get to it!

Self-initiated abstract art

Out-of-this-world work doesn’t require a brief, says JUN, just careful choice of source material, a few hours and a little imagination.

You Will Stand Alone Photomanipulation

Another photomanipulation tutorial from PSD Essential, this time called You will stand alone. In the tutorial you’ll learn to create a dark and creepy effect by blending various images together and adjusting several settings.

Illustrator Tutorials

Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character. We’ll be working with the basic shapes to start, then use a variety of gradients to add depth. We can then finish it off with some detailed fur effects to really lift the design from the screen.

How to Draw A Realistic Vector Light Bulb From Scratch

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how I build a light bulb from scratch in Illustrator. We’ll use numerous shapes and effects to create this illustration. I’ll take you through each step in creating this bulb.

How to Create a Mosaic Portrait from a Photograph

This is a fun way to turn a photograph into an interesting vector portrait. Get sophisticated results with just a few easy steps, then modify it using a wide range of Illustrator’s live effects.

Create a Realistic Candy Bar in Illustrator

In this tutorial, created exclusively for WDD by Wendy Ding, she’ll be guiding you step by step through the stages required to create a realistic candy bar using Illustrator.

Turn Any Font Into a Sketch Font

There are some popular sketchy fonts available that are great for grungy and hand-drawn designs and illustrations. My problem is, I want to be able to use this sketchy style in any font. Turn’s out, it is actually really easy to do in Illustrator. Moreover, you can create a Graphic Style and easily apply the style to other editable fonts!

How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a cartoon zombie in Illustrator. Starting by creating a fresh corpse, we will then ‘yuck’ it up using a number of techniques.

Design lettering with negative space

Jawa and Midwich reveal how to utilise hundreds of illustrations to build up a positive space containing negative letters.

Web Tutorials

8 Tips for Maintaining a User Friendly Site in One Hour a Month

When you create a website, you put time and effort into making sure that every part of it is perfect. You (hopefully) test it thoroughly and go through it with a fine tooth comb to make sure it’s wonderful for your visitors.

404 Best Practices

A 404 error on the web is what a web server responds with when it is tasked with serving up a resource that it can’t find. This article takes a look at some 404 Error best practices.

How To Use Multiple CSS Backgrounds, a Tutorial

For a dynamic visual effect, layering different textures can do the trick. Graphics and multiple patterns can be meshed together by the browser creating new life in a design.

Outside the Box Navigation with jQuery

Just about every website uses the regular navigation concepts we’re all used to. After awhile this can get pretty boring, especially for designers who thrive on creativity. While mimicking the OS X dock and stacks isn’t new, it’s certainly not common.

How to Make a Slideshow with a Transparent PNG Frame

By the end of this tutorial we’ll have created a basic slideshow that uses a combination of PNG transparency and layered positioning to create the effect of each slides being held in by the bottom corners.

Stop Counting Clicks!

The 3-click-rule is the Freddy Kreuger of web design advice. You think it’s finally dead and then it comes back and starts slashing up sensible debate about usable design. I’m hoping to convince you to stop talking about the 3-click rule. I don’t mean substituting it with the 4-click rule or the 5-click rule. You should stop counting clicks as a measure of usability altogether.

Using Content to Grow Customer Relationships

Want to keep your customers despite tough economic times? Don’t add yet another feature to your Web site. Stop worrying about redesigning it. Instead, take a hard look at improving your site’s content.

247 web usability guidelines

Although designing usable systems requires far more than simply applying guidelines, guidelines can still make a significant contribution to usability by promoting consistency and good practice. We use this list of guidelines in our consultancy work. For best results, remember to interpret the guideline in context — this requires a bit more thought but ensures you will get a lot more from your review.

Freebies, Inspiration & Resources

Free Social Media Icon Set: Woodgrain

With 18 social networks represented alongside astandard RSS icon in PNG format, this is a beautiful collection that can be used for a wide variety of purposes.

Birdies: Cute Free Twitter Icons For Your Blog

In this post we release Birdies: A Free Twitter Icon Set, a set of 12 beautiful and lovely Twitter icons. This set was designed by IconEden and released exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Watercolor Free Icon Pack

This free icon pack features 36 colorful watercolor icons. Add some of these to your website design to instantly give it a high-quality artsy polish.

Free WordPress Theme: WP Typo

This theme was built by WP Coder as a demo, and is now available for your perusal and download. It’s called WP Typo and it’s a purely typographical theme (zero images used).

6 Free PSD/(X)HTML-Templates

A couple of weeks ago Smashing Magazine released DelliStore, a professional CSS/(X)HTML-template with PSD-sources. In the poll and in the comments, readers asked for more (X)HTML/CSS-template, so here are 6 more professional template that you can use without any restriction for your private or commerical projects. The template were designed by Templateworld and released for free especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Free Vector and Pixel Pattern – Stylized Clouds 1

Another free vector pattern by Pattern Head. This time the theme is a subtle blue sky and stylized retro clouds.

Free Texture Tuesday: Floral

These textures were made in Photoshop by layering various grunge and paper textures together along with floral patterns. They may not have a wide variety of uses, but I think they’ll really come in handy when you find a place for them in your designs.

Free Vectors – 15 Paint Brushstroke Illustrator Brushes

A Pack of 15 high-quality paint brushstroke Illustrator Brushes. They came out really cool, and could be used subtly, and for details, as well as full blown paint brush strokes.

Download “Gallery”: A Free WordPress Theme

Another free WordPress Theme released by Smashing Magazine. Gallery is a theme that is specially tailored for portfolios and showcases.

10 Beautiful Web UI libraries

Are you looking for any interesting and beautiful Web User Interface libraries for your next web site or Rich Internet Application ? Take a look at this list with ten WUI I suggest you to try in order to simplify your work and develope faster beautiful and usable user interfaces.

35 Examples Of Stunning Macro Photography

In this inspirational showcase, we’ve collected some beautiful macro pictures, as well as some useful macro photography tutorials – for people at all levels of experience.

10 Creative Brochure designs

A good brochure must be clear and attractive to the intended audience. Think of the brochures that you or your friend kept from an event you went to, or a place you wanted to go. You may not have identified exactly what design aspect made it unique, but these brochures definitely captured the essence of the event or the company.

40 Top-Notch Print Based Tutorials

It seems tough to find a few nice print related tutorials online. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty of highlighting 40 top-notch print articles from around the web.

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Firebug

Firebug is one of the most popular tools used by web developers. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at ten of its most attractive features.

Users Place More Weight on Design

The demand for good web design is increasing, revealed a recent Webcopyplus online poll. Almost 25% of web users indicated “poor visual presentation” as the number one element that drives them away from websites. Only 6.6% of web users who participated in a similar 2007 online poll indicated “poor visual presentation” as the main reason to abandon a website. That equates to a 267% increase during the two-year period.

Ultimate list of Typography resources: inspiration, tutorials, tools and books

Typography is a fundamental field of graphic design. Here I have collected lots of useful resources that can allow you to learn the basis of typography: books, inspirational works, tutorials etc.

10 Tools to Improve Your Site’s Usability on a Low Budget

In this article, we’ll review 10 tools that you can use to improve your website’s usability even if you’re on a low budget.

Interview with David Leggett

People give me way too much credit and interview me. Someone even called me famous, and the Paris Hilton of web design in a spiteful comment elsewhere (something my roomate won’t stop bothering me about)! Anyways, here’s a recent interview I did with @timothybsmith (Timothy Smith). Hope you enjoy :)

Get Featured in Creative Bookmarks

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    shahab zarerafie (1 Point) November 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Oil painting Card

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    成人用品 (2 Points) June 25, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Brilliant list, thanks!

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    FrostMilk (1 Point) February 7, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Big thanks! I just searched cloud patterns and find it here

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุดเดือนนี้ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Great post . Thanks155

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Great post . Thanks148

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    htmlcoder (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:09 am

    awesome collection, thanks

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Great post . Thanks143

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    wow Great article, thanks!

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    Le merci bien, je cherchais cela longtemps

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    Awesome resrouces there, keep up the excellent work.

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    Jay Squared Web Design & Development (1 Point) October 3, 2009 at 11:23 am

    One of the best collections on the web! Thank you.

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    Oliver Web (1 Point) August 4, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Lots of great resources and I will have to bookmark some of these and have a go at them. Thanks for listing these.

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    Danny (1 Point) July 21, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Excellent list, thanks mate.

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    Gizelle (1 Point) July 17, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Great finds! I will bookmark some of these websites, too! Thanks for compiling all these…

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    iwpdesign (1 Point) July 14, 2009 at 9:33 am

    very cool collection

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    James Qu (1 Point) July 9, 2009 at 6:34 am

    Hello David, thanks heaps for including my tutorial “Design an Awesome Space Dancer Scene with Nebula Texture in Photoshop” in this post, really appreciate it!

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    Patelligence (1 Point) July 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    This post rocks!!! Thanks so much for putting the list together and sharing.
    I think I’ll try that tutorial on how to create digital portraits in Photoshop.

    Thanks and keep on posting!!!

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    Ian Rountree (1 Point) July 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I used to follow maybe five design feeds. Then I started reading these roundups. I think I just hit the 25-feed mark, and I haven’t regretted adding a single one!

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    Chetankumar Akarte (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Great collection!

    I have also added some of those tutorials to my Adobe Gallery.

    Interested ? Please take a look –

    Among all the tutorials, I like “awesome space dancer scene with a Nebula Texture in Photoshop”.

    Which one is your?

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    Grafpedia (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for including my tutorial. Keep up the good work

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    Tim Smith (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for all the great bookmarks! I always look forward to you publishing this great list. Thanks!

    p.s. Thanks for including the interview!

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    TuanAnh (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Great list, thanks alot

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    choen (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Nice Bookmarks, thanks alot

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    Nicholas Z. Cardot (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Great list. Thanks for all of these outstanding resources.

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    JACKIE (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Fabulous list. Thanks :-)

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    Patternhead (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Awesome list.

    Thanks for including one of my free patterns :D

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    Kalyan (1 Point) July 6, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Thanks David, I’ve gone through most of these (including your interview(s)). But good to have them all at one place :)

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