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Creative Bookmarks: Best of March 2010
March was another month full of amazing tutorials, showcases and articles. Here’s Creative Bookmarks March!
This tutorial was inspired by the work of digital artist Rob Shields titled “Keep Me in the Dark”. This tutorial requires the use of a tablet for you to give the photo a more detailed look.
In this tutorial you’ll create a hi-tech style button that can be used in many different places. You’ll learn to use Illustrator to create the vectors and Photoshop to make the great looking effects.
This is a great screencast by Ash Davies that teaches you how to creat neon text with simple techniques and effects in Photoshop.
In this great Photoshop tutorial, from Abduzeedo, you’ll learn how to create an 80′s inspired VHS image style.
This tutorial shows you how to create a tropical underwater iPhone advertisement. You’ll learn how to use a variety of techniques in Photoshop to compose an excellent ad.
This tutorial teaches you how to use custom brushes and other Photoshop techniques to create a cosmic looking Xbox composition.
This tutorial teaches you how to use brushes, blending options and stock imagery to create a sexy composition with lighting effects.
This tutorial teaches you how to create a web layout using textures and effects from start to finish in Photoshop.
In this tutorial, from Devise Function, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to create a chalkboard looking blog layout.
In this tutorial, from the up and coming Design Instruct, you’ll learn how to use basic shapes and effects to create a fashion poster.
This tutorial, by Andrea Austoni, teaches you how to create a nice illustration inspired by the movie “Moon”.
This is a great article that shows you how to use one of the most powerful adjustment tools in Photoshop: Curves.
A very interesting tutorial, from Design Instruct, that takes you behind the scenes and shows you the illustration process from start to finish.
In this tutorial, on Vectips, you’ll learn how to use an array of Illustrator tools to create a cute creature; techniques that can also be applied to many other projects.
I really liked this tutorial from Chris Spooner. In it, he uses basic shapes, gradients and subtle effects to make a very nice vector panda.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to put together a candy inspired design by cutting, splitting and joining vector paths to produce an intricate weave of basic shapes.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine fun doodles with a business card design to create a print-ready PDF.
This great tutorial from VectorTuts+, will show you how to combine shapes, blending modes and the gradient mesh to create a beautiful butterfly.
This is a great tutorial by Grant Friedman from Colorburned, that shows you how to use Extreme Path, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator.
This tutorial teaches you how to create repeating patterns. The techniques you’ll learn can be applied to a wide range of projects, such as , textiles, T-shirt prints and more.
In this tutorial, from Build Internet, you’ll learn how to use RGBa to create a monochromatic layout in which all color is relative to the background color.
This tutorial on Line25, teaches you how to create an iPhone App website using new and interesting techniques with HTML5 and CSS3.
This is a great article that examines five popular debates in which everyone has their own opinion and, therefore, they become online riots.
This article, on Nettuts+, talks about the much anticipated release of WordPress 3.0 and the great new features that will be included.
Sliders are a great way to make good use of space. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a slider that is similar to the one used in the iTunes store.
A great article from Web Design Ledger that talks about how important it is to brand yourself efficiently.
In this great post, Jacqueline Thomas talks about the eight most common annoying favors that every designer will be asked at one point or another.
This great article, by Inayaili de León, thoroughly covers typography on the web and all of the new features and effects becoming available to web designers.
Freebies, Inspiration & Resources
This is a great collection of free and high-quality typefaces. The list contains 22 different fonts that can be very useful for any project that you have.
This is a great freebie pack from Media Militia that’s filled with 55 different types of halftones. The pack is available as Photoshop Brushes, vectors or images.
Jessica’s work is absolutely beautiful. With some big name clients under her belt, her talent and creativity is undeniable. This is a great showcase of some her most inspiring designs.
The creativity & absolute beauty of the each one of these sites is breathtaking. This showcase is sure to inspire!
An inspiring showcase on Web Design Ledger filled with yellow themed website designs that are absolutely stunning.
Personal Favorite: Strange Native.
Less is more. This showcase proves that.
When you’re in a creative slump, one of these showcases will appear and completely knock the creative block out of you.
Heart Directed is the brain child of Jad Limcaco that displays articles around the web that have been “art directed”.
David Airey, the author of Logo Design Love, stands out as an expert in our field. In this interview, he answers some questions that any designer would find interesting.
Get Featured in Creative Bookmarks
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