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Creative Bookmarks: Best of May 2009
May’s over, and we’ve got the best from last month to share with you. Take a looksie, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy!
Go simultaneously backward and forward in time with this Steampunk tutorial. The main focus, aside from the style of course, is fusing elements from different sources together to create a cohesive whole. There are many tricks to this end and we shall be looking at light sources, shadows, and image grading.
The new version of Photoshop makes importing and handling 3D files a snap. Justin Maller shows you how to go about texturing and integrating 3D with your composition
Learn how to create some custom type in illustrator, and then create a stunning Milk typography effect in Adobe Photoshop. This effect is sure to impress.
This tutorial has a great, quick technique for creating watercolor inspired designs in Photoshop. The tutorial includes a free PSD source file.
Use this Photoshop Tutorial to create a stylish glossy mail envelope icon. This tutorial is recommended for users with moderate to advanced experience with Photoshop.
This tutorial shows one way of compiling various geometric shapes and objects to form a dynamic composition in Illustrator, then how to polish it all up with some transparency effects to create a trendy vector illustration.
The always-helpful Veerle lends a hand over at Vector Tuts and shares a great new tutorial showing how to create a poster with a strong geometric central design, which utilizes flowing blends, masks shapes, and subtle gradients, to create a sophisticated final work.
Want to spruce up your desktop and at the same time impress your friends? Why not create a vector landscape wallpaper? In this simple tutorial, you will learn how to create an eye-appealing wallpaper quickly and effectively. Let’s get to it!
GoMediaZine has a new Illustrator tutorial that will show you how to draw a Twitter-inspired mascot. You’ll go through the process of turning a sketch into a stylish illustration.
Quick and simple tutorial that will help you apply backgrounds to headings without any strange syntax involved.
There are four values for the overflow property: visible (default), hidden, scroll, and auto. There are also sister properties overflow-y and overflow-x, which enjoy less widespread adoption. This post takes a look at each and then discusses some common uses and quirks.
Color is one of the most important parts of your website. However, far too often color enters the equation as an afterthought, or worse, not all all. This isn’t adequate. Color helps define how users perceive information. To add to the complexity of this issue, most of the judgements people make about your site’s color schemes are subconscious. They may not provide any feedback about your site’s color, but they’re always thinking about it.
See Part 2 as well.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set up WordPress Mu locally so that it can be viewed in VMWare Fusion, a piece of software that allows for cross-browser testing on Microsoft XP and Vista. This tutorial is for Mac users only. It’s possible to run similar setups on PC.
Freebies, Inspiration & Resources
T-shirts are a dime a dozen. These stylish works of art deserve far more attention than your ordinary apparel.
Another free WordPress Theme released by Smashing Magazine. Gallery is a theme that is specially tailored for portfolios and showcases.
The Cute Critters Icon Pack is a free Icon set with 13 painfully cute critters, created exclusively for the viewers of Tutorial9 by Elio Rivero of ilovecolors.
Asmaa Murad, from Aivault, has created an awesome set of floral stamps for Vectips! Download the set of 14 floral stamps and see what you can create with them.
If you’re proud of your creative business card, you’ll probably find something here that will quickly put yours to shame. Smashing Magazine has an outstanding roundup of great business card designs.
Web professionals are often expected to be “always on”—always working, absorbing information, and honing new skills. Unless our work and personal lives are carefully balanced, however, the physical and mental effects of an “always on” life can be debilitating.
Over 450 (yes, four-hundred-fifty) stylish web icons available for free download. The best part: they can be used in any projects commercial or non-commercial without any restrictions. Be sure to spread the word!
These free vectors are engravings from currency and old documents. Most of them came from the previous generation of American paper money. Another quality release from BittBox.
A beautiful collection of floral typography and also some outstanding tutorials that will help you to master the technique or at least get some understanding of how this technique can be used.
Another outstanding free sampler vector pack release from GoMedia. Their work is always top notch. Don’t forget, you can use the coupon code tutorial9 for a 10% discount for all other packs, and also download an extra exclusive free pack at Tutorial9.
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