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Creative Bookmarks: Best of May 2010
May went by extremely quickly with all the new articles, tutorials and excitement. Here’s Creative Bookmarks May!
In this tutorial, from Abduzeedo, you’ll learn how to create a digital bokeh effect with hexagons using brushes, patterns, filters and blend modes.
With most sites having a social media presence, many are unfortunately recycling the same old icons. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a unique UFO inspired Facebook icon.
This tutorial will show you how to combine stock images, filters, textures and other adjustments to create a 4-piece stardust composition.
This is a great tutorial that shows you how to create a simple yet striking vignette effect using brushes and blending modes.
Extracting an object from its background can be a tedious task, especially when dealing with hair. This tutorial, from WeGraphics, teaches you six different techniques on that could help you out.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a water text effect using Photoshop CS5′s new Repoussé, in which you can create 3D objects directly in Photoshop.
This great tutorial will show you how to create a great looking composition by mixing simple layer effects and custom brushes.
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a textured paper photo blog layout using various Photoshop techniques such as creating patterns, customizing brushes, layer masks and more.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine a hand-drawing with clever typography to create a nice desktop wallpaper.
In this tutorial, from Design Instruct, you’ll learn how to use simple techniques to create a clean and modern webdesign.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to manipulate multiple photos and combine them with abstract elements to create a beautiful composition.
In this great tutorial, from Computer Arts, you’ll learn how to plan out your artwork to create a type of jigsaw puzzle composition.
This is a great Quick Tip from VectorTuts+, in which you’ll learn how to use a drawing tablet, the Blob Brush and Eraser tool to create a digital drawing.
The problem with vector based textures is that they can make your file pretty big. This tutorial shows you how to create bitmap textures that look great!
In this tutorial, talented illustrator Andrea Austoni, walks you through making a dual screen wallpaper that you’ll be proud to call your own.
This great tutorial uses Illustrator’s basic shapes together with gradients and other effects to make this baby monster come to life.
Unfortunately, graphs tend to be boring and visually unappealing. Not in this tutorial!! You’ll how to put some make graphs in Illustrator and how to make them look great.
With that title is there really a need for a description? People tend to go way to far with “optimization techniques”. This article talk about five of them.
Talk about taking things to the next level! This great tutorial on Line25, teaches you how to create a beautiful and interactive infographic.
@Font-Face is an awesome technology that allows you to embed new great looking fonts into your websites. This tutorial shows you how simple it is to implement it.
Google recently released its Google Fonts API which allows you to use any typeface in Google’s Font directory by simply linking to it. This screencast show’s you how amazingly simple it is to do it.
To improve your workflow, it’s essential to write and organize your CSS well. This great tutorial explains why and how you make it happen.
This is an excellent article/tutorial, from Chris Coyier, that answers a simple yet important question: How efficient is the CSS that we write, in terms of how quickly the browser can render it?
With AJAX you can dynamically load content without the need of refreshing the page. This great screencast teaches you the correct way of using this technology.
If your proposal isn’t created carefully, it can lead to misunderstandings and unhappy clients. With that in mind, this article gives some excellent tips on how you can create effective proposals and invoices.
Freebies, Inspiration & Resources
This is a great brush set from WeGraphics, that includes 15 different brushes. Although the complete set is for purchase, you can download a free sample for free.
This an excellent collection, from Chris Spooner, that contains 16 sketch social icons that includes every social networking site you could possibly think of.
This is an amazing collection from Media Militia that’s filled with inspiring artwork that is guaranteed to get your creative gears working.
This is an excellent collection from Specky Boy filled with beautiful website designs that are sure amaze you.
This is a great round-up from Web Design Ledger, of long exposure photography that in my opinion is such a beautiful form of photographic art.
Red is a beautiful yet powerful color. This amazing round-up compiles 50 red web designs that are sure to amaze and inspire you.
This is a great collection of beautiful letterpress invitations that are sure to inspire. Letterpress is a beautiful type of design that definitely make a great impression.
This is an excellent article on the newly re-designed, Design Cubicle, where Brian Hoff urges you to push the boundaries and and let go of your design inhibitions.
This is a excellent interview by Michelle Oxman, with Bojan Stefanovic. I absolutely love her writing style. She did an amazing job! It’s a must read!
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