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Creative Bookmarks: Best of September 2009

We’ve done it again. We’ve gathered the best links in the creative community and put them in cool little post here on Tutorial 9. Here’s the best of September.

Photoshop Tutorials

Design a Slick 3D Ice Text Effect

3D text effects are becoming more and more popular. Andrew Houle does an excellent job in this tutorial; showing how to use Photoshop and a bit of Illustrator to make beautiful end result.

Create an Intense Movie Poster in Photoshop

This excellent tutorial from PSDTuts helps you learn how to manipulate ordinary photos. The end result is a gloomy, dark and striking movie poster.

How to Create Retro Art in Photoshop

Excellent tutorial that incorporates a different array of techniques, including the creation of objects with the pen tool, that for sure will polish your photoshop skills.

Design a Stylish Retro Game Boy Poster in Photoshop

Remember those things called Gameboys? This is also a hybrid tutorial that uses Illustrator and Photoshop to make a really cool looking, retro Gameboy poster.

Create a Promotional iPhone App Site in Photoshop

This is an excellent tutorial; start to finish. Sean Hodge takes you step by step to create a lovely iPhone app site in Photoshop. His tutorial covers not only the layout, but also those small effects that are often overlooked yet essential.

Illustrator Tutorials

How to Design a Skate Deck with a Cool Skull Pattern

This great tutorial walks you through making skulls with basic objects, creating an Illustrator brush and using a clipping mask. A whole bunch of skills that you can learn all in one.

Zee Logo in Illustrator

This great tutorial shows you how to make a logo from scratch. You learn how to use the grid in Illustrator to create the custom typeface of Zee and then use a little bit of Photoshop to give it those extra touches.

Create An Awesome Space Rocket Avatar in Illustrator

Excellent Icon tutorial. It includes all those little effects that give an icon its…umm…icony look. You’ll learn how to use the Gradient Mesh Tool(that I personally stay away from. I know, I know. I shouldn’t) to make a great end result. Plus, you can download the end file to take a closer look.

Combine Illustrator Patterns with Photoshop Masks for Instant Visual Appeal

This great tutorial walks you through making skulls with basic objects, creating an Illustrator brush and using a clipping mask. A whole bunch of skills that you can learn all in one.

How to Create a Golden, Vector Compass in Illustrator

As with any icon design, it’s all about the detail.This is an excellent tutorial, using only Illustrator, that includes all the small details. Understandable for a person with any skill set.

Web Tutorials

How to Code a Signup Form with Email Confirmation

This tutorial, helps you create a user signup form that adds a user to a database, and then sends out a confirmation email.

Sproing! – Make An Elastic Thumbnail Menu

The guys over at Build Internet made this awesome tutorial on how to make elastic thumbnails with a little bit of HTML, CSS and Jquery.

Beautiful Post Thumbnails: Top Examples & Best Practices

Liam Mckay wrote this great article about how to make excellent thumbnails. Our very own David Legget is called, “A true master at making interesting post thumbnails”. I’m sure we would all agree.

Non-UX Designers Can Pay Attention to User Experience Too!

An excellent article that explains a simple point: you don’t have to be a user experience designer to make smart, user-concious decisions.

Freebies, Inspiration & Resources

Curiosity: Free October 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Franz Jeitz, as with every month, has design an awesome calendar wallpaper. It comes in every possible resolution; even with an iphone version. The pack comes with calendar and non-calender versions.

Steed-A Hand Drawn Font

Steed is part of Kyle Steed’s rebranding process. It’s a hand drawn font, that he so kindly has made available for download in vector format.

Arrows Pack – 182 Vectors + 182 Brushes

As the title suggests, this is a massive pack! It includes 182 arrows in vector format(EPS) and brush format(ABR). An extensive pack with every arrow that you could possibly imagine.

Inspired Guide: The Coolest 30 WordPress Themes Out in September

Looking for a great WordPress theme? InspiredMag has a great round-up of new themes that came out in September.

Big Time Eye Candy from Creattica

This is an amazing post that gathers some of the best uploads on Creattica that are sure to inspire.

Inspired Talks – 10 Simple Ways to Instantly Boost Your Inspiration

We all need some inspiration from time to time. This brilliant article from InspiredMag helps get the creative juices flowing.

Get Featured in Creative Bookmarks

If you’d like to be featured in the next volume of Creative Bookmarks, simply send us you’re tutorial, resource, or article link before the end of the month. If we think it’s a top notch link, we’ll be sure to share it with all of our readers!


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    โค้ดเพลงhi5 (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Excellent post. Thanks25

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    ฟังเพลงออนไลน์ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 2:57 am

    Excellent post. Thanks18

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Excellent post. Thanks13

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    เนื้อเพลง (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    its very nice. Great post

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    Jehzeel Laurente (1 Point) October 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

    i love the list. specially the coolest 30 wordpress themes! :D

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    Luis Lopez (1 Point) October 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    There is the need of being a link in english?

    Cool bookmarks.

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    AtiKuSDesign (1 Point) October 5, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Thanks very much for the list!

    I have been through and bookmarked what I want to read for later.

    Now I have some quality content to look forward to this evening.

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    Tim Smith (1 Point) October 5, 2009 at 2:03 am

    @David – Thanks!! I’d love to!

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    Tim Smith (1 Point) October 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Thx everyone for your nice comments! I’m glad you all found it useful ;-)

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    Marcell (1 Point) October 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Great round up! Very helpful/useful tutorials

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    John Kirby (1 Point) October 4, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Great list. Keep up the good work mate!

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    Silver Wolf (1 Point) October 3, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    it’s fantastic! thanks very much for the list

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    A very nice list, especially the Illustrator tutorials!

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    Mayhem (1 Point) October 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    A great set of tutorials, i Really like the movie poster tut best

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    Web 2.0 (1 Point) October 2, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Awesome tutorials, great work… Thanks!

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    Khalid (1 Point) October 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I really like the elastic thumbnails menu. Thanks!

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    Dzinepress (1 Point) October 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    really creative september in this post.

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    Matthew Craig (1 Point) October 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Great list. Thanks! I will now proceed to bookmark this bookmark list. ;)

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