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Creative Bookmarks: Best of September 2010
Summer had to end eventually. However, with the coming of Fall comes an all new month with great new tutorials, articles and freebies! This is Creative Bookmarks September!
This great tutorial teaches you how to have some fun with vectors, custom brushes, and stock images to create a colorful and eye-catching nature themed girl composition.
In this tutorial, by Chris Spooner, you’ll learn how to use some manipulation techniques combined with some Photoshop tricks to create an impressive Heraldic style emblem.
In this great tutorial, from PsdTuts+, you’ll learn how to use a combination of photo to create a fantasy flying ship from a banana.
This great tutorial shows you how to create a make believe bird girl illustration with some Photoshop painting and photo manipulation techniques.
This tutorial teaches you how to use various tricks and techniques to create a realistic Motorola Droid phone.
This great tutorial, from WeGraphics, combines the use of blending modes, Photoshop filters, and other tricks and techniques to create this beautiful aquatic manipulation.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use blending modes and layer masks to create beautiful buttons for the web.
See Also: Part Two
Another great tutorial, from WeGraphics, in which you’ll learn how to use a grid, patterns, layers styles and textures to create a vintage looking poster.
This tutorial teaches you how to create a custom brush and will walk you through the options of the brush to create a nice composition.
In this great tutorial, you’ll learn how to make geometric shaped brushes and apply them to create a Nike advertisement.
In this tutorial, from Design Instruct, you’ll learn how to use blending modes and textures to create a wallpaper that has outerspace-futuristic look to it.
Too many photo retouching tutorials use techniques that make the skin look fake. This tutorial, from Abduzeedo, does the opposite, presenting a tutorial that achieves a beautiful and real effect.
This brilliant tutorial, by Chris Spooner, will teach you how to create an owl illustration using basic shapes and the clever use of patterns and shading.
This hybrid tutorial utilizes Illustrator to create and modify type, then uses Photoshop to create a grungy metalic piece of blackletter type.
This great tutorial shows you how to creat clean, crisp textures and patterns using the newly improved appearance panel in Illustrator CS5.
In contrast to Photoshop, there aren’t many blogs that publish quality tutorials on how to create Illustrator brushes. This tutorial fills exactly that need.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use the Pattern Brush in Illustrator. But wait there is more! You’ll also create your own pattern brushes and learn the right way of using them.
This great intermediate-level tutorial, combines the power of Photoshop and Ilustrator to create a graffiti inspired drawing and then, bring it to life with color.
This excellent tutorial, from Spyre Studios, walks you through creating a vector turtle based on a photo; a technique that can be useful in the future.
This great screencast, on Nettuts+, show’s how easy it is to create browser width dependant layouts with CSS media queries.
Most designers will agree that typography is the most important part of a design. Unfortunately, it’s usually neglected online. This article/tutorial contains some very useful information on the topic.
This great tutorial, from WeGraphics, isn’t very step-by-step, however, it sheds light on the process and gives great tips and advice.
I always love the screencast’s of Chris Coyier. In his latest he does a great job in explaining the WordPress loop and the different ways to use it.
This is an excellent article, by the great folks from A Good Company, that gives some great advice on what to think about when designing a Tumblr theme.
As creative people, we usually don’t think about structure or organization. However, structure is needed in our projects. This article, from Specky Boy, explains why.
The beauty of CSS and Jquery, is the ability to make a boring static web page into a rich user experience. This article, on Smashing Magazine, shows you how to do it.
This great article was pointed out to my by Doug Neiner. Hyphenation is always seen in print design and I’m one to believe it should be on the web too. This article, on A List Apart, talks more about the topic.
Freebies, Inspiration & Resources
This beautiful typeface called Piron is great for both text and display use and at the moment, the regular and italic weights are free.
This is a beautiful set of 25 icons that come in two different sizes that are free for your personal and commercial projects. As always, be sure to check the requirements for use.
This amazing freebie comes with every possible iPad element that you can think of. It includes not only the iPad, it also comes with buttons, alert boxes, tabs, the keyboard and more.
Vectips publishes a collection of vector inpiration every week. Of the ones published, it was tough to only pick one of these. I strongly recommend you view the other showcases as well.
This is a great showcase, on Noupe, that is all about infographics. It’s the prettiest data you’ll ever see. I guarantee it.
People liked the first collection of dark websites so much, that ,Web Design Ledger, decided it’d be a good idea to publish another. I disagree, it was a great idea.
This collection proves that a designers creativity and artistry aren’t confined to the “Portfolio” page. The whole site design can act as a showcase of one’s work.
This great showcase, from Specky Boy has some beautifully designed websites. Also, I’m honored to say that my site forms part of the list.
Being self-employed is tough. This great article, on Logo Design Love, gives some practical advice on how to be a successful self-employed designer.
Get Featured in Creative Bookmarks
If you’d like to be featured in the next volume of Creative Bookmarks, simply send us your 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!