Oct 28

Best Of Web And Design In October 2010

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 03:00 — julie

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Wrapping up October the end of the British summer going into autumn. There’s some great illustrator tutorials featured in this months roundup as well in-depth tutorials some great quick tips worth checking. If you have missed out on on goings within the design community this article is the perfect catch up.

Illustrator Tutorials

Create an Elegant Patterned Vector Owl in Illustrator

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Follow this step by step Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a stylized vector owl illustration with simple shapes and patterns. We’ll start by building the basic owl character with various vector shapes, then begin bringing it to life with colour, shading and pattern fills.

Quick Tip: Make Vector Silhouettes with Live Trace and Photoshopquicktip

Live Trace is a quick and easy way to make vector silhouettes from photos. If your photo is less than perfect, Photoshop can help. In this Video Quick Tip you will learn how master the Live Trace settings and turn a raster image into a clean vector shape.

Create a Bright Vector Snowboard Design in Illustrator

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Follow this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to create a cool snowboard illustration. We’ll build up the design with an array of bright shapes, trendy lines and patterns to produce a bright and funky vector composition. The final design will then be mocked up on a handy snowboard deck template to show off the design in all its glory.

How to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator

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A good designer knows that a good mastery in designing cool text effects is really important in many situations. There are a lot of design works that need a good text effect to be really professional, so in the following tutorial I’ll show you how to create a glassy text effect in Illustrator. We’ll learn some simple techniques to enhance our types giving them gloss and shine.

Photoshop Tutorials

How to design an impressive graphic tee in Photoshop

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Here at WeGraphics they are working hard on a new project. I can’t reveal too much for the moment, but I can anticipate you that a new awesome t-shirt brand is coming to life…I’m personally designing 10 tee graphics for the first collection and the style is the WeGraphics one: strong, expressive and with a touch of dirty!

Create a Handmade “Back to School” Style Postcard

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In this tutorial you will learn some easy methods to create a realistic looking corkboard composition for a back to school sale postcard. We’ll go over how to create cool paper letters, add some cutouts, realistic shadows, and add bleeds for printing.

Create Black and White Dramatic Storm Scene

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Following this Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create dramatic black and white storm scene. Like on other our latest tutorials, we will use not only Adobe Photoshop software, but also Poser to create giant Poseidon. Using Poser you will be able to create a futuristic man body, but if you didn’t have Poser you can follow other steps in this tutorial and add yourself to storm scene, and also you will learn some tips how to work with black and white effects.

Create a Flowery Natural Peace and Harmony Composition

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine a nature peace and harmony feel with an urban and cosmic lighting style to create Flower Power, a digital artwork by Polish designer Wojciech Magierski. You’ll see how to start with base colors to establish the feel and mood of a piece, and then how to build it up using a variety of techniques.

Web Design And Design Articles

Why My Plumber Would Make a Great Freelancer

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I recently had a whole new central heating system installed in our house. During the works I realised the similarities between our trades – Maybe not so much the physical labour, but the way in which we both deal with clients as single-man businesses. Whether you’re a freelance designer or a plumber, here’s a few tips on how to professionally run your business and result in happy clients at the end of every project.

How to Build an RSS Reader with jQuery Mobile

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In conjunction with the jQuery conference in Boston, John Resig announced and released the highly anticipated jQuery Mobile. Though currently in an alpha state, the framework is fantastic.

Usability Resources to Win Arguments

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Today’s post is a big one and it’s most definitely one for your bookmarks menu, because from time to time when speaking with clients it becomes necessary to have material to backup the statements which you are making.

10 Tips To Optimise WordPress and Make It Faster

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Today’s post is a big one and it’s most definitely one for your bookmarks menu, because from time to time when speaking with clients it becomes necessary to have material to backup the statements which you are making.

What Freelancers Can Learn from Karate

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In this post, I’ll share how some of the life lessons I learned in Karate apply to freelancing. I think you’ll come to see that freelancing and karate aren’t so different after all.

5 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Web Designs for Coding

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Congratulations! You’ve designed your site and you feel like it’s ready to be sent off to a coding team. You might have a developer in mind, or you might be comparing the popular PSD > HTML shops that are out there… you might even plan to code it all yourself. No matter what solution you decide upon, there are a few tricks that I think every designer should know when they are preparing their designs to be coded into fully functional websites.

5 Techniques to Make Your Next Post Unforgettable

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Here are five techniques you can use to make your posts give your readers a great experience—not just dry information, but a truly unforgettable post.

PHP Basics for Beginners

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This article aims to serve for beginner PHP developers but those who are comfortable with PHP will also find this article useful. Basically, I’ll tell you the difference between some of PHP commonly used functions/features. By the end of this article you will have a clear difference among:

Freebies

Halloween Pumpkin Photoshop And Illustrator Pattern

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The third week of Vector Patterns Halloween freebies. This week’s pattern is an awesome pumpkin pattern a traditional Halloween design. This pattern only available in one colour but nevertheless this pattern looks pretty sweet in the colour its available in.

A Seamless Typography Horror Photoshop and illustrator patternhorror-type

A collection of horror words used to form seamless pattern. This is the perfect pattern to be used within print to create a horror poster this is a great resources for designers especially with Halloween approaching at the end of the month.

High Quality Free Photoshop Milk Brush

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This is a high quality brush, which can be used to add a realistic milk affect to your designs this is unique Photoshop brush and there is not many brushes of this quality and type available on the internet so enjoy the set. We would love to hear your thoughts on the set alongside your feedback.

New free social icon set: “Key icons”

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A new free icon set consists of 26 colored and grayscale key icons, in 48×48 resolution. Hope you find them usefull


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