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Jan 02
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A New Direction for PSDFAN

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 17:50 — julie

Hey there PSDFANs!

Today I’m excited, and honestly a little anxious, because I’m revealing some changes that will have a big impact upon this website, and I hope upon your development as a designer.

You see, now that we’re over 5 years old, it’s safe to say that PSDFAN has gone through some major phases in it’s lifetime.

What started as a hobby blog, quickly grew into a respected source for Photoshop tutorials and design information.

Along the way, we’ve continued to publish quality tutorials, but at times these have been drowned out, as we fell victim to the trend of ‘link bait’ articles (I’m sure you’re familiar with the ’50 greatest XYZ ever!’ style posts that have littered the design community).

A look through our archives and you’ll discover some of the types of posts that I’m least proud of having approved.

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Dec 30
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Best Of Web And Design In December 2013

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 03:00 — julie


Where rounding up the end of the year with  our monthly web roundup of the best tutorials and design articles from around the web. The last edition of our our monthly roundup features as usually some great Photoshop and illustrator tutorials, in a relatively quiet month within the design community. A great post worth reading as you wind down from the festive holidays.

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Dec 27
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20 Awesome Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 00:21 — julie

Yesterday was Christmas, so we decided to share with you 20 awesome Christmas Photoshop tutorials, to continue the Christmas and holiday spirit and inspire you to create beautiful designs. These Christmas Photoshop tutorials will teach you how to design Christmas trees, snow globes, Christmas cards,  snowflakes, Christmas candles, Christmas balls  and much more. These tutorials will help you create amazing Christmas cards with beautiful illustrations and even create a special Christmas theme for a website!

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Dec 24
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20 Best Freebies of the Month You Should Download Right Now

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 21:27 — julie

Creating awesome web/graphic design projects takes time, involves a lot of creativity, commitment and hard work. Sometimes help is needed, and in order to save some time and focus on the most important parts of a projects, designers use freebies in their works.

Today, we selected the best 20 freebies of the month, you should download right now! This list includes a selection of  some really cool and useful tools, resources, fonts and graphics. These will surely help you save some precious time in your design process.

Download them for free! You’ll find the best freebies of this November, from themes, icons, UI kits, to codes, plugins, fonts and much more.

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Dec 23
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20 Brilliant Photoshop Video Tutorials to Improve Your Skills

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 19:49 — julie

There are lots of Photoshop tutorials on the web, and most of them are created in a step-by-step manner. Usually, the instructions are pretty easy to follow and the techniques are easy to understand , but sometimes, if you are looking for a more complicated and complex effect, you may find that a step-by-step regular tutorial is not be enough. That is why, today we selected 20 brilliant Photoshop video tutorials to help you improve your PS techniques and skills!

Hope you’ll find them useful!

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Dec 23
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The best design articles from 2013

Mon, 12/23/2013 - 03:00 — julie


This is our annual tradition continued. We round-up the year by having a look back at some of our personal favourite design blog posts, which we have published on Creative Nerds  through out 2013. Its been a great 2013, and we have bigger and better plans to pump out even  great content through out 2014.

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Dec 12
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Photo Manipulate a Fiery Fantasy Warrior

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 15:00 — julie

How would you rate your photo manipulation skills?

Photo manipulation is at the very core of digital art. It teaches us about composition, blending, complex workflows and many other aspects of being a top designer.

Today’s design lesson will teach you how to photo manipulate a fantasy flaming warrior using a range of professional techniques. You’ll learn how to composite several images into a single cohesive scene. You’ll learn how to blend effectively, apply surface textures, lighting and much more.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Happening Soon

We’ll also be making a big announcement about the future of PSDFAN in the next couple of weeks, so keep a look out for it. It’s all very positive, and focuses on some great things building in our community, as well as some big plans for the new year. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified of this big announcement:

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Dec 10
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Get a Free Year of Tuts+ Premium by Trying New Relic

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 00:12 — julie

Tuts+ is partnering with New Relic to give you a great deal on a Tuts+ Premium membership. The idea’s simple. Deploy New Relic any time before the 31st December, and get a free yearly membership to Tuts+ Premium (worth $180).

What is New Relic?

New Relic is the only dashboard you need to keep an eye on application health and availability. It provides a simple way to monitor and boost performance for your entire web app environment, giving you complete visibility anytime you want it.

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Nov 28
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Create a Surreal, Floating Landscape With a Fantasy Twist

Thu, 11/28/2013 - 15:00 — julie

Floating landscapes always make for fun Photoshop work. However, often with floating landscape compositions, the floating landscape is the extent of the image, and it lacks any real story. Over at our members community, members are buzzing with ideas and inspiration. We teach people that it’s more important to develop creative direction than it is to master every complex tool in Photoshop. The crucial thing is for your images to tell a story, and to mean something to the viewer.

Today’s tutorial builds on the darker aspects of the famous Alice in Wonderland franchise. The Mad Hatter was always a pivotal figure, and in this composition he is shown as ultimate key-holder to a bizarre, fantasy world.

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Nov 28
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Best Of Web And Design In November 2013

Thu, 11/28/2013 - 03:00 — julie


The second from last monthly web round-up of the year. The monthly web round-up features a great collection of advanced illustrator tutorials, we have also included some great festive Photoshop tutorials which will teach you some great techniques for creating Christmas designs of your own.

Pleas feel free to share some of your  favourite tutorials and articles you have came across this published within november.

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