Aug 29

Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 22:57 — julie


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Another a month has past us by, and we are now rounding up the best design resources and tutorials from august. The roundup includes a great collection of Photoshop and illustrator tutorials as well as some great web and design articles certainly worth reading through.

Illustrator Tutorials

Create a Simple Map Icon in Adobe Illustratormap icon Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

n the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple map icon in Adobe Illustrator. First, using basic tool, effects and techniques, you will learn how to create the starting shapes. Next, using a bunch of rectangles and the Envelope Distort technique, you will create the simple map. Using basic blending and vector shape building techniques along with the Appearance panel, you will learn how to add shading and highlights for the overall icon. Finally, using basic shapes along with a Warp effect and the Appearance panel, you will learn how to create a simple map pin.

Create a Sparkling, Glitter Portrait From Stock in Adobe Illustratorglitter model thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

In the tutorial it goes through how to create a sparkling portrait. I’ll show you how to create your own skintone palette, render flawless skin, create hair from brushes and of course… add a good handful of glitter, all in Adobe Illustrator. There’s no blurs, meshes or raster effects in this tutorial, it’s 100% vector and 100% fabulous! So let’s get on with it.

Create a Grungy Web Badgegrungy web badges thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a grungy web badge in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to setup a simple grid and how to easily center the starting shapes using the Align panel. Next, taking full advantage of the Appearance panel and using some basic masking and vector shape building techniques, you will learn how to create the two main shapes. Moving on, using a built-in art brush and some new masking techniques, you will learn how to add a that grungy effect. Using some Type tools along with several Drop Shadow effects, you will learn how to add the text. Finally, you can learn how to easily recolor your entire web badge.

Create a Cute and Simple Panda With Basic Shapes in Adobe Illustratorpanda thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a cute illustration with upside down panda in Adobe Illustrator. You will use the basic shapes and some use of the Pen Tool (P), so a great project for those who still see themselves as a beginner, but want a little challenge.

 

Photoshop Tutorials

Create a Summer Inspired 3D Text Effect in Photoshopsummer thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

In this tutorial, it will show you how to create a summer inspired 3D text effect. In the process, you will learn how to use Photoshop’s 3D features to create the basic text shape and then combine it with various images in order to achieve a desired result.

Create a stunning pin-up collagepin up collage thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

In this tutorial, Malaysian design maven Ee Venn Soh shows you how to recreate this vibrant illustration that puts a modern spin on the classic pin-up style.

How to Apply a Plastic Mask Effect to a Portraitplastic wrap thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

In this tutorial, you will show you how to quickly and easily create a beautiful, futuristic portrait by applying a plastic wrap effect or mask to a portrait using Cinema 4D and Photoshop.

Create a 3D Vintage Lightbulb Sign Using Illustrator, Cinema 4D, and Photoshoplight bulb thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

Great-looking 3D typography often involves the use of several applications. In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a vintage lightbulb sign using Adobe Illustrator to create and export the basic paths, Cinema 4D to create the 3D render, and Photoshop for post-production.

Web And Design articles

10 Useful Hacks Still Needed For WordPress 3.6wordpress thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

WordPress 3.6 has rolled out and it has some much appreciated improvements. It just goes to show just how impressive WordPress as a platform is. Where a bunch of people can get together and create something wonderful and then just give it away for other people to use for free. Well, we all know and appreciate just how great WordPress is, however there is always some type of tweak and hack we would like that makes life just a little easier.

Build a Dynamic Dashboard With ChartJSjs thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

You we will be creating a dynamic dashboard with live charts, through the power of ChartJS. ChartJS is a powerful, dependency free JavaScript library which builds graphs via the canvas element. Best of all, it’s easy for designers to get up and running. We’ll be focusing on the pieces of the library that get you up and running with beautiful and functional charts fast. We will build a mobile-friendly dashboard from start to finish.

The Apple Standard: 6 Guiding Principles for a Better Web Experienceapple standard thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

Sometimes we look at a big brand like Apple, and we know there are behind-the-scenes decisions that make that brand what it is — but we rarely get to see what they are.

Getting Started with the Sass Preprocessorsass thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

Preprocessors are a popular way of simplifying and writing more manageable CSS, as well as making use of frameworks to write better CSS. Let’s take a look at the basics and learn how to create a fully loaded CSS3 button with gradients, shadows and transitions while making use of the Sass preprocessor and Compass framework to do all the hard work for us.

Web Assets – Tips for Better Organization and Performancesave thumb Best Of Web And Design In August 2013

Remember back to when we had to spend a lot of time optimizing our project’s assets (images, CSS, etc..)? Well today, users have a much faster Internet connection and it appears that we can afford to use bigger images or bigger flash files with a lot of video and pictures inside. However, with the rise of mobile development, we are again back in that same situation. It is extremely important to create well optimized sites, so that we have faster applications, which download less content and respond immediately.


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