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Creative Bookmarks: Best of January 2010

Happy belated new year Creative Bookmarkers! We’re well on our way into twenty-ten, and have a handful of outstanding resources to share from January.

Photoshop Tutorials

Create a Clean Blue Portfolio Design in Photoshop

There are a couple of nice photoshop layout tutorials from around the web in January. First up is simple portfolio design by Tomas Laurinavičius.

How to Make a Vibrant Portfolio Web Design in Photoshop

To compliment the clean style, our friend and Tutorial9 contributor Ionut Ciursa has put together a tutorial for a more vibrant outgoing web layout.

Jungle 3D text in Photoshop
Jungle 3D text in Photoshop

Cool Photoshop tutorial that explains how to create a 3D text effect. The text is created in Xara3d and the letters are texturized in Photoshop. Plus+ there’s a free jungle wallpaper for download!

How to create a fantasy photomanipulation in Photoshop

Awesome tutorial that will show you how to combine stock images in Photoshop to make a fantasy photomanipulation. You’ll tinker with colors, mask and adjustment layers.

Abduzeedo 2010 Light Effects in Photoshop

This tutorial on Abduzeedo will show you how to create a light effect in Photoshop.You’ll learn how to use Blend Modes and Blurs to create a great looking poster.

Very Easy Heroes Eclipse in Photoshop – Screencast

This tutorial shows you how to recreate the solar eclipse image from Heroes in a slightly retro style using nothing but Photoshop.

How to Make a Professional Buddy Icon in Photoshop

To created a usable icon, it should be flexible to scale up or down. In this intermediate-level tutorial, you’ll learn how to make an awesome icon from scratch using Photoshop and its Pen tool.

How to Create a Fun, Red-Haired Boy Character

This tutorial, shows you how to make a boy character in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to take a sketch, use shapes, the brush tool, and other effects to create a great looking character.

How to Create a Serene Panorama from Multiple Photographs

This excellent tutorial on PSDTuts+, teaches you how to combine multiple stock photos into a beautiful scenery in Photoshop.

Design a Colorful Retro Futuristic Poster in Photoshop

An excellent tutorial by Chris Spooner that shows you how to make a bright and colorful retro futuristic poster in Photoshop.

Create a Fantastic Abstract Fan Poster

This tutorial uses layering, lighting, textures and some unusual techniques to create a fantastic abstract piece for the band Omega Code.

Illustrator Tutorials

How to Create a Cute Vector Bear T-Shirt Design

This tutorial shows you how to design a bear character and surrounding scenery using basic shapes, for use as a cool t-shirt design.

Create a Google Phone Styled Background in 6 Easy Steps

This tutorial from Vectips shows you how to create the “Nexus One” Google Phone background with a few simple steps using transparency modes to create cool lighting effects.

Create An Editable Metal Type Treatment

This tutorial uses the Appearance panel to create a metal looking type treatment that is fully editable when it is done.

Create a Set of Shiny Character Eyes

This tutorial teaches you how to create detailed vector eyes. Although the techniques used here are basic, the result looks great and can be used for all sorts of character designs.

How to Create Typeface Characters

This tutorial by Julian Dorado, shows you how to take different sections of the characters of a font and put them together, therefore creating all kinds of creatures.

Shakespeare Text Illustration Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to make a portrait of William Shakespeare in Illustrator using text.

Cafe Style Coffee Art in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial shows you how to make a beautiful coffee illustration that was inspired by the book “1000 Restaurant, bar & café graphics”.

Web Tutorials

The New Hotness: Using CSS3 Visual Effects

This article on Smashing Magazine shows you how to use CSS3 visual effects to create impressive image galleries, animated music players and overlay images.

How to Make a CSS Sprite Powered Menu

This tutorial by the guys at Build Internet teaches you the process of building a navigation menu using a single CSS sprite image.

Create Custom Option Panels with Wordpress 2.9

This tutorial shows you how to create a custom options panel to insert analytic tracking codes. The latest version of Wordpress is used which means you’ll be able to transfer the skills you learn to other projects you may have.

How to Create a Cool Anaglyphic Text Effect with CSS

This tutorial on Line25 shows you how to create anaglyphs without repeating markup. The 3D effect might not work but the style is cool looking anyway.

How to Create a Theme-Switcher in 200 Seconds

This tutorial from NetTuts+ teaches you how to create a “color-switcher” in 200 seconds, using jQuery.

jQuery Animations: A 7-Step Program

This tutorial shows you how you can make a dull interface shine with some awesome jQuery animations.

Unconventional: CSS3 Link Checking

This great article by Doug Neiner teaches you how to use CSS3 unconventionally to check for empty links in your website designs.

Maybe Your Blog Needs to Fail

Usually, people view success as avoiding failure. However, Fuel Your Blogging makes the point that maybe failure is what your blog needs to succeed.

Freebies, Inspiration & Resources

The six fundamental ways of adding depth to your designs

Creativity Den gives us a crash course in depth in web design, complete with plenty of examples to boot.

Liquid Ink Pack

The Liquid Ink Pack is filled with 45 images, all at a high resolution. These images are for your personal and commercial use.

Radial Pack

The Radial Pack from Media Militia is a perfect addition to your resources folders with 50 different elements. You can download them as Photoshop Brushes or Vectors.

20 Fonts Ideal for Big and Powerful Headings

It’s important to choose the right typeface to compliment a website’s style. This article on Web Design Ledger, rounds up 20 fonts that are ideal for creating great headings.

30 Websites with Lovely Layout and Typography

I’m a big lover of typography and how it’s used in design. This is a great showcase of 30 websites showcasing beautiful typography and layout design from The Design Cubicle.

What? There is a Clique? Get over it.

This is an excellent article from the guys at Obox wrote. I also recommend you read the comments; the discussion is very interesting.

An Interview with Designer & Blogger Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips is the founder of Freelance Folder, Design Newz, and Spyre Studios. He’s a very interesting guy and I recommend you check out this interview with him.

27 Free Wooden Badges – Social Icon Pack

An awesome icon pack from Dawghouse Design Studio complete with 27 Wooden Social Icons created for the readers of Tutorial9.

Inspiration in Light Art: Photos, Videos, and Guides

Inspiration can be found in a variety of places, one of them being light art. In this round-up Matthew Kammerer did a great job in collecting some beautiful forms of light art.

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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