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Creative Bookmarks: Best of March 2010

March was another month full of amazing tutorials, showcases and articles. Here’s Creative Bookmarks March!

Photoshop Tutorials

Create a Dark and Surreal Poster Using Your Own Portrait

This tutorial was inspired by the work of digital artist Rob Shields titled “Keep Me in the Dark”. This tutorial requires the use of a tablet for you to give the photo a more detailed look.

How to Create a Highly Detailed Hi-Tech Power Button

In this tutorial you’ll create a hi-tech style button that can be used in many different places. You’ll learn to use Illustrator to create the vectors and Photoshop to make the great looking effects.

Super Easy Neon Style in Photoshop

This is a great screencast by Ash Davies that teaches you how to creat neon text with simple techniques and effects in Photoshop.

Arcadia 80’s VHS Style

In this great Photoshop tutorial, from Abduzeedo, you’ll learn how to create an 80’s inspired VHS image style.

Design a Tropical iPhone Advertisement

This tutorial shows you how to create a tropical underwater iPhone advertisement. You’ll learn how to use a variety of techniques in Photoshop to compose an excellent ad.

Create a Cosmic XBOX using Custom Brushes

This tutorial teaches you how to use custom brushes and other Photoshop techniques to create a cosmic looking Xbox composition.

Achieve Brilliant Lighting Effects in Photoshop

This tutorial teaches you how to use brushes, blending options and stock imagery to create a sexy composition with lighting effects.

How to Create a Distinguishable Textured Web Layout in Photoshop

This tutorial teaches you how to create a web layout using textures and effects from start to finish in Photoshop.

Create a Chalkboard Style Wordpress Layout in Photoshop

In this tutorial, from Devise Function, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to create a chalkboard looking blog layout.

How to Make a High-Impact Fashion Poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial, from the up and coming Design Instruct, you’ll learn how to use basic shapes and effects to create a fashion poster.

Create a Colorful Space Scene in Photoshop

This tutorial, by Andrea Austoni, teaches you how to create a nice illustration inspired by the movie “Moon”.

How To Use Curves in Photoshop

This is a great article that shows you how to use one of the most powerful adjustment tools in Photoshop: Curves.

Illustrator Tutorials

An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish

A very interesting tutorial, from Design Instruct, that takes you behind the scenes and shows you the illustration process from start to finish.

Create A Cute Creature Character From A Sketch

In this tutorial, on Vectips, you’ll learn how to use an array of Illustrator tools to create a cute creature; techniques that can also be applied to many other projects.

Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator

I really liked this tutorial from Chris Spooner. In it, he uses basic shapes, gradients and subtle effects to make a very nice vector panda.

Create a Candy Inspired Vector Snowboard Design

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to put together a candy inspired design by cutting, splitting and joining vector paths to produce an intricate weave of basic shapes.

Create a Fun Print-Ready Doodled Business Card Design

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to combine fun doodles with a business card design to create a print-ready PDF.

How to Make an Attractive Vector Butterfly

This great tutorial from VectorTuts+, will show you how to combine shapes, blending modes and the gradient mesh to create a beautiful butterfly.

Don’t Be Constrained by Control Points: An Introduction to Extreme Path

This is a great tutorial by Grant Friedman from Colorburned, that shows you how to use Extreme Path, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator.

Create Quirky Repeating Patterns

This tutorial teaches you how to create repeating patterns. The techniques you’ll learn can be applied to a wide range of projects, such as , textiles, T-shirt prints and more.

Web Tutorials

Flexible Color Schemes in Layouts with RGBa

In this tutorial, from Build Internet, you’ll learn how to use RGBa to create a monochromatic layout in which all color is relative to the background color.

Design & Code a Cool iPhone App Website in HTML5

This tutorial on Line25, teaches you how to create an iPhone App website using new and interesting techniques with HTML5 and CSS3.

Top 5 Web Design Debates That Cause the Most Riots

This is a great article that examines five popular debates in which everyone has their own opinion and, therefore, they become online riots.

10 Features to Look Forward to in WordPress 3.0

This article, on Nettuts+, talks about the much anticipated release of Wordpress 3.0 and the great new features that will be included.

How to Create a Simple iTunes-like Slider

Sliders are a great way to make good use of space. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a slider that is similar to the one used in the iTunes store.

Personal Branding for Web Designers

A great article from Web Design Ledger that talks about how important it is to brand yourself efficiently.

Top 8 Dreaded Favors Asked of Web Designers

In this great post, Jacqueline Thomas talks about the eight most common annoying favors that every designer will be asked at one point or another.

The Future Of CSS Typography

This great article, by Inayaili de León, thoroughly covers typography on the web and all of the new features and effects becoming available to web designers.

Freebies, Inspiration & Resources

22 Fresh High-Quality Fonts for Your Designs

This is a great collection of free and high-quality typefaces. The list contains 22 different fonts that can be very useful for any project that you have.

Halftones Pack – 55 Free Vectors, Brushes, and Images

This is a great freebie pack from Media Militia that’s filled with 55 different types of halftones. The pack is available as Photoshop Brushes, vectors or images.

The Work of Illustrator/Typographer Jessica Hische

Jessica’s work is absolutely beautiful. With some big name clients under her belt, her talent and creativity is undeniable. This is a great showcase of some her most inspiring designs.

50 Examples of Large Photography Backgrounds within Web Design

The creativity & absolute beauty of the each one of these sites is breathtaking. This showcase is sure to inspire!

50 Yellow Web Designs to Inspire You

An inspiring showcase on Web Design Ledger filled with yellow themed website designs that are absolutely stunning.
Personal Favorite: Strange Native.

40 Amazing Minimalist Website Designs For Your Inspiration

Less is more. This showcase proves that.

40 Beautiful & Creative Poster Designs for Your Inspiration

When you’re in a creative slump, one of these showcases will appear and completely knock the creative block out of you.

Heart Directed: A Gallery of Art Directed Blogs

Heart Directed is the brain child of Jad Limcaco that displays articles around the web that have been “art directed”.

Interview With David Airey

David Airey, the author of Logo Design Love, stands out as an expert in our field. In this interview, he answers some questions that any designer would find interesting.

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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