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Best Design Resources of September 2008

To use all of these Free Graphics and PSD mockups you need Adobe Photoshop

The ending of the summer expands into the design world as September hasn’t been that productive and inspiring for designers like July or August. Nevertheless here are the CLD design picks for September 2008.

Before we start be sure to take a look at the previous issues :

Photoshop Tutorials

Create an amazing ad in Photoshop

This tutorial is just an exercise I did with my friend Cameron trying to create a Nike ad, it’s not commercial, it’s just because we love some of their ads and we’d love to be able to design one, maybe someday. So in this tutorial we will use some images and play with Blend Modes and Color Adjustments to create a really cool Nike Ad in Photoshop.

Create an amazing ad in Photoshop

Photoshop Adjustment Layer and Retouching Tutorial with Video

This tutorial should hopefully have you adjusting and touching up all your photos at an intermediate level in no time. the techniques and principles can ten be applied in doing other things within photoshop.

Photoshop Adjustment Layer and Retouching Tutorial with Video

Create a Cool Retro City

Learn how to take a every day, mundane photograph and turn it into a super-cool 70’s-like piece of art. We’ll go over everything from picking the right picture, to finding the right textures.

Create a Cool Retro City

Design a cool portfolio – Part 1 and 2

Tutorial teaching you how to create a side-scrolling portfolio site. If you’re planning to get serious in the design industry then you need to get yourself an online portfolio. Here I’m going to show you how to draft up the layout in Photoshop then next time I’ll be showing you how to code it in html/CSS.

Create a cool Portfolio - Part 1 and 2

Create a Colorful 3D Text in Photoshop

In this tutorial you’ll gonna learn how to create a Colorful 3D Text effect in photoshop.

Create a Colorful 3D Text in Photoshop

How to create a grunge website in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a complete grunge home page design. We’ll design the header, sidebar, body, footer, and style everything to work together in a heavily textured and worn design.

How to create a grunge website in Photoshop

CD cover design

In this tutorial we learn some original Photoshop techniques through the creation of a CD cover. Some useful methods of enhancing workflow and efficiency are shown like using smart objects. The image we are creating will be in the style of some of the Ministry of Sound CD’s. We will explore a creative use of the displace filter in order to distort some of the image.

CD cover design

Photoshop Freebies

Free High Resolution Plain and Grunge Paper Textures

10 free high resolution textures divided into 2 sets. Almost all paper textures are a stunning 3000px wide.

Free High Resolution Plain and Grunge Paper Textures

500+ Excellent High Quality Free Tribal Brushes in Photoshop

500+ Excellent High Quality Free Tribal Brushes in Photoshop selected from deviantArt.

500+ Excellent High Quality Free Tribal Brushes in Photoshop

50 Free Photoshop Pattern Sets

In this list, you can find patterns of fire, Christmas, floral, Saint Valentine, stone… and many more.

50 Free Photoshop Pattern Sets

HTML and CSS

Javascript in Modern Web Design

In today’s web design, Javascript is a must-have component. Aside from its functionality, Javascript can enhance user experience by creating transitional effects such as fading and sliding animation.

Javascript in Modern Web Design

10 smart Javascript Techniques to improve your UI

Javascript can add a lot of special effects that can really improve the user’s experience. Here are 10 simple and clever Javascript techniques that add an extra dose of usability to any webpage.

10 smart Javascript Techniques to improve your UI

10 Great Free SEO Tools and Resources

A little list of free SEO analysing tools that I use. Hope you find them useful.

10 Great Free SEO Tools and Resources

CSS Typography: Contrast Techniques, Tutorials and Best Practices

The main advantage of elegant CSS typography lies in its ability to be both attractive and improves the user experience. When chosen wisely and used carefully, it can be very effective to support the overall design.

CSS Typography: Contrast Techniques, Tutorials and Best Practices

Free Icons

Simplicio: A Free Icon Set

The icons are available in the .png- and .ico-formats in the resolution 128×128px. AI-sources are also included in the package.

Simplicio: A Free Icon Set

DelliPack: A Free Icon Set

The icons are available in the .png-format in the resolutions 256×256px, 128×128px, 64×64px, 48×48px, 32×32px and 16×16px.

DelliPack: A Free Icon Set

RSS Feed Icons – Photoshop Shapes

The icons are in Photoshop CS3 shape format (.csh)

RSS Feed Icons - Photoshop Shapes

Vectors

70 Cute and Cheeky Vector Animal Characters

This collection of 70 cute and cheeky vector animal characters provides a roundup of some fantastic fauna-based illustrations from across the web. We’ve got everything from bears to beavers to… well, weird—and strangely fat—Japanese-style bunnies.

70 Cute and Cheeky Vector Animal Characters

Typography

21 Inspirational Typography Artworks from DeviantArt

The inspirational collection here ranges from portraits made from just Typographic characters to abstract art design using 3D software and type elements.

21 Inspirational Typography Artworks from DeviantArt

10 Fonts to design original logos

This collection includes Unit Rounded Bold, Helvetica Neue, Qlassik, Punk’s not dead, Chica Monospace, Kyra Lynn, Nicotine, Light Out, Anja Eliane and Danube.

10 Fonts to design original logos

Hand Drawn Fonts Collection

They’re not the classic handwritten style but rather sketches of actual serif and sans serif fonts.

Hand Drawn Fonts Collection

Top 7 Fonts Used By Professionals In Graphic Design

7 of the most used fonts by designers.

Top 7 Fonts Used By Professionals In Graphic Design

General Design Resources

Top 5 Web App Combos for Running an Online Business

When it comes to freelancing and working on the web, few things are more important than the online applications that make it all possible. From project management, to invoicing, to contact management, and more — each of these apps play a critical role in running an online or freelance business.

Top 5 Web App Combos for Running an Online Business

25+ Essential Articles For Every WordPress Beginner

With thousands of new blogs springing up every day, it can be quite daunting for a new user to be thrust into a new interface and blogging platform.

25+ Essential Articles For Every WordPress Beginner

50 Ridiculous Retro-Style Broken Line Illustrator Brushes

50 retro-style Illustrator brushes for free. Each brush is a series of randomly spaced out lines, in varied widths, lengths and colors, complete with corner objects. The corner objects are awesome because they will allow you to apply these brushes to practically any shape.

50 Ridiculous Retro-Style Broken Line Illustrator Brushes

20+ Inspiring Pixel Artists, Tutorials, and Resources

Pixel by painstakingly crafted pixel, artists create masterpieces styled as early video game art. Let’s take a look at some of the top pixel art studios and artists that will leave your mouth dripping with wet little squares.

20+ Inspiring Pixel Artists, Tutorials, and Resources

How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

This tutorial will look at taking a HTML/CSS template and turning it into a functioning WordPress theme.

How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

30+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials : Mastering Your Tools and Options

A collection of excellent Adobe Illustrator tutorials that shows you exactly what needs to be done in order to create professional artworks using which tool and option.

30+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials : Mastering Your Tools and Options

2008 Logo Trends

Finding those little treasures are one of the great perks of categorizing 27,000 logos, as LogoLounge and a talented panel of judges just did in preparation for our fourth book.

2008 Logo Trends

10 Free and Extremely Useful Illustrator Scripts

Illustrator supports scripting from AppleScript, Visual Basic, JavaScript, and ExtendScript. When activated, these scripts perform operations within Illustrator or may involve other programs such as word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.

10 Free and Extremely Useful Illustrator Scripts

20 Firefox Add-ons to Enhance your Web Development

20 extremely useful Firefox Add-ons that can help developers create websites more efficiently.

20 Firefox Add-ons to Enhance your Web Development

Vlad Studio Wallpapers

A website dedicated in collecting great wallpapers.

Vlad Studio Wallpapers

10 Resources to Help You Decide What To Charge for Design Work

10 financial resources for freelancers

10 Resources to Help You Decide What To Charge for Design Work

MD Stock – Free Daily Stock

Free daily stock photography and vectors.

MdStock - Free Daily Stock

23 Job Boards: The Best For Web Designers + Programmers

A list of the most reputable job boards that target high-end talent and offer a variety of opportunities. Job post duration is 30 days unless otherwise noted and most are free for applicants with a few exceptions. Cost is on a per job post basis.

23 Job Boards: The Best For Web Designers + Programmers

Top 7 Most Cliché Stock Images Used in Web Design

Sometimes clients ask us to implement ‘not-so-unique’ elements into our designs and sometimes it seems almost impossible to convince them otherwise.

Top 7 Most Cliché Stock Images Used in Web Design

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  1. Great list of resources as always. I’m bookmarking all of these sites so I can reference them later and have a look at them in detail. These resources are invaluable and handy for me as I’m a web designer and always looking for good free resources to help me get ideas.
    Thanks for a great list.

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