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Best design articles from 2023

This is our annual post where we reflect on some of our personal favorite posts that we have published throughout 2023 on Creative Nerds. In our 15th year as a design blog, we have published over 100 posts this year alone. The roundup features a diverse range of posts, including Photoshop tutorials and free vector icons. This post serves as a highlight of the exceptional content we have shared this year. We sincerely thank you for your continued support and for reading Creative Nerds. It is greatly appreciated.

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Mist free photoshop brush set

Introducing the 3 mist Photoshop brush set, a free tool to apply an authentic mist effect to your photography or artwork. Enhance your designs, save time, and enjoy the benefits of this high-quality brush set, suitable for both professionals and hobbyists.

10 Futuristic free fonts

Discover 10 free futuristic fonts that can elevate your project, whether for headlines, quotes, body text, or logo design. These fonts offer a unique touch and are versatile for various design elements.

100 Free Fairy Tale themed icon set

The is another jaw dropping icon set courtesy of the great guys over a Free Pik. This includes in total 100 fairy tale icons. Hands down the best fairy tale set, and even better is available for free of charge. The set includes a range of various icons from Fairies to battle axes. The icon set comes in SVG and PNG format, so perfect for web and print.

How to create a punk kid illustration using illustrator

In this tutorial we will be using illustrator to create an illustration of a “punk kid”. This tutorials is perfect for illustrator newbies, or even veteran users of illustrator. We’ll be working with the basic shapes to start, then use a variety of gradients to add depth and details to our illustration. The concept is based on the popularity of punk style and of course I’ve made a couple of sketches on the paper first. We are using illustrator for the tutorial, but the same result can be achieved in almost any vector editor.

10 iconic brand logo redesigns

This post explores the fascinating evolution of some of the world’s most iconic brands and the ways in which they have adapted and changed their logos over time. With a diverse range of brands featured, including Burger King and Facebook, this post offers valuable insights that you can use to refresh and evolve your own brand.

Vintage sunburst free texture

This is a great vintage sunburst background your’ll really enjoy using across your designs. The texture is 100% free to use in personal or commercial design projects. The texture is 2500px by 3000px its perfect for any type of digital design design projects. This a great addition to our huge library of free texture, which we hope you enjoy using throughout your projects as much as we enjoyed crafting it together.

10 free E-books for front-end developers

We are thrilled to announce our latest collection of free eBooks which is tailored for front-end developers. After the success of our previous article, “10 free E-books for UX and design,” we decided to come back with another compilation of eBooks. This time, our focus is entirely on front-end development. Our collection includes a wide range of eBooks, which cover various topics, including the magic of CSS, JavaScript myth busters, and much more.

50 Free back to school icons

Introducing the ultimate back to school icon set – a comprehensive collection of school themed icons that will take your design artwork or projects to the next level! From a backpack to a pencil icon, this set has got you covered. And the best part? It’s completely free!

How to create an under water effect using Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial is a great resource for those who are interested in exploring new ways to enhance their portrait photos. Specifically, it provides a comprehensive and detailed guide on how to add an underwater effect, which will create an enchanting and surreal vibe to your images.

10 free comic book fonts

Gone are the days when comic sans was the only option available for adding comic book style text effects to your designs. With the advent of technology, there are now hundreds of free fonts that you can download for free and use in both personal and commercial projects.

New Photoshop AI functionality

In this tutorial, we’ll delve into the exciting world of Adobe Photoshop Beta 2023 and explore the innovative AI tools that it brings to the table. These new tools offer a wealth of possibilities for transforming your photos into something truly unique and special. For instance, we’ll take a closer look at the Select Subject Tool, a powerful new feature that allows you to quickly and easily select the subject of your image with just a few clicks. With this tool, you can easily cut out people, animals, and objects from their background and place them in new environments.

100 hand sketched free vector elements

Our great friends over at freepik have created yet another amazing design resource exclusive to Creative Nerds’ readers. They have designed a spectacular set of hand-drawn vector elements in various styles and formats that can be used in a wide variety of projects, including web and print design.

How to create a dual light effect using Photoshop

In this comprehensive Photoshop tutorial, we will carefully walk you through each step to create a stunning dual light effect that not only enhances portrait photos but can also be applied to any type of photography. This widely recognized photo effect has gained popularity, and we are thrilled to reveal the exact techniques you can use to recreate it. With our detailed instructions and guidance, you will be able to achieve remarkable results that will impress both yourself and others.

Fire rising free texture

This free texture of rising flames is a great resource for designers looking to add intensity to their projects. With bold colors and intricate details, it’s perfect for backgrounds, banners, or any design element needing some heat. The texture is customizable, measures 2500px by 2500px, and is compatible with any design application. Best of all, it’s free for personal and commercial use, so add some fiery flair to your designs today!

5 tutorial guides for getting started with learning Figma

Figma is a widely-used browser-based design tool that is quickly gaining popularity among creative professionals due to its incredible advantages. One of the most prominent features of Figma is its real-time collaboration tool, a feature that is not available in traditional “offline” design apps like Photoshop. In contrast, with Figma, multiple users can easily work on the same file simultaneously without having to export files as images and send them through email or instant messages.

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