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The Best Design Articles From 2011

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An annual tradition on Creative Nerds is as one year ends to take a look back at the past year. This post contains all the best articles which we have published on Creative Nerds through out 2011. I love looking back though the past articles, just because theirs so many posts we have created and sometimes new posts we create make us forget about the old good ones.

Articles

8 Things Web Designers Forget When Launching A New Site

A collection of ten common mistakes which web designers regularly tend to forget when launching a brand new websites. This is a collection of common mistakes but also a great check list of tasks which need to be performed in order for website to be completed

How Freelancers Can Ensure They Have A Productive Day

I don’t know about you but i just hate that feeling when you switch off your computer at the end of the day feeling that you have not accomplished anything throughout the day, it feels like a very unproductive day it’s just a horrid feeling. These are some essential tips in order to ensure you have a productive day as freelance designer.

Freelance Web Design Crimes You Should Never Commit

In order to succeed and to be very successful as a freelancer weather you are a freelancer pursuing a career within design or maybe even web design, these are some crucial mistakes which are worth avoiding.

6 Ugly Truths About Being A Freelance Designer

This article is a great insight into common truths which may not sound so great about being a freelance designer. A great short enjoyable read.

Tutorials

Quick Tip: How To Create A Watercolor Text Effect

This is a short quick tip for creating a watercolour text effect using illustrator. Its an easy tutorial as well as very easy to follow with a spectacular outcome. I hope you enjoy the screen cast and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

How To Create A Great Pig Postcard Illustration

This is a short quick tip for creating a watercolour text effect using illustrator. Its an easy tutorial as well as very easy to follow with a spectacular outcome. I hope you enjoy the screen cast and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

How To Create A Beautiful Windmill Illustration Using Illustrator

Windmills have been around for centuries and although their construction evolved through time the idea remains the same. Let this tutorial be a tribute to those old fashioned windmills that are hardly met these days.

How To Create An Espresso Machine Icon Inside Adobe Illustrator

Thousands of people can’t imagine their mornings without a cup of coffee. Espresso machines are the best friends of hardly working creative’s around the world. In this Illustrator tutorial I will guide you through the process of creating an espresso maker icon using simple illustration techniques.

Freebies

A Great Watercolour Strokes Photoshop Brush Set

A personal passion of mine is creating Photoshop brushes, and creating this brush set was a delightful experience. This Brush set is a collection of watercolour brush strokes. The brush set is available to be used within commercial and non commercial designs, all i ask in return is you just leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

A Photoshop Free Instagram Action

 

The instagram retro effect has taken a leap in popularisation in the past year all so thanks to ever so popular instagram Iphone apple app. This Photoshop action will allow you to create an instagram effect using Photoshop by simply applying the action that specific layer containing the photo. This action is a huge time saver and quick easy to apply. I hope you enjoy this freebie and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section.

High Resolution Concrete Free Photoshop Brush Set

A great free brush, a high resolution concrete texture which is a great concrete brush which will give your designs a realistic crack effect.  which is available to be used within commercial and non commercial design projects. Hope you enjoy the brush set and we would really appreciate some feedback upon the set.

A Clean Noise Social Media Icon Set

This  is a great icon set which we created playing with the Photoshop blending options and filters. The icon set is available to be used in commercial and non commercial design projects, therefore i hope you are able to put these icons to good use.

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