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Best of the web for Design and Web Development December 2017

Happy new year. This is the final monthly roundup from form 2017. I’m sure with the festive holiday season you may not have been on the web, as much as usual no worries we got you covered. We have rounded up as usual the very best Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials from December. We have featured some great tutorials on creating unique text effects using Photoshop and Illustrator. We have included some great articles about dealing with stress as a designer or developer, which I thought where fascinating reads as its something that is extremely common but rarely ever discussed.

I hope you enjoy the articles and tutorials featured in the roundup, and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Photoshop

How To Create a Furry Text Effect in Photoshop

In today’s Adobe Photoshop tutorial we’re going to create a furry text effect by combining a real fur texture image with type, then we’ll use a clever Photoshop Brush trick to eliminate the hard edges from the type to give it a fuzzy appearance with lots of tiny hairs. My example uses the fur of a tabby cat, but you can use the same process with any animal pattern, such as Cheetahs, Zebras and Tigers for a cool safari themed type style.

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Create Magical Fairy Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will create a magical fairy photo manipulation in Photoshop. We will use a girl photo and turn it into a beautiful “Fair in Lamp” scene.fire

Sparkler Light Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Cool looking sparklers light text effectPhotoshop tutorial. You will learn how to create a sparkler typography using any font type and text that you want.sparkles

Turn a photo into 16-bit pixel art

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn a photo of a person into pixel art as a fictional arcade gamecharacter from the early 90s.

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Illustrator

Create a Christmas Candy Text Effect in Illustrator

In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed candy pattern brush and how to cleverly use it to create a sweet text effect.sweet

How to Create Three Star Wars Characters in Adobe Illustrator

In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed candy pattern brush and how to cleverly use it to create a sweet text effect.starwars

Keep Cozy with a Knitted Text Effect Tutorial!

Get warm, stay toasty, it’s cold out there! Play with texture in this knitted text effect tutorial.

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Create a Christmas Card in Adobe Illustrator

In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed candy pattern brush and how to cleverly use it to create a sweet text effect.christmas

Web and Design articles

Debugging CSS Grid Layouts With Firefox Grid Inspector

You may have heard quite a bit of talk about a CSS feature called Grid this year. If you are someone who cringes when you hear the words CSS and grid in the same sentence, then I highly suggest you check out this new CSS module called CSS Grid.

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Is jQuery still relevant?

I’ve been cruising the reddit listings recently and without much searching I found a staggering amount of “jQuery is outdated”, “jQuery isn’t relevant”, “I think jQuery is dying out”, “…forget about jQuery. It isn’t good for anything anymore”, “jQuery hasn’t been relevant for years in my opinion, it’s best to avoid a “career” that requires it”!

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Care and Feeding of Burnout

You’ve been doing too much for too long. And it’s broken you. You’re burned out. You’re done.

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11 Things I Learned Reading the CSS Grid Specification

The Spec was a little bit technical, but it was by far the most enjoyed specification I had ever read. If you’re a more advanced developer, bookmarkit for future references.cssgrid

Dealing With Stress As A Designer: Here’s What Research Says

for you. It takes some of the academic research on stress and applies it to the challenges designers face every day. Read on for tips on how to feel better, get on with other people, and most of all do better work.

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