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Best of the web for Design and Web Development February 2019

This post where rounding up the highlights in our usual fashion. A collection of fresh Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials all created throughout February 2019. We have also included several web and design articles from constraints layouts for web designers to deadly sins of user research. The monthly roundup is always great read, and I hope you enjoy this edition.

Photoshop

How to Create a Luxury Gold Text Effect Action in Photoshop

If you read my tutorials, you see that I like to show people how to create Photoshop actions. That’s because Photoshop actions make the process a lot easier when you want to apply Photoshop font effects.

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Make a Trendy Double Exposure Effect in Adobe Photoshop

You’ve probably seen this interesting effect of two or more overlapping photos on the covers of music albums, in modern magazines and in advertisements. In this tutorial we’ll create a trendy double exposure effect in Adobe Photoshop with the help of Blending Modes and Clipping Masks in a few steps.

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Add ice to a photo in Photoshop

Create a frosted, ice-cold effect that’s perfect for seasonal projects.

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Compositing and Editing in Photoshop

I’ve enjoyed processing some photos of my car lately, using various editing and compositing techniques to enhance the flat and boring images that come out of the camera into vibrant automotive portraits. Today I’ll show you the process I went through to transform a rear-end shot of my Mustang in a rather uninspiring location of the local supermarket car park, into a much improved version with a dramatic backdrop, punchy colours and atmospheric lighting effects.

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Illustrator

How to Make a Valentine’s Dinner Restaurant Menu Flyer Template

Do you have a fascinating dinner event in mind and wish to kick off the celebration with a catchy restaurant menu design? Great! There are many software packages available to enable you to design flyer templates, but today we will be using Adobe Illustrator in a step-by-step guide to custom designing a Valentine’s Dinner Menu flyer!valentines-poster

Create a Simple Drum Icon in Adobe Illustrator

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a simple drum icon in Adobe Illustrator.

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How to Make a Travel Flyer Background in Illustrator

In this tutorial, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Gradient Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to draw a simple travel flyer template. Then you’ll see how to turn this template into a real flyer with Placeit!

How to Create an iPhone Icon

learn how to create a little iPhone icon using nothing more than a couple of basic shapes and tools.

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Constraint Layout (for Designers)

An introductory guide to handoff responsive mobile layouts

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The 7 Deadly Sins of User Research

This essay is taken from an upcoming book by David Travis & Philip Hodgson titled ‘Think Like a UX Researcher’.

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Of Mice and BEM: Getting Past Common Problems With CSS Organization

Philip addresses four common misconceptions about BEM and explains how and why the CSS naming convention of Block Element Modifier helps solve organizational thinking around class names.

To Grid or to Flex?

A recent Twitter thread started by Chris Coyier got me thinking about how people in general interpret the use cases for CSS Grid Layout versus flexbox:

CSS Scroll Snap — How It Really Works

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