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Best of the web for Design and Web Development November 2017

The end of month is coming to an end, as always where rounding up the highlights from the month by collating together the very best Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials published in the online community through out the month of November. There’s some great web articles certainly worth reading too on the new Firefox, as well as tips on SEO + UX.

I hope you like the round up. Your more than welcome to share any articles, or tutorials you came across through the month of November missing from the post.

Photoshop

How to Create an Amethyst Geode Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

An amethyst is a stunning violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s filters, brush settings, and a bunch of different layer styles to create a dazzling amethyst geode inspired text effect.

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Cute Character with Felt Effects in Photoshop

The tools make it easy to apply these textures to your artwork to give it a realistic fuzzy fabric appearance, with little details like stitches to complement the hand-made look.felt-effect

How to use Photoshop Actions, Conditional Actions and Droplets

A simple step-by-step guide to automating Photoshop using the full Actions feature set.

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How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Autumn is all about the beautiful reds and golds and what’s in between. This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s layer styles, filters, and adjustment layers, along with a couple of stock images, to create a glittering, gold, autumn-inspired text effect.

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Illustrator

How to Create a Piggy-Bank Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps you will learn how to create a detailed piggy-bank illustration in Adobe Illustrator.

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How to Create a Sunny Bee Illustration in 10 Easy Steps!

In this tutorial we’ll be creating a fancy thin-lined bee illustration. We’ll learn using simple geometric shapes, applying strokes and modifying our objects with the help of the Live Corners feature and the Direct Selection Tool.

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How to Create a Cute Cat Character in Adobe Illustrator

In the following steps, you will learn how to create a cute cat character in Adobe Illustrator.

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Save the Date! Create an Elegant Invitation Vector Design

Create an elegant, custom save the date invitation perfect for wedding-related materials, tea parties, and more. We’ll create fanciful flowers from simple polygons, handdrawn details, and customize simple type to get this design worthy of a greeting card.

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Web and design articles

Firefox Quantum is available now – here’s why it’s so damn speedy

Mozilla’s long-awaited Firefox Quantum browser launched today. But if you’re still sat on the fence about whether you want to upgrade, perhaps this will persuade you. TNW spoke to Nick Nguyen, Vice President of Product at Firefox, about what punters can expect from Quantum, and how it actually works under the hood.firefox

DO PLUGINS AFFECT WORDPRESS PERFORMANCE? REAL TEST DATA

In general, there’s no hard cap on the number of plugins that you can run on your WordPress site. While that doesn’t mean you should go crazy installing every plugin in the WordPress.org repository, there’s no reason to believe that the simple act of installing “more” WordPress plugins by itself is bad for your site’s performance.wordpress

SEO + UX = Success

In general, there’s no hard cap on the number of plugins that you can run on your WordPress site. While that doesn’t mean you should go crazy installing every plugin in the WordPress.org repository, there’s no reason to believe that the simple act of installing “more” WordPress plugins by itself is bad for your site’s performance.seo

Countdown to Launch: How to Come Up with Great Testing Ideas

Whether you are working on a landing page or the homepage of your website, you may be asking yourself, “Why aren’t people converting? What elements are helping or hurting my user experience?”countdow

What do employers expect from UX designers?

I went over 150 job offers in order to determine the most valuable UX skills and traits in 2017.

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How we adapted the Booking.com mobile site for the iPhone X notch

When Apple announced the launch of their latest flagship handset, the iPhone X, they promised it would set a new benchmark for mobile devices of the future. We decided that we had better get acquainted.booking

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