Best Of Web And Design In February 2012



This is our second monthly wrap up of the year, which is a great compilation of design resources, tutorials, and web design articles to check out. I hope you enjoy the monthly roundup. We would love for you to share your favourite blog post featured in the roundup.



Create liquid effects in Photoshopliquid-effects

João Oliveira explains how to use the Liquify filter to create fluid elements for your Photoshop illustrations.

Create a Dynamic Particle Explosion in Photoshopexplostion-text-effect

In this tutorial, it will go to explain my process for using our latest freebie brush set to create a particle explosion.

Quick Tip: Create an “Action” Text Effect in Photoshopaction-text-effect

In this quick tip tutorial you will demonstrate how to create a cinematic “Action” Text Effect in Photoshop using layer styles.

Photoshop Quick Tip: Create a Lomo Effect in 3 Simple Stepslomo-effect

The good news is, you don’t have to have one of these cameras to produce your own “Lomo styled” photos. With 3 simple steps in Photoshop you can create some very interesting Lomo looks.



How To Create a Cool Vector Yeti Character in Illustrator


Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a cool vector Yeti character. We’ll use as many basic shapes as possible to achieve that quirky style of illustration, then bring the character to life with a palette of cold colours. Despite the use of basic shapes this tutorial includes a good spread of intermediate to advanced tools and techniques.

Quick Tip: How to Create Vector Mascot Characters Using a Graphic Tabletmascot

Russian illustrator Victoria Vasilyeva will share the secrets of her Illustration skills with us. She specializes in illustrating children’s books, advertising, creating characters and icons. In this Quick Tip you will learn more about how to take an illustration client from concept to final artwork.


Create a Block Game Interface in Illustratorblock-game

In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a block game interface in Adobe Illustrator CS5. Vector game graphics allow for versatile artwork. The workflow presented in this tutorial will teach you how to create game graphics in Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Be My Valentinevaltines-day

Valentine’s Day, the most romantic holiday of the year is upon us. So why not take the opportunity to learn how to create a romantic gift box in AI. In this Adobe Illustrator tutorialwe will be learning how to create a heart shaped gift box by using a few basic tools such as the Ellipse Tool (L) and Pen Tool (P).


Web design Articles

Orman Clark’s Vertical Navigation Menu: The CSS3 Version


Next in the Orman Clark’s coded PSD series is his awesome looking Vertical Navigation Menu. We’ll recreate it with CSS3 and jQuery while using the minimal amount of images possible.

Mood Boarding Methods for Web Designersmooboards

You may have the experience of diving headfirst into a web design project, only to get overwhelmed by the design possibilities. There are steps in the design process to implement to cut down on the unknown and this is usually in the form of a mood board.

A Dozen Tricks Used By Clients To Manipulate Freelancerstricks

Since the dawn of time, mankind has tried to find ways to get people to do what they want. Sometimes they employ strong-arm tactics and sometimes they use deceit, but most of the time they use manipulation to bend people to their will.

Making a Great jQuery Image Slidermain-image

I was on the Mac App Store yesterday and I couldn’t help but notice their very pretty image slider. It automatically slides down every so often, but once you interact, you can ‘push’ an image onto a larger canvas to display it.


St. Valentine’s Day Icon Setvalantine-icons

Cuberto‘s fantastic St. Valentine’s icon set — exclusively designed for Smashing Magazine and its loyal readers.

Sketchy Social Media Icons Free Vectorskechy-icons

Hand Drawn Sketchy Social Media Icons Free Vector Pack containing several icons of popular social networks.

Black & White Minimal Social Icons Packminimal-icons

Hand Drawn Sketchy Social Media Icons Free Vector Pack containing several icons of popular social networks.


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  • Sü Smith

    I really like this month’s list. The “Tricks used by Clients to Manipulate Freelancers” article was great. The mood board article is super cool too!

  • Sila Mahmud

    I like the idea of this tutorial, it’s very creative and the
    result looks great.