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Best Of Web And Design In January 2012


A great collection of Photoshop tutorials and illustrator tutorials, as well as awesome design freebies. The perfect way to kick start the new year and the first web round up of the year. We have captured all the best tutorials, articles, and freebies all for your enjoyment.



Create a Mobile App Icon in Photoshopmobile-icon

This tutorial is part of a three-part series explaining how to design UI elements for mobile applications in Photoshop. In this part, we will explain how to design an icon for your mobile device’s home screen.


How to Create a Steampunk Type Treatment in Photoshoppunk

I don’t know what it is about steampunk style that’s so appealing. Maybe it’s the mix of old world and imaginative technology, or the distressed grungy style that attracts me. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to create steampunk imagery, and in this tutorial, It will walk you through the techniques to create steampunk type treatment in Photoshop.

Super Easy Pewter Style Metal Text Effect in Photoshopmetal-text-effect

Follow this step by step tutorial to create a realistic pewter style metal text effect in Photoshop. The best part is it’s really easy! Just a couple of Photoshop layer styles is all it takes to create the basic effect, with a subtle tweak or two to perfect the lighting to maximise the realism.

Create a Pimped Out Truck Using Photoshop and Point and Shoot Photosvan-illustration

Making modifications to your car or truck in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. In this tutorial you will demonstrate how to create a pimped out truck modification using photos taken with a simple point and shoot camera, with no advanced lighting setup.




Custom Dusty Type Treatmentdusty-type

Just because because your working in Illustrator it doesn’t mean you have to create clean geometric artwork all the time. With just a couple tips and some custom artwork you can create 100% vector artwork that is grainy, dusty, dingy, and awesome. Plus, these techniques are easy to apply to all kinds of graphics other than typography.


Create a Detailed Vector Chalkboard Iconchalkboard

In the following Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to create a detailed vector chalkboard icon. This classic school, blackboard illustration is composed using vector shape building techniques, pixel perfect highlighting, as well as brushes and textures for adding interest to the work.


Quick Tip: How to Create a Futuristic Scarlet Eclipse Effect


In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a dark eclipse design which could be a perfect base for a poster or a flyer. You will use blends, effects, various transformations and spice up the effect by adding texture to the final design.

Create A New Year Card in Illustratordragon-happy-new-year 

In the following steps you will learn how to create the Happy New Year card in Adobe Illustrator. I will explain to you step by step on how to create a cute dragon curled up in clouds. You’ll learn how to use Clipping Mask, gradient, and create strokes in Appearance panel.




Free Twitter Birds Icons Vectorbird-icons

Free Twitter Birds Icons Vector are just lovely, and you can download them and use in your designs for free:)

[Freebie] “Lifetime” Social Network Iconsgplus

Folks at Artbees has created a set of high quality social network icons exclusively for Hongkiat’s readers. If you are looking for some icons to get your visitors more engaged, this is a post you should not miss.

94 free colorful bokeh texturesbokeh-red

A huge pack 90+ of bokeh textures for you guys to use in your designs and photography. These were kindly provided by photographer Jill Wellington.

Shopping cart icon (PSD)shopping-cart

The icon is created in full shape layers with each section separated in named folder. Also, I have isolated the graphic on a transparent PNG background as an icon in standard sizes of 512×512, 256×256, 128×128 and 64×64 pixels.

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