40 Useful Adobe Illustrator 3D Tutorials and Techniques

Mar 8 2009 by Jacob Gube | 48 Comments

Adobe Illustrator is a versatile vector illustration application that’s preferred by many professional artists and designers. Its robust and powerful set of tools coupled with its intuitive interface makes it the go-to app for vector work. Illustrator excels in allowing designers to craft stunning and realistic-looking 3D artwork.

In this collection, you will find 40 useful and informative tutorials and techniques on creating three-dimensional artworks in Adobe Illustrator.

1. Create an Open Book with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool

Create an Open Book with Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool - preview.

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40 Beautiful Examples of Vintage and Retro in Web Design

Mar 6 2009 by Matt Cronin | 63 Comments

Retro and vintage web designs have become increasingly popular. Ironically, the more and more the web progresses, the more designers start to revert back to old retro styles. For your design inspiration, here are 40 beautifully-designed websites that revert back in time to retro and vintage styles.

If you liked this collection, please consider also reading 20 Beautiful Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets.

1. Level 2 Design

Level 2 Design - screen shot.

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20 Beautiful Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets

Mar 4 2009 by Mirko Humbert | 38 Comments

Vintage designs has gotten very popular over the past years, and it seems the trend keeps on going.

In this round-up, you’ll find 20 vintage Photoshop brushes you can download for free. There are over 300 individual vintage brushes here, so you will have a broad choice of brushes to apply onto your designs.

Each brush set was first tested, and the images you see below are previews of what to expect from each brush pack.

1. Darger-esque (23 brushes)

Darger-esque - preview.

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20 High-Resolution Denim Textures

Mar 3 2009 by JC Parmley | 43 Comments

20 High Resolution Denim Textures - leading image.

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Best Web Design Tool? Five Prizes to Give Away.

Mar 2 2009 by Jacob Gube | 279 Comments

FlashEff - leading image.

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10 Features That Will Make Twitter Better

Mar 1 2009 by Jacob Gube | 248 Comments

Twitter‘s popularity has skyrocketed in the recent months. Usage statistics states that most people who use Twitter interact with the application via the web rather than a third-party client such as TweetDeck or twitterfeed.

Twitter’s web interface is simple and intuitive but lacks a few features that can make it much better. In this article, you’ll read about 10 excellent user interface features that can enhance the Twitter web experience.

1. Enable grouping of friends and followers

Grouping of friendsFigure 1 shows tabs that you can use to quickly see tweets in a particular group.

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Open Source and Free Alternatives to Photoshop

Feb 27 2009 by Daniel Shain | 189 Comments

Adobe Photoshop is a given in any designer’s wish list, and it comes with a host of features that allow for excellent and professional photo editing. The biggest obstacle to any designer who wants Photoshop is the price, which can be prohibitive. Fortunately there are a number of open source (and completely free) programs out there that do much of what Photoshop can, and sometimes more.

In this collection, you will find excellent examples of open source and free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.

GIMP

GIMP stands for “GNU image manipulation program”, and it is one of the oldest and most well known alternatives to Photoshop in existence. Although it doesn’t quite have all of them, you’ll find most of the features included in Photoshop somewhere in GIMP. GIMP is cross platform and supported by a large community.

GIMP - screen shot.

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