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Best of the Web - August

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For the month of August we've put together a large amount of great content and resources featured across the web. I've narrowed down some of the most unique tutorials, useful resources, and some of the most inspirational articles that everyone should read. This month features interviews, tutorials about icons and posters, and a lot more.

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  • ABC Tutorial

    I found this unique large piece on Deviant Art and I was very curious about how the artist made such a nice design with vibrant colors; And then luckily I see that there was a tutorial featured for this design. This design features manipulation of older artwork to make something new and original. There is also a lot of focus on detail that will improve your next design.

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  • Speedy Shatter Effects

    If you are looking to spice up a photo in a hurry then this tutorial is for you. This photo duplication method makes a sleek and cool looking shatter effect. The tutorial consists of five informative pages of information along with all the files used in the tutorial submitted by the original artist.

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  • Designing a War Movie poster

    Now this tutorial shows you how to make a lot with only two stock images. And it comes out looking like an amazing movie poster that you could expect from a Hollywood blockbuster. Using two stocks and basic Photoshop filters and tools you can also make this great poster for your own films.

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  • Folding Corners

    This may look like a simple tutorial, but that does not mean that it isn't informative. This technique may be simple, but it's a clean and professional design that a lot of the top designers use when making their art. It comes out nice if you follow the tutorial closely.

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  • Wax Seal Tutorial

    Now this tutorial is unique because we don't see many tutorials on how to make Wax Seals. If you have ever wanted to make an old style letter, then you would definitely need a seal to top it off, and this tutorial shows you how to make one. It also shows how to put your own branded stamp on it.

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  • Designing a Wallpaper

    This is a video tutorial on how to make a simple trendy wallpaper. It takes a short time to do this tutorial since it's a video and you get to see exactly what the artist put in to make this wallpaper.

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(FREE!) Download Picks

  • Dirty Spray Brush

    Now this resource is eight high-resolution Photoshop spray brushes. If you are in need of some good spray brushes, you should download these now.

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  • Watercolor Texture Pack

    Now if you are in the mood to paint, but do not have a tablet, then these brushes are for you. They are multi-colored grunge textured watercolor brushes that you can mix with others to make a interesting paint style collages. They are also high-resolution so they should be worth the download.

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  • Grunge Font

    This font is the first font release by the Outlaw Design Blog. It is a simple but original spin on a grunge font. They add some of their own style to the font. You should download it and put it to the test in your artwork.

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  • Vector Icon Set

    This icon set is professional and very clean. There are forty-nine useful vector icons that you can put on your desktop or use in your designs.

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  • High Resolution Paper Texture

    Sometimes, paper textures come in handy when you are designing. Paper textures are useful to a designer because they can quickly add an organic feeling to your design.

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  • 40 Abstract Glow Brushes

    Here are forty abstract glow brush packs taken from the net. This is a good collection. If you are into using glow brushes, go ahead and download them.

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  • Free Textures: Sand & Beach Outtakes

    Over twenty-one high resolution textures of the sand and ocean. All available for free and can add that salty taste or playful texture to your next design.

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  • How to Set up Your Wacom for Awesome Results

    This article shows you how to set up your Wacom, which will give you greater control when using brushes in Photoshop. The article also gives some tips for using a Wacom as well.

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  • 10 Photoshop Combo Moves

    This is an informative article that will improve the way you use Photoshop. It gives some quick tips to increase the productivity of your Photoshop workflow. If you are looking to be more efficient when you work, then give this a read.

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  • 51 Stunning Movie and Tv Posters

    If you're looking for inspiration for your next design, then you should definitely check this out. Its an article showcasing fifty-one of the most unique posters from TV shows and movies. Just one glance at a couple of these posters will inspire you to make something new.

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  • 40 Inspirational Website Designs

    Now here is another article showcasing inspiration. Here are forty amazing website designs of 2008. See some of the best put together and unique websites.

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  • Interview with David Leggett from Tutorial9

    Now this is an interesting interview conducted by Fuel Your Creativity. They interviewed David Leggett from Tutorial9. He describes his current position as a freelance designer and his passions. So, if you are looking for a good read about design inspiration and more, then you should check this interview out.

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  • Inspirational Design Portfolios

    For the last piece of inspiration we give to you the best design portfolios. Look at some of the most interesting design portfolios that hold the work of some of the top designers on the web.

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