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Best of the Web - January

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It's 2008, and we're off to a big start! I browsed through the Psdtuts+ Flickr group and saw some fantastic work. Its so cool to see the community putting the skills they learn here to such great use. Rumor has it that this last month of January there were a few things to learn elsewhere on the net as well. Let's check them out...

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  • Amazing Photoshop Light Effect in 10 Steps

    From our very own Fabio, this really cool tutorial covers detailed lighting effects. It shows us how to make a coffee cup glow. This one is a must-read.

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  • Filter-free Art in Photoshop

    This tutorial has a concept of creating great artwork in Photoshop without using any filters. Of course they use lots of other effects. Learn to create a photomontage of a city scene.

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  • Photoshop Vintage Effect

    Veerle always has high-quality tutorials. This one is as well. If you've ever wanted to make a photograph look vintage with just a few tricks, this is the tutorial to check out.

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  • Pixels and Vectors

    Learn how to use smart objects to drop vector illustrations into Photoshop and merge detailed texture and the clear sharp beauty of vector style.

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  • Virtual Murals

    If you've ever wanted to do some graffiti, then this the tutorial to check out. It covers planning a grafitti mural with the use of Photoshop.

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  • Cartoonish/Juicy Text

    This is an easy-to-complete little tutorial with a really cute text effect.

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  • *Bling Bling* Simple Gold Text Effect

    A while back, we had a gold text tutorial right here on Psdtuts+. Photoshopstar has a tutorial on creating gold text with the use of layer styles placed on a unique background.

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  • Tutorial: Electrifying Energy Beams

    Glowing lines look great. One of Psdtuts+'s most popular articles covers advanced glow effects. Luxa.org shows us how to unite a glowing line with a photograph. The look of the final image in the energy beam tute is polished and cool.

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  • Create an iPod Shuffle

    This short tutorial covers putting together gradient shapes to form an Ipod shuffle. The results look professional and it's easy to do.

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(FREE!) Download Picks

  • FONT: aaaiight!

    This font has a limited character set, though it's a lot of fun. If you're in need of a legible graffiti-style font, then check it out.

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  • Free Vector Pack 9 Sampler

    Go Media is at it again, hammering out another high-quality vector graphic pack. To announce the release, they are giving away a sampler pack.

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  • 24 Free High-Res Textures

    Who can't use some more texture. This is something you just can't have enough of.

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  • Speakers

    I haven't tried these out yet, but they look really cool. If anyone downloads them and tries them out, let me know how they worked for you.

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  • 20 Vector Lines Swirls and Patterns

    These vector patterns look great. You don't need Illustrator to work with them—you can open them in Photoshop.

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  • Adobe Photoshop Tutorials - Best Of

    Smashing Magazine has a thorough roundup of great Photoshop tutorials, just in case you've missed it.

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  • Vintage Web Design

    A quality collection of vintage-style Web site designs. While none of these break any new design ground, they are each a departure from the main current of Web site design today. I like seeing how a designer will carry through a theme like this in a design.

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  • 32 Amazing Inspirational Pieces of Graphic Artwork

    Some great selections from Design Flavor, a user-submitted artwork community that allows for ratings of each submitted piece.

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  • The Rising Stars of Design

    This is a detailed roundup of a handful of rising designers. There is a diversity of styles represented here, and the artists answer questions about their inspirations and some of their methodologies.

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  • Branding Yourself with Gravatars

    On to some shameless self-promotion—literally images of myself! There are a lot of sites set up with gravatars. Psdtuts+ has gravatars enabled. It's a great way to brand your comments on blogs. This article reviews how to promote multiple blogs this way. For an explanation of how the self-portrait was made, visit AiBURN.

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  • Think Different: Buy a Bigger Envelope!

    This is a fun post that makes good points about not needing to upgrade to the next Mac, the MacBook Air.

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  • Design a Logo, the Ultimate Guide

    A compact bit of solid advice on logo design. For a relatively short article, it covers a lot of useful information about the process of logo design.

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