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Best of the Web - November 2010

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As you know, each month, we round up some of the best Photoshop-related content from around the web. This month, there were some excellent Photoshop tutorials, articles, and freebies to choose from; including an incredible casino-style sign tutorial, some beautiful chrome layer styles, and some fantastic inspirational and educational articles. So please take a moment to review our favorites from November 2010.

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  • Easy Casino Style Sign in Photoshop

    Have you ever been walking down the street, driving down the freeway, or sitting at a stoplight and seen a design on a billboard that you wanted to use in your next project? In this tutorial, Abduzeedo demonstrates how to create an effect similar to the one in the movie Burlesque.

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  • Rose Bouquet Splash Effect

    Adding a splash effect to photographs has become a popular effect recently. In this tutorial from ALFOART, author Alexandra Fomicheva demonstrates how to achieve this effect on a photo of a bouquet of roses.

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  • Modern Warfare Design in Photoshop

    Modern Warfare is a popular game. This tutorial from Layers Magazine demonstrates how to achieve a “Modern Warfare” look using a few simple steps.

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  • How To Create a Tessellating Geometric Poster Design

    You might be surprised how easy it is to create some really nice seamless patterns. This tutorial from Spoon Graphics demonstrates how to create a trendy geometric pattern using some simple shapes.

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  • Creating a Cartoony Print-Ready Business Card in Photoshop

    Creating a design meant for print is a bit different than creating one meant for a screen. This tutorial from Spyre Studios demonstrates how to create a cartoony print-ready business card in Photoshop.

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  • Planet X Matte Painting in Photoshop

    In the movies, it is often impossible or too expensive to film in a certain location. Under these circumstances, filmmakers will often create matte paintings or digital representations of these scenes to be used as backgrounds. In this tutorial, Abduzeedo will demonstrate how create a sci-fi matte painting.

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Free Downloads

  • Free Technometal Chrome Styles

    Chrome styles. Always fun, always useful, and often elusive. This set of chrome styles from Giallo86 on Deviant Art work very well, and better than most. Definitely give this set a download and try them on for size.

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  • 8 Sun Brushes

    Adding lens flares to your designs without using Photoshop’s default lens flare plugin can be a difficult task. This set of 8 sun brushes from Brusheezy makes adding lens flares to your designs a breeze.

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  • 12 Tea Stained Paper Textures

    Paper textures are always nice to have lying around. This set of 12 high resolution tea stained paper textures are very nice. Give them a download and take a look!

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  • Shining Sparkles

    Looking to add some sparkles to your holiday designs? Download this set of brushes from Brush Lovers and apply them to your designs with just a few clicks.

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  • Hand-Drawn Abstract Sketches: Photoshop Brush Pack

    You don’t need to be able to draw to add a hand drawn look to your designs. Just download this set of brushes from Design Instruct and apply them to your project without much effort at all.

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Articles and Inspiration

  • 35 Amazing Digital Paintings

    Browsing the work of others is a great way to improve your own skills. Take a look at this fantastic showcase from Vandelay Design featuring 35 amazing digital paintings.

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  • Creative and Effective Package Designs

    Product packaging is often the first thing your customers see. This showcase of creative and effective package designs from Noupe features some excellent examples of package designs.

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  • A Collection of Photo Manipulation That Will Amaze You

    Photo manipulation is an art that few designers ever fully master. This showcase of amazing photo manipulations from Naldz Graphics will truly inspire you!

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  • How to Design the Perfect Business Card

    This post will discuss how a thoughtful, well-designed business cardcan help your company give a good first impression and send the right message. It will then take a look at elements to include in your design and the different approaches to take.

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  • Where Have All The Comments Gone?

    Is the design community still full of thriving conversationalists? Or has it devolved into simple praise or judgment of the post in question. This article from Smashing Magazine discusses this in detail.

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