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Best of the Web - September 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 some excellent tutorials demonstrating the power of the Displace filter in Photoshop, some excellent free icons and Photoshop brushes, as well as some fantastic articles that will help improve your design skills and efficiency. Please take a moment to review our favorites from September 2010.

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  • Playing With the Displace Filter in Photoshop

    The displace filter in Photoshop is a very powerful tool. This tutorial from Abduzeedo demonstrates how to make  brick wall made of cloth.

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  • Create Beautiful Surreal Photo Effect via Cloud, Star and Vexel Hair in Photoshop

    There are lots of ways to create surreal effects in Photoshop. This tutorial from Psd Vault demonstrates how to utilize several techniques to create a really nice cosmic scene.

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  • Add a Realistic Reflection Using the Clone Stamp Tool

    Most people use the clone stamp tool to help clean up photos but did you know that it also has some other practical uses? This tutorial from Psdtop demonstrates how to use the clone stamp tool to add a realistic floor reflection.

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  • Two Simple Techniques To Help You Master the Pen Tool

    Most new designers struggle, at first to learn how to use the pen tool. This short tutorial from Spoon Graphics demonstrates how to use the pen tool in Photoshop and Illustrator.

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  • Photoshop and Illustrator Interaction

    Photoshop and Illustrator repeat many of the same functions but there are a few things that Photoshop can do much better than Illustrator and vise versa. This tutorial from Layers Magazine demonstrates how to utilize both programs to save time.

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  • Tips on Using The Filter Gallery

    Filters in Photoshop can help you do lots of things. This video tutorial from The Digital Photography Connection demonstrates how to use the filter gallery in Photoshop to help make your design experience a bit simpler.

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Free Downloads

  • iCandies Icon Set: 60 Free Icons For Your User Interfaces and Apps

    Looking to spruce up your interface designs? This set of 60 icons from Icon Eden and Smashing Magazine includes a ton of high quality icons available in several sizes and formats.

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  • 16 High-Res Decorative Frame Pictures

    Sometimes it’s a lot easier to just take a picture of something than it is to create it from scratch in Photoshop. This set of 16 High Resolution Decorative Picture Frames from Think Design Blog can be used to add dimension and character to your photographs.

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  • 7 Shining Brushes

    When you need to add a bit of shine or sparkle to your designs it is always nice to have a handy set of brushes in your library. This set of 7 brushes available from Brusheezy can be used to add a bit of flare to your compositions.

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  • 8 Colorful Grunge Textures

    Grunge textures have a ton of purposes in design. This set of 8 colorful grunge textures from Lost and Taken can be used for just about any purpose. Give them a download and see what you can create with them.

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  • 25 Apocalyptic High Resolution Rust Textures

    Rust can be beautiful and disgusting all at the same time. This set of 25 high resolution rust textures from Colorburned is beautiful and elegant. Give them a download and use them to destroy your clean and perfect designs.

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Articles and Inspiration

  • Photoshop Patterns: Ultimate Guide

    Patterns in Adobe Photoshop are wonderful for incorporating interesting repeating elements in your design. Patterns are easy to use and make, yet can have a significant impact in your compositions. This guide from Design Instruct will explore the use, creation, and management of Photoshop patterns through a hands-on approach.

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  • Gorgeous Packaging Designs and Concepts

    Packaging design is all around us. This post from DesignM.ag features a handful of beautiful packaging designs, from music EP’s to snack food products and alcohol bottles to disposable "take out" coffee cups.

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  • Why Sketching And Wireframing Ideas Strengthens Designs

    It is always a good idea to sit down and plan a design before you even attempt to open up Photoshop. This article from Spyre Studios explains how sketching and wireframing can improve the quality of your designs.

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  • Project Budgets and Secrets

    With the year coming to an end, it’s time for businesses to reflect on the previous year and decide what worked and what did not. This article from the Design Cubicle explains the importance of budgets when working with clients.

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  • How to Set Up an Effective Mobile Office

    One of the best things about mobile technology is that it breaks the mold of the traditional office. All you need to do your work these days is a laptop and a wireless connection. This article from Six Revisions explains how to set up an effective mobile office.

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