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Posts from January, 2009

Download Your Free Ninja Monkey Desktop Calendar

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This month’s calendar features this hardcore martial arts trained ninja monkey, don’t mess with him – he’ll go bananas on you! Available as both a printable fold-up ornament to decorate your office desktop, or in a range of common resolutions for your computer screen.

Edit an Image in Photoshop to Add Some Pizazz!

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Follow this series of simple techniques in Adobe Photoshop to add some dynamism to your photography. This series of edits are steps I often take when manipulating photos straight from the camera in order to touch up, compose and stylise the photo, resulting in a more impactful overall image.

This Week's Favourites – January 23rd 2009

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Check out this latest collection of my favourite findings from across the web. This time I particularly enjoyed reading a fantastic artwork walkthrough, browsing a collection of inspiring website layouts bookmarking a roundup of indispensable resources, revisiting the evolution of Apple computers and sharing my thoughts on where designers should head after mastering CSS. Phew!

50 Illustrator Tutorials Every Designer Should See

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Adobe Illustrator can be a little tricky to get your head around, particularly after getting used to the workflow of applications such as Photoshop. The differences between layer use and the creation of objects and shapes can be really strange at first hand. Luckily there’s a range of help available for free online in the form of tutorials. Here is my collection of hand-picked articles from various sites that every designer should see, whether you’re a beginner or advanced user, there will be something here for you!

Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

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It can be quite tricky getting the hang of Adobe Illustrator, but if you take a step back and concentrate on the basics there's a range of options for creating great looking images. In this tutorial, we'll take a look at constructing a group of cool vector ninja characters using just the basic shapes and a variety of simple tools, making it a good start for Illustrator beginners.