This Week’s Favourites – May 28th 2010

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In this week’s roundup of creative goodness, we have a look at the history of design blogs; a tutorial on how to create seamless patterns; a few everyday lessons in freelancing; an awesome illustrative tutorial; and a fantasy photo manipulation tutorial.


Design blogs have boomed over the past few years, but the idea has been around for years. Pelfusion takes us through history and looks back at how blogs have developed from the late 90′s onwards. I’m honoured to see Blog.SpoonGraphics listed as part of the 2007 generation.

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Design Shack

Repeating patterns are always a useful resource, no matter what you’re designing for. Design Shack takes us through the process of finding and creating your own seamless background textures in Photoshop.

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John O’Nolan

Despite all the helpful advice from freelancing blogs, you never really learn until you experience the ins and outs of self employment as a designer. John O’Nolan shares some useful hints and tips from the lessons he’s learnt over the years.

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Anything that combines digital artwork and sketches captures my interest straight away, so this tutorial from Vectortuts was right up my street. Follow the two-part walkthrough on how to create a sweet linework and typography combo.

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It’s always fun to take a break from everyday design work and have fun with some fantasy artwork. This tutorial from PSDtuts explains how to create a surreal fantasy photo manipulation in Photoshop, using various effects on stock photography.

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  1. always nice to see websites from tutsplus !

  2. Alan says:

    Already seen most of these myself, but its good to keep a round-up of th ebest, cheers Chris.

  3. Nice collection this week. One I liked a lot from (Photo)Tuts+ this week was A Poor Man’s Guide to Budget Macro Photography. Just found it quite interesting!

    The giveaway for your 3x one year subscriptions at Blog.SpoonGraphics is going well, not sure if you’re keeping up to date with it currently has 114 entries ;)

  4. ed says:

    Great collection this week…always love checking out the site Chris..Keep up the quality work!

  5. ed says:

    Great collection this week…always love checking out the site Chris..Keep up the quality work and I will check back soon!

  6. Laira says:

    Fabulous collection of websites in this week..totally amazing….

  7. Alex says:

    Great post. Thank you. :D

  8. Pedro says:

    Great pages, beautiful designs!

  9. Bruce Lee says:

    That’s awesome! You know, you should check out this site!

  10. I have just started a new job at Dream Media Design Manchester as a trainee and i have been looking around the web for good tips to make sure I impress my new boss, so anything to give me a leg up the ladder is great, designing at uni is nothing like doing it at work the pace is so so fast, I’m on my dinner browsing this site and I just wanted so say thanks to all you guys who left this fantastic content ;) I look forward to reading much more so please keep up the good work I can’t wait to leave articles of my own!!!! thanks

  11. andy says:

    Nice article, thanks…

  12. ALESSANDRO says:

    thanx,very good john o’Nolan blog site

  13. wantfee says:

    the seamless background is awesome! Very great tutorial.

  14. mac says:

    keep it up

  15. PsdDude says:

    Thanks for the list Chris except for the tutsplus that i visit every day :)))

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