Best of The Web – July 2009


Surprisingly another month has passed. This month we have seen some amazing design inspiration, tutorials, freebies and articles on many websites from all corners of the web. The talent that goes on behind closed doors is extraordinary. If you have any submissions for August’s best of the web, drop in a comment.

Plus, here are the links for our June best of the web (some amazing talent), and our May best of the web (must see resources). Enjoy reading!


There have been some amazing tutorials posted in July. Here’s our best pick…

Animal King Photo Manipulation

Learn how to create an animal king with tutorial9. In this photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to mix a series of photos in a very creative poster based on a famous painting from the 1800’s.

Animal King Photo Manipulation

Flower Text Effect

Follow this tutorial and you will have an awesome flowered text effect. The tutorial will teach you how to create a very simple but really cool effect in Photoshop. You’ll use some stock photos and just play around with them.

Flower Text Effect

Create A Character Mascot

In this intermediate Illustrator tutorial you’l learn how to create a vector character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator.

Create A Character Mascot

Harry Potter Text

Learn how to create a Harry Potter style text in Adobe Photoshop using Layer Styles and a Harry Potter font., with this awesome video tutorial!

Harry Potter Text

Create a Surreal Scene of Flying Bombs on Fire

Tuts Plus yet again has an awesome tutorial featuring so many elements. Could take a few hours to complete this one. In this tutorial,you’ll make a scene with flaming bombs pouring from the sky. Awesome, right?!

Create a Surreal Scene of Flying Bombs on Fire


Here’s a handful of top notch freebies throughout July.

WordPress Theme: Creative By Nature

Download this theme for your blog. This is a unique and flexible high-quality portfolio WordPress theme for artists, photographers and designers.It looks immense!

Wordpress Theme: Creative By Nature

WordPress Theme: Paper Wall

Paper wall is a free WordPress theme that looks like a scrapbook. This is an original, beautiful, high-quality WordPress theme, with a unique, colorful design that will perfectly fit for your personal blog.

Wordpress Theme: Paper Wall

10 Grungy Spray Vectors

Here are 10 grungy spray vectors that are free to download and use. You can actually use these vector freebies however you like, in both commercial or personal projects.

10 Grungy Spray Vectors

42 High Resolution Smoke Brushes

Creating realistic-looking smoke in Photoshop can be tough to do but this pack will do the hard work for you! This is the almighty smoke effect brushes pack. Download and see for yourself.

42 High Resolution Smoke Brushes


Yet again, there has been some amazing content floating about. We have tied up our best picks.

Fonts Used In Logos of Popular Websites

This post is a major hit. Its very interesting to read, and there are links to buy / download the fonts that big websites use in their logos!

Fonts Used In Logos of Popular Websites

9 Marketing Tips from a Six-Year Old’s Lemonade Stand

Here is a quality article from WebDesignerDepot. Read and see.

9 Marketing Tips from a Six-Year Old’s Lemonade Stand

5 Ways to Become a Famous Graphic Designer

This article lists off 5 ways to become a famous graphic designer. This is useful for any designer, from beginner to experienced!

5 Ways to Become a Famous Graphic Designer

Massive Compilation of Designer Tools

This is designers treasure, an awesome list of many different types of tools. These are tools that will save you time, make you a more effective designer and simplify your design process.
Massive Compilation of Designer Tools


Last but not least, inspiration. How could we forget it!

40 Awesome Illustrative Web Designs

SpyreStudios wraps up 40 awesome illustrative web designs.

40 Awesome Illustrative Web Designs

45 Incredible Illustration Artists

Tied up here is some incredible vector art! Take a look below and discover 45 absolutely incredible illustration artists!

45 Incredible Illustration Artists

100 Creative Desktop Backgrounds

All it takes is to look at the first 5 to know this is a top notch post, although I did continue to look at all 100, and download a fair few.

100 Creative Desktop Backgrounds

200 Creative Advertisements

I have never seen any other post like it. The amount of creativity in all 200 of these is remarkable. I started by scanning through them, but they all were too good to miss, so I looked at more a less every one. Amazing! Take a look at the huge collection of creative advertisements.

200 Creative Advertisements

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Comments 20

  1. j000

    cool list thanks for sharing

  2. Keith

    As soon as I get Illustrator I’m gonna try that Character Mascot tutorial.

    Another great round-up :)

  3. adobe basics

    i read the surreal scene it is very useful for me thanks a lot of

  4. Rick

    Great. Thanx for sharing.


    Great contents. great job.

    A la espera de lo mejor para Agosto.


  6. Callum Chapman

    Great round-up, lovely free theme… I agree with you, it does look immense!

  7. pavel

    Thanks, a nice listing… with some interesting ideas to try….

  8. Mukesh.M

    very very nice………….

  9. caminandosolo

    This is a great list. My favourite link is “30+ cool and unusual business cards designs”


  10. Behrouz

    thanks very nice listing …..

  11. ajay

    Very nice !

  12. 2expertsDesign

    Really great round up, thanks for share!

  13. Aadil Pitafi

    Great list! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Mujeeb Khumawala

    Superb collection.

    Thanks Andy.

  15. Oliver

    Great collection of resources here and some I could use. Will have to look at each one and bookmark them. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Egypt Web design

    thanks so much Great collection

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  18. Desktop wallpaper

    thanks very mach

  19. photo effects

    very great collections

  20. Michael Thomas

    Thanks for sharing this list, it is like a design book all in one blog post. I like the typography illustrative web designs.

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