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Top Links of the Week for May 17th

I regularly post links to interesting design tutorials and articles over on my Twitter and Facebook accounts, but in case you missed them here’s a roundup of my top pickings from my recent browsing of the web. This week we have some great content from GoMediaZine, DesignM.ag, Codrops, Vectortuts+ and Psdtuts+.

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<a
href=”http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/design-print-custom-silk-screen-die-cut-stickers/#.UYfKWoK3I5I”>How to Design and Print Custom Silk Screen Die-Cut Stickers

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href=”http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/design-print-custom-silk-screen-die-cut-stickers/#.UYfKWoK3I5I”><img
src=”http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/1.jpg” alt=”How to Design and Print Custom Silk Screen Die-Cut Stickers” width=”600″ height=”609″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-4326″ />

I’ve always enjoyed GoMediaZine’s illustration tutorials and walkthroughs. This latest post from Jeff Finley shows his process for designing a set of die cut stickers from the initial sketch right through to the various stages of print production.

<a
href=”http://designm.ag/inspiration/35-creative-single-page-portfolio-designs/”>35 Creative Single Page Portfolio Designs

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href=”http://designm.ag/inspiration/35-creative-single-page-portfolio-designs/”><img
src=”http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2.jpg” alt=”35 Creative Single Page Portfolio Designs” width=”600″ height=”482″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-4327″ />

Single page websites always include great navigation and layout ideas. This roundup from DesignM.ag showcases 35 fresh examples for a quick fix of web design inspiration.

<a
href=”http://tympanus.net/codrops/2013/04/23/fullscreen-layout-with-page-transitions/”>Fullscreen Layout with Page Transitions

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href=”http://tympanus.net/codrops/2013/04/23/fullscreen-layout-with-page-transitions/”><img
src=”http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/3.jpg” alt=”Fullscreen Layout with Page Transitions” width=”600″ height=”477″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-4328″ />

This recent post from Codrops presents a really cool responsive fullscreen website layout with fancy page transitions. The full source is available for free, so it could be a good base for your own portfolio design.

<a
href=”http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/character-design/how-to-design-and-vector-a-set-of-character-poses-for-a-video-game/”>How to Design and Vector a Set of Character Poses

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href=”http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/character-design/how-to-design-and-vector-a-set-of-character-poses-for-a-video-game/”><img
src=”http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/4.jpg” alt=”How to Design and Vector a Set of Character Poses for a Video Game” width=”600″ height=”590″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-4329″ />

This brilliant post from Beto Garza on Vectortuts+ shows you how to design a really cool stylized character in Adobe Illustrator, then goes on to build various poses to create complete character animations.

<a
href=”http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/painting/firefighter-painting/”>Create a Heroic Firefighter Painting in Photoshop

<a
href=”http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/painting/firefighter-painting/”><img
src=”http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/5.jpg” alt=”Create a Heroic Firefighter Painting in Photoshop” width=”600″ height=”802″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-4330″ />

While I’ve never mastered the techniques myself I’ve always loved admiring digital painting pieces. If you’re looking to learn how to create amazing artwork, this great tutorial from Psdtuts+ should really help out.