25 Tutorials for Advanced Freelance Web Designers

In the world of web design, a good tutorial can literally be a godsend. But it’s often hard to find a suitable tut, and sometimes it seems like we’re just stuck reading the same stuff over and over again.
 
When it comes to advanced design, finding the right stuff can be even harder. Advanced effects require a much more in-depth tutorial, and often writers aren’t willing to go into the detail needed.
 
To help the situation, we’ve tracked down some of the best articles written by the web’s top designers. Here are 25 tutorials for advanced web designers:

Advanced Web Design Tutorials

Trendy Geometric Lines

Learn how to create the popular geometric line effects used in web and print design.

 

Mastering Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a must for anyone in advanced web design, and this tut has enough information for even the most seasoned pro.

 
Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography

Create 3D organic text and an accompanying design with this excellent tutorial.

 
9 Information Design Tips to Make You a Better Web Designer

Learn how to base your website’s visual presentation on a solid information architecture.

 
Grid Masking

This tutorial explains how to create a grid masking effect that can be used in print media or on the web.

 
Simple jQuery Spy Effect

Create a simple jQuery spy effect like that used in the Digg Spy tool.

 
How a Simple Layout Can Be Mixed ‘n’ Matched with Patterns, Photos and Backgrounds

How to create a single layout and then transform it into multiple different designs using png transparency.

 
5 Ways to Spice up Your Images with CSS

From captions to stylish borders, this tutorial shows you how to use css to spice up your images.

 
The Grid System

Almost every grid-related resource imaginable in one place — including tutorials, sample files, and more.

 
How to Mimic the iGoogle Interface

A very detailed tutorial for creating a design that mimics the interface used in iGoogle.

 
Create a magical rainbow color flame in Photoshop

Learn how to create a ‘magical’ flame with multiple glowing colors.

 
CSS Gradient Text Effect

Create a gradient effect using only CSS and text. No need to remake every image for glossy headlines anymore.

 
Writing an Interface Style Guide

This article by ALA gives good reasoning and good instructions for creating an Interface Style Guide for your websites.

 
7 Principles of Effective Icon Design

Quickly become an icon design pro by following these principles of effective icon design.

 
Enhance Your Web Development Using the Firefox Web Developer Extension

The Web Developer Extension for Firefox is probably in any advanced designers toolbox, and this article provides 9 more ways to use it to your advantage.

 
A Simple Guide on How to Effectively Talk to Clients

A simple set of instructions for dealing with clients — for those unfortunate times you’ve got to pull away from work to deal with them.

 
Creating a Techno Background with Illustrator and Photoshop

Several background experiments that could come in handy with web design.

 
Rapid prototyping in Fireworks CS3

A quick guide to using Fireworks CS# for rapid prototyping purposes.

 
Elements of Great Web Design: The Polish

Learn how to improve any design by focusing on the finishing touches.

 
Premium WordPress Theme Design — The Mock Up

The first part in a series on creating a premium WordPress theme.

 
Creating a Hand Drawn Website Layout

Learn how to create a trendy hand drawn layout using photoshop and several custom brushes.

 
Advanced Glow Effects

Learn how to create advanced glow effects on lines or text.

 
Trendy Circle Brush in Photoshop

Creating a trendy circle brush in Photoshop is easier than you might think.

 
Build a Sleek Portfolio Site from Scratch

Learn how one of the web’s top designers creates a portfolio site from start to finish.
 

Do you know of any tutorials that belong in this list? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Comments

  1. serj says

    interesting, intriguing and very beautiful but will you consider web design a art or just a way to communicate something to a target market?
    anyone knows that when you crate a web grafic, like a logo you implement marketing , when you design a header or introduce a design that has only 3 colors, for exmaple it’s created around marketing.
    the question that bugs me, when does the marketing stop and when can you adress to a design as art?

    mason?

  2. says

    Hey everyone, thanks for the positive comments :-)

    @Serj — The line between marketing/business and art is very fine when it comes to web design. Almost every design project will have some constraints that need to be worked around, but how constraining they are will vary by project. Also, it varies a lot by the designer. Some designers will only work on artistic or very creative projects, while others are happy to apply their creativity to a more business-oriented project.

  3. says

    Hi Mason,
    Thanks for putting this list together. My company’s blog offers our customers this kind of information. I’m going to add your site to our resource list. Thanks!

  4. aljuk says

    What exactly does learning to “create a ‘magical’ flame with multiple glowing colors” in photoshop have to do with web design (aside from nothing)? “Advanced glow effects”???

  5. Clara E Mejia says

    Thanks!!!!! It’s an incredible list. It;s a wonderful tool for learning and improving our skills. Thanks again.

  6. says

    This has to be the stupidest list in existence.

    Yes, as an advanced web developer, I’m all about the advanced glow effects. Oh, and I’m glad i can now cross that advanced techo text barrier that I’ve been hitting (not to mention the ever impossible CSS gradient effect).

  7. says

    Thanks everyone for the positive comments, I hope this list will prove beneficial to you :-)

    To the naysayers, I’ll happily consider your suggestions when I’m writing my next roundup.

  8. says

    Good list, but i´ll dont call it a list of tutorials for advanced web designers, i could say i am a benginner and i have read many of these, i think css, xhtml and wordpress template are more apropiate to this list.

  9. says

    Great collection of stumbles, and I always get a lot of great SEO info from your site. Thanks for the contributions to the web community, and keep up the great work!!

  10. says

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  11. says

    Hi.
    This tutorial was amazingly detailed. I learned more by creating the website via your tutorial than I did in my Graphic Design and Photoshop classes put together. Thank you so much! A very annoying cloud has been lifted off of the intimidating monster that is Photoshop.
    Thanks again……

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