September 2009

Sep 30
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PSDFAN And SnobbySlice Now Offer Coding!

Wed, 09/30/2009 - 19:23 — julie

First Things First

I don’t want to start this post on a negative note, but I feel that I owe you guys an explanation as to where I’ve been these last two weeks. Due to a combination of unforeseen circumstances posting has been near impossible for the past fortnight. I’ve had no internet in my new place due to the phone company being incredibly slow, and to add to this I’ve caught the flu (no not swine)! As a result I’ve been lying on the sofa trying to recover, rather than being able to publish all of the great tutorials that I’ve got lined up for the awesome community here.

Now The Real News!

Now to the news that I’m really excited about. I’m happy to announce that PSDFAN now offer a great coding service, after teaming up with industry leaders SnobbySlice.

You can view the service here.

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Sep 30
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Click-In that Captcha

Wed, 09/30/2009 - 05:39 — julie

Tired of the old Type-In Captcha? If so, learn how to build a unique type of “click-in” captcha in this tutorial.

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Introduction

This tutorial is inspired by Zac Vineyard’s “Build Your Own Captcha and Contact Form” on Nettuts+, although what we’ll accomplish here is a very unique way of implementing a captcha. One of the advantages of this kind of implementation is that it gets rid of the need to retain several hundreds or even thousands of images in your server.

Objective

In this tutorial, the objective is to make a ‘click-in’ captcha.

We’ll be needing two images:

The captcha image:

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Sep 28
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How To Create An Auto Expanding Navigation Menu Using CSS

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 17:48 — julie

One of our readers has emailed in saying that they would like to know how we have made our navigation menu rollover effect, in which a background image expands to the length of each text link in the menu. I have decided to write a tutorial on how we have done this for the WebDesignDev navigation. But first here is the email…

Hey Web Design Dev,

I am Luke Marohn, i am 13 and i also design and develop websites. i’m pretty pro with designing, HTML and CSS, but this is something i cant figure out.

I see this on almost all sites, it has to do with the navigation, it seems as though (for your main navigation) when you roll over “home” or “contact” the width of the green bar is changed to fit the link. i am pretty sure you have a tutorial on that but i cant find it. if you didn’t make a tut on this can you? or send me to another site that has a tutorial on how to do this?

Hopefully this made sense…

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Sep 28
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20 Tutorials For Creating HDR Images

Mon, 09/28/2009 - 03:00 — julie

HDR(High Dynamic Range) pictures are serveral different exposures which include normal exposure, over exposure, and under exposure of the same shot which are then merged together to form one image. This is a collection of 20 different techniques for creating superb HDR images.

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Sep 26
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Top 20 Wordpress Plugins And Resources That Every Blogger Must Use …

Sat, 09/26/2009 - 15:17 — julie

The roundup of 20 Wordpress Plugins that we have put together contains plugins that we at TB have tried and tested, and for the most part have used in a live site.

See original here:
Top 20 Wordpress Plugins And Resources That Every Blogger Must Use …

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Sep 25
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The Ultimate Programming Cheat Sheet List For Web Designers And Developers

Fri, 09/25/2009 - 19:16 — julie

There are so many cheat sheets around these days, and the same goes for programming languages. Cheat sheets are basically a set of notes to allow programmers quick reference to code. I have compiled a list of many different cheat sheets for many different programming languages. Programming languages included in the list are Ruby, Python, PHP, CSS and many more.

HTML 5 Cheat Sheet

Smashing Magazine has provided us with an awesome HTML 5 cheat sheet. Download

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Sep 25
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New Featured Author of the Week: OXYLUSDESIGN

Fri, 09/25/2009 - 02:13 — julie
  • Author’s Username: OXYLUSDESIGN
  • Member Since: October, 2008
  • Location: EU

How Come?

OXYLUSDESIGN is literally one of the top three authors on all of the marketplaces. With a membership count exceeding 200,000 members, this is an extraordinary accomplishment that deserves as much praise as we can give!

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Sep 24
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Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin Tutorial

Thu, 09/24/2009 - 22:34 — julie

Looking to ad a contact form to your WordPress blog or website?

Here is the original post:
Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin Tutorial

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Sep 23
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12 Really Useful CSS3 Tips And Techniques

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 21:10 — julie

CSS 3 no doubt is amazing. I have been using slight bits of it in some of my other web projects, and i am more than pleased with it. Its simplicity runs so well with its advanced features such as rounded corner rendering and font file reading. Rounded up here are my 12 favorite tutorials to help you learn many of CSS 3’s new and exciting features very quickly. Please fell free to drop us a comment showcasing what you have made with CSS 3. Enjoy!

Rounded Corners

With CSS 3, you don’t have to have images for each corner (like the old days). It can now render itself!

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Sep 23
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140+ Sets Free Floral and Flower Textures

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 19:39 — julie

Do you use Photoshop textures? I like to collect Photoshop textures as these textures can help me to add unique effects and speed up my design works.

We had shared about Watercolor Textures before, and now let’s look into some free floral and flower textures. Flower textures can always add splash of color and realism to your renderings.

10 floral textures by mystique87

Textures: 10 sets

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Sep 23
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Amp Up Productivity With OS X Finder Droplets

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 16:13 — julie

Time is money and navigating your operating system is likely your most common activity. Optimizing it for your workflow means spending more time working and less time navigating folders, files and applications.

In this tutorial I’ll introduce you to OS X’s Finder toolbar and droplets as well as how to customize them to look great and amp up your workflow productivity.

OS X’s Finder Toolbar

If you’re not already familiar with it, this is the Finder toolbar in OS X (outlined in red).

As you can see, it definitely doesn’t look “stock”. There are several new icons there and some of the default ones have been moved or removed. You can easily customize the toolbar by right clicking the top section of your finder window and selecting “Customize Toolbar…”. You’ll get a menu like this.

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Sep 23
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ThemeForest Community Sound-Off

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 04:03 — julie

As ThemeForest has literally turned into a power-house marketplace in this last year, more and more designers are making template designing their full-time jobs. With this surge in popularity, ThemeForest is going through some changes. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be hosting a monthly community chat to discuss these changes/enhancements/etc.

This is your chance to sound off on any complaints, ideas for improvements, irritations; and at the very least, you’ll have a chance to chat with your forum buddies on a more personal level.

I assure you that all voices will be considered and passed on to the Envato directors for review. The first chat will begin tomorrow, September 23rd at 5:00 (US Central Time). Please refer here to determine the correct time in your city.

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Sep 21
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Blogger Tutorial (2/6): Setup Your First Blogspot Blog

Mon, 09/21/2009 - 10:04 — julie

So you’ve decided to pursue further, GREAT! In the last article, we touched a little on Blogger introduction and also its history. Some pros and cons on using Blogger were also deliberately discussed. Today, we’re gonna register for a Blogger account! I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Just click this button to start registering for an account

The whole registration process is really simple and can be divided into three sections namely:

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Sep 21
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30 Professional Logo Design Processes Revealed

Mon, 09/21/2009 - 03:00 — julie

A collection of articles from logo designers who share their tips, tricks and secrets about the process they go through when creating a logo for a client. Including the process which Chris Spooner went through in order to redesign the design bump logo.

1. Logo Design Project Step by Step Walkthrough

Project: myNiteLife

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Sep 20
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9 Useful jQuery Calendar And Date Picker Plugins For Web Designers

Sun, 09/20/2009 - 19:09 — julie

Event calendars and date pickers are really useful plugins for web applications. Wordpress does have a date picker, which allow bloggers to schedule the article.

I am a big fan of jQuery, so i always use jQuery Calendar plugins to accomplish my tasks when the clients asked me to implement an event caldendar for them. In this article, i would like to share 9 really useful jQuery Event Calendar and Date Picker plugins that every web designers and developers should know.

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Sep 20
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How to sandbox with sandboxie your programs to prevent viruses, and bad programs from damaging windows.

Sun, 09/20/2009 - 00:58 — julie

Learn how to use sandboxie to protect your windows computer from malicious software, privacy threats like tracking cookies, and damage to windows on your computer because everything is inside a sandbox, and can’t touch your critical areas of your Windows computer which make your PC more secure, and stable.
Download sandboxie from http://www.sandboxie.com/ and install it.
Read the tutorial on how [...]

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Sep 19
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WordPress Mobile Plugin · Top Best WordPress Blog Designs, Free …

Sat, 09/19/2009 - 13:28 — julie

SilentBits | WordPress , Blogging, Plugins , Themes, Design, News, theme wordpress , plugins wordpress , blog wordpress , template wordpress , tip wordpress , tag wordpress , free theme wordpress , tutorial wordpress , blog theme wordpress , …

See the rest here:
WordPress Mobile Plugin · Top Best WordPress Blog Designs, Free …

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Sep 19
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Tutorial: How to change plugin table structure in Wordpress …

Sat, 09/19/2009 - 13:11 — julie

this article explain the mistake of most Wordpress plugin developer that caused maintenance of the plugin table difficult and resort in different way to solve this issue.

Go here to see the original:
Tutorial: How to change plugin table structure in Wordpress …

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Sep 19
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20 Tutorials to Develop Wordpress Plugin | Squico

Sat, 09/19/2009 - 07:00 — julie

20 Tutorials to Develop Wordpress Plugin .

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20 Tutorials to Develop Wordpress Plugin | Squico

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Sep 18
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Wordpress Dashboard Pages Plugin | StylizedWeb.com

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 21:01 — julie

Stylized Web – Web trends and tutorials, css, xhtml, wordpress , javascript, SEO, design, themes.

Read more:
Wordpress Dashboard Pages Plugin | StylizedWeb.com

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Sep 18
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760+ Photoshop Tutorials For Web & Graphic Designers

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 14:31 — julie

I have compiled together the ultimate Photoshop tutorial list for web and graphic designers. Mixed in here are a large array of over 760 tutorials from PSD slicing to fantasy art, logo design techniques to text effects, and so many more. Some tutorials are for beginners and some much more advanced. Many thanks to all the websites who have had the time to compile and showcase these lists. Enjoy!

30 Useful Photoshop Tutorials for Vintage and Retro Style

Web design Ledger have compiled an awesome list of 30 photoshop vintage and retro tutorials.

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Sep 17
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DigiMantra » Publish wordpress plugin on windows using tortoise svn

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 23:16 — julie

How to submit your plugin to wordpress on windows platform, using SVN tortoise.

Go here to see the original:
DigiMantra » Publish wordpress plugin on windows using tortoise svn

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Sep 17
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New Featured Author of the Week: Joefrey

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 23:14 — julie
  • Author’s Username: Joefrey
  • Member Since: September, 2008
  • Location: Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

How Come?

Joefrey is one of those authors who blows us away with every new template submission. His taste level is pitch perfect, and the wonderful sales of his numerous items proves as much!

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Sep 16
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Extremely Important Tax Rules for Freelance Designers in the United States

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 01:44 — julie

Do you have to pay taxes on earnings you make online?

I’ll make this short and sweet: YES! If you live in the United States, you owe taxes on any money you make, whether it be online, offline, or in some alternate universe that the IRS has an ability to track (and they will be able to track it, I promise).

Contrary to what your best friend’s cousin’s sister-in-law’s friend Bob may have said, money made online isn’t different from money made anywhere else. In fact, the only difference between the money that you make online and the money you might make from a US business is that the online company (ie: Envato) won’t be sending you a 1099 at the end of the year – which means it’s your responsibility to record those earnings.The fact is that you are responsible (by law) to report and pay taxes on all income, regardless of its source.

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Sep 15
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Required Online Backup Solutions for Designers

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 11:15 — julie

Ensuring that all your files are safe and secure is a must for any web designer. This article assesses a variety of different online services that have proven to be the most affordable and popular over the years.

Why Use Online Backup?

As the owner of an online web hosting company, I know how important it can be to have a backup of all your information from personal files to client files. I’ve lost plenty of important data including website backups, tax information, and web designs over the years. I now use multiple online backup services to ensure that all my data is 100% secured.

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Sep 15
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Practical web design guides to reduce site load time

Tue, 09/15/2009 - 09:26 — julie

Why reducing website load time is important?

The answer is pretty straight forward – Web users are impatient and you only have very little time to draw their attentions. If your website does not load fast enough, the outcome is obvious – users will click on the close button and move on to the next site.

Do site load times affect search engine rankings!

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Sep 14
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24 Great Tips & Tutorials To Get The Most Out Of WordPress | Spyre …

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 05:00 — julie

Use the Twitter and TinyURL APIs to Create a WordPress Plugin ↓. WordPress Tutorials ..

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24 Great Tips & Tutorials To Get The Most Out Of WordPress | Spyre …

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Sep 14
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Quick Tip: Creating A Letter Pressed Text Effect

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 03:00 — julie

A quick tutorial on how to create a letter pressed text effect using Photoshop by simply just applying different various Photoshop styles. The Tutorial is broken down into simple steps or alternately you can follow the short but sweet screen cast.

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Sep 10
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Display Anything you want from the Envato API using PHP

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 21:16 — julie

First, Envato released their beta version of the API, aptly named Edge. Now, we have a stable and fantastic API to work with that is super powerful and super simple. The latest version (at the time of writing) is release v1. In part one of this two part series, we will look at how to access every single public set from the Envato API and learn how to display it with php.

Learning the basics

First things first, you need to know where to find the API, what it is, and how exactly it works. You can find the official API release on the forums, as well as the update to the API thread and the v1 update information.

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Sep 10
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Interview With Chris Spooner from Blog Spoon Graphics

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 03:00 — julie

A great interview with a successful blogger and freelance designer. The man behind design bumps spectacular brand new redesign, also the editor and founder of two great blogs Line 25 and Blog Spoon Graphics.

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Sep 09
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New Featured Author: Pixelcraft

Wed, 09/09/2009 - 23:50 — julie
  • Author’s Username: Pixelcraft
  • Member Since: August, 2008
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland

How Come?

Though Pixelcraft originally signed up a year ago, he’s only recently submitted his first template on ThemeForest – one that has quickly skyrocketed up the charts. amassing over 300 sales! That alone warrants a feature this week!

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Sep 09
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100 Fantastic Resources For Web Designers

Wed, 09/09/2009 - 19:30 — julie

Today Andy and I decided to produce a top list of our favorite 100 resources that we have used and enjoyed over the past few months. These resources include icons (my personal favorite), Wordpress Themes, Plugins, Software, Applications and some really cool tutorials made by us and other great websites. Let us know which ones you use and what other resources you think should be added to the list! Enjoy!

Icons

Adobe Work Folders

The adobe product collection in the form of folder icons.

City Icons

An awesome variety of different icons in this set.

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Sep 09
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Create a Funky Parallax Background Effect using jQuery

Wed, 09/09/2009 - 01:03 — julie

In this tutorial, we’ll be using JQuery to take a horizontally scrolling website and add a parallax scrolling background effect reminiscent of old-school 2D platform games like Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Sep 03
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7 RSS to Email/SMS Services you can use for your Item Feed!

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 19:33 — julie

A comment that comes up fairly often on the target="_blank" href='http://themeforest.net/forums' title='TF Forums'>ThemeForest Forums is the question of being notified of new comments on your item page. The answer to this question is almost always, “subscribe to your comment feed via rss and you can check it anytime”. This is true, you can actually subscribe to your own comment feed by going to http://themeforest.net/feeds/user_item_comments/USERNAME.atom and replacing the username with your username.

While this is nice and convenient, most users would rather not have to check their item feed a few times a day to see if anyone has commented. While I know this is an issue/feature the devs may work on for the future, we can fix the issue utilizing third party scripts and services. Today, we will have a quick look at 7 RSS to email/sms services you can use to automatically get informed of comments on your item!

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Sep 03
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Extremely Simple Way To Display Delicious Counts For Wordpress Users

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 16:44 — julie

Delicious is the most popular social bookmarking service. If you pay attention on WDB, then you may notice that most of WDB’s articles are being saved more than 100 times by Delicious users.

There are a lot of ways for you to display your Delicious saved counts. But today we are going to show you how to use Delicious API together with Wordpress custom field to save and display the Delicious saved counts.

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Sep 03
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30 Horrific Commercial Photoshop Disasters

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 03:00 — julie

Here’s a collection of horrific commercial Photoshop disasters made by professional graphic designers, who have made a poor job of not paying attention to detail when it comes to retouching photos.

What’s the best way to become a better designer ? learning from your mistakes and other people mistakes. Being careless and not paying attention to detail can have a big impact on your work as designer and can potential ruin your relationships with clients and also potential clients who are considering hiring you for a project.

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Sep 03
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New Featured Author: Pexeto

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 00:17 — julie
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How Come?

Pexeto is new to ThemeForest, only signing up in August. Nevertheless, he’s already released five templates! That, itself, is an amazing achievement worthy of the weekly feature.

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Sep 02
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Best of the Web: August

Wed, 09/02/2009 - 21:16 — julie

Best of August

PSDFAN brings you the best of the web for August. I hope that you enjoy this collection of tutorials, articles and freebies.

Apologies for the slight delay with this roundup, I’ve been ill for a few days.

Tutorials

Manipulate Smoke to Create Hyper Real Images

How to Create a Fantasy Mother Nature Scene

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Sep 02
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Best of The Web – August 2009

Wed, 09/02/2009 - 20:28 — julie

Yet again another month has gone by, and we will shortly be saying goodbye to the summer and hello to the winter as the evenings begin to draw in. Webdesigndev has done an enormous amount of growing this last month, hitting below 26,000 Alexa rank, and passing the 5,000 RSS subscriber count. There has been some top stuff on the internet in august. So much inspiration, freebies and tutorials, but of course we could only take the best picks.

So here is WebdesignDev’s best of the web for August 2009. If you missed last months Best of The Web July, be sure to check it out!

Photoshop Tutorials

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Sep 01
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New Twitter-Exclusive Quick-Tip Video Series

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 19:07 — julie

Last week, I launched a new exclusive quick-tip series for our target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/nettuts">Twitter followers. What makes this screencast series unique is that they’re all five minutes or less, and the topic for each entry comes straight from the community! As these will not be posted on the blogs, the only way to stay up to date is to follow target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/nettuts"> Nettuts+ and target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/themeforest">ThemeForest!

Just for a one-time sample, here are the first two quick tips.

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