September 2010

Sep 30
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Best Of Web And Design In September 2010

Thu, 09/30/2010 - 03:00 — julie

The monthly wrap is another good collection of some great Photoshop tutorials which i’m sure you should check out will I’m sure will teach you some new Photoshop skills. If your more of an illustrator guy rather than Photoshop their certainly is some illustrator tutorials, alongside a showcase of some of best freebies from September 2010.

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Sep 29
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Learn Design Socially and Effortlessly

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 21:27 — julie

How Do Most Designers Get Inspired?

How do most designers get inspired each day? They might look at CSS galleries, read tutorials, or check out sites such as DeviantArt and Ffffound. This is what I call ‘active learning’. You are actively seeking inspiration, and expending effort to become inspired.

However, I’ve begun to realize that whilst these are all valuable sources of inspiration, they have their limitations. If everyone is reading the same tutorials, or checking out the same galleries then it becomes harder for us to be unique.

I’ll admit, this article was partially inspired by this great article at WebDesignerDepot:

The Next Level of Design – Being Unique.

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Sep 29
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 11:37 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: Avalonweb

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is Avalonweb who joined in April 2009, has a portfolio of 20 items for sale and has racked up 1510 sales!
View Avalonweb’s Portfolio

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Sep 28
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New Tuts+ Feature: Authors Can Promote Their Marketplace Items

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 07:25 — julie

If you’re a marketplace author, you can now promote your marketplace items at the bottom of any tutorial or article you’ve made for Tuts+. This is a great chance to get your items in front of thousands of people, so if you’ve worked with Tuts+ before please fill out this form to start promoting your marketplace items on your Tuts+ posts.

The “Jeffrey Way” image above is what the promotion will look like. You can add the marketplace you are most active on, and it will show a full row of your most recent files.

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Sep 28
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Envato Pronunciation Guide

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 03:45 — julie

After the Envato meetup in Chicago, it became apparent that no two people pronounced anything related to Envato the same. That’s why we’ve developed the official Envato pronunciation guide. Special thanks to Lance for making this guide a reality.

Envato
en-vah-toe
or en–bot-o
Really, either one works, but the closer you get to making it sound like a Spanish word (en–bot-o), the cooler it sounds. The only truly incorrect pronunciation is in-vay-toe (I’m looking at you, Jarel).

Tuts+
Tuts-plus

Toots are baby farts. Yes, it makes sense to say toots because we’re just abbreviating tutorial, but it just sounds silly. It’s tuts, like cuts, but with a t.

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Sep 28
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How to Design a Modern Blog Layout

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 01:53 — julie

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Create a new document (1000X1450px). Fill the top 450px of your canvas with 267ac0, and the area beneath this with 236faf.

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Sep 27
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Meet the Staff: The CodeCanyon Team

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 15:23 — julie


Every week we’ll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet the CodeCanyon team.

This page is from the Envato Marketplace Wiki. It’s amazing what you can learn there. Have you checked it out?

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that actual human beings sort through each and every submission to CodeCanyon on a daily basis. The following staff members are highly active in the community forums, and review one or more categories. They’re friendly, so feel free to say hi to them!

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Sep 27
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How To Become One Of The World’s Best Designers

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 03:00 — julie

This article is several essential tips which can help you to grow as designer and overall just become a better all round designer.

Becoming part of the design community

Becoming a better designer interacting with design community plays an important role. Interaction within the design community can involve participating in discussions within the comments on a design orientated blog post or may be even joining a design forum.

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Sep 24
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Freebie Friday

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 13:00 — julie

Last week you gave fantastic feedback about free software you use every day – and keep it coming! Over the weeks and months we’ll review and discuss your recommendations.

This week we bring you some amazing freebies from around the Tuts+ sites.

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Sep 23
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Learn How To Create A Photoshop Smoke brush Within Minutes

Thu, 09/23/2010 - 03:00 — julie

Something which is ever so popular is Photoshop brushes. Photoshop smoke brushes are widely used by a lot Photoshop designers. This is a quick tip which is super easy to follow which shows you how you can create a Photoshop brush in less than a couple of minuet.

Tutorial Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Tutorial estimation time: Under 5mins

Program: Photoshop

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Sep 21
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30 Design Tutorials For Recreating A Brands Logo Identity

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 03:00 — julie

Logo designs are the simplest designs a designer can create but at the same time can be the most technical design process. This post is a collection of popular brands and companies logo designs combined with design tutorials which are step by step and easy to follow design tutorials.

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Sep 21
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Distort Paint Splatters to Construct a Unique Photo-Manipulation

Tue, 09/21/2010 - 00:46 — julie

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Download this great paper texture.

Create a new document (600X650px) and paste in the texture.

Call this layer ‘old paper texture’. Then reduce this layer’s opacity to 60%.

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Sep 17
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Create a Cool Abstract Photo-Manipulation

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 23:53 — julie

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Download this great paper texture.

Create a new document (600X700px) and paste in the texture.

Call this layer ‘old paper texture’.

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Sep 16
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Buy Our New Rockable Book: Theme Tumblr Like a Pro

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 12:03 — julie

Today Rockable Press released Jeffrey Way’s new book, “Theme Tumble Like a Pro”. Interested in learning to create cool Tumblr themes? This book is what you’re after.

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Sep 13
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Meet the Staff: The GraphicRiver Team

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 10:00 — julie

Every week we’ll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet the GraphicRiver team.

This page is from the Envato Marketplace Wiki. It’s amazing what you can learn there. Have you checked it out?

Welcome to GraphicRiver! At GraphicRiver you can buy and sell royalty-free, layered Photoshop files, vectors, icon packs, Adobe add-ons, isolated photos, and design templates for just a few dollars. Items are priced on the complexity, quality and use of the file. The site is home to a bustling community of graphic designers and illustrators.

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Sep 10
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Professional Retouching Tutorial: Using Curves in Photoshop (Part 3)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 22:39 — julie

Using Curves in Photoshop

If you’ve ever struggled to get your head around curves adjustments in Photoshop, you found the right tutorial. We’re going to look at using different points on the curve, what they represent, and using the different RGB channels to make specific colour adjustments.

This tutorial is part of a PSDFan series on professional retouching, and as a digital retoucher I spend most days using curves in one way or another. Once you have a grasp of the basics, you’ll have at your command a seriously powerful tool for editing your photographs.

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Sep 10
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Freebie Friday

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 05:28 — julie

I love free stuff. Especially when it’s not free junk. Here are some amazing freebies from around the Tuts+ sites. It’s definitely not rubbish!

Psdtuts Presents Exclusive Wallpapers by Jennifer Cirpici

Psdtuts+ are offering two exclusive wallpapers by artist Jennifer Cirpici. Check them out below.

Exclusive Wallpaper – Breaking Canvas



Exclusive Widescreen Wallpaper – What Guys Dream Of

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Sep 09
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Author Interview: Theme Team

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 07:15 — julie

Meet Theme Team from ThemeForest. And CodeCanyon. And GraphicRiver!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

Theme Team is actually comprised of a few people, and each person has worked with me (Jason) and Kristy for 3-5 years. We’re based in Austin, TX, where Kristy, Drew, Jon and I live, but the rest of our motley crew is dispersed across the country and the world. Christopher on the east coast, Pu in China and Sasha and Victoria in the Ukraine.

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Sep 09
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Fresh Articles, Tutorials And Awesome Freebies For Designers

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 03:00 — julie

Its been a month since we launched our brand new sister site Vector Patterns and the support which we have received has been amazing. In this article we would like to share some of fresh new articles, tutorials and freebies which have been featured on the site. If you like the content featured on the site be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed or join the mailing list to be keep up to date with the latest blog posts.

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Sep 08
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Envato Meetup Live Video Stream Tonight!

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 19:15 — julie

Envato Meetup Live Video Stream Tonight!

Tonight at 7pm CST we will be streaming a live video feed from our Envato Community Night here in Chicago. This will give you a chance to “hang out” with the Envato staff as we have an informal meet and greet with those who use the sites. For those who can’t make it or if we encounter unforeseen technical difficulties, we’ll record the stream for you to go back and watch later.


View Live Broadcast Here:

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Sep 08
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 05:07 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: dexterous

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is dexterous who joined in September 2009, has a portfolio of 8 items for sale and has racked up 283 sales!
View dexterous’ Portfolio

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Sep 07
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Design a Dark, Professional Website Layout

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 01:57 — julie

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Create a new document (1000X1000px) and fill your canvas with DCDCDC.

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Sep 03
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This Week at Envato

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 13:03 — julie

This Week’s Highlights from Envato Notes

It’s been another big week at Envato! In a nutshell, here’s what happened :

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Sep 03
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Freebie Friday

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 09:24 — julie

This is the first week of the month, and the marketplaces have posted their free files for September. Let’s check them out.

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Sep 02
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Author Interview: Modelplusmodel

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 11:17 — julie

Meet Modelplusmodel from 3DOcean!

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

Den: At first, let me introduce ourselves. Modelplusmodel is in fact two people: Denis Tsybko aka Marty McFly and Victoria Polyakova aka Breeze. We are 25 years old and live in Russia.

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Sep 02
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Congrats to our August Community Superstar & New Tuts+ Mod!

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 03:30 — julie

If you didn’t know, every month on the Envato Marketplaces we pick one user to receive the Community Superstar award. Users who receive this badge have been observed being a repeatedly helpful member and constantly affecting the community in positive ways. The winner of the Community Superstar badge also receives a nice prize, which can include anything from Rockable Press Vouchers, Marketplace Credits, Tuts+ Memberships and so on!

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Sep 02
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Best Of Web And Design In August 2010

Thu, 09/02/2010 - 03:00 — julie

A ton of great tutorials from august some useful design tutorials to teach you some new useful tip and tricks. Alongside Creative Nerds launching an new design blog, we have featured a few freebies within the roundup of our new site.

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Sep 01
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 09:00 — julie

Here are the featured authors across all marketplaces this week. Congratulations everyone – especially Abduzeedo, our first ever Tutorials featured author!

ActiveDen Featured Author: scottrockers

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is scottrockers who joined in February 2009, has a portfolio of 16 items for sale and has racked up 192 sales!
View scottrockers’ Portfolio

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