January 2011

Jan 31
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Create a Professional App Store Web Layout

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 16:34 — julie

Create a Professional App Store Web Layout

Jan 31
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Best Of Web And Design In January 2011

Mon, 01/31/2011 - 03:00 — julie

The start of a new year a great month for the design community to kick off the year with a ton of great articles, tutorials and freebies been released throughout this month. January there was a lot of news including the revealing of the HTML 5 logo which reminds of that web 2.0 type of effect, will the web 2.0 effect be reborn again in 2010 I wonder.

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Jan 28
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Freebie Friday: Abduzeedo’s Tuesday Total Textures

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 15:29 — julie

One of my favorite blogs is Abduzeedo. It inspires me. If you haven’t heard of it, here is something from the site’s About page:

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares contemplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.

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Jan 27
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January Podcast with PhotoDune Giveaway Released!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 07:23 — julie


This months episode of the Envato Community Podcast is a special one. Joining us in this episode is the web dev guru and Nettuts+ manager, Jeffrey Way. Jeffrey is currently visiting the Melbourne office and was nice enough to drop by for our recording. We also have a chat with the one of the funniest people at Envato, Aaron Osteraas.

Don’t wait, start listening to this months podcast! Subscribe, downloads, and show notes below.

Oh, and did we mention there is a special giveaway to users who listen to this episode? Well there is, be sure to listen and see the full post for more information.

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Jan 27
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Quick Tip: How To Create A Really Cool Spiral Blend Effect

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 03:00 — julie

This quick tip tutorial it’s the perfect tutorial for beginners learning illustrator who may want learn a useful skill to add to their design knowledge. The end outcome results of this tutorial can be achieved within a few minuets I hope you enjoy feel free to share your thoughts on the tutorial within a short comment below.

Tutorial Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Tutorial estimation time: 3 to 5mins

Program: Illustrator

Expected Outcome

The Screencast

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Jan 26
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Ask Collis

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 11:00 — julie

Collis is Envato’s wise and fearless leader. Every month we’ll choose a bunch of your questions, and Collis will answer them. You can add your questions to the pot by heading over to this Web form. It’s also a great place to catch his previous pearls of wisdom.

Here are this month’s questions:

Hey Collis, I’m happy to have found a place where I can ask you a question! About a month ago you mentioned something about a streaming service or something along those lines, for AudioJungle. Are you able to elaborate on that?

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Jan 26
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 03:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: CreativeAddiction

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is CreativeAddiction who joined in October 2010, has a portfolio of 5 items for sale and has racked up 137 sales!
View CreativeAddiction’s Portfolio

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Jan 25
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Author Interview: RobGD

Tue, 01/25/2011 - 15:40 — julie

Today we meet RobGD from AudioJungle.

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

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Jan 24
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Create A Striking Nature Scene In Photoshop

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 16:49 — julie
NOTE: This post was originally posted on January 24th 2011. However, it still has some great techniques that many of our readers may not have seen before. This tutorial has helped a lot of people since it was first pubilshed, so we hope that whether this is your first time reading it, or you’re using it as a refresher, it’s helpful for you.

Create A Striking Nature Scene In Photoshop

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a nature inspired design that is both organic and visually arresting. We will be covering some useful tips as we work through the process of creating a striking image that will show a helpless being pulled into the powerful grasp of nature.

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Jan 21
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BrushLovers Review

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 20:47 — julie

[Whilst the following is a paid review, my opinions are totally honest/unbiased, and I will only ever review sites/services that I feel are useful to our audience]

BrushLovers.com

When Walter Apai contacted me about reviewing his new photoshop brushes website, I was of course already aware of his hugely popular design blog WebDesignerDepot. Without this backing of quality and reputation I may have just assumed that BrushLovers would be ‘simply another brush site’. However, I would have been very wrong!

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Jan 20
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Tuts+ Sites Give Pre-release Material to Facebook Fans

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 14:40 — julie

Do you enjoy waiting? I spend too much of my life doing just that – waiting in lines at the grocery store, waiting for the kids, waiting for green lights and waiting for checks to clear. Well, wait no longer!

Recently all Tuts+ sites have started making pre-release tutorials available to Facebook fans. That means if you follow us on Facebook you’ll receive a tutorial a full 30 days before it is published on the blog while everyone is still waiting.

So stop waiting today. Head over to the Facebook page of your favorite site and hit “Like”. You’ll then have access to the material on the “Fan Bonus” page.

Where do you get it? Find our Facebook pages here:

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Jan 20
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Tutorial Suggestions Needed

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 03:12 — julie

Help Shape Our Content!

As many of you have seen, we recently relaunched PSDFAN. We’re a lot happier with the new setup, and have a LOT of great new content to share with you. However, we’re always keen to know exactly what types of content would be most useful to you.

If you’re curious how to achieve a certain type of design, or a particular area of design interests you then please leave a comment to this page. We’ll do our level best to create a tutorial to help you, and I’m sure our community will find it beneficial too!

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Jan 19
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 01/19/2011 - 09:01 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: DomenicoCitrangulo

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is DomenicoCitrangulo who joined in June 2009, has a portfolio of 10 items for sale and has racked up 644 sales!
View DomenicoCitrangulo’s Portfolio

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Jan 17
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Members Area Tutorial: Create A Human/Robot Hybrid In Photoshop

Mon, 01/17/2011 - 17:45 — julie

Members Only Tutorial

This tutorial is available exclusively to our FanExtra members. In order to read the tutorial and download it’s original .psd source file you must sign up as a FanExtra member.

If you sign up today you get access to over 140 .psd source files (and growing!), as well as our weekly members only tutorials and other content!

Members Area Tutorial: Create A Human/Robot Hybrid In Photoshop

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Jan 17
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Featured Sites: Activetuts+

Mon, 01/17/2011 - 04:18 — julie

Last week we featured ActiveDen. This week we’ll look at ActiveDen’s sister site, Activetuts+. You’ve probably noticed that many Envato sites have been paired in this way. Our marketplaces help you earn, while the Tuts+ sites help you learn.

Activetuts+ is a repository of Flash tutorials. It also has tutorials that cover Flex, ActionScript and Silverlight.

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Jan 17
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The Ultimate Collection Of Tutorials For Mastering The Mesh Tool

Mon, 01/17/2011 - 03:00 — julie

A wide collective of tutorials ranging from the basic fundamental tutorials for learning the mesh tool to more advanced technical tutorial to master the technical aspects of the mesh tool. The mesh tool is one of illustrators complex tools but when mastered you can create some great designs. Feel free to leave a comment to share your favourite tutorials featured in the post.

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Jan 16
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This Week at Envato – The Floods Subside

Sun, 01/16/2011 - 10:06 — julie

We’re half way through January, and the year is starting to get busy. I think I’m organized! How is your planning for the year going?

Here are the highlights from Envato Notes this week:

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Jan 14
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Freebie Friday – Tuts+ Freebies Pages

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 04:46 — julie

Did you know that every Tuts+ site has a freebies page? They’re definitely worth checking out. Let’s go for a tour.

Psdtuts+ Freebies

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Jan 13
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PSDFAN Relaunches!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 22:21 — julie

PSDFAN Version 4!

Huge news today PSDFANs! We’re officially launching version 4 of the blog. We’ve been working incredibly hard behind the scenes on this version, which accounts for a slight slow in updates lately.

Rather than rave about how much I personally love the new design, I thought I’d show you exactly what’s new with the new design. We’ve included a lot of great new features, stripped away a lot of unnecessary stuff from the old design, and improved loads of existing features.

A Simpler, Cleaner Design

Well, perhaps most obviously, PSDFAN v4 comes with a super sleek new design. We decided to cut out all unnecessary content with this design, and really improve the user experience. The new simpler design should be far easier to browse, with less distractions, and a greater focus on content.

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Jan 12
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34 Free & Beautiful xHTML/CSS Templates

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 16:54 — julie
NOTE: This post was originally posted on January 12th 2011. However, I still receive requests for quality xhtml templates and these templates remain great quality. Whilst WordPress is hugely prevalent, many designers and amateurs still regularly need a simple html template for their work. Enjoy!

34 Free & Beautiful xHTML/CSS Templates

Nowdays, more and more designers and developers start selling their work for money, and as time goes by less free xhtml/css templates are being released. However there are a small number of authors that really provide great and free templates to the community, which helps cater for the audience of people who aren’t willing to pay for a theme, or simply can’t afford it. In the following collection, we have gathered an awesome pack of more than thirty beautiful css/html themes, that are absolutely free!

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Jan 12
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 06:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: SparkyFlash

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is SparkyFlash who joined in December 2008, has a portfolio of 9 items for sale and has racked up 176 sales!
View SparkyFlash’s Portfolio

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Jan 11
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34 Free & Beautiful xHTML/CSS Templates

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 21:21 — julie

34 Free & Beautiful xHTML/CSS Templates

Nowdays, more and more designers and developers start selling their work for money, and as time goes by less free xhtml/css templates are being released. However there are a small number of authors that really provide great and free templates to the community, which helps cater for the audience of people who aren’t willing to pay for a theme, or simply can’t afford it. In the following collection, we have gathered an awesome pack of more than thirty beautiful css/html themes, that are absolutely free!

Small Business

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Jan 07
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Create An Underwater Typography Scene

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 22:00 — julie

Create An Underwater Typography Scene

In this Design Tutorial we are going to be creating a custom typography piece. We will be using custom brushes, light effects, and more to achieve the end result. The techniques we will cover can be applied to any type, so let’s fire up Photoshop and get started!

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Jan 07
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Create An Underwater Typography Scene

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 22:00 — julie

Create An Underwater Typography Scene

In this Design Tutorial we are going to be creating a custom typography piece. We will be using custom brushes, light effects, and more to achieve the end result. The techniques we will cover can be applied to any type, so let’s fire up Photoshop and get started!

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Jan 07
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Tuts+ Marketplace Tutorial Competition Winners: $1500 Cash and Additional Prizes Scored

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 16:57 — julie

Today we announce the three winners of the Tuts+ Marketplace Tutorial Competition. Combined, they take home more than $1,500 worth of cash and additional prizes. Take a look to see if your entry came out on top. Also, learn about one of our new tutorial price points that make it easier for a tutorial to be accepted onto the Tuts+ Marketplace.

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Jan 07
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This Week at Envato – Rate Jonah’s Haircut

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 10:10 — julie

I don’t know if you’ve felt a bit like me this week, but it’s been hard to get going. It feels like I’m trying to kick start the year. The kids are home from school playing Xbox all day, the rain just keeps on coming, and all that ham I ate over the holidays is making me feel lethargic.

But I’ve had a great week. I love taking some time to get organized at the beginning of the year, and have spent hours doing that this week. It’s a great feeling moving forward knowing that you’ve already got the new year a little under control. What about you? Do you prefer to plan the year in advance, or be surprised when you get there?

Here are the highlights from Envato Notes this week:

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Jan 07
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for January

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 04:10 — julie

Have you checked out the marketplaces’ free files for January? Download them while you can!

ActiveDen: XML Business Team Viewer


Features

  • Flash CS3 +
  • AS 3.0
  • Only 20kB without embedded font
  • Images (JPEG, PNG , GIF…) and SWF support
  • Floating image effect
  • More than 40 XML settings available
  • Highly customizable, every color manageable via XML
  • Unlimited members, groups
  • Easy loading/deleting to/from your project
  • PDF help file included
  • …and more!!

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Jan 05
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 01/05/2011 - 06:28 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: zehreken

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is zehreken who joined in October 2009, has a portfolio of 5 items for sale and has racked up 16 sales!
View zehreken’s Portfolio

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Jan 04
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Author Interview: EAMejia

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 12:16 — julie

Today we meet Eduardo Mejia (EAMejia) from GraphicRiver.

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

Hi, my name is Eduardo Mejia. I live in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, located it in Central America. I work at a local advertising agency as a web/graphic designer. I have four years of experience and very proud and happy with my job.

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Jan 02
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FanExtra Network Poll – Have Your Say!

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 18:15 — julie

What Members-Only Content Would You Like to See More Of?

With the new year underway we’re working hard to provide even better content on a weekly basis. We’re fully aware that tutorials are the favorite type of content at PSDFAN, which is why we’re bringing on board some more full time tutorial writers for the new year. With the upcoming relaunch of the blog you’ll see a lot of fantastic free content available on the blog!

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Jan 02
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FanExtra Network Poll – Have Your Say!

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 18:15 — julie

What Members-Only Content Would You Like to See More Of?

With the new year underway we’re working hard to provide even better content on a weekly basis. We’re fully aware that tutorials are the favorite type of content at PSDFAN, which is why we’re bringing on board some more full time tutorial writers for the new year. With the upcoming relaunch of the blog you’ll see a lot of fantastic free content available on the blog!

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Jan 02
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The Best PSDFAN Tutorials of 2010

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 01:32 — julie

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from everyone at PSDFAN. It’s been a fantastic year for us, and we hope that you’ve enjoyed all of the great content that’s been released in 2010. In case you missed any of it, we’ve decided to round up some of the best tutorials from the past year. These tutorials cover a vast range of techniques/subjects, and should be able to teach you something new!

I’d like to extend a personal thanks to all of our loyal readers, talented authors and fans all across the globe. I’m sure that PSDFAN will continue to grow and improve in the new year, and it’s amazing to have you all with us! Look out for a redesign/relaunch of the site in the very near future. It’s going to be big!

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