April 2011

Apr 29
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Photo Manipulate a Falling Angel

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 18:15 — julie

Final Image

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

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Step 1

Create a new document (600X700px).

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Apr 28
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Want to integrate your Flash game with Facebook? Read Michael James William’s book!

Thu, 04/28/2011 - 11:32 — julie

Michael James Williams is the technical editor for Activetuts+. He is a freelance Flash developer. And he is also a published author.

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Apr 28
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How to Secure Your Site with SSL Encryption

Firesheep, an add on for Firefox released in October 2010, watches connections on your LAN for anybody connecting to a website using the HTTP protocol, and lets the user of the add on steal passwords. Since the vast majority of websites still use HTTP, Firesheep was extremely effective. This woke up the tech world to the insecure and outdated nature of HTTP, by showing how easily it can be compromised.

The alternative, much more secure version of HTTP is the HTTPS protocol (the s stands for secure). HTTPS encrypts connections using strong SSL 256-bit or higher encryption. This way it is much harder for an attacker to view your password and traffic. This has pushed many websites to encrypt their connections, but the transition is happening slowly. Only recently have large websites started to add HTTPS encryption, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google (in beta).

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Apr 28
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How to Setup and Use Google AdSense

By Matthew Leeds

Google AdSense is a very useful and popular service from Google which displays targeted advertising, either text or graphical, on your website. Advertisers pay based both on the number of views an ad receives, called “impressions” and based on the number of actual clicks, with varying rates.

Google keeps 32% of the revenue and passes on the rest to you, the publisher. AdSense has many advantages over directly connecting with advertisers; mostly that Google does all the work for you. Google finds appropriate advertisers and works with them so you can focus on your content. This way the process is painless, requiring only a Google account and five minutes of setup.

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Apr 27
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Design a Surreal and Ornate Photo Manipulation

Wed, 04/27/2011 - 22:49 — julie

Design a Surreal and Ornate Photo Manipulation

Final Image

Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating:

Step 1

Start by creating a new document (600X700px).

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Apr 27
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 04/27/2011 - 02:35 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: Geert9

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is Geert9 who joined in February 2009, has a portfolio of 13 items for sale and has racked up 390 sales!
View Geert9′s Portfolio

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Apr 26
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MightyDeals: 58% off FanExtra Membership!

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 20:05 — julie

1 Year FanExtra Membership (over 450 Resources) – only $29

We at FanExtra are proud to have been featured at the popular design discount website MightyDeals.com.

For those of you who don’t know MightyDeals provide huge discounts on reputable design services and products. Personally we’re thrilled to be featured, and have decided to offer our annual FanExtra memberships at a massively discounted price of $29 (regular price $69).

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Apr 25
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Advanced Tutorial: Creating ‘Broken Link’

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 20:35 — julie

CoolSurface.com’s David Cousens takes you through his design process…

Warning: This tutorial is NOT FOR BEGINNERS, it’s for people who know their way around Photoshop and are looking to further their design knowledge/skills. If you aren’t comfortable with radial gradients, overlay layers and clipping mask layers and have a good foundation level of artistic skill this tutorial probably isn’t for you. Oh, and you should definitely have a graphics tablet; it would be undiluted madness to try this with a mouse!

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Apr 25
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Featured Workspace: Adam Everett Miller

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 03:00 — julie

Adam Everett Miller—our Aetuts+ editor—was recently surprised by his talented wife, Katie. She redecorated his home workspace. He loves it!

Here are some comments from Adam when he posted about it on Aetuts+ a few days ago:

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Apr 25
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Featured Site: Cgtuts+

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 03:00 — julie

Cgtuts+ is Envato’s tutorial site about computer graphics in all its forms.

Cgtuts+ is a source of learning on all aspects of computer graphics. We pump out regular tutorials on Maya, 3Ds Max, Cinema 4D, ZBrush, Blender, Mudbox and more. We cater to beginner, intermediate and advanced CG artists.

Our tutorials are the best on the web, hands-down – that’s why over 4 million people visit our network of tutorial sites each month.

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Apr 23
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Members Area Tutorial: Design a Clean, Engaging Church Website

Sat, 04/23/2011 - 01:32 — 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 450 design files, including tutorial source files, members only tutorials, vectors, icon packs, texture packs and more! You can also access our huge collection of .psd website interfaces such as this one.

Members Area Tutorial: Design a Clean, Engaging Church Website

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Apr 22
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Freebie Friday: Freebies from Tuts+

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 09:00 — julie

Here are some freebies from around the Tuts+ network!

Activetuts+

Exclusive Freebie: Ten Fab Filter Effects for Your Flash Textfields

If you enjoyed Muhammed Abid’s tutorial on glassifying your text with Flash filters, you’ll love this Exclusive Freebie from frequent author Carlos Yanez. It’s a set of ten such effects, ranging from gold to bubble gum, which you can easily copy and paste to apply to any text in any of your Flash projects.

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Apr 21
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Coming Soon: Patrik Larsson’s eBook “Markplace Tips & Tricks, Second Edition”

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 11:32 — julie

If you enjoyed Patrik Larsson’s ebook “Marketplace Tips & Tricks“, we have some great news for you. He’s been working hard on a significantly expanded second edition. He’ll be finished in a month or two.

Patrik was kind enough to give us an in-depth interview about the update. His enthusiasm is infectious. Not only has he got me excited about the book, but it seems he’s got half the marketplace authors involved in the project!

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Apr 21
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Envato Community Podcast Episode 11 Out Now!

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 06:04 — julie

It’s that time again, time for the release of the latest Envato Community Podcast. In episode 11, we were fortunate enough to have Amanda Hackwith on with us. Amanda is a RockablePress extradonaire and gaming junky. Amanda talks with us about what it’s like managing the publishing side of the company, writing a book, and of course her amazing gaming collection. Of course, we have plenty of marketplace news and updates included. Lastly, be sure to listen all the way through for some hidden gems and special music, we apologize in advance for our questionable taste of music!

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Apr 20
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Become a Master of the Pen Tool in Under 30 Minutes

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 21:30 — julie
NOTE: This post was originally posted on March 22nd 2009. However, we still to this day have readers who are confused with how to use the pen tool. 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.

Final Image

This is the final image that we’ll be creating.

Step 1

Download this image http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1104824

Don’t think you’ve already made it as we will be tracing over the image!

Open the image in Photoshop and re-size it to what you want. I re-sized mine to 1800 px by 2546 px.

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Apr 20
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 02:09 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: Bedros

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is Bedros who joined in July 2009, has a portfolio of 13 items for sale and has racked up 228 sales!
View Bedros’ Portfolio

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Apr 19
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77 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 06:15 — julie

Having been doing Internet marketing and developing websites that rely heavily on natural search engine traffic for the past few years I can say without a doubt the largest challenge that site owner’s face is getting traffic into their website and that doesn’t include getting highly targeted traffic which is looking for your content. "Build and they will come" is nothing more than a slogan on your car bumper sticker.

The second largest challenge, of course, is converting that traffic into your desired result. That could be newsletter signup, sale, new reader, blog comment, new StumbleUpon fans or Twitter followers, or even just a new friends on your facebook profile.

Key To Success: Multiple Traffic Sources

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Apr 19
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Ten Tight Tips To Turn Out Terrific Typography

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 02:53 — julie

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Apr 18
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Featured Site: Aetuts+

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 02:54 — julie

Aetuts+ is Envato’s tutorial site about Adobe After Effects.

Aetuts+ is a site made to house and showcase some of the best After Effects tutorials around. We publish tutorials that not only produce great effects, but explain them in a friendly, approachable manner. We also stock up links to tutorials, articles, presets and plugins from around the web to help you get the most out of After Effects.

If you’re interested in writing a tutorial for the site, you can learn about the submission process on our Write a Tutorial page.

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Apr 15
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Are You Using the Envato Marketplaces API?

Fri, 04/15/2011 - 02:01 — julie

Many of you might not be aware that the Envato marketplaces have an API that can be used to handle everything from verifying purchases, to displaying your most recent items, to tracking featured files, to reviewing private account information, like your recent sales and account balance. But the question is: are you using it?

In addition to displaying your own items, if you’re smart, you can attach your referral id to earn some extra passive income in the process!

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Apr 14
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How To Use Illustrator To Create A Scatter Brush

Thu, 04/14/2011 - 03:00 — julie

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How to use illustrator to create a scatter brush. A great little quick tip on how to use vector elements within illustrator to create unique illustrator scatter brush a great tutorial worth watching.

Tutorial Details

Difficulty: Beginner

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Apr 13
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 03:09 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: Bedros

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is Bedros who joined in July 2009, has a portfolio of 13 items for sale and has racked up 225 sales!
View Bedros’ Portfolio

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Apr 12
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35 Photoshop Tutorials to Create Surreal Artwork

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 19:02 — julie

35 Photoshop Tutorials to Create Surreal Artwork

Surrealism is clearly a popular style within traditional art, yet has also become increasing popular with the digital community. Digital art is a great medium to explore surrealism, as within Photoshop you can totally manipulate photographic elements and contort them into an alternate reality. In the following round-up we have collected a set of well-written and beautiful surrealist photoshop tutorials to help you master your technique.

Create a Galaxy Angel Surreal Art Piece

This tutorial focuses on the work with basic stock photos in order to create a magnificient picture.

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Apr 12
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Author Interview: CarlosViloria

Tue, 04/12/2011 - 10:57 — julie

Software engineering, messy rooms, “quality is better than quantity”, and going out with friends. Today we meet Carlos Viloria from GraphicRiver and ActiveDen.

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

Hi, My name is Carlos Viloria and I’m a Software Engineer, developer and web designer (Flash, AS2/AS3 and HTML). I live in the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and the city is well know for its kind people. I spend most of my time making files to sell on GraphicRiver, and also working as a freelancer.

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Apr 09
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for April

Sat, 04/09/2011 - 02:38 — julie

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

ActiveDen: Flow Menu – XML driven HTML & Flash Menu

If you are looking for a fresh charater based Navigation System you found it! This is the tool for Your request: the “Flow”.

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Apr 08
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5 Incredibly Useful Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques

Fri, 04/08/2011 - 20:54 — julie
NOTE: This post was originally posted on April 8th 2011. However, I continually get emails from people struggling to understand proper non-destructive workflows. 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.

5 Incredibly Useful Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques

Non-destructive workflows are vital to being a great Photoshop designer. However, they are often overlooked by people. Personally, I was pretty late to pick up non-destructive Photoshop techniques – to my peril! After learning these techniques my workflow increased dramatically, and I was able to start editing my images much easier after finishing compositions.

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Apr 06
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 02:24 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: Lion

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is Lion who joined in December 2009, has a portfolio of 3 items for sale and has racked up 93 sales!
View Lion’s Portfolio

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Apr 06
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30 Gorgeous and Usable Mac Applications

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 00:30 — julie

30 Gorgeous and Usable Mac Applications

While windows is used practically everywhere, Mac OS is mostly admired and used by designers, developers and creative modern companies. Mac applications are often really well-designed, and kick-ass with a gorgeous interface. In the following collection we have listed 30 most loved, practical and stunning applications for the Mac operating system.

ByWord

Byword helps in your creative writing by hiding the things you don’t need on screen. Feel inspired by the beautiful typography presets and how good your text will always look with Byword.

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Apr 05
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Author Interview: Interant Media

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 11:00 — julie

Photoshop, working online, making items that are handy, and playing musical instruments. Today we meet Interant Media (InterantMedia) from GraphicRiver.

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

We’re Interant Media, a company from The Netherlands. We operate from all over the world and we’ve got many employees from the United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium and much more countries.

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Apr 05
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$41,000 Web Developer Competition on CodeCanyon

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 02:00 — julie

After months of planning, I’m pleased to introduce our $41,000 web developer competition on Nettuts+ and CodeCanyon. Officially launching today, we want you to…build something! Do a kick-ass job, and you’ll win everything from cash, to an iPad 2, to the 3DS, to a seemingly never-ending string of subscriptions to amazing online services.

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Apr 04
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Create A Mixed Media Piece Using Photoshop

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 20:12 — julie

Create A Mixed Media Piece Using Photoshop

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to take any drawing and turn it into a mixed media masterpiece using Photoshop. We will be combining some digital painting techniques with textures and light effects to achieve the desired result. I will be showing you how you can use these techniques for just about any type of design. If you are ready to get started then let’s go!
Resources

Final Image

Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating:

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Apr 04
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Meet the Staff: The Nettuts+ Team

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 16:00 — julie

Vim, user interface dabbling, jQuery and the semantic web. This week we meet the Nettuts+ team. This post is taken from the site’s Meet the Team page on the site.

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Apr 02
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This Week at Envato—The Envato Podcast Gets Animated

Sat, 04/02/2011 - 00:40 — julie

This week at Envato we tried to fool you, animated our podcast, and launched a new AppStorm site. Lance joined the RIA Radio podcast team, and we dug an old photo out of the archives. Details after the jump!

Here are the highlights from Envato Notes this week:

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Apr 01
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New Weekly Post Series – Friday Art School

Fri, 04/01/2011 - 19:50 — julie

Thinking Beyond the Digital Medium

For almost three years PSD.FanExtra has focused almost exclusively on tutorials teaching graphic and digital design. However, as covered in some of our recent articles, it’s really important to constantly expand your skill-set, and explore other visual mediums.

I’ve always been a keen artist, and try to integrate this area of my creative talent into my digital work whenever possible. However, I recognize that not everyone is born with these kinds of skills, and often it’s necessary for aspiring artists to learn the fundamentals of drawing before starting their quest towards creative utopia.

Therefore I’ve decided to start a newly weekly post series focusing on non-digital art tutorials. I’m calling this post series ‘Friday Art School’ and will be creating some really in depth drawing and modeling tutorials to help inspire you all.

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