December 2011

Dec 31
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Adding Video Posts To Your Website

Sat, 12/31/2011 - 01:51 — julie

Web designers have been experimenting widely these days, as they attempt to best deliver high quality content in a way that maximizes SEO, advertising needs, and aesthetic appeal. There are few that can accomplish all these objectives, which explains why many designers are turning to one tried and true one that does: embedded video posts. If you don’t currently use video on your site, you may be wondering: why is video such an appealing option? And, if it really is, how can I go about implementing it?

If you are indeed asking yourself these questions, read on for the answers and for some other considerations to keep in mind.

Why Use Video?

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Dec 29
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How To Make Your Flash Design Work With ANY Resolution

Thu, 12/29/2011 - 15:49 — julie

One of the biggest problems that web designers face is to select a screen resolution for their style. Those days are gone when there were only two resolutions 800×600 and 1024×768. Today there are millions of devices with different screen resolutions which are used to browse the internet.  In this scenario, one of the best practices is to make a design which will fit all resolution. Flash is excellent for this and today I am going to show you how to make flash adjust your design according to the screen.

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Dec 28
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Members Area Tutorial: Create A Music Inspired Street Scene In Photoshop

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 23:08 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create A Music Inspired Street Scene In Photoshop

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 hundreds of 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.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Dec 28
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 07:48 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured authors.

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Dec 27
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Author Interview: Chrisatlemon

Tue, 12/27/2011 - 09:00 — julie

Living in the south of Spain, loving retro video games, being committed to lifelong learning, and sitting at his desk at least sixteen hours a day. This week we meet Chris Herrmann (chrisatlemon) from GraphicRiver.

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

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Dec 27
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35 High Def Wallpapers to Calm and Inspire You

Tue, 12/27/2011 - 04:41 — julie

Your computer’s wallpaper can actually have quite a drastic effect upon your productivity and creativity. I will consciously notice changes in my mood when I change my desktop. As a result, I will often select a desktop that helps me achieve my goals for the week.

Think about how your wallpaper makes you feel. Calm? Angry? Bored? Creative? Impressed?

I’ve compiled 35 truly stunning high definition wallpapers to calm and inspire you in your daily work. These wallpapers all display a tremendous level of creativity, and often depict a serene, calming landscape. Better yet, each wallpaper is at least 1600X1200px, to hopefully suit any designers desktop. I encourage you to download a few of your favorites and see the difference that they can have on your workflow. I tend to work at my best when I’m feeling calm, and often feel inspired by beauty in the natural world, or in some abstract art-form.

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Dec 23
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Photo Manipulate a Surreal Sky Station Scene

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 20:04 — julie

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Sky Station Scene

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a surreal photo manipulation called “The Sky Station”. We’ll go through different techniques of manipulating, retouching, masking, using brush, coloring and much more.

Final Image

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

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Dec 22
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Tuts+ Basix – Learn a New Skill These Holidays

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 09:00 — julie
Cycling with Training Wheels by Paul Hamilton

Learning a new skill can be fun and challenging. At the same time you get a sense of excitement by exploring something new, combined with a sense of frustration at not knowing what you’re doing. It’s like you’re back on training wheels.

But when can you find time to learn something new? Well, maybe over the holiday season.

And if you manage to find the time – between eating ham, sucking on lollies, and drinking your beverage of choice – the best place to start is Tuts+ Basix.

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Dec 21
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Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Graphics Tablet in Photoshop

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 18:50 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Graphics Tablet in Photoshop

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 hundreds of 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.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Dec 21
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 14:20 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured authors.

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Dec 21
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Get $6 Off Our New Rockable Book:“How to Record Great Music”

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 02:57 — julie

Rockable Press have just released a new book: How to Record Great Music by Audiotuts+ regular and audio engineer Björgvin Benediktsson. And you can get $6 off the eBook version for the next four days – just in time for Christmas. That’s not long, so hurry!

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Dec 16
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Design a Modern, Textured Portfolio Website

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 23:16 — julie

Design a Modern, Textured Portfolio Website

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Final Image

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

Step 1

Create a new document (1000X2000px).

Start by pasting your leather texture into the top of your canvas:

Apply a color overlay blending option to your texture layer.

Color Overlay Blending Option Settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Color: 585858
Opacity: 90%

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Dec 16
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Freebie Friday: Freebies from Tuts+

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 11:34 — julie

Here are some freebies from around the Tuts+ network!

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Dec 15
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New Tuts+ Premium Video Course: Identity Design

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 07:22 — julie

We’re pleased to announce our 7th in-depth course available to Tuts+ Premium members: Identity Design with Ben Gribbin. Over 18 lessons and nearly 3hrs of video training, you’ll learn all the foundational skills needed to start doing identity design work for clients. This includes: research, brainstorming, sketching, designing a logo, business cards, print flyers, web elements (such as banner ads), as well as timescaling, pricing and where to find clients.

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Dec 15
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Mystical Floating Chinese Symbol Landscape

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 01:57 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Mystical Floating Chinese Symbol Landscape

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 hundreds of 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.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Dec 14
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 12/14/2011 - 01:46 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors.

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Dec 13
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Author Interview: Gljivec

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 11:00 — julie

Developing Oracle applications, discovering Flash and ActiveDen, planning around Flash’s uncertain future, and cycling three or four times a week. This week we meet Ales Krivec (gljivec) from ActiveDen, CodeCanyon and PhotoDune.

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

I am from Slovenia which is a part of EU. I develop Oracle applications, write PL/SQL scripts and also do some database administration.

On the side I develop Flash and jQuery apps, WordPress websites and plugins, ecommerce websites. I do some photography for a hobby.

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Dec 12
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20 Fantastically Festive Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 22:00 — julie

Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

Christmas is a great time for designers to explore new techniques and come up with some festive compositions. I’ve hand selected 20 great tutorials to help you push your creative talents this season. Learn how to create Christmas designs, including wallpapers, christmas cards, icons and more!

(All images link to the original tutorial.)

Design an Awesome Tree in Photoshop

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Dec 09
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Create a Grungy Skateboard Photo Montage Poster

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 21:56 — julie

Create a Grungy Skateboard Photo Montage Poster

Dec 08
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Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Flip Clock and Calendar in Adobe Photoshop

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 00:32 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Flip Clock and Calendar in Adobe Photoshop

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 hundreds of 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.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Dec 07
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Win Disqus Pro (Worth $3,588) on Web.AppStorm

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 12:29 — julie

Disqus is a great way to add comments and discussions to your website or blog. If you’re not familiar with it, check out this recent article on Web.AppStorm: Keeping Up With the Disqus(ions) on Your Site (And a Giveaway!)

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Dec 07
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 12/07/2011 - 01:42 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured authors!

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Dec 06
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Author Interview: JeffOakley

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 09:00 — julie

Being multi-talented, rebranding his profile, trying to break into a new marketplace, and having a young family. This week we meet Jeff Oakley (JeffOakley) from ActiveDen, GraphicRiver, and hopefully soon ThemeForest.

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

Hi, I’m Jeff, I’m 32 years old, married to a lovely wife and have a lovely daughter!

I’ve been into Graphic and Web Design for many many years and have a degree in Graphic Design from university. However I don’t actually work in the industry full time, (although I’d love too!).

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Dec 05
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Screencast: A Smarter Twitter Page… in Under 15 Minutes

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 15:00 — julie

Last week we showed you how to supercharge your Facebook page. This week we move our focus to Twitter.

Many authors have Twitter right in the center of their marketing strategy. But are you making the most of it? This screencast from Webdesigntuts+ shows you how to give your Twitter page a makeover in Photoshop – in just 15 minutes or so.

Today we’ll design a smart, vintage modern background to welcome visitors to your Twitter page. We’ll go over some layout considerations, then dive into Photoshop. Have fifteen minutes spare? Let’s go then!

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Dec 02
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Photo Manipulate a Surreal Apple Habitat Scene

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 22:59 — julie

Photo Manipulate a Surreal Apple Habitat Scene

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Dec 02
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How To Make a Shiny Button in Flash

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 22:52 — julie

In my previous Flash button tutorial I showed you how to create buttons in flash and how to make them react to different mouse events. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a beautiful shining button. If you haven’t read the last tutorial and you don’t know the basics of making buttons then I recommend that you read that tutorial first.

Let’s start by creating a new Flash Document and creating a new button symbol. I will create a rectangular button with a little shine on the top. I also want my button to have rounded edges so I choose the rectangle primitive tool from the tools menu.

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Dec 02
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for December

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 08:42 — julie

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

AudioJungle: Big Ones

This track – just a joke. Positive audio for good mood.

Grab it here.

ThemeForest: Angelo – Art Template – HTML

Angelo is a unique, classic and elegant HTML5 and CSS3 template initially inspired in the painting The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo.

Good for a blog, portfolio, gallery, artist, painter, designer, architect, musician, poet, writer etc.

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Dec 02
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Members Area Tutorial: Design a Complete Ecommerce Website (Part 2)

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 02:21 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Design a Complete Ecommerce Website (Part 2)

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 hundreds of 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.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Dec 02
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How to Create a Custom Cursor in Flash

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 02:16 — julie

Flash is a great tool creating beautiful looking interactive applications. But a lot of times the default cursor will not go with the theme of your application. Fortunately it is very easy to create your own cursor in Flash. In this Flash tutorial I will show you how to replace the default cursor with your customized cursor.

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Dec 01
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Huge Improvements to Tuts+ Premium

Thu, 12/01/2011 - 07:20 — julie

We recently crossed a 15,000 member milestone at Envato’s Tuts+ Premium, our online education membership for creatives. Today, we’re very pleased to reveal a massive change for the better for Tuts+ Premium, including a gorgeous redesign, 27 top-selling eBooks worth more than $440, member forums, and a collection of full video courses. You can explore the new Tuts+ Premium or read on to find out what the membership has to offer you.

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