February 2012

Feb 29
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 03:59 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

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Feb 28
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Gorgeous Creative Commons 3D Renders to Use in Item Previews

Tue, 02/28/2012 - 02:26 — julie

Beautiful Blender Renders licensed under CC

Images can make your item preview really shine. So it’s always good to have a lot of resources to draw on when putting one together. There are plenty of places where you can buy licenses for images to use, but there are also ways you can access great imagery without paying.

Last week we covered how you can place Watermarked Previews from the Envato Marketplace into Item Previews. Today I wanted to point authors to a few Creative Commons resources for getting beautiful 3D Renders.

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Feb 27
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Useful Photography Cheat Sheets That Every Photographer Should Have

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 14:13 — julie

With high tech-functions of the camera these days, anyone can learn how to take a decent picture that looks as fantastic as a professional photographer. However, it is one thing to be able obtain a state of the art gadget, but is another thing when one actually understand and manage to use their functions wisely. With digital camera these days, many people are tend to lose focus on photography skills, in fact most of us are operating our camera on auto-mode for an aim and shot photo. While we are not exactly abusing the camera, but we are certainly not using these cameras to their full potential.

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Feb 24
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How to Create a Fan Illustration From Scratching Using Photoshop

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 21:10 — julie

How to Create a Fan Illustration From Scratching Using Photoshop

Hi there. In the following tutorial your will learn how to create a fan illustration.

Final Image

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

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Feb 23
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AppSumo Are Offering Our FanExtra Membership At It’s Lowest EVER Rate

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 22:23 — julie

FanExtra Featured at AppSumo

I’m really excited and honored today that our FanExtra network has been featured at the epic deals website AppSumo.

AppSumo is the largest website offering digital-only deals and they’ve established a reputation for only offering the best deals, at the best rates anywhere.

With over 500,000 users they’re a true giant of the online deals niche, and it’s great to partner up with them.

So What’s The Deal?

They’ve compiled a great deal for you guys today, offering our 12 month FanExtra membership for just $25 (that’s 63% off the regular price of $69).

This is literally the lowest rate our membership has ever been offered at, anywhere.

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Feb 23
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20+ Inspired Depth of Field Photos

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 14:57 — julie

To obtain a better final image that you are trying to capture, the depth of field effect is essential to gain a better shot. In this article we present to you several great photos with awesome usage of depth of field! Enjoy!

Depth of field can be defined as the range of distance around the focal plane (subject) that will produce a clear and sharp image. To obtain a better final image that you are trying to capture, the depth of field effect is essential to gain a better shot. Depth of field is a very powerful tool and concept to use and it can definitely help you capture that perfect shot.

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Feb 23
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Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Destructive Giant Gorilla Scene

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 04:12 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Destructive Giant Gorilla Scene

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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Feb 22
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 06:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

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Feb 21
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Create a Surreal Floating Stone Structure Scene

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 03:12 — julie

Create a Surreal Floating Stone Structure Scene

Final Image

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

Step 1

Create a new document (800X1000px).

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Feb 20
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WordPress Magazine Themes: The Beginner Guide and Showcase Of 50 Free Magazine Themes

Mon, 02/20/2012 - 16:09 — julie

Recently, magazine and grid layouts have become more and more important within WordPress theme market. Both free and premium themes received good responds from WordPress users. These grid style themes can help you to present your articles nicely and they are really suitable for large blogs that have a lot of articles.

Besides these, magazine layout also suitable for users who want to use WordPress as the CMS. by combining the power of WordPress, its plugins and a suitable magazine theme, you can built a powerful CMS in no time! Let’s look into some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a magazine theme and then we will head into 50+ free WordPress magazine themes.

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Feb 17
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40+ Beautiful Contact Form Designs

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 16:35 — julie

Contact form is one of the most essential component for a website or blog. The contact form should be easy to understand and use. A poor designed contact form will drive your customer away from making purchase.

AJAX and Flash can be used to add interactive to your contact form. Unique, creative and interesting contact forms can always capture visitors’ attention. Colors, symbols, icons, text size and positions are some of the elements that can be customized to make your contact form looks interesting.

Today, we have collected 40+ Beautiful and Creative contact forms for your reference. Enjoy!

Please also look at our previous article about WordPress Contact Form Plugins.

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Feb 16
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20 Websites to Learn Photoshop

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 15:27 — julie

Adobe Photoshop is just another name for electronic miracles. From sharpening old and blurry pictures to creating an entire masterpiece, Photoshop has it all. Because of this vast variety, using Photoshop may not be as easy as you think. Those who are good in it will swear that it is one of the greatest tools ever invented that allows them to create a masterpiece of images, while those who are not well-versed in Photoshop has the tendency to get frustrated when trying to figure their way around using the many features that Photoshop has.

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Feb 16
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Members Area Tutorial: Design a Code Ready Micro Blog Layout

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 04:04 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Design a Code Ready Micro Blog Layout

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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Feb 15
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How to Create a Photo Gallery from Scratch

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 15:43 — julie

CMS for Flash has become a really popular trend in the world of web design and development. And today we’re going to show you how to create a Flash website based on Moto CMS. Moreover we bring you an opportunity to buy any wedding template or any photo gallery template with 20% discount . To get a discount please apply the holiday promo code (VALENTINE20) at checkout and save 20% OFF on your purchases. The discount is valid till February 21, 2012. Go ahead!

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Feb 15
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 03:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors.

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Feb 15
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Photo Manipulate an Exotic Snake Charming Scene

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 02:16 — julie

Photo Manipulate an Exotic Snake Charming Scene

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Feb 14
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15+ Online Photo Editing Services

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 15:14 — julie

Have you ever felt disappointed with the outcome of the photos you’ve taken? Or would you have preferred some special effects for that not-so-ordinary picture of you and your loved one? With the internet available now, you don’t need some complicated or over sophisticated image editor which does nothing but drives you crazy. Online photo editing is definitely the best answer for this. Well, you have to admit that using an online photo editor is much more fun and also less time-consuming. Come on, how can you say no to a free online photo editor? Free online photo editing has brought photo fun to a whole new level, and I must admit that churning my very own picture using online image editor has broadened my horizons.

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Feb 14
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Author Interview: ProgressionStudios

Tue, 02/14/2012 - 09:00 — julie

Moving through the ranks as a developer, starting his own web development company, “test, test, and re-test your files before uploading them”, and playing Frisbee Golf. Today we meet Michael Garcia (ProgressionStudios) from ThemeForest.

If you’re an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We’d love to hear from you.

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

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Feb 13
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Do You Need to Brush Up on Number Systems?

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 23:48 — julie
Geek T-Shirt by Corsin Camichel

I’ve always enjoyed the joke in the photo. If you enjoy it too – and even more if you don’t – you should check out Jason Killian’s latest post on Activetuts+: Number Systems: An Introduction to Binary, Hexadecimal, and More.

Mathematics creeps into almost all creative activities – especially if you’re a coder. So brushing up on it will only make you more productive.

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Feb 10
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Detailed Surveillance Camera From Scratch in Photoshop

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 17:42 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Detailed Surveillance Camera From Scratch 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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Feb 10
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10 Principles That Should Be Considered Before Designing a Logo

Fri, 02/10/2012 - 16:40 — julie

Before you plan a logo, you should understand something that is represented and something that must be done. A logo is not only sign a commercial brand of the business through the use of format of font, color, and picture.

Logo is something inspiring the belief, impression, and admiration of a company or product, and our task as a designer is to create an identity that will do that task.

Have you ever asked to yourself, why the business competitor has more attention than yours? The answer is maybe related with the elements of this business.

But, what is the branding? Think it! Branding is something that is in your client mind to your company. Good branding will distinguish your product and service by the positive way that is really embedded in your potential costumer brain.

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Feb 08
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Community BadgesHow many have you collected?

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 09:00 — julie

The Envato Marketplace has a variety of badges that are used to indicate certain attributes or accomplishments of our community members. Badges can only be provisioned by staff and are not to be used in any other way (i.e. as part of an avatar).

This post is taken from the Envato Marketplace Wiki. It’s full of interesting and useful information. Check it out!

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Feb 08
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This Week’s Featured Marketplace Authors

Wed, 02/08/2012 - 03:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors.

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Feb 07
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The Ultimate Guide to Networking and Promotion for Graphic Designers

Tue, 02/07/2012 - 02:42 — julie

The Ultimate Guide to Networking and Promotion for Graphic Designers

Whether you run a graphic designer blog, work as a freelancer, or just want to take your hobby to the next level, one thing is for sure – good networking and promotion is crucial.

Promotional primarily gets you more clients, but you also want to be building up your brand, your online following and getting your work seen by more people.

My advice for networking and promotion is very simple:

Be everywhere, and be active.

It’s really that simple. If your networking extends to setting up a blog and a Facebook page, then your work probably won’t get much exposure. However, if you’re really active in a variety of areas, from blog posts, to forums, creative networks and more, then you stand a much better chance of getting great exposure and meeting more of your peers.

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Feb 04
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This Week at Envato – Marketplace Milestones Galore

Sat, 02/04/2012 - 12:40 — julie

We’ve had amazing milestones on multiple marketplaces in the last week or so. When I heard the news it reminded me of the timing and significance of all the planets aligning on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Well, maybe that’s because I’m an Envato fanboy. But don’t miss the details below.

I’m sure you already closely follow the sites you have the most interest in. Here are some interesting things from the rest of the Envato world you may have missed this week.

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Feb 03
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Win a 6 Month FanExtra Membership (Reader Survey)

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 19:04 — julie

Win a 6 Month FanExtra Membership (Reader Survey)

Hey PSDFans! We’ve been working really hard to improve our network lately, whether it’s bringing on talented new tutorial authors at PSDFAN, launching our new network blog Blogs.FanExtra or working on our main network site FanExtra.

We were sat around considering investing thousands in fancy user analytics software and then we had a brainwave – why not simply ask you guys what you think?

So that’s what we’ve done .

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Feb 03
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How to use checkboxes and radio buttons in Flash

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 17:40 — julie

When you are developing rich and interactive applications in flash, you need to provide the best communication between the user and the application. Flash has some very easy to implement UI components that you can use with your applications. These components will save you from the hassle of designing and programming the User Interface. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to implement the radio button and the checkbox component in your applications. It is important that you know a little bit of ActionScript 3.0 before you begin this tutorial.

Start by creating a new ActionScript 3.0 document in Flash. You can find the UI components in the components window. Press ctrl+F7 to open the components window and drag some radio buttons and checkboxes to stage.

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Feb 03
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for Friday

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 03:00 — julie

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

VideoHive: Fallen Galaxy

  • No plugins required
  • Pre render optical flares
  • Resolution: 1280×720
  • 7 text placeholders
  • 10 Planets Texture
  • 13 Space Elements
  • 1 Text Texture
  • Duration: 50 Sec
  • Archive size: 260 mb
  • Include video tutorial (How to paste your text)
  • Music only for preview
  • If you like it follow me

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Feb 02
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Best of FanExtra in January 2012

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 23:37 — julie

Every month we compile the best posts from across our FanExtra Network. This includes PSD.FanExtra and Blogs.FanExtra.

Blogs.FanExtra. Advanced Blogging Strategies.

Why Your Blog Needs a Unique Post Series

A unique post series is one of the most powerful blogging strategies I’ve used. Learn from some successful unique post series and find out how to implement your own.

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Feb 02
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Game Coder Magazine Is Out – Issue 1 Is Totally Free!

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 14:43 — julie

If you’re a coder looking for something to read, I have the perfect gift for you. Game Coder Magazine has just come out, and Issue 1 is totally free! (Registration is required.)

The website’s About page gives a good summary of what to expect:

Game Coder Magazine is a payable bi-monthly magazine devoted to game development. It covers the trends in game programming, presents useful tools, techniques and tutorials.

Our magazines are useful for everyone interested in game development, both professionals (game developers, game programmers) and hobbyists.

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Feb 01
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Sinister Little Red Riding Hood Photo Manipulation

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 22:06 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Sinister Little Red Riding Hood Photo Manipulation

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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Feb 01
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Wed, 02/01/2012 - 21:42 — julie

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Feb 01
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 02:31 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured authors!

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