March 2012

Mar 28
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Members Area Tutorial: Draw a Microwave Oven Illustration From Scratch Using Photoshop

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:37 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Draw a Microwave Oven Illustration From Scratch Using 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 thousands of design files, including tutorial source files, vectors, icon packs, texture packs and more! You also get access to our advanced weekly members only Photoshop tutorials. These are even more detailed and advanced than our regular tutorials, and the perfect way to take your learning to the next level.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Mar 27
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30 Minute Redesign #85: Designrs Hub

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 20:51 — julie

30 Minute Redesign #85: Designrs Hub

Today I’m going to be redesigning Designrs Hub, a blog providing design tutorials and inspiration.

The Original Design:

You can see the original site design below:

You can check out the original website here.

First Impressions: Strengths

Every site has some merits, and the good impressions I made here are these:

Unique, Eye Catching Logo

When visiting Designrs Hub my eye was first drawn to their logo. It’s bold, bright and unique. Without this logo the blog would look more generic but it helps to create some great instant branding.

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Mar 27
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Create a Smoke Text Effect Using Photoshop’s Non-Destructive Tools

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 00:37 — julie

Create a Smoke Text Effect Using Photoshop’s Non-Destructive Tools

An Updated Version of a Classic PSDFAN Tutorial:

I had the idea for this tutorial when I browsing some of our most popular posts the other day. One of our most popular posts is our tutorial Create Smokey Typography in 12 Steps.

It still to this day is one of our highest trafficked posts, and has received plenty of positive comments.

However, all I could think when re-reading it the other day were two things:

1. I’ve come a long way as a designer and can honestly do better now. The effect is kind of cool, but in my opinion not all that realistic.
2. The workflow used is pretty dated now. It’s highly destructive, and uses an older version of Photoshop.

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Mar 26
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Show Your Appreciation: The Tuts+ Marketplace

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 04:13 — julie

The Tuts+ Marketplace is the world’s first tutorial marketplace. Go there to learn from the experts. Or if you’re an author, make use of the site to sell your own tutorials, screencasts and ebooks. If it’s your favorite site, give it a shout out in the comments!

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Mar 21
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Members Area Tutorial: Create the Surreal Photo Manipulation ‘Twisting Water’

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 15:19 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create the Surreal Photo Manipulation ‘Twisting Water’

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 thousands of design files, including tutorial source files, vectors, icon packs, texture packs and more! You also get access to our advanced weekly members only Photoshop tutorials. These are even more detailed and advanced than our regular tutorials, and the perfect way to take your learning to the next level.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Mar 21
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How to Succeed with the Envato Marketplaces

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 13:30 — julie
Green Light by brilho-de-conta

When we first start selling on the Envato Marketplaces, we all expect to make a great amount of sales and, of course, money. But then we realize that it is not as easy as it seems. A lot of authors are frustrated because they do not have the success they expected to have, but are they doing the things correctly?

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Mar 21
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 03/21/2012 - 04:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

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Mar 20
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How to Design a Stunning Website with Wix

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 16:23 — julie

With 78% of the U.S. population on the internet and a growth rate of over 150% per year, websites are becoming more important than a physical presence for many businesses and service providers. Your website is more than a stake in internet real-estate – it is often an internet user’s first impression of you and your business, a powerful vehicle for marketing and the perfect platform for sales.

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Mar 19
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Create a Surreal Smoking Photo Manipulation

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 21:29 — julie

Create a Surreal Smoking Photo Manipulation

Difficulty Level

  • Beginner

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Final Image

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

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Mar 19
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15 Beautiful E-commerce Stores Based On Shopify Platform

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 14:54 — julie

Online business or rather e-commerce is becoming increasingly popular and the demand for this market has only increased by each year. While some of the blogging platforms can double as an online shop; there are still users out there who opted for a convenient platform that could solve all their problems by supporting e-commerce and offers different customizing features in order for one to manage and design their online stores.

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Mar 19
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Dealing with Rejection – Part 3

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 11:00 — julie

And here we are at the conclusion of our three-part series on dealing with rejection. It’s been a fun ride, and I hope you’ve found some of the advice useful. Be sure to swing by and check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Today we’re going to talk with author Enabled on how he pulls himself up after the sting of rejection.

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Mar 17
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Complex Alien Landscape Scene Using Matte Painting

Sat, 03/17/2012 - 02:22 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Complex Alien Landscape Scene Using Matte Painting

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 thousands of design files, including tutorial source files, vectors, icon packs, texture packs and more! You also get access to our advanced weekly members only Photoshop tutorials. These are even more detailed and advanced than our regular tutorials, and the perfect way to take your learning to the next level.

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Mar 16
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10 Useful Tutorials And Plugins for creating Parallax and scrolling effects

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 14:42 — julie

With the current technology in the market, such as 3D effects and High Definition (HD) for home television, more and more people are opting for more vivid and realistic viewing experience. In fact, this demand is even branching out to web viewing experience as well. Therefore, with a little effort and creativity one can easily capture their targeted audience online with the right kind of tools and effects that increase the viewer’s viewing pleasure.

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Mar 16
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Make Awesome How-To Videos

Fri, 03/16/2012 - 09:30 — julie

If you have been keeping up to date with recent posts such as 5 tips to give your buyers a great experience you may be interested in making an awesome how-to video for your items.

How-to videos are simply awesome and when done well, can increase sales and minimize your support requests. We’ve asked around and compiled 5 great tips to make sure your how-to videos live up to expectations.

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Mar 14
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 00:34 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

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Mar 13
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25 Useful Examples and Implementation of HTML5 Canvas

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 16:53 — julie

While most of us have heard of HTML5, not many of us are actually aware of what it does. However, lately one of its featured known as HTML5 Canvas is slowly picking up popularity and demand in the market. HTML5 Canvas is said to be an element that is used to draw graphics while scripting, and normally that means through JavaScript. To put it simply the HTML5 Canvas is akin to the Flash program only one would use JavaScript to draw their graphics and their graphics is then defined in codes.

While going through articles introducing the HTML5 Canvas we have came across some amazing examples and implementation of the HTML5 Canvas; in fact some of the designers made such good use to this feature that we have decided to collect and compiled some of these amazing examples and share them with our readers.

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Mar 13
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Author Interview: Era89

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:08 — julie

Meeting people in the virtual world, a fascination with text on movie posters,  being inspired with ideas for new items while watching movies, and “the imagination has no limits.” This week we meet Erasmo D’Onorio De Meo (Era89) from GraphicRiver.

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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Mar 12
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Create the Emotional Photo Manipulation Firing Heart

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 20:10 — julie

Firing Heart – Emotional photo manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a photo manipulation with firing effect. You will learn how to manipulate stocks images together, use brush, masking, work on fire, do some special extracting and retouching techniques as well as adjust colors and lighting to create a beautiful and emotional scene.

Final Image

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

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Mar 12
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Collection of Useful Cartoon Tutorials Using Adobe Illustrator

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 15:03 — julie

Cartoon characters are something that is present in our lives at some point; it’s part of our childhood. While we might not be as attached to them as we were when we were young, the characters do hold an appeal to all ages. Perhaps it has something to do with the way to cartoon characters were designed, or was it the image that the character presented and the story itself. Some of the legendary cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, My Little Ponies and The Smurfs were so popular that not only were they alive as a cartoon character but also an icon and a brand.

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Mar 09
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Dealing with Rejection – Part 2

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 07:44 — julie

We hoped you enjoyed Part 1 of our Dealing with Rejection series. In Part 2 we talk to our Review Manager Jarel for some great advice on the role of reviewers and how authors can become successful.

Getting the perspective of how the Reviewers evaluate a file can go a long way into understanding or even avoiding rejection in the first place. Jarel, our Review Manager has some tips on how reviewers look at files and ways authors can aim for more file approvals:

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Mar 08
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25 Examples of Parallax Scrolling in Web Design

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 14:43 — julie

Now a days, many people are talking about depth in visualization, we have 3D home theatres and cinema, we even have High Defintion (HD) mode on our television. We wanted things to look as good as they do in real life, therefore to increase the realistic sense in viewing we wanted more depth instead of just images portrayed on the flat screen television. Perhaps, web designers who are slightly ahead of time might heard of Parallax scrolling. While this term is not widely known at the moment, there have been increasing demands of it in web design to add more depth to web designs.

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Mar 08
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Get Jeffrey Way’s Latest Rockable Book: “Decoding HTML5″

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 14:23 — julie

Have you heard about the latest book by Rockable Press? Written by popular web development teacher Jeffrey Way, “Decoding HTML5” is a must-read for anyone who codes for the Web. It’s a practical guide for designers and developers to jump straight into HTML5 and start using what it has to offer.

Jeffrey explains the goal he had when writing the book:

When I set out to write this book, I had one goal in mind: decipher that incredibly confusing spec into something that any John Q. designer or developer can understand. It’s what I wish I had in the beginning.

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Mar 07
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Community Superstar Winner – ChristineWilde

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 19:21 — julie

I’m pleased as punch to announce this month’s Community Superstar winner. She’s been around a long time and it’s time we recognize her awesome contribution to the Marketplaces. A massive congratulation goes out to ChristineWilde!

Who is ChristineWilde

You may know Christine better by her previous nom de plume – WildeMedia. But just recently she’s re-branded under her own name ChristineWilde.

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Mar 07
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Flashlight Illustration From Scratch Using Photoshop

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 18:06 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Flashlight Illustration From Scratch Using 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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Mar 07
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25 Useful PSD to HTML Conversion Tutorials

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 16:22 — julie

With mobile technology and the internet, more and more people are running their own blog or websites. While most of them will be rather satisfied with the ready-made templates that are readily available, there are still some of us who might be a little adventurous and would like to try our hands in web design. But for a beginner with little knowledge on web design, HTML codes and CSS sheets might intimidate and confuse one. Therefore, one of the alternative methods to this is to start designing in a more familiar platform and then have the design converted into HTML or CSS codes.

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Mar 07
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5 Things You Can Do to Give Buyers a Great Experience

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 02:57 — julie

Have you ever experienced last minute jitters that ended in clicking the close button instead of buying that long debated purchase?

According to our authors there are a few things you can do to help customers during the ‘hmmm maybe’ moments that will help them feel more assured.

If you are an author who needs to change ‘maybes’ into ‘more’, we’ve asked around and found the top 5 things sellers can do to improve buyer experience.

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Mar 07
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 00:33 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

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Mar 06
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15 Cool JavaScript Sample Snippets

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 14:23 — julie

A Quick Overview On JavaScript

JavaScript is used everywhere online these days – to improve website interactivity, to validate information, and/or to improve a website outlooks. JavaScript first appeared in 1995 and has come a long way since then in terms of being accepted and how it is used. The syntax used in JavaScript was strongly influenced by C; but Java, Pearl, Python, and Scheme also played its part too.

What Is JavaScript?

There’s an old YouTube clip answers the question well. Here goes.

Beginner Tips: What You Need To Know?

For starters, a few basics you need to know are:

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Mar 06
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5 More Incredibly Useful Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 02:13 — julie

5 More Incredibly Useful Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques

Using a non-destructive workflow is essential if you want to Photoshop like a pro. By working non-destructively you will have much more flexibility over your work. Rather than any changes being permanent, you will have the ability to edit your compositions at any time. This is particularly useful for client work. If your clients request changes at any time you can quickly and easily edit your work without needing to redo anything.

You may remember that we previously published: 5 Incredibly Useful Non-Destructive Photoshop Techniques

If you haven’t read this article I recommend it, as it covers all kinds of useful non-destructive techniques such as dodge/burn, adjustment layers, masking, lens flare and more!

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Mar 02
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Create a Dramatic Building Explosion Scene

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 16:48 — julie

Create a dramatic building explosion scene

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a dramatic building explosion scene. You will learn advanced techniques to create an exciting effect and learn to take care of many details. This is not a beginner tutorial so you should practice to know basic photoshop tools before giving it a try.

Final Image

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

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Mar 02
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for March

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 10:19 — julie

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

GraphicRiver: Orange Ribbons #3

Vector Orange Ribbons #3. Ai, EPS and PNG files are included. Text editable.

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Mar 01
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Best of FanExtra in February 2012

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:23 — julie

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

PSD.FanExtra. Photoshop & Graphic Design

Photo Manipulate an Exotic Snake Charming Scene

Learn how to use photo manipulation to create an exotic snake charming scene. You’ll work with blending, lighting, warping/distortion, sharpening and non-destructive workflows.

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Mar 01
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Members Area Tutorial: Create the Fiery Photo Manipulation ‘Satan’s Judgement’

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 02:14 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create the Firey Photo Manipulation ‘Satan’s Judgement’

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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