April 2012

Apr 30
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Show Your Appreciation: Vectortuts+

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 03:00 — julie

Vectortuts+ is Envato’s tutorial site for Illustrator artwork and other vector drawings. If it’s your favorite Envato site, give it a shout out in the comments!

You might like to browse our previous posts related to Vectortuts+.

Site Summary

With 1,751 posts and counting, Vectortuts+ is the perfect place to learn about vector graphics. With tutorials for beginners to advanced users, you’re bound to find something right at your level.

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Apr 27
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FanExtra Surpasses 2000 Design Resources (Plus Win a Free Membership)

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 19:41 — julie

2000 Quality Design Resources (and Counting!)

Hey PSDFANs! Today I’m extremely excited to announce that our main network site FanExtra has surpassed 2000 exclusive design resources! It’s amazing to think back to the early days of our network when we offered just a few basic source files.

Now that our network is over 4 years old, and our members area is over 3 years old we can really see how much things have evolved.

Here are some notable milestones:

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Apr 27
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Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 Is Out, and Tuts+ Gives Us the Rundown

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 18:16 — julie

Many of us make a living on our expert use of Adobe products. As you probably already know, Creative Suite 6 made a splashdown this week. Sites across the Tuts+ network covered the new features, and the difference they’ll make. We give you the rundown after the jump.

What’s your take on the new suite? Are you using it already? Loving it or hating it? Let us know in the comments.

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Apr 27
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FanExtra Download: Dark UI Kit

Fri, 04/27/2012 - 14:22 — julie

FanExtra Download: Dark UI Kit

You can view the UI Kit below, and can download the full web element pack via our FanExtra members area.

This FanExtra UI Kit pack contains 27 items. Each item is a smart object and is totally scalable. All layer styles are editable so you can fully customize this UI kit.

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Apr 25
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Spooky Paranormal Photo Manipulation

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 13:47 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Spooky Paranormal 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 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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Apr 24
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30 Latest CSS3 Tutorials You Probably Have Not Read Before

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 15:04 — julie

30 must-read CSS3 tutorials that are guaranteed to bring more life and interaction to your website by making it dynamic. You can use CSS3, along with jQuery, to increase the creativity and productivity of your website while keeping your website easy to access and navigate.

1. How to Create Speech Bubbles with CSS3

So you know how to create speech bubbles by using HTML, Photoshop, or Javascript, but what about CSS3? Speech bubbles are a fun effect, and this tutorial teaches you how to make your own speech bubbles using CSS 2.1 and enhanced with CSS3.

Read this tutorial now.

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Apr 23
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Photo Manipulate a Surreal, Gravity-Defying Desert Scene

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 15:49 — julie

Photo Manipulate a Surreal, Gravity-Defying Desert Scene

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create an conceptual surreal photo-manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advance tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, the Eraser tool and several adjustment layers.We will learn how to create light and darkness to make the background look seamless. We are going to learn how to use textures and give life to our image, and we are going to learn how to create a moody, dreamy tone using a few adjustment layers and lighting effects.

Final Image

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Apr 23
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Show Your Appreciation: Nettuts+

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:00 — julie

Nettuts+ is Envato’s tutorial site for all things Web development. If it’s your favorite Envato site, give it a shout out in the comments!

You might like to browse our previous posts related to Nettuts+.

Site Summary

With 1,477 posts and counting, Nettuts+ is the perfect place to learn about Web development. With tutorials for beginners to advanced users, you’re bound to find something right at your level.

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Apr 20
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Win a Copy of Spoids for Xbox

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 07:53 — julie

Are you an Xbox gamer? Love free stuff? Here’s your chance to win a copy of the Envato-marketplace-loving game Spoids.

Last week we let you know that the game uses a bunch of marketplace items. Well, they’ve taken their Envato support a step further, and have given us three copies of the game to give away. Thanks Spoids team!

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Apr 19
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Creattica Redesign: Spectacular Inspiration

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 09:25 — julie

It’s a month of new beginnings over at our design and inspiration gallery Creattica. April has seen the site undergo a complete redesign with a whole new streamlined grid-style layout for its over 50 different categories. On top of that, Creattica now has better navigation, a new UI Elements section and a growing Freebies area of now over 700 items. All this and over 14,000 featured works from some 100,000 members. It’s quite the site!

But that’s not all, let’s first take a look at some of Creattica’s top work from its wide selection of categories – and then stay tuned for some exciting news at the conclusion!

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Apr 18
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a 3D, Textured Safe Illustration From Scratch Using Photoshop

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 14:23 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a 3D, Textured Safe 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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Apr 16
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User Management Within MySQL Database With phpMyAdmin

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:11 — julie

There are situations when you can’t simply open your CMS or forum installation and manage users from inside the platform. Suppose you’ve been hacked and can’t access your admin account – what will you do?

Coming to your rescue is a web-based MySQL front-end — phpMyAdmin —  that helps you manage your site user accounts by performing actions directly on the database. The tool is integrated with all the major domain control panels (cPanel, Plesk, VistaPanel, etc.) and, when not present, it can be installed on your server via Fantastico or Softaculous (automated script installers that come with a domain control panel). Manual installation will not be considered for this short guide.

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Apr 16
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30 Amazing Photoshop Tutorials That You Can’t Missed

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 14:44 — julie

With so many designs and photo manipulation software in the market, one can easily get confuse with all these choices. On the other hand, there are also certain software that is crafted for only certain purposes, perhaps one would prefer a software that could solve most of your needs, instead of installing multiple software or programs for various different designing needs. There is after all one particular software that can answer to most of a designer’s need be it in photo manipulation, graphic design or other design purposes, introducing Adobe Photoshop.

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Apr 16
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Photo Manipulate a Surreal Coffee Machine Contraption

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 13:40 — julie

Coffee Mind – Surreal Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a surreal and conceptual photo manipulation called ” Coffee Mind”. We’ll go through the techniques of manipulating, retouching, masking, using brush, blending and more.

Final Image

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

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Apr 13
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Photo Manipulate a Kick Ass Flaming Skull Scene

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 21:55 — julie

Photo Manipulate a Kick Ass Flaming Skull Scene

Final Image

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

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Apr 11
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Wooden Record Deck Using Photoshop’s Vector Capabilities

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 13:21 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Wooden Record Deck Using Photoshop’s Vector Capabilities

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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Apr 11
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Unveiling the All-New Tuts+ Hub

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 02:56 — julie

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create a central place for our Tuts+ readers to call “home”. Somewhere that shows you the latest content from across all our sites, allows you to filter only those tutorials that interest you, and shares a few statistics about the Tuts+ network.

Today, we’re very excited to introduce the Tuts+ Hub — read on to find out more about it!

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Apr 10
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Join Tuts+ Premium for $19 and Get $25 Marketplace Credit!

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 04:00 — julie

Our Tuts+ Premium service is getting better and better. We’ve now added eighteen video training courses with more coming every month. There’s also over thirty eBooks and some 800 premium tutorials. The whole pack is just $19 a month and is a fantastic deal. But if you take advantage of this jam-packed subscription in the next week we are sweetening the pot even further!

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Apr 10
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Design an Eye Catching Energy Drink Advertisement

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 01:37 — julie

Design an Eye Catching Energy Drink Advertisement

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Apr 09
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Giveaway: Win one copy of Impressionist UI – User Interface Pack

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:29 — julie

Impressionist UI is a huge User Interface elements pack that contains more than 300 web design elements. The examples of elements in this huge UI pack are: Edit Boxes, Tabs, Buttons, Notification Windows, Menus, fast solutions for the Menu tabs, Windows, Backgrounds, Graphics, Sliders, Informational blocks.

These elements are done in Photoshop using shapes, thus they are able to be zoomed without losing quality. Besides elements, Impressionist UI also packs with 50 styles that you can use to create your own shapes.

Impressionist UI also contains 200 (x3) icons, and these icons can be resized from 16x16px to any size you would think of. All the icons have been skillfully made using 16 pixels, by respecting real proportions; this is why they will always be spotted no matter the size whether it’s a favicon or a poster at the airport.

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Apr 09
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Show Your Appreciation: Tuts+ Premium

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:00 — julie

Our Tuts+ Premium program brings you Envato’s best tutorials and ebooks for a low monthly subscription. If it’s your favorite Envato site, give it a shout out in the comments!

Site Summary

A Tuts+ Premium subscription of $19 per month will give you access to:

  • 843 exclusive tutorials
  • 31 top-selling ebooks
  • a course library
  • with new content weekly.

It’s the best way to learn creative and technical skills like design, web development, and more.

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Apr 06
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Advanced Tonal Correction Via Subject Specific Histogram Adjustments

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 20:01 — julie

Advanced Tonal Correction Via Subject Specific Histogram Adjustments

The basic step in photo retouching is to correct overall tonal problems: darkening the shadows, brightening the highlights, adjusting the midtones. To do that, Photoshop’s Levels adjustment probably the most powerful tool. Usually, to correct the tonal problem, we just move the slider on Photoshop’s Level adjustment to the edges where the histogram begin. But it is not good enough, especially in cases where we want to focus only on some part of the image (the model for example). Because histogram represent the whole image, not just the model. So, in this tutorial, we’ll learn how to correct overall tonal problem by using Photoshop Levels adjustment tool in more advanced way, non destructive, to get the optimal results. Let’s get started.

Final Image

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

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Apr 06
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for April

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 09:00 — julie

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

3DOcean: Highly detailed 3D paint splash

A highly detailed 3d model of water/paint splash.

  • Simulated in RealFlow
  • Sculpted with Zbrush
  • High Quality
  • It comes in Cinema 4D, 3DS and OBJ files
  • Without materials!

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Apr 05
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iBooks Author Released: Start Publishing with Freedom

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 09:00 — julie

Apple has released the free, yes free, iBooks Author app. The OS X application is aimed at any author wanting to create any type of ebook.

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Apr 04
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Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Fantasy Floating Park Landscape

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 11:21 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Fantasy Floating Park 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 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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Apr 03
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40 Remarkable Brochure Designs

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 16:29 — julie

Every time when we walk through the streets, or when we visit an event we see them; in fact we even find them in our mailbox as well. But we never gave them much thought, after all they were practically stuff into our hands, without taking so much as a glance we would probably stuff those brochures or flyers into our bags or toss them into the nearest trash can. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s not that we do not appreciate the work of others, but more likely because we received these brochures on a daily basis. By the end of the day all these brochure designs look pretty much the same, plain, boring and full of facts.

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Apr 03
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Author Interview: Studio9Resources

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 16:00 — julie

Getting into graphics at the age of twelve, learning Photoshop by playing around, having a love for simplicity, and encouraging new authors not to quit when they are rejected. This week we meet Eli Isakov (Studio9Resources) 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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Apr 03
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Best of Tuts+ in March 2012

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 04:00 — julie

Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network. Whether you’d like to read the top posts from your favourite site, or would like to start learning something completely new, this is the best place to start!

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Apr 02
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Photo Manipulate an Eerie Smoke Ship Composition

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 20:18 — julie

Photo Manipulate an Eerie Smoke Ship Composition

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create an conceptual surreal photo-manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advance tools. We are going to learn how to blend images so seamlessly that it would look like a single image using the Brush tool, the Eraser tool and several adjustment layers. We will learn how to create light and darkness to make the background look seamless. We are going to learn how to use textures and give life to our image, and we are going to learn how to create a moody, dreamy tone using a few adjustment layers and lighting effects.we also learn how to draw a realistic candle and how to make a smokey ship by using some advance technique.

Final Image

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Apr 02
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“Producing Great Video” Course Just Released on Tuts+ Premium

Mon, 04/02/2012 - 09:20 — julie

Tuts+ Premium has just released a brand new course – “Producing Great Video,” containing more than two and a half hours of training. As you work your way through the 50+ easy-to-digest lessons, you’ll master the basics of video production.

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Apr 01
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30 Minute Redesign #86: Get it Done Home Improvements

Sun, 04/01/2012 - 19:36 — julie

30 Minute Redesign #86: Get it Done Home Improvements

Today I’m going to be redesigning Get it Done, 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:

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