October 2012

Oct 31
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Optimize Images Correctly Using Photoshop

Wed, 10/31/2012 - 19:51 — julie

Optimize Images Correctly Using Photoshop

I have a confession to make… Whilst I have a long-standing history in Photoshop design and love creating great outcomes and tutorials, until recently I simply didn’t have that much knowledge about saving images for the web.

After learning to optimize images correctly using Photoshop the average size of my image files is less than 1/3 of what it was, with no noticeable loss of quality.

This is great news for you guys (as tutorials and pages on this blog should load considerably quicker) and it’s great for me as my bandwidth and hosting costs should plummet.

So… if this is something you haven’t paid due attention to in the past, follow this incredibly simple guide to optimize your images and not take up so much unnecessary disk space.

How to Optimize Your Images For the Web

First off, here is the image that we’ll be working with.

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Oct 29
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Photo Manipulate a Terrifying Halloween Demon in Photoshop

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 16:42 — julie

Photo Manipulate a Terrifying Halloween Demon in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a dark fantasy scene featuring a dark demon coming out from fire. Follow through these steps to learn how to customize a simple stock image using techniques in photoshop like applying textures, basic painting, lightning and some others.

Final Image

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

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Oct 29
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How Do I Become a Marketplace Author?

Mon, 10/29/2012 - 09:00 — julie

Becoming an author is easy! First, choose which of the Envato Marketplaces best suits what you’re planning to sell.

This article is reposted from the Envato Knowledgebase, which contains information on all the Envato sites, and is a helpful resource for authors, buyers and users.

Here are your options:

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Oct 26
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Interview with Emile Petrone Founder of Tindie

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 17:36 — julie

Collis contacted me a couple weeks ago about a little marketplace that’s popped up recently for home-made electronics called Tindie. As it turned out, the founder Emile Petrone is a big Nettuts+ fan! So we just had to talk to him

Thanks for talking with us Emile. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started?

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Oct 25
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Website Mockup And Prototype Design With Adobe Illustrator

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 17:49 — julie

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a website mockup using Adobe Illustrator. Some techniques used in this prototype design tutorial are aligning elements, creating gradients, creating colour palettes, slicing, and editing the outputted HTML.

1. Create a new Illustrator document with the right size:

    • Start Adobe Illustrator
    • Choose File -> New
    • In the New Document dialog box, Name the file custom_site and leave the New Document Profile to Custom, the Width to 1366px, Height to 768px and ensure the Units are in Pixels. If, later on, you will be designing an entire web site you can increase the Number of Artboards (one artboard for each web page).

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Oct 24
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How to Improve Your Home Studio to Be the Best It Can Be

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 21:00 — julie
Kontramax's home studio

I’ve been struck by the number of marketplace authors who have home studios. I’ve noticed it in our Featured Workspace photos, and I’ve read about it in our author interviews. And it’s not just AudioJungle authors. The video guys and girls, game developers, musicians and audio hobbyists among us also have some great sound gear in their home offices.

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Oct 24
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Spectacular Fantasy Airship Scene

Wed, 10/24/2012 - 20:47 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Spectacular Fantasy Airship Scene

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create an illustration using techniques such as creating a stylized background, applying patterns effectively and adding ink outlines.

The template for today’s subject, an airship, was created in the Blender 3D suite. If you’re interested in including 3D in your workflow, I highly recommend this Open Source 3D software. You can download it for free at www.blender.org.

Final Image

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

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Oct 22
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Create a Queen in the Dark Night Photo Manipulation

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 14:44 — julie

Create a Queen in the Dark Night Photo Manipulation

Halloween is just around the corner, so prepare for the first in a series of spooky Halloween tutorials coming your way this month.

In this tutorial we are going to create an emotional fantasy scene featuring a queen hunted in dark mystic night. Follow through these steps to learn how to create our own dreamy portrait using simple yet essential techniques in photoshop like blending, effective painting, lightning, sharpening and some special effects to create fire in photoshop.

Final Image

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

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Oct 19
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Help Shape Our Network

Fri, 10/19/2012 - 20:43 — julie

Help Shape Our Network

Big news guys!

We’re making big changes at our network. You may have noticed we’ve been pretty busy with our new site MyDesignDeals (which is going amazingly by the way!). However, now MyDesignDeals is up and running smoothly, we’re turning our attentions back to FanExtra big time.

We’ve got some incredibly new features lined up, as well as awesome Photoshop content for you all.

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Oct 18
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Horror Words Seamless Photoshop And Vector Pattern

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 03:00 — julie




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Oct 17
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10 Best 3D Photoshop Text Effects

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 21:36 — julie

Typography plays a very important role in graphic design and what better way for a designer to enhance his work than adding 3D effects. Here is a list with 10 great Photoshop 3D effects which are very easy to use. Also, each one of these effects comes with tutorials so you can learn to make them yourself. If you’re looking for more 3D effects check out these  3D Photoshop Tutorials.

Oasis 

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Oct 17
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Fantasy Halloween Witch Cat Photo Manipulation

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 19:20 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Fantasy Halloween Witch Cat Photo Manipulation

With Halloween fast approaching it’s time to get spooky!

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a fantasy lake night scene with a little witch cat. This tutorial is extra long and advanced (over 60 steps). However, I’ll break everything down for you in plenty of detail so that you can follow along.

You’ll learn a range of techniques including:

  • Digital painting techniques
  • Professional blending techniques
  • Matte painting lessons
  • Creating realistic, complex lighting scenes

Final Image

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

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Oct 16
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10 Awesome jQuery Tutorials

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 15:38 — julie

jQuery is a very popular framework among web designers and web developers because it allows them to create many things without too much coding. jQuery sliders are very popular now so having skills in jQuery programming is a must for every web developer. These 10 tutorials will help you learn the basics of working with jQuery. For more inspiration and useful tools check out 10 Free jQuery Plugins for Responsive Web Design and 10 Awesome jQuery Image Galleries and Sliders.

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Oct 12
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10 Useful HTML5 and CSS3 Forms Tutorials

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 19:17 — julie

These tutorials will help you learn how to code web forms with different layouts and styles for your web design projects. You will find here tutorials for contact, login, search forms and more. If you’re looking for more tutorials, check these out:  Top 10 Web Design / Graphic Design Tutorial Websites and  Top 10 PSD to HTML Tutorials.

 

Build a Neat HTML5 Powered Contact Form

 

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Oct 12
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Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Complex Lion King Warlord Scene

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 17:48 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Complex Lion King Warlord Scene

In this tutorial we are going to create a mutant warlord who conquers the kingdoms and hangs the skull of the king in his court which shows his brutality.

This tutorial covers many interesting topics such as:

-Digitally painting the hair, beard and Fur.
-Designing and creating the Throne.
-Face morphing.
-Skin texture painting.
-Intense lighting and shadow effects.

and many more interesting techniques.

Final Outcome:

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

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Oct 11
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10 Awesome And Free Business PSD Templates

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 18:20 — julie

PSD templates are perfect for those designers who need to create a a website and don’t want to start from scratch. With just some minor adjustments to the header, footer, menus etc. the website is ready.  PSD templates are ideal for beginners, intermediate and even professional designers. Check out these 10 corporate PSD templates which are not only free but have really nice graphics!

Looking for more PSD templates? Go to 10 Free ECommerce PSD Files for Web Designers and 13 Free PSD Web Design Templates .

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Oct 11
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How To Create A Vintage Photo Effect Using Photoshop

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 03:00 — julie




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Oct 08
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for October

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 17:31 — julie

Well it’s a Monday morning in Canada and here I am posting the Freebie Friday article. It just goes to show you how this place falls apart when Adrian leaves for vacation

So without further delay, here are the Marketplaces’ free files for October. Download them while you can!

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Oct 08
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An Introduction to the Marketplaces for Authors

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 09:00 — julie

Before you can become an author on the Envato Marketplaces, there are a few things you need to know. Please read this article to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the authoring process.

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Oct 05
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Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Detailed Blender Illustration From Scratch

Fri, 10/05/2012 - 17:55 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: How to Create a Detailed Blender Illustration From Scratch

Hi there. In the following tutorial your will learn how to create a detailed blender illustration. You’ll master Photoshop’s more advanced drawing capabilities and tools, all whilst learning a professional, non-destructive workflow for illustration.

Final Image

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

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Oct 04
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Community Superstar Winner – Aaranmcguire

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 20:10 — julie

Boy September went fast. With the new month upon us, it’s time to pick last month’s Community Superstar. A big time congratulations to an active and extremely helpful CodeCanyon author – Aaranmcguire!

Who is Aaranmcguire?

Aaran hails from the UK where if your child’s name has an ‘A’ in it you’re entitled to receive two more at no extra charge. Aaran has been a CodeCanyon author and Marketplace member since 2011 and has already made a big splash on the forums with his helpful attitude.

Here’s what he had to say about himself:

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Oct 01
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Best Of Web And Design In September 2012

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 03:00 — julie




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