January 2013

Jan 31
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VideoHive Used for the Official Trailer of the Latest Steven Seagal Movie

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 09:00 — julie

Are you a Steven Seagal fan? Well, he’s a fan of Envato. Well, at least the producers of the official trailer for his new movie Maximum Conviction are. That’s the trailer above.

VideoHive author Mesut Danış (Balistique, website) contacted me recently with some great news. He noticed that one of his After Effects openers was used in the trailer.

The item in question is The Wired Trailer, an easy-to-customize project that comes with a helpful video tutorial. It looks fantastic, and there’s no surprise that it caught the eye of these Hollywood producers.

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Jan 31
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Best Of Web And Design In January 2013

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 03:00 — julie

An exciting month packed with tons of design tutorials, and design articles to read through. This is a great round-up, which has captured all the best resources from on-line design community. I hope you enjoy the article round-up, and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Jan 31
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Members Area Tutorial: Follow an Expert Photo Manipulator’s Workflow

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 02:16 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Follow an Expert Photo Manipulator’s Workflow

Today our expert members tutorial offers something a little different. We have a real life design casestudy from world renowned designer Wojciech Magierski.

Wojciech has agreed to talk you guys through his typical workflow in the creation of his popular piece ‘Voices’.

There are plenty of actionable quick tips throughout this tutorial, and beyond that it’s really inspiring to see how the pro’s go about their image creation.

Final Outcome

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

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Jan 30
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Outstanding New Marketplace Items

Wed, 01/30/2013 - 08:05 — julie

What outstanding items have been arriving on the marketplaces? Here are a handful that have caught our attention.

The image above is a VideoHive item called Smart & Creative by gerdianghilky, an After Effects project perfect for promoting your services, products or apps.

Read on to explore more awesome new items.

AudioJungle: Spanish Road

An easy-listening melody, perfect for presentations. Acoustic guitar is the main instrument.

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Jan 28
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10 Must-Read CSS3 Tutorials

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 16:08 — julie

If you are a beginner web developer this article is perfect for you. It will help you gain valuable knowledge and make your work a lot easier. In this article we have collected the best CSS3 tutorials we could find. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to let us know in the comments below. Also, if you are looking for more tutorials you should definitely read these 10 Useful HTML5 and CSS3 Forms Tutorials and 10 Awesome jQuery Tutorials.

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Jan 28
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Beginner’s Photo Manipulation Lesson: Creating the Piece ‘Remnants of Glory’

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 12:59 — julie

Beginner’s Photo Manipulation Lesson: Creating the Piece ‘Remnants of Glory’

Just because you’re a beginner to Photoshop doesn’t mean you need to be stuck using the basic tools. With a bit of creativity you can produce some exciting photo manipulations too!

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a beautiful photo manipulation in a series of very simple steps.

You’ll be creating a dramatic scene using basic lighting, adjustment layers and brush application.

Final Image

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

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Jan 28
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PrintRunner Review

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 00:12 — julie

PrintRunner – Quality Online Printing

PrintRunner have been a wonderful sponsor for the past few months, and have allowed us to really up the quality of our content and give you guys even more fantastic design tutorials and resources.

We couldn’t have asked for a better sponsor, as we’ve worked with PrintRunner ourselves in the past.

Their print quality is excellent, and their delivery very reliable.

PrintRunner have worked with over 75,000 satisfied customers, and ensure that all their services are kept in-house to maintain the best level of service.

One of my favorite aspects of Print Runner is their huge array of services and products. They offer everything from business cards to brochures, leaflets, booklets, stickers and more. Here’s a look at some of my favorite products offered:

Business Cards

PrintRunner are industry leaders in business card printing.

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Jan 26
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10 Outstanding jQuery Zoom Plugins

Sat, 01/26/2013 - 15:37 — julie

jQuery Zoom plugins can be really useful for showing image details. There are lots of jQuery plugins and tutorials on the web which will help you create great websites. Here are 10 of the best jQuery zoom plugins. Which one do you think is no. 1?

Epic Image Zoom

Add zoom-in functionality to any image with configurable magnification level and magnifier appearance.

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Jan 23
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Members Area Tutorial: Creating a Zombie Video Game Cover

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 14:30 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Creating a Zombie Video Game Cover

You guys have been requesting tutorials that have more practical outcomes. In this tutorial we will be creating a zombie video game cover, which will teach you some of the basics of product packaging and advertising. With this tutorial we will be covering major topics like:

  • Working with Custom Shapes
  • Advanced Lighting
  • Digital Painting
  • Working with the Ruler Tool
  • Advanced color correction
  • and many more interesting topics interesting topics on product cover design.

Zombie Hunter

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

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Jan 22
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10 Awesome jQuery Typography Plugins

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 15:05 — julie

Typography has a very important role in design. It helps you deliver the message in an attractive way for your readers. This also applies to webdesign, as typography can help you attract more visitors to your website.. Of course you can add add great looking typography to headlines, buttons etc. by using images but as you probably know,  text on images isn’t visible to search engines and this is a major problem when it comes to SEO. There are many ways to add typography in CSS3, but it may be a lot easier to create awesome effects with jQuery plugins. Here are 10 plugins to help you create beautiful and attractive websites. Need more jQuery plugins?

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Jan 22
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Artist Breakdown #7. Olli-Pekka Jauhiainen: Escape From Reality (Source File Available)

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 13:51 — julie

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Work Processes of World Renowned Artists

At the FanExtra network we believe that the best way to learn is from experts in your field. That’s why we employ some of the best tutorial writers and bring you regular quality content.

Tutorials are great, but I often find myself looking at work from some of the world’s top digital artists and wondering about the thought processes, techniques and workflows used to create such incredible art. I always think ‘if I only I could get my hands on their original Photoshop files I’d be able to break down exactly what makes their work so awesome!’.

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Jan 21
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How to Create a Stopwatch Illustration in Photoshop

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 13:57 — julie

How to Create a Stopwatch Illustration in Photoshop

As designer’s it’s important that we broaden our skill sets and explore every feature available to us in our software of choice.

Photoshop offers a vast array of drawing capabilities, and is a fantastic option for those not familiar with Illustrator. In the following tutorial your will learn how to create a stopwatch illustration in Photoshop. Throughout the tutorial you will learn handy tips, advanced drawing techniques, and gain a better understanding of how to master the software you use each day.

Final Image

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

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Jan 21
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Easy Tutorial On How Create Cartoon Dexter Character Illustration

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 03:00 — julie

Dexter is probably one of those cartoon characters that don’t need an introduction, but anyway, for those who never heard about him, Dexter is boy genius that has a giant secret laboratory filled with his great inventions. In this simple tutorial I will show you how to draw this character inside Adobe Illustrator.

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Jan 18
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10 Creative and Useful HTML5 Infographics

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 17:30 — julie

The web design industry evolves so fast that it is necessary to be constantly very well informed and up to date with the developments. These infographics will be of great help and will give you an overview of HTML5.  Hope these infographics will help you learn more about HTML5 and its great features. Need more info about HTML5? Look at these  10 Useful HTML5 and CSS3 Forms Tutorials and 10 Nice Websites Using HTML5 .

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Jan 18
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Tips to fix problems with Windows 8 not hibernating or sleeping when powered off

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 07:58 — julie

I notice Windows 8 sometimes wake up even when it is hibernated, and there is no power on which is weird since it is like an invisible person turned on your computer on it own.

Hibernate means Windows save background tasks and programs in your memory to a file on your hard drive in the hibernation file on your Windows hard drive.

This tutorial should also work for sleep and hibernate since they are both very similar except sleep turns everything off except for Memory, keyboard, mouse, and other things while hibernate turns everything off and saves your open programs to a hibernation file.

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Jan 17
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How To Create A Striped Pattern In Photoshop Using Any Photo

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 03:00 — julie

This is a quick tip tutorial in the form of a screencast video. The tutorial will educate you on how to use photoshop to create a striped pattern, using almost any stock photo. There is a lot of various other methods for creating a striped pattern, but by far I  find this the easiest method to do so.

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Jan 16
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Snowy Night Landscape Matte Painting

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 20:15 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Snowy Night Landscape Matte Painting

Matte painting is an essential skill to learn from any serious digital artist or Photoshop user. Not only does it allow you to produce beautiful out of this world outcomes, but it teaches you core skills such as correct image blending and photo manipulation.

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a snowy night landscape photo manipulation featuring a northern lights sky. You’ll learn how to combine many stocks together and blend them seamlessly, work with layer groups and Smart Objects, create stunning lighting effects and more.

Final Image

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

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Jan 15
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Artist Breakdown #6. Sergey Akinflev: Ballad About War (Source File Available)

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 14:07 — julie

A Behind the Scenes Look at the Work Processes of World Renowned Artists

At the FanExtra network we believe that the best way to learn is from experts in your field. That’s why we employ some of the best tutorial writers and bring you regular quality content.

Tutorials are great, but I often find myself looking at work from some of the world’s top digital artists and wondering about the thought processes, techniques and workflows used to create such incredible art. I always think ‘if I only I could get my hands on their original Photoshop files I’d be able to break down exactly what makes their work so awesome!’.

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Jan 14
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10 Great jQuery Pagination Plugins and Tutorials

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 21:39 — julie

jQuery Pagination plugins are used to split pages and posts into several pages on your website. Pagination can be done in two ways: by using a server-side pagination where the needed amount of data is extracted from the database and afterwards is loaded on the pages, or using a plugin that divides the data into several pages after it is loaded into the page .  jQuery pagination plugins are very useful so we’ve listed here 10 of the best plugins you can use.

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Jan 14
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Mastering Photoshop’s Sharpen Tool

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 15:31 — julie

Mastering the Photoshop Sharpen Tool

Final Image

These are the final images that we’ll be creating:

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Introduction

The photographs produced by most digital cameras need some degree of sharpening, even when working with a high-end camera bearing a sophisticated sensor. So a clear understanding of sharpening process and its application within Photoshop is essential for creating that perfectly focused crisp image.

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Jan 14
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Blast from the Past: Envato Once Had a Different Name

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 09:58 — julie

“Envato” is an unusual name, but I’m sure it’s now one you’re now very familiar with. It feels comfortable, and brings to mind thoughts of marketplaces, bundles, tutorials, and quality.

But did you know the company started with a different name? Do you know what that name is? Read on to find out.

On August 7th, 2008, Collis posted a historical announcement on FreelanceSwitch: We’re Changing Our Name – Meet Envato. That came as quite a surprise to many in the community who were used to a very different name: Eden.

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Jan 12
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Design Critiques #1 (Get Your Work Critiqued For Free)

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:19 — julie

I always get really excited whenever we launch a new post series, so without further ado I’m pleased to announce the launch of our new Design Critiques Series.

This series is exclusively available to FanExtra members, and I’m hoping it will give you all a lot of value on top of your regular membership.

We have plenty more great new types of content lined up for early 2013, but this series is something I know will benefit many of you.

It’s all well and good learning from expert tutorials and experimenting in Photoshop, but how do you know how much you’ve really progressed without the help of others?

Constructive criticism is a crucial part of becoming a better designer, and whilst comments like ‘great job!’ are good for the ego, they won’t actually help you improve your design hang ups and really push yourself.

So what do we normally do when we’re looking for feedback?

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Jan 11
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20 Crucial Photoshop Features All Web Designers Should Know

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 17:43 — julie

20 Crucial Photoshop Features All Web Designers Should Know

As web designers it can be easy to fall into a rut or a comfort zone in our daily Photoshop work. Today’s article highlights 20 features that are crucial to an effective design workflow in Photoshop. Are you using all of them in your work?

Sometimes, it’s better to stick to the basics. More often than not, web designers go for flash over substance. While it’s true that people are attracted to bright visuals more than bland text, it doesn’t give designers the license to go for overkill. Using the tools available to you can help understanding the fundamentals of web designing.

Adobe Photoshop is one of the best software for web design, but its potential has not been tapped completely by the designers. With this in mind, here are the 20 most overlooked features of Photoshop for web designers.

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Jan 10
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The First Ever Tuts+ Premium Sale

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 01:58 — julie

Those of you who help support the Tuts+ network by becoming Premium members will be well aware of the improvements that we’ve made in the last year, including a full redesign, in depth screencast courses on the technologies that you most want to learn, and eBook partnerships with Smashing Magazine and Packt Publishing.

To celebrate the new year, we’re offering a sale on our subscription for the very first time!

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Jan 09
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Members Area Tutorial: Construct a Detailed, Realistic Scene Using Advanced Photo Blending

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 22:59 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Construct a Detailed, Realistic Scene Using Advanced Photo Blending

Hello to FanExtra members old and new!

Today we have a fantastic tutorial for you that focuses on a very common problem amongst Photoshop and design enthusiasts. This applies to everything from hobby design work to high-end corporate commissions.

Can you guess what it is?

Too much focus on the main subject, not enough focus on the background.

This is a huge problem that most designers simply ignore. They pour all of their time into creating stunning characters that are pixel perfect and retouched to hell, but often the backdrop or environment for the character is a mere after thought. Not only does this make the work look more flat and unfinished, but it actually detracts from the impact of the character and piece as a whole.

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Jan 07
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Photo Manipulate a Mysterious Ghost Ship in Photoshop

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 16:23 — julie

Photo Manipulate a Mysterious Ghost Ship in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial we will learn how to create an emotional dark fantasy photo manipulation featuring a ghost ship with a mysterious figure By following this tutorial, we will have fun while learning how to compose our own ghost ship by combining various stock image through photomanipulation techniques like blending, lightning and using custom brushes.

Final Image

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

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Jan 07
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Classic Shell brings back the Classic Startmenu, and desktop to Windows 8 for free

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 08:55 — julie

Windows 8 now does not have a Startmenu button in its desktop mode which you access by clicking on the Desktop tile in the modern user interface, or Windows Key+D on your keyboard.

Classic Shell is a startmenu replacement which adds the Startmenu back to Windows 8. You can also disable the touchscreen user interface with Classic Shell, and also disable the Windows 8 corners with Classic Shell.

Classic Shell is easy to install in Windows 8. I just need to download the installer file for Classic shell, and install it.

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Jan 07
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20 Tutorials For Learning Adobe Fireworks Basics

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 03:00 — julie

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Jan 04
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Grab Our FanExtra Design Membership for 72% Off! (Next 3 Days Only)

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:45 — julie

Grab Our FanExtra Design Membership for 72% Off! (Next 3 Days Only)

More of you than ever have been joining our FanExtra members area and loving the resources on offer. We’ve been working so hard to build up a place where you can not only learn from the best experts in the world, but also access a huge library of design resources.

In the past we’ve run deals on our 12 month plan, dropping the price from $69 by 10%, 20%, or even as much as 50%. This has resulted in hundreds more people joining our community and loving what’s on offer.

Well seeing as it’s new year I decided to go a little nuts… This is not going to be shouted about everywhere though, so listen carefully.

For the next 3 days only, I’ve dropped the price to just $19. That’s a ridiculous 72% off.

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Jan 04
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Freebie Friday: Free Marketplace Files for January

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 09:00 — julie

We’re at the end of the first week of the new year. And what better way to celebrate than giving stuff away. Here are the Marketplaces’ free files for January. Resolve to download them while you can!

ActiveDen: Wonderful Image/SWF Rotator

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Jan 03
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How To Create A Clipping Mask In Indesign

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 03:00 — julie

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Jan 02
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Members Area Tutorial: How to Create an Old TV Illustrated Icon

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 14:34 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: How to Create an Old TV Illustrated Icon

Hi there. In the following icon tutorial you will learn how to create an old tv illustrated icon.

You will learn how to work within a professional non destructive vector workflow. This includes mastering Photoshop’s shape and drawing capabilities, and using smart objects and advanced blending options.

Whether you’re interested in icon design or not, this is a must for getting to know some of Photoshop’s more advanced functions and expanding your design repertoire.

Final Image

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

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Jan 02
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Outstanding New Marketplace Items

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 09:39 — julie

What outstanding items have been arriving on the marketplaces? Here are a handful that have caught our attention.

The image above is a VideoHive item called Upcoming Light by berybub, an attractive After Effects CS4 project with fourteen placeholders for videos or images.

Read on to explore more awesome new items.

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Jan 02
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Photo Manipulate an Angel Rising From Hell Scene

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 02:26 — julie

Photo Manipulate an Angel Rising From Hell Scene

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a dark photo manipulation. We are going to learn the process of creating depth of field using a few advanced 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.

Final Image

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