February 2013

Feb 28
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Paragon Partition Manager 12 Free – Partition and Re-size/Move Partition in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:54 — julie

Paragon Partition Manager 12 Free makes it easier for new users to re-size, partition a hard drive into multiple partitions, delete unused partitions,  and do disk maintenance on your Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP partition for free.

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Feb 28
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Best Of Web And Design In February 2013

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:00 — julie

This is the best of web another great month with some awesome tutorials, alongside some great articles worth the reading. I hope you enjoy this blog post, and look forward reading your comments below.

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Feb 28
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Complete Video Game Experience Photo Manipulation Scene

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:16 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Complete Game Experience Photo Manipulation Scene

Today’s tutorial is something a little different, but is perfect if you’re interested in not just creating stunning artwork, but artwork that’s usable for real life projects.

We’re going to be learning how to create a dark photo manipulation scene, and then frame this scene within a video-game type screen.

In this sense the tutorial is really two tutorials in one, as you’re be working with photo manipulation techniques, but combining these with interface creation walkthroughs.

You’ll be mastering techniques such as:

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Feb 25
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jQuery Accordion Plugins and Tutorials

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 18:55 — julie

jQuery accordion plugins help you get the attention of visitors and save space on your homepage too. Accordions are great for giving readers a quick overview but they work best if the number of elements is low. In this article you will find 10 useful jQuery accordion plugins and some tutorials which will help you improve your website. Need more jQuery plugins? Check out these 10 Great jQuery Pagination Plugins and Tutorials and 10 Free WordPress Mobile Plugins For Your Website.

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Feb 25
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Learn How to Create a Cyborg Warrior Being

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:12 — julie

Learn How to Create a Cyborg Warrior Being

In today’s tutorial you’re going to learn how to create a realistic cyborg warrior, amidst a destructive cityscape scene.

You’ll learn how to add a range of cyborg style effects to a human form, such as creating a jet-pack with realistic lighting effects. You’ll also learn how to blend many different images together seamlessly to create a cohesive end scene.

You’ll work with texture application, and create custom lighting within your image.

Let’s get started!

Final Image

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

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Feb 25
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MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.7 Free hard drive partition manager for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 04:41 — julie

MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.7 is a Free hard drive partition manager for resizing your Windows hard drive partitions installed on your hard disk drive. I been using it on Windows 8 Pro for resizing a few partitions on my hard drive which I want to make bigger by deleting empty partitions with no files or folders in it with MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, and re-size my other partitions like my system partitions to use the unused space .

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Feb 25
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Auslogics BoostSpeed 5.5.1 easily speeds up Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 01:51 — julie

Auslogis BoostSpeed is an easy to use program with 1 click of the mouse BoostSpeed scans and cleans up your junk files like Internet cache, system temporary files, and files Windows does not need, remove junk registry keys for better stability, fixes broken shortcuts, and defrag your hard drive for faster computer performance when opening files.

Auslogic BoostSpeed also has a system advisor which gives you advice, and make changes to your Windows settings for faster computer performance, stability, and security.  System Advisor in BoostSpeed also makes it easy for you to change settings, and do tasks to fix problems in your computer by just clicking on a button or link on BoostSpeed which will automatically make Windows better to use.

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Feb 22
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Create a Surreal, Scenic Photo Manipulation

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:49 — julie

Create a Surreal, Scenic Photo Manipulation

In this tutorial we will create a dark surreal landscape featuring a stony face.

Learn and get inspired on how to make uses of simple stock images to be creatively manipulated into atmospheric surreal scene using Photoshop.

Follow through the steps in this tutorial to learn how to set mood to the scene, add lightning and sharpen your image correctly.

Let’s get started!

Final Image

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

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Feb 21
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Outstanding New Marketplace Items

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 10:27 — julie

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

The image above is a ThemeForest item called iKnowledge – Knowledge Base / Wiki WordPress Theme by ThemeWarriors, a slick knowledgebase WordPress theme focusing more on content. It includes a rating system and post view counter to help you track article performance.

Read on to explore more awesome new items.

AudioJungle: Sports Opening

A dynamic, energetic logo with a sports theme, suitable for TV, media, sport projects, reporting, and commercials.

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Feb 20
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Members Area Tutorial: Follow Along With a Professional Beauty Retouching Process

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:07 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Follow Along With a Professional Beauty Retouching Process

Are you new to photo retouching?

It can be a pretty daunting process to start with, so it’s definitely help to follow along with a real workflow and learn by doing.

Today we will be focusing on a portrait that we will be beautifying and manipulating with some handy retouching tips. We will first concentrate on improving the overall look of our model image and then from there we will build off of the foundation that we have created to add some cool effects. We will combine photography with textures, custom brushes, vectors and 3d elements to create a unified design.

Many of the techniques that we are going to be covering can be applied to almost any portrait and in most cases probably should be used especially when you are working with a raw image that hasn’t undergone any post-production work.

Let’s dive right in!

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Feb 19
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Auslogic Disk Defrag 3.6.1 – best free disk defrag software for Windows 8 and below

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 09:00 — julie

Auslogic Disk Defrag is  my  favorite free disk defrag software for Windows  since Windows Vista because it is easy to use, and fast. The most recent version of Auslogic Disk Defrag is also compatible with Windows 8.

Disk Defrag software safely re-organizes your computer’s hard drive, so programs and files open faster on a hard drive, and  also can make your operating systems like Windows 8 startup, and restart faster.

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Feb 15
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Artist Breakdown #9. Nik Ainley: Jade (Source File Available)

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 20:15 — 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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Feb 15
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Freebie Friday: Freebies on AppStorm

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 11:15 — julie

Food, fashion, getting things done, learning languages, and of course the latest games. The AppStorm team have been hard at work again. Here is a huge bunch of great free apps and web services they covered.

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Feb 14
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How Wrap Text Around An Object In InDesign

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 03:00 — julie

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Feb 13
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Members Area Tutorial: Creating the Photo Manipulation ‘Birth of a New Era’

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 17:13 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Creating the Photo Manipulation ‘Birth of a New Era’

Photo manipulation is a true art form and it lets you create some incredible fantasy pieces.

In today’s advanced tutorial we’re going to be creating the photo manipulation piece ‘Birth of a New Era’ which features a man gazing out over a surreal landscape with a flaming earth in a dark ocean.

You can follow along every single detail and step of creating this piece, and will master techniques such as masking, gradient maps, artificial lighting, shading, color correction and professional sharpening.

Let’s get started!

Final Image

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

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Feb 12
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Win $100 Worth of Custom Die Cut Stickers From Sticker Mule

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 20:16 — julie

Win $100 Worth of Custom Die Cut Stickers From Sticker Mule

Today we’ve got a seriously juicy contest for all you design addicts out there.

Before I get to the details though, I wanted to give a warm public welcome to our new network sponsor Sticker Mule.

Now, before you turn off and think ‘this is just another sponsorship plug’ you may be interested to know how Sticker Mule will mean better design content for you.

You see, by Sticker Mule backing our network it means that we can invest even more into commissioning the best design tutorials and content for you guys to enjoy. Their sponsorship means that we can continue to grow and cater for your needs, and that’s pretty damn awesome!

On top of that, we wouldn’t just work with any old network sponsor. We’re committed to providing the best quality design content, and this is reflected in any partners we may work with.

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Feb 12
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Author Interview: Studio Le Bus

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:31 — julie

Making a living from music in Paris, always having a tune in his head, discovering AudioJungle, and seeing marketing as part of the job. This week we meet Daniel Beja (studiolebus) from AudioJungle.

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Feb 11
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Master Photoshop’s Vector Capabilities: Create a Detailed Microphone Illustration

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:54 — julie

Master Photoshop’s Vector Capabilities: Create a Detailed Microphone Illustration

If you’re really comfortable in Photoshop you may love creating stuff like photo manipulations, website layouts and other graphics.

However, there’s a good chance that you’ve never bothered to master vector design. Often Photoshop users will simply assume that it’s something reserved for Illustrator pros, and Illustrator can be too time consuming to learn, or too expensive to buy.

Many people end up outsourcing vector work, which puts a big whole in their pocket.

Wouldn’t you rather master vector design in the software you’re already familiar with – Photoshop?

Photoshop actually has some really powerful vector capabilities, and today you’ll learn them, for free.

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Feb 11
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25 CSS3 Free Buttons For Designers

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 03:00 — julie

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Feb 08
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How to Paint Quick Realistic Fur Using Photoshop

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:25 — julie

How to Paint Quick Realistic Fur Using Photoshop

Do you love photo realistic digital art, but lack the time or skills to produce epic digital paintings?

If you answered yes, then don’t go anyway, this is the tutorial for you.

Simply avoiding learning digital painting is a real shame, as it can teach you a lot about design, art and Photoshop, and can really help you better your understanding of areas such as lighting and perspective.

In short, if you learn digital painting, other aspects of your day to day designing will benefit.

Luckily, there are certain short hand techniques that the masters use when it comes to digital painting.

This means that even if you don’t a whole lot of time, you can produce amazing works in minutes or hours, rather than days.

This tutorial will teach you how to draw realistic fur using Photoshop, without having to worry about drawing it hair by hair.

Think of this as a short hand guide.

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Feb 08
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10 Easy to Use jQuery Google Maps Plugins and Tutorials

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 15:10 — julie

Google Maps is a very helpful tool and it’s used by lots of people. It may be a bit difficult to integrate on your website but nowadays using jQuery plugins this has become a lot easier.  Do you want to let your visitors know where they can find you?  Choose one of these 10 plugins and add it to your website and if you need more plugins to make your website even better you should check out these 10 Free jQuery Plugins for Responsive Web Design and 10 Awesome jQuery Typography Plugins.

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Feb 06
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10 Awesome Facebook Skins and Templates

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 20:53 — julie

Facebook skins and templates help you build your FB page fast and make it look professional. It is very important to have a strong social media presence and these 10 templates will surely help your business stand out from the rest. If you have a WordPress website you should also check out these 10 Great WordPress Plugins which will help you manage your FB page.

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Feb 06
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Dark And Surreal Photo Manipulation “Volcano Spirit”

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 17:36 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Dark And Surreal Photo Manipulation “Volcano Spirit”

In this tutorial I’ll how you how to create a dark and surreal photo manipulation called “Volcano Spirit”.

We’ll combine several stock photos to create a surreal head carrying a volcano with hot lava flowing from the eye.

Here’s a look at some of the advanced techniques covered in this tutorial:

  • Creating custom smoke using an original technique
  • Creating a custom wave effect using photo manipulation techniques
  • Building up advanced lighting effects for a bold outcome.
  • Creating artificial lighting to make your piece more cohesive.
  • Professional photo blending techniques, including a study of how to utilize layer blend modes

Final Image

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

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Feb 06
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Closing the Tuts+ Marketplace

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 03:45 — julie

We have some important news regarding the Tuts+ Marketplace. In one month’s time we’ll be closing its doors to focus more on our sister product, Tuts+ Premium. I’d like to personally thank the authors for their contribution and apologize that we will no longer be offering a marketplace for tutorials and ebooks.

The mission statement of Envato, the parent company of the Tuts+ Marketplace, is to help people earn and learn online. We are very committed to these two goals, and while the marketplace was in the right area for both, we believe that Tuts+ Premium, along with the free Tuts+ Network, give us a more effective way for us to achieve our learning goals. As such we plan to concentrate more of our marketing and investment on those two parts of the company.

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Feb 05
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Artist Breakdown #8. Eric Vasquez: The Kraken (Source File Available)

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 22:01 — 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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