March 2013

Mar 27
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Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Floating, Burning Stone Monument

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 20:52 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Photo Manipulate a Floating, Burning Stone Monument

In today’s lesson you’re going to learn how to create a floating, burning stone monument, in this advanced photo manipulation tutorial.

Despite the complex outcome, you can follow along a series of practical, easy-to-follow steps to create this piece.

You’ll learn how to blend various photographic elements together seamlessly, how to create stunning fiery light effects, how to convert a regular person into a stone monument and much more!

Let’s get started!

Final Image

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Mar 25
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Create a Fantasy Floating Green Planet Scene in Photoshop

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:28 — julie

Create a Fantasy Floating Green Planet Scene in Photoshop

Today you’ll learn how to create a fantasy floating island scene using various photo manipulation techniques. As well as creating a beautiful landscape, you’ll learn how to construct a detailed flying machine from scratch, using advanced drawing, texturing and lighting techniques.

Overall this tutorial will teach you important techniques for image blending, creating artificial lighting and how to use your creativity to manipulate every day objects and photos.

Let’s dive right in!

Final Image

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

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Mar 21
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The Fastest Way To Add Dummy Text In InDesign

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 03:00 — julie

This is a great hidden gem within InDesign, which not a lot of Graphic Designers know about. The tutorial is less than 2 minutes, and is an incredibly quick method, for rapidly adding dummy text into an any type of indesign document. This is a great little time saver, which I’m more than certain you will use very frequently.

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Mar 20
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Fiery, Dynamic Basketball Photo Manipulation

Wed, 03/20/2013 - 22:05 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Fiery, Dynamic Basketball Photo Manipulation

In this advanced tutorial we will be creating a high-energy sports themed design that is full of color, motion and depth. Using an image of a basketball player as the focal point, we will use various light effects, custom brushes and vector artwork to build up a detailed composition.

Let’s get started!

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Mar 19
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How To use IFTTT For Internet Marketing

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 18:26 — julie

What Is IFTTT?

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a fantastic free tool that lets you connect web services so they can talk to each other.

It works like this-

Real Life Examples

To make it easier to understand let me give you some real life examples of how to use the tool-

  1. Every time you update your Twitter picture, your Facebook picture gets updated
  2. Every time you publish a blog post, a backup gets saved in Evernote/Dropbox
  3. Every time your tagged in a photo on Facebook, it gets saved to Google Drive

They are just a few examples of how you can use IFTTT.

It is actually compatible with a huge range of services that you can connect together and make your own ‘recipes’ like the examples above.

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Mar 19
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10+ Awesome jQuery and HTML5 Audio Players

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 17:15 — julie

Want to play audio on your website? These plugins will be very useful to you. They’re great for fullscreen websites which use audio to create a certain mood or feel or for band and DJ’s websites. Need more jQuery plugins? Check out these 10 Great jQuery Pagination Plugins and Tutorials and 10 Free WordPress Mobile Plugins For Your Website.

jPlayer

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Mar 18
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Learn How to Create a Vintage Notepad From Scratch

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 21:36 — julie

Learn How to Create a Vintage Notepad From Scratch

Have you ever needed a good notepad for your RPG, but without paying for stock images? Well, I can show you how to easily create your own from scratch!

In this tutorial you’ll learn a variety of drawing techniques, mixed with professional filter application, coloring, lighting and more.

Final Image

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

Resources Used In This Tutorial

Step 1

First, create a new file. It shouldn’t be too small, don’t forget about good resolution too (300dpi at least). Fill the background with black.

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Mar 18
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How To Add Page Numbering Within Indesign

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 03:00 — julie


This is essential if you’re ever working on a magazine, newsletter or any other print work, which requires page numbering. This method of using master pages to number pages within a document is a huge time saver, rather than having to go through the process of manually inserting page numbers. Each time a new page is created it automatically adds the page numbering in the identical position as the previous page.

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Mar 13
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Members Area Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Portrait in Photoshop

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 18:41 — julie

Members Area Tutorial: Create a Beautiful Mixed Media Portrait in Photoshop

Digital art is great, but it can begin to look a little generic after a while. Sleek photo manipulations become a little dull if that’s all you ever create.

Luckily, it’s possible to design some more creative looking designs using Photoshop. This includes mixed media style work, that emulates the work of non-digital compositions.

Today’s advanced tutorial will teach you how to create a beautiful mixed media portrait effect.

You can use this effect for high-end client work, but it could equally be an amazing way to impress your friends and colleagues by converting your personal photos across social media. Why not bring your portfolio site’s about page to life with a super creative mixed media self portrait?

In today’s tutorial you’ll work with:

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Mar 11
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Learn How to Create a Old Photo Film Vector Using Photoshop

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 19:14 — julie

Learn How to Create a Old Photo Film Vector Using Photoshop

Are you wary of using vectors in Photoshop? The truth is that Photoshop can be an excellent vector program if you get to learn it’s more advanced drawing features.

This tutorial we’re going to dive in and walk you through the basics of Photoshop’s drawing capabilities.

You’ll be learning how to create a realistic old photo film icon.

Let’s get started!

Final Image

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

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Mar 11
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Outstanding New Marketplace Items

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 05:35 — 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 Artistic Dancer 240fps by XnitroX, stock footage that contains six super-slow motion shots of a girl dancing in dry ice, captured at 240 fps.

Read on to explore more awesome new items.

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Mar 08
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Top 10 HTML5 Tools for Web Designers

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 19:09 — julie

Online HTML5 tools are very useful for web developers as they can make their work a lot easier. HTML5 tools are a perfect way to incorporate audio, video, fonts, animations and graphics into web pages. HTML5 also helps web developers build responsive website themes. Want to know more about HTML5? Look at these 10 Useful HTML5 and CSS3 Forms Tutorials.

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Mar 06
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Video Tutorial: Creating the Photo Manipulation ‘Birth of a New Era’

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 16:02 — julie

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

Today I’m hugely excited to share our first ever video tutorial for FanExtra members. Video tutorials are something that many of you have been asking for and we plan on releasing a lot more video content to follow this first tutorial.

If you enjoy this video and find it easier as a learning method than our regular written tutorials then please let us know in the comments below.

Tutorial Details:

Time to Complete: 45 minutes
Tools Used: Photoshop CS5
Difficultly: Intermediate

This tutorial is a video version of our existing written tutorial: Members Area Tutorial: Creating the Photoshop Manipulation ‘Birth of a New Era’

Let’s get started!

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Mar 05
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10 Cool Responsive Drupal Themes

Tue, 03/05/2013 - 21:15 — julie

Mobile phones and tablets with internet browsing capabilities are so popular these days that one of the strongest website trends right now is responsive web design. A responsive website is built to give your readers  an optimal reading experience even though they use laptops, tablets or a mobile devices.  If you’re looking for pre-designed responsive Drupal themes, this article will be very useful to you. Want to know more about responsive designs? Read this Top 10 Responsive Web Design Tutorials article.

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Mar 04
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Create a Lone Ranger Photo Manipulation

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 21:14 — julie

Create a Lone Ranger Photo Manipulation

If you’re new to photo manipulation then you may not be familiar with techniques such as blending, lighting and image adjustments.

In today’s lesson we’re going to create a lone range photo manipulation, featuring a dramatic landscape and an old cowboy.

You’ll learn how to create a vivid photo manipulation with strong lighting, custom brush application and blending.

Final Image

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

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Mar 01
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10 Parallax Plugins and Tutorials

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 19:05 — julie

Parallax scrolling, is used to create an animated illusion of depth and it is getting pretty popular in web design. Want to know how you can achieve the same effect in your designs? The tutorials and plugins below will surely help you better understand this technique.  Want some more inspiration? You should see these  10 Parallax Scrolling Websites.

jQuery Parallax Plugin

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