Jan 07

Tuts+ Marketplace Tutorial Competition Winners: $1500 Cash and Additional Prizes Scored

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 16:57 — julie


Today we announce the three winners of the Tuts+ Marketplace Tutorial Competition. Combined, they take home more than $1,500 worth of cash and additional prizes. Take a look to see if your entry came out on top. Also, learn about one of our new tutorial price points that make it easier for a tutorial to be accepted onto the Tuts+ Marketplace.

Winning Tutorials and Prizes Scored

1st Place Winner: wizylabs

The Winning Entry: Create a Universal Slider Manager in WordPress.

This video tutorial is priced at $7 USD, already has numerous sales, and is rated highly.

Description: In this video tutorial you will be learning how to create a very basic slider manager in WordPress. You can use the technique that you will learn from this tutorial to create more powerful slider managers for your WordPress themes or even plugins as I did for both of my themes on ThemeForest Space and Xero.

This tutorial shows methods used in the creation of this ThemeForest item Space Creative Personal & Blog WordPress Theme.

1st Place Receives:

2nd Place Winner: Spectrum

The Second Place Winning Entry: Design a Print-Ready Retro Business Card.

This tutorial is priced at $2 USD and already has some sales kick-stared.

Description: Retro Business Cards became very popular, it looks like it is hard to create them, but in this tutorial you will learn the techniques and you will see the process. You are also going to learn how to create a print-ready business card in Photoshop. Designs made for printing have to be prepared in a special manner. Before sending to the printer, its best to make sure that your file is ready so you can avoid all the hassle of redesigning.

This tutorial shows one how to create the GraphicRiver item Classic Retro Business Card.

2nd Place Receives:

3rd Place Winner: RubenBristian

The Third Place Winning Entry: Create an XML Slideshow with the Ken Burns Effect.

This tutorial is priced at $2 USD and is based on a high selling file.

Description: With almost 2000 sales at the time of writing, this is the best selling “ken burns slideshow” on ActiveDen. The original version(AS2) was released in 2009 and the reinvented version(AS3) was released in 2010. This tutorial will show you how to create a slideshow with this great pan & zoom effect, from scratch, in Actionscript 3.0.

This tutorial is based on the best selling ActiveDen file: XML Slideshow with Ken Burns Effect.

3rd Place Receives

New Tuts+ Marketplace 2$ Tutorial Price Point

Both the second and third place winners above are marked at a $2 price point. We’re looking for more entries at this newer price point. This is for tutorials that are are high quality short form tutorials. This price point opens allows our reviewers to accept tutorials that are around 10 minutes or so in length for videos, or only around 1000-1500 words (roughly 10 steps).

If you’re interested in contributing a tutorial to the Tuts+ Marketplace, then this price point is an excellent first step. Try your hand at putting together a high quality short form tutorial. Learn more about Uploading to the Tuts+ Marketplace. We have numerous price points that increase based on the exclusivity, format, length, and quality of the tutorial.

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