Aug 04

Best of Tuts+ in July

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 12:52 — julie

Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network. Whether you’d like to read the top posts from your favourite site, or would like to start learning something completely new, this is the best place to start!


Psdtuts+ — Photoshop Tutorials

Introduction to Digital ArtIntroduction to Digital Art

Photoshop is an excellent tool for manipulating photographs but it can also be used as a means to create stunning digital art. This tutorial is part of a 25-part video tutorial series demonstrating everything you will need to know to start producing digital art in Photoshop. Digital Art for Beginners, by Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor, Martin Perhiniak will begin by teaching you how to draw in Photoshop. At the conclusion of this series you will know all you need to produce your own concept art and matte paintings in Photoshop.

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The Making of the Nutty Boat TripThe Making of the Nutty Boat Trip

Most of you probably know how hard it can be to find the perfect stock images for your designs. That means you will often have to get creative and find new ways to create the perfect composition. In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to place a couple of squirrels in a coffee mug that is floating in a body of water.

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Create a Devastating Tidal Wave in PhotoshopCreate a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop

Matte painting is a technique that filmmakers use to create backgrounds for scenes that can’t or don’t exist in real life. In the early days, matte paintings were actually painted onto glass. Today, modern filmmakers use digital applications such as Photoshop to produce the backdrops that they need. We have published many matte painting tutorials on this site meant for intermediate and advanced users. This tutorial is part of a series of tutorials that we will be publishing on this meant for those of you who may be relatively new to Photoshop or matte painting in general.

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Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials

Recently in Web Development (July Edition)Recently in Web Development (July Edition)

Web development is an industry that’s in a state of constant flux with technologies and jargon changing and mutating in an endless cycle. Not to mention the sheer deluge of information one has to process everyday.

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Build your First Game with HTML5Build your First Game with HTML5

HTML5 is growing up faster than anyone could have imagined. Powerful and professional solutions are already being developed…even in the gaming world! Today, you’ll make your first game using Box2D and HTML5′s canvas tag.

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Should You Start Using CSSLint?Should You Start Using CSSLint?

Getting our code reviewed by a pro is a great way of improving code quality but what happens if you don’t have access to a rockstar programmer? You do the next best thing and grab a ‘lint’ for that language.

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Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials

Community Project: Vectortuts+ Custom Character JamCommunity Project: Vectortuts+ Custom Character Jam

Vectortuts+ loves Illustration and discovering new talent, so today we are proud to be launching a new community project that combines both, the Vectortuts+ Custom Character Jam. The best thing is, you can be a part of it! Find out how to get involved, at the jump.

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13 Brandable, Free, Vector People Graphics: Mascots and Character DesignsBrandable, Free, Vector People Graphics: Mascots and Character Designs

Need a character or awesome vector mascot for your next design project, grab a set for free today. We’ve rounded up a collection of highly brandable vector people character packs and one off graphics. We have on display a customizable Tuts+ Guy website mascot set, creative mascot graphic pack made by Pasquale D’Silva, a top of the evolutionary ladder geek, a male and female character broken into outfits and parts – ready for animation, and more. Now’s the time to download these vector freebies, so get to it.

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Create a Marker Text Effect in IllustratorCreate a Marker Text Effect in Illustrator

In the following tutorial I will show you how to create a marker illustration. This tutorial involves intermediate vector shape building skills in Illustrator to create the markers, along with some layering and script usage to create the text effects. Let’s get started.

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Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials

Extreme Makeover: jPaginator CSS3 EditionExtreme Makeover: jPaginator CSS3 Edition

jPaginator is a nifty jQuery plugin by Remy Elazare which combines pagination and scrolling in a simple user interface. Remy recently asked me if I would like to use it for something on Webdesigntuts+ and I figured it would be a great candidate for a style make-over.

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Improving Your Productivity: Quick Tips for PhotoshopImproving Your Productivity: Quick Tips for Photoshop

In this exclusive web series, Adi Purdila is going to walk you through how to use a handful of web design applications to improve your productivity. Work fast, smarter, and more efficiently! Today’s session: Quick Tips for Photoshop!

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Super Simple Lightbox with CSS and jQuerySuper Simple Lightbox with CSS and jQuery

Rather than using a bloated plugin that has features you’ll never use, this tutorial shows you how to create a super simple lightbox for handling images. It’s perfect for image galleries, portfolios, and more!

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Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials

Everything You Need to Know About Lenses: Part 1Everything You Need to Know About Lenses: Part 1

So you’ve purchased your first SLR system, welcome to a new world of photography. You’ve opened Pandora’s Box to a huge range of versatility. One of the major factors that sets SLR cameras apart is their ability to change lenses. In this two-part Basix tutorial, we’re going walk your through everything you’d ever want to know about lenses.

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10 Tips on Creative Car PhotographyTips on Creative Car Photography

If you’ve ever tried photographing a car, you’ll know that it’s often not as easy as first presumed. Although it can be simple enough to capture a clear and simple shot of the vehicle, it’s far more challenging to capture the design, detail and essence of the car in a photograph. To help, here are ten simple steps which will hopefully lead you through the basics of car photography.

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Understanding the Fundamentals of Camera SensorsUnderstanding the Fundamentals of Camera Sensors

Light travels through a lens, the shutter opens, and a moment is preserved by capturing it on the camera’s sensor. This chip is an absolute essential in creating digital images. However, you may not have a good idea of how it all works. If you’re wanting to demystify the magic of how your digital SLR works, look no further than today’s Basix article all about camera sensors.

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Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials

Cgtuts+ Quiz: Know Your CGCgtuts+ Quiz: Know Your CG

Today we’re kicking off something a little different and giving you a chance to test your knowledge of all things computer graphics. This being the first ever Cgtuts+ quiz, we’re starting off fairly easy with 20 questions related to Cg in general. Will you succeed? Will you be victorious? We don’t know, but find out after the jump!

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Product Rendering With FryrenderProduct Rendering With Fryrender

In this tutorial by author Shaun Keenan, well look at setting up and rendering a product shot inside of RandomControls Fryrender. Shaun will start out by covering the process of setting up and preparing the scene in Maya, before exporting to Fry. Well look at creating light emitting geometry through shaders, as well as creating the jellybean and glass materials, finally well set up and tweak the render settings inside of Fry.

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Animation Reference Pack: Facial Expressions – CG Premium ContentAnimation Reference Pack: Facial Expressions – CG Premium Content

Animating characters can be an extremely difficult task, especially without the aid of good reference materials. Today we have the second, in a series of high quality reference footage packs aimed specifically at animators. These videos are available exclusively to our premium members and are available in both 720p and 1080p high definition. Reference pack 2 contains 29 different facial expressions and a total of 116 video files!, created by regular Cgtuts+ contributors Stefan Surmabojov and Georgi Zahariev.

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Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials

“Ink-redible!” Aetuts+ Premium Ink Reveal Bundle + TutorialInk-redible!” Aetuts+ Premium Ink Reveal Bundle + Tutorial

Today’s Premium tutorial will walk you through how use mattes to spice up your next motion graphics piece. We have an amazing download of 12 Ink Mattes and 5 Particle Mattes that were create exclusively for Tuts+ Premium members.

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Top Ten After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts – with FREE AE Starter Templates!Top Ten After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts – with FREE AE Starter Templates!

These are my Top Ten Favorite After Effects Keyboard Shortcuts that I use most often to help speed up workflow…. speeding up RAM previews, purging those previews, adding keyframes to any property, previewing and scrubbing audio only… check out the video below to see them all!

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Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series -Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series -” Transformers – Day 1

Todays tutorial will explain how to make the ’TRANSFORMERS 3″ flying logo style. We will start with the modeling and animation technique of the letters in Cinema 4d. Then proceed with camera movement and the construction of the interior of the “O” letter, with a hi-tech coating. We will complete with the compositing in After Effects.
See your space! TRANSFORMERS.


Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials

Quick Tip: How To Get A Clean John Frusciante ToneQuick Tip: How To Get A Clean John Frusciante Tone

In this tutorial I’m going to show how to get that classic and iconic clean-Stratish tone using just modeling technology. I’m using Guitar Rig 4 to get it, but you could use whatever software or real amp, as long as it gives you a Marshall-like tone.

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How to Create the ‘Like a G6′ Bassline SoundHow to Create the ‘Like a G6′ Bassline Sound

If you listen to the radio, go into upscale bars, or dance at the clubs you probably have heard Far East Movement’s ‘Like a G6′. Aside from the icy vocals from the artist Dev, G6 has a very memorable bass line. If you wanted to know how to recreate that sound for a remix or to have it as a sound option in your own track then read on like a G6!

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An Introduction to ADSRAn Introduction to ADSR

As audio engineers we deal with ADSR everyday, even without knowing it. I certainly didn’t know what ADSR was when I first heard it, but it’s the acronym for what happens with every waveform.

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Activetuts+ — Flash, Flex & ActionScript Tutorials

Carve Up a Video in Real Time With AS3Carve Up a Video in Real Time With AS3

Hello, code freaks! This tutorial will show you how to split a running video into blocks as if it has exploded. And all this using just ActionScript. For this tutorial we’ll use the camera as the video source, so you can see the changes live.

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Get Control of Your AS3 Event Flow With SignalsGet Control of Your AS3 Event Flow With Signals

In this screencast we’ll go over all you need to know about AS3 Signals – a light-weight strongly-typed alternative to the native Flash event system. Prepare to see events in a whole new way!

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Wptuts+ —WordPress Tutorials

8 Tips for Creating WordPress Themes That SellTips for Creating WordPress Themes That Sell

The growing market for premium WordPress themes has made competition tougher than ever. Customers are demanding higher quality and greater functionality leaving theme developers searching for new ways to make their work stand out. Knowing what makes one theme sell better than another can be difficult, but remembering a few basic rules can make a big difference in your total sales.

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10 Code Snippets WP Theme Developers Should Have on Speed DialCode Snippets WP Theme Developers Should Have on Speed Dial

One of the ways we endeavor to improve productivity when building WordPress templates is to have snippets of code available to us very quickly, through the use of tab-triggered shortcuts. In this article I will share with you 10 of my most-used snippets that I feel every developer should have at their fingertips.

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The Definitive Check List for Publishing Your WordPress PluginThe Definitive Check List for Publishing Your WordPress Plugin

When you are getting close to completing your WordPress plugin, it’s time to start thinking about releasing it to the broader public. Getting ready for publishing a plugin requires a lot of polishing, testing and fine tuning, and it’s easy to forget some steps in the process. This tutorial will guide you through publishing the plugin in the WordPress plugin directory and work as a check list to help you make sure your plugin will be ready for the prime time by the time you hit publish.

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Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials

Android SDK: Enabling Google Analytics to Gather App StatisticsAndroid SDK: Enabling Google Analytics to Gather App Statistics

Google Analytics is a service provided by Google that makes it easy to track what users do. Recently, the Google Analytics team released an Analytics SDK for mobile platforms including Android, iOS (Apple), and mobile websites. In this tutorial, learn how to include and enable this technology within your Android projects to gather important information about how users are using your applications.

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Corona SDK: Creating a Scrolling BackgroundCorona SDK: Creating a Scrolling Background

The Corona SDK makes game development for the iPhone, iPad, and Android easy. Corona uses the Lua programming language to create cross-platform apps. In this tutorial we will explore how to create a scrolling background with the Corona SDK.

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Better Apps By DesignBetter Apps By Design

Most mobile apps are missing that extra bit of design detail that could help them stand out from the App Store crowd. While there is no replacement for having a talented designer polish your app’s pixels for hours on end, the purpose of this series is to teach those with limited Photoshop experience and a low-to-no budget how to make apps that shine!

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