Sep 01

Best of Tuts+ in August

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 05:00 — 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!

Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials

Vehicle Rendering With FryrenderVehicle Rendering With Fryrender

Rendering realistic vehicles is no easy task, the complexity of the surfaces and high reflectivity make getting good renders a time consuming, and often frustrating process. So we’ve enlisted the help of author Shaun Keenan to guide you through the process of creating a high quality, realistic vehicle render using Maya 2011 and Random Control’s physically accurate Fryrender.

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45 Epic Blender TutorialsEpic Blender Tutorials

We’ve scoured the web in search of the best Blender tutorials out there and compiled a list of 45 of the most epic we could find. This collection includes a variety of tutorials covering everything from modeling and animation, to rigging and VFX. So grab a coffee and savor the Blender goodness!

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An Introduction To Keyshot RenderingAn Introduction To Keyshot Rendering

In this tutorial, new author Ivan Momchilow will introduce you to the Keyshot rendering engine and get you started on working with the software. Ivan will go through the process of setting up a model for importing and cover the basic settings for rendering inside the software. Keyshot features a surprisingly simple interface that’s both intuitive and easy to use. Featuring only six main UI buttons, rather then the hundreds of options most render engines throw at the user. Ivan has provided our premium members with a fantastic model of the Sony PSP Go, as well as the scene file from Keyshot, so get started after the jump!

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Psdtuts+ — Photoshop Tutorials

Create a Medieval Landscape in PhotoshopCreate a Medieval Landscape in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a medieval landscape using digital painting and photo manipulation techniques. We will begin by sketching out a rough idea of how we want our image to look. Then, we will then add various stock images and build upon them until we produce the scene below. Let’s get started!

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Sketching the Human Form in PhotoshopSketching the Human Form in Photoshop

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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Interview With Martin Perhiniak: Getting an Adobe CertificationInterview With Martin Perhiniak: Getting an Adobe Certification

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Psdtuts author, Martin Perhiniak. Martin is the author of our Photoshop Basix and Digital Art for Beginners Series, and is an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor. I frequently introduce Martin as an Adobe Certified Expert so in this interview I decided to ask him exactly what that means.

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Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials

Getting Started with the Fuel PHP FrameworkGetting Started with the Fuel PHP Framework

This two-part tutorial will get you up and running with the Fuel PHP framework. We’ll start with the basics, and then move onto some more advanced topics in part two! Let’s get started.

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How to Create an Advanced Twitter WidgetHow to Create an Advanced Twitter Widget

As of March 2011, the current average number of “Tweets” the world sends per day is 140 million. This tutorial demonstrates how to create a custom Twitter widget from scratch that uses the Twitter API, Web Intents and @Anywhere. Using the Twitter platform to create a fun, interactive tool for your website can be beneficial both in the learning and promotion departments!

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Sublime Text 2 Tips and TricksSublime Text 2 Tips and Tricks

I consider Sublime Text 2 to be the spiritual successor to TextMate – particularly when the likelihood of TextMate 2 coming to fruition becomes bleaker and bleaker. When Duke Nukem Forever is released before TextMate 2, you know you’re in trouble! But that’s okay, because Sublime Text 2 is one of the fastest and most incredible editors to come out in a long time! I’ll show you my favorite tips and tricks today.

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Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials

13 Free Packs of Animal Vector Graphics: Cute Cartoon CharactersFree Packs of Animal Vector Graphics: Cute Cartoon Characters

Jump in and download these free animal vectors. We’ve rounded up an assortment of cute animal characters drawn in a quirky styles. There are a variety of looks represented, such as: flat vintage, shiny modern anime, childish crayon, chibi characters, and more. The glue holding these together are their must have lovable construction. All are available in various vector formats for free download. Add them to your next design project to add some character warmth, playful fun, and huggable character goodness.

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How to Create a Seamless Bookshelf Pattern in IllustratorHow to Create a Seamless Bookshelf Pattern in Illustrator

I admire the complex, inspiring seamless patterns of several vector artists and have always wanted to attempt to create my own. In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a seamless bookshelf pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

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Create a Lace Text Effect in Adobe IllustratorCreate a Lace Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Follow this tutorial and you will learn how to create a beautiful lace text effect. You will use many effects and you will define many personalized Art and Pattern Brushes that will help you create a Lace Pattern Brush that works with any color. Jump into creating this delicate text effect now.

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Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials

Perfectly Rotate and Mask Thumbnails With CSS3Perfectly Rotate and Mask Thumbnails With CSS3

Ever seen a website showcasing image thumbnails that are slightly rotated? It’s a simple effect that adds a layer of visual personality. Saying that, if you’re not achieving the rotation effect with CSS, you’re working too hard! Learn how to do it right!

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Designing for a Responsive WebDesigning for a Responsive Web

The web as we know it is changing. In the past, designers and developers only had to concern themselves with one medium: the computer screen. In recent years, however, a plethora of fully internet-enabled devices with scores of different shapes and capabilities have cropped up, meaning that we now have to design our websites to fit comfortably in as many screen sizes, shapes, and resolutions as you can possibly think of.

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Exclusive PSD Freebie: Vue UI KitExclusive PSD Freebie: Vue UI Kit

Vue is a complete UI kit, prepared in Photoshop and exclusively available to Webdesigntuts+ readers. Check out preview shots after the jump, download it and use it in your projects!

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Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials

A Neutral Density Filter PrimerA Neutral Density Filter Primer

Neutral Density (ND) filters are a bit like sunglasses for your lens. Except that sunglasses typically tint the light coming through in one form or another. As true color rendition is often important to photographers, neutral density filters strive to lessen the amount of light passing through them without coloring or changing the nature of the light.

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10 Top Tips to Help Define Your Personal Photographic StyleTop Tips to Help Define Your Personal Photographic Style

So you’ve spent time developing your camera techniques and skills. You’ve aimed to understand exposure settings and endeavoring to get the perfect shot each time. But sometimes, you’re just not happy with the results and you don’t feel like your work expresses what you want it to. How do you refine your art so you can truly express yourself as a photographer and make your shots recognizable as your work? Well, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

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50 Super Surreal PhotographsSuper Surreal Photographs

Today, we look at some of the most biazarre and unreal photos ever taken. Surreal means have the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream. It is a very creative style of photography as you have to have a good sense of vision and creativity to create things others wouldn’t normally see.

I hope you enjoy these 50 examples of surreal photography.

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Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials

Realistic Cloud Fly Through – AE PremiumRealistic Cloud Fly Through – AE Premium

In today’s tutorial, we’re going to recreate this cool cloud scene using Trapcode Particular and a stock clip from Digital Juice’s Compositor’s Toolkit (although other stock elements are available elsewhere). I hope you learn some neat tips and tricks for working with Particular.

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Summer Time Swimming Pool Logo RevealSummer Time Swimming Pool Logo Reveal

In this tutorial we are going to keep the summer going as long as we can by creating a cool looking water logo reveal animation using some interesting textures and techniques. Also we are going to create a cool looking caustics effect as well as some interesting displacement effects to simulate water surface.

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Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series -Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series -” Harry Potter V2

We created a Harry Potter title tutorial 2 years ago, but in today’s tutorial we’re going to step it up a notch by emulating the style of the last movie. Using Cinema 4d, we’ll model the beveled text and do animation of the logo and lightning elements. Then in After Effects, well complete our project with clouds, audio, and final compositing. Enjoy!

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Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials

2 Simple Tricks to Fit the Kick and Bass TogetherSimple Tricks to Fit the Kick and Bass Together

One of the most commonly asked questions in audio is how to make the kick drum and bass sit well together in the mix. There are a few techniques that have been used throughout the years to take care of clashing bass guitar and kick drum. In the following tutorial we’ll go through two of them: carving out EQ areas and side chaining.

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Making Your MIDI Strings Even More RealisticMaking Your MIDI Strings Even More Realistic

Since my last tutorial, I haven’t had the chance to try Hollywood Strings or LASS, so I’ll be doing this tutorial with my good old friend East West Quantum Leap Orchestra Complete, without blending different patches, using just one!

So, before going to the tutorial, there is no point in lying to you. MIDI is always a temporary option. For us, the film composer guys, MIDI is a solution till the time we can record a live orchestra.

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Audiotuts+ Top 6 Software SynthsAudiotuts+ Top 6 Software Synths

I remember discovering pro synths way back in 1982. I was amazed – with one instrument you could create almost any sound you could imagine. I fell in love with them. Now we can do all that with software.

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Activetuts+ — Flash, Flex & ActionScript Tutorials

Activetuts+ Has a New Focus: Browser-Based Apps and GamesActivetuts+ Has a New Focus: Browser-Based Apps and Games

From today onwards, our focus is changing. Instead of covering everything to do with Flash, Unity and Silverlight, we’ll be covering the design and development of browser-based apps and games in general. This means no more tutorials on full-Flash websites or AIR, and lots of new content on game design, UI, and HTML5. Read on to find out what we’ve got in store!

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Build a 2D Portal Puzzle Game With Unity: Getting StartedBuild a 2D Portal Puzzle Game With Unity: Getting Started

In this tutorial (part free, part Premium), you’ll learn how to create a 2D puzzle game in Unity which uses a Portal-style game mechanic to teleport objects across the level. In this first part, we’ll lay out the main concepts of the game, put some graphics together, and get the basic (portal-less) physics working.

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Beginner’s Guide to Powerflasher’s FDT 4Beginner’s Guide to Powerflasher’s FDT 4

Flash Professional isn’t the only tool you can use for making Flash apps and games. Earlier in the year we looked at FlashDevelop; now, we’ll take a look at FDT 4, a powerful IDE designed specifically for ActionScript, MXML and haXe development. Read on to find out what it can offer you!

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Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials

WP101 Basix TrainingWP101 Basix Training

Welcome to the WPtuts+ WP101 tutorial series, the perfect beginning spot for those just getting started with WordPress! It’s also a valuable resource for designers & developers who are teaching your clients & colleagues!

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Add Facebook Comments To Your WordPress ThemeAdd Facebook Comments To Your WordPress Theme

Facebook launched the social plugins for developers in 2010. You all know at least one of them, the “like” button that you see on lots of blog posts across the net (like this one, pardon the pun!) Today we are focusing on the Comments Box system. Adding Facebook comments allows the user to comment on your blog using his Facebook account. There is no need for him to enter his name and email address or even register an account on your site.

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Using Custom Post Types to Create a Killer PortfolioUsing Custom Post Types to Create a Killer Portfolio

Quite possibly the best addition to WordPress 3.0 was that of Custom Post Types. This took WordPress from being a CMS that can manage posts and pages to being able to manage anything the user can think of rather easily. You no longer have to add custom fields to posts- you can add high level support to your own types, creating their own theme page files and admin areas. One of the first things I did using custom post types was revamp my portfolio and today I’m going to show you how I did it!

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Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials

Corona SDK: Create a Memory Match GameCorona SDK: Create a Memory Match Game

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 memory match game with the Corona SDK.

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Building a Jabber Client for iOS: Server SetupBuilding a Jabber Client for iOS: Server Setup

In this tutorial we will build a Jabber Client for iOS. The application developed in this series will enable users to sign in, add buddies, and send messages. In the process of building this app, we will describe how to install and configure a jabber server, create accounts, and interact with the server from an iOS application. To simulate a chat environment we will build a scenario with two users: one user will be chatting from an iPhone app and the other will be using iChat.

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Building an iPad Reader for War of the Worlds

Building an iPad Reader for War of the Worlds

This tutorial will use the Leaves open-source project to build a simple iPad reader for The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. Along the way, we’ll take a quick look at the code powering the Leaves project, discuss implementation details, and explore a few alternative options for achieving a similar effect.

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