Jul 05

Best of Tuts+ in June 2012

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 14:11 — 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

Create an Automobile Illustration From Scratch in PhotoshopCreate an Automobile Illustration From Scratch in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will explain how to draw a car from scratch using basic drawing tools in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

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Create a Parallax Shift Effect Using Timeline and 3D Features of Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 includes several new features that you can use to create 3D and video effects. In this tutorial, we will combine these new tools to simulate 3D depth in a 2D photograph using the new 3D and video timeline features available in Photoshop CS6 Extended.

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Create a Diablo III Inspired Text Effect in PhotoshopCreate a Diablo III Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop

If you’re a big fan of playing video games, then you are probably aware of the release of Diablo III. The Diablo franchise has been a popular video game title for over a decade. In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a Diablo-inspired text effect in Photoshop. Let’s get started!

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Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials

Easy Package Management With ComposerEasy Package Management With Composer

Let’s face it: PHP has had a rocky history with package management, and as a result, it is pretty rare to find a developer who actively uses systems like PEAR. Instead, most developers have chosen their favorite framework, which has code specifically written for it to handle various things, like DB interaction, ORM's, OAuth, Amazon S3 integration, etc.

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Building Web Applications from Scratch with LaravelBuilding Web Applications from Scratch with Laravel

In this Nettuts+ mini-series, we’ll build a web application from scratch, while diving into a great new PHP framework that’s rapidly picking up steam, called Laravel — a simple and elegant PHP 5.3 framework.

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So You Want to Accept Credit Cards Online?So You Want to Accept Credit Cards Online?

Until recently, accepting credit cards on a website was expensive and complicated. But that was before Stripe: a radically different and insanely awesome credit card processing company. Today, I’ll show you how to start accepting cards in 30 minutes or less – without spending a dime.

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Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials

Vectoring a Pair of Luscious Lips in Illustrator CS6 from StockVectoring a Pair of Luscious Lips in Illustrator CS6 from Stock

Last month I showed you how I create detailed, stylized eyes from a stock image. This time around, I’m going to show you how I create a pair of detailed luscious lips from a stock image, including the teeth.

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Quick Tip: How to Create Vector Camp BadgesQuick Tip: How to Create Vector Camp Badges

Summers here, time to get outside and enjoy the weather. Well, after spending a little time learning how to create some vector camp badges in Adobe Illustrator that is. Using Drew Wilsons ’Pictos” icon set as our starting point, Ryans first tip in Illustrator CS6 is here to kick off the season and get us ready to roast some marshmallows.

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Quick Tip: Typography Skills, Basic KerningQuick Tip: Typography Skills, Basic Kerning

What is Kerning and why do I need to know about it? If you’ve ever asked this question, then today’s Quick Tip is perfect for you. You will learn the basics of kerning, why kerning is so important in design and some handy tricks to make kerning easy.

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Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials

A Beginner’s Guide to WireframingA Beginner’s Guide to Wireframing

Wireframing is an important step in any screen design process. It primarily allows you to define the information hierarchy of your design, making it easier for you to plan the layout according to how you want your user to process the information. If you’ve yet to use wireframing, it’s time to get your feet wet..

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Life Beyond 960px: Designing for Large ScreensLife Beyond 960px: Designing for Large Screens

The premise behind a responsive web isn’t purely that websites be built in a mobile-friendly way. It’s about setting our content free so that it can be experienced by whatever means necessary – and that includes at large scale. Let’s take a look at the design considerations behind the often neglected huge desktop screen.

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Create a Parallax Scrolling Website Using Stellar.jsCreate a Parallax Scrolling Website Using Stellar.js

One of the biggest trends in recent modern web design is use of parallax scrolling effects. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can create the effect on your own website, with a bit of imagination and a little help from Stellar.js.

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Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials

Designing and Building Real DIY Softboxes – Tuts+ PremiumDesigning and Building Real DIY Softboxes – Tuts+ Premium

We have another Photo Premium tutorial exclusively available to Premium members today. In this tutorial, well teach you how to make a real softbox. Learn more after the jump!

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Dispelling Night Photography MythsDispelling Night Photography Myths

I was recently teaching a night photography workshop. I had to answer the usual questions from some participants, but sometimes don’t know where they get some of the strange ideas they share with me.

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VIMED-C: Inside the Mind of Pros During a ShootVIMED-C: Inside the Mind of Pros During a Shoot

Always wondered about how top photographers are making their images the best ones out there? And what decisions they make before or while taking the photograph? In this tutorial, we hope take a look inside the creative process of professional photographers.

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Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials

Modeling Tips & Tricks For New ArtistsModeling Tips & Tricks For New Artists

Today we’re bringing you something a little different. Rather then a tutorial covering a specific topic, we have a series of short videos covering various modeling tips from author Shaun Keenan. These videos are aimed at users who are relatively new to modeling or CG in general, and cover a wide range of topics ranging from breaking down facial geometry and cutting holes in meshes, to the importance of reference, and the benefits of developing your own asset library. If you’re new to CG or just want to improve your personal workflow, this is a great opportunity to get valuable tips from a CG professional!

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Sculpt, Pose and PolyPaint a Cartoon Squid in ZBrushSculpt, Pose and PolyPaint a Cartoon Squid in ZBrush

We’re kicking the week off with a great new ZBrush tutorial from Shaun Keenan. This tutorial will show you how to create a toon style Squid character from scratch in ZBrush. You’ll learn how to quickly block out the character’s base mesh using the awesomeness that is ZSpheres, and further refine and detail the character using various brushes and alphas. Finally you’ll paint everything up and make it look sexy with ZBrush’s polypainting tools!

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Create A Cool Animated Disco Ball with Cinema 4D & After EffectsCreate A Cool Animated Disco Ball with Cinema 4D & After Effects

In this tutorial we are going to create a disco ball inside cinema 4D with a few clicks using simple yet powerful tools. After that we are going to render out the disco ball and look at how to composite it in After Effects, add some nice light rays and glows to make it look really great.

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Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials

Crash Dummy Character Rigging Using NewtonCrash Dummy Character Rigging Using Newton

In this tutorial, we’re going to take the Newton plugin created by Motion Boutique and use it to create a rigid body character in After Effects. Newton is a 2D physics simulator that allows users to apply various simulations like gravity, collision, and bounce to their layers in After Effects.

We’ll start with the basic principles of how Newton works and how to setup a character rig using it, then dive into various case studies demonstrating ways to use the character rig.

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How To Create An Artistic Time Offset EffectHow To Create An Artistic Time Offset Effect

In this tutorial we will have a look at offsetting a video in time through a grid. To achieve this we will use an expression controlled by a slider. I used this technique on the music video “Big Pink – Hit the ground” Directed by Tim Brown, Post-Production by Mainframe. Hope you enjoy it.

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A Focused Look Motion Blur In After EffectsA Focused Look Motion Blur In After Effects

In this tutorial we will be discussing ways to fake motion blur using After Effects’ default Motion Blur feature, Force Motion Blur plug-ins, Radial Blurs, and Motion Vectors. We’re going to move quickly so hopefully everything stays clear. :)

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Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials

Reverb For A Better TomorrowReverb For A Better Tomorrow

Here is something to try if you want to spice up your reverb. I’ve become very interested recently in finding ways to make computer/MIDI based productions sound organic and create some of the nonlinear feel that live recordings and real instruments have. Whether you feel this is a worthwhile detail to add is up to you, but it only takes a few minutes to set up and is a good example of ‘thinking outside the box’ that will hopefully promote your having some creative ideas of your own.

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How To Produce Dynamic Top LoopsHow To Produce Dynamic Top Loops

Sometimes your basic drum pattern just needs some extra spice to bring it up to speed. Adding programmed percussion, or even percussion loops can often be a great solution. Personally I like to mix contrasting drum loops and patterns to get interesting cross rhythms.

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Critique: Green’s the Color of WinterCritique: Green’s the Color of Winter

Here in the United States, this song would fall under the category of Americana/folk and it fits well into the category. It is the kind of song that lends itself to a simple and acoustic production. I enjoyed the evocative and wintery feeling of the piece. My opinions are based on countless meetings with music publishers, A and R people, co-writing experiences, and just a lot of years writing professionally in Nashville.

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Activetuts+ — Flash, Flex & ActionScript Tutorials

Using the Kongregate API in Your Flash GamesUsing the Kongregate API in Your Flash Games

Kongregate is one of the largest Flash game portals on the net, and has its own API that can be integrated into your games (for which Kongregate even rewards you financially). In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to implement the Kongregate API into your games, and also go into detail about what the API is capable of and why you should use it.

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Getting Started With Unity – Finishing Our Game With a MenuGetting Started With Unity – Finishing Our Game With a Menu

There are several methods used to produce menus within Unity, the main two being the built in GUI system and using GameObjects with Colliders that respond to interactions with the mouse. Unity’s GUI system can be tricky to work with so we’re going to use the GameObject approach which I think is also a bit more fun for what we’re trying to achieve here.

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Drawing Activetuts+ to a CloseDrawing Activetuts+ to a Close

Activetuts+ launched in 2009 with the aim of teaching how to build websites, apps, animations, and interfaces in Flash. Much has changed in the industry over the past few years, and Activetuts+ has evolved several times to continue teaching relevant content.

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Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials

How to Make a Radio Station Schedule Using WordPressHow to Make a Radio Station Schedule Using WordPress

Often enough, many radio stations are built using WordPress, but many don’t harvest the true potential to create a true online radio station. This tutorial will demonstrate how you can turn a radio website into a fully functional radio station DJ listing with a nifty radio schedule for featured shows.

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Create an FAQ Accordion for WordPress With jQuery UICreate an FAQ Accordion for WordPress With jQuery UI

Creating an FAQ section for your WordPress website is incredibly simple. We’re going to use WordPress Custom Post Types for the questions & answers. Then we’ll use a jQuery UI accordion to make a nice cross-browser accordion widget. Finally we’ll assign a shortcode so that we can put our FAQ on any page or post.

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WordPress Development and Deployment With MAMP, Git and DropboxWordPress Development and Deployment With MAMP, Git and Dropbox

Nowadays in order to be a freelance WordPress developer you often need to develop simultaneously several WordPress sites for different clients. Here’s how.

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Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials

Build an Exercise Tracking App: Geolocation & TrackingBuild an Exercise Tracking App: Geolocation & Tracking

Want to learn how to write a complete mobile application using PhoneGap, but don’t know how to get started? Follow this two-part tutorial series and I’ll show you how to build a mobile app that tracks, records, and maps your exercise route using the GPS features on your phone!

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Reading & Displaying PDF DocumentsReading & Displaying PDF Documents

Working with raw PDF documents can be a time consuming and frustrating task. This tutorial will teach you how to use the VFR Library to quickly access, display, and browse PDF documents within your own applications!

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Android SDK: Build a Speak and Repeat AppAndroid SDK: Build a Speak and Repeat App

The Android platform provides support for both speech recognition and speech synthesis. In this tutorial, we will create a simple Android app which allows the user to speak, attempts to recognize what they say, and then repeats what was recognized back to them using the Text To Speech engine.

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