Ian Yates
My name's Ian and I'm editor of Web Design content at Tuts+. Ask me anything you like about web design… I'll find someone who knows the answer.
  • Design & Illustration
    The Mechanics of Comics200
    A few times a each month we revisit some of our reader’s favorite posts from throughout the history of Vectortuts+. This tutorial by Ian Yates was first published on March 17th 2009. As an audience we accept comics for what they are; a medium, conveyors of information. What we less often realize is the technicality and process of how that information has been communicated to us. This is a good thing. When the artist gets it right, the comic book reader becomes immersed in what's being told - not how.Read More…
  • Code
    10 Hilarious Flash Animations to Brighten up Your DayPreview
    I'm a huge fan of animation, especially when it's mixed in with a good dose of humor. Check out the following examples of quality Flash animation, get inspired and laugh your pants off!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive GuidePen tool
    If you use Adobe Illustrator, then it's almost certain that you use the Pen Tool when creating your paths. This comprehensive guide aims to introduce or remind you of features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe's most essential tool.Read More…
  • Code
    Animating the Envato Community PodcastCode
    Animation doesn't have to be complex to be engaging and, as the Ricky Gervais Show podcasts demonstrate, even a simple dialogue between three people can become top animated entertainment. We're going to draw inspiration from Mr.Gervais and animate a chunk of the Envato Community Podcast.Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Interview: HFUG Manager John BarrettPreview
    To wrap up our Quick Tip Week on Activetuts+ I invited Hawaii Flash User Group Manager John Barrett to participate in a quick interview. A really quick interview..Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Roundup: Awesome Flash Facebook Templates!Preview
    Flash Facebook templates for tarting up fan pages are flying off the ActiveDen shelves at the moment! What better way to flaunt your company, product, service, hero or worthy cause on Facebook, than with a bit of Flash magic? Check out this Quick Roundup of files which can help you do just that..Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Basix: Random Animated Blinking200
    Even when you're animating on the timeline a touch of ActionScript can enhance what you're doing. In this Quick Tip we're going to use a single line of AS3 to add animated realism in the blink of an eye!Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Tip Week!Qtw preview
    Time is of the essence! You're busy; you have work stacking up, studies to finish and you still haven't taken the dog for a walk. You don't have time to spare for learning extra skills, right? We're here to help. During the coming week on Activetuts+ we'll be posting at least 2 Quick Tips a day, bit-sized tuts to get you learning quick as a Flash! (Did you see what I did there..?)Read More…
  • Code
    50 More Flash Twitterers Worth FollowingPreview
    We love Twitter at Envato :) It's an invaluable medium keeping us up to date and in touch with our respective industries. In recognition of that, this roundup is a continuation of the 50 Flash twitterers list we posted over a year ago. This new list includes twitterers who were overlooked last time, twitterers who have since entered our radar and all of whom are regularly RT-ed by @activetuts and @activeden..Read More…
  • Code
    App Store Opens its Doors to Adobe Flash200x200
    Yesterday saw Apple announce removal of the infamous restrictions on 3rd party development tools for iOS devices. Twitter lit up, the blogosphere jumped into gear and speculation began in earnest. So what's this all about and what does it mean for Flash?Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Collection of Quirky CaricaturesPreview
    Last November we decided to round off the Tuts+ year with a bang; a huge giveaway (96 prizes, no less) to reward all the loyal Tuts+ readers. We felt it was a good opportunity to get visitors browsing the content on each and every one of the Tuts+ sites and it was high time the readers got to know who they were dealing with. We would release a series of caricatures; one of Skellie, one of Collis, one of each editor, plus some of the support and development team members. The job of producing these caricatures fell to me, and suddenly I was given the opportunity to create ridiculous drawings of all my Envato colleagues and make enemies of each one of them.Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Tip: CS5 Features for Flash UsersPreview
    The official announcement of Adobe CS5 has long been awaited, with previews and betas of Flash CS5 hitting select audiences as far back as Adobe MAX 2009. Yesterday saw the unveiling of plenty of new features (some of which, notoriously, may or may not be realized) so here's a quick run down of some features Flash users can look forward to.Read More…