All Posts in Tuts+

  • Design & Illustration
    10 Tips for Effective Icon DesignIcon prev
    Translating the 'iconic' features of an object into something that is metaphorically meaningful and instantly recognizable is no easy task -- particularly when the design needs to be as effective at 48x48 pixels as it is at 256x256! A memorable and functional icon is beautiful, iconic, meaningful and functional. Here are ten wise tips on how to create outstanding icons.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    40 Brilliantly Photoshopped Print AdsPs ads prev
    Even people who hate ads won't be able to hate these: they're beautiful, clever, hilarious, unique and uber-cool, all with the help of a little program called Adobe Photoshop.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    After Effects for Beginners: Effects & AnimationPart2 preview
    When we launched we asked you to tell us what content you wanted and quite a few of you told us you wanted the basics. This is the second installment of our 3 part series for after effects beginners. Each section lists at the top the topics that are covered in that section. Even though this series focuses on the latest CS4 release, most of the concepts apply to all the versions of After Effects. This second part of the Essential Training series will teach you how to get started using effects and creating basic animation in After Effects. You will learn all the basics you need to be able to use After Effects and understand the cool tutorials posted here.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Set Up Side Chain Compression in Cubase 4Thumb
    In past tutorials I have covered side chaining in Reason and touched on side chaining effects busses in Logic Pro, but after a few emails on the subject, I felt it was about time to cover the slightly less transparent side chaining method that Cubase 4 has adopted since the introduction of the VST3 protocol. I’ll cover side chaining using gates and compressors for varying effects and results. Obviously this isn’t one for the more seasoned Cubase user but it seems there are still some people out there that are slightly baffled by the process. Hopefully this will clear things up for those concerned.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Sci-Fi Fan Art IllustrationDesign and illustration
    This illustrative design tutorial will walk you through the creation of a symmetric illustration, how to approach the creative task of illustrating sci-fi fan art and other general methods for refining your overall creative process.Read More…
  • Code
    Working With a Content Management Framework: MODx Modx
    If you are interested in Content Management Systems (CMS) then most likely you have heard about MODx ( MODx is not just an extremely flexible CMS that makes managing website content a breeze, it is also a powerful Content Management Framework with an extensive API that makes it a developer's dream. "MODx is an open source PHP Application Framework with Powerful Features that help you take control of your online content. It empowers developers and advanced users to give as much control as desired to whomever they desire for day-to-day website content maintenance chores." Read More…
  • Code
    10 Most Bizarre Programming Languages Ever CreatedPiet
    There is nothing more frustrating for a web developer than spending hours at a time fixing a bug that should just work. Often I'll get stuck in a programming state that feels like I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, as if the language I'm using (CSS, PHP, whatever), is actually a foreign language. If what I've described sounds familiar to your, then this article will provide comfort and humor. Esoteric programming languages don't really serve any purpose other than providing a bit of fun or proving a proof of concept. But boy, do they provide a chuckle for the rest of us! Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Psdtuts+! New Dawn Poster Design Contest Winners!Contests
    We have the results in for the New Dawn Poster Design Contest. Up for grabs is a Wacom tablet, a Logitech G9 laser mouse, subscriptions to 'Wired' magazine, loads of marketplaces credit and 1-year memberships to Psdtuts+. We had a whole lot of artists enter the contest, and well over 250 entries. I hope everyone had a lot of fun! Learn all about the winning entries at the jump!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Pencil and Paper Illustration200pencilpaper
    In this tutorial, we'll explain how to create a vector pencil and paper illustration with some pencil shavings and a sharpener. We will explain how to use the 3D Revolve Tool and Extrude Tool and how to simulate a dark wood background.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    VECTORTUTS! Cutest Character Design Contest Winners!Contests
    We have the results in for the Cutest Character Design Contest. Up for grabs is a Wacom tablet, a Logitech G9 laser mouse, free 12-month subscriptions to VECTORTUTS Plus and lots of credit to spend at our other sites. We had a whole lot of artists enter the contest, and well over 100 entries. I hope everyone had a lot of fun getting their cute on! Learn all about the winning entries at the jump!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Draw a Portrait in PhotoshopPreview
    Here is a new tutorial for all the drawing lovers. In this tutorial, we will make a quick sketch, scan the sketch, and convert it into Photoshop. Then the fun will begin. Drawing a portrait is not very simple, but with some knowledge you can achieve a lot. The end result may not look exactly like the person you are trying to draw, but the important thing is to do the best you can and make the eyes, mouth, or nose look similar to your subject. The end result in this tutorial looks more like me, but to tell you the truth this is just a coincidence. Also, I would like to thank Necula Cezar for throwing a helpful hand in this... I am working hard to produce great quality tutorials for you and help is a must.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Design a Breathtaking Body Shatter EffectPreview
    In this tutorial we learn how to create a body shattering effect similar to the one at the end of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" video. For this tutorial we'll be applying the effect to a still image, but it can also be used to great effect on green screen footage.Read More…