All Posts in Tuts+

  • Music & Audio
    7 Places to Find Inspiration for SongsThumb
    Where do you find inspiration? It is as intangible and elusive as a ghost. You know when you have it, and can’t manufacture it when you don’t. Without it, creative work is a chore, and often a fuitless one. With it, magic happens. The question of where inspiration comes from interests me, and over the years I’ve kept notes about where the inspiration for successful songs has come from. It has been found in many and varied places. Most of all, it comes from real life - especially from sincere insights into life truths, and emotional responses to events and relationships. Some artists seem to have discovered ways to help the creative process, and inspire inspiration.Read More…
  • Code
    18 Wonderful IDEs for Windows, Mac, and Linux18 ides
    Last week we looked at 22 Neat Editors for Windows. But sometimes, a code editor simply isn't enough, especially when you're working with things like databases and classes. Which IDE will you prefer? Hopefully you'll find it below!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Tip: Mastering Running Titles in InDesignPreview
    In the footer, outer margin or header in books and brochures you often find a title repeated on each page - depending on who you ask these are called running titles or running headers/footers. If you know how to master the master pages in InDesign, you won't have any troubles with adding a title that is automatically added to all pages, but learning InDesign's text variable options and the different text markers are essential to make a running title, and changing the content depending on the page it is shown on.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    We've Restructured the Psdtuts+ Video Section and Moved to Blip.tv16
    We've moved over to Blip for our screencasts. We've moved all the screencasts which Gavin (our video editor) has created over to, as well as a few others, and made it our new video home. Gavin will continue to add this layer of learning to the tutorials here on Psdtuts+. Learn more at the jump!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Design a Custom Newspaper IconDesign and illustration
    Extra, extra read all about it! Learn how to create a newspaper icon. Advanced knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is required to complete this tutorial. You'll learn how to create this detailed icon step by step. Let's get started with this creative tutorial!Read More…
  • Code
    CRUD With Prepared StatementsCode
    Even now, I constantly see developers using the ancient “mysql_connect” methods to connect to their databases. How come, when there are so many better solutions? In today’s 40-minute screencast, we’ll learn how to create, read, update, and delete records using MySQL improved and prepared statements.Read More…
  • Code
    How to Make AJAX Requests With Raw JavaScript: Part 2200x200
    A few weeks ago, I demonstrated how to make AJAX requests with raw JavaScript. In today's screencast, we'll take things a step further as we use PHP to query a database, convert it to the JSON format, and use Javascript to asynchronously request this information and display it on the page. If you're just getting started with these sorts of concepts, this is the perfect video for you! Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Moka Express IconPreview
    The staple of every Italian breakfast is home espresso coffee, brewed with the iconic "Moka Express" pot. In this tutorial, we'll create a Moka entirely from scratch using shapes, layer effects and a bunch of productivity-enhancing tips. We will then proceed to turn our design into a Leopard and Vista-ready professional icon. So get your coffee mugs ready and let's start brewing!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Fun, Illustrated Skateboard DesignPeview
    Today we are going to be making a skateboard design. I will show you how I turned a funky looking character into the skateboard you see. The great thing about skateboard designs is that there are no limitations whatsoever. You can make a skateboard design about anything you want and let's learn how!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Working With the Intangibles of a MixMusic and audio
    It’s easy to think that getting a good mix is just a matter of pushing up some faders, getting a reasonable balance, adding some effects and your done. Sure, that might work for a rough mix, but there’s a lot more that goes into making a great mix that’s way beyond the basic issue of balance.Read More…
  • Code
    jQuerified With Karl Swedberg200x200
    I recently had the extreme pleasure of chatting with Karl Swedberg about Javascript and web development in general. Karl is the author of several Javascript books such as Learning jQuery and jQuery Reference Guide. Join us as we take a look inside the mind of a humble and talented developer.Read More…
  • Code
    Build a Simple Website Template Using SWFAddressPreview
    SWFAddress is a Javascript/ActionScript library which gives you the power to change the browser's URL, add entries to its history list and fire off ActionScript events when the URL changes. It also allows search engines to find specific content in your site. This is all functionality which, according to its creators, is missing in today's rich web technologies. Let's take a look..Read More…