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  • Code
    Intro to Flash Camo Part 2Preview 2
    Welcome to the part two of my introduction to the Flash Camouflage Framework. In part 1 we built the foundation for our site, components, labels, css parser, and set up our PropertySheet. In this part we're going to focus on the design side of our site by cleaning up the layout, skins and adding interaction. Let's get started.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Build a Reusable Light Rig in MayaThumbnail
    In the visual world of CG, presentation is nearly as important to the final result as the artistic piece being presented. For this reason lighting tools and techniques will always be indispensable assets to your artistic toolset. In this tutorial you will learn how to setup a basic lighting rig in Maya. Specifically, this tutorial covers Lighting, Cameras, Render Settings, and some basic touch-up techniques in Photoshop. Once you've completed this tutorial, you will have a light rig that you can use to quickly render out professional quality images of your model.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Use Reverb to Create Your Own PadsThumb
    Pads are an extremely useful device for all styles of music, allowing for warm, calming, uplifting, sad, ominous, or even threatening effects. This tutorial shows you one simple way to create your own unique pads. Creating your own pads is yet another way to help build a custom library and develop a personal voice. And by having more control over the various elements that make up your pad, you have more freedom to add subtle layers of complexity and imperfection for an organic sound.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interview with Ee Venn SohP
    Ee Venn Soh has one of the most unique design styles I have ever seen, and it all roots from his passion and devotion to art. He designs in the purest form and you can see he has a genuine love for creating illustrations by having a conversation with him. In this interview, we discuss his style, one of his best illustrations "Silver Maiden," and a lot more. So check this one out!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Use Multi-Layered Illustrator Artwork in InDesignPreview
    Did you know that you can create multi-layered artwork in Adobe Illustrator, and then turn layers on and off in InDesign? Learn how in this quick tutorial.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Using Your Camera's Histogram to Take Better Digital PhotographsPreview
    The histogram is one of the best ways to check for accurate exposure in the camera, and yet it's underused by many photographers. Use this tutorial to learn to use histograms in-camera and as part of further Photoshop processing. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interview with Nick LaThumbnail
    Continuing with our designer interview series, I took the opportunity and am very excited to present today's interview with Nick La. Nick is a well known freelance illustrator and web designer based in Toronto. He is the founder of N.Design Studio, and popular blog Web Designer Wall, Design Jobs on the Wall, and Best Web Gallery. He also recently launched his new site Icondock exclusively dedicated to icons. Nick says, he always wanted to be a visual artist and was fascinated with drawings, paintings, and art in general since he was a kid. His main focus is on illustrations, CSS websites, and designing stock icons. Nick's work has been featured in many online portals and design publications. So let's have a chat with this well-rounded design guy!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    No Electricity Required: The Raw Beauty of the Acoustic GuitarThumb
    As a young musician, I strongly identified with electronic music. I was into synthesizers and drum machines, digital effects and multi-track recording. I always thought that if I got into guitars that it would be the electric variety with a highly processed sound and pedals everywhere. I wasn’t prepared for the raw beauty of an acoustic guitar.Read More…
  • Business
    Switching to Freelance: How to Negotiate to Work Less Hours in Your JobScissors
    Freelance businesses can have small beginnings. I found our recent poll on "Where Are You Taking Your Business" interesting. It was educational to see where everyone is heading with their freelancing. Most are building a business for themselves. Only 7% of people are using freelancing to get themselves paid employment. I'm heading in the opposite direction: scaling down my full-time employment to grow my hours available for freelancing. I've been balancing freelancing with employment for several years now. After starting my computer support business, I took on some part-time employment to stabilize my income. Although the hourly rate wasn't wonderful, it was good knowing that there would be a certain amount of money in my bank to pay the rent. In those first few months of freelancing my income fluctuated wildly from week to week.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create 3D Gemstones Using Adobe Illustrator and Google SketchupPreview
    Most people think of Google’s Sketchup (Free and Pro) product to be primarily a 3D tool, but it is also a powerful means for creating complex shapes to be used in 2D vector packages. In particular, it is a fabulous tool for creating primitives that require precise geometry in order to "look right." We’ll be creating a gemstone in this tutorial. I use Illustrator and Sketchup Pro, but similar effects can be achieved with Corel, Inkscape, Xara or other tools and the freeware version of Sketchup.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interview with Psdtuts+ and Vectortuts+ Editor Sean HodgePreview
    Most of you already know who Sean Hodge is, but for those that don't, he is the editor for Psdtuts+ as well as Vectortuts+. Learn more about Sean, as well as his design and blogging experience. We have lots of information about the role of editor and about running large design blogs. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions. Let's have a chat with Sean!Read More…
  • Code
    Secure Your Forms With Form Keys200x200
    Security is a hot topic. Ensuring that your websites are secure is extremely important for any web application. In fact, I spend 70% of my time securing my applications. One of the most important things we must secure are forms. Today, we are going to review a method to prevent XSS (Cross-site scripting) and Cross-site request forgery on forms.Read More…