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  • Music & Audio
    5 Ways to Deliver More Expressive VocalsSinger
    Singing is the first music-making experience most of us ever had. It came naturally without a single lesson probably before you even went to school. You probably started with a nursery rhyme or other well-known song, and you sang for the simple pleasure of it. And your mom probably thought you were amazing!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    33 Brilliant Business Card TemplatesCard
    When GraphicRiver started I was kinda surprised to see business card templates start appearing in the uploads since there was no specific category or instructions for them. A week later I was even more surprised to see them taking over our popular files page. Today GraphicRiver hosts almost 300 business card templates and they are a staple of the site. In this post we've rounded up 33 of the best to showcase some of the designs you can grab for just three or four dollars.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Business Card in Illustrator and Print it with UPrintingPreview day12
    Business cards are one of the staples of any working graphic designer. In this tutorial we'll take the Rockable Press brand we worked through in Part 1 of this set of tutorials and apply it to create and print business cards with UPrinting. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Make a Quick'n'Dirty Letterhead in ... MS Word!Preview day13
    Yes you read that title correctly! In this tutorial we are going to take the brand we created in Part 1 and make a letterhead for Microsoft Word to accompany the business cards we put together and printed in Part 2. While traditional letterheads are made by getting them printed at a printers and then running the letterhead paper through the printer, in my experience there are a great many clients who are either too cheap or too lazy to take that option. For all those types of clients (including me!) this is a really easy way of providing a letterhead at very little expense that still looks professional.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Rockstar Brand, Logo & Styleguide in IllustratorPreview day11
    Designing a strong, coherent graphic brand identity is one of the most rewarding tasks in graphic design. It is a unique opportunity to create something that will go on to be used in many different places, applications and designs. In this multi-part tutorial series I'll take you through the processes and design I used to create the Rockable Press brand and its many different applications both offline and on. We'll begin by looking at the creation of the Rockable logo, look and feel and brand.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Elegant Blue Web IconsPreview
    Format: PNGSize: See DescriptionLicense: Creative CommonsRead More…
  • Music & Audio
    Spice Up Your Loops by Automating EQThumb
    Whether you're working on a tight scoring deadline or simply rushing to get your creative ideas out of your head and into a session, it can be very easy to drop a drum or percussion loop into your track and forget about it, causing the loop to be a static and repetitive element that drags down the overall interest of your music. You can very quickly and easily make your loops more interesting by automating an EQ insert, costing you little time but adding a nice touch of subtlety to your mix.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Icons, Icons, Icons!Icon
    To me, Icons are up there with Fonts as some sort of design crack. I'm not sure when I got hooked, but it's been a while now and my hard drive is crammed with icon sets of all shapes and varieties. So when we launched GraphicRiver a couple months ago there was no question as to whether we'd have an icon section. Even though it's still early days there are already a ton of great icon sets, and in this post I thought I'd showcase a few of the best, starting with WeFunction's massive 275 icon set!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Design and Print Bold Promo Cards in 60 MinutesPreview day9
    I still remember the days when you had to go to a post office to pay your bills, a travel agent to book flights and a video store to get movies. Pretty much everything seems to have moved online these days, including print services. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how incredibly easy it is to put together some promo cards using's minicards and a couple of vectors from GraphicRiver, in fact the whole thing from idea to execution to print only took me just 60 minutes. Now that's a fast print job!Read More…
  • Code
    31 Fascinating Ruby on Rails Tutorials & GuidesPomegranate
    Ruby on Rails is an excellent framework to learn not only because it's a great web application framework, but also because it has a large and helpful community. In fact, chances are you can learn how to use Rails in a multitude of ways, just by searching the web. We've taken it upon ourselves to compile some excellent tutorials that Rails beginner's and zealots alike can use while working in the popular web app framework and continue exploring the endless possibilities of Rails.Read More…
  • Code
    Create a Fun Tweet Counter With jQuery200x200
    In this tutorial, we will look at using jQuery to call Twitter’s API and then use the results to create a widget for a blog or personal website that shows what hours during the day we tweet at the most. Read More…
  • Business
    Online Bookkeeping for Freelancers that Won't Cost an Arm & LegBookkeeping
    If there’s one thing I’m bad at in this whole freelancing business it’s bookkeeping. I mean, I’m a writer — and frankly, one of the things that draws me to writing is that it’s not bookkeeping. If you’re a writer, a designer, or even a coder, chances are you were drawn by the possibility of putting words, images, and code together in creative ways, not by the prospect of meticulously recording financial transactions. The bookkeeping and accounting a freelancer has to do boils down to three things: Recording invoices and payments, Recording expenses, and Computing and paying your taxes. For the past year-and-a-half, I’ve been using LessAccounting to handle the first two, and sort of “winging it” to handle the third. I like LessAccounting, and with a little creative data entry (e.g. holding off on entering payments in months when I get several payments and entering them during slower months; the free account limits the number of payments you can enter in any given month) I’ve managed to do pretty well for myself with a free account. But that’s changing – I’m developing more clients and more steady invoicing and payments to record, and at the same time my income is growing to the point where taxes are becoming a nightmare.Read More…