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  • Music & Audio
    11 Totally Free VST Synthesizers That Sound GreatIstock 000003249219xsmall
    It can be hard to find a good synth plug-in, and there are plenty on the market that will have you wondering why you ever parted with your money. Fortunately, this list offers no such disappointments, because everything on it is totally free! These are all VST synths—while some developers may offer ports for other plug-in architectures, most don’t, so if your workstation of choice doesn’t support VST you might have a hard time finding something you can use here. That said, flick through the list and to each developer’s website and see if they have something that'll work for you.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create the Classic Look of an Engraving in Photoshop200x200
    Give your illustrations the traditional look of an engraving without actually drawing all those pesky little lines! The technique is simple, but requires some experience with the Displace Filter and knowledge of basic shading techniques. The result will have people thinking you spent hours and hours on your design... which you probably will, but at least you don't have to actually engrave anything!Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Tip: Create A "Click And Drag" Function With JavaScript200x200
    In many modern web applications, developers look for ways to make it easier and more intuitive for users to interact. A drag and select function can help your users select multiple objects quickly. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    7 Steps to Developing Originality in Your Design and Illustration WorkPreview
    Developing original work is something that artists strive for. Certainly we're inspired by multiple sources, but ultimately it's our synthesis of influence, discovery, passion, and process that determines the outcome of our work. Following are some steps you can take to drive your work forward into original frontiers.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Create Awesome Drum N' Bass Fills With LivecutDrums
    Livecut by Smartelectronix is a VST beatslicer effect. It rearranges the incoming audio in real-time and is a great tool for generating drum n' bass-style drum fills from existing audio or VST drum loops. However, the output can seem a little unpredictable. In this tutorial we're going to look at using Livecut to generate some fills from an audio drum loop. We'll edit the results to create something a little more subtle.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Stylized Semi-Realistic Wine GlassWineglass200
    In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create a semi-realistic object with gradients and layer blends. Also, we'll learn more about the Blend Tool and how to create glass-like material with gradients and layers.Read More…
  • Code
    Build An AJAX Powered Shopping Cart200x200
    The NETTUTS community asked for it. So here you are! One of the innovations of the web is online shopping. It allows us to buy things without ever leaving the comfort of our homes. However, the most basic element of online shopping, the shopping cart, has not evolved much. In this tutorial, we're going to make an AJAX powered shopping cart using PHP, jQuery, and a few nifty plugins.Read More…
  • Code
    Quick Tip: Force IE6 To Display Alpha TransparencyNettutsddpic
    We're running short on quick tips! That means we need your expertise! For tonight's evening tip, I'll simply refer you to the "2 Minute Video Tip" that I created on my personal site, Detached Designs, this morning. We'll be back to the normal format tomorrow. Keep reading if you have some ideas. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Illustrating a Cool Glass of BeerPreview
    In this tutorial, we're going to draw a beer glass with some beer in it. We'll create the shiny curly glass with reflection, put some beer in it, add some bubbles, and finally we'll make the shadow and the reflections. Meanwhile, I hope you'll have some fun and learn some cool technics too.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Glowing Abstract Light Vector GraphicPreview
    In the following tutorial, I'll show you how to create a glowing light abstract vector graphic. The great thing about this tutorial is it doesn't use any raster effects. The final illustration is all vector! In this tutorial, you'll utilize blends, different blend modes, and gradient meshes. Moreover, these techniques are real easy to apply to other illustrations.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    7 Ridiculously Upbeat Songs About DeathKiss prev
    With the possible exceptions of love, sex, and slaying mythical beasts, no topic has commanded the attention of song-writers throughout history more than death. From Metallica's "Enter Sandman" to The Shangri-La's "Leader of the Pack" and even as far back as Beethoven's "Deathstomp 9 in D minor", the great beyond has been the inspiration for some of the most compelling songs ever written. If you think I'm making up the title of that Beethoven number, by all means, go ahead and Google it, I'll wait. Did you do it? Wow, you are a gullible one, aren't you?Read More…
  • Code
    Build Your First Facebook App200x200
    So you want to build a Facebook application and reach literally millions of users. Well luckily, writing an application using the API isn't too hard to learn (for the basics, anyway). In this tutorial we will write a Facebook app that generates a random quote to display on the user's profile. Read More…