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  • Code
    Context Includes200x200
    The great thing about WordPress is that it doesn't limit how content is displayed, but provides a 'framework' of ways to do so. Even better, it's possible to change the display according to the content. When writing this tutorial it was hard to explain what's going on... But the best way is this: the post will be displayed within the loop according to its content - or contextual differences. Either way, it's including specific files that match up to the category of the post.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    30 Cool Vector Illustrated Skateboard DecksDecksprev
    The vector format is perfect for design because of its scalability. A small doodle can be stretched to fit a poster, or an even more unusual shape... like a skateboard deck. Long the home of innovative and sometimes controversial designs, skateboard decks make a statement about their owner. Here are 30 very cool examples of vector skateboard deck art with info on the artists behind them, plus some resources to help you get started creating your own skateboard deck art.Read More…
  • Business
    9 Tips for Creating and Maximizing a Steady Income Stream by Selling Stock Increase
    As I covered last week, selling stock and digital files is a neat way for freelancers to build a steady income stream to supplement their regular income. By using your off-hours, regular skillset and even work that wound up on the cutting room floor, you can piece together a solid portfolio of creative goods to generate a steady bit of cash on the side. There are sites out there to help you sell everything from website templates to photographs to flash components to 3d goods, and plenty in between. It's a growing digital economy and one that can produce anything from a nice holiday fund to a fullblown primary income source. It's a growing digital economy and one that can produce anything from a nice holiday fund to a fullblown primary income source. Like anything, selling stock is something that you get better at over time. In my job working on ThemeForest, FlashDen and AudioJungle I get to see a lot of the things people do to maximize their income, some of them are quite ingenious. Since it benefits us if we have clever authors on our sites and it benefits Freelancers interested in selling stock, I've put together my top tips for selling well on stock sites. Tip 1 - Solve Problems Selling creative stock is about solving problems. For example, the highest selling photos on iStockPhoto tend to be the ones that are useful in the most situations. As a designer I know there have been innumerable times that I've needed some sort of generic "business" photograph, and guess what? They outstrip almost any other category of shot. So how do you know what problems need to be solved? To do that, you need to get in the heads of buyers. On iStockPhoto I have a portfolio of (not particularly well drawn) vector illustrations. The ones that sell the best are the ones that I needed myself. For example I really needed a vector graphic to represent "News", so I drew a little newspaper and it's been selling well ever since - 500 sales at last count. Turns out I wasn't the only person who needed to represent "News".Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Glossy Icon in Photoshop9
    The difficulty in designing web graphics is not so much in the actual execution of the design, but more in the planning of it. At the same time you want the graphic to be eye-catching, yet smooth and small enough so it doesn't dominate your layout. This tutorial will teach you how to create a graphic that does just that - Arik Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Improve Your Mixes With This Critical Listening ExerciseMixingdesk
    When I teach recording classes my favorite lesson is this critical listening exercise. It’s fun and light, and practicing it helps us all improve our mixes. First, let’s look at what makes a great mix, then we’ll jump into the exercise.Read More…
  • Code
    How to Create a Mashup by Combining 3 Different APIs200x200
    This tutorial will show you how to create a mashup of three different APIs including integration with Google Maps. This idea came about when I was searching through ProgrammableWeb's API directory for a couple APIs that complimented each other enough that I could use one to provide the other with data. What I came up with will be known as the "Beer Mashup". Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Rainbow Logo in Photoshop - Screencast12
    This tutorial is another user's request. It's an easy technique, but I'm sure you will be able to use it in all sorts of designs. It's very versatile. In this case I used this technique for a logo, but I could use it to create grids with light effects as well - Fabio Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Web 2.0 Footer in Photoshop11
    Since Web 2.0 hit the internet, footers have become more important than ever, and there has been some great looking work done downstairs. In this tutorial I'll show you how to produce a sleek looking site footer in Photoshop - Daniel LopesRead More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Draw A Realistic Vector Guitar in InkscapePreview 200x200
    This tutorial will go over the techniques used to draw a realistic guitar from scratch using the free vector program Inkscape. To complete this tutorial, you should already have a basic knowledge of vector tools, such as: the Pen tool, Edit Path Nodes tools, and you should be familiar with the Fill and Stroke toolbox. Let's get rockin' vector style.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interview with Astounding Photographer and Digital Illustrator Greg MartinPre
    Greg Martin is an amazing digital illustrator that is currently living in Portland Oregon. His themes are focused on celestial art and space scenes. In this interview, Greg gives seasoned advice on how to become successful with using Photoshop. Greg also takes amazing pictures, learn how he uses Photoshop for his photography. Now lets get into this interview.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Digital Smoke in Photoshop - Screencast15
    In this tutorial we are going to show you how to easily create digital abstract smoke using both Illustrator and Photoshop. One of the best things about this technique is that it’s very customizable and you can do it pretty quickly - FabioRead More…
  • Design & Illustration
    3D Web Design Effect in Photoshop14
    In this tutorial I will show you some very easy techniques, using gradients and layer styles, that we can use to produce nice subtle 3D effects in our web designs - FabioRead More…