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  • 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
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    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…
  • Code
    Using the YouTube Player API with ActionScript 3.0Preview
    Though more and more of us are developing with AS3, certain technologies remain in AS2. This forces us to find fast, simple ways to use these technologies within our projects. One such technology is YouTube. The current YouTube player is still in AS2 and until it's updated to AS3, we have to create a wrapper to allow us to load videos into our projects. Remember, stealing the FLV feed is against YouTube's terms and conditions, so let's do it the right way using the chromed or chromeless player.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    18 Inspiring Title SequencesThumb
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    Every graphic designer aspires to do title sequences at some point in their career. Here's 18 tasty ones to wet your ambition appetite.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Wing Vector Illustration200w
    File Type: EPS and compatible with AILicense: The License Agreement is simple. Free to use as desired and Royalty Free when used in projects. However no selling or redistributing is allowed.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Tattoo-inspired Eagle Head Illustration200x200
    File Type: EPS and compatible with AILicense: The License Agreement is simple. Free to use as desired and Royalty Free when used in projects. However no selling or redistributing is allowed.Read More…
  • Code
    50 Flash Twitterers Worth FollowingPreview
    There's no denying how useful Twitter can be when it comes to trawling the web for content. With that in mind, here's a quick roundup of 50 twitterers who tweet some of the most useful Flash-related content around. (It goes almost without saying; if you have any more who deserve a mention, we want to hear them!)Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Cinema 4D: Model a Venus-styled RobotPreview
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    In this tutorial you'll learn how to model and texture a small robot from scratch and place it in a lit scene. This is a comprehensive tutorial with 127 steps and will provide a complete introduction to making 3D art for the intermediate to advanced Cinema 4D user.Read More…
  • Code
    Build Your Own Captcha and Contact Form200x200
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    Ever get hit with spam through the contact form on your personal site? Well, here is a short tutorial on how to build a custom captcha to keep the bad guys out. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Interview with Nathan Jurevicius, Touch My Pixel and RenmotionPreview
    Best known for creating the quirky world of Scarygirl, Nathan Jurevicius is one of the industry's hardest working illustrators. Not only is he the creative force behind a swag of collectible figures, various mini comics, solo exhibitions in both Australia and overseas, a graphic novel (due to be released October '09) and a proposed feature film. He is also responsible for the lavish styling of the newly released Scarygirl online game. This was not achieved by one person alone. With the help of Sophie Byrne (Passion Pictures Australia) and financial assistance from the Film Victoria Digital Media Fund - Nathan, and a team of dedicated professionals have brought the world of Scarygirl to life. In this interview, developers Tony Polinelli and Tarwin Stroh-Spijer from Touch My Pixel, ‘in game’ Flash animator Suren Perera from Renmotion and Nathan Jurevicius share their professional viewpoints on the production of this ground breaking project.Read More…