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  • 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…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating the 'Samurai Werewolf' PosterDesign and illustration
    During this tutorial, I'll walk you through my creative process and share some of my favorite Adobe Illustrator tips and tools as I create a poster for that one and only moon-cursed Japanese lycanthrope - the "Samurai Werewolf!"Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create an Identity Package in IllustratorPreview day6
    In this Illustrator CS4 tutorial I'll show you how to create an Identity Package including: business cards, letterhead, and envelopes, all in Illustrator. In the tutorial you will set up your document, design the identity package, and learn best practices for proofing and sending to the printer. This tutorial will focus more on setting up your document to create this package, rather than focusing on the creative aspects of the design.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Make Your Design Work Look Awesome with a Product MockupProduct
    When you have to present your concept design work to a client it really helps if you can give it a bit of added realism to help them imagine the final result. And that's where Product Mockups come in. These very cool files on GraphicRiver will let you very quickly place your design work into a mockup of their final spot. Not only will you love them for presenting concept work, but next time you're making a web portfolio these gems will help your work really shine.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Logos for Print Versus Online – Identify Your Audience and Design AccordinglyPreview day5
    As the effectiveness and streamlined approach of an online presence continues to become the primary means of business communication, a businesses brand relies heavily on how a logo interfaces with its website. We'll explore a variety of issues related to working with and integrating logos, including effective and ineffective combinations and how logos presented online differ from their printed counterparts. In addition, we'll discuss what makes a logo successful from a usability and technical standpoint.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in PhotoshopPreview day4
    As it's Graphic Design Week here on Psdtuts+, let's take a look at some basic Graphic Design principles and cast an eye over the Boxing Poster aesthetic from yesteryear. Creating a retrograde look is nothing new, but there are some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking Graphic Design from any decades past. We'll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Code
    How to Implement Email Verification for New MembersAvatar
    Have you ever created an account with a website, and were required to check your email and click through a verification link sent by the company in order to activate it? Doing so highly reduces the number of spam accounts. In this lesson, we'll learn how to do this very thing!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Designing a Typographic Concept Poster - Screencast202 alpha type
    "In this tutorial I will take you through a few steps that will show you how I created a poster design. This illustration was created for a contest started by UPrinting Design over at You The Designer. I was one of the lucky winners. Also, because of the requests to write a tutorial on this design, I made some changes to it, and I decided to show you the design process behind this piece." ConstantinRead More…
  • Code
    Flash Freebie: O'Reilly Books!200 contest
    We've had an amazing initial response since Flashtuts+ launched at the end of March. Well in excess of 3,000 subscribers, around 700 Twitter followers and 600,000 pageviews; figures not to be sniffed at! To demonstrate our appreciation we're following in the footsteps of sibling site Nettuts+ and giving away some great O'REILLY freebies to some lucky Twitter followers!Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    Creating Rich Soundscapes with Organic & Electronic SoundsThumb
    Creating lush, expansive back drops can be a key part of a successful chill-out track or a great breakdown. Producing something truly original in this area requires a bit of creativity. There's always the temptation to use an impressive pad sound from the latest super plug-in, but to really stand out from the crowd you need to dip your toes into the world of sound design.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    30 Vector Elements to Add to Your Next Design ProjectVector
    You don't always have the time, energy or skill to reinvent the wheel every time. That's why on GraphicRiver we offer a popular category of Vector Design Elements that sell for just a few dollars each. To showcase the types of things you can grab for your next design project we've compiled a selection of 30 great items...Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Five-color Magazine Cover using a Spot MetallicPreview day1
    This is an advanced tutorial commissioned especially for Graphic Design Week. I’ll demonstrate how to integrate a spot-color metallic ink into your workflow using InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat Professional. Let's get to it!Read More…