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  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Realistic Vector Cigarette Lighter Flame in PhotoshopLight 200px
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    In this tutorial, we'll use Adobe Photoshop's vector capabilities (and gradients, layer modes and layer styles) to create a photo-realistic cigarette lighter, complete with a simple flame effect. Want to draw vector art in Photoshop? Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Simple & Sleek Web 2.0 Site Footer200
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    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.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Cool Yellow Helmet IconHelmet preview 200 200
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    Construction icons have always been popular on-screen, and although those dot-com "under-construction" pages have mostly vanished from our screens, the trusty ol' yellow helmet icon still has its uses. In this tutorial, we'll be creating our very own icon from a photograph.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    More on Beams of Light, this Time in ColourLight color
    A few days ago, we published a tutorial titled How to Break Sunlight Through the Clouds by the fantastically talented Kyle Pero of Lumedia Design and lots of comments came in asking whether the effect could be reproduced in color. Kyle has kindly done up a quick sample:Read More…
  • Business
    The Art of Email-Writing and How It Can Make or Break Your BusinessEmail
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    Emails are ubiquitous. Approximately 183 billion emails are sent every day, which translates into two million every second. For those keeping track at home, that’s officially a boat load of emails. Or, dare I say, a cruise-ship load? Not surprisingly, a large percentage of these emails are business-related. Solicitations, time confirmations, follow-ups, thank yous, adulterous propositions (often followed by sexual harassment legal notices), the list goes on ad infinitum. However, years of experience as an entrepreneur and discerning email sender/receiver have shown that the majority of emails, even those that are business-related, are not –- I repeat, not –- effectively written. The pitfalls vary, but the consequences are always the same: a poorly written email leaves an equally poor impression. And, as a freelancer, when your source of income is entirely dependent upon your relationships with clients, often grounded in your email correspondences, you absolutely cannot afford to be less than stellar. Granted, many people couldn’t identify strong email writing if hit them over the head with a Mac truck, a bulldozer, and Queen Latifah attached. (Dang, that would hurt.) But even if these people can’t identify it, strong email writing will inevitably make a positive impression over time and produce meaningful results for your business.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Even More Updates8
    This has been a big couple of weeks for Psdtuts+, as I've pretty much only been working on this site the whole time, fixing things and adding new features. So if you're interested in site news, then I have a few more to update you on today, so read on, readers!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick and Effective Facial Photo Retouching200
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    Whether it's for a friend, family member, or client, retouching images is very common these days. In this tutorial, I will lay down the basics of retouching and take you through the entire process, layer by layer. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Seriously Cool Photoshop Explosion Effect200
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    Explosions are cool. Seriously cool. So when I received some e-mails asking about how to create a break-apart, explosion effect, I knew it'd be worth making a tutorial on. Read on to find out how to break apart a body, then add some awesome lighting and glow, and nopattern style, to finish the image off.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Best of the Web - FebruaryPreview 200
    There was a lot of great Photoshop and design work out there this past month. Hot fashion, cartoon monkeys, the cosmos, grunge design, and posters, among other things! Here is the best of the Web from February: tutorials, freebies, and articles!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Break Sunlight Through the Clouds200x200
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    In this tutorial I will show you how to turn an overcast day into a stunningly dramatic scene with sunlight breaking through the clouds. This technique can be used for other applications as well. I originally came up with it when I needed to create shafts of light coming through a canopy of trees. The best part of this technique is that the beams are created from the actual imagery so they look very realistic. Lets get started...Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Quick Grungy PosterTut11 s200
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    In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a sort of grunge poster. We will learn how to make some elements look a bit dirty, create textures, and add some depths to the elements using shadows and blend modes.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Photo Comp up a Killer Room Full of ObjectsPreview
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    In this tutorial, I'll show you a really simple effect that together with good photography can be used to make gorgeous results. We're going to compose a room using photos of objects. This room can then be used in Flash to build a Web site or simply as a graphic.Read More…