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  • Music & Audio
    How to Create Complex Layered Bass Using Reason's CombinatorBass
    Reason’s virtual synthesizers have a really great sound, but to get the most out of them, you will often need to use more than one. For total integration and fast recall of multi-instrument set ups there's no better tool than the Combinator. Here’s one way you can use it when making a layered bass sound.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography in PhotoshopPreview
    In this tutorial, I'll show you how to mix vector elements and watercolor effects with text to create a stunning design. It's a quick process that depends heavily on good choices of images and colors.Read More…
  • Code
    10 Principles of the CSS MastersPreview
    When it comes to CSS, there are lots of resources and supposed "expert tips" on the web. These are from unproven, self-proclaimed "gurus" who have no street cred in the design world. While they may have valid points, how is one to know whether a CSS tip is a valid resource or just an untested hack? Instead of relying on unknown sources for advice, let's look deeply into designers who have excellent design backgrounds and have walked the walk. These CSS tips are gathered from some of the most respected designers on the planet. They have the portfolios to back their advice up, so you'll know that each tidbit of advice is of the highest quality.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating a PHP5 Framework - Part 1200x200
    With websites becoming more and more dynamic and interactive, developers often look to frameworks to help build websites and web apps rapidly. While there are a number of great frameworks available, a custom framework gives you the ability to easily customize the framework as you need, and to build with it even quicker - as you would already know the ins and outs of it before working with it. In this series of tutorials, we are going to build our very own PHP5 Development Framework! Let's start with planning our framework and put the basic structure into place.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Methods for Creating Random Vector NoisePreview
    In this tutorial, we look at two ways to quickly create vector noise patterns, similar to Photoshop's Gradient Noise, but this time fully controllable, resizable, and editable, as it will be a vector graphic. For color control we'll look at the Live Color feature, available in Illustrator CS3.Read More…
  • Code
    The Best Web Development Books - As Voted By You!200x200
    Some of you are aware that I've been quietly collecting vote for the best web development books available. After roughly three weeks, I'm ready to reveal the results. The books will be categorized according to their subject matter. Read More…
  • 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…