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  • Music & Audio
    5 Musicians Who Overcame Poverty to Become SuperstarsPoverty prev
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    Everybody knows the path to rock glory is not an easy one. It takes talent (sometimes), years of hard work, determination, and more than a little bit of luck. But for some, there was even more to it than that. Some stars had to overcome years of poverty in addition to everything else. Here are just a few of them.Read More…
  • Code
    How Web Development Created Blog Action DayBad prev
    Blog Action Day is a huge initiative launched by NETTUTS owners Collis and Cyan Ta'eed. There was almost no possible way you didn't hear about Blog Action Day on October 15th, 2007, as over 20,000 blogs and 19 of Technorati's top 100 participated and wrote posts on the topic of the environment. This year's Blog Action Day, (which is happening as we speak), is turning that focus to poverty. Building a site that can withstand a huge surge of traffic on one day takes considerable planning and work, as well as a little creativity. Collis has shared with me some of the inner workings of the Blog Action Day site and how they built the website to provide a platform for action, bring a community together and handle torrents of traffic on one day.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    23 Awesome Examples of Design as a Force For GoodDesigngood prev
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    While design is too often used as a means to persuade us to buy, buy and buy some more, it is less often but more importantly used as a means to communicate positive messages and encourage action. Here we showcase 23 examples where graphic design has been used not to sell us products we don't need, but instead, to fight poverty.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Solving Poverty Badges & Tees for Sale - BAD08 Comp Winners200
    Today and tomorrow - depending on where you are in the world - it's Blog Action Day 2008 and I'm happy to announce the "Solving Poverty" contest badges and tees are up for sale on CafePress. All proceeds from the sales will be sent to Kiva as loans for entrepreneurs in developing nations. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Solving Poverty Badges & Tees for Sale - BAD08 Comp Winners200
    Today and tomorrow - depending on where you are in the world - it's Blog Action Day 2008 and I'm happy to announce the "Solving Poverty" contest badges and tees are up for sale on CafePress. All proceeds from the sales will be sent to Kiva as loans for entrepreneurs in developing nations. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Web 2.0 Badge in Photoshop8
    When we are working on a Web design project, we quite often need icons to show commands like add, delete, or edit. With the Web 2.0 trend, the use of badges and subtle 3D has become very popular. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a really easy and very nice 3D effect to be used in either buttons and icons or elements that need some depth - FabioRead More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Design a Dramatic Winged Dragon with PhotoshopPreview
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    We'll be creating a fantasy illustration in this tutorial, I'll show you how to merge two images into one using layer Masks and reshape a picture using the Liquify Filter. We'll take an image of a baby iguana and another of a bat, then combine the two to create a fantasy dragon. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Code
    Context Includes200x200
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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…