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  • Code
    10 Most Sought-after Skills in Web DevelopmentSoughtafter prev
    In a time of economic crisis, web developers and freelancers everywhere have started chewing their fingernails. However, no matter how bad the economy worsens, there will always be work in certain booming fields of web development. As the moderator of the Freelance Switch job board, there are certain types of jobs that are constantly in demand. Here are the 10 skills that are or will be in highest demand for developers. If you are proficient in these skills, you'll be in a great position to find work and weather any economic downturn.Read More…
  • Code
    How to Create an Object-Oriented Blog Using PHP 200x200 preview
    In the past few weeks NETTUTS has posted quite a few great tutorials on how to get started using PHP and MySQL to create simple web applications such as a shout box. Today we are going to take our knowledge of PHP and MySQL a step further by creating a simple blog. While there are countless excellent free blog platforms, the purpose of this tutorial is not to make a "better" blog but to use the process of making a blog to learn about advanced database structure techniques and how to use data more efficiently by utilizing objects in PHP. Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Design a High Impact Gig Poster Suitable for Screen-PrintingPreview
    Screen-prints are a great way to exhibit artworks or advertise a gig. Creating a high impact poster suitable for the screen-printing process can be achieved relatively easily. In this instance, we're going for a stylized and coarse effect, rather than a photo-realistic halftone interpretation of a design. So let's create a 3-color design that looks great on screen, printed from your home printer, or screen-printed using the silk-screen printing method.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Turn a Sketch into a Fat Cat Vector IllustrationPreview
    This tutorial aims to guide you from sketchbook to screen; a "Fat Cat" doodled with biro translated into a neat vector caricature. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is advised. Let's take a look at how to create a cheeky cat illustration - from initial concept through to vector goodness.Read More…
  • Code
    The Anatomy of GamePress - Part 1 (Updated)200x200
    GamePress is a "Gaming News & Reviews" theme for WordPress and currently one of the most popular themes at ThemeForest. It is the most advanced theme I've created so far, and really pushes what the WordPress engine can do!Read More…
  • Business
    Freelancing 911: Turn Your Business Around with Warm Calls and E-mails Warm emails
    This past July, I outlined a five-step process that I’m using to turn my business around. My July article covered cold calls and e-mails, and I suggest having it open in a separate browser window while you read this one. The same five-step process can be used for warm calls and e-mails. To recap, here’s the process: Create your Ideal Client Profile Find leads lists Script your calls Make the calls Have a follow-up system Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create Your Own Color Separations in Adobe IllustratorPreview
    After you create vector artwork for t-shirt printing, there is one more major step the printer has to perform before printing. This additional step is something that everyone has heard of, but very few have tried. It is called color separations. It's crucial that you learn how to color separate before your artwork is compromised. Let's learn how!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Peter Jaworowski InterviewP
    Peter Jaworowski is a professional graphics designer who is extremely fluent in Photoshop. Peter specializes in advertisements for some of the biggest companies around, and in this interview Peter gives advice to all designers on how to properly put your work out there to be able to land the type of jobs that he has. This interview looks into the life and process of being a professional designer.Read More…
  • Code
    Getting Started With CakePHP200x200
    CakePHP is an open-source framework for PHP intended to make developing, deploying and maintaining applications much easier. CakePHP offers many useful design patterns, such as the Model-View-Controller pattern, seen in other popular frameworks like Ruby On Rails. The CakePHP framework also provides a slew of valuable reusable libraries for dealing with common tasks. An example is "Inflector" (a routine that takes a string and handles pluralization).Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Mix Cool Retro Curves Into Photographs13
    I'm a huge fan of James White's work. I love the way he plays with geometric elements and colors. It gives a retro feeling to the design, but at the same time he uses a modern approach. In an interview, he mentioned that he uses a Flash script to generate the vector shapes. Then he does the rest of the job in Illustrator and Photoshop. Well, inspired by James's designs, I decided to figure out my own way of creating that type of effect in Photoshop. In this tutorial, I show you how to mix cool retro geometric shapes into your photos - FabioRead More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Watercolour / Ink Blot Effect10
    A simple and cool effect to make your photos look like they have been painted / made out of an ink/watercolour mark.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Creating a Rocking Silhouette in Photoshop - Screencast4
    If you've ever wanted to shine in the spotlight, try this tutorial. It shows you how to create a silhouette of a person taken from a normal photo, adding colorful light to it as if the light source is located behind this object - Ben MerckxRead More…