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  • Business
    How to Get (and Leverage) Glowing TestimonialsWordofmouth
    Word of mouth works! A potential client hears rave reviews about your products and services from someone they trust. The advertising is believable and motivating. And it doesn't cost you anything - other than consistently delivering a service that keeps your clients happy and coming back for more. It's surprisingly effective. One of my freelancing spheres is computer support to small businesses and home users. Over two years ago I reached the limits of my availability, and stopped advertising. Since then I have continued to receive hours of work most weeks purely from word of mouth. Two friends will be chatting over coffee. One will mention computer problems, the other will mention me, and another job is in the bag. But word-of-mouth advertising reaches a very limited set of people. It only reaches as far as the friends of your clients, and only when there is a knowledge of their need for your services. That's where testimonials come in. They take word-of-mouth advertising, and make it more accessible.Read More…
  • Code
    Build an ActionScript 3.0 HTML Box with XML and CSS SupportPreview
    In this tutorial, we'll create an HTML Box which parses content loaded from XML and CSS. We'll build it using ActionScript 3.0 so we can compile it in FlashDevelop. I'll also demonstrate how to compile it in Flash IDE. We'll focus on creating external script files (classes), loading and using XML and CSS files, all of which will assume some understanding of ActionScript. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Code
    Build a Shopping Cart With PHP and MySQLCode
    For this week’s screencast + tutorial, we’re going to teach you how to build your own shopping cart with PHP and MySQL. As you’ll find, it’s not quite as difficult as you might have thought.Read More…
  • Code
    40+ Invaluable PHP Tutorials and ResourcesPhpcaching
    PHP is one of the most popular scripting languages on the internet today, and one of the easiest to get into. Whether you're a PHP newbie, or an experienced code-slinger, there is always something new to discover. A function you're unfamiliar with a killer timesaving tool, a technique that you forgot about...Read More…
  • Code
    How to Create a Bubble Chart in Flex200x200
    Flash components have always been the most visually gratifying components on the web. With Flex, Flash has reached a whole new level of interface design, and have made it considerably easier. However, Flex lacks the array of customization options, styles, and animations that are provided by several 3rd party components. Notable among them is FusionCharts, who provide a module just for Flex. For this example, we will use this suite to create a bubble chart in Flex.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Formatting Typography and the Use of Styles in Adobe InDesignPreview
    After working for a couple agencies as an Art Director, I noticed many entry level designers and old pros alike still use InDesign very inefficiently when it comes to typography and formatting. This tutorial will cover the formatting of type within Adobe Indesign using their wonderful paragraph and character styles feature. This tutorial assumes you already know some of the basics of InDesign, but I will cover some of the basics quickly for new users. We'll look at paragraph styles first, and then learn about character styles. Let's get started!Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    How to Create a Steampunk Style Illustration in PhotoshopPreview
    Go simultaneously backward and forward in time with this Steampunk tutorial. The main focus, aside from the style of course, is fusing elements from different sources together to create a cohesive whole. There are many tricks to this end and we shall be looking at light sources, shadows, and image grading.Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    How to Set Up Your Workstation TemplateMusic and audio
    You're in the middle of writing your next Academy Award winning cue or remixing a straight-to-the-top-of-the-charts hit song when all of a sudden genius strikes; you've just come up with a brilliant cello line that would be perfect for the introduction.Read More…
  • Code
    22 Neat Code Editors for Windows200x200
    Code editors for Windows are numerous, but it seems that only a few of them are really worth using. After all, it can take a while to really get into the groove of an editor and tweak all the settings to your tastes, so you'd better find one you like! Read More…
  • Music & Audio
    The Process of Score Composition, Part 3Thumb
    This tutorial is the third in a series of tutorials on composition - specifically composition that might be appropriate for film, television, etc. The intention with this series of tutorials is to walk you through the process of one of my compositions. It is intended to offer some new ideas and perspectives and hopefully give a bit of creative inspiration, but by no means should it be considered definitive - even for my own personal compositional process.Read More…
  • 3D & Motion Graphics
    Learn How to Create a Light Rays Custom Effect from ScratchThumb
    A custom effects is special kind of preset that looks and behaves like a plugin. It allows you to save a special recipe of plugins and keyframes into something that you can reuse with ease. Jorrit Schulte has been producing a bunch of these very useful custom effects and providing them for free at In this tutorial he breaks down how to create the incredibly popular light rays effect and how to package it all into a custom effect.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Graphic Design Week Wrap-up200
    After 7 days of hectic posting we've come to the end of our special Graphic Design Week event! During the week we featured 12 Tutorials, 9 Articles, 5 GraphicRiver Roundups, and 2 Competitions. So there's a pretty good chance that some of you might have missed a couple of posts. Before we resume our regular Tuts schedules tomorrow, we thought we'd take a breather for a day and just roundup all the posts from our big week and say thank you to the authors who helped make it possible and our two sponsors - GraphicRiver and UPrinting!Read More…