All Posts in Tuts+

  • Business
    You vs. The Design Firms: How to Win Every TimeSkyscraper
    Let's face it, being a freelance designer is just plain tough. In what other arena is one person responsible for answering the phones, balancing the books, paying the bills, designing the website, creating the graphics, and working with the customers throughout the entire process? Yet, despite our amazing ability to juggle all of these duties, we still face one large barrier. We don't have that glowing brick building behind us, the one that screams, "We are a successful company!" As a result, it can be difficult to "capture" large clients. Today, freelancers are becoming more and more prevalent. Why not? It is a fantastic job. We set our own hours, we take on only the jobs that we desire, we have artistic freedom, etc. But, the biggest gripe I hear repeated time and time again is the fact that the main client pool consists of people with tiny budgets. We have to beat the big guys! Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Make an Apple Coldplay Style Ad in PhotoshopThumb200
    Recently, Apple released a new iTunes video advertisement featuring the band Coldplay and the song, "Viva la Vida." As is usual with Apple ads, this commercial is very beautiful. The coolest thing is that this time they chose to use light effects with glows and sparks. As I'm a really big fan of this style, I thought it would be nice to have a tutorial showing how to create that effect.Read More…
  • Code
    How to Use Amazon S3 & PHP to Dynamically Store and Manage Files with Ease200
    A couple of weeks ago, Nettuts+ posted an introductory tutorial to using Amazon's Simple Storage System (S3). Being able to upload an unlimited number of files for hardly any money is great, but it would be even better if your users could upload files from your website. That way you wouldn't have to worry about the size of your web server for a second. Let's try! Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Create a Layered Glowing Text Effect200x200
    In this tutorial, we will create this effect using very basic Photoshop tools and layering effects. This tutorial is simple enough for a beginner to understand, but I should warn you that in this tutorial there ends up being over 60 active text layers, which will require a heavy use of your computer's memory. Let's jump into this tutorial and layer some glowing text.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Digitally Collage a Camouflage Paper JacketPreview
    This tutorial demonstrates how to control the placement of patterns to blend an image into the background, as camouflage. It also shows how to make that same pattern pop out and mold into realistic texture in other areas of the design. Let's take a look at a workflow to achieve this effect.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Psdtuts+ First Contest Winners AnnouncementContests
    The winners of the first Psdtuts+ contest are in. The winning entries stand out as remarkable design work. Let's check out who walked away with the prizes. Great job to everyone who participated! We had a lot of activity in the Psdtuts+ Flickr group with this contest. We'll be launching another contest shortly.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Best of the Web - MayPreview
    Another supercharged month for Photoshop and design across the Web! Let's take a look at some top tuts, freebies, and articles elsewhere. Also, we'll be announcing the winners of this month's contest soon. Then contest number two will begin shortly. Look for those announcements in the next few days.Read More…
  • Code
    How To Create A Keypress Navigation Using jQuery200
    The key to a succesful website is the ease with which a user finds what they are looking for. Thus, it's worth spending a lot of time and effort in creating both useful and visually appealing navigation systems. Lately, I have began experimenting with new ways to navigate a website. In this tutorial I'll show you how to let the user make use of their keyboard to get around your site.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    Dramatic Text on Fire Effect in Photoshop200
    Flames are particularly hard to render in Photoshop, but in this tutorial I'll show you how to use a photograph of fire to set text to the match. We'll render the look on a nice dark background with a gorgeous text effect to complete the image. This is the second of our five-part series on Photoshop Typography. If you missed last week's, go visit Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect.Read More…
  • Code
    How to Theme any CMS Using Firebug (and MediaWiki as an Example)200
    Often in my career as a web ninja, I've been asked to skin or theme open source projects to bring them in line with my clients brand. Depending on the project this can be more, or less frustrating (I'm looking at you Magento) but MediaWiki is one of the easier projects to work with because of the limited number of files and things to adjust. In this tutorial we'll go through the theming process I used to style the upcoming PSDTUTS Wiki, but the process, particularly using Firebug, could be applied to pretty much any CMS.Read More…
  • Code
    Unraveling the Secrets of WordPress' Comments.php File200
    WordPress seems to be everywhere these days, and it's no wonder with it's ease of use and ease of customization. In this tutorial, I'll be dissecting the default WordPress theme's comments.php structure and giving you various snippets of code to make your skinning easier.Read More…
  • Design & Illustration
    6 Quick'n'Dirty Photoshop Text Effects From ScratchPlastig
    Photoshop is great for embellishing display text with little effects. When you add layer styles into the equation, you have the added benefit of the styles being easily transferable. In this tutorial I'll show you how to make six different effects using just layer styles. So really this is like six tutorials in one!Read More…