Each month we like to remind the community of what is happening on the other three sites in our TUTS network. This month we have some great Adobe illlustrator tutorials, some ace web development tips, and some excellent Photoshop techniques from other TUTS family members.
NETTUTS – Web Development
10 Most Sought-After Skills in Web Development
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.
How to Read an RSS Feed Using PHP – video tut
Back in April, Collis Taíeed – CEO of Envato – wrote a fantastic tutorial on designing a tab structure using CSS/HTML/JS.
If you havenít already, I 100% recommend that you review it. However, dynamically pulling in an RSS feed was beyond the scope of that article. In todayís video tutorial, Iíll show you exactly how to do this using PHP. At roughly forty-five minutes in length, you might want to take a quick ìpre-screencast bathroom breakî.
How to Create a Mashup By Combining 3 Different APIs
This tutorial will show you how to create a mashup of three different APIs including integration with Google Maps. This idea came about when I was searching through ProgrammableWebís API directory for a couple APIs that complimented each other enough that I could use one to provide the other with data. What I came up with will be known as the ìBeer Mashupî.
20 Excellent AJAX Effects You Should Know
There are a few special techniques or effects that can spice up just about any web page. These are the top 20 Ajax effects that every web developer should know. Theyíre essential parts of any web developerís toolbox. If you havenít seen them yet, you no doubt will in your future web development endeavors.
The Best Ways to Fight Spam
Spam is one of the major pitfalls of the social web. According to sites such as Postini, 10 out of 12 email messages are spam. As if that werenít already enough to make you cringe, 1 in 39 emails contain a virus. Deciding on the best method of spam prevention on your blogs, forums, or even contact forms can be difficult. In this article we will take a look at a service called Akismet and how it can help. We will also look at why some other methods of fighting spam fail.
VECTORTUTS – Vector & Illustrator
New PLUS Tutorial – Professional Caricature Illustration Tutorial by Von Glitschka
We recently launched the VECTORTUTS PLUS section of the site. We have another great PLUS tutorial exclusively available to members today. If you want to become a professional vector illustrator, then this is a comprehensive tutorial for you. It details how to create a custom caricature. A complete and precise workflow is covered.
New PLUS Tutorial – The Creation of a Winged Vector Monster
We recently launched the VECTORTUTS PLUS section of the site. We have another great PLUS tutorial exclusively available to members today. If you’re looking for a workflow that demonstrates how to professionally take a monster sketch through to detailed completion, then this tutorial is for you.
30 Cool Vector Illustrated Skateboard Decks
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.
Inking and Coloring the Comic Strip “The Brads”
In this tutorial, we’ll walk through the steps of creating a comic strip using Illustrator’s Pen Tool, custom brushes and masking features. This is a fun tutorial that covers the process I use, while showcasing the comic strip I write called “The Brads.” You can read the strip regularly on my blog.
Create a Swirly Type Treatment
In this Illustrator tutorial I will show you how to create a swirly type treatment. With a free font, some brushes, and gradients you can easily create this type treatment. Moreover, you can apply these techniques to other type treatments, logos, and illustrations as well.
PSDTUTS – Photoshop
New PLUS Tutorial – How to Create a Horrific Zombie Poster with Photoshop and 3D Renders
This is a new addition to the PSDTUTS PLUS section. This is a wonderfully terrifying tutorial that uses multiple elements to bring together the final dark design. The most noteworthy elements are 3D character renders of zombies from Poser. You’ll learn to create “The Digital Dead” poster in this horrific tutorial fitting for this Halloween holiday. Learn more at the jump!
Design a High Impact Gig Poster Suitable for Screen-Printing
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.
23 Awesome Examples of Design as a Force For Good
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.
New PLUS Tutorial – Create a Home Improvement Themed Digital Illustration
This is a new addition to the PSDTUTS PLUS section. This is a super detailed tutorial with a polished final result. Learn how to create a dynamic digital illustration using multiple elements. This tutorial is written by Ryan Roche who takes you through both the basics and advanced steps to create this design. Learn more at the jump!
How to Create a Delicious Green Apple Illustration
In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to draw a shiny green apple. We’ll have a look at various painting techniques throughout this tutorial. It will be fun and you’ll learn something new – let’s started!