Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network. Whether you’d like to read the top posts from your favourite site, or would like to start learning something completely new, this is the best place to start!
Psdtuts+ — Photoshop Tutorials
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended is packed with an all-new 3D interface and tons of new features. In this tutorial, we will explain how to use those new features to create an autumn-themed 3D text effect. Let’s get started!
Photoshop plugins are great tools to help you save time and improve the quality of your work. In this tutorial, we will use Filter Forge to help create a knitted argyle text effect in Photoshop that you can use in your holiday illustrations. Let’s get started!
Sometimes all you need to create a stunning piece of Photoshop art is a camera, some Photoshop know how, and some creativity. In this tutorial, we will create a robotic motorcycle god using photos that we took of motorcycle parts. Let’s get started!
Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials
Whether you lean to the right or the left, there’s little doubt that, if you’re a Nettuts+ reader, you’ll likely agree that technology is rapidly shaping politics. In United States Presidential campaigns, the web was a major platform for front-facing unification of a message, but it was also a core part of each side’s internal processes.
Mockery is a PHP extension that offers a superior mocking experience, particularly when compared to PHPUnit. While PHPUnit’s mocking framework is powerful, Mockery offers a more natural language with a Hamcrest-like set of matchers. In this article, I’ll compare the two mocking frameworks and highlight the best features of Mockery.
In Part 1 – Chrome Dev Tools: Markup and Style, we reviewed two panels: Elements and Resources. Moving on, now, we’ll take a look at the next two panels: Network and Console.
Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials
We are all aware that User Interface design is very important. Our computers, mobile phones, tablets and other devices couldn’t do their job without User Interface design. Today we will have the opportunity to create an interesting User Interface element that can be used as checked point or an information holder.
In today’s tutorial, we’ll look at how I started from a pencil sketch to then create an editorial illustration in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll show you how I created some custom Art Brushes to add shading and detailing.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a Geek Zombie Mascot from the basic sketch composition to CorelDRAW vector rendering. We’ll color our mascot with simple techniques and process making it safe for saving our file in Adobe Illustrator.
Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials
inuit.css is a powerful, scalable, Sass-based, BEM, OOCSS framework. This article is a brief introduction to inuit.css; how its built, who should use it, and why.
Achieving pixel perfection when designing UI elements can be simple thanks to Photoshop’s “snap to pixels” feature. Unfortunately, this feature is not available for the ellipse tool – creating crisp, pixel-perfect circles can therefore require additional attention to detail. I’m going to let you in on a little secret which will make “snap to pixels” available when creating circles..
Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials
It controls the tides and even some people’s moods. It watches over us at night and sometimes makes a guest appearance during the day. It’s our only non-man-made satellite and some people still think it is made of cheese.
A surfer performing a maneuver on a beautiful wave is always a photographic inspiration. Every wave is different and every surfer has his or her own unique style. As a photographer, the elements of surfing make it both enjoyable and exciting to capture.
Sometimes when looking at a beautiful black and white portrait, you think to yourself, “what a shot, I wish I could have one!” In fact, you do not have to be a professional photographer or use a professional service to have stunning shots. You can do it by yourself and all you need is some creativity, a little ingenuity and artistry.
Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials
In production, speed is everything. Artists need to adapt tools and techniques that allow for a workflow that’s not only fast and efficient, but one that yields excellent results at the same time. In our latest Tut+ Premium series Modeling, Texturing & Rendering for Production you’ll follow profession CG artist Mile Eror as he shares his personal workflow and discusses the tools, techniques and general approach he takes when working on a project.
In this tutorial we are going to create a stylized high poly model of a steampunk light saber. We are going to use a ton of different modeling techniques to create the different shapes of the model, as well as some techniques that will allow us to group and connect the different elements together into single pieces of geometry.
In this tutorial we’ll learn how to setup both a Dynamic (realtime) and a Static reflection material in Unreal Development Kit, and create a Parameter Switch to switch from Dynamic to Static reflections, or vice versa in UDK. For the tutorial I’ll be using the February 2011 version of UDK.
Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials
To go along with our Man of Steel and Style Design Challenge, Nancy showcases one of the submissions that does a good job of illustrating the use of ShapeShifter AE and Elementary working together. Kevin Schires, creator of Elementary shows us how easy it is to have 3D plug-ins cast shadows and create reflections on After Effects layers. He also shows us how to use Colorama to pull a matte.
There are some project files to help you get started. You can also download a fully functional trial version of ShapeShifter AE here.
This is a tutorial based on my VideoHive After Effects Template “Over The Edge“. I’ll Describe the process of rigging a simple mechanism that allows you to attach objects to Earth’s surface. This helps building the illusion we are moving forward while different, user defined elements, pass by.
Christopher Kenworthy is an Australian writer, director and cinematographer. He is author of the Amazon #1 best selling book in cinematography for 2 years, Master Shots. Weve asked him a few questions about himself and his work. We hope you can pick up a thing or two.
Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials
This quick tip describes the common composing techniques, provides links to examples and gives suggestions on how you can do it yourself.
Would you like to edit clean transients in a flexible, non-destructive way? In this video tutorial, Mo Volans teaches you how to use .REX files in Propellerhead’s ReCycle to do just that. You’ll also learn how easy it is to graphically edit your loops in Reason’s Dr.Octo Rex. Enjoy!
Usually, editing is overlooked as a part of audio production. It’s not that engineers don’t know what it is, it’s just that it’s looked at the same way a chef would look at doing the dishes. It’s boring. It’s tedious and tiresome to go through each and every track to spot the glitches, pops and abnormal volume changes.
Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials
When it comes to writing WordPress plugins, there are generally two ways to go about doing so: Object-Oriented Programming and Functional Programming (with Widgets being the exception – we’ll cover that later in the article).
When you’re building a website for your client, sometimes there are parts of the WordPress admin that you don’t need them to be able to access. In fact, if they don’t need to access them, why not get them out of the way and simplify the admin for your client. Here’s how…
WordPress is pretty powerful but, sometimes, even this robust CMS can fall victim to humans fiddling with the settings and breaking it. This tutorial and screencast looks at the most common way to break WordPress and what you can do about it.
Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials
Submitting an update to the App Store is unavoidable if you want to add major enhancements to an application. However, it is cumbersome and time-consuming to go through the App Store review process for simple modifications. In this article, I will show you how to update an application remotely using the GroundControl project.
In this tutorial series, you’ll learn how to create a Lunar Lander inspired game. The objective of the game is to grab the stars on the screen and then land safely on the indicated spot. Read on!
This two-part tutorial series will introduce you to the fundamentals of working with RESTful web services using the Android SDK. Along the way, you’ll learn how to perform searches against the public Twitter API!
Gamedevtuts+ — Game Development
This is the first in a series of tutorials in which we will create a synthesizer based audio engine that can generate sounds for retro-styled games. The audio engine will generate all of the sounds at runtime without the need for any external dependencies such as MP3 files or WAV files. The end result will be a working library that can be dropped effortlessly into your games.
Welcome to a new series of Quick Tips on Object-Oriented Programming! We’ll be going over the principles of OOP and how they can be used to create organized code. In this first part, we’ll talk about what OOP is and why it’s helpful, with a few examples of how it could be used in game development.
In this two-part tutorial, I’ll walk you through building a winter-themed Angry Birds-style game, from scratch, using the free GameSalad Creator tool. No previous programming or game development experience is required, and you can follow along whether you’re on Windows or OS X!
Mactuts+ — Mac & OS X
Following on from the previous post on upgrading your MacBook Pros RAM, today we have a tutorial on how to fit your Mac with a speedy Solid-State Drive (SSD). Upgrading RAM was a relatively cheap way to increase the speed of your Mac – it did so by making your Mac run smoother if you have multiple applications open at the same time and generally allowing your Mac to do more without slowing it down – but adding an SSD will be make your laptop run faster than it ever has. The difference can be so large, youd be forgiven for thinking youve got a whole new machine.
Have you ever purchased an awesome new Apple product only to find out almost immediately that there’s a newer and better version right around the corner, or worse, already announced? Doesn’t it make you want to pull your hair out when you fork over hundreds or even thousands of your hard earned dollars and still quickly find yourself a generation of technology behind? Today, we’re going to look at a few simple strategies that you can use to avoid that “screwed over” feeling that seems inherent in owning Apple products.
Wireless networks are so ubiquitous that many of us rarely pay any attention to their setup. For a lot of us, as long as we can get on the Internet, then thats all we need. However, its likely that your wireless network isnt anywhere near as good as it can be. With some simple tweaking, and some great utilities from the Mac App Store, we can make sure it’s the best in the neighborhood!
Crafttuts+ — Craft & Handmade
Knitting has been gaining quite a bit popularity over the past few years. Knitting enthusiasts are no longer just grandmothers who make sweaters for Christmas (although those gals are out there too, love you Granny!). It’s true, knitting is now common amongst women and men of almost all age ranges, and many of those who don’t know how to knit are starting to express an interest in learning.
Lord of the Rings fans rejoice; the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey screened in Wellington today and its only a matter of weeks before the rest of us get to see it for ourselves. Ive always wanted to make a themed miniature garden, so I thought I might get my Tolkien geek on for Craftuts+ and make a Hobbiton-themed miniature garden.
Here’s a Christmas craft where you can use all those tiny bits of fabric you have left over from other craft projects. Gather all your pieces together and use them to make a festive wreath and garland decoration for your home.
FreelanceSwitch — Freelance Jobs & Information
Once you’ve decided Facebook is right for you as a freelancer, you’re ready to put together an action plan on how you’ll use it to promote your business and market your services.
Your next step is to decide whether to promote your business with a Profile, a Group or a Page. These are the three set-ups Facebook offers, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Social media is a great way to connect with new people, including potential freelance clients. Having a presence on one of the hugely trafficked social-media platforms can also help your own freelancer website rank better in search and help you get found by prospects.
Your portfolio may be the first introduction potential clients have to you: it tells them what type of projects you do well at and what kind of work you want to land — even if that’s not the message you intended to convey. At the most basic level, the people who view your portfolio will assume that you don’t do anything beyond what is included in that portfolio.