Tips for Web Designers, Developers, and Bloggers

I realized that I don’t keep up with the times at all, and have been unable to post anything since April. So, I will go back on existing posts at least once a month and will try to post 2-4 articles each month.

1. http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-a-dynamic-3d-puzzle-effect-in-adobe-illustrator/, creating a Dynamic 3D Puzzle Effect in Adobe Illustrator.

http://cdn.vector.tutsplus.com/tuts/000_2010/338_3d_dynamic_puzzle/preview.jpg

Preview, from Vector Tuts+

2. http://vector.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-flesh-ripping-zombie-type-treatment/, creating a really cool vector Flesh ripping zombie type treatment.

http://cdn.vector.tutsplus.com/tuts/000_2010/334_zombie_logo/FinalRomero.jpg

Preview, from Vector Tuts+

3. http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/3d/add-depth-of-field-to-a-3d-scene-with-lens-blur/, adding depth to images using lens blur in Photoshop.

http://psdtuts.s3.amazonaws.com/0516_Depth_Field/33.jpg

Preview

4. http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-create-a-retro-sci-fi-computer-game-poster, creating a really cool Sci-Fi Computer game poster in Photoshop)

http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/galactic-attack/galactic-attack-sm.jpg

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Creating a Light Bulb Text Effect

http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/light-bulb-text-effect/ - This tutorial is a very detailed tutorial that can teach a lot and also give you a great text effect.

This is the final image from the tutorial

Create a Royal Gold Text Effect with Layer Styles

http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/royal-gold-text-effect/ - This is another great tutorial from PSD Tuts that teaches both the use of the layer styles and gives you a great looking outcome.

This is the final outcome

Wrath of the Titans Style Text Effect

http://abduzeedo.com/wrath-titans-photoshop-cs6

Final Outcome Image

Wax Seal Logo

http://abduzeedo.com/easy-wax-seal-illustrator-and-photoshop

Easy Wax Seal in Illustrator

Create a Zee Vintage Label on Illustrator

http://abduzeedo.com/create-zee-vintage-label-illustrator - Sorry for not staying on Photoshop, but I couldn’t resist ignoring this one.

Final Outcome

Top CSS3 Benefits

CSS3 came out a seemingly long time ago, but still many people don’t use it or they are not as comfortable with using it. This article will show you the top benefits of CSS3 and  maybe interest you into using CSS3 in your next project.

  1. Borders: Being able to create rounded corners on a box is a really cool feature on CSS3. There is now a simple way to create rounded corners on boxes without stressing out. Before you might have spent countless amounts of time arranging everything into tables and then adding in images and whatnot to create a box with rounded edges, but now you can do all of that with only a few lines of CSS, making this a great time-saver.
  2. Text Effects: Another great time-saver in CSS3 is the ability to create fancy text effects with (again) only a few lines of CSS. This means that, whereas before you might have to create the text in Photoshop and add effects and then export it and add text as an image, you only need to type in those few lines of CSS and you’re all done with your text-affects.
  3. Multi-Column Layouts: Though it is not supported in Safari and Mozilla based browsers, this feature is really nifty. With a couple of lines of code, like this:
     -moz-column-width: 15em; -webkit-column-width: 15em; -moz-column-gap: 2em; -webkit-column-gap: 2em;

    you can create a great multi-column layout. This kind of a layout would be ideal for people creating magazine websites or newspaper sites that will need more than the regular single-column outlook.

  4. CSS3 Transitions:This feature is probably the coolest thing I ever saw in CSS3. With the use of code as such:
    #box {
    width: 580px;
    padding: 9px 15px;
    background-color: #ED8029;
    color: white;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-transition: background-color 5s;
    -moz-transition: background-color 5s;
    -o-transition: background-color 5s;
    -ms-transition: background-color 5s;
    transition: background-color 5s;
    }
    #box:hover {
    background-color: #A7B526;
    }

    you can create a nifty hover action that will look great and save you time.

These are all great features and are also widely accepted in browsers, saving you both time and effort whenever you are working on something.

You and I have both seen a quality video sometime in our life that makes us go “Oh my gosh! That’s great!” Yeah, well, lately too many people have been taking advantage of this great video broadcasting website by posting stupid crap on it. The worst of it all, in my opinion, is “Charlie bit my finger – again.” This video has gotten over 300 million views. I’m not saying that it’s a bad video, because I have laughed a bit off of it, but this is probably the stupidest thing ever. Here is the video:

That video is NOT part of the list.

Anyways, I’m not going to keep ranting about this Charlie bit my finger thing and how stupid it is that people get over 300 views off of crap like that. I’ll just get to the list.

10. 

I couldn’t stop laughing at that one. Bruno Mars has probably made the best music video yet.

9.

The Pretender is probably the best grunge rock song ever, apart from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “In Bloom” (I think “In Bloom” is underrated).

8.

Yes. This is probably as stupid as “Charlie bit my finger” but it’s very funny and kept me laughing for a good minute.

8.

No, that wasn’t a typo, I actually put two 8′s. The dark comedy version is way better than the original.

7.

Be a man.

6.

Very creative song and a very creative person. He might be fat, but his creativity makes up for it.

5.

OK, this probably isn’t the best “video” that you’ve seen, but I put it on here because of the music. Nirvana will remain my favorite band…but the Foo Fighters are coming close to topping them (it must be Dave Grohl). “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the best grunge song ever.

4.

This is why people started wearing V-Necks.

3.

This is funny.

2.

If you’re better than Jimi Hendrix…you must be God….or Kurt Cobain.

1.

I am not like a G6…I am like a G7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/from-sketch-to-vector-illustration/, From Sketch to Vector Illustration.

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Preview

2. http://jdog0601.deviantart.com/art/Hairy-Man-Vector-tut-Eng-129452571, Hairy Man.

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Tutorial

3. http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/2d__and__photoshop/combine_textures_with_vectors, combining textures with Vectors.

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Have you ever lied to your friends, saying you did something totally awesome? They probably wouldn’t believe you unless you had some sort of evidence, like a picture, right? Well, here is a way to get that picture, even if you never even came close to doing anything like the thing you said you did.

  • Software: Photoshop Elements 4.0
  • Time: Around an hour

So, the first step is to find the picture you want to photoshop yourself into. Make sure you can see most of the face on the person you want to “become”. I’m going to use this one:

Picture by Tony Dowson, freedigitalphotos.net

Once you choose your image you need to find a picture of you to place in that image. You want it to seem realistic, so instead of choosing a picture where you look serious, choose one where you look excited. If you need to, take a new picture of yourself with a webcam/camera. I’ll go with this one:

Picture by Graur Codrin, freedigitalphotos.net

Now open both pictures up in Photoshop.

The first real step is to select your head and hair. Use a lasso tool (I used polygonal) and just  lasso around your head, like this:

It’s okay if you cut a little bit of yourself off or get some of the background in.

After you are done selecting, change your tool to the Move Tool. Then drag your face into the thumbnail of the other image.

Your oversized head should now be in the center of the “awesome” pic.

To change the size of your head, go to Image->Transform->Free transform. Then, drag the corners until your head is the correct size.

While still in Free Transform mode, move your mouse to the outside of your face. The cursor should change into a curvy line. Click and drag, and your face should rotate. Rotate it to the correct angle, and then drag it over the orignal face.

The lighting of your face most-likely doesn’t match the lighting of the background image. To fix this, go to Enhance->Adjust Color->Adjust Color for Skin Tone. Then click on part of your skin. Photoshop will try to adjust automatically, but it doesn’t always work very well, so just use the sliders to make adjustments.

Now, your project should be pretty much done. Just make a few adjustments here and there if needed, and then save your work. Congratulations! You are now an expert Jet Skier!

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Best 3D Tutorials

1. http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/blender/construct-a-microcosm-using-blender-2-5-modeling-rigging/

2. http://darkscarab.com/tutorials/view.php?title=Modeling%20the%20Honda%20HSV-010%20GT%20-%20Part%201

 

3. http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/blender/3d_cg_blender_3dsmax_max_blend_quick_tip_import_export_io_correction_3ds/ – fixing .3Ds import

 

http://d2d04grx5ahzvh.cloudfront.net/246_Blender_QuicktipIO3Ds/thumb_3d_cg_3dsmax_blender_autodesk_import_export_3ds_files_io_.jpg

Fixing .3ds Import

4. http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/blender/re-topologize-a-game-ready-alien-head-in-blender/ – Re-topologizing a game-ready alien head in Blender.

http://d2d04grx5ahzvh.cloudfront.net/036_Blender_Retopo/preview.jpg

Re-Topologizing a Game-Ready Alien Head

5. http://www.blenderguru.com/create-a-foggy-window/ – Creating a foggy windo in Blender.

 

http://www.blenderguru.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/big-540x303.jpg

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