The first month of the year was a very busy one for Tuts+. Here’s a catch up of the Editor’s picks from each site in case you missed them!
Cgtuts+ | CG & 3D Tutorials
Coding a ‘Blueprint Manager’ in 3DsMax – Day 1
This month, Anton Vasilescu began his amazing three-part series focused on the creation of a ‘Blueprint Manager’ script in 3D Studio Max. The script allows for a “one click” solution to the time consuming and often challenging task of setting up blueprint images inside the 3ds Max viewports. This is a must see tutorial for any 3ds Max artist interested in learning to utilize the power of MAXScript, a skill that will allow you to tackle many of the repetitive tasks you face on a day to day basis, tremendously improving your productivity. Let’s get started!
Create a Dynamic Building Asset Using Cinema 4D’s Xpresso
This month also marked the launch of Cinema4D master Aleksey Voznesenski’s two-part Xpresso series. The focus of this series is the creation of a dynamic high-rise building asset using C4D’s powerful Xpresso expression system. Speed up your work flow by harnessing the power of this amazing, fast and flexible system!
Create an Abstract Scene using C4D & AE – Scene Creation
Abstract scenes are fairly common these days, however there is no denying their usefulness when it comes to learning animating, rendering and compositing techniques. January saw the release of part 1 of this brand new, two-part tutorial, were C4D artist Benoit Lavoie-Lamer shows us how to create a amazing-looking (yet strikingly simple) abstract scene, by first creating the scene in Cinema 4D and then heading into After effects for the final compositing. Enjoy!
Audiotuts+ | Audio Production, Mastering, Music Theory and More
Quick Tip: How to Ensure Your Masters Are Not Overlimited
More and more relative beginners are taking on their own mastering. This is great but if you plan to get the job done yourself there’s a few key things you should know before starting your first mastering sessions.
One of the key things to look out for is the final level of your finished master and the amount of reduction to your music’s dynamic range. In most cases you will only need to look to your final limiter to address both of these issues. Let’s take a look.
Quick Tip: Use Multiple Audio Interfaces on Mac OS X
This is a true gem for Mac users especially when most DAWs do not allow you to use multiple audio interfaces. This can be very useful if you have multiple audio interfaces and want to use them together for more simultaneous inputs and outputs. I am sorry about this tutorial will only apply to Macs so Windows users are out of luck.
20 Windows DAWs Worth Using
Most of the world use Windows computers, so the chances are you’re one of them. So if you want to produce music on your computer, what are your options? Fortunately there are a heap of them – most of the big name digital audio workstation software works fine on Windows, and they’re not your only choices. So sit down and take a menu. We list the “big gun” software you can choose from, some inexpensive (less than $100) alternatives, and a few free options.
Psdtuts+ | Adobe Photoshop Tutorials
Undress a Giraffe in Photoshop
Have you ever wanted to know what a Giraffe looks like without its spots? If so, this tutorial is for you, you pervert! This tutorial will demonstrate how to undress a giraffe by removing its spots. It will then show how to turn its spots into an outfit that will be draped over an ironing board. Pretty cool!
Quick Tip: Create a Chrome 4×4 Vehicle Emblem
This quick tip tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a chrome 4×4 vehicle emblem using editable text and layer styles.
What Does a Histogram Tell Us?
We’ve all seen histograms in Photoshop but very few of us probably actually know what they mean. In this tutorial we will explain the Histogram panel; specifically the Shadow/Highlights and Levels adjustments.
Activetuts+ | Flash, Flex and ActionScript tutorials
Beginner’s Guide to FlashDevelop – Basix
Two common misconceptions about Flash Professional: first, you have to buy it in order to make Flash apps and games; second, it’s a decent tool for writing code. Totally untrue.
In this article, we’ll see how to use the free Windows application FlashDevelop to work on Flash projects — both with and without Flash Professional.
15 Useful AS3 Snippets on Snipplr.com
When working with Flash and Actionscript 3.0 you may often find yourself repeating code from one project to the next. Creating your own library of reusable code snippets (on snipplr.com for example) is a great way to speed up development. Check out these 15 snippets which you may find useful for integrating into your own code library.
Use the Flash Project Panel to Build a Dynamic AS3 Menu
During this tutorial, we’ll use the Project Panel in Flash to create a vertical animated AS3 menu. The whole process will allow you to easily customize all aspects of the menu using the parameterized constructors. Read on to learn more!
Vectortuts+ | Adobe Illustrator Tutorials
How to Create an Inspirational Poster Design
Today we will create a poster in the style of PSA (Public Service Ad). These ads are intended to develop new social values. Philippe Patrick Starck, an iconic designer, said: “The designer can and should participate in the search for meaning, the construction of a civilized world.” Well, let’s participate.
Create a Painterly Landscape with the Blob Brush Tool
Illustrator’s Blob Brush is an intuitive and versatile tool. When used with a graphics tablet, you can create loose, painterly images that venture far from the sharp, clean lines usually associated with vector graphics. These files retain all the benefits of vector files, however, allowing you to experiment and be flexible with scale, color and composition.
Learn to Create a Variety of Script Lettering
In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different script lettering styles. We will start with a nice simple basic script, touch on a more athletic inspired lettering style and work our way to a classic, fancy script.
Phototuts+ | Photography and post-processing tutorials
Step By Step: Taking Beautiful High Key Photos of Flowers
Flowers are a beautiful and popular subject, but taking photos of them outdoors is often a frustrating process. You have to wait until the flowers are in bloom before you can even start, and then you are at the mercy of the light and weather. But there’s an easy way to take photos of flowers at any time of the year, no matter where you live take them indoors, where you can control the light and the background. That’s how I took this high key photo of a lily, and in this tutorial I’m going to show you how I did it.
The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Guide to a Commercial Shoot: Photo Premium
When you look around at TV ads, movie posters, billboards, you see a lot of great styles of photography. You may wonder to yourself, how do they make it look so unique? Well with this tutorial, we hope to demonstrate how you can achieve a very commercial look to photographs through the use of strobes, lighting modifiers, lighting techniques and post-processing!
100 Beautiful Vintage Camera Photographs
It’s easy to forget that cameras weren’t always defined by megapixels and the quality of their digital sensors. Once upon a time, photographers had to pay for every photo that they took, and they couldn’t see them for hours or even days after the shoot.
Today we’ll pay homage to the countless cameras that have come and gone, paving the way for our beloved modern DSLRs. Below we’ll take a look at modern images of over a hundred beautiful vintage cameras (along with a quick history lesson!)
Mobiletuts+ | iOS, Android, WebOS, Mobile Design Tutorials and More
Corona SDK: Game Development Path Finding
This project steps through the basics of path finding in the Corona SDK via the A* path finding algorithm, a staple in the game industry since about 1970. This app lets you add obstacles to a 10×10 grid and view the path determined by A*.
Augmented Reality: Getting Started on Android
Perhaps you’ve heard about augmented reality—it’s a hot topic in mobile right now. Learn about what augmented reality is and how you can leverage this technique in your Android applications in this introductory article.
How to Get Started in Android App Design
In this article we will go through some very basic design topics for the Android platform. Aside from the documentation provided by Google, there are very few resources that provide a high-level view of designing Android mobile apps. This article will make it easy to understand the nuances of Android user interface design.
Aetuts+ | After Effects News, Tutorials and More
Fallout 3 V.A.T.S Shot – Day 1 of 3
Today we’ll go over setting up our scene and preparing it for keyframe animation. We’ll begin to build the elements of the V.A.T.S effect such as the outlines, grids, and percentage boxes.
Invent Your Own Custom Logo Transformation Template
In this tutorial I will show how to create a logo transformation template that can be re-purposed and features the ability to drop in any logo and have the effect and shadows update automatically… similar to something you might see on Videohive. Then, to finish off we will build a simple 3d environment plus some additional scene elements.
Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series – Inception v1
Continuing our Aetuts+ Hollywood Movie Title Series, today’s tutorial will explain how to make the “Inception” flying logo style, using Cinema 4D 11.5 and After Effects. In Cinema, we’ll be modeling a maze logo, then using Mograph module (Cinema 4D 11.5 v.), we add the buildings inside of the labyrinth scene. We’ll follow in After Effects putting together the final composition.
Webdesigntuts+ | Web Design Tutorials and Articles
Designing for the New Fold: Web Design Post Monitorism
Designing for the ‘fold’ has long been a priority for many Web Designers, but with so many devices capable of displaying your website, how on earth do you know where it is? Should we be worried? This article asks how important the ‘fold’ actually is, the variables at play, changing browsing habits and what you can do about it. The Death of the Fold is upon us, at last!
Should Web Designers Know How to Code?
Whether or not web designers should know how to code is a question that’s been around for over a decade now… and one that most designers have agreed on more or less: Yes, web designers should know at least a little bit about HTML/CSS… But as new standards, formats, and languages have been developed, the stakes of this question have gone up quite a bit… so, should modern web designers know how to code?… and how much should they know?
Design a Sleek, Dark Mobile App Website (Updated!)
Now Updated with a Coding Tutorial and the free PSD! In this tutorial we’ll be using Adobe Photoshop to design a sleek web interface that can be used for any mobile app website. We’ll be covering an array of techniques including shapes, textures, masks, custom icons, typography and much more that can be easily adapted and applied to your own web designs.
Nettuts+ | Web Development Tutorials
Free Mac Utility App: Structurer (New Version)
At the end of 2010, we released an exclusive Mac utility app, called Structurer. This app allows you to rapidly create file/folder structures for your new projects. Less than a month later, the developer, Cesar Tessarin, is back with a much improved version which now provides support for template creation, as well as assigning custom content automatically to newly created files. It’s fantastic, and, even better, 100% free to all of our readers!
20 Ways to Save Kittens and Learn PHP
There’s an old adage – dating back to the 1700s – which, in English, says: “A kitten dies each time a PHP programmer doesn’t follow best practices.” Okay, not really; but just go with it!
Getting started in PHP can be a daunting experience. With that in mind, these 20 tips will teach you how to follow best practices, and save lives…kitty lives.
11 Lessons Learned After Running a Massively Popular Blog
For the last three years, I’ve had the pleasure of managing Nettuts+ – a site with 80,000 subscribers, and over 3 million page views each month. In that course of time, I’ve learned a great deal about, not only what it takes to build an active community, but also the economics of running a sustainable and profitable blog. I’d like to share some of these lessons with you today.