October saw the launch of the latest Tuts+ sites, Webdesigntuts+, by popular Themeforest author Brandon Jones — probably better known as Epicera. There’s already a lot of great content on Webdesigntuts+ and we all look forward to seeing more and more in the coming months.
In other news, Aetuts+ Editor Adam Everett Miller created a fantastic video called “Faces of Envato,” from footage shot at our company Chicago meetup; check it out! And read on to see the best of Tuts+ from October
Mobiletuts+ – Mobile Development & Design
Learn Java for Android Development
This tutorial series is an indepth introduction to the Java programming fundamentals necessary for writing Android applications. Our goal is to prepare those already familiar with one programming language, such as PHP or Objective-C, to become comfortable working with Java.
Beginning iOS Development
This tutorial series is meant to teach those with no prior Objective-C experience how to develop applications for the iOS SDK. This series is currently being developed and released, so subscribe via RSS or e-mail to watch all the posts!
Mobile Development Toolbox: A Complete Kit for Getting Started
This post is a massive collection of tools and resources for jumping into the mobile development scene. Grab a pot of coffee, because going through all the links will be a trip, but it will be well-worth the time!
Understanding Visual Hierarchy in Web Design
Visual hierarchy is one of the most important principles behind effective web design. This article will examine why developing a visual hierarchy is crucial on the web, the theory behind it, and how you can use some very basic exercises in your own designs to put these principles into practice.
How to Start Using jQuery Sliders in Your Web Designs
jQuery sliders offer a simple, elegant way to display content without giving up valuable real estate on your web page. They have skyrocketed in popularity and can be used in a variety of ways. Let’s go over the popular styles, choosing a slider and integrating one into a demo site.
Choosing the Right Font: A Practical Guide to Typography on the Web
Typography is an huge field. People devote years of their lives to this ancient craft, and yet there’s always something new to learn. In this article, I’ll be reviewing the major points that you should consider when selecting a typeface for a website.
Make Some NOISE! Jumbotron Noise Meter
Have you ever been to a sporting event and seen a “noise meter” appear on the big screen? Even though it is rarely ever an actual functioning noise meter, it always gets the crowd riled up. So let’s take it to the next level and really give them an animation to cheer for!
Work On Developing Your Running “Form”
The effect we’ll try to remake is inspired by the motion graphics created for Pacha. (watch video). We’ll use the Trapcode Form plug-in and two source clips to create the shapes. The clips are just one example. I used two png sequence rendered in Curios Labs Poser. You can use all the footages you want.
Who’s Who in the World of Design and VFX Studios II
As a sequel to our last look at studios as a whole, and not just their demo reels, today we’ll look at their achievements, awards, how long they have been around, and you will learn quite a bit about who makes your films and television commercials.
How to Build an RSS Reader with jQuery Mobile
In conjunction with the jQuery conference in Boston, John Resig announced and released the highly anticipated jQuery Mobile. Though currently in an alpha state, the framework is fantastic.
Today, we’ll dive in, and build a simple Tuts+ RSS reader, using PHP and jQuery Mobile. When we’re finished, you’ll have the ability to add this simple project to your iPhone or Android phone with the click of a button, as well as the skills to build your web apps!
How to Build a Kick-Butt CSS3 Mega Drop-Down Menu
Often used on e-commerce or large scale websites, mega menus are becoming more and more popular, as they offer an effective solution to displaying a lot of content while keeping a clean layout. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build a cross-browser, awesome CSS-only drop-down mega menu, using nice CSS3 features.
How to Create a Safari Extension from Scratch
Combine Stock Photography to Create a Sleepy Japanese Village in Photoshop
We often talk about what an incredible tool Photoshop is to create imaginary scenes from stock photography. In today’s tutorial, we will create a sleepy Japanese village in Photoshop by combining several stock photos. Let’s get started!
Create a Cute Twitter Bird Icon in Photoshop
Today, we will demonstrate how to create a cute Twitter bird icon in Photoshop. Let’s get started!
Captivating the Cinema – How Art Influences Film
The movies have always been one of the great escapes for humanity. A source of entertainment, stress relief, and most importantly of all, art. Every person appreciates different qualities of a movie in different ways, these days people are increasingly appreciating visual effects and movie based art. The purpose of this article will be to touch on the masterminds behind the visual effects in movies. Its impossible to get everyone, so I’ve selected a mixture of well known artists and more obscure artists in the move industry. Because some of these artists have worked on tons of movies, I’m going to be discussing the outstanding contributions of each artist to one film that they helped to become a visual masterpiece.
7 Important Lessons From a Real-Life Engagement Shoot
Discussions of theory are great, but sometimes nothing beats a little on-the-job experience and insight. Today I’m going to take you with me on one of my real-life client shoots to see what we can learn. We’ll go over lots of dead-simple and practical tips that you can use to drastically improve the results of your next engagement shoot. Let’s get started!
The Basics Of Mesmerising Moon Photography
Moon photography can be one of the most fun, yet one of the most aggravating, projects to tackle. If you are endeavoring to take your own photos of the moon and are looking for a little help in getting started, this article will shed some light on the mysteries of moon photography and help jump start your efforts.
Creating a Stylish Cinematic Photo Using Camera RAW & Photoshop
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to add a cinematic style to any of your photos using Photoshop and a Camera RAW file. It only takes a few minutes and is easy to follow however well you know Photoshop. We’ll be walking you through the process step-by-step in both a tutorial and video format!
AS3 101: OOP Introduction – Basix
Object-Oriented Programming is a bit of a hot topic. More and more programming languages are cropping up that support it (Ruby, for example), and more and more languages that previously didn’t support Object-Oriented Programming (OOP for short) have been released with versions that do, like PHP and ActionScript. Some languages only work if you utilize the whole OOP thing to begin with, like Java and Objective-C.
Smart AS3 Video Loading with GreenSock LoaderMax – Free Active Premium!
This week’s Active Premium tutorial is a cracker! The best news is that we’re making it available to all Activetuts+ readers to give non-members a taste of Premium goodness. Read on to find out more and download the tutorial.
10 Flash Things You Can’t Do With HTML5
You could almost hear the collective gasp when Apple announced that it was no longer going to be supporting Flash on its upcoming devices. Like a scene from Monty Python’s Holy Grail, it seemed the bell had tolled for Flash and designers and developers were going to be dragged into the street to await the body wagon.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The reality is that Flash is far from dead..
Create an Amazing Pulverize Effect with Houdini – Initial Setup
In his second amazing Houdini tutorial, Alvaro Castaneda walked us through how to completely pulverize characters and objects using Side Effect’s Houdini 11. This first part dealt with setting up the basic node-network whilst part 2 finalized the effect; art-directing the dynamics to ensure the final look was the one we wanted. Houdini is an amazingly powerful piece of software, and is used regularly on both commercials and feature films. This tutorial is a great example of just how creative Houdini can allow you to be.
Six Ways to Create Condensation in 3DsMax – Scatter, PArray & PFlow
In this very popular 2-day tutorial, Christian Pop showed us 6 different ways to create condensation effects in 3DsMax. Part 1 looked at the Scatter compound object, the easy-to-use PArray particle system and how to manually paint on the condensation using the powerful ParticleFlow particle system, whilst part 2 covered thinkingParticles, the new Object Paint, and the fr Wet Shader. Knowing multiple ways of completing the same task is a vital part of 3D Design, and this tutorial is a perfect example of just that.
Modeling from Photographic Reference in 3DsMax
In this Article/Tutorial, Pratik Gulati taught us how to reproduce a model from a reference image – even if you don’t have any information on the camera used! Starting with a lesson covering the different types of perspective, the post proved incredibly popular, and although it’s aimed primarily at 3Ds Max users the techniques covered are easily applicable to other applications as well.
Using Dr. OctoRex’s New Graphical Editing System
I’ve decided to explore some of the choice new features of Reason 5 and Record 1.5 in a series of screencasts. These will be bite sized videos giving real time exempts of what can be achieved with the newest instruments in both apps.
This screencast concentrates on the new editing system in the fantastic Dr. OctoRex. I hope you enjoy my ramblings and let me know if you have any requests for future screencasts.
Guitar Tut: Open String Runs
Here is the first of Toby Pitman’s guitar tuts. I’ve been looking forward to these! In this video guitar tutorial we’ll cover the basics of open string runs. It’s like having a sustain pedal for your guitar!
14 Top Tuts on Mastering – Tutorial Wrap-up
Mastering is a large and tricky topic. Many opt to hire a professional mastering engineer, others decide to do it themselves. We’ve recently covered a lot about mastering on Audiotuts+ – from Mo Volans’ series on Mastering Elements to Björgvin Benediktsson’s interview with Michael Romanowski. Here are 14 Top Tuts on Mastering.
Learn to Create a Variety of Beveled Lettering
In this tutorial I will showcase three different approaches, which result in three different beveled lettering styles. Starting with my least favorite, and least complex, working my way to a style of beveled lettering that accomplishes an extremely polished and professional look.
Make a Mailbox Icon Using Adobe Illustrator
Attention! This icon was not created solely for educational purposes. You can see the working process of real designing! We are going to use various professional techniques to create this icon, and I will give you many useful tips along the way. So, letÕs get down to work, experts!
Using Stock References in the Creation of Vector Art
Historically, artists have used live models and landscapes as a base for their work. In the digital age, stock photos are easily accessible and widely used in all forms of art and vector art is no exception. In this article, weÕll look at how useful stock is to the vector artist.
How to Build a Newspaper Website with a Grid: New Premium Tutorial
Learn how to utilize a grid to create a simple newspaper-like website. Along the way, you’ll learn helpful techniques, such as easy ways to target IE7 and IE6 with only a single character, using the 960 grid system, and even using CSS3 to create columns! It’s an hour long; ready to dig in?