Best of Tuts+ in March 2012

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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


Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials


Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials

    • Create a Psychedelic, Funky Line Art Portrait

      Create a Psychedelic, Funky Line Art Portrait

      In today’s Illustrator tutorial, I’m going to show you how I created a retro, psychedelic, funky, 70s inspired portrait using link art, bold colors and the handy Swirl Tool.

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    • Quick Tip: Brainstorming Head Design, a Focus on the Eye Line

      Quick Tip: Brainstorming Head Design, a Focus on the Eye Line

      Varying the horizontal axis line (the eyeline) and adjusting the spacing of the eyes are two excellent methods used to brainstorm new character designs. In this tutorial, we look at a few simple, but effective, techniques you can employ to give your characters personality while making them both fresh and visually interesting.

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    • 15+ InDesign Tutorials for Magazine and Layout Design

      InDesign Tutorials for Magazine and Layout Design

      Do you want to learn to how to design a magazine in InDesign? Discover industry standard workflows for print design professionals, magazine layout design tips, and follow how to design a magazine cover layout that attracts attention. These are just a few of the topics you’ll find in this roundup of best InDesign magazine and layout tutorials.

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Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials

    • The Benefits and Pitfalls of Gamification

      The Benefits and Pitfalls of Gamification

      Gamification is becoming a hot commodity around the web, but what is it? Is it being used correctly? Let’s have a look at various aspects of gamification and how they can be used and misused.

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    • Building a Responsive Layout With Skeleton: Starting Out

      Building a Responsive Layout With Skeleton: Starting Out

      Dave Gamache’s Skeleton Boilerplate provides the perfect foundations upon which to build responsive websites rapidly and reliably. We’re going to use Skeleton and build a responsive page based on the Magazine design featured on Webdesigntuts+ recently. We’ll be looking at everything from multiple background images, through to media queries, flexible media and mobile-friendly navigation. Let’s get started!

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    • Quick Tip: Stitch up Your Layout

      Quick Tip: Stitch up Your Layout

      In this Quick Tip we’re going to create a cool stitching effect in Photoshop. We won’t be using brushes, we won’t be relying on patterns – we’re going to use a really simple and fast alternative.

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Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials

    • How to Photograph Birds of Prey in White

      How to Photograph Birds of Prey in White

      The first thing people say when they see my Birds of Prey Portrait Sessions is “nice Photoshop cutout work”. In fact, it’s not a cutout, the birds are photographed against a white background. Let me show you how.

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    • Camera Exposure Modes Explained

      Camera Exposure Modes Explained

      If you’re just getting started with photography, the letters on your camera’s dial might feel like hieroglyphics. With a variety of modes, it can be hard to pick what’s right for the current shooting situation. Today, we’re going to explain common camera modes so that you can pick the right one for any situation and grow out of using auto mode.

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    • A Photographer’s Guide to Visiting Nepal

      A Photographer’s Guide to Visiting Nepal

      Nepal is a country wrapping in mystique for many. The home of the highest mountain in the world and a civilization known for living in the harsh conditions of the Himalayas, Nepal has much to offer the photographic traveler. Lush jungles cover areas of Southern Nepal which is the location of the birth place of Buddha, founder of one of the oldest religions in the world still practiced today. To the East travel becomes more rugged as compared to the more arid regions of the West.

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Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials


Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials

    • The Naked Truth About 3D Rotations

      The Naked Truth About 3D Rotations

      Third of the series: “Naked Truth About…” In this video I am showing issues with rotations in 3D space and ways to deal with them. Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Rotation and Orientation? We set two keyframes for rotations and the layer rotates strangely. Has it ever happened to you? Those problems are NOT After Effects specific. This video explains the way rotations in 3D space work. Once you understand the concept – it will be easier for you to tame rotations not only in After Effects, but also in other applications. Have fun.

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    • Quick Tip – Implementing Droplets and Watch Folders

      Quick Tip – Implementing Droplets and Watch Folders

      When working with video files on a daily basis, alot of time is spent converting videos into different formats, whether for web, archive, or editing purposes. Add onto that the interruption of opening and closing programs to convert your files and you’ll end up spending less time being creative and more on technical chores. In this quick tip tutorial, we look at two simple ways to save you time by automating the process of conversion using droplets and watch folders.

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    • Helpful Tips For Improving Promotional Documentary Video

      Helpful Tips For Improving Promotional Documentary Video

      Promotional video content for the web is a powerful way to communicate a message and it is used by many companies and organizations. It allows communication in a variety of forms including spoken word and visual imagery but it also facilitates a connection with the audience on a more subconscious level. A promotional video containing a product, message or guidance must look professional – but before you spend your annual marketing budget employing a production company, ask yourself if you can achieve appropriate results by applying the hints and tips below.

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Audiotuts+ — Audio Production Tutorials

    • A Guide to Producing an Epic Orchestral Track

      A Guide to Producing an Epic Orchestral Track

      Although I’m not a huge fan of epic productions, they are definitely the thing that producers/directors/game developers search for nowadays. Now, as a whole, epic orchestral tracks can be heard on movies, TV, commercials, video games, trailers. They always support tension, battle, chase – all of these extremely dynamic moments that always catch the attention of the customer. This tutorial is a guide that I do hope will help you create your own epic orchestral track. Let’s get started!

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    • How to Minimize Noise In Your Mixes

      How to Minimize Noise In Your Mixes

      Home recordings are infamous for having noise. Background noise from outside and indoor noises from the air conditioning and people shuffling around in the next room. Home recording studios are usually never sound isolated enough. Even though you might have a great sounding room, with acoustic treatment carefully placed all over, you’re still going to run into sound isolation issues.

      The biggest issue is noise, and in the following tutorial I’ll run through a couple of ways you can minimize the amount of annoying hiss and noise from your home recordings.

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    • Making An Electro/Dubstep Bass Patch In FM8

      Making An Electro/Dubstep Bass Patch In FM8

      If you fancy a bit of departure form virtual analog, subtractive synths you could try dabbling in FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis. Native Instruments FM8 is the perfect way to get involved with this edgy sound creation method. Lets take a look at how to create a typical roughed up bass patch that you could use for Electro house or Dubstep.

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Activetuts+ — Flash, Flex ActionScript Tutorials

    • Build a Stage3D Shoot-’Em-Up: Sprite Test

      Build a Stage3D Shoot-’Em-Up: Sprite Test

      In this tutorial series (part free, part Premium) we’ll create a high-performance 2D shoot-em-up using the new hardware-accelerated Stage3D rendering engine. We will be taking advantage of several hardcore optimization techniques to achieve great 2D sprite rendering performance. In this part, we’ll build a high-performance demo that draws hundreds of moving sprites on-screen at once.

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    • oCanvas: A jQuery- and Flash-Style Library for HTML5 Canvas

      oCanvas: A jQuery- and Flash-Style Library for HTML5 Canvas

      With the advent of tools like Adobe Edge and libraries like EaselJS, more resources are becoming available for developers looking to create interactive HTML5 content. Many of these tools are being geared specifically for Flash developers to make the transition from ActionScript to HTML5 canvas a smooth one. This article will overview oCanvas, an HTML5 library that developers might not only find invaluable but also very easy to use.

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    • How to Build a Python Bot That Can Play Web Games

      How to Build a Python Bot That Can Play Web Games

      In this tutorial we’ll explore the ins and outs of building a Computer Vision-based game bot in Python, which will be able to to play the popular Flash game Sushi Go Round. You can use the techniques taught in this tutorial to create bots for automatically testing your own web games.

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Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials


Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials

  • 3D Game Development with ShiVa3D Suite: Project Overview

    D Game Development with ShiVa3D Suite: Project Overview

    Curious about 3D game development? Now is the time to learn! This five-part tutorial series will demonstrate how to build a simple game with ShiVa3D Suite, a cross-platform 3D game engine and development tool. This series was originally intended for Tuts+ Premium members only, but will instead be given away to the community for free with each portion published back-to-back over the next 5 days. Read on to begin your journey into 3D programming!

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  • Android Essentials: Creating Android-Compliant Libraries

    Android Essentials: Creating Android-Compliant Libraries

    Android libraries can be packaged and reused in other Android applications using the new Android Library feature of the Android SDK. In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to create simple Android library files that can be reused in multiple projects and increase developer efficiency.

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  • Enabling Google Analytics to Gather App Statistics

    Enabling Google Analytics to Gather App Statistics

    Google Analytics is a service provided by Google that makes it easy to track what users do. The Google Analytics team released an Analytics SDKs for mobile platforms including Android, iOS (Apple), and mobile websites. In this tutorial, learn how to include and enable this technology within your Android projects to gather important information about how users are using your applications.

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