Best of Tuts+ in July 2012

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

  • How to Create Hand-Painted Sign in Adobe Illustrator

    How to Create Hand-Painted Sign in Adobe Illustrator

    In this tutorial we will learn how to create an inscription in a retro style based on the free font- the Agency FB. In the process of the font-change we will learn something about letter anatomy. The techniques described here will be useful not only for the work with typography but also for the work with any vector objects.

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  • Creating the Sole of a Sports Shoe with the Appearance Panel

    Creating the Sole of a Sports Shoe with the Appearance Panel

    In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how I used the Appearance panel to create a stylized version of the bottom of a sneaker. It’s a great exercise for those who are just getting to grips with the Appearance panel.

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  • Quick Tip: How to Create Glowing Progress Bars

    Quick Tip: How to Create Glowing Progress Bars

    Follow this quick tip and learn how to create a glowing progress bar. We will take advantage of the Appearance Panel and use multiple attributes plus plenty of effects: Outer Glow, Inner Glow, Feather, Drop Shadow, Gaussian Blur and Radial Blur. Let’s begin!.

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Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials

  • Web Font Services: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Web Font Services: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    In this article we’ll be taking a look at a few of the most popular web font services, comparing features between them and talking about some of the red flags involved with working with real fonts on the web.

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  • Writing a Flexible Grid Script for Photoshop

    Writing a Flexible Grid Script for Photoshop

    Being a capable web designer means having a solid grasp on grids, especially if you want to pursue responsive web design. In this tutorial we’ll take a look at a Photoshop script for generating your own custom grids, plus we’ll open the hood and look at how the script is actually made.

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  • The Psychology of Content Design

    The Psychology of Content Design

    As web designers, we face a difficult task every time we sit down to produce content for the web. There’s no doubt that we understand Content is King; this term was most famously coined by Bill Gates in 1996, and (love or hate Microsoft) he was right about the future of computing.

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Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials

  • An In-Depth Guide to Infrared Photography: Setup and Capture

    An In-Depth Guide to Infrared Photography: Setup and Capture

    Infrared photographs are a stunning way to make unique landscape photos, and will add variety to your portfolio. Understanding how to take and process them properly can be very difficult and time consuming due to the steep learning curve involved, but I hope to help.

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  • 20 Fast Tips for Portrait Photography

    Fast Tips for Portrait Photography

    I love portrait photography. I’m sure many of you do, too. However, doing a great portrait is one of the most challenging kinds of photography out there. So, here are 20 tips that will help you take better portraits and improve your workflow.

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  • Faces of Music: Interview with Andy Fallon

    Faces of Music: Interview with Andy Fallon

    I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the UK’s top portrait photographers. Andy Fallon is at the top of his game. Over the past decade, he has been the go-to photographer for the top music magazines to capture their cover stars. Andy’s now moving on from the world of music and branching into new realms of portraiture. We met up with him to find out more.

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Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials

  • The Making Of “Brooklyn City”

    The Making Of “Brooklyn City”

    This tutorial is intend for anyone who wants a better understanding of what and why they’re doing what they’re doing. A higher level view of my personal workflow towards creating large scale environments. This is not a ’How to snap boxes onto a grid” type of tutorial, there’s nothing wrong with those types of tutorials, but I want to really provide a different perspective on a ‘making of tutorial.

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  • Creating A Low Poly Ninja Game Character Using Blender – Modeling

    Creating A Low Poly Ninja Game Character Using Blender – Modeling

    In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a low poly ninja character model for games using Blender. The final model will be around 1,200 polys, which is a good amount for iphone or ipad games. Although this tutorial covers building the character in Blender, the workflow is universal and can easily be followed using any other 3D modeling/software package.

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  • An Introduction To Backburner And Render Farms

    An Introduction To Backburner And Render Farms

    This tutorial will teach you how to setup and utilize Autodesk’s Backburner software over multiple computers to speed up your render times. You’ll also learn about making smart decisions and choosing the most cost effective hardware when purchasing components for a personal or small studio sized render farm. If you’re a freelancer on a deadline, or just a hobbyist who wants to get more done – faster, this is a must watch!

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Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials


Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials

  • Multi Track vs. Multi Channel Drum Setups In Your DAW

    Multi Track vs. Multi Channel Drum Setups In Your DAW

    I’ve been producing Electronic Dance Music for what seems like forever. I remember in the late nineties when I was just getting interested in computer based music sitting at my computer looking at the Sound Blaster General MIDI instrument wishing I knew how the heck to use it. Fast forward ten plus years past Fruity Loops 4, Sonic Foundry Acid Pro, Cool Edit and Reason 2.0, and I’ve learned a thing or two about making EDM.

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  • 20 Vibrant and Helpful Audio Forums Where You Can Find Support

    Vibrant and Helpful Audio Forums Where You Can Find Support

    Sometimes you’ll encounter a question or problem so specific, it’s unlikely you’ll find a tutorial that will help. Or you’re contemplating buying a new piece of gear, and you’d really like to hear from others who have experience with it before parting with your cash. You need a forum. A good one!

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  • Maximize Your Workflow in Logic with Folders

    Maximize Your Workflow in Logic with Folders

    I use Logic Pro quite extensively to compose and produce music. But one feature I never fully explored until recently was folders. I was aware they existed, but I just never seemed to have a practical use for them.

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Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials

  • Making the WordPress Editor Look Pretty Using CodeMirror

    Making the WordPress Editor Look Pretty Using CodeMirror

    WordPress contains two built-in editors that allow you to edit theme files directly from within the browser, they the Theme Editor and Plugin Editor. By default, the editor looks very simple, and hard to edit because the colors are totally black and grey. In this tutorial, I will show you how to integrate CodeMirror.js into the editors to make the look prettier. Our code snippets will be highlighted with more color, the editors will even have line numbers, and more.

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  • The Journey to WordPress 3.5 Begins

    The Journey to WordPress 3.5 Begins

    Hopefully by now, all your WordPress installations are successfully upgraded to version 3.4. One of the most exciting things about a version release is that work can then begin on the next version! Here’s a sneaky preview of what was discussed in the latest dev chat scoping session for WordPress 3.5.

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  • Integrating Google Rich Snippets Into a WordPress Theme

    Integrating Google Rich Snippets Into a WordPress Theme

    We’re all familiar with the way Google presents search results – with a page title and a little snippet of text for each result. With Google Rich Snippets we can add useful information to the web search result snippet to make it stand out from other results and ultimately attract more visitors. While there are already plugins that provide this kind of functionality in WordPress, there are situations when relaying on a third party plugin is not advisable. In this tutorial, we are going to integrate the microdata format into WordPress theme markup to display a culinary recipe, and make it compatible with Google Rich Snippets’ requirements.

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Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials

  • iOS 5 and the Twitter Framework: First Steps

    iOS 5 and the Twitter Framework: First Steps

    With the release of iOS 5, a small yet powerful framework is available for developers to quickly to integrate Twitter within an application. This tutorial will teach you how to make life much easier by using the Twitter framework!

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  • Capture and Crop an Image with the Device Camera

    Capture and Crop an Image with the Device Camera

    Many Android devices are equipped with built-in cameras. In this tutorial, we will work through the basic technique for capturing an image using the Android camera and then cropping it using apps the user already has installed on their device. Along the way, I’ll also show how to account for users whose devices do not support either the image capture or cropping actions.

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  • Build a Cross-Platform Puzzle Game with ShiVa3D Suite

    Build a Cross-Platform Puzzle Game with ShiVa3D Suite

    In this tutorial series, we will focus on cross-platform game development for the iPad and Android tablets using the ShiVa3D Suite game development framework. Although mainly for 3D games, ShiVa3D Suite can be used to develop 2D games as well. “Puzzle”, the game described in this series, is an example of a relatively simple 2D game that can be quickly created with ShiVa3D.

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Mactuts+ — Mac & OS X Tutorials

  • Create a Foolproof Backup System for Your Mac

    Create a Foolproof Backup System for Your Mac

    Over the course of this tutorial, Ill walk you through setting up a backup plan that works for you, Ill tell you about the surprising number of options available (and why you shouldnt pick just one!) and Ill also point out some of the subtler benefits to backing up that you may not have considered.

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  • 10 Tips for a Better Finder Experience

    Tips for a Better Finder Experience

    The Finder app is arguably the most central element of the OS X user experience. It lies at the very heart of nearly everything you do. In light of this, you should learn to make the most of it! Follow along as we go over ten awesome tips for improving your Finder use. We’ll cover everything from adding tabs to hidden shortcuts.

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  • Quick Tip: Get to Know Safari 6

    Quick Tip: Get to Know Safari 6

    Mountain Lion is officially here and along with that launch comes Safari 6, a major update to my favorite browser. In this QuickTip we’re going to take a brief look at how to use some of the great new features.

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Gamedevtuts+ — Game Development

  • Build a Canabalt-Style Infinite Runner From Scratch

    Build a Canabalt-Style Infinite Runner From Scratch

    With this screencast tutorial, you’ll create an infinitely scrolling, Canabalt-style platformer, from start to finish. The final game has randomly generated levels, player movement, death conditions and basic scoring. No previous programming or game development experience is required and graphics are provided for you, so all you need is a copy of Multimedia Fusion 2 (which has a free demo).

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  • Coding Destructible Pixel Terrain: How to Make Everything Explode

    Coding Destructible Pixel Terrain: How to Make Everything Explode

    In this tutorial, we’ll implement fully destructible pixel terrain, in the style of games like Cortex Command and Worms. You’ll learn how to make the world explode wherever you shoot it – and how to make the “dust” settle on the ground to create new land.

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  • When Designing a World, Player Mobility Must Come First

    When Designing a World, Player Mobility Must Come First

    Ever played a game that was packed with great set pieces, concepts, characters, and mechanics, but nevertheless felt boring? Perhaps the problem lay in how your character moved through and interacted with the game world. In this article we’ll take a look at player/world interaction through the lens of player mobility for a few key games, and see how this helps us understand the way level design and character design should work together.

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