Didn’t catch your usual Tuts+ reading during February? Here’s a catch-up on the best we have to offer!
Cgtuts+ CG and 3D Tutorials
February saw the release of “The Soviet Machine”, a brand new multi-part tutorial series from new Cgtuts+ author Martin Kostov. The ‘Soviet Machine’ is a high poly modeling tutorial for 3d Studio Max. Throughout this amazing series, Martin will show you how to create accurate, highly detailed objects using only a few reference images. This is a great and easy to follow tutorial for both beginner and intermediate 3ds Max users alike. We know you’re going to love it!
February also saw the release of an in-depth two part tutorial by new Cgtuts+ author Tony Rivera. Throughout the tutorial Tony shares some of his techniques for creating tattered cloth in Maxon’s Cinema4D. You will learn how to create this effect by making a flag simulation using the power of C4D’s Spline and Boole tools. This is a great starting point for any artist interesting in exploring the possibilities of cloth simulation inside Cinema4D!
In February Cgtuts+ was pleased to release two amazing texture packs from regular author and contributor Chandan Kumar. Chandan put together a huge collection of 118 awesome, high resolution tree bark textures for our Premium subscribers. These unique textures are presented at full size and in high resolution, sure to meet all of your texturing needs!
Aetuts+ After Effects News and Tutorials
Today I really wanted to share some workflow tricks that I use on a daily basis in a production environment. Many of you might be familiar with these techniques, but there will be a lot of people that will definitely benefit from these tips. With the exception of the Reel Smart Motion Blur plug-in, all of these processes are built into After Effects. Whether youre a newcomer to After Effects or a seasoned veteran, you will definitely get something out of these great timesavers…
This tutorial has three main parts. It covers the panorama background plate for the scene. It does NOT cover the rotoscoping of the actor (grrrr). Then, the jump is animated with Action Essentials II dirt footage composited in. Finally, the “camera move” effect is demonstrated from an intriguing zoom to epic wide angle!! Get your Jump on!
In today’s Quick Tip, I briefly explain the history of and logic behind a color’s hex value. Enjoy!
Psdtuts+ Adobe Photoshop Tutorials
When a star like our own reaches the end of its life, it begins to run out of hydrogen fuel in its core. Like a car running out of gas, it will begin to sputter, swelling to a size that could encompass every planet in our solar system out to Mars. When this happens, the sun will swallow the Earth and will spell certain doom for all life on our planet. Today’s tutorial is part of a 4-part series depicting the journey of the inhabitance of a dying world that must travel into the unknown to find a new world to call home. In this series, we will explore the cosmos from the perspective of this fictional civilization making their way through the universe and will demonstrate the techniques that you can use in Photoshop to depict your own cosmic scenery. In addition to written content, this tutorial also includes about an hour of video instruction to help you along the way. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
Photoshop is a great tool to create scenarios that can’t or don’t exist in real life. In today’s tutorial, we will combine several stock images and effects to create a fictional arctic snow frog in Photoshop. As you can see, some of his unfortunate friends are frozen into the ice behind him and his meal is frozen just out of reach. Let’s get started!
Let’s be honest, Photoshop isn’t cheap. Most of us have probably complained about the cost of Photoshop, and Adobe products in general at some point in our careers. The fact is that none of us could do our job without it. It’s an advanced application meant for professional users. It is used by people in all walks of life, from photographers to web designers; but is it worth the $699 price tag? In this article, we will take a balanced look at whether or not Photoshop costs too much, not enough, or if it is priced just right.
Webdesigntuts+ Web Design Tutorials
New web designers often find themselves in a common scenario: fresh out of college or just barely starting your career… but unlike other careers where there are defined training programs to show you the ropes, you end up wandering around the internet, hoping to pick up enough experience to land a job. Today, I am going to discuss a few areas where rookie web designers can drop the frustration and begin making high quality web sites faster.
Today we’re going back to basics with a simple, elegant, and professional button tutorial from Liam McCabe. Liam creates all sorts of great web elements, so he’s going to be a great guide through the process. If you’ve been looking for a way to spice up your designs with a uniquely styled button or UI element, look no further…
Web apps, Android apps, iPhone and iPad apps and now, with the release of Mac apps, the world appears to be going app crazy! It seems that there is an app to cater for almost every situation… but in a digital marketplace, how do these apps promote themselves? With web design of course!
Mobiletuts+ iOS, Android & Sencha Tutorials
RestKit is a powerful library that simplifies interacting with web services for iOS applications. In this article, written by RestKit creator and Two Toasters CTO Blake Watters, we will take a quick tour of RestKit’s feature set, get familiar with the core concepts presented by the library, and then explore some code samples to get a feel for what working with RestKit is really like.
In this multi-part tutorial series, I’ll be teaching you how to build a Titanium Mobile app from start to finish. Specifically, you’ll learn how to build a Pizza Shop app that will allow customers to order a custom pizza on the go. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to setup the project and create a “Crust Selection” screen.
Back in mid-2010 you learned about common Android Virtual Device (AVD) configurations. We’re now in tablet-crazed early-2011. In this quick tutorial, you’ll extend your knowledge of AVDs by learning how to create configurations for two of the most popular Android tablets.
Vectortuts+ Adobe Illustrator Tutorials
Adobe Illustrator CS5 features a slew of fantastic new tools and functionality, but the one that jumped out at me and really grabbed my attention was the Variable Width Stroke Tool. The concept was great. And when I actually put it to use – the experience was even greater than my expectations. In part one of this two part series we’ll be creating a tribal design and improving our Illustrator work flow along the way.
If you’ve been using design software for as long as I have, you will no doubt have more than a few obsolete skills up your sleeve. Those of you who have mastered the notoriously difficult QuarkXPress will know what I mean. Dropping to a 25% market share, behind InDesign, many Quark users found themselves having to learn a new piece of software just to stay relevant in the workforce. With the current speed of software updates, how can you be sure that your skills will stay relevant in the future?
Today, we have another Vector Premium tutorial exclusively available to Premium members. If you want to learn how to create a poster design, in the style of 1950′s air travel tourism. We’ll take a look at the typographic qualities and composition of late 50′s posters, then utilize modern digital rendering techniques to create an illustrated Australia tourism ad campaign.
Phototuts+ Photography and Post-Processing Tutorials
In the United States, around $400 billion is spent on advertising each year. That’s “billion” with a “b.” A slice of that goes to producing photos for those advertisements. Commercial photographers can make a career out of shooting objects for advertisements, and in this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process. I’ll explain how to decide about props, setting, lighting and toning. Mastering the “product shot” could lead to your next six-figure income (or maybe just some great eBay auctions) – either way it will be fun.
When I first got into photography almost 20 years ago, film was the de facto standard and, obviously, the only standard. For over a hundred years film was the only option. The greatest names in photography all shot film; I’m sure you’ve heard of Ansel Adams.
The self-portrait has been a popular form of expression ever since man first saw his own reflection. Much like Narcissus, it’s often the case that we need not look beyond the tip of our own nose for a muse worth studying.
Activetuts+ Flash, Flex and ActionScript Tutorials
In this Quick Tip we’ll take a look at how to embed and display a 3D model in Flash, using Papervision3D.
A couple of weeks ago we advertised for a new Staff Writer at Activetuts+. The response was phenomenal! We had a pile of submissions to wade through and the quality of all applicants was of such a calibre that we chose to take on four new staff writers! There’s a good chance you’ll recognise these guys, come and meet them..
A lot of Tablet Computers and Touch Screen devices have emerged, and it’s time to create games that have virtual joystick support on the screen for easier gameplay. Read on and discover how you can create a virtual joystick for your games on touch enabled devices..
Audiotuts+ Music Theory, Production, Mixing Tutorials and More
Sorry for the long delay in continuing this series. I just moved across the country which took a bit more time and effort than I had originally hoped. In getting back on track with this tutorial, we are going to begin to look at some interesting ways of setting up our mix routing to maximize our mix-down flexibility; allowing us to shape our sounds into something with a more personal and artistic feel. As with any artistic endeavor, many of the settings and choice of effects shown here are going to be largely subjective, but much of the routing and underlying principals will help give you a solid jumping off point in making your mixes and sounds more diverse, interesting and personal.
Probably most of you have played computer games or have watched movies, where the music is made with large percussion hits and really low ethnic drums. I remember watching the Warcraft 3 introduction video, where the attack of the orcs was accompanied by smashing drums. I always wanted to capture that sound and in this quick tip I’ll try to explain you some of the techniques I’ve come across in my experience.
It’s easy to make music at your home today. However, you can’t put up low budget monitors and a microphone and call yourself a studio. There is a difference between a nice home recording studio -” even if it’s just one spare room -” and a low-cost corner in your bedroom, especially if you want to make money with it. We all start somewhere, even if it is in the corner of our bedroom but what separates the men from the boys is being able to take it to the next level. What follows are some of the foolproof ideas to make your home recording studio sound better.
Nettuts+ Web Development Tutorials and more
We all have our bad habits. In this article, we’ll go over a list of bad practices that are worth examining, reevaluating, and correcting immediately.
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.
This is the first article in a series that will bring you up to speed with HTML5 canvas, the plugin-less drawing functionality built into modern browsers. In this introductory article, I’ll show you how to access the canvas element, draw shapes, change colours, and erase things. It’s a whistle-stop tour of the basics of this amazing new Web technology.