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How to Create an Hourglass Icon in About an Hour – Screencast

“With simple shapes, gradients, and vector textures, this simple tutorial will show beginning illustrators how to create an hourglass icon. There is a whole lot you can do without the Pen Tool. We’ll be using Illustrator CS4 for this tutorial, but those of you with older version should be able to follow along as well. Let’s get started!” – Sean Hodge

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How to Create a Richly Ornate Typographic Illustration

When looking for top quality content, you’re usually forced to pay for your resources. They’re generally better and easier to work with, and offer a wider range of use. Sometimes though, you can find the same level of quality at zero cost, and it’s exactly what we’re going to do today. We’re going to create a detailed illustration with free gifts and self made goodies.

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Diving into PHP: Video Series

Today marks the beginning of a brand new series that will show you EXACTLY how to get started with PHP. Just as with the “jQuery for Absolute Beginners” series, we’ll start from scratch and slowly work our way up to some more advanced topics. I hope you enjoy it. As always – feel free to make requests via the comments form.
We’ll get started by downloading WAMP/MAMP and echoing out a simple string to verify that PHP is working.

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Create an RSS Reader With a Custom XMLLoader Class

Those of you who’ve already downloaded the Flashtuts+ freebie XMLLoader Class 3.0 will know what a handy tool it can be. In this screencast, its author Clemente Gomez will take you through some features of the XMLLoader Class, building a useful multi-RSS reader in the process. Make some time, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

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How to Make AJAX Requests With Raw Javascript

Javascript frameworks have turned simple AJAX functions into one-liners. This is quite incredible, considering the fact that it would require more than twenty to accomplish the same thing with raw Javascript. Nevertheless, it’s important to learn what’s “under the hood”.

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How to Create Explosive Flower Fireworks

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a unique twist on the traditional fireworks display. The tutorial shows you how to create fireworks with Trapcode Particular, and how to reflect this effect over water.

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Celebrity Portrait Photographer Demystifies His Lighting Setup
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How to Make a Polaroid Style Photo in Photoshop
We all know that certain photography techniques die out when better and newer technology replaces them. That’s what’s going on with the film at the moment. There are fewer and fewer manufacturers producing film, and even fewer shops developing it.