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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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How to Pose and Photograph Newborn Babies
One of several things to keep in mind is that a sleeping baby is much easier to pose and photograph than one who is awake. Cotta uses white noise as a lullaby to keep the baby from waking. You should also turn off your camera’s focus confirm beep. Most new cameras have a silent mode that reduces the burst speeds but is much quieter. If you’re working with a mirrorless system, just turn off any sounds and you’re set.

Explorers: The Making of Cinemagraphs and Photographs
The Explorers series was based on early 20th century explorers, thus the images have a vintage feel, complete with era-appropriate props. The images were developed by combining several photographic elements. First, high resolution photographs were taken of the Canadian wilderness. Then, with the use of some fake snow and fans, the talent (decked out in explorer-esque garb) was photographed in-studio.

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How to Retouch Wrinkles in Photoshop
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Illustrator and Photoshop Workflow with Rasterino
In-line editing of the Embedded images outside Adobe Illustrator in raster graphics editors like Photoshop using native functions is impossible. To do this you first need to unembed an image. Rasterino allows conducting in-line editing of the Embedded images in a much easier and faster way.

Create an Epic Pirate Sea Battle in Photoshop
Get ready to create an epic battle between a sea creature and a courageous pirate girl. I will share you various tips  and techniques that will hopefully improve your current workflow. In this tutorial I will make extensive use of layers, masks, smart objects and other basic Photoshop tools so if you’re not familiar with ...

Photoshop: How to Create Techno-inspired, Symbols & Logos
Photoshop CC 2014 tutorial showing how to transform a simple black and white graphic into a techno-inspired, logo or symbol including adding color.

How to Shoot Dramatic Portraits in Dark Locations
The advantage of using a really deep parabolic umbrella in a shoot like this is that it’s, well, deep. That means you can really focus the light on your subject without spilling any of it on to the background. In this case the background had a lot of distracting elements, such as paint shifts, banners, and items that really did not add anything to the images.