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Best of the TUTS Sites - September

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With four TUTS sites already established (and a fifth, and more, on the cards) it can be tricky to keep track of them all. In this post we take a look back on September so far and highlight the best content from VECTORTUTS, NETTUTS and PSDTUTS. Enjoy!

VECTORTUTS - Vector & Illustrator

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  • Make an Aurora Borealis Design in Illustrator

    To recreate the light patterns of the Aurora Borealis you'd probably turn to Photoshop's filters and effects. Use Illustrator however, and you'll not only achieve a stunning end result, but you'll also benefit from the flexibility of working with vectors. This is an intermediate level tutorial rewarding you with an attractive desktop wallpaper for your efforts!

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  • How to Create a Trendy Retro Type Treatment

    In this Illustrator tutorial, I'll show you how to create a trendy retro type treatment with a free font, gradients, blends, and some scatter brushes. It's a relative easy tutorial containing techniques that can be quickly applied to many other type treatments and various graphic elements.

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  • How to Create a Regal Sword and Shield Design

    Learn to create a strong, yet sleek shield design complete with battle scars, blood, and swords. We'll use various shapes and effects to create a strong illustration and provide a wallpaper as well. Learn how to apply cutting slashes and glowing highlights to this triumphant composition.

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  • How to Create a Transparent Battery Icon

    In this tutorial, we'll create a detailed icon of a battery similar to the one used for the iPhone touch. The battery "fuel" color can be changed as well as the "fuel" level, allowing the icon to be used to create a battery or power meter for applications, or simply as a graphic in any type of design.

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  • Illustrate a Pair of Sweet Gradient Mesh Cherries

    In this tutorial, we'll explain how to create a pair of cherries solely with the Gradient Mesh tool. If you're not familiar with the Gradient Mesh tool, then this is a great tutorial to learn how to start using it. You can create artwork with a semi-realistic to very realistic look with that tool. It can take effort to master, but it's worth your time.

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    • PSDTUTS - Web

      Subscribe to PSDTUTS via RSS for more magazine-quality Adobe Photoshop tuts, articles and interviews.

    • Mascot Design In Real Time Order - the SOSFactory Way

      Hello buddies, this is Sergio Ordóñez from SOSFactory and this time I'm going to talk about my workflow used to design mascots for websites. This process in this article was described in real time as I created the designs. Let's look at this more closely.

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    • Make an Inspiring Artistic Poster with Drawn Elements

      In this tutorial, we'll create drawn elements, use design brushes, bring them into Photoshop, and merge them into a unique poster composition that feels hand-made, stylistically unified, and personalized. The techniques here are focused on creating an original artistic illustration. Let's see how this poster design was created.

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    • How to Make a Banging Woofer Embedded in Wood

      In this tutorial, we'll illustrate a woofer and make a simple wood texture for the background. We'll place the speaker so that it appears to be inside the wood texture. Also, we'll create screws that appear to hold it in place. Put some good music on and lets get working!

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    • Getting to Grips with the Vanishing Point Filter

      These two tutorials are simple guides about using Photoshop's Vanishing Point filter in photo editing. We'll learn some of the basics about making selections, cloning areas, and pasting images into the vanishing point filter window. This is a beginner level tutorial that will help you master the basics on this topic.

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    • Make a Turn of the Century Vaudeville Poster

      In this tutorial, we'll learn how create a turn-of-the-century Vaudeville poster. This uniquely appealing style of advertisement was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. You sir! You madam! Step right up and prepare to be amazed as we transport an image of two friends back in time to create a poster advertisement without compare!

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    • NETTUTS - Web

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      Learn How to Create a jQuery Plugin - Screencast

      You might think to yourself, “What is all the fuss with jQuery? You have to download
      a bunch of plugins to even make the library worth while.”. First, that isn’t true.
      Second, the jQuery library was specifically designed for that very purpose. By keeping
      the core library as small as possible - about 16 kb - users can then apply additional
      plugins at their own discretion. Today, I’ll teach you how to build your first “Center”
      plugin from scratch. Let’s get started!


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      Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch

      Ruby on Rails. . .by now most people have heard the hype about it. It promises more
      effective code, total object orientation, and true MVC architecture to say the least.
      As far as my own personal experience, it has been all that and more. The code is
      beautiful, easy to maintain, and edit. In a recent project I was working on, it
      took me less than 10 hours to do the application, as compared to at least double
      that if I was writing in PHP.

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    • How to Create an Amazing jQuery Style-Switcher

      How to Create an Amazing jQuery Style-Switcher

      In this tutorial I will be showing you how to create a style switcher using jQuery
      and PHP. The end result will be an unobtrusive & entirely degradable dynamic style
      switcher which will be quick and easy to implement.

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    • 10 Principles of the PHP Masters

      10 Principles of the PHP Masters

      With PHP’s widespread adoption,it’s almost too easy to find a script or snippet
      to do exactly what you need. Unfortunately, there’s no filter as to what is a “good
      practice” and what’s, well… not so good when writing a PHP script. We need trustworthy
      sources, who have proven they have a solid grasp on the best practices of PHP.

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    • 10 Smart Javascript Techniques to Improve Your UI

      10 Smart Javascript Techniques to Improve Your UI

      Javascript can add a lot of special effects that can really improve the user's experience.
      Here are 10 simple and clever Javascript techniques that add an extra dose of usability
      to any webpage.

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