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Best of the TUTS Sites - September


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 AUDIOTUTS, VECTORTUTS and NETTUTS. Enjoy!

VECTORTUTS - Vector & Illustrator

    Subscribe to VECTORTUTS via RSS for more daily vector design tuts and articles from the makers of Psdtuts+.

  • 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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    • NETTUTS - Web

      Subscribe to NETTUTS via RSS for more daily web development tutorials and articles.

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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!


    • 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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      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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    • AUDIOTUTS - Music & Sound

      Subscribe to AUDIOTUTS via RSS for more daily tutorials and articles for music producers and engineers.

    • How to Create Futuristic Laser-beam Effects

      The raygun or laser beam has been a defining sound for many a science fiction movie. How many of us can still hear the sound of the Rebel forces as they fend off the Stormtroopers? In this tutorial, we'll look at creating a simple ‘raygun' effect, using some fun plugins and samples with Logic 8.

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    • How to Create a Custom Instrument with Logic’s EXS Sampler

      Creating custom sampled instruments using Logic’s EXS24 Software instruments that come jam packed with presets can be bittersweet; there are hundreds of ready-made sounds instantly available at your fingertips, but within months of an instrument’s release the patches become hackneyed and commonplace. What you may have thought was a unique and exciting instrument can soon become the very sound that makes your music feel just like everything else.

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    • How to Create a Tape Stop Effect with Cubase 4

      In this tutorial we are going to look at two alternative methods of creating the sound effect of a turntable or tape being unplugged and slowing to a halt within a music track.

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    • How to Process Vocals for an Amazing Professional Sound

      Persuading a problematic vocal recording to play nicely with the rest of your mix can seem like a futile task. Well-recorded vocals and poorly-recorded vocals both need to be correctly prepared, and the processes we're going through today will help you turn your untreated vocal take into a polished and commercial sound.

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    • 8 Stifling Myths About Studio Recording

      For the neophyte, the studio can be a place of myth and legend. It’s complicated and takes many years of learning and hands-on experience to become a talented studio engineer or producer. It’s not at all helped by the amount of misinformation that has been distributed about studio recording, unfortunately; let’s clear up a few of these myths.

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