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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, NETTUTS and PSDTUTS. Enjoy!


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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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  • 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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  • 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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