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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 AUDIOTUTS, VECTORTUTS 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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  • 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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