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Best of Tuts+ in November 2012

Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network. Whether you’d like to read the top posts from your favourite site, or would like to start learning something completely new, this is the best place to start!

 


Psdtuts+ — Photoshop Tutorials


Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials


Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials


Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials


Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials

  • The Basics of Better Moon Photography

    The Basics of Better Moon Photography

    It controls the tides and even some people’s moods. It watches over us at night and sometimes makes a guest appearance during the day. It’s our only non-man-made satellite and some people still think it is made of cheese.

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  • Your Guide to Stunning Surf Photography

    Your Guide to Stunning Surf Photography

    A surfer performing a maneuver on a beautiful wave is always a photographic inspiration. Every wave is different and every surfer has his or her own unique style. As a photographer, the elements of surfing make it both enjoyable and exciting to capture.

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  • How to Shoot a Professional, Creative Low-Key Self Portrait

    How to Shoot a Professional, Creative Low-Key Self Portrait

    Sometimes when looking at a beautiful black and white portrait, you think to yourself, “what a shot, I wish I could have one!” In fact, you do not have to be a professional photographer or use a professional service to have stunning shots. You can do it by yourself and all you need is some creativity, a little ingenuity and artistry.

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Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials

  • Modeling, Texturing & Rendering for Production: Part 1 Concept Design – Tuts+ Premium

    Modeling, Texturing & Rendering for Production: Part 1 Concept Design – Tuts+ Premium

    In production, speed is everything. Artists need to adapt tools and techniques that allow for a workflow that’s not only fast and efficient, but one that yields excellent results at the same time. In our latest Tut+ Premium series Modeling, Texturing & Rendering for Production you’ll follow profession CG artist Mile Eror as he shares his personal workflow and discusses the tools, techniques and general approach he takes when working on a project.

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  • Building a Steampunk Inspired Light Saber in 3ds Max, Part 1

    Building a Steampunk Inspired Light Saber in 3ds Max, Part 1

    In this tutorial we are going to create a stylized high poly model of a steampunk light saber. We are going to use a ton of different modeling techniques to create the different shapes of the model, as well as some techniques that will allow us to group and connect the different elements together into single pieces of geometry.

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  • Working with Advanced Reflections in UDK

    Working with Advanced Reflections in UDK

    In this tutorial we’ll learn how to setup both a Dynamic (realtime) and a Static reflection material in Unreal Development Kit, and create a Parameter Switch to switch from Dynamic to Static reflections, or vice versa in UDK. For the tutorial I’ll be using the February 2011 version of UDK.

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Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials


Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials

  • Quick Tip: How To Sound Like Minimalist Composer Steve Reich

    Quick Tip: How To Sound Like Minimalist Composer Steve Reich

    This quick tip describes the common composing techniques, provides links to examples and gives suggestions on how you can do it yourself.

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  • Editing And Using .REX Files

    Editing And Using .REX Files

    Would you like to edit clean transients in a flexible, non-destructive way? In this video tutorial, Mo Volans teaches you how to use .REX files in Propellerhead’s ReCycle to do just that. You’ll also learn how easy it is to graphically edit your loops in Reason’s Dr.Octo Rex. Enjoy!

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  • Quick Tip: 10 Quick Editing Tips

    Quick Tip: 10 Quick Editing Tips

    Usually, editing is overlooked as a part of audio production. It’s not that engineers don’t know what it is, it’s just that it’s looked at the same way a chef would look at doing the dishes. It’s boring. It’s tedious and tiresome to go through each and every track to spot the glitches, pops and abnormal volume changes.

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Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials


Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials


Gamedevtuts+ — Game Development


Mactuts+ — Mac & OS X 

How to Upgrade Your MacBook Pro to an SSD

Following on from the previous post on upgrading your MacBook Pros RAM, today we have a tutorial on how to fit your Mac with a speedy Solid-State Drive (SSD). Upgrading RAM was a relatively cheap way to increase the speed of your Mac – it did so by making your Mac run smoother if you have multiple applications open at the same time and generally allowing your Mac to do more without slowing it down – but adding an SSD will be make your laptop run faster than it ever has. The difference can be so large, youd be forgiven for thinking youve got a whole new machine.

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  • How to Own Apple Products Without Getting Screwed

    How to Own Apple Products Without Getting Screwed

    Have you ever purchased an awesome new Apple product only to find out almost immediately that there’s a newer and better version right around the corner, or worse, already announced? Doesn’t it make you want to pull your hair out when you fork over hundreds or even thousands of your hard earned dollars and still quickly find yourself a generation of technology behind? Today, we’re going to look at a few simple strategies that you can use to avoid that “screwed over” feeling that seems inherent in owning Apple products.

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  • How to Increase the Performance of Your Wireless Network

    How to Increase the Performance of Your Wireless Network

    Wireless networks are so ubiquitous that many of us rarely pay any attention to their setup. For a lot of us, as long as we can get on the Internet, then thats all we need. However, its likely that your wireless network isnt anywhere near as good as it can be. With some simple tweaking, and some great utilities from the Mac App Store, we can make sure it’s the best in the neighborhood!

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Crafttuts+ — Craft & Handmade

  • Knitting Fundamentals: How to Cast-On

    Knitting Fundamentals: How to Cast-On

    Knitting has been gaining quite a bit popularity over the past few years. Knitting enthusiasts are no longer just grandmothers who make sweaters for Christmas (although those gals are out there too, love you Granny!). It’s true, knitting is now common amongst women and men of almost all age ranges, and many of those who don’t know how to knit are starting to express an interest in learning.

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  • Make Your Own Hobbiton Miniature Garden

    Make Your Own Hobbiton Miniature Garden

    Lord of the Rings fans rejoice; the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey screened in Wellington today and its only a matter of weeks before the rest of us get to see it for ourselves. Ive always wanted to make a themed miniature garden, so I thought I might get my Tolkien geek on for Craftuts+ and make a Hobbiton-themed miniature garden.

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  • Make a Colourful Christmas Wreath and Garland With Fabric Strips

    Make a Colourful Christmas Wreath and Garland With Fabric Strips

    Here’s a Christmas craft where you can use all those tiny bits of fabric you have left over from other craft projects. Gather all your pieces together and use them to make a festive wreath and garland decoration for your home.

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FreelanceSwitch — Freelance Jobs & Information

  • Facebook for Freelancers: Groups, Pages or Profiles?

    Once you’ve decided Facebook is right for you as a freelancer, you’re ready to put together an action plan on how you’ll use it to promote your business and market your services.
    Your next step is to decide whether to promote your business with a Profile, a Group or a Page. These are the three set-ups Facebook offers, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

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  • 15 Ways New Freelancers Can Use Social Media to Boost Business

    Social media is a great way to connect with new people, including potential freelance clients. Having a presence on one of the hugely trafficked social-media platforms can also help your own freelancer website rank better in search and help you get found by prospects.

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  • How to Craft Your Portfolio to Your Target Market

    Your portfolio may be the first introduction potential clients have to you: it tells them what type of projects you do well at and what kind of work you want to land — even if that’s not the message you intended to convey. At the most basic level, the people who view your portfolio will assume that you don’t do anything beyond what is included in that portfolio.

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