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Welcome to Cooltype.com Visitors! Along with Webpedia, we're merging the content from Cooltype.com into WebDeveloper.com as well. So now you'll have all the great Photoshop tips and tricks you've grown to know and love, as well as tons more stuff that we've had all along. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for visiting.


Lighting Enhancement in Photoshop
Dan Moughamian and Scott Valentine provide techniques to control visual focus and balance, and add drama to photographs.

Really Smart Objects in Photoshop
Mixing Camera Raws newfound local image corrections with Smart Objects adds another dimension to using raw files.

Photoshop Sharpening Essentials
Scott Kelby hasn't met a digital camera (or scanned) photo that he didnt think needed a little sharpening, and accordingly shares his techniques.

How to Upload Images Using PHP
One of the most frequently asked questions about PHP is "how can I use PHP to upload an image". In this article we'll discuss the details of how you can do just that!

Bringing New Grids to Web Design
Andy Clarke points out that grids can inspire a wide variety of site designs that present information in a structured way.

Creating Tricky Ground Shadows in Photoshop
Steve Caplin provides two simple but effective techniques for creating realistic shadows.

Web Shop Design: Five Makeover Dos and Don'ts
With the New Year underway, it's a perfect time to assess your e-commerce site, both in terms of design and function, and give your Web shop a marvelous makeover.

An Introduction to 3D
3D models are created by manipulating polygon meshes and molding them into objects, characters and scenes. Even if you don't have formal art training that goes beyond the few classes you took in high school or college you can still do great work in 3D.

Managing Photos and Creating Albums With Picasa 3
If you find some time for yourself before the break is over, you ought to start cleaning up your photos. Get rid of those red-eyes and pimples, brighten them up, and then organize them to share with friends and family. If you haven't already settled on a photo management and editor program, consider Picasa.

Adobe Photoshop Elements, Version 7
A less-muscular version of its high-end cousin, Photoshop Elements 7 offers small businesses professional photo editing results in a much easier-to-use package.

Content-Aware Scaling in Photoshop CS4
Martin Evening shows how to tap the power of the star feature of Photoshop CS4, which is also the most controversial.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Amps Up Collaboration
Adobe's powerhouse suite shows impressive improvements in all areas, but this time there's a special emphasis on collaboration.

Using PHP for the Creation of SVG Images
As with many of the pages on my Web site, my SVG images are in fact created via PHP scripts. I often end up including many of those images on other pages, but not always using the same size or colors, so making them customizable on a case-by-case basis is a useful thing. Find out how to use this effective tool in your PHP arsenal!

Optimizing Images in Photoshop with Curves and Levels
Tim Grey provides some practical tips and techniques for making a range of adjustments to your images in Photoshop.

How to Understand Color Codes
In this article you'll learn how the mechanism behind color code values works with the aid of a simple program. The program, Colourcoder, is designed to not only let you find a color you want with ease, but also help you gain a more intuitive grasp of color codes while you use it.

Why Work as an In-House Designer
Cathy Fishel provides specifics on the many advantages to working as an in-house designer.

Targeted Sharpening with Photoshop
Photoshop master Jack Davis shows us how to sharpen just part of an image, using non-destructive Smart Filters.

Using Text with Images in Photoshop
No matter how compelling an image is, sometimes you need to add some text to get your branded message across. We show you how.

Review: 3ds Max 2009
This new version of 3ds Max offers a wide range of updates to a popular application. This week we look at several of these updates, including: the ViewCube, Steering Wheels, Photometric Lighting, MentalRay ProMaterials and more.

Photoshop Toning Techniques
Leslie Alsheimer shows how to use Photoshop to emulate the toning of traditional processes and also utilize a whole new spectrum of toning possibilities.

Photoshop Plugin Essentials
Veteran plugin developer Harald Heim shares his tips and tricks on plugin use and management.

Using Color in Graphic Design: Dynamo
Adams Morioka and Terry Stone examine the use of color in the work of Irish design consultancy Dynamo.

Leveraging Content Types in SharePoint Document Libraries and Lists
Many organizations are not fully realizing the power of content types when using SharePoint. Here you will learn how to leverage content types and use them properly through examples.

Managing the Code When Customizing SharePoint
Companies that are customizing Microsoft SharePoint have to manage the code deployment process. Robert Bogue discusses some strategies for tackling the problem.

Five Photoshop Tips for Quick Editing
We outline five ways you can cut down the time it takes to edit and process images in Photoshop.

How to Create Inline Video in WordPress with Camtasia Studio
This week you'll learn how to embed video from Camtasia Studio in WordPress. The key to making all of this work is the Kimli Flash Embed (KFE) plug-in. The entire process is detailed in this article.

Web Shop Design: Font Fantastic
Fonts are the core of your site design, so using them wisely is critical. We show you how with tips and tricks for creative - not cluttered - results.

Adobe's Emerging Rich Media Ecosystem, Part 1: Developing Social Media Applications
Discover a rich media ecosystem wherein connected participants can form communities of individuals that interact with each other for a variety of purposes.

Dodging and Burning Done Right
Matt Kloskowski advises us to avoid the destructive effects of Photoshop's Dodge and Burn tools.

The Flash Guru Answers Your Questions
In this monthly series, celebrated Flash guru Stefa! n Richter n directly from the Web Video Universe forum. This month: How to find an FLV player to show your Flash Video

Softening Nighttime Shots With Gaussian Blur
If the harshness of night illumination shows too many blemishes, create a soft mask in Photoshop for improving facial appearance.

Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 6
This week is the wrapup for this series. We're going to have a look at recording, editing and producing PowerPoint recordings, and additional tips.

Inside Camtasia Studio 5 - Part 5: Production Improvements
This week we look at some of the production improvements, such as Flash SWF recommendations, Express Show, additional playback options, the onyx template for video instead of SWF, and options for sharing your video, including FTP and Screencast.

Optimizing a Silhouette Image in Photoshop
Scott Kelby leads readers through an image optimization process using his 7-Point System.

Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 4
This week you'll learn about more improvements in Camtasia 5 and how to add these to your recordings. Specifically, you'll learn how to create title clips, use captioning, voice narration, Flash quizzing and surveys.

Converting Black & White to Color in Photoshop
The new Black & White converter in Photoshop CS3 is a truly wonderful tool that makes the conversion process much more intuitive and user friendly. Ben Willmore shows how in this tutorial.

Photoshop Fundamentals: The Clone Stamp Tool
Philip Andrews walks readers through the essentials of this image retouching tool, with emphasis on the new features in CS3.

Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 3
This installment looks at more of the improvements made in Camtasia Studio 5. Specifically, it takes a look at clips, stability improvements, changes in frames per second (fps) for better editing, editing procedures, working with callouts and new transition options.

Use Photoshop and Illustrator to Create a Mosaic Effect
While there are many ways to create the classic mosaic effect, this one taps both Photoshop and Illustrator.

Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 2
In this tutorial we're going to have a closer look at the streamlined recorder, covering locking to the application, the new project settings, SmartFocus, the new zoom and pan features and more.

Locking Transparency and Loading Selection Areas in Photoshop
Locking transparency is an essential capability to learn, as it allows you to paint on a layer without affecting transparent areas.

Inside Camtasia Studio 5: Part 1
In this article we're going to look at the major new features of Camtasia Studio 5, including: the streamlined recorder, SmartFocus, ExpressShow, new editing features, features for bloggers, FTP and Screencast, transitions and the project settings.

Essential Skill Sets for Graphic Design
If you're interested in becoming a graphic designer, there are four essential skill sets that you must possess. See how you measure up!

Stockxpert Contributor Profile: Lathspell
Stockxpert.com contributor Lathspell tells Ben Kessler about his approach to creating 3D stock content.

Photoshop's Blend If: An Overview
Richard Lynch walks readers through this powerful tool, which is a mystery to most Photoshop users.

Controlling Web Page Backgrounds With CSS
Once derided, backgrounds now form the basis of many well-designed Web sites.

Book Review: The Designer's Apprentice
One of the challenges facing computer artists is productivity, especially with repetitive tasks. Fortunately, this book shows you how to automate your workflow by using several types of scripting, including: AppleScript, JavaScript, VBScript, data-driven publishing and more.

Photoshop Healing Brush Strategies
Martin Evening shares his techniques for using a Pattern preset as the source for the Healing Brush in CS3.

Photoshop CS3: Adjusting Color
Color adjustment is one of the most important aspects of working with images. This week you'll learn how to turn red roses blue, change a sky from midday to sunset and back again, bring out the detail in shadows, and control every imaginable aspect of color manipulation.

Photoshop CS3: Adjusting Color
Color adjustment is one of the most important aspects of working with images. This week you'll learn how to turn red roses blue, change a sky from midday to sunset and back again, bring out the detail in shadows, and control every imaginable aspect of color manipulation.

Photoshop CS3: Adjusting Color
Color adjustment is one of the most important aspects of working with images. This week you'll learn how to turn red roses blue, change a sky from midday to sunset and back again, bring out the detail in shadows, and control every imaginable aspect of color manipulation.

Photoshop CS3: Adjusting Color
Color adjustment is one of the most important aspects of working with images. This week you'll learn how to turn red roses blue, change a sky from midday to sunset and back again, bring out the detail in shadows, and control every imaginable aspect of color manipulation.

Photoshop CS3: Adjusting Color
Color adjustment is one of the most important aspects of working with images. This week you'll learn how to turn red roses blue, change a sky from midday to sunset and back again, bring out the detail in shadows, and control every imaginable aspect of color manipulation.

Photoshop CS3: Adjusting Color
Color adjustment is one of the most important aspects of working with images. This week you'll learn how to turn red roses blue, change a sky from midday to sunset and back again, bring out the detail in shadows, and control every imaginable aspect of color manipulation.

Display Text on Web Pages With Flash
Using Flash for text display can add typographic polish to your Web pages.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Create Hi-tech Dimension
This tutorial provides a quick way to add the effect of depth to a 2D object.

Customizing a MySpace Page for a Band
Most musicians today have a Web site which they use to market their CD's, band schedules and merchandise. Among the many marketing options, one approach is to customize a Web page on MySpace to use for your band.

Camtasia Studio Video Tutorials: Part 3
This week we cover another method of recording video, Picture in Picture (or PIP) and editing the timeline. This tutorial also includes an update to Camtasia Studio 4, which offers more video creation and output options.

Painting Web Applications
Discover how to save time (and sanity) by cutting through "high ceremony" frameworks, overly-involved XML configuration files, and excessively wordy code with graphic modeling.

How to Redesign Your Web Site
Occasionally, a Web Site can benefit from a facelift or a completely new design. In this article, we look at methods you should consider before you begin.

Rendering Graphics in ASP.NET with GDI+
Web forms do not have a canvas, so you can't ask a Web form for its Graphics object. But, you can simulate this behavior by rendering graphics in ASP.NETwith some help from GDI+.

Softening the Edges of Photo Object Images
Barbara McGunigal shows how to blend photo object images seamlessly into the background.

The Web 2.0 Movement Is Here. But What Does It Mean to You?
Learn more about Web 2.0, what it means for developers, for users, and for new companies. Delve deeper into the fundamental definitions of Web 2.0 and two of the frameworks for the "Web 2.0 style" development.

Book Review: The Design of Sites
The publisher describes this book as "the definitive reference for the principles, patterns, methodologies, and best practices underlying exceptional Web design." If you've been looking for an all-in-one guide about Web design, check it out.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Create a Type in Motion Effect
The Motion Blur, Stylize and Wind filters combine to create a flexible text effect.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Color One Image With Another
To create a unified look, use Match Color to coordinate colors between a series of images for a single project.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Create a Recursive Pattern
Create this classic graphical effect with Photoshop in just eight steps.

Image Compositing Light and Shadow Techniques: Part 1
Creating convincing composites means paying close attention to light sources.

InDesign Fundamentals: Square Off Rounded Boxes
Use InDesign's Corner Effects to mix regular and rounded image corners in just a few steps.

Creating an Animated Paintbrush in Photoshop
Stephen Burns provides some quick tips to harness Photoshop's Paintbrush engine.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Create a Steamy Shower Door
Channels, filters and your own keen eye for detail can make this steamy effect very realistic.

Review: Image Compressor
Looking for a fast image compression solution? Have a look at Image Compressor, a simple application that allows you to quickly size, compress and batch process JPEG images for the Web.

Designing with Interfaces & Abstract Classes
Create stronger Object-Oriented Designs with Interfaces & Abstract Classes.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Add a Soft Touch to an Image
Take the rough edges off a portrait photo with this quick tutorial.

An Improved Image-Processing Framework in Java
Learn about a new image processing framework that provides the ability to perform two sequential processes on an image, to display the modified images resulting from each process(in addition to the original image) and to write the modified images into output files in JPEG format.

InDesign Fundamentals: Color Bitmap Images with Gradients
This quick tutorial shows how to apply gradients to placed images, to create an eye-catching effect within InDesign.

Interview: Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography
A master photographer and teacher since 1977, Stephen Johnson is widely recognized as a pioneer of digital photography. You'll learn about the versatility of digital photography, the equipment he uses and the main reasons for choosing the digital approach when creating images.

Doodle, A Demo Drawing Program: Part 2
The previous article introduced the Doodle drawing application. This week, an application framework is added, complete with a document-view architecture. This powerful programming technique separates the document data from the view.

Setting Up An Efficient Photoshop Workspace
Eddie Tapp shows how to set up your workspace for more efficient production.

Using the TreeView Control and a DataList to Create an Online Image Gallery
This article, by Scott Mitchell, looks at how to use the ASP.NET 2.0 TreeView control and DataList to create a simple and easily maintainable image gallery.

Free Photoshop Plugins: Part 4 - Xero PluginsFree Photoshop Plugins: Part 4 - Xero Plugins
Harald Heim's latest look at free Photoshop plugins that are worth the download.

Three Quick Ways to Enhance Images in Photoshop
Rick Sammons shows that complex techniques aren't always required to improve image quality.

Building Flash Preloaders
Do you have trouble with stuttering, delayed or broken playbacks? If so, check out the Bandwidth Profiler, which will simulate the the playback at different connection speeds. If you have a problem, you can fix it by creating a preloader.

Simulating Camera Accidents in Photoshop
Tim Ashton digitally simulated traditional camera accidents to achieve a surreal mood for a self-promotion.

Review: Site Kreator
Want to create an interactive Web site, but have little or no experience? Check out Site Kreator, an application with many options, such as CSS, blog creation, image galleries, mailing lists and more.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Colorize Images with Blending Modes
You can use this simple technique to color bitmap images directly in Illustrator.

Best Practices for Accessible Flash Design: Part 2 - Reading Order, Audio Playback and More
This week we look at methods for controlling the reading order using off stage content, screen reader detection, keyboard access, how to avoid empty hit areas, control over audio playback and more.

Creating Flame Effects in Photoshop
Jonathan Barkat uses masks and Curves adjustment layers to create a firey book cover illustration.

Doodle, A Demo Drawing Program: Part 1
This week you'll learn about solid software design practices, many of them borrowed from working with Windows applications. The result is the development of a Web based drawing package.

Enhance Stock Images With Depth
Simon Tuckett shows how to achieve a sense of perspective when compositing a variety of stock images.

Creating Blends With the Mesh Tool in Illustrator
Ann Paidrick uses the Mesh tool to create photo-realistic chocolates in a dish.

Reducing Image Noise in Photoshop
Shan Canfield shows that there are alternatives to third-party plugins when reducing noise in Photoshop.

Illustrator Fundamentals: Create a 1960s-Inspired Headline
Get in a 60s groove with a retro headline using Illustrator.

Reducing Noise, Correcting Chromatic Aberrations & Controlling Vignetting
With varying degrees, all digital cameras produce images with electronic noise, chromatic aberrations, and vignetting. This week you'll learn how to reduce the effects of these imperfections in your RAW files.

Creating Carved and Sandblasted Text Effects in Photoshop
Carl West provides a simple way to create these classic effects.

Add Vibrancy to an Image With Photoshop's Liquify Filter
Teresa Lunt brings a photo of a shack to life with multiple warp effects.

Restoring a Vintage Photograph With Photoshop
Jeff Comella preserves a photos vintage look, while fixing damage and visualizing absent colors.

Interview: Brian Dilg, Master Photo Retoucher
Brian Dilg reveals that it takes more than Photoshop chops to excel at the art of retouching.

Blending Color Channels With Photoshop
Rich Harris shows how to use Apply Image to blend a color channel into an image.

The Creative Process of Photography
This week you'll learn about the creative process from the artist's perspective. Broken into three parts, you'll learn how to stay creatively alive, how the images were shot, manipulated, prepared for printing, and more.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Three Simple Photo Manipulations
Big Al Gruswitz pulls three handy techniques out of his Photoshop bag of tricks.

Optimizing Underexposed Images With Photoshop
Jay Kinghorn uses Levels and Curves adjustments in each RGB channel and the Info palette.

Create An Overall Color Scheme Using Grayscale in Photoshop
Simon Tuckett suggests connecting disparate images together with a grayscale-based color scheme.

Create Patterns With the Distort Filters in Photoshop
Dale Glaser shows how to use Photoshop's Distort filters to make gradients into swirling, abstract patterns.

Using Custom Symbols and 3D Effects in Illustrator
Scott Weichert useS customized swatches, symbols and 3D effects for his illustration.

Making Accurate Color Adjustments in Photoshop
Ensure your color adjustments are accurate by using Photoshop's Color Sampler tool.

Add Rain Effects Using Photoshop
By combining a couple of filter effects, you can take a sunny photo and make it look like you braved the worst of weather.

Using InDesign to Create a Motion Effect
You can quickly give an object a sense of motion without leaving Adobe InDesign.

Enhancing Illustration Textures in Photoshop
Katelan Foisy spot-enhances areas of her illustration to communicate the sensory detail of her work.

Designing for Different Browsers
Most Web authors agree that the biggest challenge (and headache) in Web design is dealing with a multitude of browsers and their varying support of Web standards. This week you'll learn about ways of dealing with browser differences.

Give An Image a Colorful Line Style Effect Using Photoshop
Combine halftone patterns and gradients to quickly create a contemporary effect.

Masking with Channels in Photoshop
Masking is one of the most important aspects of working with Photoshop and often the most difficult. These week you'll learn how to create effective masks for tree branches and fur, how to make the most of blending modes and more.

Free Photoshop Plugins: Part 3 - Rosenman Filters
Harald Heim continues his exploration of truly useful free Photoshop plugins.

Adding Textures to Shapes in Photoshop
Warren Heise creates a silkscreen effect for his Postmodern War Fear illustration.

Stock Photography for Web Developers: Part 10 - Terms, Pricing, and Resources
This week is the last article in this series which features an abbreviated glossary of terms, information on stock photography pricing software, image editing applications, resource materials and Web sites.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Customizing Brushes
Use Photoshop's brush options to reveal portions of an image.

Exploring Bridge and Version Cue: PDFs, File Naming, and Metadata
This week we look at the PDF review process, file naming in Version Cue, adding and viewing metadata in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, GoLive, Bridge and more.

Create Vector Images in Adobe Illustrator Using Live Trace
Quickly and accurately convert photos, scans or other bitmap images to editable and scalable vector paths in Illustrator.

Reproducing Traditional Collage Techniques in Photoshop
Jonny Mendelsson leaves scalpels and spray mount behind to composite photos in Photoshop.

Texture and Pattern Use in Photoshop
Keith Dixon let textures and patterns resurface in his mock book cover through layering effects in Photoshop.

Magnetic Lasso Tool Selection Techniques in Photoshop
Roger Hunsicker demonstrates that adding an anchor point or varying the tool size can keep the Magnetic Lasso on track.

Creating Dramatic Effects Using Liquid Inks
Jeremy Sutton demonstrates that Liquid Inks are a powerful tool for creating natural media effects.

Creating a Collage With Stock Photos in Photoshop
Victoria Spah shows how to transform a simple stock photo into an attention-grabbing image in Photoshop.

Photographic and Design Techniques in Stock Photography
This installment takes a brief look at a few of the photographic and design techniques necessary to create your own stock images. Some of the topics covered include the Rule of Thirds, the importance of image placement, designing for type, verticals vs. horizontals and more.

Increase Your InDesign Productivity with Scripting
You can't beat scripts for automating repetitive and tedious tasks when creating documents in Adobe InDesign.

Free Photoshop Plugins: Part 2 - Cybia Plugins
Plugin developer Harald Heim continues his quest to seek out just the best in free Photoshop plugins.

Create Vintage-Type Illustration Effects Using Photoshop
Illustrator John Kachik used Photoshop as an electronic silkscreen press to lay screens over his vintage-inspired piece.

Creating a Screen Print Effect in Photoshop
Marina Caruso develops a screen print effect for an editorial illustration by using Sketch filters.

Adding Color and Depth to Line Drawings
Alex Murawski uses Diffusion Dither and Curves channel adjustments to create a wine label.

Essential Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Julieanne Kost provides a potent collection of shortcuts for boosting Photoshop productivity.

Creating Fashion Illustrations with Corel Painter
Inspired by the work of Tobie Gildio, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis utilizes Painters Pens and Watercolors to create her illustration.

Use Levels to Create Smoother Photoshop Selections
Gary Young shows how to eliminate selection fringe and control edge softness in Photoshop using Levels.

Exploring Image Edge Fundamentals in Photoshop
Janee Aronoff shows how to explore your creative side while using these tips to build a library of edge options.

Add Realistic Fog with Photoshop
David Diotaveli shows how to use the Dissolve brush mode and the Gradient tool to vary density when creating fog effects.

Using Grayscale Illustrator Patterns in Photoshop
Dan May makes grayscale Illustrator shapes to use as a custom Photoshop pattern.

Stock Photography: Part 8 - Layouts, Compression, and Slicing
This week we look at methods of using stock photography for Web layouts, more image compression options, how many images to use on a page, image slicing and more.

Creating Fractions Using OpenType Fonts
David Bergsland suggests abandoning the use of subscripts and superscripts in favor of OpenType fonts.

How to Use Photoshop for the Web
In this lesson you'll learn how to create images for the Web. Some of the topics covered are file formats and size, preparing backgrounds, creating slices, making pages load faster and more.

Sharpen Images Without Color Shifts
Doug Nelson recommends using Lab Color mode for images that require a lot of sharpening.

Harnessing the Power of Libraries in Adobe Illustrator
Morty Golding shows how to create and access libraries of commonly used resources in Illustrator.

Stock Photography for Web Developers: History and Royalties
In this issue we look at the state of the stock photography industry in 1995 and what it took to become involved, including software and hardware. To conclude, we look at royalty splits, then and now.

Adding Vector Graphics to a Photoshop Illustration
Illustrator Derek Lea combines imagery created in Poser, Bryce and Illustrator within Photoshop.

The Non-Designer's Web Book, Third Edition
Type on the web can be a terrible mess, due in part to the different browsers and limitations on what can be done. This week you'll about the basics of good typography, how to adjust traditional typographic rules to work on the web and how to use Cascading Style Sheets (css) for better typographic control.

Stock Photography for Web Developers: Part 5
This week we continue our exploration of computers and how they've affected the stock photography industry. Topics covered are using stock photography in layouts, why you should use a drawing tablet, image editors, plug-ins and more.

Excerpt: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
In today's world of web design the sites that offer the best, easiest, most intuitive experience are the ones people visit again and again. Join usability guru Steve Krug who distills his years of experience into a practical primer on the do's and don'ts of good Web design.

Creating Patterns and Color Schemes in Adobe
Illustrator Lisa Henderling created patterns and a color scheme using reference clippings from architectural and decorating magazines.

Stock Photography for Web Developers: Part 4
This week we look at computers and how they've affected the stock photography industry. Some of the topics we'll look at are how to prevent the illegal use digital files, probles with marketing digital images, implications for photographers and more.

Stock Photography for Web Developers: Part 2
This week we're going to look at the different types of stock photography and what licenses are available. Generally, the most common terms that people are familiar with are rights protected and royalty free imagery, though there are other options which we'll examine here.

Stock Photography for Web Developers: Part 1
This week marks the beginning of an ongoing series on stock photography. In this and subsequent articles, we'll have a look at the stock photography industry, how it works, what images cost, copyright issues and how all of this benefits you as a Web developer.

Use Airbrushed Highlights and Shadow Detail in Photoshop
London-based illustrator Myles Talbot gave his vitamin label an extra dose of realism with airbrushed highlight and shadow detail.

Nine Type Rules for the Web
While some print purists still think web typography is an oxymoron, you can create effective graphic communication by following a few simple rules.

Using Curves Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Three example applications show how to harness the power of Curves, the adjustment layer of choice for savvy Photoshop users.

Graphics: Create a Cloudy Day Effect
Need to add a little gloom and doom to a far-too-cheerful image? This tutorial shows one approach using Photoshop.

A Web Development Primer
In this article, the author examines a wide variety of Web technologies, beginning with HTML, it's limitations and how to go beyond it. Other topics covered are client side technologies, server side technologies, networks, JavaScript, DHTML, CGI and more.

Photoshop Fundamentals: Using the Background Eraser
One of the keys to success in using Photoshop is knowing how to make accurate, speedy selections. Orion Williams demonstrates one approach using the Background Eraser tool.

Making Color Adjustments in Photoshop
After youve optimized the overall tonality of your image, the next step is typically color adjustments. Tim Grey shows us how.

Making Aged Photographs in Photoshop
Photo montage illustrator Steve Caplin provides step-by-step techniques for quickly giving photos an aged look in Photoshop.

Creating Silhouette Illustrations in Photoshop
Silhouette illustration is a trend in todays design community that has become very popular. Matt Kloskowski shows you how to create your own in Photoshop.

Create an Underwater Scene in Photoshop
Photoshop guru Bert Monroy takes us behind the scenes in this detailed tutorial.

Create a Radar Screen Animation with Photoshop and ImageReady
Jan Kabili and Colin Smith provide a detailed tutorial for creating a nifty radar screen animation.

Meet Lucene
Looking for a highly scalable, fast search engine that delivers performance and is disarmingly easy to use? Lucene may be the answer to your prayers.

Create Color Schemes in Photoshop
Grayscale images, desaturated process color images, over-saturated RGB images they never seem to mix well in a project. One way to tie a group of disparate images together is to create an overall color scheme by applying specific colors to different points on a grayscale tonal range.

Combining Diffuse Glow and Linear Burn in Photoshop
Learn how to quickly improve the quality of outdoor photos in this Photoshop CS tutorial.

Building Websites with the ASP.NET Community Starter Kit
The ASP.NET Community Starter Kit from Microsoft is an application that allows you to create a fully featured community-driven Website, complete with article and news management, downloads, forums and user handling.

Web Site Cloaking and Search Engines
Cloaking, according to Webopedia and Google, is where the page delivered to search engines is different from the one displayed to visitors. The purpose? To hide content from search engines. Should you use it?

Book Excerpt: Al Ward's Photoshop Productivity Toolkit
This resource from actions guru Al Ward supplies you with over 600 Photoshop actions that you can instantly apply to your work. These actions allow you to automate routine production tasks, make color and tone enhancements, apply artistic effects, and much more. By Sybex.

The Inner Workings of Robots, Spiders, and Web Crawlers
Robots, a.k.a. spiders or Web crawlers, are used to feed data to a user, such as Google. Most robots are useful, but some, such as EmailSiphon and Cherry Picker are spambots. Here, you'll learn what robots do and how to gain control over them.

Software Review: Informatix Piranesi
Named after Giovanni Battista Piranesi, a famous architect in the 1700s, Piranesi is what I'd call a hybrid application, one that spans the gap between different software programs such as Lightwave, AutoCad and Photoshop.

Software Review: Layout Master 1.1
Creating a layout with CSS can be quite complicated. And even though some WYSIWYG HTML editors offer visual authoring, many Web designers prefer to code by hand. Layout Master 1.1 is a powerful editing tool designed to help remedy that problem.

Accessibility and the Web
Accessiblity to the Web is generally taken for granted, except when a site is slow or unavailable. Here, you'll learn about techniques to make your Web site more accessible. Some are relatively simple, while others require a little work.

Software Review: Style Master v.3.5
Cascading Style Sheets are an important element of current Web design. Today, Lee Underwood examines Westciv's Style Master, an application dedicated to the creation and tweaking of Style Sheets.

3D in Depth: Lighting - Part 2
This month, we look at lighting in more depth and cover thebasics of the 3 Point Lighting system. Also covered are common errors in lighting and how to avoid them. By Nathan Segal.

CorelDraw101: Objects
If you want to master graphics production in CorelDraw, then you must understand how to work with objects. Follow along as we show you how to select, align, distribute, and copy properties among objects in this step-by-step CorelDraw tutorial. By Wendy Peck.

Create PDFs On The Cheap
Learn how your small business can put PDF files to work for $100 or less.

3D in Depth: Materials - Part 1
This month, we look at basic materials and how you can use them in a scene. Textures, whether computer created or from a source outside of the computer, allow you to develop realistic imagery. By Nathan Segal.

The Cararra Studio. Chapter 1: 3D Modeling Concepts and Techniques
Here, you'll quickly learn 3D with nearly 30 step-by-step tutorials and exercises. They guide you through modeling with subdivision surfaces, spline modeling, UV mapping, shader creation, character rigging, animation, and more. By Charles River Media.

Photoshop Secrets: Advanced Color Correction with Levels
Colin Smith is well-known for his real-world tips and tutorials on using Photoshop more effectively. In "Advanced Color Correction with Levels", Colin shares a time-tested technique for improving image quality.

New Drag-and-Drop Editor Out for Linux Devs
Innoopract's drag-and-drop programming tool transforms underlying Java code into Visual Basic-style code components. By Jim Wagner

RedDot Heads into the Office from the Web
After more than a decade in the business, 1,000 customers, and 3,500 implementations, RedDot is taking its experience in Web content management and bringing it inside the office to power document management and collaboration.

Web Design on a Shoestring
Web design on a Shoestring reveals all sorts of free or inexpensive resources that are available but unknown. Learn how to test your web sites efficiencies and functionalities, to understand content management systems, and what commercial products to use or avoid. By New Riders.

A powerful programmers editor for the Windows platform, that comes preconfigured for Java. Features include Brief, WordStar, Epsilon keyboard emulation, workspace file management, integrated CVS version control, class browsing, code completion, ftp editing, syntax highlighting and much more.

Programming ColdFusion MX: Web Services, Pt. 2
This week, you'll learn about Producing Web Services, Handling Dataype Mapping, Creating Custom Datatypes and Web Services Security - all in ColdFusion. By O'Reilly.

Designing Packages for Stability
Are your designs stable? This month Samudra will focus on the change impact relationship involved in designing classes, showing us how to take them into account when designing the package relationship.

Speed Up Your Site: Optimizing JavaScript for Download Speed
Creating speedy scripts is only half the JavaScript optimization battle: You must also create code that can be quickly downloaded. Find out what you should and shouldn't cut in this exclusive excerpt from chapter 9 of "Speed Up Your Site: Web Site Optimization." From New Riders.

Load Testing your Applications with Apache JMeter
This week Keld Hansen gives us a quick look into JMeter's capabilities in the web application and web service area. This versatile open source gem is simple to use and great for performing load testing on your applications.

True Image Resizing
This article, by Scott Mitchell, examines how to dynamically resize images using the Image class in the .NET Framework. Specifically, Scott's article illustrates how to display a list of images in an ASP.NET Web page from a directory, using image resizing to ensure that all images' heights and widths are within certain bounds.

Good Color Practice
Part 3 of our series of excerpts from Chapter 2 of Web Graphics for Non-Designers discusses good color practice; especially when using color on the Web.

Outsourcing Search Engine Optimization
Choosing a firm to do search engine optimization needn't be confusing or frustrating if you start by creating a request for proposal that focuses on your own specific needs.

Book Excerpt: Web Graphics for Non-Designers, Pt. 2
Our series of color-basics excerpts continues with a look at potential sources of inspiration when selecting a site's color scheme. From glasshaus.

Borland Optimizeit Suite 5
Borland Optimizeit Suite includes three integrated tools- Optimizeit Profiler, Optimizeit Thread Debugger, and Optimizeit Code Coverage - designed to help developers efficiently pinpoint performance and reliability issues in Java code

Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies
The two terms most critical to the success of web globalization-internationalization and localization-are also the two most frequently misunderstood. This chapter will help you not only differentiate between the two, but also understand how to successfully use them together.

Beyond HTML Goodies
Go beyond the basics and learn how the pros add and use dynamic HTML features and advanced JavaScript techniques. Our two part excerpt takes a look at Chapter 3: Neat Stuff with Text and Images. From Que Publishing.

PopChart 4.0 by Corda Technologies
Geared toward the information enthusiast, PopChart 4.0 will help any IT professional bring their data together in an easy-to-use, dynamic, web-based environment.

Dynamic Dreamweaver MX - Part 3
Get up to speed on using the advanced features of Dreamweaver MX. Produce dynamic web sites that comply with web standards and accessibility guidelines. This weeks installment covers server behaviors such as displaying records, showing regions of your document based on a few conditions, and inserting records into your database. From glasshaus.

Meeting the Public in Mass
Without question, the toughest task web designers have to face is the promotion of their own business. Banging on random doors is only cost effective if you get lucky and hit the right doors, advertising can get expensive, and waiting on the phone to ring is a waste of time.

Dynamic Dreamweaver MX
Get up to speed on using the advanced features of Dreamweaver MX. Produce dynamic web sites that comply with web standards and accessibility guidelines. From glasshaus.

Implementing XSL-Formatting Objects
Everyone loves a well-designed Web page, but have you ever tried to print one and discovered a big mess and maybe some unhappy users? See how using FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) can help.

Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development - Part 2
This excerpt from Dreamweaver MX: PHP Web Development discusses how to configure Dreamweaver to work with your Development Environment. This weeks installment covers an overview of the advanced site definition, testing the server, a site map layout and the database connection. From Glasshaus.

3D Flash Animator
Flash(TM) creation programs are becoming more and more common, but the word "common" hardly describes 3D Flash Animator from Australia's Insane Tools. The program offers a great combination of features and ease of use, unlike many such programs that seemingly require a PhD to operate.

Book Excerpt: Professional Java Web Services, Pt. 5
Our Java Web Services excursion concludes with an in depth look at a SOAP client, as well as a quick SOAP client debugging demonstration by way of the TCP tunnel/monitor tool. From Wrox Press.

The Business of Web Design
Lee Creek delves into the business end of web design. Join him as he discusses everything from finding the money to get started, to planning for the emergency that could ruin your company.

Usability: the Site Speaks For Itself - Part 3
This chapter is all about the various iterations and versions of The SynFonts site and downloadable type catalogs the author has created over the years. The aim is to show you how you can learn from your mistakes, if you're willing to constantly question yourself and your work, and make sure each iteration of a project is more and more usable. This weeks installment covers the 1998-2000 Web Site and the temporary closing of the site. From glasshaus

Google SVG Search, Pt. III
The final adjustments to our Google-to-SVG search script will allow it to function as a Web accessible CGI application. Michael Classen describes how to add interactivity to the script via the CGI module.

Book Excerpt: Cascading Style Sheets
This glasshaus title examines the use of CSS to control the display of Web pages. Our excerpts from chapter 1 begin with a brief look at the history of HTML; with special emphasis on the factors leading up to the need for CSS-based development

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