Awesome Transformation – Image into Statue in Photoshop

This tutorial is going to show you how to transfer a normal image into a statue. You can apply these techniques into any image you like including car, animal and so on. The techniques are not complicate and easy to learn. Very nice!

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How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography

The following tip on getting digital images to look like Lomo Images was submitted by DPS reader – Frank Lazaro. You can see his photography at his Flickr page and see some of his Lomo shots here NB: most of the shots in this post can be enlarged by clicking them. update: once you’ve read this tutorial and had an experiment with the technique head to our Forum to share some of your results.

Creating a Twitter Widget with Flash

With the help of ActionScript 3.0 and PHP, Kris Hadlock, author of Ajax for Web Application Developers, shows how easily you can add your tweets to your website.

Twitter usage is growing at a phenomenal rate—in just one year, Twitter grew by 1,382%. In January 2009, it received 4.5 million unique U.S. visitors. Recently I wrote an article called “Creating a Twitter Widget with Ajax,” which explained how to bridge the gap between a local website and remote RSS feed using PHP and Ajax. This article addresses the same concept, but we’ll be using Flash ActionScript 3.0 and PHP to create a handy Twitter widget for displaying your latest tweets on the Web.

It’s not a requirement, but we’ll assume that you’re already familiar with ActionScript 3.0 and PHP. If you need to get up to speed on ActionScript 3.0, check out my book The ActionScript 3.0 Migration Guide: Making the Move from ActionScript 2.0.

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How to Turn Humdrum Photos into Cinematic Portraits

There are a plethora of ways to treat a portrait for a myriad of uses, but that is for another feature. Let’s tackle adding drama or a cinematic quality to a regular, humdrum portrait. Let’s even throw in a little bit of faking HDR. That way if you work on a project that requires a stunning shot without the stunning photography, you’ll be able to cobble something together using your mad skillz!

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Create dynamic distortion effects

Bring velocity and meltdown to your subjects with a little Photoshop magic. Doucin Pierre, aka Soemone, shows you how

I like to create dynamic work that conveys a sense of velocity in its subjects, and the visual featured in this tutorial is a prime example of that style.

In the following steps, I’ll let you in on one of the most effective and easily mastered techniques that I use to make striking, dynamic distortions of subjects – in this case I’ve used a model, although the technique can be adapted to any objects that you wish to feature in your work, such as cars or trees.

In this tutorial we’ll use brushes to create what look like stains of paint, but in your future work you can use similar techniques with any number of style forms to dissect and distort your subject.

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The new way of tweening in Flash CS4 (or: New motion in Flash CS4 makes your animations better, faster, stronger)

So now that you’ve heard all these great CS4 announcements, lets get into some constructive details about Flash CS4 (whoo hoo, I can finally talk about what I’ve been working on!). But before we start, this is the first time I’ve written in detail about a non-released product, so bear with me and please comment about whatever is really confusing or assuming you have the product already, below.

There have been sneak peeks of some of the upcoming features in Flash thanks to conferences and keynotes, and you may have seen that one of the big new features (and to some of us on the feature, *the* big new feature) is a new way of creating animation. So yeah, tweening has changed. Finally. In Flash version 10. No more arrows on purple blackground. Um, now it’s blue with diamonds. And a whole lot better in many ways.

Update: articles on Adobe Developer Center for the new motion model:

* Motion Migration Guide for Flash CS4

* Animation Learning Guide


The Making of “Constant Slip”

Today I’ll take you through the creative process of making intriguing light effects and applying them in your work. This is more a process description of making this illustration, than a detailed step by step how to. I’ll give you some good guidance on how to deal with an illustration like this and cover the overall workflow. Let’s get started!

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Post Pic Displacement Effect Tutorial in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to use the displacement Filter to your advantage and create a stunning black and white illustration. You will learn how to create clipping masks by using splatter brushes and how to manipulate image adjustments to sort out coloring and shadow composition. This tutorial is very easy to follow and you will learn quite a few new little tricks by doing the tutorial. Hope you enjoy it and have fun.

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How To Create Great Typographic Wallpaper In Photoshop

This tutorial will lead teach you how to create really interesting and unique typographic wallpaper in few easy steps. Really even beginner will be able to recreate this effect, add their own style and thought in it, I am sure you will enjoy and learn a lot from this tutorial! You will learn how to create good looking background, add lightning effects and work with fonts, sizes, colors to make just necessary places stand out! Let’s get started! Continue reading

Using XML in Flash CS3/AS3

One of the major changes in AS3 is how you deal with XML content. While a lot of similarities carried over from the AS2 days, there are new time-saving niceties in AS3 that make working with XML files easier. One of the introductions is Ecmascript for XML, known as E4X for short. In this tutorial, you will gradually learn more XML tricks as you try to parse the various parts of the following XML data:

Example of XML Document

This tutorial attempts to cover a lot of ground, so I’ve provided a short table of contents to give you an idea of what to expect:

  1. The XML Structure
  2. Loading an XML File
  3. Reading the XML Data
    1. XML and XMLList
    2. Accessing Data Directly
    3. Accessing Data Indirectly
    4. Calling all Children()
    5. Reading Attributes
  4. Filtering Values
    1. Filtering Node Values
    2. Filtering Attribute Information

As you can see, there are a lot of topics that you’ll learn how to juggle in Flash. Let’s start at the top and being by first describing what an XML file is. Read more here.

10 Successful Steps to Converting Ezine Subscribers to Clients

A business website may inevitably attract a lot of traffic and can have the potential to create clientele from the traffic attracted, but without a proper Ezine subscription process, the odds of creating clients from web traffic is low.

Websites rarely attract clients without offering resources that would be of interest to a specific audience. And even when there is an abundance of information, visitors to a specific website don’t always purchase the service or product being advertised. Continue reading

How to Become an SEO Expert

Search engine optimization (SEO) is more difficult than rocket science. Becoming a Jedi-level SEO master requires years of practice for most mere mortals, and like a Jedi, if one falls out of practice, one’s skills quickly wane.

This is not a static science. Search algorithms change constantly, and as they are carefully protected secrets, one can never know what those designing the search engines are really doing under the hood. Continue reading