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Creating a Soft Glow Effect

This tutorial is about turning a shadowed image into a soft glow portrait. I always start by opening the image I want to to edit in photoshop raw as it is a great place to do some simple edits. I begun by using the adjustment tool to reduce some of the shadows on Gus’s face...

Create a Set of Food Icons

In this new tutorial you will learn how to create a set of summer inspired food icons in Adobe Illustrator. As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating... Launch Illustrator and go to File > New in order to open a blank document. Type a name for your file and set up the dimensions then select Pixels as Units and RGB as Color Mode.

Create a Nondestructive Bevel in Maya Using SOuP

The beveling tool in Maya was pretty limited. In recent releases, it has gotten much better, to the point where it is pretty usable and pretty stable as well. Likely, there is still some room for improvements with the tool. It is worth wile to note that you can add them at render time, but how about being able to work more nondestructively on an object?

How to Install an Adobe Photoshop Action

Photoshop Actions can be an amazing time-saving resource. They automate a sequence of steps in Photoshop so the program can perform those for you. Several Actions sold on Envato Market and other stock sites produce some outstanding creative effects. In this Quick Tip we will look at how to install and use a Photoshop Action...

How to Customize Logo Templates

Logo templates have all sorts of uses: speeding up a project, inspiring a small business, or even being excellent for product mock-ups. Whatever your reason for downloading a logo template, let's break down some of the basic ways in which to customize them in Adobe Illustrator CC and CorelDRAW.

All About Color Swatches

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute! This time around we're looking at Swatches. Ever find yourself wandering around an image with the eyedropper trying to find that perfect color again and again? Try using Swatches to save your color selections, so that they are always readily available. Well if you've got a minute, I'll show you how!

Sci-Fi Space Scene

Today we’re going to have some fun in Adobe Photoshop creating a cool sci-fi space scene with planets, moons, nebulas and colourful cosmic space dust. We’ll start by making a vast black universe full of tiny stars, then begin building up the scene with a large alien planet and its moon. To give the scene a cool sci-fi vibe, we’ll add a vibrant nebula then finish it off with some intense lighting effects.

Learn How to Make Your Photos Look Like Miniatures

We will use a Lens Blur filter in this Photoshop tutorial to create a tilt shift effect which in turn will make our photos look like miniatures. Before starting to create our tilt shift effect open the photo “Cars” or open your own photo...

Using Ornatrix With Maya’s Existing Hair Tools

While Ephere’s Ornatrix is still in the beta stage, Marcel Khadiyev has been posting some snippets on its use for the beta testers involved. Ornatrix is a complete hair, fire, and feather solution for 3DS Max, that has been making its way over to Maya. Ornatrix takes a unique parametric approach to creating and styling hair with the staking system that it offers. Although it can be used on its own, it is great to see that there is some interoperability with Maya’s existing hair tools.

Creating Hulk Using Maya and ZBrush: Part 1

Start Maya and load the reference images of our character in the front and left views. To do that, first click on the View menu in the panel view menu and then click on Image Plane and then click on the Import Image option. Go to the reference file location and load the appropriate Hulk reference images for both the left and right profiles, which have been provided with the tutorial.

How to Fake a Snowy Landscape

The rise of Photoshop has made us question almost every photograph that we see on the Internet. And I still don’t think we realize just how many photos have been altered. The following video stands as proof that we should second guess the authenticity of every single picture we see. Jesus Ramirez takes a summer photo, applies some Photoshop magic, and ends up with a snowy photo that you would swear is 100 percent real...

Create Animated Latvian Patterns

In this tutorial you will learn how to create Latvian signs in Adobe Illustrator and animate them in Adobe After Effects. To make it more fun, I will show you the basics of how to create a small motion for your shapes and lines. I will not show you the whole process, just enough to get you started. I hope you will have fun and learn something new. So, let’s start!

Login with Twitter

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Here is working script for login with Twitter using PHP. Its really useful when you want to avoid long signup forms for your users and let them login with existing popular social media account. This script is easy and ready to use, you need to just edit three lines in the script and you are all done.

Password Protect Website Directory Using .htaccess File

In this post we will learn how to easily secure your site’s directory using .htaccess file. Only users with valid credentials can access that directory/site. It’s the quickest and easiest way to protect directories/files in your site with password. It can also be used as a quick way to hide your site when its in maintenance or under construction.

PayPal Recurring Payment IPN in PHP

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Consider a case where you offer service on a subscription basis. An example would be, user pays you every month a fixed amount in order to continuously use the service so you can automate this and user will be subscribed for the recurring payment. User will get notification from PayPal about the recurring payment and transaction table in your DB would also get updated at the same time.

Excel Chart Marker Options

The Marker Options within an Excel chart enables you to add different marker types or shapes on your chart to distinguish a data series or its individual data points. To bring up the Marker Options you need to click on your Excel chart and make sure that all the points are selected. Then press CTRL+1 to bring up the Format dialogue box and within there you can choose to style and format the Markers to your liking.

How To Install Zabbix On openSUSE 42.1

Zabbix is an enterprise grade open source monitoring solution for networks. It is written by Alexei Vladishev. It is designed to monitor and track the status of various network services, servers, and other network driven hardwares so that these components can be easily monitored for any sorts of failure. It supports distributed and WEB monitoring with auto-discovery and few more great features.

Add, Remove, Rename or Change Shortcuts on the Bottom-Left of Start Menu

Today I'm going to share a very useful and secret trick with you all which I found today while customizing Start Menu program shortcuts in Windows 10. As you know we can customize names, icons and location of almost all program shortcuts in Start Menu/Start Screen by going to any of following folders: Both these folders contain all program shortcuts which you see in Start Menu/Start Screen.

Use MySQL and Perl to automatically find, follow and unfollow twitter users

When running these types of scripts on Twitter, you have to be careful to not surpass the rate limits that Twitter has established for using the API. I have included a script named – which can give you the limits you have for each API-call, and how many calls you have remaining before the limits are reset by Twitter. I have added pauses in the scripts to help prevent you from going over the rate limits (but you will need to check to ensure you don’t surpass them).

Implementing Java-based User Authentication with JAAS

Security is something that you should never try to implement yourself. Back before security was such an ongoing concern, I knew developers who rolled their own encryption algorithms. There is no need to write your own security boilerplate; within JAVA, there are several excellent security frameworks designed to make the process of securing an application faster, easier, and many times more successful than you could do yourself.