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An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

This is the first in a series of books on Adobe Photoshop. Together, they will give the reader a good foundation in some of the major features of this ground breaking and industry changing program. They will cover general topics that will satisfy users from varying industries. However, there are also a number of industry specific “need to know” items, to help users to work effectively.

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Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns Free Ebook by Addy Osmani

Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns Free Ebook by Addy Osmani

Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns Free Ebook by Addy Osmani

Design patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in software development and are a very useful tool to have at your disposal. Addy Osmani wrote this mini-book because he felt that patterns were an area a lot of new and intermediate JavaScript developers may not have had a chance to explore just yet and I’m hopeful my book will encourage you to check them out as they can be quite powerful.

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Build a custom WordPress theme

Build a custom WordPress theme

Build a custom WordPress theme | pdf + Source | 2.77 MB

Convert static HTML templates into a dynamic WordPress theme, no PHP skills required – just follow Nick La’s copy-and-paste instructions

Creating a WordPress theme is extremely easy, as you don’t need any PHP programming skills.

 

However, in order to create a custom theme you need to be able to code your own HTML and CSS templates. Coding the theme on a local computer can also save a lot of time because you can quickly preview it and can avoid the hassle of uploading the files to the server.

We will also follow the structure of the default WordPress theme to create a custom theme from scratch, walking through how to convert a HTML template into a WordPress theme. All you need to do is copy and paste the PHP code from the default theme. After you complete this tutorial, you should understand how a WordPress theme works and be able to create your own. You will find a copy of the HTML template for this tutorial included.

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Be inspired by everyday objects

Be inspired by everyday objects

Be inspired by everyday objects | pdf | 6.32 MB

Aaron Miller demonstrates how to turn inanimate objects into characters full of life and personality

If you’re struggling for character inspiration, just look around your desk, studio or house for ideas: you’ll be amazed at the opportunities that present themselves.

 

Whether it’s a basil plant, the fridge in your kitchen or ice cubes in your drink, inanimate objects make a great base for new characters – try bringing one to life and see how your character unfolds.

In this project I show you how to take inspiration from a simple, everyday object, and develop it into a unique character in Illustrator. I discuss the use of colour, and share a few expert tips to inject some depth and personality into your design.

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