Top 15 List of Christmas Photoshop Tutorials

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Its time the holiday cheer! To celerebrate we here at the Teachings of Master Den Zuko present this collection of free Christmas-themed Adobe Photoshop tutorials. In this post we present 15 beautiful Christmas Photoshop tutorials. You’ll learn how to design Christmas trees, snow globes, snowflakes, Christmas candles, Christmas balls and much more. Some designers go even further, taking the time to draw Christmas illustrations or replace old icons with festive ones. Often, designers will draw Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends or create a Christmas theme for their website layout.

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The Tonido Plug – What Would You Do with a $40 Linux Computer?

A handful of companies are making tiny computers, complete with USB and Ethernet jacks not much bigger than a hefty electrical plug. We’re dying to hear how you’d put such a tiny computer to use.

What are these tiny computers we speak of? The chief executive of Marvell Technology Group, one of the companies manufacturing these tiny power-plug sized computers, told the New York Times.

What’s in the plug? It’s a tiny plastic box that you plug into an electric outlet. There’s no display. But there is an Ethernet jack to connect to a home network and a USB socket for attaching a hard drive, camera or other device. Inside is a 1.2 gigahertz Marvell chip, called an application processor, running a version of the Linux operating system.

They envision a future of tiny ubiquitous computers that do everything from serve files to control home appliances. The plugs currently run $99, but they project prices will fall to $40 within the next two years. We’re dying to hear what projects you’d cook up with access to cheap $40 wall wart sized computers.

Original Source: [Lifehacker]

Links

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  2. http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/by/denzuko

The Nintendo System Found New Life As A Clock

il_430xn_70644535One day you’re just poking along, handling all your business NES-style, running games, having someone blow hot air into your space, and the next? You’ve been torn out of your cozy little home and someone’s fitting all sorts of new parts onto your body. This poor circuit board… from Nintendo to clock is a step down, but I bet it looks pretty good on the wall.

For the true Nintendo fan, can there be any other clock? Well, all other Nintendo-themed clocks aside, of course.

As amazing as this clock is, is it forty bucks amazing? The NES board clock is available at the GeekGear Etsy store, and it is a fine piece of time-telling machinery, as well as the guts of one of the greats. Guess it just depends on how big a fan you are.

Source: [Techna Bob]


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Ning Network Gets A Star Studded Boost From The Collective

Over the last few months celebrities have become something of a currency on the social web as services vie to attract big-name stars (and gather the resulting media coverage and new users in the process). Twitter has garnered the most attention for its roster, which includes celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Oprah. FaceIbook too has been making strides in this area, especially since releasing its redesigned ‘Pages’ that allow celebrities and brands to broadcast their updates to fans.

Another contender in the celebrity hunt is social network platform Ning, which is already home to a number of social networks dedicated to celebrities, politicians, and musicians. Today, the company has announced that it has forged a partnership with The Collective, a management company whose clients include Enrique Iglesias, to create custom networks for a number of The Collective’s biggest clients.

Along with Enrique, Collective clients including comedian Eddie Izzard, and actors John Leguizamo and Taylor Momsen will be deploying their own social networks on the platform. And some clients, including The All American Rejects, Staind, and the Plain White T’s have already launched their own Ning networks as their homepages.

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch spoke with The Collective partner Aaron Ray, who says that while the company’s artists will continue to maintain presences on other networks where appropriate, Ning has offered a greater degree of access to support personnel than other social networks have – clearly the site is going out of its way to foster its relationship with celebrities. But Ning SVP of business operations Jason Rosenthal says that the company is only interested in working with celebrities that will use their Ning networks to truly connect with fans, not just as vanilla corporate celeb properties.

Rosenthal also says that while many celebrities maintain presences across multiple sites, they tend to use Ning as their central hub, with their other profiles serving as satellite ’spokes’ linking back to their social networks. This isn’t surprising given the increased level of control a celebrity has over their Ning network, than say, a Facebook page. But celebrities won’t be dropping the other services any time soon – a Ning network may offer a richer experience, but casual fans are more likely to subscribe to a celebrity’s Twitter feed or Facebook page than they are to join an entirely new social network.


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May Weekly Favourites – Web Sites

Coming up in this week’s roundup of interesting and useful links is a group interview with a bunch of designers; a showcase of big backgrounds in web design; a huge collection of designers to follow on Twitter; a tutorial on creating a cool glowing effect and a fun post checking out what random things designers carry in their bags.

DesignM.ag

Design Mag

Steven Snell from DesignM.ag recently put together this interesting post combining the thoughts of a bunch of designers (including myself!) on the pursuit of personal projects.

Vandelay Design Blog

Vandelay Design Blog

Big backgrounds in web design make for an impactful and interesting website design. Check out this collection of some great examples, many of which I personally hadn’t seen before.

Mashable

Mashable

The huge social media blog that is Mashable recently hosted this excellent roundup of active designers on Twitter. The post features 85+ creatives with a short bio and link through to their profiles. Definitely one to browse if you’re looking to receive a wealth of links and handy design resources on a daily basis.

Six Revision

Six Revisons

Photoshop lighting effects seem to go down pretty well with the readers here on Blog.SpoonGraphics, so I figured you would be interesting in seeing this fantastic article from Six Revisions, titled How to Make a Stylish Glowing Box in Photoshop.

The Design O’Blog

Design O Blog

Niki Brown from the Design O’Blog recently posted part two of this fun post, It’s All in The (Designer’s) Bag. The post shows what random artefacts the creative types carry around with them on a daily basis.

Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who has a love for creativity and enjoys experimenting with various techniques in both print and web. Follow Chris’ daily design links on Twitter, and be sure to check out his second blog over at Line25.com.


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