Category Archives: Envato Tuts+ Tutorials

How to Refine the Sound of Your DIY Video Studio

In part two of the series I added some carpet on the floor and by doing that I got rid of most of the echo in the room. Now it’s time to take things to the next level and refine the sound treatment.

What You Need: Sound Sculpting Materials

I’ll be using two types of panels: sound dampening foam panels (I just call these “panels” from now on) and bass traps.

Image 1 Egg crate soundproofing foam panels
Egg crate sound dampening foam panels.

Bass traps.

I
have four bass traps, each measuring one meter in height and about 30cm
width on each side. I also have three acoustical panels, each measuring
two meters in length by one meter in height. They are about 6cm thick.
This is enough for the light application I’m preparing for—mostly spoken
word—but if you’re going to regularly record musicians, for example,
you may need more (or a different configuration) for the size and shape
of your room.

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New Course: Exploring Creative Web Design Patterns

Are you ready to get creative? Then try our new course, Exploring Creative Web Design Patterns. It’s a quick, half-hour dive into some of the most creative approaches to contemporary web design.

What You’ll Learn

Web design patterns are solutions to common design problems, and in the majority of cases these patterns are implemented in the same way. However, nothing is stopping you from taking a more creative approach to these patterns, and that’s what you’ll explore in this short course.

Creative web design duotone pattern

In the company of Envato Tuts+ instructor Adi Purdila, you’ll have a look at six creative web design patterns, see how they’re implemented in the real world, and discuss when and where you can and should use them.

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How to Create a Soft, Furry Kitten in Adobe Illustrator

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

It’s your resident crazy cat lady / vector fanatic here, with another tutorial which features a feline. This time around, I’m going to show you the step-by-step process of creating a soft, furry, back-lit kitten in Adobe Illustrator, using brushes and gradients. I’ll teach you the basics of creating fur, so you’ll be able to apply this exact process to any furry illustration.

I would recommend that, when creating any fur or hair heavy illustrations, it’s always a benefit to have a tablet. However, you can use a mouse. The main difference I find is that a tablet will dramatically cut down the time in creating this. 

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How to OCR Documents for Free in Google Drive

Google Drive makes it painless to go paperless. Its collaborative documents, spreadsheets, and presentations already help curtail paper usage, but its OCR feature helps curb the paper mess even more. 

OCR, or Optical Character Recognition, is the most important tech to help you go paperless. Scanned documents on their own are only glorified pictures of your documents, but let your computer recognize the text and they instantly become a ton more useful. We’ve already looked at how to OCR documents in Adobe Acrobat:

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17 Professional Email Tips for Better Results in 2017

Are you really making
the most of your email system in 2017?

For most
professionals, email is one of the tools they use most often. Processing email probably takes up a good part of your day. Yet,
many of us really don’t understand how to make the most of our email messages.

When it comes to
composing emails, most of us are guilty of two common email mistakes: 

  1. Either, we dash
    off an email in the heat of the moment (often when we are upset or angry). The
    resulting email winds up reflecting our emotional state. And it’s usually full
    of typos, spelling errors, and other mistakes.
  2. Or, we agonize
    over writing the perfect email. A response that should just take a minute or
    two to write winds up taking half the day. When this happens, the resulting
    email is often too wordy and may miss the point entirely.

Learning and
following professional email tips can help. If you need a refresher on the
basics of writing a good professional email message, this tutorial is a good
place to start:

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