Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This Week’s Featured Authors

Posted: 01 Nov 2011 03:51 PM PDT

Congratulations to this week's featured marketplace authors!

zlac ActiveDen Featured Author: zlac

This week’s featured author is zlac, who has 3 items, including the newest from the Other category.
View zlac’s Portfolio

soundengine AudioJungle Featured Author: soundengine

This week’s featured author is soundengine, who has 32 items, including the newest from the Holiday & Seasonal category.
View soundengine’s Portfolio

WPExplorer ThemeForest Featured Author: WPExplorer

This week’s featured author is WPExplorer, who has 3 items, including the newest from the Photography category.
View WPExplorer’s Portfolio

motioncraver VideoHive Featured Author: motioncraver

This week’s featured author is motioncraver, who has 7 items, including the newest from the Corporate category.
View motioncraver’s Portfolio

erengoksel GraphicRiver Featured Author: erengoksel

This week’s featured author is erengoksel, who has 13 items, including the newest from the Artistic category.
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no-thumbnail 3DOcean Featured Author: potyek

This week’s featured author is potyek, who has 35 items, including the newest from the Space category.
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arrowart CodeCanyon Featured Author: arrowart

This week’s featured author is arrowart, who has 7 items, including the newest from the Business category.
View arrowart’s Portfolio

VectorPremium Tutorials Featured Author: VectorPremium

This week’s featured author is VectorPremium, who has 25 items, including the newest from the Adobe Photoshop category.
View VectorPremium’s Portfolio

photomaru PhotoDune Featured Author: photomaru

This week’s featured author is photomaru, who has 684 items.
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Author Interview: Mabuc

Posted: 01 Nov 2011 01:56 AM PDT

Living in the Philippines, a Windows guy who’d prefer to be a Mac guy, sketching ideas in a drawing book, and never wanting to stop learning. This week we meet Mark Abucayon (Mabuc) from ThemeForest.

If you're an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We'd love to hear from you.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I am Mark Abucayon from the Philippines. I graduated last 2006 as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at STI College Philippines. I am an Asian author with a passion of template design and WordPress coding. :) I sell themes/templates and do freelance work in my four years of being a web guy.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

ThemeForest, I sell HTML templates/themes with WordPress as a bonus. :)

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

I worked for a small company before I decided to freelance. No formal training. Self-study, research and reading tutorials online.

Describe your home workspace.

I’m a windows guy, I hope to get Mac soon. :) I only have the following:

  1. 19″ AOC monitor (LCD)
  2. 24″ ACER widescreen monitor (LED)
  3. Epson T60 printer
  4. HP Scanjet G2410
  5. Intel Dual Core PC
  6. Compaq Laptop – I only use my laptop for backups and when I’m out of town.

Not such awesome tools, but they can produce so much work, and I’m comfortable using them. :)

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

  1. I sketch my ideas in my drawing book so that I wont forget them.
  2. I do some research for a possible name, icons/images to use and jQuery plugin to use.
  3. I now design my sketch using Photoshop and then the subpages before I do coding.
  4. Coding and development process.
  5. Review and check some minor/major bugs.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

Once you create template be sure to give your best shot at it.

What do you do to market your files?

I post it in Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

1. Corona – Business & Portfolio Theme

2. Lotus – For Business Software Corporate Portfolio

3. Creative Zodiac

One of the best single page theme out their and I like the effects used.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

  1. OrmanClark – Hes designs are minimalist but clean and elegant.
  2. FreshFace – Hes design skills are incredible.

What do you do in your spare time?

  1. I relax and watch DVDs.
  2. I practise designing. I don’t want to stop learning.
  3. I take pictures and modify them using Picasa and lightroom. :)

The PhotoDune Review Team Get Together in Budapest

Posted: 31 Oct 2011 05:19 PM PDT

The PhotoDune Review Team

Jet-setting Review Manager Jarel Remick is still on the move. He recently caught up with the PhotoDune review team in Budapest, though some of the reviewers couldn’t make it.

Being a bunch of photography geeks, they … well … took lots of photos. Here are the photos shot that day, on a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and a Pentax K-5. Click the images to see them full-size in Flickr.

In this photo we see the team really look up to Jerel. From left: Bianca, Mark, Boglarka, Krisztina, Balazs.

The PhotoDune Review Team

From end/left: Mark, Boglarka, Krisztina, Balazs, Bianca.

Jarel makes a great point

Jarel explains a held photo to Bianca and Balazs.

Going through files

Going through held files together. (Mark is busy working in the background.)

Held photos

Going through held photos together. From left: Bianca, Balazs, Krisztina, Boglarka.

Setting up Toggl

Here Jarel is getting Balazs (in the yellow shirt) setup to set up Toggl, while Bianca watches the process.

Hard at work

The team looking at a photo for drug use.

Still hard at work

From left: Balazs, Jarel, Krisztina, Boglarka.

Going through images

From left: Bianca, Balazs, Boglarka, Krisztina, Jarel going over held images.

Now you know what the PhotoDune review team look like, say hi to them in the comments!

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