Friday, November 18, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Freebie Friday: Freebies from Tuts+

Posted: 18 Nov 2011 01:56 AM PST

Here are some freebies from around the Tuts+ network!


Icons Pack – Vector FreebieIcons Pack – Vector Freebie

Today we have a set of icons, made available as a freebie for anyone to download. The set was drawn by Adam Belis and it's all 100% vector, available in AI and EPS format. Have fun adding this to websites, illustrations, or your next design project that calls out for some fun and unique icons.
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Catalog Template – InDesign FreebieCatalog Template – InDesign Freebie

Today we have a catalog template, made available as a freebie for anyone to download. The design is by available in InDesign CS5 format. Have fun customizing the template for a project that calls out for a fun and unique design.
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Freebie: Exclusive 10 Electro-Rock Loops PackFreebie: Exclusive 10 Electro-Rock Loops Pack

Number of loops: 10
Audio format: WAV
Genre: Electro-Rock
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Freebie: 12 High-Res Fabric Textures – Premium Pack PreviewFreebie: 12 High-Res Fabric Textures – Premium Pack Preview

Once again Chandan Kumar brings us this week's freebie content. Chandan has put together a great set of fabric textures for an upcoming Premium texture pack. Today we have a preview containing 12 high-res fabric textures that are freely available to everyone. If you like these, keep an eye out for our upcoming premium pack which contains many more of these amazing textures!
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Freebie: An Awesome Highly Detailed Showroom Model!Freebie: An Awesome Highly Detailed Showroom Model!

Today we're back with another free 3d model from author Stefan Surmabojov. This time we have an awesome architecture model of a Showroom, that not only has a highly detailed exterior, but interior as well. Included in the download are files for 3d Studio Max 2010, 2011 & 2012. And of course for all the non-Max users out there, we have the model available in .obj format. Making it super easy to import into your software package of choice!
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Tuts+ Premium Needs Community Moderators

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 08:17 PM PST

We’re looking for some smart, friendly individuals who have experience with Tuts+ to help moderate the Tuts+ Premium forums. We want Tuts+ Premium’s forums to be a friendly, interesting place where people of all skill levels can interact and learn from each other. Are you someone who can help us?
The position is voluntary and involves keeping an eye out for other people in the community and helping where you can. As an added bonus all Tuts+ Premium community moderators will get free access to Tuts+ Premium for as long as is necessary to fulfill their role.

We’re looking for clear communicators with a solid grasp on written English. Our volunteer moderators will be given additional privileges in the forums, allowing them to perform general moderation tasks such as locking threads, moving threads, editing posts, rule enforcement and will generally be tasked with keeping the forums a respectful and happy place for all to participate in.

Moderators are well respected within the community and this is an excellent opportunity to become more involved with Tuts+ Premium.

Successful applicants will be notified before the end of November, 2011.

Remember, this is a volunteer role. Existing marketplace community moderators are welcome to apply. Successful applicants will have access to moderate all Tuts+ Premium forums.

Please fill out the application form and good luck!

The Business of WordPress Theme Design

Posted: 17 Nov 2011 06:47 PM PST

Jeffrey Way has been spreading the good news about ThemeForest. In an incredibly detailed post called The Business of WordPress Theme Design he speaks in detail about how to make a living designing WordPress themes.

One key focus of his article is the Envato marketplaces, which he calls the "Amazon of digital goods."

Most notable to readers of this blog are ThemeForest and CodeCanyon, where we sell site templates and code components, respectively. So how does that relate to you, as a WordPress theme designer? Well, if I can be conceited enough to throw some numbers at you, I think this will peek your curiosity!

And quote statistics he does. Mind-blowing statistics like how much authors can make in a single month. Jeffrey teases: “I don't know about you, but that's well more than I make! Maybe I need to quit my day job.” It’s gratifying to work for a company that enables authors to do so well.

Here are the stats:

  • The top selling theme has made over $290,000 in sales.
  • The fastest selling theme has made $215,000 in just five months.
  • Authors can make as much as $50,000 in a single month.

Jeffrey goes on to convince theme-makers into embracing the “less is more” philosophy. Instead of selling your themes to big businesses for big bucks, sell them on ThemeForest for $20 or so. That type of thinking sounds counter-intuitive, and prompted the following response from one designer:

I did not spend 40 hours on a theme to sell it for $20. That's .50 cents hour!

Have you ever had a similar thought? Understanding you might need some convincing, Jeffrey goes on to spend a few thousand more words proving his point, and then explains how authors can maximize their success on the marketplaces.

Have you taken the step of becoming an author on one or more of Envato’s marketplaces? Are you already on a marketplace but would like to be more successful? Then do yourself a favor. Read and absorb Jeffrey’s brilliant post. You won’t regret it!

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