- Happy Peerapong Day: Second Marketplace Author to Sell $1,000,000+!
- Draw Something – the Melbourne Team’s Pixel Editor of Choice
- Author Interview: Studio9Resources
- Important WP Author Announcement: Envato WordPress Toolkit
- Best of Tuts+ in March 2012
Posted: 03 Apr 2012 05:25 PM PDT
Congratulations to our second Power Elite author Peerapong! Peerapong has been a member of the Envato community for 2 years and in that time has amassed 2,754 followers! He surpassed $1,000,000+ worth of sales in the last month and has worked exceedingly hard to get there! Peerapong’s story is inspirational and we are so proud to have him as a leader in our community.
As a Power Elite author Peerapong receives a day in his honor and a special Power Elite care pack including the Power Elite ring. We’ve interviewed Pete (as he likes to be called away from the Marketplaces) for Peerapong Day and we hope you enjoy reading about his incredible journey to this milestone.
Happy Peerapong Day Everyone!
Interview with Power Elite Author Peerapong:
When we found out Peerapong was close to the $1,000,000+ milestone we asked him to answer some important questions for us. In his interview, Pete (as he prefers to be known) tells us about not giving up, being an Envato author in Thailand and what this milestone means to him as an author and designer. If you fancy yourself a future Power Elite author, read closely and see if you can pick up some tips!
Congratulations Pete, how does it feel to have sold over $1,000,000 of items?
It’s unbelievable. I never thought I could sell themes worth a million dollars in this short period of time (I am 28 years old). Back in 2008, I was still unemployed and had failed with so many web products. I still remember, before I knew about ThemeForest, I was ready to give up on the internet and web technology because I had tried so hard to come up with many web projects and they had all failed. So I started thinking
But when I found ThemeForest unintentionally (I saw ThemeForest ads on Twitter app), I started learning more about the Envato Marketplaces and how they work. Then I decided to give it a try and it turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life.
What does this milestone mean for you as an author and designer?
Honestly, it reminds me how far everybody can go if they never give up. But it doesn’t make me feel that I am a better author than others at all. Everything changes so fast in this industry and I still need to learn and improve myself all the time.
Btw, the power elite ring is so cool. I love it!
How many hours do you spent on designs for the Envato marketplace?
I work around 8-16 hours a day on support and theme design. Sometimes I work every day (even on the weekend) LOL! I think the reason I spend long hours working on my job is that I never feel like I am working at all. I could spend hours finishing the latest part of a theme on the weekend instead of going out for movie or a trip. It sounds weird but it’s really true
Have you had any designs rejected and what did you do about it?
Of course My first photography theme was rejected 4-5 times. At the time, I was angry first. Once I calmed down I started digging deeper and listening to the rejection reasons the reviewer gave. I tried harder to find the weak spots in my design. After that first failed theme, I improved but still got rejected 2-3 times before getting many of my themes approved. I realized that the reviewer’s suggestions are valuable information to help you to improve your product. Many of the reviewer’s suggestions have improved my themes
What words of encouragement do you have to any budding authors who want to make Power Elite level?
Anything is possible if you try harder and have the right attitude. Take me as an example. I come from small country (I lived in Bangkok, Thailand) and English is not my fluent language. Before I joined ThemeForest, I was unemployed and ready to quit making web products.
What is your office space like?
It’s a bit untidy. I have 1 Macbook Pro with Cinema display. Sometimes after spending hours working, my desk is full of papers . I also sometimes go out and work from cafe (Starbucks) when I need to refresh my eyes and ideas. It always helps
How do you get inspiration for your designs?
Like many other authors. I love CSS gallery sites and other design blog posts. For example; “Best 50 websites blah blah…”. I love interior design too, so I spend some time each day on many interior and home design sites.
What is the best thing about your job?
You can really work on your vision, ideas and see how people respond to your work in a really competitive market. I used to be software engineer who worked on projects in which customers and my boss told me what to do, even when I knew it was not the right approach or there was better way. The ThemeForest marketplace is so competitive that you really have to improve and learn new things all the time and that makes my job more exciting!
If you could choose any space in the world and create a design for it, where would it be and what would you make?
Currently I am in process of building my first home. I work with a very talented interior designer and it’s a great result. I’ve always wanted to create a beautiful design resort in the mountains of Thailand. I hope someday in the future, I will build a great resort or houses in Khao Khor, Khao Yai or Pai (and other places) in Thailand
How do you keep motivated and inspired?
I read stories about many talented people in the world. Many of them are successful at very young age and it has inspired me. When I’ve had a bad day, I remind myself about these people’s stories. Most of them failed many times but they didn’t give up and that is the reason they succeeded. It teaches me to try even harder and get back to the right attitude.
What is the hardest part about your job?
I think motivation is also the hardest part. For example, when your sales are rising for many months sometimes it makes you feel more comfortable and stop making new products or learning new things. When that happens it will hurt your sales because this is a very competitive market.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
In the last 2 years, my life has completely changed. I always think I am very lucky to have joined this great community as well as great Marketplace at the right time. I would like to say “Thank you very much” to Collis and everyone in the Envato team for creating this great opportunity for everyone. Wherever you live there is an opportunity to succeed in the Envato Marketplaces.
A huge thank you from all of us at Envato, Pete. We appreciate you sharing your story and reminding us of what can be achieved with a little hard work!
Once again, Congratulations and Happy Peerapong Day!
*All photos taken by Guillaume Megevand.
Posted: 03 Apr 2012 05:13 PM PDT
It looks like the Melbourne team are hooked on the new game Draw Something. Are you?
Here we see dev Stu drawing something, community Jords guessing what someone’s drawing is, and Tuts+ Premium Tash (and a hidden person) looking on. They look serious!
This photo is from our Flickr feed. Click this link to explore more.
Posted: 03 Apr 2012 06:00 AM PDT
Getting into graphics at the age of twelve, learning Photoshop by playing around, having a love for simplicity, and encouraging new authors not to quit when they are rejected. This week we meet Eli Isakov (Studio9Resources) from GraphicRiver.
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.
Hello my name is Eli. I was born in Azerbaijan, in a little place called Ramani Safxozu, Sabuncu Rayonu. When I was nine years old, we moved to Israel. I lived in Ramle for three years, until we decided to move to Canada to be near our relatives. It was a long journey.
I currently am a freelance student attending college for web designing. Once graduated I hope to stay constantly active on the community and provide new high quality files.
I definitely belong to GraphicRiver. I love to make business cards and photo effects. I am hoping to move on to 3DOcean/ThemeForest/Tuts+ in the future.
I started at the age of 12 with small forum tags. In fact, my first piece of work was just two images overlaying each other, which I thought was amazing at the time.
Now I’ve improved a lot with my seven years of personal experience. I haven’t had any training as I am not that big on following tutorials. Everything I do is me playing around with Photoshop until I get better at it.
Well I could only snap a picture of my laptop that I do most of my work on, in my living room. I do own a 27″ iMac that I do all my projects on, mainly web designs for my clients.
Making my business cards is an easy process. I sit down in front of my laptop, and randomly start wire framing my ideas. Then I start putting everything together and making them look nice.
For my effects I like to watch movies and try to make effects similar to Hollywood effects. I always test my effects on different images to make sure they work nicely on all kind of situations. This really helps you get better and tweak your effect before finalizing it.
My Portfolio is not that successful just yet as I recently got started. The main thing I can suggest to other authors is, keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll get where you want.
The main problem with new authors are that they quit once their first items get rejected. In the long run the reviewers really do help us out improving our files, so keep fixing your items, don’t quit.
I mainly use Facebook, Google + and Twitter to market my files. DeviantArt is biggest role in my file marketing. I post all of my designs there which really helps me out with my sales.
That business card really shows me how simple creativeness can be. Its one my favorite files that I’ve created. Simplicity is what I like to do. Keeping simple, can be easily understandable by everyone.
Yellow and black (dark) is my favorite color mixing in making business cards. I am not a huge fan of white (light) business cards. This card of mine shows me how everything could be positioned nicely to look really professional, without any special effects.
When people look at photos taken by professionals, they think its really nice. Until they find out how it’s done and they can do it easily with their own photos with just a click. This shows how Hollywood effects are really simple, and impressive.
My favorite marketplace author is UltraDesigns. His business cards are truly amazing, and I like them a lot. He really does show that simplicity is still the best design style.
In my spare time, I like to go out with my friends to club and just have fun. I also like to say “I love you” to my fiance Zohre Huseynova.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 11:51 PM PDT
One of the best features of WordPress is the way it lets users check for, download, and install updates for plugins and themes from within the WordPress admin interface. Last year you may recall Jason announced the WordPress Theme Only Attachment and after more work we're ready to roll out a way for authors to implement automatic updates for their themes in a standard way.
We now have a plugin for WordPress that will show you when a theme you’ve purchased from ThemeForest has an update available. You can then choose to automatically download and install the update. Even better than that though, the plugin will show you all the WordPress themes you’ve purchased on ThemeForest, and allow you to install them too!
We also have a PHP library for authors to include in their WordPress themes that will provide an easy way to implement this functionality within the themes themselves.
Before a ThemeForest theme is able to be installed or updated through this plugin or PHP library, we need a little something from our authors. In addition to the main ZIP file that an author provides, we need them to also provide another ZIP file containing only the WordPress theme, which the plugin will then use. As Jason mentioned in the forum post authors need to also be sure that the comment header inside the style.css file provides the exact details about the theme. This must include the 'Theme Name', 'Author', and 'Version'. Of course, the 'Theme Name' and 'Author' should remain the same for each updated upload of a theme, and the 'Version' must be incremented on each updated upload to ThemeForest.
Until now, including this file has been optional for authors (though roughly 25% of themes already have it!). To ensure automatic updates work consistently across all WordPress themes we’re now making this a mandatory inclusion. Authors, starting from Wednesday 4th April, please ensure you update your WordPress themes on ThemeForest and upload a WordPress Theme ZIP file for each of your themes.
This plugin and PHP library are a work in progress, so we’re hoping you’ll jump in with both feet, and if there are any teething problems bare with us as we fix them up. We have more features in the pipeline too, so keep in mind that we’ll be releasing incremental updates to them.
We really hope using this plugin/PHP library makes everyone’s life a lot easier. If you have feedback on this, please let us know in the comments below, or leave a post on the forum thread linked above.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 06:00 PM PDT
Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network. Whether you’d like to read the top posts from your favourite site, or would like to start learning something completely new, this is the best place to start!
Psdtuts+ — Photoshop Tutorials
Today, Adobe announced some big news. Photoshop CS6 is now available for download in Beta. For the last several months, we have been speculating about what features we can expect to see in Photoshop CS6. This speculation was fueled by the Photoshop team’s release of several sneak peek videos that revealed some exciting new features. Now that the speculation is over and Photoshop CS6 Beta is available for us to download and try, we have been able to make a careful examination of some of its new features.
In this quick tutorial we will show you how to create a royal gold text effect using layer styles in Photoshop. Let’s get started!
In this tutorial we will create a clean Twitter app interface in Photoshop using layer styles and basic vector shapes. Let’s get started!
Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials
Wielding the true power of a CSS preprocessor is an adventure. There are countless languages, syntaxes, and features, all ready for use right now.
In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create vintage (just like Instagram does) photos with PHP and ImageMagick. Wait? What? Yes, you can do this very thing with PHP and ImageMagick, and that’s just scratching the surface!
Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials
In today’s Illustrator tutorial, I’m going to show you how I created a retro, psychedelic, funky, 70s inspired portrait using link art, bold colors and the handy Swirl Tool.
Varying the horizontal axis line (the eyeline) and adjusting the spacing of the eyes are two excellent methods used to brainstorm new character designs. In this tutorial, we look at a few simple, but effective, techniques you can employ to give your characters personality while making them both fresh and visually interesting.
Do you want to learn to how to design a magazine in InDesign? Discover industry standard workflows for print design professionals, magazine layout design tips, and follow how to design a magazine cover layout that attracts attention. These are just a few of the topics you’ll find in this roundup of best InDesign magazine and layout tutorials.
Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials
Gamification is becoming a hot commodity around the web, but what is it? Is it being used correctly? Let’s have a look at various aspects of gamification and how they can be used and misused.
Dave Gamache’s Skeleton Boilerplate provides the perfect foundations upon which to build responsive websites rapidly and reliably. We’re going to use Skeleton and build a responsive page based on the Magazine design featured on Webdesigntuts+ recently. We’ll be looking at everything from multiple background images, through to media queries, flexible media and mobile-friendly navigation. Let’s get started!
In this Quick Tip we’re going to create a cool stitching effect in Photoshop. We won’t be using brushes, we won’t be relying on patterns – we’re going to use a really simple and fast alternative.
Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials
The first thing people say when they see my Birds of Prey Portrait Sessions is “nice Photoshop cutout work”. In fact, it’s not a cutout, the birds are photographed against a white background. Let me show you how.
If you’re just getting started with photography, the letters on your camera’s dial might feel like hieroglyphics. With a variety of modes, it can be hard to pick what’s right for the current shooting situation. Today, we’re going to explain common camera modes so that you can pick the right one for any situation and grow out of using auto mode.
Nepal is a country wrapping in mystique for many. The home of the highest mountain in the world and a civilization known for living in the harsh conditions of the Himalayas, Nepal has much to offer the photographic traveler. Lush jungles cover areas of Southern Nepal which is the location of the birth place of Buddha, founder of one of the oldest religions in the world still practiced today. To the East travel becomes more rugged as compared to the more arid regions of the West.
Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials
In this tutorial from James Whiffin you'll learn how to create a truly awesome invisibility effect using Maya and After Effects. James will cover creating a fractal material in Maya to use as a transition for the cloaking effect, and how to composite displacement maps inside of After Effects, using the luma values of ambient occlusion and depth map layers to achieve this popular effect in our shot.
In this new two part tutorial from Frederik Steinmetz, you’ll learn how to create a truly unique fish swarm animation using Blender. Frederik will guide you through the entire process of Modeling, Texturing, Rigging and Animating a realistic school of mackerels. You’ll then learn how to create a spiraling, tornado like effect for the swarm using particles.
So UVMapping… you hate it, I hate it. But unfortunately it’s a necessary step in the process of completing most cg projects. In this tutorial we’ll look at creating uvs using the ‘Unwrap UVW’ modifier in 3D Studio Max, and discuss what uv mapping is, why it’s necessary and some ways to approach it.
Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials
Third of the series: “Naked Truth About…” In this video I am showing issues with rotations in 3D space and ways to deal with them. Have you ever wondered what is the difference between Rotation and Orientation? We set two keyframes for rotations and the layer rotates strangely. Has it ever happened to you? Those problems are NOT After Effects specific. This video explains the way rotations in 3D space work. Once you understand the concept – it will be easier for you to tame rotations not only in After Effects, but also in other applications. Have fun.
When working with video files on a daily basis, alot of time is spent converting videos into different formats, whether for web, archive, or editing purposes. Add onto that the interruption of opening and closing programs to convert your files and you’ll end up spending less time being creative and more on technical chores. In this quick tip tutorial, we look at two simple ways to save you time by automating the process of conversion using droplets and watch folders.
Promotional video content for the web is a powerful way to communicate a message and it is used by many companies and organizations. It allows communication in a variety of forms including spoken word and visual imagery but it also facilitates a connection with the audience on a more subconscious level. A promotional video containing a product, message or guidance must look professional – but before you spend your annual marketing budget employing a production company, ask yourself if you can achieve appropriate results by applying the hints and tips below.
Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials
Although I’m not a huge fan of epic productions, they are definitely the thing that producers/directors/game developers search for nowadays. Now, as a whole, epic orchestral tracks can be heard on movies, TV, commercials, video games, trailers. They always support tension, battle, chase – all of these extremely dynamic moments that always catch the attention of the customer. This tutorial is a guide that I do hope will help you create your own epic orchestral track. Let’s get started!
Home recordings are infamous for having noise. Background noise from outside and indoor noises from the air conditioning and people shuffling around in the next room. Home recording studios are usually never sound isolated enough. Even though you might have a great sounding room, with acoustic treatment carefully placed all over, you’re still going to run into sound isolation issues.
If you fancy a bit of departure form virtual analog, subtractive synths you could try dabbling in FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis. Native Instruments FM8 is the perfect way to get involved with this edgy sound creation method. Lets take a look at how to create a typical roughed up bass patch that you could use for Electro house or Dubstep.
Activetuts+ — Flash, Flex & ActionScript Tutorials
In this tutorial series (part free, part Premium) we’ll create a high-performance 2D shoot-em-up using the new hardware-accelerated
With the advent of tools like Adobe Edge and libraries like EaselJS, more resources are becoming available for developers looking to create interactive HTML5 content. Many of these tools are being geared specifically for Flash developers to make the transition from ActionScript to HTML5 canvas a smooth one. This article will overview oCanvas, an HTML5 library that developers might not only find invaluable but also very easy to use.
In this tutorial we’ll explore the ins and outs of building a Computer Vision-based game bot in Python, which will be able to to play the popular Flash game Sushi Go Round. You can use the techniques taught in this tutorial to create bots for automatically testing your own web games.
Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials
In this tutorial you will learn how to generate custom sized images for you to use in your WordPress theme. Why use custom image sizes? So you won’t have to edit every image you upload to the Media Library. This way every image uploaded will get all the custom defined image sizes generated automatically. It can be inserted into the post or page using the Media Gallery or from the loop. Continue reading to find out how.
In the last article, we took a deep dive into the various types of menus that are supported by the WordPress API. Although they aren’t necessarily part of the Settings API, they play a key part in development especially when working on more advanced plugins and themes.
In this tutorial, let’s talk about the header.php, an essential file for any WordPress theme. I’ll show you a nice header file example and give tips about what needs to go in it and what doesn’t.
Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials
Curious about 3D game development? Now is the time to learn! This five-part tutorial series will demonstrate how to build a simple game with ShiVa3D Suite, a cross-platform 3D game engine and development tool. This series was originally intended for Tuts+ Premium members only, but will instead be given away to the community for free with each portion published back-to-back over the next 5 days. Read on to begin your journey into 3D programming!
Android libraries can be packaged and reused in other Android applications using the new Android Library feature of the Android SDK. In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to create simple Android library files that can be reused in multiple projects and increase developer efficiency.
Google Analytics is a service provided by Google that makes it easy to track what users do. The Google Analytics team released an Analytics SDKs for mobile platforms including Android, iOS (Apple), and mobile websites. In this tutorial, learn how to include and enable this technology within your Android projects to gather important information about how users are using your applications.
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