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From Idea To Reality: Designing An App With Sketch And Xcode

Everyone has an idea for a mobile app, from your mom to the guy you met in line at the grocery store. You might even be one of those people, if you are reading this tutorial. Building your own app really gives you the ability to create anything you can imagine. For some people, the idea is the easy part; when it comes to making it a reality, they have no clue where to start.

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From Idea To Reality: Designing An App With Sketch And Xcode

Tracking Internal Marketing Campaigns With Google Analytics

Editor’s Note: This article is targeted at readers experienced in using Google Analytics. If you’re new to Analytics, the following guide might be challenging.
Many websites use internal advertising in the form of banners or personalized product recommendations to bring additional products and services to the attention of visitors and to increase conversions and leads.
Example: Some internal advertising on smashingmagazine.com (View large version) Naturally, the performance and effectiveness of internal marketing campaigns should be assessed, too, as this is one of the most powerful instruments for generating more leads, more conversions and more revenue on your website.

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Tracking Internal Marketing Campaigns With Google Analytics

WP-CLI – Advanced WordPress Management

The command-line interface (CLI) has always been popular in the world of developers, because it provides tools that boost productivity and speed up the development process. At first sight, it might seem hard to believe that using the command line to perform certain tasks is getting easier than using a graphical interface. The purpose of this article is to clear up your doubts about that, at least concerning WordPress tasks.

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WP-CLI – Advanced WordPress Management

Blueprints For Web And Print: Specctr, A Free Adobe Illustrator Plugin

Have you ever submitted design files to a development team for production and a few weeks later gotten something back that looks nothing like your original work? Many designers and design teams make the mistake of thinking that their work is done once they’ve completed the visual design stage.
A design is more than a simple drawing on a canvas in Illustrator, Fireworks or Photoshop; it is a representation of function.

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Blueprints For Web And Print: Specctr, A Free Adobe Illustrator Plugin

How To Create A Water Lily In Illustrator

Water lilies are beautiful flowers and ideal tutorial material. To get to our result, we’ll be doing a lot of clever actions, mostly rotating and duplicating, and we’ll have a lot of room for experimentation as well. For instance, we can try out different ways to build the layers of petals, and we can play with different shades of pink gradients.
This tutorial shows the basic steps I followed; but in creating this flower, I did way more than what is presented here.

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How To Create A Water Lily In Illustrator

Speeding Up Your Website’s Database

Website speed has always been a big issue, and it has become even more important since April 2010, when Google decided to use it in search rankings. However, the focus of the discussion is generally on minimizing file sizes, improving server settings and optimizing CSS and Javascript.
The discussion glosses over another important factor: the speed with which your pages are actually put together on your server. Most big modern websites store their information in a database and use a language such as PHP or ASP to extract it, turn it into HTML and send it to the Web browser.

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Speeding Up Your Website’s Database

Illustrator’s Live Trace: Sketch To Vector

In this post we will take a drawn design, scan it and clean it up in Photoshop, then trace it using the Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator. Live Trace was introduced in Adobe Illustrator CS2 but is still a powerful tool available in Illustrator CS5. This process really gives an artist the freedom to digitally experiment with drawings of any kind. The vector art it produces can be used in numerous ways and is easily customized.

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Illustrator’s Live Trace: Sketch To Vector

Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator

The tiger is one of the coolest animals in the earth. It’s a very powerful, dangerous, yet fascinating animal. In this tutorial, we will be drawing the tiger, but we will be doing it a little bit different. Instead of portraying the tiger as a savage and mean creature, I will teach you how to draw a cute little tiger that you will be able to use in your projects, as a desktop wallpaper, etc.

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Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator

10 Advanced PHP Tips

PHP programming has climbed rapidly since its humble beginnings in 1995. Since then, PHP has become the most popular programming language for Web applications. Many popular websites are powered by PHP, and an overwhelming majority of scripts and Web projects are built with the popular language.
Because of PHP’s huge popularity, it has become almost impossible for Web developers not to have at least a working knowledge of PHP. This tutorial is aimed at people who are just past the beginning stages of learning PHP and are ready to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty with the language.

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10 Advanced PHP Tips

Icon Design Tutorial: Drawing A Pencil Icon

Nowadays we can see icons everywhere, from a game console to web applications. Icons are getting more and more popular and play an important role, maybe the most important role in user interfaces. However, the resources about icon design are not that popular which is why when we have done our first steps in icon design, it was really hard to find a good starting point.

There were only a few in-depth tutorials or books about this subject.

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Icon Design Tutorial: Drawing A Pencil Icon