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Archive for October, 2010

Complete Guide to Rel Canonical – How To and Why (Not)

October 28, 2010  |  SEO  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

Posted by LindsayThere are a lot of great posts and resources about the rel canonical tag, but they can be hard to identify with a simple search. Even if you break through the clutter and find something truly useful, the current information can be hard to separate from the old. The web has been missing a current top-to-bottom resource on the rel canonical tag. In this post, I’ll do my best to cover it all and update you on the latest. Learn why and how to use the rel canonical tag, when not to use it, the various opinions of...

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How to Squeeze the Most out of LESS

October 28, 2010  |  PHP  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

During a sick day a few weeks ago, I got around to something I’ve been meaning to look at for about a year: LESS. If anything web technology is worth a look, I promise LESS is. In this article, we’ll look at the amazing power of LESS and its ability to streamline and improve your development process. We’ll cover rapid prototyping, building a lightweight grid system, and using CSS3 with LESS. Getting Started: What We’ll Be Using For this tutorial, I will be using the PHP LESS implementation by Leaf Corcoran. This implementation is only one of many...

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Create a Vampire Portrait in Photoshop

October 28, 2010  |  Photoshop  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

These days it seems like vampires are all the rage. In books, on television, and the big screen, vampires are everywhere. Thankfully, for us, vampires are not real and for those of us who are not actors or makeup artists, turning into a vampire isn’t possible unless you have some knowledge of Photoshop. In today’s tutorial we will demonstrate how to use Photoshop to turn a lovely portrait into a dark, intimidating vampire. Let’s get started! Tutorial Assets She’s Got the Look Step 1: Darkenning the Image To start things off, open the portrait you plan to use. Make sure the Layers Panel and...

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The PRO SEO London Face-Off: Rand vs. Will (2010)

October 28, 2010  |  SEO  |  , , ,  |  Comments Off

Posted by randfishThis week, Distilled's Will Critchlow and I held our 4th "presentation-off" battle against one another as the final session of the London PRO SEO Training Seminar. We both put plenty of blood, sweat and tears into our decks and I think it shows. Enjoy: A few notes from Rand's Talk: The Excel spreadsheet that I invite you to build off, expand and use to help predict the ranking elements for a given SERP can be downloaded here. The full slide deck...

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Create a Battery Core Icon in Photoshop

October 27, 2010  |  Photoshop  |  , , , ,  |  Comments Off

In this tutorial you will be creating a semi-realistic, sci-fi icon that could be used as a battery or dock icon. Let’s get started! Step 1 Create a 256 x 256 document at 72 DPI. This is a very common image size for a dock icon. The background color can be set to either white or transparent. Step 2 Let’s set up the canvas by creating a white background layer if you have not already. You will find this useful later on when you need to see background contrast by Inverting the background layer Cmd/Ctrl + I. Display your Rulers and drag a new...

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