Archive for April, 2010

80 Best Photoshop Text Effects Tutorials

There are often millions of unique ways of arranging and designing type which can only be limited by an individual’s imagination. A visually appealing text that is both original and creative draws attention and leaves a deep impression on anyone who sees it. Thanks to the internet, anyone who is interested in the art of typography can conveniently pick up relevant skills from the numerous Photoshop tutorials online. Not only does design software like Adobe Photoshop simplifies things further with its ease of use and user-friendliness, it also provides users a variety of options and tools to create top-notch art pieces.

photoshop text effects

For those interested, we’ve combed many sources online to gather some of the best Photoshop text effects tutorials to give all of you a head-start. Do browse through some of the fascinating design ideas that others have came up with. There is a total of 80 outstanding Photoshop text effects tutorials below, but check out our archive if it’s still not enough to inspire you!

Here are more text effect tutorials just to make sure you’ve seen them all:

All tutorials after jump.

Wave’s Text Effect

Glossy Emblem Text Effects

Spectacular Style Text Effect

Harley Davidson


Happy New Year

3-D text with some extreme lighting

Awesome metallic background for text

Jelly Fish Delight

Realistic Scorching Fire Effect

Shiny Calligraphy

Amazing Video-Game Text Style

Lost in Space

Awesome Floral Type

Cloudy Text

Creative Volition


Slick 3D Ice Text Effect

Stunning City Skyline


Sugar Bag

80’s Style Design

Dream Design with 3D Typography

Eroded Metal Text

Destructive Black and White Lettering with a Dramatic Splash Effect

Stunning 3D Sunset Type Illustration

Dynamic Recessed Watercolor

3D Text Blocks


Steam Powered

Quick Grungy Poster

Add Fantastic Color to 3D Text

Typographic, Retro, Space Face

Richly Ornate Typographic Illustration

Gorgeous Glassy Text Effect

Using Light and Shade to Bring Text to Life

3D Text Scene

Techno Effect

Colorful Light Burst

Grunge Type



Realistic Golden “Bling”

Realistic Water Text Effect

Amazing Typographic Portrait

3D Flowery Text Effect

Stunning Text on Wild Fire Effect

Grungy Rusted Carbon Fiber Text Effect

Smokey Typography

Unique Burning Text Effect

Candy Coated Photoshop

Awesome Geometric Shaped Typography with Grungy Background

Realistic Weedy

Gloomy Text Effect by Utilising the Amazing Cloud

Awesome Abstract Text Effect with Brush Dynamics and Filters

Fragmented Text Effect with Scrap Texture

Horror Style Text Effect with Dirt and Splatter Texture

Super Sleek Text Effect with Water Drop Texture

Snowy Rock

Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

God of War III Inspired Cracked

Chilling and Icy

Trendy Galactic Poster Design

Cool Wet Ink


NFS Pro Street Stencil Tutorial

New Retro Text Effect

Luminous Glass


Elegant Chrome

Beveled Aluminium

Polished Metal


Star Cute

Stylish Floral

Smoke Text

Funky Stickers

Rubber Stamp

Star Wars Logo


Golden Flame


Speed reading software


Free online speed reading software 

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14 websites to make you a more intelligent person

1. Project Gutenberg: Over 30,000 free ebooks. Consists of books that have expired copyrights in the United States. If it is an old book, chances are you can find it here.  Downloadable in many formats so you are sure to find one that works best for you.
Recommended Reading: Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography. Over 25,465 free ebooks available for download.  A much prettier site than Project Gutenberg. It has some cool features like “special collections,” “user’s public bookshelves,” and “cover image gallery.”
Recommended Reading: The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Another expansive ebook directory. Also includes impressive reference and poetry sections.
Recommended Reading: Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States.

Video (non-lecture)
4. Hulu News & Information Channel: Most of you probably realize that Hulu is a great resource for watching T.V. shows online. However, not only is it a great place to catch your favorite prime-time shows, but also many educational programs.  This channel has full episodes from National Geographic, NOVA, Biography, The History Channel and many others.
Recommended Watching: The Last Days of World War II

5. PBS Video: Ton’s of free and full-length episodes of all sorts of educational videos.  Anything you’ve seen on PBS you can probably find on this website.
Recommended Watching: American Experience.

6. This site provides links to a multitude of documentaries found on YouTube, Google Video, and other streaming video services. The quality of the movies varies greatly however, so beware.
Recommended Watching: 10 MPH

Scholarly Journals
7. Directory of Open Access Journals: The aim of the website is to increase the visibility and ease of use of scholarly journals. It focuses on open access (i.e. free to use) scientific and scholarly journals.

8. Google Scholar: The premier web search for finding information from articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions.  Like regular Google Search’s really smart older brother.

Lectures (video and/or audio)
9. TED: TED is a conference held every year that brings innovators, inventors, intellectuals and ideas together.  Most of the talks are approximately twenty minutes long and cover an incredible range of topics.  It is impossible to spend time on this website and not be inspired.
Recommended Watching: Lewis Pugh swims the North Pole or John Wooden on true success

10. Academic Earth: From their website, “Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone the access to a world-class education.” Here you can find entire courses worth of lectures on a huge array of subjects from some of the world’s top Universities and professors, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and MIT.
Recommended Watching: The Philosophy of Death by Shelly Kagan

11. Forum Network: A website formed of a partnership between PBS and NPR that gives access to video lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, and policymakers.
Recommended Watching: NPR’s “Who Needs Libraries?” Series

12. iTunes U: Within the iTunes store you have access to a growing library of lectures from some of the world’s top universities.  The iTunes Store interface makes it easy to locate lectures based on topic and best of all, it is all free.  Download the lectures to your iPod for some serious learning on the move.
Recommended Listening: Introduction to Ancient Greek History by Yale professor Donald Kagan (iTunes link)

Intellectual Reading
13. The Browser: “Give us 15 minutes of your time, and we will give you everything that matters in the world.”  This website collects journalism from around the internet which they judge likely to be of lasting value to the general intelligent reader.  Also has a section where they invite experts to recommend the best reading in their given fields of interest.
Recommended Reading: America wakes up to the shift in global power from Times Online

14. Longreads: This twitter feed provides links to “long reads” throughout the internet.  If you’re craving something longer than the average blog post, check this site out.  Works great in conjunction with Instapaper

20GB in 1980 vs. 32GB in 2010

Top 10 Screen Recorders to Record Your Screen Activities

Free Best Screen Recording Softwares

CamStudio Screen Recorder

CamStudio is a open source software allows you several different options when it comes to the region of your screen being recorded. Choose Region from the Region dropdown menu and upon clicking Record, you will be able to draw out the square area you would like to see recorded. Choose Fixed Region and you will be able to enter numbers indicating possition and size of the desired screen recording area. Choose Full Screen and the whole screen will be recorded.This is one great software that you should definitely have to record your screen activities and create videos out of it.


Super Screen Capture

Free screen capture software Super Screen Capture is an all-in-one software for free screen recorder software. You can capture screen in many ways, including full screen capture, region capture, window capture, scroll capture, directx capture, video screen capture, audio capture and etc. You can choose many kinds of output ways, including clipboard, printer, email, editor tool, temp folder, and all popular formats. Super Screen Capture has an easy-to-use and intuitive interface.

  • More Than 10 Ways to Capture.
  • More Than 8 Ways to Output.
  • Support all popular Internet formats.
  • Setup Custom Hotkeys for Any Way.

Whatever you can see on your screen, Super Screen Capture will easily and fastest screen recording for your immediate use. It will especially suit making demos, tutorials, and training videos.


Freez Screen Video Capture

Freez Screen Video Capture is a screen-capture & screen-recording tool to record screen activities and sounds into standard AVI video files. You can record any part of the screen’s activities and the cursor’s movements, using a microphone to narrate your screen recordings.

  • Supports sound recording from microphone, videotape, Internet, etc.
  • Record screen activities into Standard or Compressed AVI video files.
  • Set the sound recording format and compressed audio format.
  • Free to use and register.>

You can choose the output video’s compressor such as Microsoft Video 1, MPEG-4, DivXand many more, quality, framerate, audio format such as PCM, ADPCM, MP3, OGG and many more, and volumn. You can also start, pause, and stop screen recording with hotkeys.


Free Screen Recorder

Free Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use screen recording program to capture screen activities and sounds to standard AVI video file. If you move the cursor, launch a program, type some text, click buttons, select some menus – anything you see on the screen – Free Screen Recorder will record all these, and sound from your system microphone.

  • Records anything you see on your screen.
  • Supports hotkey to start, pause, stop recording.
  • Choose output video codec, framerate, audio codec, frequency.
  • Mouse cursor recording can be turned on or off, true shape of the cursor is recorded.

You can choose the output AVI file’s video codec, framerate, audio codec, frequency; You can choose the cursor’s display, to be actual cursor or custom one as you like, and you can add highlight to it. Record any part of the screen or even the entire desktop, with just a few clicks, or custom hotkeys.


Auto Screen Recorder

AutoScreenRecorder 3.0 Free is a completely free screen recorder to save your screen activities into video files. It is free for unlimited personal and business use. It has no expiration date and can be distributed with free of charge.
You can also choose to buy a full fledged version of AutoScreenRecorder which adds in more features to the software like generating flash video files and recording voice and sound in the video.


Wink Screen Recording Software>

Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.
It is estimated that Macromedia Flash Player is installed in more than 90% of the PCs. Using Wink you can create content viewable across the web in all these users’ desktops. Similar applications sell for hundreds of dollars, while Wink is free with unrivaled features.
It supports various output formats like .EXE, .FLV, .HTML, etc.


UltraVnc Screen Recorder

The screen recorder is build with the old Rendersoft camstudio source, we didn’t wrote the whole thing ourself. UltraVNC Screen Recorder is based-on CamStudio source with updates to improve the performance.It just removed and added some code to make it faster.
The about box give the acknowledgment to the original creators.


Windows Media Encoder

Windows Media Encoder is a powerful tool for content producers who want to capture audio and video content using the many innovations in Windows Media, including high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, and support for mixed-mode voice and music content. Windows Media Encoder 9 Series is the ideal tool for content producers who want advanced capture and compression for a wide variety of delivery scenarios. You can encode audio and video content in Windows Media Video (WMV) format using either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version of Windows Media Encoder 9 Series. The version you choose will depend on your encoding scenarios.


Krut screencast tool

Krut is a screencast tool that is written in Java and well suited for making video tutorials (instructional videos) on most platforms. Krut records movie files, including sound, of selected parts of your screen. The files use the quicktime mov format. The program has an intuitive and compact user interface. In addition to a movie file, the program also records separate files for audio (wav) and video (mov), which easily allows encoding to any movie format using an external encoding program.


BB FlashBack Express

BB FlashBack Express is the free version of some other advanced series. It can record from a video source, screen & audio.It can export to AVI or FLV & has integrated support for direct uploading to the popular video sharing websites. The BB FlashBack Express free screen recorder records from your webcam while it records your screen. Easy. The BB FlashBack Express free screen recorder has one-click upload to YouTube,, Viddler and Revver.


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