8 Things I’ve Learned my First Month of Blogging

Well it’s almost been a month already since I’ve started MyInkBlog. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, but ultimately the experience has been very worthwhile. Here’s a list of what I’ve learned so far.

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Create a Realistic Stone Texture in Photoshop

This is the my third installment of creating awesome textures using filters in Photoshop series. This tutorial will cover how to create a stone texture using mostly filters and finishing the effect with a photo.

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Create a Realistic Wood Texture in Photoshop

In part II of this series I will show you how to create a realistic wood texture. This tutorial uses a few more filters than the last and requires a bit more finessing, but I think the end result is awesome.

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Creating a Realistic Water Texture in Photoshop

This is the first in a short series of tutorials on how to create some awesome textures in Photoshop by using just a few filters. This water effect essentially only takes 2 filters to get the desired effect.

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MyInkTrail – Best of the Web May 2008

At the end of every month I would like to give you a compilation of many of the articles, inspiration, freebies and news that have caught my eye during that month. Here is the best from the design community for May 2008.

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Depending on your blog you may find many of these plugins are very useful and others serve little purpose for you. Here are my top five (which are liable to change tomorrow, when I find something else I love!)

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Tracking Your Website Statistics Using Google Analytics

More often than not your web host will offer free statistics in their hosting control panel, but sometimes they don’t and many times if they do, it is limited. In this article I am going to show you how to setup Google Analytics to begin tracking your visitors. It’s pretty straight forward and well worth the little bit of effort.

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33 Awesome Church Websites

Nowadays church’s are putting a larger emphasis on current technology as a means of communicating their message to an ever-changing, technical savvy younger generation. Just within the last few years, it’s amazing how many incredible church websites have started up. Here is a compilation of 33 of my favorites.

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Well, today officially marks the completion of my first week of blogging. I’ve learned a ton already, but I feel like I’ve got so much further to go. Here is a rundown of my post’s thus far.

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Free Brushes – Coffee Stains and Splatter

Here are some brushes of coffee stains and splatters that I created for your design use. They are free to use for personal or commercial use.

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Create Photoshop Brushes for Coffee Stains and Splatters

There are a ton of Photoshop brush freebies out there, but sometimes its nice to customize your own set. This tutorial shows you how to design a set of coffee stains and grunge splatter brushes.

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How to use Adobe Photoshop Actions

This tutorial covers the use of Adobe Photoshop Actions. Once you learn how to use Actions you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them. In this example, I will be creating a photoshop action on a wedding photo (of me and my beautiful wife).

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