Smooth Square Holes in 3ds Max

This technique will show you how to create square holes in your geometry. As a bonus, this will also detail how to add chamfer detail to the hole that will allow you to apply a turbosmooth or meshsmooth modifier while also maintaining all quad geometry. If you are interested, you can also take a look at my other tutorial for … Read More

3ds Max Quad Topology Sphere

Creating Spheres or Cylinders in 3ds Max will result in top and bottom vertex poles. A vertex pole is where multiple edges lead to a single vertex. This typically leads to a heavy triangle count around the pole that will not smooth well with the TurboSmooth or MeshSmooth modifiers. It also produces bad edge flow, making it difficult to select and … Read More

How To Setup and Query Local MySQL Databases

If you have never setup a local MySQL database on a Windows machine before, then this post is for you. You will be up and running with a database you can query in 10-15 minutes. To get you rolling, we will also touch briefly on how to create, view and edit your new database using phpMyAdmin. Although this post is … Read More

Perfect CSS Link Hover Colors

It is always nice to get visual feedback when mousing-over link text. This effect is often achieved simply by changing the link color to a lighter or darker color. For darker backgrounds it is often better to make the text lighter on hover and for lighter backgrounds you can go a few shades darker. The trouble with applying this effect … Read More

Five and Ten Column Layouts in Bootstrap

If you would like an equal five and ten column layout in Twitter Bootstrap, then include the following CSS in your Bootstrap stylesheet. Applying the classes to your HTML If you do not intend to use the 12 column layout then I would highly recommend customizing bootstrap and setting the Grid system to ten columns.

Twitter Bootstrap WordPress Template

As of writing, I have just updated my blog to use the Bootstrap 3 RC1 front-end framework with the addition of the new Glyphicons (although I have not used the Glyphicons in many places). Since this was a new release of Bootstrap, I could not find any WordPress templates available online, so I decided to build my own. This is my first venture into … Read More

How To Quickly Share and Edit Screen Shots

If you are a windows user and have never used the “Snipping Tool” then this information will  blow your mind. The Snipping Tool is software that comes pre-installed on Windows. It allows you to take a screen shot, or “snip”, any objects on the screen. The beauty of this is that you can paste the capture directly into Skype chats, … Read More

The Key To Making Quick CSS Changes

The best way I have found to quickly make informed CSS changes is by using the Inspect Element functionality in Chrome. This allows you to quickly find elements of the page and make style changes that are reflected immediately in the browser. This is a great way to see how the style is reflected on the site and later be … Read More

2013 Website Design Trends

2013 has been a year where I have really been able to get my teeth stuck into site design. I’ve checked out the latest developments from some of the biggest website names out there to some of the smaller lesser known sites that are attempting to push the boundaries. Here are just a few of the design trends I have observed.

African Animal 3D Models

This week I will be continuing with my top inspirational 3D models list with this fantastic set of African animals. These all happen to have been created by Massimo Righi, an incredibly talented animal 3D artist. Massimo has over 250 animal models available on the site with almost all of these modeled to the CheckMate modelling specification.