A Few of My Favorite Things

A list of my favorite web­sites and ser­vices (and best kept secrets!) for every­thing from web design to draw­ing. I’ll be updat­ing this list as I find new and excit­ing things. Send me an email at henry@​henrynahurski.​com if you think there’s some­thing I should add!

Design + Typography Tools

Kulerhttp://​kuler​.adobe​.com/

An online tool for brows­ing and cre­at­ing 5-col­or col­or palates. Great place to look for col­or inspi­ra­tion!

Image to Text Con­vert­erhttp://​www​.text​-image​.com/​c​o​n​v​e​rt/

A sim­ple online image to text con­vert­er that makes an image out of let­ters. You can spec­i­fy if you want ran­dom or spe­cif­ic char­ac­ters as well as the col­or of the char­ac­ters and back­ground.

QR Code Gen­er­a­torhttp://​goqr​.me/

A sim­ple online QR code gen­er­a­tor with advanced fea­tures includ­ing chang­ing the com­pres­sion, error cor­rec­tion, col­ors, and bor­der.

Photoshop Brushes

Out of all the Pho­to­shop brush­es I’ve down­loaded, these are by far the best I’ve ever seen. I use them ALL the time. I espe­cial­ly love Goro and Barontieri’s brush­es!

Math­ias Ver­has­selthttp://​mv​.cgcom​mu​ni​ty​.com/​e​c​h​a​n​g​e​/​m​a​t​b​r​u​s​h​e​s​0​7​.​zip

Goro Fuji­tahttp://​www​.area​-56​.de/​t​u​t​o​r​i​a​l​s​/​g​o​r​o​s​_​b​r​u​s​h​e​s​.​abr

Thier­ry Doizon (Baron­tieri)http://​www​.medi​afire​.com/​f​i​l​e​/​c​m​m​c​v​7​c​9​5​1​7​q​6​r​v​/​B​A​R​O​N​T​i​E​R​i​.​rar

Nico­las Fer­rand (Viag) http://​red​whirlpool​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​0​/​0​5​/​t​r​a​d​i​b​r​u​s​h​-​2​-​r​e​v​e​n​g​e​.​h​tml

Min Yum (Bumskee)http://​www​.medi​afire​.com/​f​i​l​e​/​w​s​j​d​e​f​1​3​a​5​2​c​4​k​g​/​m​i​n​_​b​_​2​0​1​0​.​rar

Maciej Kucia­ra (CptO­b­vi­ous)http://​maciejku​cia​ra​.blogspot​.com/​2​0​1​0​/​0​3​/​p​s​-​b​r​u​s​h​e​s​.​h​tml

Jaime Joneshttp://www.mediafire.com/file/hj1yl0143d4lwcs/Jaime%27s%20brushes.rar

Photos + Textures

Stock Exchangehttp://​www​.sxc​.hu/

Obvi­ous­ly a stock pho­to web­site. As much as I hate using stock pho­tog­ra­phy, when I have no oth­er choice, this is the place I go they have a wide vari­ety of images to choose from with a decent search.

CG Tex­tureshttp://​www​.cgtex​tures​.com/

This is real­ly an amaz­ing web­site when you are look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar tex­ture for a back­ground or 3D mod­el. You have to make an account to down­load things, but it’s all free!

Drawing

Pose­ma­ni­acshttp://​www​.pose​ma​ni​acs​.com/

An amaz­ing web­site with TONS of posed mus­cle fig­ures for ref­er­ence. You can even rotate the 3D pos­es to see a dif­fer­ent angle. It also has a neat tool for short ges­ture draw­ings.

Free Art E-Bookshttp://​www​.con​cep​tart​.org/​f​o​r​u​m​s​/​s​h​o​w​t​h​r​e​a​d​.​p​h​p​?​t​=​1​3​1​117

This thread has a list of a bunch of free art e-books. Some of them aren’t avail­able any­more, but there are plen­ty more that are. Top­ics range in every­thing from artist’s books to books about draw­ing in per­spec­tive.

Web

Word­Presshttp://​word​press​.com/

Word­Press is amaz­ing. It’s what this site is built on. They’ve man­aged to make it so sim­ple that you can have a site up in min­utes, but com­plex enough that you are only lim­it­ed by your imag­i­na­tion. And it’s total­ly free! Love it.

Lunarpageshttp://​www​.lunarpages​.com/​i​d​/​h​e​n​r​y24

Lunarpages is where I host my web­site. Basi­cal­ly it’s super afford­able with amaz­ing deals and awe­some cus­tomer ser­vice. If you’re think­ing about buy­ing host­ing space from them, make sure you do a quick Google search for coupon codes, they often have pro­mo­tions to give you $50 off, 50% off, etc.

CSS Com­pres­sorhttp://​www​.css​com​pres​sor​.com/

Used to com­press CSS to reduce code size and make your web pages load faster. You can select from four lev­els of com­pres­sion, depend­ing on how leg­i­ble you want the com­pressed CSS to be ver­sus degree of com­pres­sion.

Web Font Pack­ag­inghttp://​www​.fontsquir​rel​.com/​f​o​n​t​f​a​c​e​/​g​e​n​e​r​a​tor

A great online tool for mak­ing a sim­ple, orga­nized web font pack­age that works across browsers.

Marketing + Social Media

Ping​.FMhttp://​ping​.fm/

A great ser­vice for man­ag­ing many social net­work­ing ser­vices, espe­cial­ly the obscure ones that aren’t always includ­ed in oth­er ser­vices such as Myspace, LinkedIn, etc.

Hoot­suitehttp://​hoot​suite​.com/

An online ser­vice that allows you to post con­tent to mul­ti­ple social net­work­ing accounts at once. Saves so much time. They also have a free iPhone app!

Moo​.comhttp://​www​.moo​.com/​s​h​a​r​e​/​6​8​b​t5c

Words can’t express how much I love moo​.com. They are a com­plete­ly adorable ser­vice for print­ing busi­ness cards online. They’re print qual­i­ty and paper stock is like noth­ing I’ve ever seen. But what is REALLY amaz­ing about Moo is their ‘print-fin­i­ty’ sys­tem that allows you to put a dif­fer­ent image on the back of every busi­ness card you make. It’s real­ly great for pho­tog­ra­phers and illus­tra­tors who want to show off their work.

Tutorials

After Effects Tuto­r­i­alhttp://​www​.video​copi​lot​.net/​b​a​s​ic/

Watch­ing these 10 videos will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know about work­ing in Adobe After Effects. The videos are well orga­nized and pre­sent­ed and make learn­ing the soft­ware ridicu­lous­ly easy.