Form Tools

How To : Use the Free-form Tool in Fireworks 8

The Free-form tool in Fireworks to automatically add points, deletes points, or changes point type along the path as you edit the path. In this Fireworks 8 video tutorial you will learn how to use the Free-form Tool. Learn how to reshape areas, amd use path scrubbers. Use the ...more

How To : Use the Acrobat typewriter tool on forms

Unfortunately not everyone goes through the effort of making form fields on their forms. So rather than print the form out and fill it out by hand, use the Acrobat Typewriter Tool to click right onto the form and type right onto it without the need for form fields. In this vid ...more

How To : Make Chain Mail Armor from Start to Finish

This article is a guide for making Chainmail Armor from start (simple wire) to finish (a finished chainmail shirt). We will be using the European 4 in 1 weave, as this is the most common weave. This is the weave that you usually see in movies. There are several sections to thi ...more

How To : Pull the April Fool's Day Shower Head Prank

For the dedicated prankster, April Fool's Day is no joke. Nothing will stop them from coming up with the cleverest, most elaborate prank the world has ever seen. Or at least—their victim. The hardcore mischief-makers start planning out their ingenious prank the day after Apri ...more

How To : Master SCRABBLE & Win Every Game

SCRABBLE. To some it's just a game, but to me it's life or death. Well, not really, but it feels that way anyway. On a normal weekend, a game becomes much like Jon Thomas' "friendly game of death Scrabble." Video: . When I'm playing a game of SCRABBLE, my friends are not frien ...more

How To : Use surface tools to model a human leg in 3DS Max

Surface tools are a powerful part of 3D Studio Max, allowing the creation of more realistic textures for organic and natural forms. This video demonstrates how to use them as a part of the process of modeling a human leg. The legs may not be as important as the face models, bu ...more

How To : Make a DIY tool to bend plexiglass at home

Plexiglass is great for all sorts of projects, but it is notoriously hard to work with at home. If you've got a plexiglass project in mind though and need an easy, cheap way to bend it, watch this video. It will teach you how to make a tool out of part of a blowdryer that will ...more

How To : Edit an MP3 file in Audacity

Audacity is an amazing editing tool, and why is it amazing? Because it's FREE! Yea, that's right, free! One awesome thing you can do with it is edit your mp3 files into whatever you need, heck, make your own ringtones with it! In this video you'll learn how to open a session i ...more

How To : Create rounded-off square forms in Blender 2.5

In this quick Blender 2.5 video tip, you'll see how to easily model a rounded-off square form by using snapping/retopology tools. Whether you're new to the Blender Foundation's popular open-source 3D computer graphics application or are a seasoned digital artist merely on the ...more

How To : Draw a graffiti artist holding animated spray cans

Spraycans filled with paint have been the graffiti artist's chosen medium of artistic creation since the street/urban art form began. Graffiti artists utilize spray cans daily to create sociopolitical commentary and to animate their work, so why not give these important tools ...more

How To : Turn someone from thin to fat with Photoshop

Everyone wants to be thinner, BUT, what if you'd like to put on a little weight? Or, how about a LOT of weight? Even in a photo? Well this video shows how to use Photoshop and its liquify tool to expand someone from their svelt self to a bigger, beautiful person. This is a qui ...more

How To : Fix common workout mistakes

There are some simple techniques to correct common workout mistakes. You should look for cues, which come in forms such as lack or form or lack of engagement. Elastic bands and be used in order to help direct someone into proper form. This will give them resistance and help th ...more

How To : Use basic sculpting methods in Zbrush 3.1

Are you fed up using Zbrush? Are you just not cut out to be a 3D digital sculptor? Nah, all you need is a little practice. Check out this three-part Pixologic video tutorial on how to use the basics when sculpting a head. You'll see how to make the perfect 3D animated head, an ...more

How To : Make Handwriting Fun

Letter formation can be fun! Few children enjoy traditional handwriting practice. Copying the same black letters over and over again with a pencil is boring! Here is how you can make letter formation fun while practicing with your child at home. Vary the tools A pencil isn ...more

How To : Create a wispy bird's nest updo with Reiberry

This hair tutorial is called a wispy bird's nest after its, well, wispy quality and organized jumble of hair strands that forms into a cohesive whole. The "bird's next" has some classic elements and it can look very polished or casual for a day-to-day basis — especially for t ...more

How To : Make an awesome ring out of a 50 cent coin

Fifty cent coins and quarters made before 1964 were made of 90% silver. This is considered jeweller's quality silver so can easily be made into a ring. Kennedy Half Dollars can be found at coin shops or on ebay for four or five dollars a piece. Begin with an anvil which can cl ...more

How To : Use Rembrandt lighting for images in Photoshop

This Photoshop video series is going to explain how to create a chiaroscuro lighting effect on an image. This art form was made famous by the Italian artist Rembrandt. Part one covers the origin of terms and how to create chiaroscuro dramatic lighting. Part two has instruction ...more

How To : Draw the male upper body (torso, chest and arms)

Drawing human subjects can be tough if you're not an experienced artist. getting every detail just right it quite a task, because of the intricateness of the human body. But Merrill is going to show you how it's done. This drawing tutorial provides step-by-step instructions t ...more

How To : Create a rainbow in Photoshop

Open the picture you wish to place a rainbow within. A good scene has clouds that are receding into the distance and the light angle coming in from the front of the scene. A rainbow effect appears when by the sun is shining from behind you into the mist-filled air where it is ...more

How To : Fix a leaky basement wall with This Old House

In this video, This Old House General Contractor Tom Silva demonstrates how to repair a basement wall leak around a drainpipe. Steps: 1 Spread drop cloth on floor in work area. 2 Use sledgehammer and cold chisel to chip away mortar from around the drainpipe. 3 Remove any woo ...more

How To : Write a Writer's Resume

The resume is an essential tool for getting freelance work assignments. A well written article is not enough when trying to secure a freelance or staff position as a writer. Publishers want to see a resume. It gives the writer an outstanding opportunity to introduce themselve ...more

How To : Bake sticky jam scones with your kids

Have a blast while making a delicious treat that's sweet and gooey to eat! Carrie tweaks a traditionally English breakfast item by adding an element of surprise. This recipe will have your friends and family begging you for seconds! Follow along with this cooking how-to video ...more

How To : Dominate the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

First off, don't be frustrated. YOU CAN DO IT! Contrary to the message in the image above, it's NOT over. It's just beginning. And when it comes to solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, the old cliche does apply: practice makes perfect. I've read quite a few books and ...more

How To : Make a 4-Element Table with PVC Pipe

Now, I know what you're thinking... "I need an extra sexy coffee table that is like no other." OK, Maybe not. Maybe you're thinking, "I need a conversation starter that doesn't have to do with economic injustice, Left/Right political paradigms or health insurance. I need it ...more

How To : Draw a car in MS Paint

Microsoft Paint has the capability to allow you to draw an awesome realistic car. This video will show the line and filling tools that someone uses to make a sporty car. You can make whatever alterations and adjustments to create your own unique dream car. Draw in wheels of th ...more

How To : Braid your bangs

Megan aka Maybabytumbler, shows in this video how to braid bangs just like television celebrities have been seen sporting. She starts by showing us the right tools for the job: a flat, plastic bristled hairbrush and several bobby pins. Once we have the proper tools, Megan inst ...more

How To : Make a sugarcraft teddy bear

Barbara Wilson of BarbraEllin Cakes demonstrates how to make an edible Teddy Bear out of flour paste icing. You will need some edible glue, spaghetti, a knife tool, a small brush, a sharp craft knife, a mouth tool and a stitch tool. Roll out a ball of icing for the body and s ...more

How To : Enable commenting in Adobe Reader on Acrobat 9 Pro

This how-to video is about how to enable the commenting tools in the free Adobe Reader using Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. To do this, open any PDF document and go to the "comments" menu and select "enable for commenting and analysis in Adobe Reader". Once we choo ...more

How To : Ceate a spring in Pro/DESKTOP

Find out how to form a spring in this Pro/DESKTOP CAD software tutorial. You will learn how to work with construction planes, lines and the sweep tool. See how to sweep a circle along a line to create a spring in Pro/DESKTOP. This ProDesktop tutorial is best viewed full screen.

How To : Blacksmith air hammer techniques

Watch this blacksmithing video to practice air hammer techniques on a 75 lb small air hammer. You can use this technique for many types of free form metal forging. Follow these clear instructions to begin the craft of metalsmithing and forge a useful tool.

How To : Use the freehand tool in Google SketchUp

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use the freehand tool in Google SketchUp. This tutorial covers how to use freehand to draw free form edges. To do this, simply click and hold the mouse button to draw with the freehand tool. Like other drawing tools, be ...more

How To : Learn the necessary tools for ceramics

Ceramic pieces are some of the oldest art forms in human history. Learn about the ceramic tools you'll need to start throwing pots in this free clay tools video series. Part 1 of 6 - How to Learn the necessary tools for ceramics. Learn the necessary tools for ceramics - Part 2 ...more

How To : Shape a human head in Zbrush 3.1

Jason Welsh shows you how to make a human face in Zbrush 3.1 and gives easy steps for roughing out form. This tutorial is more about process than specific tool movements so you should be familiar with sculpting tools already. NOTE: This link is to a Flash version of the first ...more

How To : Drill a hole in ceramic, porcelain, clay, or tile

This video will show you how to drill a clean hole in ceramic, porcelain, clay, glass or tile. Materials needed for this project are: carbide tile bit, normal variable speed drill (not a hammer drill), air tool oil, plumbers putty, MDF board or a scrap piece of wood. Step 1 - ...more

How To : Draw a cartoon smiley head in Inkscape

This video shows you how to draw a cartoon smiley head in Inkscape: Open a new page. - Firstly go to the circle tool in the left hand bar and create a circle on the page - Next go to the fill tool on the top bar and select the outline icon. This will outline your shape. - Nex ...more

How To : Make Recycled Deconstructed Roses

In this article, you'll learn how to create deconstructed roses in less than five minutes with your leftover fabric scraps. It's a great way to recycle your leftover fabric! Follow the instructions below and watch the videos for a demonstration. Draw the Flower Shape. Draw a ...more

How To : Detect Facebook Spam

Spam is everywhere and Facebook is no exception. In fact, spammers are constantly stepping up their game by tricking unsuspecting Facebook users to participate in quizzes, games, apps, or "new features" that are actually dangerous computer viruses, spyware, or other trojan hor ...more

How To : Make a face out of fondant using form cups

Form cups, which you can get from any cake decorating store, are easy ways to get your fondant into uniform and easy to use shapes. You can use a form cup and a few cake decorating tools to make your fondant shapes look exactly like a face!

How To : Build an alcohol beverage can stove

LannyPlans shares his unique methods and tools for building beverage-can alcohol stoves, which uses his Alcohol Stove Build Kit, to build a proven design, the Open Well Jet Alcohol Stove. In this video tutorial, LannyPlans shows how to heat treat using a turntable, how to mak ...more

How To : Create interactive PDF forms in Acrobat Pro

Dave Cross developed an interactive PDF for people planning to attend Photoshop World in Las Vegas this September. In this tutorial, he breaks down how he used Acrobat Pro tools, like combo box, to create the form. You can take the Photoshop World example and apply it to your ...more

How To : Model complex organic forms (ears) in 3ds Max 8

In this 3ds Max video tutorial you'll see how the spline method can be used to model a very complex form, such as the ear, in Autodesk's 3D Studio Max digital graphic modeling software. You'll see several tools found in EditPoly for creating overhangs, and also look at attachi ...more

How To : Make rounded dots in GIMP

The first thing that you want to do is in a new image, create a new transparent layer. Then you want to use the oval shape tool and check "fixed" so that it forms a perfect circle. Draw the circle, fill it with any color that you want, and then duplicate the layer. Use the mov ...more

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