Entries by Armand Niculescu

Smart generation of Gzip files for nginx

As the complexity of today’s sites increases, so are the challenges to keep the site loading fast and bandwidth usage low. Minified scripts, concatenated CSS, image sprites and even hand-crafted static html are used for speedy delivery. This article discusses some less-known features of nginx that can lead to significant speed increase.

Photoshop tricks: Solving common photography problems using Image Stacks

Have you ever wanted to take a noiseless landscape shot in low light but didn’t have a tripod with you? Got frustrated while trying to get a macro shot into perfect focus? Or have you ever tried to photograph some landmark but those pestering tourists kept getting into view? I bet all of these happened to you too. What do these problems have in common? They can all be fixed using the same basic technique, so today I’m going to show you how.

The Best 3 Photo RAW Converters of 2013

While most casual photographers still shoot in JPEG, there’s no denying that RAW gives unparalleled control. And what’s really exciting is that with each new generation of software, the processing becomes even more powerful, allowing one to revisit old photos and get even more “punch” out of them. In this article I’ll review the best new RAW processors: Adobe Lightroom 4, DXO 8 and Capture One Pro 7

Correct Name Capitalization in PHP

One annoying scenario is when you let users enter their names and then you need to output their names nicely, for example in a newsletter. Some users simply enter their names in upper/lowercase, but obviously when you address them you can’t do the same. On the other hand PHP’s ucfirst() and ucwords() functions are too naive for proper capitalization.

PHP Download Script with Resume option

A while ago I wrote an article about the common pitfalls of handling file downloads in PHP. One thing I did not realize at that time is that in most cases developers don’t have the time to write such a script and they’ll use whatever they can find, even if it has flaws. Because of this, I decided to write a download script and release it free for everyone with a BSD License. It’s not a class, just a script that accepts a “file” parameter via GET or POST and outputs the file. For security purposes any paths are stripped and replaced with a path in the script (the folder containing the downloadable file(s) should be protected against direct access).

Cardboard Texture Effect On Business Card Designs

In this simple guide, we will teach you how you can achieve the cardboard paper effect in business cards. It is fairly easy to do, and one does not really have to be precise with the tools needed to achieve this memorable effect for business cards. For our tutorial, we will be using Adobe Photoshop […]

Convert Your Text To Grass Using Illustrator

Green is the buzz these days and what better way for your brand or headlines to exude eco-friendliness than by turning them to grass? Add excitement to your magazine ads, postcard prints or posters by using this effect on your headlines with Adobe Illustrator. Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to […]