1. sauerkrauts:

    My passion is learning new languages, so here are some good sites to help you learn the following languages!  Please feel free to add on!

    Hey also that picture up there is transparent, which is pretty fucking awesome.

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  2. writtenbymadeline:

    A tool to use for find Synonyms: Synonym Finder.

    This is a great, unique little tool I found by browsing for writing resources. It’s name speaks for itself: it’s a synonym finder.

    The site is clean cut, has soothing colors, and to-the point results for any word you look up.

    For example, when I look up the word “romance,” I get this:

    Synonyms: romance, romanticism
    Definition: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

    Hypernyms: quality
    Definition: an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    Usage: the quality of mercy is not strained—Shakespeare”

    I had no idea what a “hypernym” is. Apparently it’s a word with a more general meaning that a more specific word fall under. Like, color is a hypernym for green.

    On the right corner there’s a button to make graphs! So you can trace each synonym from it’s root word, and see how far the other synonyms connect in comparison to others.

    I really like it, so I’m going to definitely bookmark it on my writing tools list.

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  3. jojje94:

    heartlessmushroom:

    blackrosekz13whovian:

    apsarcasm:

    sherlocksmyth:

    Deflate when writing prose; inflate when writing essays for school.

    Procrastinating on finding ways to add one page to my essay to get the page requirement! Thank you so much.

    Thanks man

    I’m not in school anymore, but here.

    (Source: amandaonwriting, via wewillnotbedefeated)

     

  4. bosmitze:

    Awesome tips

    (Source: hi-fluent, via ha-mada)

     

  5. be-blackstar:

    thenobleflesh:

    listoflifehacks:

    If you like this list of life hacks, follow ListOfLifeHacks for more like it!

    LEARN SISTERS AND BROTHERS. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

    they said “bra wearer” 

    respect, lifehacks. 

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  6. "overlay is da bomb!" tutorial

    femalemaincharacter:

    rubyrubyrubyredux:

    femalemaincharacter:

    professor-maple-art:

    littlemisspaintbrush:

    ever wondered how to put pattern effects on stuff? this is how i do them. :P (using paint tool SAI)

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    *other colors will change the color of your shape. tip: brownish patterns will give your shape an antique/vintage/old effect. orz i fail at explaining haha

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    lol i love the overlay effect! :D i hope this helped! :3 

    woah

    Why don’t you just make the pattern layer a clipping group? It seems like itd be infinitely easier, since clipping groups constrict any marks to appear only on whatever marks were made on the layer underneath. Is there a benefit to doing it this way that i just cant see?

    Fenne explain this because I have no idea what you’re talking about

    Its… easier to show than explain. You have sai right? Honestly, I know you use textures so its probably what you’re already doing but just don’t realize it or it has a different name.

    I’ll explain anyways

    So on this layer I have a green star

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    If I draw a line on a layer above it, that line will be on both the white/transparent area around the star and on the star. Thats normal.

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    But, if I make the red line layer a clipping group - that red line will only appear on the layer directly underneath it.image

    So likewise, if I want to put a texture on that star, instead of going through the 5 steps explained in the tutorial before - all I really need to do is make the texture layer a clipping group and it will only appear on the green star.

    Normal layer:

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    Clipping group layer:

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    Theres probably a more professional name for it or something, but I wouldn’t know. You can set that layer to overlay/multiply/etc. Whatever you want. From what I can tell it does the exact same thing as the tutorial, so thats why I wondering why go through all that trouble for something that can be done in just a click? Is there some benefit to it I’m missing? This seems like a more flexible way to be honest.

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  7. officialkia:

    pennameverity:

    This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

    But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

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    I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

    It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

    Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

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    Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

    The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

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    And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

    Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

    Okay, what else?

    Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

    Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

    You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

    And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

    If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

    Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

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  8. aerobicblaine:

    hello if you’ve just discovered a new artist but you don’t know which of their songs to listen to, to the best of is a really useful website! you just type in the artist’s name, and a little blurb with info about the band along with their top 10 tracks pops up. ◕‿◕

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  9. beahbeah:

    this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:

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  10. thesilvereye:

    View the fullsize tutorial on DA | The most handy hair structure tutorials are this video by Proko and thisblog post.These are useful for thinking about the direction hair locks flow with different styles: 1 2 3 4 5 | Painting Realistic Hair | Shading with gradients: 1 2 | Tutorials by me including: Gimp Brush Dynamics, Coloring Eyes and Coloring Method.

    All example characters are fromThe Silver Eye webcomic!

    (via sweetsweeps)