tutorials

Guides, short how-tos, and extensive tutorials explaining a variety of topics.

URLs and links in Jekyll

How Jekyll uses URLs and how to link posts, pages, assets, and other resources together.
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Jekyll’s site.url and baseurl

Learn what Jekyll's site url and baseurl variables are and how to properly set them with relative_url and absolute_url filters to avoid broken links and 404 errors.
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Optimizing and automating my Jekyll site build

Lessons learned from building, optimizing, and deploying a huge static site with everyone's favorite SSG — Jekyll.
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Styling language specific code blocks with Jekyll

Interesting styling possibilities with Kramdown syntax highlighted code blocks in Jekyll.
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Accessing static files in Jekyll

Learn how to use static files with Jekyll to create a gallery of images automatically without a plugin.
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Improving Staticman comments on a Jekyll site

How to use Staticman to add threaded comments and reply notifications to a static-based Jekyll site.
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HTML inside Kramdown table cells with Jekyll

The question of how to write a list inside of a table cell with Kramdown recently came up in a thread on Jekyll Talk — prompting me to look…

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Using SSI to detect cookies

In my never ending quest to micro-optimize the hell out of my site, I ran into a snag when trying to use SSI directives to improve the loading of critical CSS and cached stylesheets.
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How to draw straight lines

To draw straight lines on the iPad in apps that don’t have a ruler tool, I use whatever straight edge I have laying around: plastic ruler…

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How to make time-lapse videos on iPad

Methods used to capture time-lapse videos of drawing and painting on an iPad, to show an artwork's progression.
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Adding comments to a Jekyll site with Staticman

Uninstall Disqus and learn how to add a static-based commenting system to Jekyll with Staticman.
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Switching tools with Paper

How to switch tools in the app Paper for iPad and iPhone.
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How I'm using Jekyll in 2016

Documenting my approach to using Jekyll, how that's evolved over the years, and web development learnings I've picked up along the way.
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Mastering Pencil by FiftyThree

Learn how to create impressive effects with 53's Pencil stylus and Paper app, using exclusive features like Blend and Surface Pressure.
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Faux layer technique for Paper

Learn Paper's faux layer technique and how it can aid in sketching and tracing on iPad.
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Building a living style guide with Jekyll

How I used Jekyll to build a living style guide and pattern library for Made Mistakes.
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Drawing outer space with Paper

Learn how to draw stars, galaxies, planets, black holes and more with Paper on iPad and 53's Pencil stylus.
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How to use Paper's color picker

Tutorial explaining how to use Paper's new color picker tool to sample, mix, and share colors.
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Mastering Mix by FiftyThree

Download these templates for Paper and discover how to use Mix to Learn, Sketch, Play, Write, Design, and Think.
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How to undo and erase in Paper

Learn how to use Paper's eraser tool to undo and cover-up mistakes on iPad.
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Watercolor brush improvements

Discover the secrets of Paper's newly updated watercolor brush in this short tutorial and video.
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Grid method of drawing

How to use the grid method of drawing to improve your accuracy when drawing with the app Paper on iPad.
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How to zoom while painting

Learn how to reposition Paper's zoom loupe mid-stroke to help add detail to your drawings.
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Drawing realistic portraits with Paper

Advanced Paper tutorials and techniques for drawing and painting faces with an iPad.
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Drawing and painting basics

Beginner friendly Paper app tutorials covering basic drawing and painting techniques, inking, and color theory principles.
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Contour line drawing on iPad

How to use blind contour line drawing and the iPad app Paper, to improve hand eye coordination and observation skills.
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Drawing textures with Paper

Tutorials for drawing bricks, wood, and rock textures with the Paper app on iPad.
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Printing Moleskine books on iPad

Impressions of a handmade Moleskine book designed and printed on iPad with the app Paper.
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Drawing water with Paper

Techniques for drawing water and waves using the app Paper on iPad.
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Drawing clouds and skies with Paper

iPad tutorials and techniques for drawing blue skies, clouds, and sunsets with the app Paper.
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Drawing trees and grass with Paper

Techniques on how to draw trees, grass, and other foliage using the Paper app on iPad.
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Getting started with Paper

An introduction to Paper's tools and how best to exploit them for drawing realistically.
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Drawing faceless portraits with Paper

Quick tutorial for drawing faceless (e.g., PaperFaces) portraits on iPad with the Paper app.
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Drawing hair with Paper

Learn how I draw hair quickly with the Paper app for iPad.
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Quick tips for iPad sketching

How to sketch faceless (e.g., PaperFaces) portraits and landscapes on an iPad, with the app Paper.
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Rasterbating a large wall sized owl print

Tutorial and time-lapse using the Rasterbator web app to print and assemble a wall sized poster of an owl.
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