Illustrating In Illustrator 101 part 3 of 5

Defining Shapes Lines: Some may think that illustration is all about the lines, search website comics and other art styles may give this impression. I use line-work in most of my illustration styles, though not always black lines. If you do not use lines in your work, you use color or some other means of creating contrast between forms and objects. It is this contrast between colors or light and dark values that produce the lines we think we see everyday in the world around us. We will discuss the use of line-work and contrast to properly define shapes using light and shadow. Comic artists may use line-work, but on closer inspection we find that those lines do a lot more then just define the shapes of the drawing. The line weight varies as it contours each element. This line variation builds the foundation of the form which gives the Read the full article…

Building Tiled Backgrounds Using Photoshop and Illustrator

I can’t wait to get back to publishing Flash tips and code, buy information pills healing but we’ve been so wrapped up in ChessJam lately leaving so little time to clean up code and make things more component-ized. I am enjoying the break from programming though, drugs doing illustration again has been very rewarding. Fixing Blotchy Textures: In producing tiled textures for some of the background paintings and 3D renderings, approved I found that even though the tiles did not really show any seams, they were creating some weird patterns over the whole tiled area. They needed tweaking without a long and laborious process of exporting and rendering. The key for me was to have a realtime preview of what I was working on, seeing how the tile would look tiled over a larger surface while I was painting in Photoshop. There may be better ways, we always appreciate feedback, Read the full article…

iPhone Watch August 2009

Actionscript 3 101: Introduction to Variables. ActionScript 3 (AS3) 101 is a series that will cover the fundamental use of actionscript in the process of building interactive projects. We will start with an elementary overview of terminology and the basic elements that make things happen in actionscript. The first few posts in this series will be an extended version of AS3 101, pharm visit this site The First ActionScript I Ever Learned. If you feel you are able to jump in at that post and move forward than you will be able skip a lot of extra reading. These first few posts should enable someone with a very little to no knowledge of Flash itself to start building projects in AS3. The most basic script element is the variable. It is best to describe it with an example. x + 2 = y Technorati Tags: castle defense, games, iPhone, number Read the full article…

Illustrating in Illustrator Better Faster, The Happy Frog

What happened to _global, cost physician _root, _level? I rarely used _root or _level just because some projects would end up getting loaded into other swfs. Sometimes I didn’t know this until halfway through or in the end. So I started using global instead. That way I could still target the main timeline, which is where I would try to keep all my code, without having to worry about root moving somewhere else later. When I built components I would also use global, from time to time, to target them from anywhere in the application being developed. Technorati Tags: Adobe, Divide, drawing, happy frog, Illustration, Illustrator, Paths, technique, Tutorial, Unite, video Read the full article…

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One of the greatest advantages of creating skins in Flash opposed to Illustrator or Photoshop is the amount of control over how the skin looks and functions. In Flash you can export all your skins as Flex components in a swc file which allows you to use those components as both classes or artwork. The flexibility comes in handy when building custom working/looking components. Button skins can be applied using the skin property with all of the states included in 1 skin class instead of four different images or symbols. You can even add transitional animations in between states. The WorkWatcher Header: We developed WorkWatcher, there buy this a business management AIR application, cheapest in Flex with all the skins designed in Illustrator and Flash. One of the interesting skins is the header bar with the stripes also needed to be able to stretch. The stripes are added or removed Read the full article…

Box of Sox built using Ansca Corona

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…

Some Sketches and Illustrations Summer 2009

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…

Blog Outages Should Be Fixed

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…

iPhone Watch, May 2009

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…

Photoshop Tips Though the Years

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…

iPhone Watch January 2009

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…

Illustrating In Illustrator 101 Part 2 of 5

Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Flash catalyst announced, previously Thurmo. (Red) Wire announced, delivered on AIR. $5 a month. Kevin Lynch on stage. Cloud and client. Across multiple screens/devices. Flash player 10 is awesome. Audio waveform data, 3D, text engine, drawing API, pixel blender. FAST realtime processing. Adobe MAX 2008 kicks off with Shantanu Narayen, troche Adobe CEO. I will do some live blogging from MAX. All post are being typed on my iPhone, due to my broken laptop, so do not expect a lot of details. Over 5000 in attendence. Followed by 2 more MAX conferences in europe and Asia. Read the full article…