April 2008


In Working with Illustrator ‘Art’ Brushes: Options and Adjustments several key points that effect the way you can use Illustrator “Art” brushes are covered. You can tweak many things to influence the way your “Art” brush stroke will take form. Stroke weight, scale strokes and effects, proportion and colour are all effects that are covered.

I love popup books and found this 3D ABC on YouTube. As each of the three dimensional letters moved before my eyes I wanted to make them dance to the 30s music.

This morning I will talking about RSS readers as the web has changed the way we research, read, write and publish information. Once you start poking around blogs, flickr, and the like you quickly have problems with ‘keeping up’. Before RSS, users had to visit individual web sites to find out what was new. You no longer have to click from blog to blog to see if your favourites have published anything new. With an RSS readers newly published content is delivered directly to you, using an aggregator or reader. Their main advantage is that they save you time as using an RSS reader is a efficient way to read and keep abreast of your research interests.

I will be discussing RSS readers with my class this morning but RSS in Plain English produced by Commoncraft neatly covers the mains points

Most RSS readers are free to use, and easy to learn. You can subscribe to key news media outlets such as the BBC, or Reuters, as well as non-news sites such as for instance Flickr, podcasts, video podcasts, or Apple’s iTunes Music Store. When an aggregator is opened it is much like an email program.

Flickr now has video. If you are a pro member, you can now share videos. See where it was announced here and they have an interesting definition of video as being a long photo

On another note its mid term break so I will not be around for a week or so

The Powerhouse Museum has joined the Commons on Flickr. Drawing on images from the Tyrrell Collection the museum have put a couple of hundred early photographs online. These are significant examples of early Australian photography so its great to see them out in the open. The Powerhouse on Flickr managed to sidetrack me wonderfully for an hour or so! I could not resist this early image of Darling Harbour in Sydney. It’s interesting to see the landscape yet to be dressed in some of much loved national icons.

Thanks to Fresh and Newer for the news and doing the work which you can read about here


Obsidian Dawn has released some new distressed brushes and I also discovered these 26 Silhouette brushes of people for Adobe Photoshop.

I came across this Photoshop tutorial on Creating A Cool Vintage Collage Design

There are also 10 high res brushes “Messy Spraypaint” brushes from Bittbox and there is some new free vector graphics this time it’s flowers!

Nenodesign made a great find in a garage sale and has scanned the part of a collection of design motifs from a copy right free publication on design

In the process of creating a simple tools icon Veerle demonstrates the use of the Pathfinder and Align tools in Illustrator and has a new tutorial on the Pucker and Bloat Effect

On the tutorial blog you can find out how Make Repeating Seamless Tile Backgrounds with Photoshop which led me to Pixblix which houses ‘useful web graphics’

It is not often we can see the birth and rise of popularity of a symbol.   Time magazine has done a photo essay on the use of the Peace Symbol since it has turned 50. Apparently the the symbol first appeared at a nuclear disarmament rally in April 1958.

“…the little sectioned circle has become so familiar, it feels as if it had no genesis, that it just emerged out of a collective folk culture, like the Star of David or a nursery rhyme. But in fact it can be traced to a single inventor, Gerald Holtom …” the rest of the article is here

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