Last year I got a microscope for my birthday. As with most toys, you play around with them for a while but eventually they end up on a shelf somewhere.
Just a small preview of what’s to come…
(yeah, I’m rewriting old stuff)
I really should illustrate more. Apart from good practice it’s also fun to do.
Putting things together: some Filter Forge stuff into PaperVision3D. I’ve made a nice terraforming filter and wrapped the result around a sphere. Click here to see the planet and use your mousewheel to zoom in and out.
I’m now trying to give the sun some lens flares but I’m still having a bit of trouble getting the 2D data from the 3D. Right now the flare is just a sprite on top of the 3D scene, the correct way of course would be to create a particle primitive. A particle is a bit different than a normal primitive. Let’s see if I can hack my way in there and cook one up.
Well, the bullet is through the church (always fun to just translate a Dutch saying into English). The Filter Forge beta test ends. This product is really cool. And giving away free copies for good beta testing is even cooler. I thought well… fifteen.. maybe thirty lucky people tops. But these guys are insane. The’ve just given away threehundredeleven copies to the beta testers for submitting filters, bug reporting, suggestions and good behaviour. Now that is gratitude. I hope the’ve got some people left to sell it to :-P.
It was really fun to be one of the beta testers (and I’m not just saying that because I’m one of the lucky ones). I haven’t had much time to submit any filters recently but I’m sure I will in the future. Maybe now is a good time to put these seamless filters to good use in a totally different beta test. It’s about time I learned as3 anyway.
Not much going on at this side of the web. I am keeping very busy at Shapers of couse. And Filterforge keeps me busy as well, as you can see on the background: done with a filter I called Splatter. Another nice one I recently did was Baroque Frame II. A bit corny I agree, but it works great in projects like these (better scores alter the frame, it’s in Dutch though).
Filter Forge is an extremely cool Photoshop plugin (also works in Photopaint as well as standalone). Besides a set of cool filters you can also create your own in a very intuitive drag-and-drop way.
Making your own is almost addictive. I’ve made these so far: threshold-blur, liquid chocolate and the seventies.