Thursday, June 28, 2007

Scrapbooking and Wallpapers

When using Filter Forge one could be working on a filter for hours just trying to get it
perfect thinking that its the best filter you have ever created. You hit save and watch the
window being rendered only to find out that you actually don't like it so it becomes
another filter to finish another day.

These are common place in Filter Forging. I think I have about 20 or so filters that are
not complete or just waiting to be complete. I create a filter and get about 3/4 of the way
finished with it then start to mess around with another idea. So the original idea gets
pushed to the back of the line to await for its' name to be called to the front of the "Finish
Me" line.

Sometimes I get a mental block and go back and look at these but creating a pattern
filter always seems like a good filter at the mental blockage moments. This is one that I
created during one of these moments. It really did not help the mental blockage but it
was just fun to create.

Might be good for those into the Scrapbooking or might make some good wallpapers.
The filters name is Wallpaper Generation..


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Create a Filter With Weird Organics.

Creating textures in Filter Forge is always interesting. You could have put a lot of work and time into creating and tweaking the filter just to get it right. Then you create another one that looks much more life-like and by far more interesting and it only takes five minutes or so. Here's a tutorial for creating a nice disgusting organic texture. This is what it will look like when we are done. You can add to this and create your own disgusting mess.




This is what the components connected together will look like.


Following the images in order will give you the organic mess. The components being on the right side and the settings for that component on the left...






Set the refraction to 8


Now you can save this filter and adjust the light to your liking. This will give you different
looks to the texture. Also adding different control you can control the size of the cells.
Also adding a control to control the refraction and blur also brings out some more interesting
looks to the organic look..

Have fun with this..

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

of Art and Frames

Something interesting I came across a long time ago crawling and sailing through web pages was an article on engadget how someone made a pringles can macro lens.
I thought this was pretty cool at that time so I made one. It came out usable and the picts were good although none of those will get posted. However I started playing around with this method and different magnifying lenses. I had some old shipping tubes that were just taking up space so I thought I would put them to use. I will post the specs if anyone wants them, but first I need to put them together. I used 4 magnifying lenses for this. The 2 in the front are connect together and come off. Same with the one in the back. All the lenses can also be seperated. There is also a connecter in the back to connect this to a pringles can...







The lens is designed for those inexpensive digital cameras that have digital zoom but no optical.
I was using a Kodak Easy Share C300 with the pict below. Standing about 10 feet away from the subject.





Same with this pict below. This is the one that used and ran it through some filters in Filter Forge.




This is the image that I took and ran it through Impressionist Paint



Then I took the resulting image and had to put a frame around it using Used Frames 2



So if you do use Filter Forge now, you know who you are, or if you plan on using or trying it
sometimes applying more than one filter to an image can yield some great results..

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Video Test Take 1

Finally put together a test video and posted it on Google Video. Took a while for this since I had to figure out a good way of getting the video without sacrificing to much of the quality......
Please no making fun of my voice it was a long week :>)

You can watch the video here by clicking the play button. Or go to Google Video and watch it. But either way you will have to get real close to the screen to see anything..Tha part I do not like about these type of video sites is for tutorials...But you can download the google video player and then download the video through that way...Then at least you can watch it at full screen and not some little box......

Thursday, June 7, 2007

What a Weak Week!

Have you ever woke up in the morning and had thought to yourself or even had written down on paper what you are going to do for that day? What about for the week? Then something comes along to prove you otherwise. Its sneaks upon you without notice and without regards for
you or anyone else. I am talking about life and time management. In life there is no time management. No matter how much paper you use nor how much thought you put into your plan.
There is always something that is never factored in somewhere...

I did however manage to acomplish something this week..Finally finished a filter that I had been working on..Its called Old Paint..

Heres a sample of the effect on an image of fruit..Kinda reminds me still of an antique poster..

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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Sidetracked For the Tenth Time Today...

Had to take a break on the tutorials for the day. So I deceided to mess with a couple of filters. If you have worked with Filter Forge then you know what I am talking about when I say sidetracked... Those who have not tried it...You will find yourself creating a filter and then submitting it to the library then you add one thing to it then you have another filter altogether...The interesting thing is spending an hour or two just adding things to that one filter will give you loads of other filters...These are filters that you never intended to create they just happened so you get sidetracked working on these filters instead of the original filter.....
But they come out just as cool as the original sometimes even better....
The picts below are from one of my sidetracked filters...


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Video Tutorials

Currently working on some video tutorials to use with the Filter Forge plug-in. For those that don't know it operates in two different modes. You have the "Stand Alone Mode" which you don't need
any other app to run it...Then you have the "Plug-In" mode which works with Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and compatibles.
The tutorials that I am creating I am using Filter Forge in "Stand Alone" mode. That way the video doesn't get bogged down by any other apps running. Not really needed but just something that I do to ensure a good video...But you can also apply it to the "Plug-In" mode.....
When I am finished with the first one I will post it and see how that one goes....

Grab Some Of My Free Textures Here...