Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Eatable Candy Necklaces in Second Life®

If you happen to be a kid in SL™, I just finished making something you're sure to love!

Remember those candy necklaces? When you wanted a nibble, you'd just bite a piece off. They weren't very sanitary, but they were lots of fun!

Now you can have one in SL!

This highly realistic necklace has seven different candy colors, arranged randomly on a sculpted "elastic" string.

If anyone touches a candy, it will vanish, and the necklace will announce who took what color from whose necklace, so you can chase each other around filching candy!

When it's all gone, just take it off and wear it again to have a new one, with a totally new arrangement of colors! No two necklaces are ever the same.

On sale now at Kick the Can main store (in front, where the fireworks are tonight, and then inside the store.) L$150. Mod/Transfer, no Copy.

I've already gotten a matching candy bracelet done, and it'll be out as well, as soon as I can get a vendor made for it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Last Tutorial in the Custom Shapes series

The five-tutorial set about Custom Shapes in Photoshop ends this week with one last lesson about Vector Masks.

Learn how to use Vector Masks in tandem with Layer Masks, how to pull paths out of a vector mask to use elsewhere, and how to make your vector masks "pop" using Layer Styles. Hope you like it!

I'm seriously thinking about skipping the tutorial next week, if no one objects. I've been doing one a week every week since December, except the week we moved, and I really feel like I need a tiny vacation.

By the way, if there's something you'd really like to find out about in Photoshop, let me know! I'll be starting the tutorials back up after next week, and I'm always open to suggestions. (I might do one on the Line tool, which it seems a lot of people can't even find!)

Till next time!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shapes 4 - Intro to Vector Masks - Photoshop Tutorial

More about shapes and paths in Photoshop!

This week, we start to explore Vector Masks; what they are, when to use them, 3 ways to make them, the main differences between Vector Masks and Layer Masks, and how to change the position of the mask, or "invert" it (or parts of it) so that you can mask what you want to mask.

Hope you like it!

Next week we'll see more of the really cool things you can do with them!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shapes 3 - Managing Custom Shapes - Photoshop Tutorial

The third tutorial in the Custom Shapes series is up and ready to watch!

This time, we learn how to use the Preset Manager to save sets of shapes; any shapes that you want to pick out of the ones you have active.

We'll also learn how to get those sets to show up in your Custom Shape menu, either at the bottom or mixed right in with the shapes that come from Adobe. And we'll take a look at how to rename, delete, reorder, load, and replace shapes.

Next week, we'll finally take a look at how to use the Custom Shapes you've made! Until then, hope you enjoy this one.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Shapes 2 - the Paths Panel - Photoshop Tutorial

This week, we explore the Paths Panel!

Learn how to work with the Work Path, how to move vectors from a Shape Layer into the Paths Panel, how to fill paths, stroke them with any tool you want, and simulate pressure on the stroke when using pressure sensitive tools. Find out how to load a path as a selection, and how to turn a selection into a path. Finally, learn how to make any path into a Custom Shape, that you can use in any document.

Next week, saving Custom Shapes, so you can collect 'em and trade 'em.