Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Gatcha Festival in Second Life®

There's a gadget called a Gatcha in SL™. It consists of a scripted machine that gives you a random object when you pay a certain amount, like the candy and toy machines in the front of grocery stores all over the US. You never know which of the various "prizes" you'll get, and that adds to the fun.

They are very popular, and Albero, one of the more successful malls in world, has a "Gatcha Festival" four times a year to celebrate the seasons.

Since I now have a booth in this mall, I'm in the Spring Gatcha Festival.

I have two machines up, filled with socks in bright spring colors.

One has four colors of argyle socks, and some rare tie-dye socks.

The second has four pairs of socks in different spring color gradients, and some rare polka-dot socks.

Each color is in the machine as tights, over-the-knee socks, and knee socks. That's 15 different packs in each machine. Each pack has its pair as both regular socks (or socks and underpants for the tights) and a Tattoo layer for people using V2 compatible browsers.

They are all mod/transfer, in keeping with the nature of Gatcha machines. So you can trade them with your friends if you got the one they were dying for, or vice versa.

All this for just L$25 a try! You can find them in the Event Area in Hyssop.

After the Festival is over, the price will revert to L$150 for a pack with all the lengths, and copy/mod permissions. So if you want to see how gorgeous and seamless these socks are, this is your chance to get a pair for less!

Hope to see you at the festival!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New PS Tutorial - Color Dynamics!

Finally, we get to the really fun part of the Brushes Dialog - Color Dynamics!

During this video, we'll find out how to use the Contextual Menu to choose a brush without going to the Brush Panel at all. We'll learn how all the various controls in the Color Dynamics panel work. We'll find out how to start a stroke with one color, and end with a totally different one. (Or change back and forth between two colors on the fly, without ever lifting the brush!)

Finally, we'll learn how to make multi-color confetti!


(Next time, Other Dynamics.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Photoshop Tutorial - Brushes 5 - Dual Brush

It's been a long wait, while I fought a series of infections that had me hoarse and coughing, but my voice is finally strong enough that I was able to make a new video tutorial!

This is the fifth in the series about Brushes in Photoshop, and explains all about using the Dual Brush.

First we learn what a dual brush is (a brush within a brush) and then we visit the parameters (which are mostly familiar from past lessons.)

Finally, we see an example of the kind of thing you can do with a dual brush!

Next time, assuming that I don't relapse, we'll be playing with the color dynamics; way fun. :D

Thanks, all of you who patiently waited for my health to improve, and I'll see you soon!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Easter Baskets for SL™

If you're a resident of Second Life®, and you celebrate Easter, you'll be happy to know that I now have Easter Baskets available!

These beautiful baskets are only 12 prims, so you can put them out to decorate your home. Or you can hold them in your right hand (there are two carry poses built in; toggle the basket to toggle between them.)

Inside the basted are 4 dyed eggs, a foil egg, a chocolate egg, and a chocolate bunny, all lovingly nestled into a soft bed of Eastro-Turf.

Touch them for treats and surprises! (Hint, one of the eggs plays a music box version of Little Bunny Foo Foo, and the treats range from cup cakes and muffins to chocolate and a hard boiled egg!)

If you're not familiar with the story of Little Bunny Foo Foo, it's in there, on a notecard. Find out what happens when you insist on scooping up the field mice!

Available in six color combinations; with violet, pink, or blue binding and handles, and with green or matching Eastro-Turf.

All this spring goodness and interactivity for only L$150! No mod, no copy, but they are transferrable, and make perfect gifts!

Come see the basket now at Kick the Can or at The Home & Garden Store. Also available for sale from The Marketplace.

I also have a few other things new since my last post; I'll be putting them up as I can.

Right now, I'm working on a wicker table, as part of a patio/garden set that I hope to have out fairly soon.

See you in world!