Posts Tagged ‘graphic design’

Illustration Age Blog

July 26, 2015

I’ve been following Illustration Age blog for a few years now. I recommend it to artists, illustrators, and other creatives related to writing, drawing, designing, publishing, etc. Their are tons of resources to help aid in artists careers; as well as continuing creative education. Check out some of the brief details below on what Illustration Age is about.

We regularly feature new, inspiring, and sometimes groundbreaking artwork from professional Illustrators all over the world. Whether you’re an Artist, Art Director, Artist Representative, or a lover of Illustration, Illustration Age is for you.

We also produce our own illustration-related content, such as:

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Corel Draw 16 adds some great features in its latest edition

August 1, 2012

I had a chance to check out some of the great new features in the powerful vector drawing and design program in Corel Draw 16. Some of the new powerful but simple tools for drawing are the: Smear, Twirl, Repel and Attract Tools. Attract will pull things together, Repel will push this out, twirl will spin things, Smear will change the shapes dramatically without having to use the pen tool. I think these are great improvements and definetly will save production time; especially if you are creating vector work for story boards, creating vector drawings for animation.

To get a feel for the description of the new tools take alook at the demonstration in the video link below; by expert corel draw user of  “Advanced T Shirt Artist Developer”

http://www.advancedtshirts.com/

What’s New

This is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for! CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 makes everyday tasks faster and easier, delivering new time-savers that help you create with confidence. So many features worth waiting for! CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 offers the tools, the features and the power to enhance all of your design needs.

Take a closer look at the 10 most important reasons to upgrade your graphics software:

  • New! Advanced OpenType® support

    Create beautiful text with advanced OpenType typography features, such as contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, ornaments, small caps, swash variants and more. Ideal for cross-platform design work, OpenType offers comprehensive language support, allowing you to customize characters to suit the language you’re working with. Control all your OpenType options from a centralized menu and make contextual changes with interactive OpenType features.

  • New! Custom-built Color Harmonies

    Easily create a complementary color palette for your design. The new Color Harmonies tool, accessed from the Color Styles docker, combines Color Styles into a Harmony, allowing you to modify colors collectively. It also analyzes colors and hues to deliver complementary color schemes—a great way for you to satisfy clients with variety!

  • New! Multiple trays in Corel® CONNECT™ X6

    Instantly find images on your local network and search iStockPhoto®, Fotolia and Flickr® websites. Easily access your content, using the multiple trays now available within Corel CONNECT. And organize content by type or project in trays that are shared between CorelDRAW®, Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™ and Corel CONNECT for maximum efficiency.

  • New! Creative vector shaping tools

    Creatively add effects to your vector artwork! CorelDRAW X6 introduces four shaping tools that provide new creative options for refining your vector objects. The new Smear tool lets you shape an object by pulling extensions or making indents along its outline. The new Twirl tool lets you apply twirl effects to objects. And you can use the new Attract and Repel tools to shape curves by attracting or separating nodes.

    Go directly to Corel Draw 16 page

    http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?&countryCode=US&1=1&mapcounter=1&pid=prod4260069

Alchemy 2d software

September 22, 2010

I found a new 2d sotware called Alchemy for drawing and painting. It’s packed with some great features. Thanks for the tip! (A.Sharp)

alchemy |’alkemē

Figurative: a process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation

Alchemy is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways. Alchemy isn’t software for creating finished artwork, but rather a sketching environment that focuses on the absolute initial stage of the creation process. Experimental in nature, Alchemy lets you brainstorm visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way.

http://al.chemy.org/

Interaction

The Alchemy drawing canvas has an intentionally reduced level of functionality. No undo, no selecting, and no editing. Interaction focuses instead on the output of a great number of good, bad, strange and beautiful shapes.

To take a good look at what Alchemy can (and can not) do, check out the Videos section.

The Alchemy Interface

Modules

Alchemy consists of a growing number of ‘modules’ that can be added or removed at will. Using a given module you can do things like:

  • Shout at the computer. Use your voice to control the width of a line or the form of a shape.
  • Draw ‘blind’. Turn off the canvas display and explore what shapes emerge from the ‘darkness’.
  • Create random shapes. Generate shapes that can be used as a starting point for characters, spaceships, or whatever shape you see in the ‘clouds’.
  • Mirror draw. Draw mirrored symmetrical forms in realtime.
  • Randomise. Mess up and distort shapes.

Global Features

Other global features place focus on the ‘process’ of drawing, letting you do things like:

  • Record a drawing ’session’. Automatically save the contents of the canvas to a page in a PDF file at set intervals.
  • Auto-clear the canvas. Start drawing on a clean slate at set intervals. Force yourself to start over fresh.
  • Switch the canvas. Automatically open your sketch in a more ‘conventional’ drawing application, either as a bitmap or vector file.
  • Avoid distraction. Alchemy has a very minimal interface, just a simple toolbar that dissapears magically, and a fullscreen mode to block everything else out.

New Updates in the Art Resources Blog Section

May 15, 2010

I have added updates to the art resources page. Check out the  links for your creative needs. You’ll find links for free software, some of the best software, books, art forums, how to books, entertainment, etc. Click the link below.

New updates added 9-15-11

https://urbanrockwell.wordpress.com/art-resource-links/

Where is Art & Design Software Headed?

March 21, 2010

Professionally I’ve been in commercial art, graphic design, and print, for the past 10 years. The first programs I learned were adobe Photoshop, illustrator, quark express, and Macromedia Freehand. From there I learned other programs such as, Corel Draw, Painter, Web plus, Poser, daz 3d, and the list goes on. From my experience with purchasing and trying out different software over this 10 year period has left me in amazement with the progress software and technology has made. One thing I’ve noticed is how software has gotten more affordable, powerful, easy to learn, competitive, universally compatible, and a lot more graphics software has an all in one workflow application. Some software companies such as Corel, Serif, and makers of Xara have combined several applications into one software. This makes it easier for professionals to work in multi-task, fast paced, short deadlines paced work environments. For example, I love the features in Corel Draw’s vector application. You can do page layout, photo retouch, web, print management,  import a bitmap image and edit it within the vector application without having to open a photo application from your computer. Also, when you edit the bitmap it automatically saves the changes on the vector working document. Another example is Xara Extreme’s all in one software package. You can edit photo’s, vector drawing and design, web design, and page layout all in the same package. Als Serif’s programs are all in one applications; Draw Plus  is a powerful application. You can do vector drawing, digital painting, and design, and flash animations all in one application for under 99 bucks. Not to forget the powerful webplus package that allows you to build your website with web design tools, photo editing, and vector drawing capabilities, along with 3d object, and text style design in an all in one application for under 100 bucks. I don’t know whats going to happen to the larger companies that are the major hitters in the art and graphics industry. It seems to me a lot of the software these companies providing are getting unnecessarily complicated, over priced, and have to many separate programs that you have to go in and out of, with far too many bells and whistles! you know  to much content, to much junk in an application. Sometimes less is better; It would help if the software was more specific to the customers needs, and more sufficient. It seems the larger software companies do this to make more money. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make more money but sooner or later these companies will have to change with the times. Once company owners that buy the software realize how universal and powerful other reputable software companies,  and up and coming software are, is going to really make this art and graphics competition really interesting. Seriously, when you think about it; there are so many graphics applications that can do the same thing, they can import and export into each others applications, just as powerful, and are now a fraction of the cost. One problem with the heavy hitters is the price tag. Who can afford these prices? Majority are the companies. If your an artist, designer (professional or student), it’s a good chance you’ll purchase a different brand that you can afford. I think the companies pay for the more expensive programs that upgrade every year(that really don’t have many new features that will make a difference) because some really don’t know since they’re not working with the software. They just buy it because of mainstream hype. I think companies will start to catch on more as they start relating with experienced artists and designers that use other applications that get the job done just as well as more expensive applications. Applications are getting cheaper, powerful, universal, faster, and require less separate softwares to create and design. Thats where it’s going. What will result from this

Inkscape Design Software

March 19, 2010

Inkscape Software is a free advanced vector software program for those interested in graphic design solutions and digital drawing. For those familiar with Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Draw Plus, etc. You have an idea of the type of art and design work you can create with this software.  I think it’s a great program that packs a lot of power. Especially considering that its free. I will be showing my own creations from the program in upcoming posts. in the mean time here is a link to download the software.

http://www.inkscape.org/download/?lang=en

Link for inkscape manual

http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/index.php

Click here for screen shots of graphics created in inkscape.

http://files.uberdownloads.com/software/vector-graphics/inkscape.html#

Here’s a brief summary of the Inkscape program.

What is Inkscape?

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format.

What are vector graphics?

In contrast to raster (bitmap) graphics editors such as Photoshop or Gimp, Inkscape stores its graphics in a vector format. Vector graphics is a resolution-independent description of the actual shapes and objects that you see in the image. A rasterization engine uses this information to determine how to plot each line and curve at any resolution or zoom level.

Contrast that to bitmap (raster) graphics which is always bound to a specific resolution and stores an image as a grid of pixels.

Vector graphics are a complement, rather than an alternative, to bitmap graphics. Each has its own purpose and are useful for different kinds of things. Raster graphics tend to be better for photographs and some kinds of artistic drawings, whereas vectors are more suitable for design compositions, logos, images with text, technical illustrations, etc.

Note that Inkscape can import and display bitmap images, too. An imported bitmap becomes yet another object in your vector graphics, and you can do with it everything you can do to other kinds of objects (move, transform, clip, etc.)

What is ‘Scalable Vector Graphics’?

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an open, industry-standard XML-based format for vector graphics developed by the W3C. Its acceptance is growing fast. Most vector editors these days can import and export SVG, and modern browsers (such as Firefox and Opera) can display it directly, i.e. without requiring any plugins. (For Internet Explorer, there’s an SVG Viewer plugin from Adobe.) For more information, see SVG topics below.

Is Inkscape ready for regular users to use?

Yes! While Inkscape does not have all the features of the leading vector editors, the latest versions provide for a large portion of basic vector graphics editing capabilities. People report successfully using Inkscape in a lot of very different projects (web graphics, technical diagrams, icons, creative art, logos, maps). For example, thousands of images on Wikipedia are created_with_Inkscape, as is the majority of the content on openclipart; many examples of Inkscape art can be seen here and here. We try to always keep the codebase usable for real users, as we believe that a tight iteration cycle between users and developers will give best results. You can start using Inkscape alongside your other tools now!

What platforms does Inkscape run on?

We provide binary packages for Linux, Windows 2000/2003/XP (fully self-contained installer), and OSX (dmg package). We know that Inkscape is successfully used on FreeBSD and other Unix-like operating systems. Note that Windows 98/ME is no longer supported.

How did Inkscape start?

Inkscape was started as a fork of Sodipodi, in late 2003, by four Sodipodi developers: Bryce Harrington, MenTaLguY, Nathan Hurst, and Ted Gould. Our mission was creating a fully compliant Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) drawing tool written in C++ with a new, more user friendly (GNOME Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) compliant) interface and an open, community-oriented development process. Within several months the project had produced several releases, demonstrating a sequence of significant new features and improvements to the codebase and quickly established Inkscape as a noteworthy Open Source project.

What does ‘Inkscape’ mean?

The name is made up of the two English words ‘ink’ and ‘scape’. Ink is a common substance for drawings, and is used when the sketched work is ready to be permanently committed to paper, and thus evokes the idea that Inkscape is ready for production work. A scape is a view of a large number of objects, such as a landscape or ocean-scape, and thus alludes to the object-oriented nature of vector imagery.

Can I create webpages with it?

Sort of.

Many webpage authors use Inkscape for webpage mockups or to generate parts of web pages, such as banners, logos, icons, and more.

With the recent advances in SVG support in web browsers (such as Firefox or Opera), using SVG directly on the web becomes more of a possibility. For example, with Firefox 1.5 or better, you can open any Inkscape SVG document right in the browser, and Firefox will show it correctly. In theory, SVG and XHTML can be used together within the same document, so interested users or developers can explore this possibility further.

Unfortunately, even though SVG is the internet standard for vector graphics, some older (but still common) web browsers fail to support SVG.

Web page authors who need to support widest variety of web browsers convert each SVG graphic to a raster image (.png) as the very last step.

How do I make a SVG object that link to an internet site when I click on it ?

You can create clickable links from objects in Inkscape by right clicking the object, and clicking ‘Create Link’. Then, right click your new link and choose ‘Link Properties’ to set the web address and many other properties.

Another way to make objects into web links is to edit the XML directly. Inside Inkscape, open the XML editor (Shift+Ctrl+X) … or use your favorite text editor.

First look at the <svg> element and try adding the following if it’s not there already:

http://www.inkscape.org/download/?lang=en

Link for inkscape manual

http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/index.php

Click here for screen shots of graphics created in inkscape.

http://files.uberdownloads.com/software/vector-graphics/inkscape.html#

Review on Nuance PDF Reader

March 9, 2010

I was checking out Nuance Reader(Maker of Dragon naturally speaking) has a slick, stylish free pdf reader.  I like the fact that it uses less space on your computer 42 mb vs. the industry standard reader 335mb. You also have the option of turning off java script for added security protection. Nuance is also 100% compatible with adobe reader.

Nuance PDF Reader enables you do much more than just view PDF files. You can convert PDF files to Word®, Excel®, and RTF via a free, hosted web service. Use annotation tools to highlight, cross-out, and underline text for more effective collaboration. Even fill out and save PDF forms. Nuance PDF Reader takes up less disk space, is more secure than Adobe® Reader®, and works with virtually any PDF file. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.

http://www.nuance.com/products/

New posts coming up. Stay Tuned!

February 26, 2010

More Riven Phoenix studies, How I created the book cover for Let Me Paint a Picture; My Life Growth and Testimony, My thoughts on where Art & Design programs are headed, and posting some of my classic work on the classic art gallery page coming soon.

Also, don’t forget to check out the art resources page for free software and tutorial links, art forums, news, etc.

Thanks for checking out The urban Rockwell.

Want to learn how to draw the human figure?

December 19, 2009

I am very excited to give my first review on the most incredible step by step video tutorials by Riven Phoenix on Learning how to draw the human figure from your mind. There are so many reasons why this is an incredible learning tool, For starters, the first 5 lessons taught me more about the figure than I learned in school, books, or anywhere else. Riven includes a 5 disk, 43 hours of video tutorials for $49.00. Imagine how much you would pay for college courses! Also, going along he reveals formulas for learning and memorizing the basic proportions of the figure, along with direct and indirect approaches for drawing the figure. He gives technical as well as spontaneous artistic approaches to drawing. Never have I stumbled upon so much information and education for a small price. Don’t hesitate to get this drawing package if your thinking about drawing or already drawing; Want to be a concept artist? Character designer, medical illustrator? This series will help artists on all levels unleash their artistic skills and creativity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFxHEZP_70c

http://inventiontocompletehumanbeing.blogspot.com/

Using blogging to express and share my creativity

November 13, 2009

I’ve tried  several approaches of sharing and expressing my passion for the arts; Such as drawing, painting, designing, writing, photography, etc.  I’ve reached people through exhibits, libraries, email, sometimes on my website, but not on a consistent basis. I’m really sincere and passionate about keeping a consistent blog for the arts. I feel I need to share more, not just keep these artsy ideas in my mind, or kept away in my closet collecting dust. Some things I want to accomplish with my blogs are, sharing my experience and advice as a professional artist and designer. Give reviews on art software, dvd tutorials, different professions in the arts, how to instruction, sharing my creations, as well as learning and growing as an artist.