Aug 222014
 

As I do more and more work in Blender I find myself being asked what is the difference between the internal render engine (Blender Internal, or BI) and Cycles. Is one better than the other? So I thought I would do a post about the differences to let people know.

In effect, there are three rendering engines within Blender…

Blender Internal, the Game Engine, and Cycles.

blender engines

In this post I will only be talking about Cycles and Blender Internal. You can, of course, have your scenes rendered externally as well. However, before we start, I would like to make some points…

Jul 232014
 

Muse has only been around for a little over 2 years. In that time it has turned into a nice tool for designers that want to quickly and easily put together websites, using an interface that is familiar to anbody that has used programs like InDesign.

Muse isn’t designed for people who want a powerful shopping cart systems, or extensive content management capabilities, or those looking to build the next eBay or Amazon. It is perfect though for designers who want to apply their design skills to building relatively simple websites without having to learn code, allowing you to include features like drop down menus, social media integration, contact forms, google maps integration and more.

Jul 182014
 

Having created and run all of our HTML5 courses for the last four years, and having added our latest course – HTML 5 Games – to our stable, I thought it would be a good idea to run through some of the engines that I came across as regards HTML5 gaming engines, apps, and javascript libraries. And also to explain why I chose the libraries that I did to use in our courses.

Jul 152014
 

For years software developers have hidden easter eggs within their programs as a way of  having a bit of fun. These can be anything from a hidden message or joke through to a full
blown game hidden inside the program.  It provides a bit of extra entertainment for people using the software, and to be honest when you find an easter egg it’s kind of nice knowing you are “in on the secret”.

Jun 202014
 

With Adobe’s latest round of updates yesterday there are some nice new features added to InDesign CC.  Below we have put together a reminder of some of the new features introduced into InDesign since the original InDesign CC release early last year.

InDesign CC (2014) – June 2014

Simplified tables

The latest update to InDesign allows you to move rows and columns around within tables by simply selecting, dragging and dropping them. This will be useful for anybody regularly working with tables in InDesign.

Jun 192014
 

Yesterday Adobe launched the latest version of Photoshop CC, which is known as Photoshop CC 2014. There have been various updates since Photoshop CC first came out, but the June 2014 release is probably one of the largest so far. With this in mind I thought it might be good to take a look at the new features added since Photoshop CC was first released over a year ago.

Some of the features are small intuitive changes which make life a little easier, others are more major and allow you to make complex changes to your work.

Apr 282014
 

One really cool new feature that Adobe CC have introduced, only in Illustrator at the moment unfortunately, is a customisable Toolbar.

 

Go to Window > Tools > New Tools Panel

 

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This dialogue box will appear in which you can give your new toolbar a name.

 

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This small toolbar will now appear onto which you can drag your most used / favourite tools. If you decide you don’t want something on there, you can drag it off and add any others at any time.

Mar 242014
 

Adobe have introduced a brand new feature within Photoshop Creative Cloud, called the Perspective Warp tool.

 

When looking at your images, you will notice that some things look out of proportion, or different to how it does in real life. This is due to perspective distortion, depending on the lens used, camera, and from which angles the photograph was taken.

 

Perspective Warp helps overcomes these problems.

 

A lot of 3D options in Photoshop require more graphics memory than a lot of computers have. Check the Adobe site for more details.

 

Mar 142014
 

There are a lot of InDesign tips that can save you time, make you more performant and improve the quality of the content you produce.  It’s hard to pick out just five, but I think these are probably a good starting point for most people:

Tip 1: Set default colour swatches and paragraph styles in InDesign

Most people have to comply with their organisations brand guidelines, and along with other things these typically specify what colours you have to use, which font family should be used, and even which font sizes can be used.  Unfortunately far too many people also spend the first 15 minutes of each new document setting this all up, creating the colour swatches, and setting up paragraph styles etc.. for the document.

Feb 272014
 

GREP (regular expressions) can be a very powerful solution both for finding and formatting text that matches a specific pattern, within your InDesign documents.  You could use GREP styles to apply a particular character style to all email addresses in a document for example, or you could use GREP to do something simple like remove extra spaces at the end of each paragraph.

The two main places where you can use GREP are in the GREP styles which can be found within the Paragraph Styles formatting options, and within the Find / Change options.