Friday, January 29, 2010

Yes! I'm in

It's fun friday and this film is sooo funny. We see it all the time on TV. The clicking sound of a keyboard and then 'Access denied' flashes across the screen. I don't know about you, but I have never seen that (but it could be a mac thing). And then the exclamation 'Yes, I'm in'. In where?
And don't we all love it when they enhance the image or zoom in on a low res picture and the image becomes so clear that they can identify the suspect in the reflection of a window.
I don't understand why the dutch 'Opsporing Verzocht' a serious TV programme, that is asking the viewers to identify criminals in action who have been caught on tape doesn't 'enhance' the picture or vid so we have a decent image of the person? They do it on CSI. This is a youtube comp (via John Nack) that will be very familiar to you all. The latest craze in solving the crime, 'Enhance that'

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fun Friday

It already Friday. Don't know about you guys, but time really flies and in fact it is already Friday afternoon on this side of the pond, but still Friday. I was glancing through my tweets and one of my followers had posted the following link to 'Clients from Hell' There are loads of them and some of them are hilarious. One of my favorites is the client asking to print in RGB, because one less colour would be cheaper. Here's the link. Clients from Hell. My thanks to plan2ontwerp.
Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Illustrator tip. Quick cool waves

Cool and colourful waves, that may look complicated, but can easily be made in illustrator.
Here's how I made the wave at the end of this post.

Draw a squigly line with the pen tool. make sure the fill is set to none.
Select the line with the Selection tool and while holding down the Alt and Shift keys drag a copy of the line below or above the original.
Double click the Blend tool in the toolbox to open the Blend Options panel. Set the spacing to Specified Steps and enter a value of 6.

Click OK. Click with the Blend tool tip on an anchor point and then on the 'same' anchor point on the other line. (The tip of the blend tool fills when hovering above an anchor point.)
Activate the Direct selection tool (open arrow) click and drag any of the anchor points.
In this example I moved several of the anchor points and changed the colour of the bottom line to create the gradient.
You can even add anchor points to change the shape of the wave.