Professional Graphic Design Set-Up. No Cost, High Quality.

Its easy to spend over 3000 dollars on new graphics software, and even more on the hardware needed to run it.

Here is a little known fact: You don’t have to spend anything on software to have top quality graphic tools at your disposal.

For 3d, there is Blender 3d. Its the most diverse 3d graphics suite out there, very stable, and high quality.

For raster based graphics, there is Gimp, photoshop’s free rival.

And for vector graphics, check out Inscape, a high quality vector editing package, also free.

The bottom graphic was created using them.

Jester Albino Hamster

Orange Man Color Changes — Tutorial in Adobe Illustrator

A little known fact is that Orange Men are like little chameleons — they can change color according to your design needs!

…they just need a little help.

Thank goodness for the Adobe Illustrator Magic Wand and Eyedropper tool, which this tutorial will teach you how to use!

First, why don't you swipe this little picture goodie below: A color pallet of the default design mascot color variations. A tutorial on how to change orange men to other colors follows below.

This is an easy tutorial. It uses pictures!

Step 1: Have a vector orange man ready. If you don't have any, you can find them at www.clipartillustration.com

Step 2.
Look at picture below. It shows where our essential tools for this operation are located.

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Click on the picture if you need to see closer. It works on all the pictures. Be sure to use back button afterward on your browser!

Step 3: Add the color pallet you swiped onto your Adobe Illustrator work area.  Picture Below:

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Step 4:
Change the settings on your magic wand tool from default  number to 0. This is done by double-clicking the icon on the tool tray. Pic below. (After this I'm going to stop saying picture below, ok?)

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Step 5: Use the Lasso Tool to draw a selection line around the area you want to operate on…which is usually the orange man/woman. Sometimes the orange men have props and objects separate from them. We do not want these to be affected, so we will lock them in the next steps.

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Step 6: Lock inverse. Start by going to the menue items Select/Inverse. When you've selected inverse, then go to object/lock, thus locking all that other stuff you don't want to touch in this operation.

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Step 7: Magic Wand tool, selecting colors. Click the magic wand tool on the tool tray or push "Y" on your keyboard. Then click the shadow/dark oranges of the orange person you are working on.

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Step 8: Eyedropper color change: Having done that, now click the eyedropper tool on the tool pallet push "i" on your keyboard to bring up the eyedropper tool. The darks of the orange person should still be selected as shown above. Now click the dark blue on the color pallet to switch the color from dark orange to dark blue.

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Step 9: Deselect by clicking somewhere on the empty workspace, and then repeat the steps previous on the mid-tone of the orange person. Magic wand, eyedropper, sample. Same with the highlight.

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Step 10: With your design mascot completed, unlock the rest of the objects on the canvas to free up the illustration for further editing/access.

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Of course, you do not have to use the color pallet. You can, if you wish, just magic-wand color areas then bring up the color options menues to switch them to whatever you wish. I don't mind!

Learn Actions

If your a designer that intends to use A LOT of orange people, then something else you may wish to learn is how to use ACTIONS. That will GREATLY reduce the clicking involved in this operation. I would not be able to generate so many color variation orange men without them. A simple search online: "Adobe Illustrator Actions Tutorial" should get you started.

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JesterArts MicroTutorial: Using Blender 3d’s Video Sequence Editor. Create Movie from Png Files

UFO -- Leo Blanchette, JesterArts

UFO -- Leo Blanchette, JesterArts

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A little known fact is that Blender 3d has an awesome video sequencer built into it. You don’t even have to be a 3d artist to use it! In my animation, I usually save out my animation frames as individual picture files for greater editing ability. I’m no expert in animation, so this happens to be a method I enjoy.

Please feel free to use this model for anything you wish! Credit ClipArtIllustration.com whenever possible. Note that this file takes a while to render an animation. Turn off Raytracing for faster (lower quality) results.

In this tutorial we are going to create this animation:

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This tutorial assumes your an average level Blender 3d user. If you are not familiar with Blender 3d or its workings, please see blender3d.org

1. Download the above file and render an animation in PNG files. This is done going to your render buttons (f10) and choosing your “save as” type to Png or Jpeg. When you render an animation (ctrl f12) your animation will render as a series of Png files which can thereafter be found in your tmp folder in windows.

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2. When that has been accomplished (and assuming you are using the Blender Animation set-up found in your downloaded file),  go to your right-most window and be sure you are looking at your video sequence editor.

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3. Now choose “Add/Images” through the buttons or push the space bar and choose the option through there.When you’ve done that, navigate to your tmp folder in windows where you will find your series of PNG files (which probably took you overnight to render!). Select them all and place them in the editor.

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4. Notice the little block you have to work with. That is the string of Png files you have loaded.

6_Sequence5. Lets note that in your sequence editor you can also preview your animation. In that window simply click the little box to the left of “strip” and choose “image”.

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6. Want to preview your animation? In that image mode, simply push play in your animation options. Video below:

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7. To save your animation, go to your animation buttons (f10) and choose “do sequence” and push “anim” to output your animation. It will save to your tmp folder by Blender’s default.

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This has been another JesterArts Design Tip. If you want to see more Tutorials, join me on Twitter or Facebook! For more of my work, see JesterArts Illustrations.