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February 20, 2007 meeting notes:
Graphics SIG & Software
Affluent Aficionados of Graphics, (my alliterations are really
stretching the dictionary!)
We had a real treat at our February meeting as special guest, Jack
Hord, literally ran through in about an hour all the steps it takes
to re-make a logo better than the original with requested changes.
An email discourse jump-started the eventual volunteerism of our
previous SIG leader who figured he could make this 3D graphic with
only 2D software. "Not possible", I kept insisting. I was wrong!
Books I have recently touted as helping the photographer with
photo-relevant adjustments would not help anyone complete the task
set before us here. Software-savvy Jack used both CorelDRAW! 9 and
Corel's Paint Shop Pro X to make a 3D-looking logo. First he worked
in vector (line) format with circles and an off-center sunburst
gradient. While available in PSP, gradients allow easier interaction
in CorelDRAW!. Then he used raster (photo-like) layers to
accommodate bevels for curved letters and circle edges. I could have
taken about 5 full pages of notes, but my hand can't write fast
enough while my eyes follow along on the large screen. After I saw
the "rows and rows" of layers, my mind sorta shut down as they are
my <gulp> downfall. But as long as I have Jack's email address, I'm
okay. <pleasant sigh> (c;
It turns out that PSP has a 3D feature for items selected under
Effects | 3D Effects | Inner/Outer Bevel, while in a raster layer.
This allows the light source to appear from a direction you can set
like turning the minute hand on a clock. This was what I had
obviously been missing. Glad I didn't make any bets!
Taking one step (or many steps) further, Jack re-made the logo in
the pro 3D program, 3D Studio Max. We were overwhelmed by the talent
of this guy as the logo came to life, spinning like you'd see on
As a reader bonus, Jack says, "Anyone interested in the animated
logo can see it online: This Quicktime file is 10MB
http://jack.hord.com/GraphicsSIG/Platinum3.mov I created
it in 3D Studio Max. As of 2/22, it still needs some metallic
Can you say, "Shinier?"
Next, we looked at the photos for entering the annual Digital Wizard
Contest at PopPhoto.com. Ken Persons used his Photoshop v4 to create
several trial entries to get the group excited. If you look at
previous winners on their site, you can get an idea of what can be
done. For those who'd like to try it, that will be our assignment
for March's meeting. Contest deadline is March 31st.
Come join us the third Monday of March at 7pm, Central Library to
see some of the group's "wizardry" and more. Yes, Jack, you're
invited back also if you dare enter this contest also!
- Bruce Switalla
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