Showing posts with label Image. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Image. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Six Free Modern... I mean Metro... um... Material Design Icon packs

Super Dev Resources - 6 Free Material Design Icon packs

Material Design, Google’s visual language, emphasizes on use of animations, shadows, bold colors and typography to allow users to easily comprehend the interface and provide them a delightful experience. Many of you would have seen material design principles in action in revamped Android apps from Google like Gmail and Chrome browser.

In case you are planning to embrace material design language in your own Android app interface, web app or website design, this post brings free Material Design icon packs for you. As an app developer and designer, we recommend you read Google’s design specifications which provides in-depth guidelines for designing system icons (or UI icons) as well as product icons (or your app icons).

In this post, we round up free material design user interface icon sets, towards the end you will find material design icon font resource and Sketch template as well. You may also want to check out our earlier post where we covered Material Design Web UI frameworks and Bootstrap themes for your web development needs.

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Material, Modern, Metro... whatever... These look like they would be useful in our Microsoft world, don't they? Funny how...

Monday, February 02, 2015

After cooking for a few years, Inkscape v0.91 is now available!

Inkscape - Inkscape Version 0.91 is Released!

The Inkscape community proudly announces the release of Inkscape 0.91.

Inkscape is a drawing and painting tool similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Xara X, but with features, new tools, and interface style of its own. It emphasizes the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format, but reads and writes a wealth of other formats including PDF, so it is an easy complement to your other graphics and desktop tools. Best of all, Inkscape is created *by* the community *for* the community: Inkscape is 100% Open Source and freely available to everyone in the world.

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This release marks the culmination of a multi-year effort to switch to a new internal graphics rendering engine, Cairo. This brings performance enhancements and more accurate rendering of drawings. Thanks go especially to Google for sponsoring much of this work.

A new Trace Pixel Art feature enables creation of vector art from bitmaps, sprites, and icons. A new Symbols Library provides reusable graphics elements - you can even read in Visio symbol libraries. New Snapping options and improved Snap preferences make it easier to quickly place items in the alignments you need. The tools for arranging objects offer several new ways to position the elements of a drawing. Tons of other little improvements have been made across all the other tools as well.

Several new file formats are supported, including FXG, SIF and HTML5 export; and VSD and CDR import. EMF/WMF are now readable and writable for all platforms. And XCF, PDF, EPS, and PS+LaTeX support are improved.

Inkscape has a rich Extension ecosystem, which is well known for bringing clever, cool, and innovative new ideas. Over a dozen new extensions are added in this release, including an Isometric Grid Generator, a Bitmap Cropper, a Text Extractor and a Text Merger, an HSL Adjuster, a Font Replacer, a Voronoï Diagram Creator, and more.

The above barely scratches the surface of all the new stuff included in this release. For the full story, including examples and screenshots, please see our detailed Release Notes: http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Release_notes/0.91

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Inkscape - About

What is Inkscape?

Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics. Inkscape uses the W3C open standard SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) as its native format, and is free and open-source software.

Inkscape has sophisticated drawing tools with capabilities comparable to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Xtreme. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG. It has a comprehensive feature set, a simple interface, multi-lingual support and is designed to be extensible; users can customize Inkscape's functionality with add-ons.

The Inkscape project has a growing international user community, and many learning materials exist to help get you started with your creations. Help and support is provided by the community, and there are lots of ways for you to get involved if you want to help improve the Inkscape project.

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If you are doing vector graphics then you probably already know and love Inkscape. If you don't, then this might be new to you (well not to YOU, but... um... your peers... yeah). In short, it is a MUST have drawing tool. Oh yeah, it's free AND open source too!

And for formats, don't forget that XAML in/out is supported too... :)

 

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Open Clip Art Library
Looking for XAML Clip Art? Then make sure you look for SVG files as well...

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Rich Interactive Narratives - RIN Studio download now available

Microsoft Research - RIN Studio - RIN Authoring tool

Rich Interactive Narratives (RIN) is a technology developed by Microsoft Research. RIN offers a way to seamlessly combine cinematic experiences with user exploration to create rich interactive and immersive narratives. One example of RIN is Everest project done in collaboration with GlacierWorks as described here: http://blogs.windows.com/ie/2013/05/28/internet-explorer-reaches-new-heights-on-the-web-with-everest-rivers-of-ice/. The Everest tours found here (http://explore.glacierworks.org/en/) are implemented using RIN. More example narratives can be found at http://digitalnarratives.net. RIN Studio is an authoring tool for creating these RINs without any coding. RIN Studio provides an interface similar to video editing tools. The output is delivered as RIN JSON files that can be hosted using RIN JS (http://rinjs.org) in any web server. The narratives can also be published in windows store as apps. Contact rindev at microsoft -dot- com if you have questions or want to use it in commercial scenarios.

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Here's a snap of the Desktop RIN Studio app;

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Check out the RIN examples first. They will really wet your appetite. Then grab the RIN Studio and start building your own!

This is SO Blade Runner... Extracting facial images from reflections in your cornea in highrez pictures

Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections

Abstract

Criminal investigations often use photographic evidence to identify suspects. Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes. To establish whether these bystanders could be identified from the reflection images, we presented them as stimuli in a face matching task (Experiment 1). Accuracy in the face matching task was well above chance (50%), despite the unpromising source of the stimuli. Participants who were unfamiliar with the bystanders' faces (n = 16) performed at 71% accuracy [t(15) = 7.64, p<.0001, d = 1.91], and participants who were familiar with the faces (n = 16) performed at 84% accuracy [t(15) = 11.15, p<.0001, d = 2.79]. In a test of spontaneous recognition (Experiment 2), observers could reliably name a familiar face from an eye reflection image. For crimes in which the victims are photographed (e.g., hostage taking, child sex abuse), reflections in the eyes of the photographic subject could help to identify perpetrators

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Okay so it was staged and setup special...

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... but still, that's pretty awesome.

The next time your picture is taken with that super-duper highrez camera, you better be careful where you're looking... :/

 

(Via: technabob - Extracting Faces from Eye Reflections in Photographs: Zoom in and Enhance)

Monday, December 01, 2014

Two Microsoft RIP's today - Public Office 365 Sites and Office Clip Art

Microsoft Will No Longer Offer A Public Site Option in Office 365 As Of Dec/Jan

RIP: Office 365 Public Sites!

Microsoft is throwing in the towel on the Office 365 public site option. According to a Msft source, it will be removed from the Office 365 Sharepoint Online offering as of an update scheduled for Dec 2014 / Jan 2015. Existing accounts using the public site will not be affected by this dramatic change, but can expect the already lacklustre support to dwindle further.

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I've seen many asking for confirmation about this, but no official response yet, so take it with a grain of salt (but it sure rings true...). The next RIP story is official...

Office Blogs - Clip Art now powered by Bing Images

Starting today, customers searching for Online Pictures in Office desktop products worldwide will view and download royalty-free images curated through Bing Images.  The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop. Usage of Office’s image library has been declining year-to-year as customers rely more on search engines.

Bing Image Search has higher quality images that are more up-to-date. For example, searching for “cellphone” gives more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old-school bricks from Clip Art. Also, Bing uses a copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.  These are images you can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use (settings can be switched to Show all web results to view more images).

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As I usually say when these RIP type stories come in, maybe it's better to acknowledge it's dead and kill it than let it linger on in a zombie like afterlife (insert "SilverLight" cough here...)... um yeah... I guess.

If the public Office 365 site info is true (I have one and I've not seen any notice yet) that would be kind of stinky. BUT again, if Microsoft isn't ready to truly invest in it and given how far behind they are falling in this space, maybe it is better to kill it, IF they partner with a real player and help people move their sites. If they don't help people move, that would be very Closing Google Reader of them.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Five Free Icon Packs for the Dev in your Cube...

Dean Hume's, Coding Tips & Tricks - Free icon packs for developers

Over the years, I have started to hoard a collection of links to various free icons that I find on the net. Often, I use these icons to spruce up simple prototypes or just make my web pages look livelier. Unfortunately, I've been collecting these links to icon packs and never get the chance to use half of them! If you are a web developer that has need for free icons, then this might be for you.

This article will hopefully provide you with a list of free icons that you can use in your day to day development. This list features five great icons packs that are available to download today.

IconMonstr ...

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The Entypo Pictogram Suite ...

Typicons ...

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Can't have enough of these kinds of resources cached. What's great is that all but one of these are new to me. :)

 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Vectoring in on the perfect set of Windows/Windows Phone app logo's. Just add one SVG and Vector

David Washington - Create logos for Windows and Windows Phone with one SVG

In a previous post, How to make an app logo that doesn’t suck, we talked through the importance of using vector graphics for your logos to maintain fidelity as they are scaled up to higher pixel density screens. We used a tool that I wrote called Vector to then export the logo to all the different required sizes and scale factors.

Since I wrote that post, Microsoft has announced universal Windows apps for Windows and Windows Phone that you create one app that can be published for all Windows devices.

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Vector now exports Windows and Windows Phone images

So I took the feedback to heart and updated Vector so it can now export all 42 potential images for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. You can take all the images that are exported, drop them in you Visual Studio shared project, and call it a day.

Go get it now and go make logos for both Windows and Windows Phone that don’t suck!

Vector

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Description

Vector is for Windows and Windows Phone app developers. Use it to automatically create images for tiles, splash screens, and all other images required from your app from one scalable vector graphics (SVG) file. Simply choose an SVG file, place it on your tile with multi-touch or your mouse and export all of the images. Vector also exports all the images for devices with high pixel density screens. Exports up to 42 images from one SVG file!

Exported images from one SVG:
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Features

  • Create tile images from one SVG automatically

  • Export all scales for high pixel density screens

  • Preview different tile colors

  • Use multi-touch or mouse to place the image

  • Use settings to choose which images to export

  • Auto-center images

  • Supports Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone tiles

Besides his awesomely titled post, How to make an app logo that doesn’t suck, this utility is a must have for Win/WP App dev's. I mean do you really want to generate 42 different versions of the same image? (of course, as soon as I wrote that, seems like Microsoft should be able to do that for you... given a SVG, generate the images, but one thing at a time I guess... ;)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Visual Studio Image Library updated, now includes VS 2013 style and is now over 10,000+ images

Microsoft Downloads - Visual Studio Image Library

The Visual Studio Image Library contains application images that appear in Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Windows, the Office system and other Microsoft software.

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The Visual Studio Image Library contains application images that appear in Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Windows, the Office system and other Microsoft software. The libraries for both Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 are available and each library contains over 5,000 images which can be used to create applications that look visually consistent with Microsoft software

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Something every developer needs... Don't spelunk the EXE or DLL for image resources, just grab this...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Visual Studio 2012 Image Library - 5,000+ images downloadable now... (Think, flat "modern" images...)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Free your mind... from worrying about paying for some great images ... IM Free

Andy Sowards - IM Free – Your Supply of Dazzling Free Images

"Earlier this week, I was combing through all sorts of microstock agencies, searching for authentic photos to use in my everyday design projects. It’s never easy, because most stock photos are bland, and those that really caught my eye look very familiar. No wonder they do, I’ve spotted them in countless other places on the web. You’ve probably found yourself in the same predicament many times by now, and spent too much on low quality stock photos. You’ll never have to do that again.

IMCreator is a widely acclaimed site building platform that helps both amateurs and professional designers build excellent websites. This ingenious online software has recently launched a service that overruns the way we used to acquire commercial images. It curates loads of exquisite photographs taken from Flickr. Each of these items belongs to real photographers, who entrust you with their works for free.

IM Free is a miscellaneous body of collections stacked with royalty-free photos, and it’s immediately accessible. You don’t have to create an account or impart any kind of personal information before getting your hands on those treats. The only thing that is expected of you is that you give credit to the authors each time you use one of their items, which is an essential step, because it’s the only way to maintain this costless model.

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As a side note, IM Free is a fast-growing collection of free designer resources that will also be integrated into the website builder’s page editor before long. In other words, IMCreator users gain firsthand access to the finest source of free photos, and no longer have to waste their time searching online markets for top-grade imagery.

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IM Free

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This looks like an awesome resource for some great images...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Graphically Challenged?" Want to see how even you can create your own game character in Inkscape?

The Sociable Geek - Creating a Character for your Game Using Inkscape

In todays video session we will be showing you the basics of how to Create a Game Character using Inkscape.  If you have never used Inkscape or think you can't draw, then this session is for you.

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"...think you can't draw..." He hit that nail RIGHT on the head. :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Image Resizer for Windows Explorer (Right-Click... Resize Picture...)

Windows Enterprise Desktop - Image Resizer: Free, Handy Windows Explorer Shell Extension

For those not already familiar with the terminology, the software tool “Image Resizer for Windows” is what’s called an Explorer Shell Extension (aka ShellEx). When you install it on a Windows PC, it adds to Explorer’s capabilities. Thus, if you can puzzle your way into the screen capture to the left (which I resized using the very tool I’m writing about at the moment), you’ll see that an entry in the right-click Explorer menu called “Resize pictures” has been added to call put this utility to work. Selecting that menu entry produces the Image Resizer window that appears beneath the menu snippet, and shows that you can pick any of a number of default resizings (small, medium, large, or mobile). You can also create you own custom resizings as well (as I typically do for my blog posts, which are limited to 500 pixels in width, maximum).

For anybody who must work with images or screen captures on a regular basis, Image Resizer for Windows is a great add-in for their software toolbox. It’s a CodePlex project so it’s Open Source, free, and safe for general and widespread use. There’s even a server version that’s based on ASP.NET available through imageresizing.net. And for those whose memories go back far enough, yes indeed, this is a faithful replacement for the old Windows XP PowerToy also named Image Resizer. It’s pretty popular, too: according to the CodePlex home page for the tool, it’s been downloaded over 1.4 million times.

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Image Resizer for Windows

About
Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. I created it so that modern Windows users could regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.
Feedback & Support
If you need help installing or using the tool, use the Discussions tab to ask your question.
If you find a bug or think of a feature, use the Issue Tracker tab to submit your request.

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While it's been a couple years since this was updated/released, it's still a great tool for anyone doing "stuff" with images/pictures. Best part is the source is available... :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Easy image resizing for the digital camera happy - Image Resizer Powertoy clone for Vista & Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
Image Resizer PowerToy for XP and Vista - Easy Resizing of Images, Pictures, Digital Photos, etc via Windows Explorer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Windows Azure (and cloud services) Symbol and Icon Set (Visio, PPT, PNG)

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Azure Symbol/Icon Set

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to visually represent features of and systems that use Windows Azure and related technologies. The symbols are in Microsoft Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats.

Version: 1.04

Date Published: 2/18/2014

Windows Azure Symbols ALL v1.04.zip, 3.1 MB

This package contains a set of symbols/icons to help you create visual representations of systems that use Windows Azure and related technologies. Feel free to use the symbols in your architectural diagrams and training docs.

Snap of the zip;

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Here are the PNG's;

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You had me at "visual studio"... :)

The number of different tech items are pretty cool too. From MySQL, BitBucket, GIT and more.

Related Past Post XRef:
Icons/symbols to draw pretty Azure design diagrams...

Friday, January 17, 2014

MS Paint in your stocking... Awesome Time lapse video of Santa being drawn in MS Paint

The blog of Rob Margel - Windows Help - Santa Clause in Microsoft Paint

I Love seeing cool stuff produced in Microsoft Paint such as (the Pixel Painter, 4 year painting, Mona Lisa,Great Football Moments) and this Is another great video

“Time lapse speed painting of Santa Claus using Microsoft Paint. Nearly 50 hours of drawing compressed into a couple of minutes”

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Wow, while I just can't imagine investing this kind of time into this (if I even had this kind of talent), yet that doesn't mean I can't appreciate this effort!

 

Related Past Post XRef:
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Excel as a digital art drawing platform? Yep! Beautiful digital art done completely in Excel...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Researching creating looping videos that don't look like they are looping videos (Think "Speed" loop without the glitch)

Microsoft Research - Hugues Hoppe's publications  - Automated video looping with progressive dynamism

Abstract: Given a short video we create a representation that captures a spectrum of looping videos with varying levels of dynamism, ranging from a static image to a highly animated loop. In such a progressively dynamic video, scene liveliness can be adjusted interactively using a slider control. Applications include background images and slideshows, where the desired level of activity may depend on personal taste or mood. The representation also provides a segmentation of the scene into independently looping regions, enabling interactive local adjustment over dynamism. For a landscape scene, this control might correspond to selective animation and deanimation of grass motion, water ripples, and swaying trees. Converting arbitrary video to looping content is a challenging research problem. Unlike prior work, we explore an optimization in which each pixel automatically determines its own looping period. The resulting nested segmentation of static and dynamic scene regions forms an extremely compact representation.

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Not really sure what to tag this as, but I thought it was really kind of cool, I mean who doesn't love a little "..selective animation and deanimation of grass motion, water ripples, and swaying trees..?" :)

(via Kurt Shintaku's Blog - DOWNLOAD: “Video Loops” – A unique Animated GIF generator from Microsoft Research)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Nokia Imaging SDK v1.0 RTW now available, officially a "boatload of new features and functionality"

Nokia Imaging SDK 1.0: Power tools for Windows Phone developers

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Today at Slush 2013, one of the top start-up conferences in the world, Nokia announced the latest version of its Imaging SDK (v1.0) to give Windows Phone developers the tools they need to create sophisticated new imaging apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones.

“Based on the core technology that we have in our own imaging apps, such as Nokia Camera and Creative Studio, the Nokia Imaging SDK gives developers access to filters, effects and on-screen rendering options that are unlike any other library on Windows Phone,” says Samuli Hänninen, vice president of software program management for Nokia’s Smart Devices business.

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A boatload of new features and functionality

The Imaging SDK is available exclusively for Windows Phone developers. It includes more than 50 built-in filters such as Sepia, Black & White, Mirror, Tones, and Chromakey, which enables “green screen” magic to come to life so a developer can provide a background to render objects in.

Need more filters? With the new SDK release, developers can now create their own custom filters and add previously unseen effects to their apps.

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Initially launched as a beta this past summer, hundreds of beta participants have already published their apps and provided feedback about the Imaging SDK. Some of the many apps created using this SDK include Smart Resize, Social Scene, TapShoot, Panna Paint, OneShot, as well as Pikura, which was the winning app in the Nokia Create Mini Mission 1 that called for updates to apps using the SDK.

“After a successful beta, we’re confident that this release will be well received. We’ve taken into account a lot of the feedback and have made the SDK even better for developers,” says Sami.

The Nokia Imaging SDK is free to download and available now from Nokia Developer and via NuGet.

Well if it's got a "boatload of new features..." then is HAS to be good, right? Something fun to play with this weekend or this coming holiday season...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Reimagining images with the Nokia Imaging SDK for Windows Phone 8

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Drawing for Developers (Yes, you can!)

Ryan Lowdermilk - Developer? Can’t draw? Learn how to create amazing 2D art, today

Most developers would tell you, they are not artists – in the classic sense. They would tell you a story of how their UI design is poor and they always choose the worse color schemes for their apps. They would end the story by telling you about their failed attempt at creating a game and how they failed due in part to their “lack” of artistry. Well, today is the day those excuses are forever null and void. Today we will learn how to create amazing 2D, game art. For developers, by a developer.

From characters and vehicles to textures, backgrounds and accessories. If you can draw a circle and a square, you’re in the right place.

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Josh-CO Dev - Creating your own game art

One thing that I have always struggled with is art, anything artsy actually. Quite frankly, I am a terrible artist. For this reason, game development has always been quite difficult for me as I either have to make my own horrible looking art, or find free art on the internet. While doing some research I ran across a great website here. This guy is able to take some art knowledge that I would consider fairly complex, and really dumb it down so that us non-artistic programmers can really “get it.” In particular, he has some great articles on drawing characters and tiles. I’ve used this as a great resource to help in my current game and have learned enough concepts that I can better my own art. So, go check him out!

2D Game Art for Programmers

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Awesome! I'm going to have to have a go at this...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Horton hears a Hadoop [set of icons]

Hortonworks - A Set of Hadoop-related Icons

The best architecture diagrams are those that impart the intended knowledge with maximum efficiency and minimum ambiguity. But sometimes there’s a need to add a little pizazz, and maybe even draw a picture or two for those Powerpoint moments.

We’ve built a small set of Hadoop-related icons that might help you next time you need that picture focusing on the intended function of various components. If you need the official logos then you can grab those from the various Apache project sites. We also put in some thoughts on how to use them for best effect, but feel free to ignore us and use them however you like.

For this v1.0 we’ve covered some basics of physical and software components and put them into a Powerpoint template. Love them? Hate them? Want something different? Let us know and we’ll see if we can add them to the set and maybe even build a Visio stencil…

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Because everyone needs Hadoop icons.... um... right? Well if you do, here you go...

(via gigaom - Need help with your Hadoop marketecture? Here are some open source icons)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Get the Getty... Getty Trust opens 4600 free (and original resolution) images in its Open Content Program...

groovy post - Getty Trust Launches 4600+ Free Images in Open Content Program

Are you a fan of classic art? John Paul Getty was also. And this week the Getty Trust launched a new Open Content program that is making available high-res digital reproductions of all classical artwork which the Getty Trust holds the rights to including works from the J. Paul Getty Museum collections, Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute. The collections are some of the best in the world including featured pieces by Monet, da Vinci, van Gogh, and Rembrandt. All free of charge to anyone on the planet!

Click here to view all 4,689 entries in the Open Content program.

The best part of this announcement is that the full original resolutions of these images are already up and publicly available to download, completely free of charge. This brings some of the file sizes end up quite large, some over 100 MB in size. The full resolution doesn’t have a link on the gallery page however, to access it you’ll have to visit the individual record (page) for each piece of art.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust Home - Open Content Program

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.
Please see the related press release and Getty president and CEO Jim Cuno's announcement on The Getty Iris for additional information.

Why Open Content?
The Getty adopted the Open Content Program because we recognized the need to share images of works of art in an unrestricted manner, freely, so that all those who create or appreciate art—scholars, artists, art lovers, and entrepreneurs—will have greater access to high-quality digital images for their studies and projects. Art inspires us, and imagination and creativity lead to artistic expressions that expand knowledge and understanding. The Getty sincerely hopes that people will use the open content images for a wide range of activities and that they will share the fruits of their labors with others.

Access to Open Content Images
Initially, the images available through the Open Content Program are of works in the J. Paul Getty Museum's collections. Over time, images from the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Conservation Institute will be added. Museum images can be found on the Museum's Collection webpages or on the Getty Search Gateway. Those available as open content images are identified with a "Download" link. Images provided are JPEG files at a minimum of 300 DPI. See the Guidelines for Successful Printing (PDF) for more information on file format.
If you need new photography, resizing, or color correction, you can request those services by Contacting Museum Rights & Reproductions. A fee (PDF) will be charged for this service.

Public Domain and Rights
Open content images are digital surrogates of works of art that are in the Getty's collections and in the public domain, for which we hold all rights, or for which we are not aware of any rights restrictions. Rights restrictions are based on copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity laws, and contractual obligations. If an image you want is not designated as an open content image, it is because one or more of the above identified legal rights restricts our ability to make that content available under this program. While the Getty reviews the metadata about each picture before making it available as an open content image, there may be some underlying rights that were unknown to us. For that reason, we strongly recommend that users consider the possibility that rights of third parties may be involved, and permission for those rights may need to be obtained by the user for the proposed use.

Fair Use
Open content images can be used for any purpose without first seeking permission from the Getty. Images of many other works in the collections are also on our website in varying formats. The Getty supports fair use of images when the applicable legal criteria are met. For more information on use of digital images of works in the Getty's collections, please refer to the Getty's Terms of Use.

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Open Content Search

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Now I didn't see an API, but still think an app or Getty Paper of the Day or thing would be very possible... :)

Free Payment icon's for your online web purchasing...

Six Revisions - Free Online Payment Icon Set (PSD and PNG)

This free set of icons contains the logos of top online payment solutions and credit cards like PayPal, Google Wallet, Visa, and MasterCard. This icon set contains 12 icons and is perfect for use in e-commerce websites. We have also included the PSD file in case you want to make changes to the icons.

This free icon set is brought to you by Responsive, a design and development studio in Bucharest, Romania.

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If you've been looking for a free set of these, well here you go! (and if not, well they might come in handy in the future...)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Excel as a digital art drawing platform? Yep! Beautiful digital art done completely in Excel...

Twisted Sifter - Digital Art Made with Excel Spreadsheets

Believe it or not, the artwork above was made entirely in Microsoft Excel. In fact, you can actually play with the actual Excel documents in this attached zip file. The digital paintings are the work of Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old Japanese artist who began experimenting with Excel’s artistic capabilities 13 years ago.

According to Japanese art and design blog Spoon & Tamago, Horiuchi said:

“Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most computers. And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”

Horiuchi first gained attention when he won an Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006..."

No lie. It really is Excel and it's really done using the native Excel drawing tools...

If seen some creative uses of Excel, this? Wow...

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(via Keith Combs' Blahg - Art with Excel - Who Knew)