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"Once you eliminate the facts, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
— Arthur Conan Doyle's cousin, twice removed.

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  • Notes [Added: 12 Aug 2018]
    View to Object
    Your object isn't aligned with the Cartesian coordinates. You'd like to view it in Edit Mode straight-on, without changing the objects orientation. Press-and-hod the Shift key while pressing the normal viewing keys. For example pressingmore
  • Transparent Image Overlay [Added: 30 Jul 2018]
    Transparent Image Overlay
    Seems so simple, once you've hit the right combination, doesn't it?
    From left: 3D View (set to Rendered), the Nodes, the (1) Material:

    The overlay image:more
  • Performance Improvements - Cycles [Added: 02 Jun 2018]
    Performance Improvements - Cycles
    *x 01 Reduce the number of light bounces
    Render Panel -> Light Paths -> Max/Min
    Adopted: 3/3

    *x 02 Use Portals

    *x 03 Use GPU
    I change this, and just WOW what a difference!!!
    Settings in TWO places:more
  • Shadow Catcher [Added: 01 Jun 2018]
    Shadow Catcher
    I wanted to create transparent images I could use as layers in Photoshop. The text and/or objects needed to cast shadows without visible planes.
    * *ckb Add your text and/or objects.
    * *ckb Add your "shadow plane" to Blender.
  • Paste Into a Mask [Added: 24 May 2018]
    Paste Into a Mask
    So simple, it hurts.
    *ckb Create a mask on a layer
    *ckb Alt-Click on the mask to edit the mask
    *ckb Paste!
  • Simple Bump Map Texture [Added: 10 May 2018]
    Simple Bump Map Texture
    I ran a simple test using the same basic image on three panels, and three different techniques
    to apply a texture:
    * Texture only
    * Texture with a Bump Map
    * Texture using Multiply node (something I saw in the 1st Cycles tutorial I watched and I wanted a comparison).more
  • Flaming Text [Added: 26 Apr 2018]
    Flaming Text
    Our Results:

    Our PS2 Source:

    Should (he said) follow the video.
    - *ckb New Document (1280px x 720px @72dpi)
    * *ckb Background: Black
    - *ckb Enter text
    * *ckb Adjust size, color, font, etc.
    - *ckbmore
  • Memes [Added: 03 Jan 2018]
    As-if we're going to keep 'em, right?
    File Name: [ resolutions.psd]
    File Type: Adobe Photoshop Image (.psd)
    File Size: 1.78 MB (1,869,002 bytes)
    Size on Disk: 1.78 MB (1,871,872 bytes)
    Image Dimension: 580 &times; 387 pixels [8.056 &times; 5.375 inches]more
  • Photoshop Help [Added: 30 Dec 2017]
    Photoshop Help
    I own Photoshop CS2. Your version may vary. But most of this is useful across versions.
    In PS CS2, you can find most of this in the Help under:
    Help Topics > Work area > Tools
    In PS CS2 Help under:
    Help Topics > Work area > Tools > About tools and the toolboxmore
  • Read File [Added: 19 Dec 2017]
    Read File
    Yes. You can read a file. In JavaScript.
    I had a couple buttons at the bottom of a page you could click to get different topics, and I'd display the contents in a div (called "helptext") at the very bottom.

    function dynoHtml(x) {
    var oHelpTxt = document.getElementById('helptext');
    var sIncDir = './includes/';
    var sFileName;
    if ('about' == x) {
    sFileName = sIncDir + 'about.html';
    } else if ('help' == x){
    sFileName = sIncDir + 'help2.html';
    } …more
  • Vegas / Facebook [Added: 24 Nov 2017]
    Vegas / Facebook
    Vegas: 13.0 (Build 373) 64-bit
    Using a simple "joke" made of several still images and text, I was trying to reduce file size. Original size using Internet 1920x1080-30p was 36,563KB (~36MB). I've got it down to 7,430KB (7.4MB).
    1st Testmore
  • Layers [Added: 12 Nov 2017]
    Layer Masks
    Non-destructive editing. Good, quick tutorial:
  • Conform Text to a Surface [Added: 24 Oct 2017]
    Conform Text to a Surface
    Good tutorial on using displacement maps.
    * *ckb Open the background image
    * *ckb Click Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 1 pixels.
    * *ckb Click Image > Adjustments > Desaturate to make it black and white.more
  • Moraff Mahjongg / Time [Added: 27 Aug 2017]
    Moraff Mahjongg / Time
    Converting .Net Ticks to Epoch
    I've got Moraff's Mahjongg XIV International (sorry, but seriously, Roman numerals for a Chinese game?). There are numerous issues with their code, one of which is granting awards. So I figured-out what programming software and database they were using so I could fix their accounting issues!more
  • Die Gracefully [Added: 03 Jul 2017]
    Die Gracefully
    Had a situation where we needed to do useful things before dying when opening files, like send SMS text messages to people on call in the dead of night. Here's a possible solution.

    eval {
    open PAPERIN, "<", $sPaperIn or
    die "Can't open file $sPaperIn: $!";
    # "or die" triggers eval
    if ($@) {
    # do something useful before actually dying, here,
    # like send an SMS text message.

    print "We failed to open the file.\n";
    print "$@\n"; …more
  • 3D Text - Simple [Added: 28 Jan 2017]
    3D Text - Simple
    * Add text
    * Rasterize the text (make duplicate?)
    * Free Transform to add dimensional effect (optional)
    * Modify styles, e.g. Bevel-Emboss, gradient (optional)
    * Duplicate layer
    * If styles modified, remove the styles from duplicatemore
  • Rounded Borders [Added: 22 Jan 2017]
    Rounded Borders
    Making rounded corners on your image. Stolen and summarized from Photoshop Essentials tutorials.
    * Fill background (red so it's highly visible (it'll become transparent, later)).
    * Import image (new layer) and select layer.
    * Add Layer Mask.
    * Addmore
  • Photoshop Brushes [Added: 21 Jan 2017]
    Photoshop Brushes
    My be CS2-only. If you use something different, good luck!
    Direct download .zip file: 6 Border And Corner Brush

    Direct download .zip file: Flowers And Foliage Brush

    Direct download .zip file:more
  • Heart Rate Monitor App [Added: 14 Oct 2016]
    Heart Rate Monitor App
    I needed data for showing to my cardiologist. I found a free, ad-free Heart Rate Android app, SGT Heart Rate - Sport Gear + Wear, that works with my Polar H7 Bluetooth monitor. I ♥ love ♥ the app!!!
    One of the features is that it allows me to "share" results data. SGT sends the data as a CSV file. But, I have several problems with the file:more
  • OU Bobcats [Added: 13 Oct 2016]
    OU Bobcats
    My Alma Mater, the Ohio University Bobcats.
    Source: [Bobcats] (bobcats.rar / 367KB)more
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start.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/13 07:05 by terrill