March 2004


MacThemes.net - New Site Design
They’re finished except for the white paper on the top of wood box. I’ll think of something to put on that card soon. Maybe a vote check list with two contenders: Aqua and Luna :)

When the contest is over, the site will revert back to old design but it looks so dull comparing to the new one. I’m going to try and improve the old one by adding subtle textures, etc.

MacThemes.net - Open Soon
4 days and counting.

I saw most of the entries and they’re very impressive. I can’t wait to see some of them made into a theme soon.

Only 7 days left. Stretch your photoshop muscle and build a mockup to submit! The prizes are very impressive if you ask me.

Instruction on partipicating in the contest can be found here

For those who doesn’t know, I’m a staff at MacThemes.net as a web/graphic designer

This week will be pretty busy for me since I’ll need to create trophy/award graphics, formatting the theme entries and redesign the site to feature Ballot Theme. You’ll see soon :)

Edit: Some people asked if Windows users are allowed to partipicate, yes they are. It doesn’t matter what OS you’re on now as long as mockup will follow OS X guidelines

Uncropped DocumentSo you want to perfectly crop the document without damaging the graphics or transparency mask?

Meet Trim. She’ll be your official haircutter. She can trim away blank areas on top, bottom, left or right. The image isn’t transparency? No problem, she has experiences in trimming away plain color. Textured background, on the other hand, is out of her résumé.

Trim Dialog1. Choose Image > Trim

2. In the Trim dialog box, choose either:

• Transparent Pixels: If there is no background image, use this one

Cropped Document• Top Left / Bottom Right Pixel Color: If there is a background image in any of the colors, use this one. Top Left / Bottom Right are options to let you decide which corner to use as a start point for trimming

3. If you don’t want to trim one or more of the sides, unselect the checkboxes in Trim Away.

Your document is now perfectly cropped up. No more wasted space and file size

Australia Flag Screensaver - US
Palestinian Flag Screensaver
Venezuela Flag Screensaver
Italy Flag Screensaver
and a flag to support their rich and delicious oil…
Iraq Flag Screensaver

(Aug. 29) Note: They’re not available for download anymore. Read here.

British, South Africa, Dutch, Argentina, Malaysia, Russia, Puerto Rican, Slovakian, Finland and Cuba will be in next update.

One thing I’m curious about is why is there a flag of British in Australia flag? Is Australia owned by British?

I’m really sorry about the site being down yesterday and today. The bandwidth exceeded 10GB in three days.

I’m not exactly happy with the way my host provider treated me though. I thought it was a little unprofessional but I’ll not discuss about that right now.

In the meantime, anyone have better recommendations for host provider?

VFXSoup: Blue screen or green screen?

Alex: I’m a green screen kind of a guy. Green has a much higher luminance than blue, so it’s much more forgiving for lighting and exposure. I don’t know why more fx supervisors don’t insist on it – it would make their lives a lot easier. Blue screen tends to suffer in the shadows around the feet. If the blue screen gets too dark, you’ll end up waging war in the blacks and your comps will look like bad holograms (think R2D2 + restraining bolt = “help me obi-wan”). As far as I know, blue and green cost the same! The only drawback with green is that it does tend to show the dirt more – but there are always those natty little elastic shoe covers – very chic.”

Read the Interview

Edit: They seem to have removed all photos and refer to iPod and iPod commercials. No idea why

Pretty interesting to see what techniques he used to make iPod commercials. I really don’t understand why some major production companies such as Industrial Light & Magic still prefer to use blue screen over green. Two leading digital productions companies; WETA Workshop (LOTR) and Manex Enterainment (Matrix) prefer green screen because it gives depth to objects while blue screen make objects feel too flat (ie: Star Wars Ep. 1/2).

Industrial Light & Magic haven’t made any breakthrough in technology lately though. The effects in Hulk, Harry Potter, etc are not that well-done, IMO.

Flag Screensaver - US
Flag Screensaver - Apple
Flag Screensaver - Iceland
Flag Screensaver - Panther

(Aug. 29) Note: They’re not available for download anymore. Read here.

Australia, Palestinian, Venezuela, and Italy will be in next update. Venezuela is taking a little longer than expected because of the complexness of image logo at top-left. I’ll hold that one for next update.

The rest will come in after that. Should I do a flag for Saddam’s ex-home? How about a flag of his beautifully bearded face?

Flag Screensaver - Canada
Want an OS X Screensaver to show how proud you are of your homeland?

(Aug. 29) Note: They’re not available for download anymore. Read here.

Currently, the only available flag is Canada. US version will come soon (sidenote: I’m a proud resident of US but for some twisted reasons, I decided to do Canada one first :) )

If you would like me to make any other flags, post it in the comment.

Based on Old Glory Screensaver.

Cup Cake21 years old today :)

Now I can legally drink wine. What about Beer, you ask? Nah, my stomach is just not fan of them.

Take care.

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