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Offline RhysD

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #10 on: August 14, 2007, 04:08:46 pm
Sorry for another bump, but I keep finding sites that have copied sections of my tutorial and are claiming it as their own...not even changing a few words to make it different.

Example

http://acadies-art.sparrowzworld.net/index2.html - The entire first "What is pixels art?" is basically a direct copy from mine.

http://acadies-art.sparrowzworld.net/tut-pixel-project003/tut-pixel-art-3dsphere.html - Here they've even taken the images directly from the tutorial and words, haha.

Original tutorial - www.pixeltutorial.com

Edit: Yes, I know its outdated and I have learnt a heap more that I should be explaining, some techniques are probably terrible. Just wanting to know if there was anything I could do about these sites? Rippers are the lowest scum of this planet imo..

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sigh...I've tried to find out more about the person who has been doing it. Seems like they are offering a 6-week "pixel course" via the website www.visual-arts-academy.com Charging people $25 for a 7 week course. The person in interest here goes by the alias of "Arcadie" and can be found on the following page http://visual-arts-academy.com/instructors.html under the name of Norma Murphy.

There is even a page of testimonials from people who have completed the course (and as you can see from the last one, "it a value for the money")

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The Pixel Art course was great. I would suggest anyone interested in Pixel Art to give this course a try...I had a ton of fun.
-Ginny

I really enjoyed it and you get to learn a lot. Its well worth doing.
- Clare, UK

The VAA is set-up very well and, IMO, is a value for the money and an invaluable experience. However, one must be mindful that whilst the course teaches various tecniques and principles of the particular artform, it's up to the student to build on this thru' 'practicing'....
It's been a wonderful experience to have been part of a VAA course and to have been offered this opportunity to further my pixelart knowledge.
-Lorraine- New Zealand

Here is a link with what the course outlines of what will be taught during the course. Please also note each "section" heading and refer back to mine. What i'd really like to know is if she has just grabbed my entire tutorial and added a few extras and then has been charging people to "teach" them the basics, when they could have easily just gone to my site for free...

http://visual-arts-academy.com/normaD.html

I'm probably way too paranoid about this whole thing but i'd like to know what someone in my position would do, considering the clear copyright infringments that have occurred...

edit again: please don't go contacting the site in question with regard to this, I'll be sorting it out personally. thanks.
« Last Edit: August 14, 2007, 04:30:47 pm by RhysD »

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #11 on: September 15, 2007, 07:29:08 pm
I recently had a freeware downloading spree and I found some drawing programs for Windows that aren't listed yet but might be of some use.

Rendera http://www.rendera.net/ is restricted to BMP and JPEG files and RGBA colour, and it has only drawing functions: no filters, adjustments, selections, copy & paste, floodfilling (the only global command is clearing).
What are its redeeming features?
- Various brush compositing modes: replace, add, subtract, change hue, all with transparency.
- Independent choice of brush style and drawing tool, for example an outline rectangle of "chalk".
- Interesting, albeit mostly useful for large sizes, brush types (including procedural textures and simulated pencil hatching).
- Easily accessed commands to rotate the canvas through edges (to edit tiling images) and to wrap drawing commands themselves.
- Easily accessed commands to switch between drawing shapes from the center out or from corner to corner.
- Cloning supporting all drawing tools and brush types.
- When zoomed in, drawing tools don't draw at screen pixel locations but at image pixels.
- Perfectly symmetrical ellipses, regardless of direction; when starting from the center, only odd diameters are possible. It might seem trivial, but for example Paint.NET, PixelStudio, Artweaver, Project Dogwaffle draw completely wrong small ellipses.
- Preview of what pixels are going to be drawn with each command, particularly useful when zoomed in.

In brief, Rendera is rough but specialized and unusual.

Photobie http://www.photobie.com/ is a more full-fledged drawing/retouching program with an unusually ugly user interface.
Its main interesting feature is that every drawing command can create its own layer automatically, with the obvious potential for detailed editing. It has the most complex "Layer Manager" I've ever seen.

EDIT: Panda has added both programs to the main list.
RE-EDIT: Photobie updated to "Photobie Design Studio".
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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #12 on: September 20, 2007, 07:38:52 am
Just a quick heads up:  Tsugumo's, st0ven's, and Zoggles' sites are all down right now (and apparently have been down for some time) :blind:.  I've updated my mirror of Tsugumo's site with his new tutorials before they went down.  I can't believe I was actually going to simply delete the entire mirror when I saw Tsugumo's tuts on Big Blue Bubble...

http://www.geocities.com/skulkraken2002/

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #13 on: September 25, 2007, 05:46:28 pm
Great tutorial for setting up Gimp optimally for Pixel Art:

http://www.eglug.org/gimpixel

Stuff such as showing a thumbnail, a palette (where you can do palette changes by changing just the color) or setting a minimal User Interface, are covered.

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #14 on: October 09, 2007, 01:40:44 am
Not sure if this is ok to post a bg tutorial by st0ven. This one is old. I think it's still useful to have it up since he didn't have it on his new site.

 http://steve.neonstar.net/mini_background1.htm
 http://steve.neonstar.net/mini_background2.htm
 http://steve.neonstar.net/mini_background3.htm

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #15 on: October 18, 2007, 09:15:48 am
I've updated my mirror with the tutorials from St0ven and the rest of his pixel samurai at Spriteart.com.

Please let me know if anything there isn't working okay.

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #16 on: December 03, 2007, 11:31:19 am
Tools: If you are using (a) Unix(-Clone), you can install the KDE-Application 'Kolourpaint', if you like - it's like MS-Paint  :lol:

Else i'm using GrafX2 for DOS: ftp://ftp.externet.hu/pub/mirror/sac/graph/gfx2b965.zip and Gimp.

Greetings,
Ingo

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #17 on: December 03, 2007, 04:14:34 pm
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Ok, now remember how i told you not to feel too bad about those other 4 backgrounds? theyre quite stylish and moody indeed, but they arent purely pixelled. if we zoom in on several sections of the backgrounds, there is evidence of computer resampling. ill show you what i mean.

Stoven is wrong, these backgrounds are all pixelled, it's just the ripper who did the gif animations that made the mistake of adding dither compression.

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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #18 on: December 05, 2007, 12:58:52 pm
Seems that the author of PD Pro Digital Painter found God and decided he doesn't love us anymore.
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Re: Tools, Resources and Linkage.

Reply #19 on: December 05, 2007, 03:30:17 pm
Hm? Explain!