12:29:00 am , Categories: 3D Programs, Resources

3D Printing has come a long way!

 We all know what creators can do with animation and 3d characters in movies and such but have you heard how far along the 3D Printing aspect has come. It has ventured from just 3d modelling to making a 3d item that can be used.

You can go to the links provided to read the entire article.

London Designer’s Bone-Inspired 3D Printed Pumps

(ShowtimeArts/ChaeminHong) London based footwear designer Chaemin Hong used 3D printing in the design of her A/W 2013-14 collection inspired from animal’s bone. The collection consists of 10 different styles.

Humankind is at the top of the food chain. The moment that human beings climb up to the top of that pyramid, they act as if they are completed unrelated to the food chain pyramid. Human beings observe the animals in the natural state on TV, and watch the animals’ survival instinct as if they are surprised. Bones of the animals, sources of protein, that were thrown away leave behind animal form. It is not like the animals disappeared: Instead, they were merely dismantled. When the bones re-combine to formulate a new form to create yet another creation, I wonder whether they could instill life into something new instead of merely serving as the remnant of the food chain.


Comic-Con’s 3D Printed Predator Toy with Fan’s Head


(LA TIMES) The alien monster Predator is on the hunt for San Diego Comic-Con attendees.

To mark the 3-D Blu-ray release of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “Predator,” Fox is dedicating a jungle-themed booth to the film and its iconic extra-terrestrial. A 3-D printing application will allow "Predator" fans to customize figurines with their own likeness at the film's Comic-Con booth. (20th Century Fox)

“Predator” fans will be able to purchase custom-designed mini-figurines featuring their likeness. Because what fan wouldn’t want to see his or her own decapitated head, spine still attached, being held up by a Predator?

The action figures will be created using photographs of participants (taken at the booth) and 3-D printing. The figurines will be mailed to buyers after the convention. Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek.

Like the Tail of a Seahorse, 3D Printing Artificial Armor


The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymer, which could be used in medical devices, underwater exploration and unmanned bomb detection and detonation. UC San Diego engineers, led by materials science professors Joanna McKittrick and Marc Meyers, detailed their findings in the March 2013 issue of the journal Acta Biomaterialia.

“The study of natural materials can lead to the creation of new and unique materials and structures inspired by nature that are stronger, tougher, lighter and more flexible,” said McKittrick, a professor of materials science at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.











  12:01:00 am , Categories: MacAppWare

And now a word about FONTS

Link: http://macappware.com/software/free-fonts/


Everyone knows that  for our creations we need great programs, not to mention patience to use said programs. But there is also  the creation for the vendor end....fonts. We are offered many a font to purchase but here is a lin where you can subscribe to get 56 FREE  fonts for commercial or personal use.

This way when we create our promotional images, websites, store logos to promote our sales itmes we are not met with the question "Is it safe to use for this"

MacAppware is such a site. Yes they have purchasable fonts but when you subscribe at the link provided you will get notified when they have new ones to offer their suscribers for FREE for a limited time.

So go to MacAppware   and get your set of fonts by subscribing for their newsletter and don't let the name fool you. Each set they have offered now and in the past will also work on your Windows running computers. I use them on both my Mac and Vista laptop.

  02:16:00 am , Categories: 3D Programs

CorelDraw News

Corel® PaintShop® Pro X5 Now Available at Walmart

Powerful photo-editing & creative design tools of PaintShop® Pro delivers incredible value

at a low price to a wider audience

Ottawa, ON – June 5, 2013

Corel is happy to announce that PaintShop® Pro X5, the most affordable pro-quality photo-editor on the market, is now available in Walmart stores across the US and online at Walmart.com. With hundreds of editing and design tools and features and easy ways to share online, PaintShop Pro offers users extraordinary value at an affordable price, upholding Walmart's promise to ‘help people save money and live better.'

"We are very pleased to be working with such an important company whose goals are aligned with ours," said Jon Riis, VP North America License & Channel Sales. "Corel has always been committed to offering great products at an affordable price. PaintShop Pro X5 provides photo enthusiasts of any level with all the tools needed to expertly manage, enhance, edit and share their photos and designs with ease, at a fraction of the price of similar high quality photo editing software. Walmart is a perfect partner for us."  Read More @Corel


Versatile and powerful graphic design software

Whether you're an aspiring artist or an experienced designer, CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6 is your trusted graphic design software solution. With its content-rich environment and professional graphic design, photo-editing and website design software, you have everything you need to express your style and creativity with endless possibilities.

Quickly feel at home with built-in help, training videos and professionally designed templates. Then, create with confidence—everything from distinctive logos and signs to custom websites, web graphics, billboards, car wraps, flyers and more! Show your true design style! Read more@Corel.

© 2013 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved. Corel, the Corel logo, the Corel Balloon logo, CorelDRAW, Painter, PaintShop, VideoStudio, WordPerfect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. All other product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.

  04:21:00 am , Categories: 3D Programs

Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014

Link: http://my.smithmicro.com/poser-10.html

Are you ready for the next face of Poser?


  • Fitting Room to convert your existing clothing and props to fit any figure*
  • Comic Book Preview Mode for color and B&W cartoon illustration and animation
  • Pixar Subdivision Surfaces for fast and efficient scene building
  • Bullet Physics for Soft Body Dynamics, Rigid Body and Hair
  • Morph Brush now supports Sag, Tighten and Loosen so clothing works better
  • Magnets and Deformers with Weight Maps for the ultimate precision

*Poser Pro 2014 Feature

Poser is perfect for creating 3D character art and animation. For nearly 20 years, artists, hobbyists, illustrators, and animators have been getting creative with Poser. Poser includes over 5GB of 3D figures and content to get you started. Pose figures, add hair and clothing, props, lights and cameras to build 3D scenes. Render photorealistic and cartoon style images and video for web, print, and film.

Pixar Subdivision Surfaces

We've integrated Pixar's OpenSubdiv library to provide Pixar Subdivision Surfaces, with user definable subdivision levels per prop, figure or even individual body part. Subdivision improves bending fidelity, smooths polygonal surfaces and improves performance by enabling lighter poly-count content. Poser includes a new Unimesh skinning method to support subdivision on figures with compliant geometry.

Rendering Speed Improvements

The Firefly render engine has been optimized for faster performance when Raytracing.





New Poser Pro 2014 Only Features

Productivity tools designed for Professional Poser Content Developers


Fitting Room

Interactively fit clothing and props to any Poser figure and create new conforming clothing using five intelligent modes that automatically loosen, tighten, smooth and preserve soft and rigid features. Paint maps on the mesh to control the exact areas that you want to modify. Use pre-fit tools to direct the mesh around the goal figure's shapes. With a single button, generate a new conforming item using the goal figure's rig, complete with full morph transfer

Copy Morphs from Figure to Figure

When creating new content for Poser figures, morph transfer enables conforming clothing developers to easier support a wide array of figures and include both full body and partial body morphs that can be driven by the base figure.

Powerful Parameter Controls

To provide Poser content developers more power, display hidden parameters so they can be interactively modified. Drag and drop parameters to change channel and parameter order calculation for control of how operations such as physics simulations, morphs, bends and deformers interact.

Read more about them and see the differences along with pricing at Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014

  01:52:00 am , Categories: 3D Programs

Filter Forge

Link: http://www.filterforge.com/

Filter Forge is a high-end Photoshop plugin and a standalone program that lets novice and expert users create a wide variety of realistic and abstract textures and effects. You  get 5100 realistic textures, 4600 creative photo effects, create your own with  the 9692 library filters that come with your purchase.

Version 3.0 is available now and at a 70% discount which will expire soon. There are also tutorials at their site for learning more usage techniques. This program is not only a great addition for the digital artist but Second Life content creators cna also benefit from it.

Filter Forge Tutorials


The Filter Library is a free online repository of filters created by our designers and Filter Forge users. You can submit your own filters to the Filter Library, and if they get popular with the Filter Forge users, you can earn rewards including a free copy of Filter Forge.

Texture Filters

  • Building (760) – Textures found in architecture and building, such as bricks, pavements, tiles etc.
  • Frames (111) – Picture frame textures.
  • Misc (1673) – Abstract textures or textures that do not fit into any other category.
  • Organic (625) – Organic textures such as meat, skin, flesh, leaves, etc.
  • Patterns (1369) – Textures with regularly repeated shapes, colors, motifs, etc.
  • Snippets (303) – Filters that illustrate ideas or techniques of interest to the filter development community.
  • Stone (442) – Stone and rock textures, natural and processed.
  • Techno (456) – Any textures related to industry and technology, such as circuits, rusty metal, diamond plates etc.

Effect Filters

  • Creative (950) – Effects that modify images in various creative ways.
  • Distortions (679) – Effects that distort, deform or reshape the original image.
  • Frames (257) – Effects that create a frame around the original image.
  • Misc (2010) – Effects that do not fit into any other category.
  • Patterns (439) – Effects that produce patterns based on the original image.
  • Photo (766) – Photo enhancement operations and effects.
  • Snippets (211) – Filters that illustrate ideas or techniques of interest to the filter development community.

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