Delicious Green Apple Illustration In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to draw a shiny green apple. We'll have a look at various painting techniques throughout this tutorial. It will be fun and you'll learn something new - let's started! Editor’s note: In an effort to introduce some of our older content to some of our newer readers we have resurrected this post from October 2008 for everyone to enjoy for the first or second time. Step 1 Create a new document using the settings shown below. Step 2 Create a new layer and name it "Apple." Step 3 Apply the Inner Shadow layer style using these settings: Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity at 75%, Angle set to -90 degrees, Distance set to 45 pixels, and Size set to 80 pixels. Step 4 Create a new layer and name it "Texture." Step 5 Create a new layer on top and name it "Dots." Set the Master Diameter to 3 pixels and paint some more. Step 6 Create a new layer on top and name it "Dent." Alt-click on the line between the "Dent Shadow" and "Dent" layers in the Layers Palette. Step 7
Socialbakers Reveals Prime Days of the Week for Social Business Sunday is the day when particular brands can expect higher levels of engagement with fans on social media platforms. That’s according to social media and digital analytics firm Socialbakers. When the social media audience is relaxed and feeling like Sunday morning, it seems that it is prime time for fast moving consumer goods and telecoms brands to get their message to hit the mark. Socialbakers monitors over 10 million Facebook pages and places, and this data is pulled from these pages. This is certainly food for thought when product launches and press releases are traditionally released during the working week to gain coverage via news outlets. Visual stimulus Petrol-heads have different habits it seems. Jan Rezab, CEO, Socialbakers commented on the results: “To maximise fan engagement, brands need to tailor social media updates according to their audiences browsing habits. Sage advice, there’s not much point in spreading social marketing around without a plan.
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Cel Shading Shortcut Tutorial Warning: include(): Failed opening './includes/header.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/qc/public_html/tutorial.php on line 7 I get a lot of email and forum requests and interview requests that ask the same basic questions about the artwork of QC over and over: How do you draw QC? Update November 2007: I do some things pretty different now (and draw a lot better) so here's a revised edition! Some Basic Info Here's a quick breakdown of the equipment and software I use to make the artwork for QC. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS3Wacom Intuos3 9x12 graphics tablet2x2.66gHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon equipped Mac ProBig-ass dual-monitor setup (for the purposes of this tutorial, only screencaps from monitor 1 will be used- monitor 2 is iTunes, IRC, and other distractions.) Step 1 The first thing I always do is open up a blank image in Photoshop. Step 2 Step 3 Here we see the start of the ink layer. Step 4 The inking is finished! Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9
Creating Pixel-Perfect UI for iPhone Applications Developing apps for the iPhone or iPad can be a tricky process. You need to understand not just the programming libraries, but also design standards and common themes in user interfaces. This entire skillset would require months of study just to build your first live app. I realize this may seem intimidating, but we all have to start somewhere! Standard App Icon Specs What a better place to start off than discussing the iOS icon sizes. In the older iPhone 3g/3gs the screen resolution was limited at 320x480px. Originally you only needed to create 3 different icon sizes – 512px for the App Store, 57px for home screen display and 29px for search results. App Store • 512×512 universal Home Screen Icon • 114×114 on iPhone 4/4S• 57×57 last-gen iPhone/iPod Touch•72×72 iPad Search Results and Settings • 58×58 iPhone 4/4S• 50×50 for iPad• 29×29 iPhone/iPod Touch and Settings on iPad Now you could stop here, but there is a newer type of document icon added in during iOS 4 and continued into iOS 5.
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Distimo: Being featured on Android Market boosts business Distimo, an analytics provider, has come out with its latest report and it has some interesting facts about what happens when mobile apps go on sale. The report shows vast improvements to an app’s ranking once it achieves “featured” status in both the iTunes and Android Market app stores. For instance, when it comes to Apple’s App Store most featured applications see an average jump in its ranking of some 15 spots or so, during the first three days. What’s even more impressive than these iPhone numbers is those of the Android Market. That said, the research showing the effectiveness of the Android Market didn’t really surprise me all that much, as the one standout for me was the popularity of the iPad. Checkout all charts below, and tell us what you think about Distimo’s research? [via TechCrunch] About The Author Charles West
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