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Arts 2004-10_101

  1. 1. CREATEMASTERCLASS OUR COVERDRAW PERFECT Tutoria starts p2l4FIGURESHow to create stunning characterswith sleek curves and clean lines PHOTOSHOP NATURAL MEDIA Create this great effect with water and a printer FLASH LIP SYNC & AUDIO Make your characters’ lips move in time to speech ILLUSTRATOR CUSTOM BRUSHES Use textures and type to build this vintage poster Printed in the UK Outside the UK and Éire £6 C$19.95 COVER ILLUSTRATION: SIMONE LEGNO OCTOBER 2004 £6 1 0 9 771360 537024
  2. 2. EDITORIAL HELLO! Welcome to issue 101 of Computer Arts. After last month’sEDITORIAL 01225 442 244 celebrations and the excitement of issue 100, it’s a relief to feastGILLIAN CARSON SENIOR EDITOR our tired eyes on this month’s soothing cover image, courtesy ofgillian.carson@futurenet.co.ukDOM HALL DEPUTY EDITOR Simone Legno. We love the cool, clear lines of his Japanesedom.hall@futurenet.co.ukRODDY LLEWELLYN SENIOR ART EDITOR woodcut-style illo and it really is perfect for our cover tutorial,richard.llewellyn@futurenet.co.uk which reveals the secrets behind drawing the perfect figure.VICKY MITCHARD DESIGNERvicky.mitchard@futurenet.co.uk After a short break, Derek Lea is back with part one of a newSOPHIE EMBLEY PRODUCTION EDITOR series that will take a look at how natural media can be used tosophie.embley@futurenet.co.ukJOSEPH RUSS NEW MEDIA CONTENT EDITOR produce a truly individual look. This month Derek created a water-joseph.russ@futurenet.co.ukMATT GALLIMORE SENIOR CD EDITOR logged city scene using just a colour printer, a water spray and amatt.gallimore@futurenet.co.uk little Photoshop know-how.JON ALONGI CD EDITORjon.alongi@futurenet.co.uk The Freak makes his debut on our cover disc this month. HisJEN WAGNER ONLINE EDITOR well-endowed figure was just perfect for our CD tutorial in whichjennifer.wagner@futurenet.co.uk Computer Arts resident Jacey takes up the challenge of recreatingCD PROBLEMS 01225 822 743 a revolutionary-style propaganda art poster.ca.support@futurenet.co.uk So enjoy this month’s jam-packed issue, and if you didn’t find aCONTRIBUTIONS FROM golden ticket last month, don’t fret. This month you’re in with aJason Arber, Graeme Aymer, Ailin Chambers, DaveCurd, Alistair Dabbs, Hans Deconinck, Mike de la Flor, chance of winning one of three pairs of tickets to GraphicEurope.Craig Grannell, Andy Kay, Chris Kenworthy, Derek Lea,Simone Lego, Ed Ricketts, Chris Schmidt, MarkSparrow, Jacey. GILLIAN CARSON SENIOR EDITORPHOTOGRAPHY Margo Silver gillian.carson@futurenet.co.ukPRINT William GibbonsREPRO Radstock Reproductions LtdSUBSCRIPTIONSComputer Arts magazine, Future Publishing,30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW01225 442 244 ISDN 01225 789 293SUBSCRIPTION QUERIES 0870 444 8455OVERSEAS SUBSCRIPTIONS +44 (0) 870 444 8455EMAIL customerservice@futurenet.co.uk ILLUSTRATION IN THE MAGADVERTISING 01225 442 244 SIMONE LEGNOANDREW BRAIN advertising managerandrew.brain@futurenet.co.uk If you thought Illustrator was all about harsh lines andGEORGE LUCAS senior sales executivegeorge.lucas@futurenet.co.uk rigid geometries, think again. Simone’s elegant design,JAMES BLAXTER classified sales executive inspired by Japanese woodblocks, reveals just how capablejames.blaxter@futurenet.co.uk the app is with delicate tones, lines and colours.DIGITAL DIVISION INFO: www.tokidoki.itDOM BEAVEN publishing directorKELLEY CORTEN publisherFIONA TULLY marketing managerCLARE TOVEY production managerPAUL MCINTYRE group art editor ANDY KAY DAVE CURDSARAH WILLIAMS software copyright co-ordinator Andy uses Maxon’s Sketch Customised IllustratorPRODUCTION and Toon module to render brushes bring warmth andDAVID MATHEWS ad design point of contactKATTY PIGOTT production co-ordinator a striking C4D “illustration”. style to a Fifties-style poster.MIKE THORNE commercial print buyer INFO: www.andykay.org.uk INFO: www.davecurd.comCIRCULATION & LICENSINGRICHARD JEFFERIES circulation managerPETE STOTHARD head of international licensing AILIN CHAMBERS JACEYSIMON WEAR overseas licensing director Ailin’s Flash vampire comes An affectionate PhotoshopComputer Arts has licences in China, France, Italy,Poland, and Spain to life (as it were) with the homage to the bold SovietUK DISTRIBUTION help of pin-sharp lip sync. propaganda imagery of old.Marketforce Ltd 020 7633 3300 INFO: www.ailinsart.com INFO: www.jacey.comKings Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1 9LSTHE FUTURE NETWORK DEREK LEA SCOTT HANSENROGER PARRY non-executive chairmanGREG INGHAM chief executive Photoshop + H20 = ? Derek We love the nonchalantROB PRICE managing director UK reveals all with this stylish gorilla in Scott’s illo for ourJOHN BOWMAN group finance directorT: +44 (0)1225 442 244 fusion of the old and new. A3 colour laser Group Test.URL: www.thefuturenetwork.plc.uk INFO: www.dereklea.com INFO: www.iso50.com Computer Arts is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Jan-Dec 2003: 22,888 Computer Arts is the registered trademark of Future STUDIO OUTPUT Identikal Publishing Ltd. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks Studio Output vividly depicts Identikal’s illo brilliantly and copyrights in this issue are recognised, and areacknowledged where possible. If we have failed to credit your copyright the challenges of InDesign’s captures the idea of bothplease contact us – we’re happy to correct any oversight. Materialsubmitted is accepted on the basis of a worldwide right to publish in transparency settings. conflict and reconciliation.printed or electronic form. All contents © Future Publishing 2004. INFO: www.studio-output.com INFO: www.identikal.com Future Publishing is part of The Future Network PLC. The Future Network produces carefully targeted Ë specialist magazines for people who share a passion.We aim to satisfy that passion by creating titles offering value formoney, reliable information, smart buying advice, and which are a CONTACTpleasure to read. Today we publish more than 90 magazines in the Computer Arts, Future Publishing, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW PHONE: 01225 442 244UK, US, France and Italy. Over 80 international editions of ourmagazines are also published in 28 other countries across the world. EMAIL: ca.mail.futurenet.co.uk SUBSCRIPTIONS: 0870 444 8455 OVERSEAS: +44 (0) 870 444 8455The Future Network PLC is a public company quoted on the LondonStock Exchange (symbol: FNET). October 2004 |3
  3. 3. OCTOBER ISSUE 101 REVIEWS CONTENTS TUTORIALS P88 GROUP TEST Turns out bigger is better – at least when it comes to these five A3 giants… But which one will prove the most versatile under pressure? Find out withXEROX PHASER 7750DN our detailed Group TestXANTÉ KONICA OKI BROTHER CL30 7300 C9500DN HL-3450CN P78 AMAPI PRO 7 Eovia’s ultra-sophisticated 3D modeller now comes with Dynamic Geometry P56 ILLUSTRATOR P80 IN-A-FLASH 3 Add a warm, personal touch to your P64 FLASH Create eye-catching Web illos using customised brushes Discover how intelligent lip-synching animations with NetGUI’s can add vigour and humour to even entry-level Flash app the simplest of animations P82 FURNACE P104 PHOTOSHOP & POSER Movie quality motion blur and Use The Freak file on our cover CD to footage-steadying plug-ins, create this bold, modern take on an courtesy of The Foundry old Russian propaganda poster P83 PAINTSHOP PRO 9 Our special preview of this long-anticipated upgrade reveals what’s in store P40 PHOTOSHOP CS P84 NEC MONITOR We go all Tony Hart. Apply NEC-Mitsubishi’s ultra-slim real-world water-blurring 20.1-inch LCD is one of the techniques to your artwork sharpest we’ve ever seen P85 BRAVO II Fancy your very own CD- burning and label-printing device? Well, here it is… P86 PHOTOCLEAN 2.10 Improve your digital images with this one-click solution TUTORIALS FOR 99P Buy Computer Arts tutorials online for just 99p at www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials 4 | October 2004
  4. 4. IN THIS ISSUE APRIL ISSUE 97 ON THE CD Fashion your ownP24 PERFECTION stylish poster with aRediscover the delight of gentle Poser model,curves and colours with our revitalise your Flashmodern take on the traditional animations with ourJapanese woodcut. Illustrator Motion GraphicsCS provides the tools; you provide Suite, and make usethe skill and artistry of five great fonts – see CD for details FREAK KIT This bemuscled Poser model, complete with clothing and props, is ideal for kickstarting your illustration work. Check out how we used him in our CD tutorial,P40 NATURAL MEDIA starting on page 104Learn how to exploit watereffects and give your digital P64 FLASH P56 ILLUSTRATORimages a grittier, more Use audio to refine your Create your own brushes and you MOTION GRAPHICS SUITEtraditional feel animations and add style to can add old-fashioned personality These eight AdvanceFlash motion dialogue delivery to even the simplest of subjects graphic segments, featuring abstract lighting effects and billowing clouds, will add life to CA INTERVIEW FEATURES your animations ANIMOTIONS BUNDLE P68 DROP Poser kit and gear from SHADOWS AniMotions worth £200 – InDesign’s famously includes Dendras film and finicky transparency photo collection settings are a law unto themselves. We crack the code so you don’t have to MISPRINTED TYPE Enjoy these five fonts, courtesy of typographical legend Misprinted P72 IT’S Type: dirty ego, downcome, nasty, THE LAW pastelaria and porcelain Copyright: what is it, how does it work, and why does it exist? Legal SUBSCRIBE! experts reveal the do’s and don’ts in plain English TURN TO PAGE 46 Subscribe today and make sure you get an exclusive P114 CV collector’s issue delivered Two graphic design straight to your door. graduates from the University of Applied Call our subscription hotline: P30 TRONIC STUDIO Science, Mainz, get 0870 444 8455 or visit Tronic Studio’s Vivian Rosenthal and Jesse the chance to show www.computerarts.co.uk Seppi discuss architecture, space, light, off their talent and mixing live action with CGI October 2004 |5
  5. 5. EXPOSUREEXPOSURESend your work to Computer Arts and be seen by thousands!XEVI SOLERJOB Freelance Designer 2CONTACT xevi@vision55.comor www.vision55.comSOFTWARE Photoshop1,2 & 3 The Mowry Fisher Gang“These pages were hand-drawnusing a Pilot DR drawing penand scanned at 300dpi as abitmap. The image was thencoloured in Photoshop. Layers are dedicated toforeground and backgroundcolour elements and effects,allowing me control over colourbalancing and level adjustmentsfor specific areas of the image. I was inspired to do thesedrawings after watching StevenLisberger describe the torturousamount of work that went intomaking Tron! But morespecifically, I’d cite RobertCrumb and Masamune Shirow –both masters of comic art (butstylistically a million milesapart!) – as prime influences. This is the first time thesedrawings have been published.” 16 | October 2004
  6. 6. EXPOSURETo find out more about this section, pleasego to www.computerarts.co.uk/gallery/ ABOUT XEVI SOLER Xevi Soler says he’s a “freelance Graphic Designer – but there’s a comic artist trying to get out!” He takes creative inspiration from such greats as Jack Kirby, Stanley Kubrick, Saul Bass, Michael Mann, Ridley Scott and Syd Mead. Soler studied Illustration and Cell Animation at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art “long before Macs ruled the creative world” and it was here that he developed his individual animation style. “I developed a style of illustration where line art was copied onto acetate and laid over coloured paper. In effect, I was using Photoshop layers before Photoshop even existed,” he says. Having recently completed a re-branding of a NewsQuest newspaper, Soler is now working on a pet project named The Diamond-Cutter, work partly inspired by Karel Capec’s Rossum’s Universal Robots. The project will mix graphic design and line art in a way not really seen before. “I am just as comfortable designing a page layout as I am drawing, taking photographs or designing toy robots,” says Solar – a skill he’ll use working 3 on his latest concept, Syboc. For more information visit www.vision55.com/syboc. October 2004 |7
  7. 7. EXPOSURE 1 2CONNIE A. WILSON 3JOB NVQ Assessor, Distance Learning Tutor andbudding IllustratorCONTACT caw@hardcaw-illustration.com orwww.hardcaw-illustration.com 4SOFTWARE Photoshop1. Untitled 1“This was an experiment. I wanted a subtle collageeffect, so I used scanned textures to create more depthto the image and “painted” in Photoshop. I’m inspiredby magazine photography and wanted that slick look.”2. Fly Me to the Moon“I kept singing Fly Me to the Moon in my head (only thefirst verse), and wanted do an illustration about it, sohere it is.”3. Self-inflicted“For this image I wanted to show that sometimes wecreate our own problems (paranoia, fear and innerdemons). I wanted to achieve a sombre look.”4. Untitled 2“The woman’s face was taken from Fly Me to the Moon,but I wanted to try out a quick image that could be usedon a music CD cover or a flyer for a gig or party. So Iplayed around with it a bit to get a “funky” look.”8 | October 2004
  8. 8. EXPOSURE1 ADAM DRAS JOB Website Designer/Illustrator CONTACT adam@media64.com or www.media64.com SOFTWARE Photoshop, Illustrator 1. Elfa “Based on a stock photograph, I drew this image in Illustrator placing each different shade and colour on a new layer. I then used Photoshop to touch up the illustration with some custom brushes to add grunge textures. The socks took me over two hours to draw!” 2. Maja “This is an illustration of my daughter. With vector work, the final result is always the reward for your time and effort.” 3. Just relaxing “I was inspired to draw this illustration by Computer Arts magazine, as I used a stock photo that was included on the December 2003 cover CD.”2 GET EXPOSED Send your work to us, along with an explanation of your techniques and software, the titles of each piece, your Website details and email. Images should be sent as PC or Mac TIFF or JPEG files, on CD or Zip disks. A hard copy is a great help. We will endeavour to return all entries that provide an SAE. All contributions are submitted on the basis of a non- exclusive worldwide licence to publish, both in print and electronically. Post hi-res files for print to: Exposure, Computer Arts, 3 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW. October 2004 |9
  9. 9. LETTERS… Write to us at ca.mail@futurenet, or join us online at forum.computerarts.co.uk ICONIC IDEAS STAR LETTER: MY FIRST MAC I really liked the feature “The Art of Punk” (issue 97) about the work of Jamie Reid. I am a student on the MA US, and I’m not sure if I want to We’d go to the Apple Store for I am a High School computer arts teacher, Media Arts at the spend a small fortune on a Education (www.apple.com/uk/ traditionally trained in traditional art. Manchester Institute for second-hand Power Mac if a education) and look at any G5 However, although the article contained Research and Innovation in Art new eMac will do. deals there. On a Wednesday, go lots of good information, I was surprised and Design (MIRIAD) at If you have any ideas on to the refurb store at www.apple. that it did not mention anything about Manchester Metropolitan leasing, discounts or what com/ukstore (there’s a link from Andy Warhol’s Pop Art or the work of University. I wondered if you system would be most there) and check out the refurb Jenny Holzer. Hopefully my copy of knew if Apple or anyone else appropriate to my needs I would deals. That said, it’s common Lipstick Traces, a Secret History of the ever give away kit or offer be very grateful if you could knowledge that the iMac G5 will Twentieth Century will fill the gaps in my sponsorship or bursaries for advise me. be released in September, so it knowledge of how/why Reid developed his creative students? Andy Sidorczuk might be worth waiting for that. art to fulfil the goals of his clients. I make experimental animation Kim D. Bachmann using footage recorded on a PRIZE: free training at Space, London Tutor, Virginia, USA 3CCD camcorder and hand- As the Star Letter winner, you can choose a day’s training at Space. drawn animation, using Adobe Co-founded by Bridget Riley, Space is one of the largest visual arts We’re glad you enjoyed our feature on CS and Final Cut Pro. resources in the Capital, and offers a variety of courses ranging from Jamie Reid, Kim. The Icon feature is an At the moment I use the Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, to how to sell your work, tax and self- introduction and overview of one piece of University’s computers employment, and marketing strategies for designers. Space also has a art or design. We have limited space in the (Superdrive iMacs with lots of large range of high-end equipment including video-editing facilities, magazine and therefore can’t cover as memory) and only have a PC at technical support staff and exhibition spaces. For more information go to: much as we’d like to regarding the www.spacestudios.org.uk home. I don’t really trust eBay, influences and background of the artist. as most of the sellers are in the But we do always point you towards informative “further reading” (which you mention) where you can further feed your interest in the subject if you wish.BEACH BABE MAGNET FILM SCHOOLOn Sunday I went to the beach armed with issue I send my compliments to all the team at99 of Computer Arts to read if I had time. I was Computer Arts. The magazine is so PCS IN PUBLISHINGreading the magazine and talking with my creative and informative and I was so glad I work as a Graphic Designer for a largefriends under the sun when we decided to take a to come across Computer Arts Projects in Kent-based newspaper group. About 75 perdive in the water, leaving the magazine behind on Barcelona for the first time. cent of the company use Apple Macs stillthe deck-chair. I have been searching for this kind of running OS 9 in order to handle Quark 4.1, After 45 minutes or so, we saw three girls magazine, and when I set my eyes on it at while the rest use PCs for admin.crowded around my deck-chair. They were the shop I began to see editing, producing The company has said that it plans tolooking at the magazine with quite an interest! and film-directing dreams come true. scrap all of its Macs by December and As I reached the chair one of the girls said, Reading this magazine has made me feel switch to PCs. They also plan to migrate“Sorry, for the invasion, but we saw the magazine as if I am in the film school that I could over to InDesign from QuarkXPress. Howand couldn’t resist it. We decided to take a peek.” not afford to attend. Thank you. many other large desktop publishing firms “Interesting magazine!” said another. “We Efe Osariemen, are actually using PCs as their mainthought it was about make-up and girl’s stuff.” Student, Barcelona, Spain computer systems as opposed to theKeep up the good work Computer Arts and keep industry-preferred Macintosh platform?the covers coming! Vinesh PallaramDimitris Bostandas KentDesigner, Thessalonica, Greece Although we can’t find any specificThanks Dimitris. We’ve had lots of feedback on published figures for the use of PCs versusissue 99 and it’s great to know that the cover is Macs within the publishing industry, weprovoking a reaction across the globe. Even if the can talk from our own experiences atreactions are from those who think we are a Future Publishing. All of our magazineswomen’s magazine! are now produced using Macs and we are10 | October 2004
  10. 10. LETTERSalso undergoing a gradual move over to InDesign. Macs come at price, but they are built to pretty NEXT ISSUE INrigid design specifications to support Apple’s corepublishing market. Historically, QuarkXPress wasreleased first on the Mac and didn’t make the DON’Ttransition to Windows until version 3. But since MISSQuarkXPress 4, and the emergence of Adobe PHOTOSHOP ISSUE 102InDesign, PCs have been more than capable ofperforming the same function. So why do we use Macs? Because they’re what TIPS & TRICKSwe know best, and we can’t help but love them! Create an impressive range of stunning effectsT-SHIRT PRINTING with our expert tutorialsI once read an article in Computer Arts thatexplained how to design t-shirts using Photoshop. At the end of the article, it mentioned printingthe artwork onto a t-shirt with a screen printer.I have a fair idea of how to screen print the old-fashioned way, and I’ve read that there areelectronic printers that can do the same. Could you please provide me with the names ofa few companies that manufacture the appropriatescreen printing devices?Brian HungerUnless you have loads of money to spend, screenprinting is not financially viable for most people.A more economical option is to look at digitaltransfer printing; this can be done by your localprinters or by using digital transfer paper, whichcan be bought from any large computer store. Digital transfer printing works by using a normalinkjet printer to print onto a vinyl surface that can ON THE CD... FULLbe transferred to fabric with the application of SOFTWAREheat. These can be printed on home inkjet printers,but don’t have the crisp, clear quality of screen worth FULL SOFTWAREprints and can deteriorate with repeated washing. £269! AMAPIGOLDEN TICKET PRO 6 Get your hands on thisWINNERS amazing pro 3D modelling toolCongratulations to DaeWoong Kim, our first 100thissue golden ticket winner(pictured with his winningticket as requested!). Bothhe and our second winner,George A. Griffiths, willreceive a full copy ofAdobe’s Creative SuitePremium Edition worth a whopping £1115. We’re yet to hear from the final two ticket All contents are subject to change.winners, so double check your issue just in case! ON SALE FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER | June 2004 13
  11. 11. NEWSWEBSITES FIND OUT MORE AT www.computerarts.co.uk MAIN STORY The Box Doodle Project URL: www.neu-e.de A fascinating site on which designers demonstrate their skills through back-of-fag-box doodles. “The rules OpenType fight are simple,” says site co-ordinator Font foundries finally throw their weight behind Adobe and David Hofmann, “rearrange a box to Microsoft’s OpenType format make any kind of figure or object. Make the most of least.” Indeed. Graphic Quarter URL: www.graphicquarter.com This slick online portfolio features some amazing Flash animation and graphic work from designer Gareth Crook, showcasing work from short films and photography to full 3D animations. Intriguing. ILLUSTRATION : IDENTIKAL Duudles URL: www.duudle.dk You’ll find more online doodling from Denmark at Sune Ehlers’ intriguing site/blog. Soon to be turned into a cool-looking book in collaboration with the UK’s Jon Burgerman, we think it’s potty, but well worth a look. The great font wars of the 90s higher level of multi-language and cross- saw Adobe and Microsoft European projects are another factor fight a public battle over the behind increased demand. But Detyna Low Morale future of their respective admits that the move was complex and URL: www.lowmorale.co.uk PostScript Type 1 and TrueType font costly – that’s why many in the industry are Flash film from Web design group formats. But the companies eventually saw dragging their heels over adoption. Monkeehub describing, “one man’s struggle to cope with the soul sapping, sense and jointly developed the OpenType Although he plays down the concern will to live draining, morale crushing format towards the end of the decade – the over adoption costs, Adobe’s UK Business experiences of work”. So pretend industry’s first single font file to work on Development Manager Chris Kitchener you’re working and watch it. both Mac and Windows platforms. describes the gathering support for Until now, the move to adapt that OpenType as “highly significant”. He FIVE FREE FONTS ON technology among design companies and acknowledges that the move towards wider THE CD! Misprinted Type font foundries has been slow. But this is adoption of the standard was a “slow URL: www.misprintedtype.com/v3 about to change. Adobe has announced that process” but that it’s gathering pace. Nice low-tech site from Brazilian some of the world’s biggest font foundries “Its an evolving process and it will take designer Eduardo Recife, featuring some striking montage work, free such as Bitstream, Émigré and the Font time [for the industry] to accept the format, fonts and austere films and photos. Bureau now support OpenType. The move but we are really on the cusp of this Not a run-of-the-mill collection and has been seen as a sign that at last a wider happening now,” he says. there’s lots to look at. adoption of the standard is picking up. For Kitchener, OpenType is all about Bruno Steinert, Managing Director of putting fonts on centre stage. “OpenType is German font house Linotype Library GmbH a revolution because typography had been Diesel Dreams says: “OpenType is simple for our customers a dying art. With this new format, all of a URL: www.dieseldreams.com/ to use. Notorious cross-platform sudden everything is possible – companies launch.html compatibility issues are now history.” are creating new fonts and the whole thing Diesel-sponsored showcase featuring the work of 30 international In the UK, Edward Detyna, founder of is opening up. Even small design firms that animators, artists and filmmakers. the Electronic Font Foundry, says his would not have worried about typography There’s some great work by Hong company will start to support OpenType are getting involved again.” Kong’s Da Joint and the UK’s Ne-o. before the end of the year because his INFO www.adobe.co.uk/type/opentype/ customers are asking for it. He also says the main.html12 | October 2004
  12. 12. NEWSGRAPHICS TABLETWacom overhauls tablets THE MONTHImproved work flow and functionality promised with redesigned tablets IN BRIEF Wacom has given its flagship Intuos Pen Tablet We take a quick look at this System a thorough overhaul. The Intuos3 month’s winners and losers.release has received a design and functionality tweak, Plus one very lucky man...which the company says will significantly help userswith speed and productivity. So you can expect areview next month’s issue. The main additions: two much-needed four-button › GOOD MONTHkeypads for ALT, Shift and Space functions andTouch Strip – a tool that acts like a scroll bar and Adobe InDesign CS US publishing behemoth Hearst Magazines – which producesallows users to zoom in and out and move around. glossies such as Cosmo, Marie Claire and Wacom has also made changes to the Grip Pen, House Beautiful – has switched to Adobe’swhich now comes with changeable nibs that allow ever-popular Creative Suite as its standardusers to create paintbrush and felt-tip style effects. publishing platform. Clearly not such good The Intuos3 is available from September 8 in news for Quark though, as Hearst previouslyA6, A5 and A4 formats and will cost between used XPress 6.£129.99 and £305.99 (ex. VAT). HP’s printing business After two monthsINFO www.wacom.com and £2m Hewlett Packard says the media blitz around its LaserJets has made it top dog in the colour printing market. But watch out forSOFTWARE cheaper prices from Dell. Graphics cards The likes of NVIDIA and ATIToon Boom comes to Mac OS X are rubbing their hands together and preparing for increased demand as graphics-hungryPopular animation package follows Maya to Mac platform games such as Doom 3 and Half-Life shoot up the sales charts. Following last month’s move by Alias to produce Maya Unlimited for Mac OS X, another animation and 3D scene-planning software group, Toon Boom, is now readying a release of its products for fi BAD MONTH users of the Apple platform. Dreamworks Animation Studio The Like Maya, Toon Boom seems to have recognised the importance current owners of the successful Shrek- of targeting the Mac-using creative sector with its Opus and Concerto producing animation studio have decided to planning, effects and compositing 2D and 3D tools. spin the business off though a stock market Toon Boom President and CEO, Joan Vogelesang, says it is flotation in order to raise $650m, pay of debts important for his company to reach “the operating system of choice and fund future production. for creative professionals.” Typographi.ca The Typographica Website INFO www.toonboom.com has fallen victim to tough new regulations from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority,SIGGRAPH UPDATE which insists on a Canadian presence for sites bearing a .ca domain. The site wasAlias buys Kaydara unceremoniously closed down, but can now be found at www.typographi.com.Vendor looks to extend its reach through a couple of new alliancesLeader of the 3D graphics pack, The two companies have also Motionbuilder and Kaydara’s ‹ AND FINALLYAlias, has announced at Siggraph released Motionbuilder 6, an updated other key product FBX will Photography as truth Best not to gothat it has snapped up smaller rival version of Kaydara’s character continue to support all current into too much detail, but Bryan Sparks of Springfield, Ohio has been acquitted in a caseKaydara. The company now animation software, which features a industry platforms and will be sold involving pornographic digital images found onpromises to fill any gaps in its simplified user interface, enhanced as stand alone packages under the his hard drive. The jury could not be sure if theproduct set by buying others in the keyframe animation capabilities and Alias brand name. images were real or had been doctored usingsame market. improved story timeline functionality. INFO www.alias.com digital software. October 2004 | 13
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  14. 14. NEWS COMPUTER ARTS WEBSITE ON THE CD Visit our massive Website for weekly news updates and much more. To contact our news team, email ca.news@futurenet.co.ukVISUAL EFFECTS SOFTWAREAlien environment COMPOSITING DISCREET AUTUMNFace-hugging critters do the URL www.discreet.combusiness in summer blockbuster Discreet has released updated versions of inferno 6, flame 9 and flint 9. The upgrades Cinesite, the company behind computer-generated feature a new spline-based morphing and warping tool and 3D look-up table capabilities. unpleasantness such as the classic Alien “face- The new products have yet to be priced andhuggers”, has been spinning its digital effects magic will hit the shelves in the Autumn.once again for Fox’s autumn banker Alien vs. Predator. The London-based company worked with Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Bruno on several 3D STAY TUNEDof the film’s key scenes, developing work using URL www.e-onsoftware.comextensive digital matte painting, set replacement and e-on software remains tight-lipped about specific details, but has revealedmotion control. that it’s set to release a Modelling and pre-visualisation of the Alien face- new version of itshugger were based on R HGiger’s original 1979 fabulous scenerystoryboards and drawings. rendering and animationINFO www.cinesite.co.uk software Vue d’Esprit. So far, the US-based group has said only to expect the new release LEARNING CURVE sometime between now and Christmas and that Corps Business Macromedia Flash MX Adobe Illustrator 10 it will cost $249. London 10 September, £281 13-14 September, £699 ©Martin Childs Authorised Adobe, Apple, Quark, URL www.netresources.com QuarkXPress 6 Macromedia and Extensis training 15 September, £699 centre offering small-group tuition Escape Studios URL www.parity.net WORKFLOW FEEL THE QUALITY and excellent post course support. London URL www.markzware.com After Effects: Fundamentals Popular training company with Design Computer Training Dutch group Markzware, which makes quality 13-14 September, £550 a good reputation for delivering Birmingham control and workflow software for the graphic arts 3ds max: Fundamentals courses in high-end 3D animation One-to-one and small-group market, has produced FlightCheck Workflow 3.5 – 27-28 September, £550 and 2D visual effects. training for image editing, graphics an upgrade that adds support for the Adobe URL www.corps.co.uk Maya Level 1 and Web design software, including Creative Suite, improved InDesign functionality 13-24 September, £1,899 Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress and and improved PowerPoint and Microsoft Word Net Resources Digital Compositing Comprehensive Macromedia Dreamweaver. management. The upgrade from v3.1 costs £189. Edinburgh 13 Sept-22 Oct, £4,799 Adobe InDesign Offering both individual and URL www.escapestudios.co.uk One or two-day courses available tailored training, Net Resources all year, £360 for a one-day course, PLUG-IN BACKDROPS provides courses taught by a team Parity £710 for two days URL www.digitalanarchy.com of professionals with extensive Leeds Macromedia Flash Digital photographers will be able to create experience of Flash, Dreamweaver Parity offers a wide range of courses One or two-day courses available hundreds of different backgrounds for use in and CSS. covering Web and creative design all year, £360 for a one-day course, portraits and product shots with Digital Anarchy’s Macromedia Dreamweaver MX alongside HTML programming and £710 for two days. new plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Elements and 24 September, £281 desktop publishing. URL www.combined.f9.co.uk other compatible applications. Available now for $199, the Backdrop Designer 1.0 plug-in offers 600 presets that you can subsequently modify with your own choice of light, colour, etc.Apple launches MotionApple’s motion graphics package finally goes on sale 3D PAINTING: PIRANESI 4 URL www.informatix.co.ukAfter what has seemed like an and DVD Studio Pro for DVD, film, and motion and physical effects such as Informatix has produced version 4 of its 3Deternity of previews and teasers, video production. gravity and wind, will bring motion painting program Piranesi, which the companyApple has finally released its new Designed to make use of Apple’s graphics to a broader audience. says will enable you to create 3D images frommotion graphics package, Motion. latest G5 hardware, Motion will enable Priced at £199, Motion will simple models, rendering objects out quickly so Motion is a welcome addition to real-time previews of video effects. provide stiff competition for the well that you can fill in the details and add hand-drawnApple’s existing digital video suite, Apple hopes that the program’s established Adobe After Effects. effects. The software is available later this month.integrating with Final Cut Pro HD “behaviours”, which simulate natural INFO www.apple.com18 | October 2004 October 2004 | 15
  15. 15. NEWS DESIGNER TALK Eduardo Recife Brazil-based experimental font foundry MisprintedType.com has just enjoyed a huge design overhaul and relaunch. Computer Arts talks to its founder and master... Computer Arts:our work makes Y Illustrator. It takes a whole lot of work, not to With digital type, things get even worse. great use of montage –illustrations, mention the boring parts:kerning and metrics. People still have preconceived ideas aboutphotographs, type and handwriting. Where CA: What do you think of other type digital artworks in general.do you find your material? foundries? Who do you admire?Eduardo Recife: esources are a must have R ER: There are an infinite number of good CA: What is the design scene like in Braz il?for my work. I collect old books, vintage foundries. Misprinted Type is an Who do you share your ideas with?magaz old photos, my photos and a ines, ER: Braz has so many great designers. But ilcollection of scanned material. I have a most of them go off to work abroad or forcabinet with drawers filled with magaz ine “Brazil has so many great designers. big, boring agencies. Design is still a littlecuttings and imagery. It takes time to build a restrained around here. We are dictated bygood arsenal of images, but it’s definitely But most of them go off to work for foreign magaz and taught about what we inesworth it. I’m inspired by anything from art can and can’t do. The same goes for fashion.and design to music, books, movies, streets big, boring agencies” Our art scene, on the other hand, is very richand feelings. and speaks for itself. I have lots of friends who are artists andCA: ow do you use computers to H designers and it’s nice to share informationmanipulate the material you use in your experimental type foundry that mostly with them. We don’t have any good Braz ilianwork? And how do you go about creating produces display typefaces. It’s very different design magaz and good books are hard ines,new fonts? from “traditional” type, where every to find or too expensive, making it easier toER: Computers have made collage work character is strictly measured and perfect for (blindly) buy it over the Internet.easier because you don’t have to worry about easy reading.image siz any more.ou can rescale or ing Y I have a great amount of respect for CA: Do you have a favourite typeface?flip images in order to create the collage Jonathan oefl er, Emigre, Linotype and H ER: Favourite typefaces come and go. I usedcomposition you want. Colouring and adding Bitstream – to mention the fathers of not Corona (Linotype) for quite some time lasttextures is also easier, but I try not to be type, Bodoni and Baskerville. They deserve year. I also still use Times New oman in my Rlimited by the machine. true respect. I also admire Professor Brian work and people keep asking me, “What I create typefaces for my personal works. Bonislawsky (www.astigmatic.com). beautiful serif typeface was that? It’s a ”I usually get excited and create the whole matter of how you use it, I guess.alphabet. But there isn’t a rule, sometimes I CA: Do you think typography is under-just have an idea and decide to work on it. valued as an art form? INFO Visit www.misprintedtype.com andMost typefaces are a good mixture of analog ER: Most people don’t realise how hard it is get your hands on a host of amazingand digital –photocopying, hand trashing, to create a typeface. We are so used to seeing Misprinted Type fonts available as freeware.transferring – then scanning and and type everywhere that we forget its real value Alternatively, check out the five Misprintedre-working everything in Photoshop or and the hard work involved in its creation. Type fonts provided free on our cover CD.16 | October 2004
  16. 16. NEWS GRAPHICS HARDWARE Late night mix NOTEBOOK CAMERA INCLUDED TV mixes music and graphics URL www.ecs.uk.com Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is claiming an industry first with its Late-night, square-eyed TV addicts ECSD G220 – a notebook with a built- can expect to see stunning visuals in 1.3 megapixel camera. ECS says from designers such as Lost in Space and the camera, part of a Pentium Neil McFarland now that music show powered wireless-ready PC, can Mixmasters has returned to the small screen. also be used for video conferencing. The G220 is available now, although Now in its fourth series, and nominated for pricing details weren’t available Best Music TV Series at Music Week’s CADSO4 as we went to press. awards, Mixmasters fuses exclusive mixes by DJs such as Derrick Carter and Germany’s Superpitcher with specially-commissioned visuals, animations and graphics. The show runs from now until Christmas on ITV1. INFO www.addictive.comSCANNER DIGITISE 35MMURL www.epson.co.ukEpson claims that its Perfection 2580 Photo is SOFTWARE UPDATEthe first scanner to include special features fordigitising 35mm film. It comes equipped with highoptical resolution for picking up small glitches, Cinema 4D hits version 9tools for repairing old photos and ways to rid German 4D group upgrades product line and adds 100 new functionsprints of dust and faded colours. The scanner isavailable now at £100. Maxon has just announced the release of version 9 cloth simulation and sub-polygon displacement. of its acclaimed animation software Cinema 4D, Other notable improvements include a re-engineeredDIGITAL CAMERA POWERSHOT UPDATE which the company says features new modelling modelling core, a smarter interface (complete withURL www.canon.co.ukCanon has updated its Powershot range of digital tools and offers enhanced workflow. Global PopUp for regularly used commands) andcameras with the addition of the 4.0 megapixel The latest upgrade, which Maxon is pushing as improved polygon knitting and stitching.A85. Canon says that the new camera has an easy-to-learn and low-cost alternative to the likes Cinema 4D 9 is available from Maxon resellers or“improved ergonomics”, improved styling, a of Maya and 3ds max, tightens up existing elements the company’s online store.1.8-inch LCD and six special scene presets. You of Cinema 4D and adds 100 new features, including INFO www.maxon.netcan lay your hands on one for £239. WEB DESIGNNOTEBOOK HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOODURL www.go-l.com Vancouver Film SchoolClaiming to offer a “quantum leap” in mobilecomputing technology, the Hollywood Gold64 Rogue Java-free competition finalistslaptop from L comes with a 17-inch widescreendisplay, an Athlon 3700+ processor, high-speed cinema site closed Judges sifting winner, who will receive through entries for a coveted place on theDVD burner and integrated video camera. The Odeon clamps down on errant site the recent Computer Arts Institute’s prestigious Digitalcost? A suitably monster-sized $2799. competition to win a life- Design Program. The Odeon Cinema Group has called time changing scholarship to the The list of finalists on an alternative version of its Website Vancouver Film School in comprises Elsi CaldeiraMOBILE APPLE AND MOTOROLA HOOK UP Canada have drawn up a Mendes of California, Keith developed by designer and Cambridge mathsURL www.apple.com list of finalists and will Chingandu of London,In a provocative statement that raised more graduate Matthew Somerville, who’s been choose a winner shortly. Benjamin Garraud ofquestions than it answered, Apple and Motorola re-designing versions of sites he believes are The five-strong panel Devizes, John Leigh ofhave revealed that they will jointly develop an Java-heavy and inaccessible. tell us that they are Henley, Marco MoralesiPod-style player for Motorola music phones and According to his official site, Somerville’s extremely excited by the Aburto of Mexico andhave plans to unveil the product next year. The actions are prompted by an urge to make quality of work they have Seth Powell of Cornwall.deal, which is expected to see iTunes included on Websites “…available to anyone using any seen and are looking Congratulations and goodsome Motorola music phones, continues a longalliance between the two companies. browser, from Opera to Explorer 6.” forward to announcing the luck to all our finalists. INFO www.dracos.co.uk 18 | October 2004
  17. 17. OPINIONHands up if you’re faking it keeping an eye on us. In reality though, it has very little impact. Who can afford a personal copy of Adobe CS when it costsSoftware companies lose millions in lost revenue due to piracy every year. But would fewer people over £1000? And what do you do if youend up using illegal software if prices for individuals plummeted? want to bring work home, or you’re unemployed and need to master the latest The world’s gone copyright crazy. crunching down the quality of the movie so applications to get a job? Even cinemas hammer home stern that something previously spread out over a The primary reason for stealing softwarewarnings before screenings about the perils dual-layer disc now fits on a single-layer is financial – a real chicken and eggof filming the presentation, courtesy of the DVD, much of the creativity is scenario. Are people pirating softwareFederation Against Copyright Theft. FACT compromised, or even lost. because it’s expensive, or is it expensiveis concerned primarily with counterfeiting It’s for this reason that I actually enjoy because the software is being pirated? It’sand piracy issues in the film industry, hoping buying DVDs, but I worry that it makes me an important point, and slightly beyond theto imprison the shady looking chaps selling the equivalent of an audiophile growing scope of this column.fake DVDs on street corners and shut downsource operations in the Far East. SILVER LINING You might be feeling smug, safe in the “Software manufacturers could look But it’s not all bad news. After all, I did buyknowledge that you’ve never bought a my own legal boxed copies of the softwaredodgy DVD, but there are two things that upon piracy as an extended trial period, that had been illegally installed on mybring it closer to home: the Internet and the Macs at home as soon as I could afford to.availability of software that allows for easy an amnesty against prosecution” The piracy formed a vitally important stagecopying of DVD movies. in my creative life, building up a It’s now possible to sidestep the whole relationship with crucial pieces of softwaresordid business of buying fake DVDs by misty-eyed over vinyl, while the rest of the that I could no longer function without.downloading them from peer-to-peer world cram their hard drives with MP3s. Perhaps software manufacturers couldnetworks. It might take all night to trawl But there’s another aspect of copyright look upon piracy as an extended trialthe Web, but the anonymity seems to make theft that has a more direct impact on the period, offering an amnesty againstit okay, and hell, everyone’s doing it. life of designers, illustrators, photographers prosecution, while offering more realistic, and other digital creatives. Hands up if you tiered pricing structures.CREATIVE LICENCE bought every piece of software on your I’m convinced that fewer people wouldAs a creative person, I must confess to computer. Hmm, I don’t see many hands. use illegal software if prices were cheaper.finding much of this just a little bit That’s because most of us think nothing of FORUMS If Apple can change the culture around thetroubling. Not because I have a great moral “borrowing” a copy of Photoshop from Do you agree, or illegal download of MP3s, tapping into astance on the issue, but because I know that work or from a friend. disagree? Tell us what rich vein of folk who will pay for musican awful lot of people, like myself, have put From individual applications to whole you think. Post your downloads, surely software companies cantime and effort into the movies and operating systems, software theft is rife. views at http://forum. follow suit?subsequent DVDs. By stripping out the And the Federation Against Software Theft computerarts.co.uk Jason Arber a designer and also co-founder ofpackaging, removing the DVD menus and (FAST), a contemporary body to FACT, is www.pixelsurgeon.com October 2004 | 19
  18. 18. NEWS ANALYSISILLUSTRATION: twelve:ten IN DEPTH The great graduate jobs debate As thousands of ambitious young designers take up places on degree courses, thousands more graduates are out looking for work. But the prospects are tough WORDS BY DOM HALL After three or four years of hard slog money getting new recruits up to an industry will find its own solutions because and financial sacrifice this summer’s acceptable starting level. there is already an acceptance that they will batch of fresh-faced Web, 3D, multimedia In Skillset’s new Interactive Media report have to train people themselves,” he says. and interactive design graduates may be Hirsh writes that there is “widespread This is certainly a scenario recognised forgiven for thinking they will have the pick dissatisfaction” with degree courses, many by design companies currently looking to of entry-level jobs at any agency in the of which have yet to prove themselves and expand. Fadi Shuman, Co-founder and country. They have, after all, been steeped are not equipping graduates with the real Director of London-based agency Pod 1 – in the principles of design theory and had world skills employers increasingly expect. which builds sites for the likes of Austin time to get to grips with the latest software As Hirsh sees it, the problem lies with the Reed, Tesco and the Discovery Channel – packages and technology. massive spread and scope of degree courses says the quality of graduates applying for But the truth, according to industry- and the hugely variable quality of graduate jobs has “not been great”. backed, government-linked trade body they produce. “They have a lack of experience in Skillset, is a little bleaker. The majority of dealing with client briefs and producing design companies are apparently unwilling UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE work to tight deadlines in a couple of days, to take a punt on those coming out of the “Improvements could be made to some of rather than three months. They also focus education system with well-rounded the courses to develop the range of skills too much on things like Flash, which is background knowledge but little industry students come out with and Universities okay in one context but not for building a or commercial experience. could do more to help that,” says Hirsh. FORUMS dry, corporate site for a bank, which is how This reluctance to take on new Although he points out that University Visit http://forum. you actually make money,” he says. graduates, Skillset’s Jonathon Hirsh courses still fulfil an important academic computerarts.co.uk Those in the industry involved in placing believes, is contributing to a wider role in teaching design fundamentals, to share your views on graduates from design and interactive problem, which will effect the Hirsh believes the lack of skilled graduates this topic and more media courses in real, wage-paying jobs competitiveness of the industry at large as and the difficulties they have finding jobs with other readers. support this. Rupert Wallis, Senior companies waste internal resources and is a problem that won’t go away. “The Manager at London-based Web design 20 | October 2004

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