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Design with After Effects

February 11th, 2012 (03:02 pm)

In my day job, I'm a graphic designer at a local printing company. When it comes to Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop needs, the job in question always comes to me. Recently, I've really been focusing my energies on video production outside of work. I'm a New Media major with a focus in video so that's Really become my passion. I've even managed to parlay my video skills into a regular part of my job, so I'm a pretty happy guy.

Something has occurred to be as I've really been digging into Adobe After Effects over the last couple of weeks. Photoshop is often used in conjunction with AE, especially when you're talking about a composite. It just seems natural that even a casual user of AE has at least a working knowledge of Photoshop. The reverse is hardly ever true.

Photographers and digital artists generally focus purely on Photoshop and never come close to AE. It's not surprising at all. Heck, until a little over a year ago, I had no idea what AE was for. Now that I've had that time to play with it, scour every book I can find on it and watch every tutorial that I can... Wow. AE is extremely powerful, and not just in regards to video. I think of just little things like lens flairs, keyed footage of fire or explosions, the fun text manipulators... Those could be a real boon to someone creating something in Photoshop.

I guess my point is, if you're a Photoshop user and don't use AE, give it a try. I don't think you'll regret it. I know I don't.

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New Campaign prep

August 17th, 2010 (02:28 pm)

current mood: contemplative
current song: Inception

I've been delving into DC Adventures since buying it at GenCon, with plans to make DC my next campaign. I've been on the fence a bit though. I originally wanted to run Call of Cthulhu, but I fear I wouldn't have time to prepare things each week, what with classes starting next week. DC seemed a good alternative since I love DC Comics and have been itching to run some good supers action. Still, there's a little lingering doubt in my mind.
I just finished Season 2 of my Star Wars campaign, which had plenty of action and adventure. I was really wanting to go with a mystery/horror vibe with more intensive role-playing involved. Hence my desire to run Cthulhu. So, even while prepping DC, I've still been considering other games. Most recently, I pulled out the Orpheus RPG by White Wolf. I've had the book since its debut, but have never had the opportunity to run it. Orpheus has always fascinated me and I made it a point to pick up all of the books in the line, including the novel. Orpheus would offer me the mystery/horror vibe I was wanting and it's a setting that I believe my players could really get into. As far as prep goes, the metaplot is played out over six books with plenty of adventure hooks in each. Definitely doable even with a full school schedule.
Still, Gotham City goodness is calling me and I have plans for plenty of mystery there. And, I've already pre-ordered DC Universe Online for my PS3.

Decisions, decisions...

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Gamers Feast Logo

January 23rd, 2010 (09:12 am)

Gamers Feast Logo, originally uploaded by bloodshadows.

I'd eat there. :)

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Savage Star Wars

January 4th, 2010 (12:40 am)

Character sheet for Season 2 of my campaign is ready! Now, just have to create the player's guide and we're good to go.

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Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2009 (02:40 pm)

As I sit with Xbox controller in hand, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Now if you'll excuse me, there's some Halo ODST to be played.

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December 15th, 2009 (07:11 am)

Zombie-Oooos-flyer, originally uploaded by bloodshadows.

Got Zombie?

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December 14th, 2009 (09:23 pm)

Zombie-oooos, originally uploaded by bloodshadows.

Ah, I love creating things with Photoshop!

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November 29th, 2009 (07:02 pm)

Blood-Omens-puzzle, originally uploaded by bloodshadows.

I grew bored, so I made a cover for the magic book in my home-brew fantasy game.

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Cthulhu likes his dice

November 20th, 2009 (07:29 pm)

Cthulhu likes his dice, originally uploaded by bloodshadows.

I love my Cthulhu dice from Q-Workshop. So much so, that I have two sets. I got bored and created this little ad idea.

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Video games and Clash of the Titans

November 10th, 2009 (09:57 pm)

First, there's this bit of awesomeness: www.hitfix.com/video/watch/16737337001/49660633001

Here's hoping this one not only lives up to, but surpasses the original.

In other news...

Rachel and I have been on a video game kick of late.  It started simply enough- I bought Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.  Then we bought Oblivion.  Today, we bought Assassin's Creed and Left for Dead.  I found HALO: ODST pretty cheap online and ordered it too.

The fact that Left for Dead 2 comes out next week is not lost on me either.

My wallet is going to hate me, but I will have great fun in destroying hordes of zombies. :)

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