Monday, November 21, 2011

iPod Art

I got myself an iPod Touch so as not to be left behind in this nascent age of the touch screen. I thought I was being smart getting an iPhone without the phone; but, as I only just discovered, I also missed out on the camera. iTouch photos are limited to 960x720 pixels. I wasted a lot of time looking for cool camera and photo apps, when I should have just limited myself to a decent video camera (FiLMiC Pro) and a video frame grabber (VideoPix). At least that way I get 1280x720.

The low-resolution is frustrating but the whole pocket computer thing is a childhood dream come true. Making digital art is quick and fun. I'm starting to see the difference between a well-designed user interface and a waste of money.

I like ArtStudio and PhotoForge2 for their blend options. SynthCam for fake depth of field and iMotionHD for time-lapse and stop motion.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oxidizer Loop

I recently stumbled across Oxidizer, a fun piece of freeware (Mac only, I'm afraid) for creating animated "flame" fractals with transparent backgrounds.