Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to scale down several images or convert a bunch of different files into one format such as a JPG? Do you feel like you hit the SAVE AS command too many times in one sitting? Check out the video below for two simple options for batch converting image files into JPGs and have the ability to change the file size as well.
Please drop me a comment if you feel this will enhance your workflow or if you any other tips.
With a small amount of anxiety I decided to take on the Daily Logo Challenge . Anyone who has attempted this knows that Harris will email you a daily design brief usually consisting of an image and a few names you can choose to place in your design. This in itself can seem like a daunting task, yet I decided to up the challenge by experimenting with designing my logos in 3D space using 3D modeling software. Before you get to excited about this I should mention that generally speaking, this is a terrible idea! Most modern logos are designed to be delivered as a polished vector file. This way the logo is scalable and because it is made up of mathematical curves the logo can also support CNC machines for fabrication, etc. Seeing as how the final designs were for experimentation only and not an actual client, I decided I could live with the consequences of having a bitmapped logo. I also established a few ground rules while designing the logos. First, the logo needs to work well in 2D space. When sketching the logos I tried to designed them in a 2D environment knowing that later the 3D application would hopefully make it look a little bit slicker. Second, don’t rely on cliche 3D software rendering tricks, like fur or shiny metals. Basically, don’t let the3D software dictate the design! Come up with a solid concept and let the 3d space enhance that concept, not the other way around. With all that in mind, here are some of the final logo designs. #dailylogochallange #dailylogo #HarrisGivesMeAnxiety
I’d be very curious to hear your thoughts on this process. Does the 3d rendering enhance the message or is this just a gimmick in an attempt to salvage a poor design concept?
Here’s a quick demo on using Ambient Occlusion in Cinema 4D. AO allows for subtle shading on the surface of objects based on how close they are to an intersecting surface. This video shows you how to turn it on and modify the effect.
For anyone who is looking to start creating animations with Cinema 4D, here’s two short videos to get you up and running! Topics include auto key, path manipulation, editing keyframes in the animation panel, and more!