Mac Software Review: Screen Mimic 2.1

Screen Mimic
Mac software review

Screen Mimic is a screen capture shareware title from Polarian Technology. The latest version is 2.1.0. One license costs US$64.95. It’s a relatively expensive solution to screen capturing because the last shareware title we introduced, iShowU from shinywhitebox in New Zealand, costs only US$20 for one license. Screen Mimic comes with no screenshot function. It solely allows you to record desktop movements and compress video to QuickTime, FLV or SWF. Continue reading

Adobe After Effects Sample: Title with Beam Coming Down

Adobe After Effects tutorial

This is a very boring and simple After Effects sample we created. Although we are finished with After Effects and are unlikely to make any more video tutorials for it, unless requested, that’s what we do when we are bored. It required just a couple of effects such as Box Blur and Lens flare besides Illustrator files. Be advised not to watch it unless you are extremely bored. Continue reading

Adobe Illustrator Very Simple Tutorial: Designing a Custom Coffee Cup

Adobe Illustrator

Last night, I came back home really late. My wife was already at sleep. A cold front came down from Canada. So it was cold. I wanted to have a cup of hot cocoa. I looked for my favorite coffee cup and couldn’t find it. I spent another 10 minutes in vain. Eventually, I became very frantic. After another 10 minutes of search, I still couldn’t find it and had to resort to Plan B. What’s my Plan B? Adobe Illustrator… I went to my work room, started up my iMac and then launched Adobe Illustrator CS2. In a matter of 10 minutes or so, I managed to recover my favorite coffee cup.

The following tutorial shows steps to design a coffee cup, using Adobe Illustrator CS2. There is nothing special in this tutorial if you are a member and have seen video tutorials like ‘#16: Designing a 3D Wine Bottle’ from the Illustrator Basics for Dummies series. You just create a shape, rotate it and then create a label and paste it with 3D Revolve > Map Art. Continue reading