Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Fun with Inkscape

Aqeel Zafar wrote a very helpful conversion of BittBox's Reflection tutorial. I used it to help with the new logo here. I know I probably could've done it a lot faster in GIMP, but vector graphics are so much more scalable. Besides, it's high time I figured out how to use them right; it's the best way to make character sheets, for one.

Anyway, I just figured out how to do that blur-based glow that graces the logo text. I've known how to make glows in GIMP and PS for years, and thankfully it's pretty similar in Inkscape.

How to make glows in Inkscape:
First, you want to make a copy of the target object. There are several ways to do this, but I prefer to use Duplicate because it doesn't lock the glow to the same color as the original like Clone does.
  • Press Ctrl+D to make a duplicate of the selection, or click Edit->Duplicate.
Once you have your copy, you want to give it a blur so you can see the original through it. You may want to adjust opacity as well, though it's usually not necessary.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+F to open the "Fill and Stroke" dialog.
  • At the bottom of the window, move the "Blur, %" slider as desired. 3% is what I used.
At this stage, you can move the blurred object a bit for a drop-shadow effect. Keep in mind that if the copy is above the original and you want it below, you can just hit PageDown to lower the selected object in the stack. Similarly, PageUp raises the selected object. Also, if you want a glow from behind the object, instead of over it, hit PageDown here. This gives a similar effect to a solar eclipse, with the corona glowing around the moon.
  • Hit PageUp or PageDown to raise or lower the selected object.
Object layering and Blurs are incredibly useful. Play around with combinations; you can get some nice-looking effects that are simple to create, and are scalable as well.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Well, it's live... sort of.

About the Tome of Knowledge +5:
The Tome of Knowledge +5 is a place for me, NekoRyuu, to publish articles of interest. At least, I find them interesting. Hopefully, you will too.

I know the site's name is nerdy. That's what happens when you try to name a blog while battling a nasty cold. Just go with it, I'll come up with a nice custom layout once I recover.

About Me:
  • I'm a gamer, as you could probably tell from the blog's name. And by gamer, I mean old-school pen & paper role-playing games, not Warcrack or Counterstrike.
  • I'm a network administrator, dealing primarily with Windows users. I run Linux myself, though.
  • I'm a college student, and all which that implies. Except for the drinking. And the partying. Come to think of it, I'd be pretty boring to most people if not for the next point:
  • I'm an occultist. This doesn't mean I'm a devil worshiper or anything stupid like that. It just means that I don't identify with either mainstream religions or neopagans, but I'm also not an atheist or agnostic. Call it non-denominational spirituality if you wish, although eclectic chaote might be a slightly better fit. Either way, expect some articles on the subject of spirituality in the future.
There's more, obviously, but that's a significant chunk of what makes me tick. Hopefully I didn't scare anybody away.