Wednesday, June 30

Photoshop Basics: The File Menu

In this Photoshop Basics video learn how to master the tricky File Menu.

Photoshop Basics: The File Menu
Level: Über Beginner


Content, editing, and compositing by Claudia Sutton.
Music composed by Alvin Muolic.

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Please let me know what you think and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Cheers!

Friday, June 25

My E3 2010

How ever am I going to compress this experience into a post… hum. I have faith.

E3 this year was fun! I was really looking forward to it because of all the new titles and accessories coming out later this year and early 2011. That, and the fact that it seemed much bigger this time around. Maybe there were more people, or more booths? Not sure.

So as always, we stayed at the Westin Bonaventure (Yes, the True Lies hotel). It always seems to be brimming with video game developers, and of course, that’s fun. I’m a sucker for the glass elevators and the fountains. They're just so pretty!

The day before the show started I had the opportunity to go to Universal City again. It’s been awhile so a lot of the sites seemed new to me. Not only that, but the hike was awesome because the CityWalk is on top of a giant hill. We had tons of fun getting lost together and we got our day’s worth of exercise getting to the top.

On top of the World.

CityWalk at twilight.

Then of course the 1st day of the show came and it’s all history from there. I snuck a few pictures of the crowds before the show floor was opened to the people. I stayed there until the guards let everyone in. It was like a flood gate being opened and a fun sight to witness indeed.

I enjoyed seeing/playing all of the games. I went to a bunch of showings, like the MK one with Ed Boon and the Pirates of the Caribbean demo. I’m going to like that game. (And yes, I’m legendary all the way!)

I was kinda sad about Zelda: Skyward Sword though. I’m not totally sold on the art direction yet, but you know me, I’ll still play it. The illustrations were really cool (Very Paint Daubs in PS, if you know what I mean) but the overall in-game experience felt a little too juvenile. The Angry Video Game Nerd describes it best in this video.

Go see for yourself: 

(And no, I did not stand in that insane 3-4 hour line to see the Nintendo 3DS but I’m still excited about it.)

Lastly, here’s a list of the games & hardware I’m looking forward to and of course pictures!

South Hall | Half a Honda! | Halo Sculptures
 
 Marvel vs. Capcom 3 | MK Awesomeness | Larry Trotter

 Dead Space Dude | The Miz's Arse | RB3 Guitar | OMG Cylon

 Live Lucha Libres! | Dance Central | Badass-ness

Pirates | Boys Proving Their Manliness | Tron Movie Bike

 Nintendo Booth | Zelda: Skyward Sword | Disney Corner

Zelda | Zelda | Zelda

I has gun! | Ringwraith | Alma | Homefront

Microsoft Booth | Bang Bang Bang | Square Enix Booth

E3 was fun, see you all next year!
~Claudia

Wednesday, June 23

Denver


 


Photography from my wonderful trip to Denver.

Dedicated to Carla, Robert, and their new son Ivan.
Ivan Callahan - Born June 17, 2010

Tuesday, June 1

Fanime 2010

So I just got back from Fanime and I'm already packing my bags to go to the airport for another vacation in a few hours.

San Jose finally had some nice weather, unlike the previous years that I remember. It always seemed a little chilly and overcast, so I was really happy to see the sun. As usual, hanging out with friends and loved ones aside from the costumes are the main reasons I go to Fanime. I love seeing cosplayers and talking to them about their work. The artist just comes out in me and I can't help but to talk shop with them. I'm just so curious!




Here are some of the costumes that I enjoyed.
(As you can see I really like the video game one.)

Zelda & Dark Link | Viera Archer | Oerba Dia Vanille
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

Selvaria | Prince of Persia vs. Hayabusa | Steampunk Girl
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

Velvet & Mercedes | The Legend of Zelda Group | Lightning
(If this is you, let me know and I'll link to your website)

Unfortunately, during the trip I had a major allergic reaction to some of the plants (I'm guessing) around the area. Saturday I was just sneezing my brains out and had to stay in most of the afternoon. I couldn't even stay for the whole Cosplay Masquerade because I was tearing up so badly. It was awful. So I'll have to YouTube anything past Skit #26. Sad Claudia.

Lastly, I got to meet and talk with Jo Chen about art, the industry, and other related topics. That definitely was a highlight of my experience. (Jo, it was great to meet you) I also went to some cool panels. (Thanks to all of the DA people that I met on Sunday) Then on Monday, I went to a Resin & Plastic Molding workshop and learned a great deal about the subject. Julia, the teacher, was awesome and I left very inspired. Maybe in the near future I'll have to try some of the techniques out.

So until next time, have a good one.
~Claudia

PS. Did anyone go this year? If so, how was your experience?

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