A Square of Your Own

January 21, 2018

Squares, scaled

Squares, scaled

Making a plain old square exactly the size that you want can be such a chore. Too much can go wrong.

Squares can become so many different things (think ALL origami) that it’s worth knowing how to make a square just the size you want without getting stressed out.

Here’s how to do it, via the photo essay, followed by the video tutorial.

plain piece of copy paper

plain piece of copy paper

Here’s a regular piece of copy paper. The first steps look like I’m heading towards folding a square whose side is already predetermined by the short edge of the paper, but no. Be patient. This is going to be a surprise. Trust me.

First Step

First Step

Fold that short edge to meet the long edge, making sure that your fold ends (or starts) exactly at that corner. What you are doing here is bisecting that corner angle. If you cut away that rectangular flap on the edge, and unfold the triangle you’d have a square, but this isn’t what we are doing now. (Doing that was a different post, )

Marking the size of the new square

Marking the size of the new square

Unfold the fold then make a mark to indicate size of the square you want to make.

continuing...

continuing…

What I’m going to write next sounds horribly complicated but it’s easy to see and do.

Curl over that corner that has the fold going through it, lining up that corner point with the fold line it is leaning towards, and also lining up the upper edge of the paper with that mark you made. Press the fold.

Here’s a closer to look:

Closer Look

Closer Look

Now draw a line that traces around that folded down corner.

Time to cut out the square

Time to cut out the square

There’s your square!

Confused? Here’s a video to watch:

Got it?

Now make cool stuff.

Addendum: here’s a post that shows what I showed, plus another great way of making a square. https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/a-fun-folding-exercise-for-kids-from-paula-beardell-krieg/

Valentine Angels

January 20, 2018

Valentine Girl

Now for something completely different.

Valentine angels.

Valentine Angel 1

Valentine Angel 1

Been making these with Valentines Day in mind.

Five Valentine Angels

Five Valentine Angels

Most of these little sketches fail completely. But sometimes they don’t. I’m just putting up the ones that I like.

Angel full of love

Angel full of love

Early for Valentine’s Day, never too early to spread around some love.

Colorful Valentine Angel

Colorful Valentine Angel

Thinking of my daughter while I draw these, while she is enjoying her semester in London.

 

 

Pentagons, ebb and flow

Pentagons, ebb and flow

I figure out how to do things, then I forget.

Making a GiF in Photoshop CS6 from artboards created in Adobe Illustrator is one of those things that I have to relearn every few months. I always panic when I have to learn it again. This post is mostly for me, to help me remember. Unless  this is something you want to do, just enjoy the pictures, especially the one at the bottom of this post.

Pentagons converging in color

Pentagons converging in color

Most of the GIF’s I’ve made have something to do with shape transformations. For instance, I’ve done a bunch with pentagons converging towards the center. I start with basic outlines then add effects. This post is about creating the gif from the artboards, not about making the images for the artboards. I leave that for you to figure out. But to give you an idea of my workflow, so that it makes sense for the rest of the post, here’s a screenshot of what one of my sets of artboards look like:

 

48 artboards

49 artboards

After I am happy with the Illustrator files I save, label and close my AI file.

Next, I open this Adobe Illustrator file in Photoshop. Since the AI file has lots of art boards. a box, which is labeled “import PDF” pops-up in the middle of my Photoshop workspace. Just ignore the reference to the pdf. Make sure the Pages option is picked. Pick your resolution. By default it’s at 300. Depending on my image, I sometimes can’t get a 300 resolution to save. I usually change this to 72.

Nothing is to scale here. Just highlighlighting what's needed

Nothing is to scale here.
Just highlighting what’s needed

To get ALL of the AI artboards to open SHIFt-CLICK the first and the last pages that are loaded in that little window. This will select all the artboards. Press OK (which I forgot to draw, but it’s in the lower right hand corner of the box).

Once the layers panel is full of your images you will need to close them. Oh, this is when I remember that I need to put a new file on my desktop, labeled New Gif. So make that now.

THEN CloseAll your files using the CloseAll command under the file menu.  A menu will come up, you tell it to SAVE and check the box that says apply to all, pick that New Gif file you made to save the images in, and, one by one, they will go into the folder, and you have to press save for each image as it goes in.

One Artboard Image

NOW OPEN your new gif folder in BRIDGE. Bridge is a great program that is packaged with Photoshop. SELECT ALL the artboards. At the top of the Bridges workspace go to Tools>Photoshop>Load Files in Photoshop layers.

Now sit back and wait as the Photoshop’s layers are populated with the artboards.

Almost done.

Next, make sure the Timeline option in checked under Window. At the center of the bottom of the workspace there is a box. Choose then  click on Create Frame Animation. One of the artboards will appear on the timeline. Open the fly-out menu on the timeline. Click: Make Frame From Layers (this is the 11th item on the list, and will only show up if Create Frame Animation has been clicked,  not merely chosen).

The timeline will populate, probably backwards. If so, click Reverse Frames on the fly-out menu.

The positions of all these things that need to be clicked can be found in that drawing above.

The Gif is now basically done. The timing can be changed by clicking on the sec option below the frame. Shift click two frames to select everything between them.

NOW SAVING is a whole other thing.

Click on SAVE FOR WEB under the file menu. Choose the 2 (or 4) up tab on the upper left of the save box. On the right hand side of the save box JPEG will probably be in the second box from the top. Change this to GIF. Choose the file size you want to save. I usually pick the 2nd to the biggest file. Click Save, name your file and be proud.

Here’s the one I made last night:

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Present from Angela

My daughter gave me an dodecahedron. Each of its 12  faces holds 25 sheets of sticky note papers. I’ve been doodling on them.

Doodling on a Dodecahedron

Doodling on a Dodecahedron

With my family around this week this is the perfect thing for me to be playing around with. As I drew on the sides it was nice to know that when I finished all 12 sides that I could peel off the pentagonal sides and start all over again.

But what should I do with the first set?

Pentagons on Black Dodecahedron undone

Pentagons on Black/
Dodecahedron undone

What I’ve been doing is sticking them on black paper. Then I filled the sides of the shape again. And again. And again.

Lots of Pentagons

Lots of Pentagons

So far I’ve filled up the sides four times.

This is a perfect project for right now. While we are sitting around together talking, having coffee, or just being in each others’ presence, I can be using my colors.

Vacation week shapes

Vacation week shapes

I don’t intend to fill all 300 pentagons from my 12-sided shape, but I think I’ll do a good bit more.

a growing shape from shapes

a growing shape from shapes

Am satisfied to be finishing off this year with this construction

Happy New Years to all. May your New Year be filled with curiosity, exploration, and color.

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