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About cjmcguinness

  • Birthday 12/09/1971

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  1. As the saying goes, "There's more than one way to skin a cat". I would like to propose that the theme for PJC#02 should be to give these rather bald looking felines a new coat (or an abundance of body art). No cats will be harmed during this competition.
  2. I don't spend as much time around the PDN forums as I used to, but I drop in from time-to-time to see what's going on. I saw this competition and it really piqued my interest. It was unfortunate that the response, in terms of entries, was a little disappointing - but this is a great concept for a competition and I hope it continues, as I would definitely be interested in entering again. I have to confess that I didn't get round to voting before the deadline, but if I had voted it would have been for entry #3 (the camouflage one - by Skullbonz, I believe) so, morally, it probably should proba
  3. Got a new piece in my gallery - as of 20110724

  4. About 6 or 7 weeks ago I put a placeholder in my gallery stating 'Under Construction' - this was something that I though might take a few days, perhaps a week. A subway map is something I've wanted to do for a long time and I decided to go for something fictional, so started producing a map that would cover all of Ireland - many sleepless nights ensued and work was scrapped and started over (and over) again. Finally a concept started coming together that fit in with other famous subway maps and after, literally, weeks of plotting places on maps, moving them, changing line directions, etc, I
  5. The 'Backfill' effect is definitely useful, cuts down on a lot of tedious work. However, the 'Echo' effect would benefit from a greater scale of Vertical echo height - 512px seems a bit limited, especially if you want your stereogram to be 800x600. Also, I tend to try and make my backgrounds look as seamless as possible. I have been starting with something like a 100x600 strip and using the Random Shape Fill plugin to cover the area (repeated), then with the Panelling effect I shift it 50px so the seam is in the middle, then select a 60px wide strip, in the centre, and use the Random Shape Fi
  6. The image is 800x400, and I used 8 x 100px strips for the background. I then cut the 'image' into 10 x 80px pieces. I've always loved these 'Magic Eye' pictures - probably because I have no problem seeing them and so many others do, lol. I am currently working on one for my daughter, based on Twilight (go figure!). I am trying to work out if I can get multiple layers (i.e. one on top of another). My first effort was unsuccessful - I'm also trying to see if I can do a true 3D style one, you know, like a shaded 3D texture map image - any ideas? I suppose that kind of thing would require a so
  7. Nice one: I remember making a request for someone to develop this type of plugin over 2 years ago This should be very useful. Thanks. -CJ
  8. A couple of times in the past I tried to figure out how to do these with PDN - gave up in the end, but great to now see the methodology. Nice tutorial - I will definitely have some fun playing with this (BTW - Pyrochild's Random Shape Fill plugin is great for backgrounds): Thanks -CJ
  9. The link to how you made that Card thingy didn't work, and I really want to see how you made that amazing picture.

  10. hi i saw ur photos that u posted in the abstract image umbrella, how did you make those?

  11. I present the ZX Spectrum Emulator Application, for iPad. This is approximately 95% Paint.NET. However, I had to make use of some stock images as references: - I recreated this ZX Spectrum Keyboard Layout, in the iPod style. - I used this as a base reference for the home screen. - I recreated the first level of the classic 8-bit platformer, Manic Miner (then added touch-screen controls to the bottom). - I also used this plain black Apple Logo, inverted it and coloured it in. Additional stock was used for the little Game-App icons at the bottom: ZX Spectrum Emulator App Icon Manic Mi
  12. Hmmm... the 'Daily email digest' option does not seem to be working, either - I am still getting separate notifications of all thread updates. Is this just me, or is anyone else having similar 'email notification' problems? -CJ
  13. Unfortunately, no joy. I just got 8 forum email updates in a row, all from this thread, without having visited it in-between. On the old forum I would have gotten one mail letting me know there had been an update and not received another until I had visited that thread again. Sorry, it's just too many emails for my liking. I've changed my notifications to the 'daily email digest' - not ideal, but the best I can do until such time as a solution can be found. -CJ
  14. Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath... Stock: Hand & Hippo -CJ
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