0 Replies Latest reply on Feb 2, 2015 9:35 AM by minimum99

    Please help with ArtShape and Custom Shapes

    minimum99 Level 1


      Please help with beta testing my new plug-in ArtShape and Custom Shapes. Available only for CS6, CC and CC 2014 under MAC OSX.

      Not available for download on my website, but I will send each volunteer a trial version. Once the release version is available, each tester who have contributed to the testing effort will receive a released version with a perpetual license key. ArtShape and Custom Shapes are very significant additions to ArtBlue and require significant testing effort before the release, so please volunteer only if you have time and are serious in helping.

      Below is Custom Shape panel:

      It can import and export shapes to/from Photoshop .csh files. It has its own file format (.ecs) to store shapes that are not possible with .csh format. Namely, color, stroke and opacity information and ability to store more than one compound paths. Of course, user can choose to draw the shape in using the currently active appearance too. As user installed the plug-in, all .csh files from user Photoshop directory are imported to .ecs files automatically. As seen below, all the custom shapes from Photoshop were imported. The shape icon shown are in black and white because .csh does not have color information. But if new shapes are added using this plugin, color, opacity and stroke with for each sub-path comprising the shape will be seen on the panel. Drawing custom shapes is easy with ArtShape, mouse drag direction is detected by ArtShape to allow natural drawing while rotate, reflect, scale etc. all with a single mouse click drag operation.

      Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 2.30.06 PM.png


      Below is ArtShape:

      There are 3 collapsible sections to the panel, the top is a generic shape tools (Rectangle, Ellipse, Star etc) that works with ArtBlue's snapping and tracking engine ArtTrack instead of SmartGuide.


      Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 8.25.50 AM.png

      The Geometry Matrix section takes a selection of paths, and then duplicate, move, scale, rotate, and reflect according to user configurations. The configurations can then be saved as presets and organized in folders.

      The third section is the Color Matrix. It applies opacity, stroke and fill attributes differently to each copy, according to the settings on the panel. The combo box with "MOP Designs" is the folder lookup and the combo box with the texts "Flight" is the saved preset lookup control. Stroke and fill color in the Color Matrix each has to 2 editable color wells. Colors and opacities are interpolated by ArtShape according to chosen waveforms belonging to each attribute.


      Shown below, each transformation parameter (move, scale, rotate, color etc.) in the panel is control by a waveform generator, where each generator has 10 different programmable waveforms including a random generator. Also each waveform generator comes with its own noise slider (located on top of the generator) to add controllable amount of noise to the selected wave form. The waveform frequency and amplitude are editable too.

      Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 8.26.11 AM.png


      A mode of operation exists to constrain copies to follow a certain path as seen below:

      The ellipse is the path to follow and the snow flake is the path to be duplicated and transformed.

      The picture below demonstrates that an offset can be introduce to allow shapes to follow a path with a lateral offset, instead of on it.



      Similar to the above picture, the picture below has no later offset introduced. Also as copies move along path, duplicate copies of itself are created and transformed.


      The 3 pictures below show transformations that do not follow a path, but controlled by the settings on the waveform generators.




      This last picture was created by typing some texts, expand them into paths, draw an ellipse, ArtShape then duplicates, adds color and other path attributes, rotates, scales etc. the copies and places them along the outline of the texts.

      All of the images you have seen were created from a single shape. Color, transparency and other attributes were applied according to the settings on the Color Matrix. I promise, you will have lots of fun, for many hours, testing these features to create unexpected geometric sculptures.

      Please, please, please help!!!!

      Vincent Doan